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ThursdayAugust 11, 2011

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Latin American Economy, Though Growing, Has Not Escaped Effects of Global Recession

Latin American Economy, Though Growing, Has Not Escaped Effects of Global Recession

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As the U.S. stock market shoots up and crashes down hundreds of points in a matter of just hours, Latin America can do little to avoid the effects of the global recession.

Though Latin America saw a 6.2 percent growth in its economy in the last 10 years, Morgan Stanley’s recent report states it could see a “significant slowdown” if Europe and America head in to another recession, as the misconception that economies like Brazil have made it through the global recession unscathed is just that, a misconception.

Bloomberg’s analysis of the report stated:

In Brazil, the region’s biggest economy, gross domestic product shrank 15.7 percent on an annualized basis in the fourth quarter of 2008. While the size of the initial decline in Mexico was less severe, the recession in Latin America’s second-largest economy was more prolonged, with GDP contracting 6.1 percent in 2009 compared with 0.2 percent for Brazil, the report said.

Despite the negative effects however, both Mexico and Brazil’s finance ministers believe their countries’ economies will continue to grow. And it would appear U.S. companies agree as they have taken notice of the Brazil’s growth in consumer demand and the ever-expanding middle class which is the driving force behind any successful economy.

Read more at San Francisco Gate →

Evita Gets Broadway Revival, Ché Guevara to be Played by… Ricky Martin?

Evita Gets Broadway Revival, Ché Guevara to be Played by… Ricky Martin?

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Producers Hal Luftig and Scott Sanders have cast Michael Cerveris as Juan Perón, Argentine Elena Roger as Evita and Ricky Martin as Che Guevara.

The production, directed by Olivier Award winner Michael Grandage will be the first time the play hits the stage in more than 30 years.

The play, originally written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice tells the story of the late Argentine first lady, as told from the perspective of a young Ché Guevara, the play’s narrator.  The play will debut next spring, 2012 on Broadway. 

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What do you think about Ricky Martin Playing Ché?

Let us know, in out forums section.

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J.Lo & Marc Anthony Spotted Together in the Back Seat of A Red Convertible

J.Lo & Marc Anthony Spotted Together in the Back Seat of A Red Convertible

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Almost a month after calling it quits, the couple reconvened in the back seat of a red Mustang. HS-News read their minds for you!

Representatives for both artists have confirmed the pair is still very much separated, and this back seat action sighting, is nothing more than Marc visiting the kids in Sagg Main Beach in Southampton.

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

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States Submit Record Number of Immigration Bills During 2011 Session

States Submit Record Number of Immigration Bills During 2011 Session

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According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, a bipartisan research groups, a record number of immigration bills were submitted in during the 2011 legislative session – ended June 30.

Of the 50 states and Puerto Rico, 1,592 bills were introduced. Of those, 40 states enacted 152 of the bills, with 5 laws vetoed by governors.

The research group shared that the majority of the bills introduced were regarding employment issues, identification, and law enforcement. Five states introduced legislation similar to that of Arizona’s highly controversial SB 1070. The Arizona law requires local law enforcement to, when performing a lawful stop, check the immigration status of those they suspect to be in the country without documentation. However, all five of the laws – in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, South Carolina, and Utah – have been or are being challenged in federal courts as immigration law enforcement is under the jurisdiction of federal officials, not state and local authorities.

During this past session, 10 states passed laws that require employers to use E-Verify to confirm that all potential employees are eligible to work in the U.S.

On the positive side for the undocumented, the states of Maryland and Connecticut now allow undocumented students to pay in-state tuition at state universities and colleges.

Read more at Los Angeles Times →

LATINO BLOTTER: Popping Zits in McDonald’s Leads to Man’s Arrest

LATINO BLOTTER: Popping Zits in McDonald’s Leads to Man’s Arrest

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At some point everyone sees someone do something in public that is simply disgusting. For consumers at a Florida McDonald’s that someone was Owen Lemire Kato.

Kato, 23, disgusted Cape Coral fast-food customers when he decided to squeeze and pop the zits on his back. When the diners complained, he was asked to stop. When he failed to do so, an off-duty police officer began questioning Kato, and that’s when he got himself into more serious trouble than just popping zits in public.

The off-duty officer asked Kato what his name was, to which replied name “John Smith”. He ended up admitting he lied about his name, but then took off on foot. The off-duty officer gave chase it was then that another officer (on duty) saw Kato run pass his cruiser just after hearing the call go out about the disturbance. Kato was tackled shortly after and taken in to custody.

When searched Kato was found to have a syringe in his pocket which he reportedly uses to inject Oxycontin.

He was arrested and has been charged with driving without a license and was also charged with giving false ID to an officer, resisting arrest without violence and possession of drug equipment.

Kato says he lied about his name and ran because there was an active warrant out for his arrest.

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Argentine Referee Pummeled by Whole Team Must Flee Stadium (VIDEO)

Argentine Referee Pummeled by Whole Team Must Flee Stadium (VIDEO)

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Watch as the fifth division Atlético Tostado team gangs up on the referee, who is forced to pull a Houdini to protect his life!

The video speaks for itself, but here are the quick and dirty facts:

Unión San Guillermo and Atlético Tostado are playing a friendly game that goes unfriendly at the three second mark (watch), when Tostado’s number 5 pounces right foot first on a Unión San Guillermo player’s leg, who protests.

Number 5 didn’t like him protesting, so he jabs him square on the breather.

The ref calls for foul, but despite being just a few feet from the incident, calls it on Tostado number 2, who sucker punches the referee as he is pulling a penalty card from his breast pocket.

Number 2 and the ref exchange a couple blows before five more men charge at the poor ref with closed fists, banging on him mercilessly.

A Tostado player flies in from the right of the frame like a ninja, lands a flying kick on the ref and retreats.

On the 30 second mark, coaches and team assistants join in to the melee, and somebody even uses the ball against the ref, who seconds later abandons the field running for his life.

 

 

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Pope Benedict’s Visit to Madrid Draws Flack From Spanish Priests and Others

Pope Benedict’s Visit to Madrid Draws Flack From Spanish Priests and Others

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As Spain prepares for a visit from Pope Benedict next week, many are saying that the estimated €60m (over $85 million) required to accommodate the visit just cannot be spared, as the country is facing a serious cut-requiring deficit and a 20 percent unemployment rate.

The Madrid visit for World Youth Day has also struck a chord with priests from the poorer parishes who also take issue with the fact that the visit is being primarily covered (80 percent) by church offerings. The remaining cost is being covered by individuals and businesses. Corporate sponsors are eligible for tax rebates of up to 80 of the amount donated. The Spanish government is providing this rebate because it considers World Youth Day to be of “exceptional public interest”.

Protestors have taken to Facebook, calling for a boycott of some of the sponsors, which include Coca-Cola and Telefónica. Some 140 groups, including Europa Laica (Secular Europe), which advocates for a Europe without interference from the Vatican, have pointed out that the Vatican receives special treatment, and it should not when it means trips like these are paid for by a financially struggling people and companies whose donations are returned by a government that cannot even afford its people.

The majority of those in protest over the Pope’s arrival say they are not opposed to the visit as a whole, just the way in which it has been financed.

The Pope is scheduled to arrive in Madrid August 15.

Read more at The Guardian →

Brazilian Actress Adriana Ferreyr Suing Billionaire George Soros. Get The Dirty Details Here!

Brazilian Actress Adriana Ferreyr Suing Billionaire George Soros. Get The Dirty Details Here!

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It’s a novela, this one; complete with lies, shattered hearts, broken promises, $2M apartments, slapping, a bed scene gone awry, glass cuts and stitches.

Adriana Ferreyr, not yet thirty years old is suing her former octogenarian sugar daddy after he whispered alot of sweet nothings in her ear in bed, and then allegedly assaulted her with a lamp.

Enter the perp, George Soros, billionaire and prominent philanthropist dedicated to supporting left-wing ideals and causes.

Soros and Ferreyr dated for a few years and broke up about a year ago. They reconciled shortly thereafter only to break up and this time for good.  The straw that broke the camel’s back for Ferreyr came when Soros after a romantic night in bed whispered into Ferreyr’s ear that he had given another woman the $1.9M upper east side apartment he had promised her.

Heartless, but it doesn’t end there. Ferreyr says that after the earth shattering whisper and before she could climb out of bed, Soros slapped her across the face and began choking her.

According to her claims, the merciless 80 year old then charged at her with a glass lamp, which missed her by a few inches but shattered upon impact on the ground, cutting her feet.

Ferreyr called the cops, but no charges were filed. Soros denies any foul play.

The actress filed a $50M suit on Wednesday, charging intense emotional distress caused by Soros on that occasion, as well as a few months later, when he told her he felt bad and to go ahead and pick another apartment in the same building.

Soros backed out a second time, causing her a second wave of emotional distress.

Ferreyr says that on top of breaking his promise twice, Soros offered her an undisclosed amount of money if she signed some kind of silence contract. She refused, and instead leased an apartment in the same building where Soros’ current girlfriend also lives.

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Democratic California Rep. Xavier Becerra Named to Deficit-Cutting Super Committee

Democratic California Rep. Xavier Becerra Named to Deficit-Cutting Super Committee

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California Democrat, Xavier Becerra, has been named by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to sit on the powerful deficit-cutting super committee.  He and two other Democratic lawmakers were the final names added to the bi-partisan panel entrusted to reduce the U.S. budget deficit by $1.5 trillion and accomplish it by this fall.

The super committee as it has been dubbed by some on the Hill will consist of : Sens. Patty Murray (D., Wash.), John Kerry (D., Mass.), Max Baucus (D., Mont.), Jon Kyl (R., Ariz.), Rob Portman (R., Ohio), Pat Toomey (R., Pa.), and Reps. Dave Camp (R., Mich.), Fred Upton (R., Mich.), Jeb Hensarling (R., Texas), Chris Van Hollen (D., Md.), James Clyburn (D., S.C.) and Becerra.

Becerra, the son of working-class Mexican immigrants, has been in Congress since 1993 and is currently a member of the Ways and Means Committee and the Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus.

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Gap Launches Its “Pico de Gap” Taco Truck as Part of Jean Promotion

Gap Launches Its “Pico de Gap” Taco Truck as Part of Jean Promotion

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Inspired by a late night team dinner at a food truck in Los Angeles, Gap is taking the vibe of its denim design studio on the road with a custom vintage taco truck. Pico de Gap will serve custom menus exclusively “designed” by local chefs, including best-selling author Katie Lee in New York, Top Chef’s Marcel Vigneron in Los Angeles, Top Chef’s Ryan Scott in San Francisco, and Rick Gresh of David Burke’s Primehouse in Chicago.

“The idea of Pico de Gap—and the taco truck used in our fall campaign 1969: L.A. and Beyond—came about one night when I was having dinner with our 1969 design team in downtown L.A.,” said Seth Farbman, Gap’s Chief Marketing Officer. “It’s these types of everyday moments that shape who we are as people and inspire the product we design for our customers. We thought it would be an unexpected, engaging way to share a little more about ourselves and the experience we had that night.”

ImageTo create an authentic aesthetic, each Pico de Gap truck was hand-painted and includes a replica of a vintage Gap ad and neon sign from the ’70s. Customers can check out the latest 1969 fall denim styles on display while enjoying [two tacos and a beverage] for $1.69. With proof of a same-day Gap denim purchase, the meal is free. Additionally, every customer will receive a coupon for $20 off their next Gap 1969 denim purchase and some lucky patrons will even receive a special coupon redeemable for a free pair of Gap 1969 jeans up to $90.00.

Each Pico de Gap truck will stop by music events, nightlife hotspots, festivals, farmers’ markets and select Gap stores. To find out where the truck will head next, patrons can track the specific locations daily by following Pico de Gap on Twitter: Los Angeles (@picodegapLA), San Francisco (@picodegapSF), New York (@picodegapNY) and Chicago (@picodegapChi) and by visiting Gap’s Facebook page: Facebook.com/gap.

Read more at Gap Inc. →

Could the Legendary Chupacabra be This Minnesota Roadkill? (VIDEO)

Could the Legendary Chupacabra be This Minnesota Roadkill? (VIDEO)

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No half eaten cabras (goats) were found near this weird mammal carcass spotted by drivers on a Minnesota county road. Image

This month’s candidate for the Chupacabra title is (or was…), white all over, sharp toothed, long toe nails, a clump of hair here and there, five nasty claws on its front paws and a long tail that sets him apart from the only other animal wildlife experts say the creature resembles: a badger.

Check out the video below, and join us in our forums section where we’ll be discussing important questions like how did the Chupacabra jump the border? With the help of a coyote cousin, perhaps?

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Mexico Will Not Extradite Narco’s “Queen of the Pacific” to the U.S.

Mexico Will Not Extradite Narco’s “Queen of the Pacific” to the U.S.

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A Mexican court has blocked the extradition of Sandra Avila Beltran, known as the narco’s “Queen of the Pacific”, to the United States to face 2002 drug trafficking charges. 

And that wasn’t the only good news Beltran received from Mexican courts.  Her acquittal on charges of organized crimes and money laundering in Mexico stands due to lack of evidence.  She remains in jail in Mexico on separate money laundering charges.

The extradition block could be temporary, if the Mexican government gets assurances that Avila won’t be tried in the U.S. on the same charges she was acquitted in Mexico on.  Thus far the American Embassy or U.S. law officials have not commented on the Mexican court rulings.

The Queen of the Pacific is the most infamous woman in the narco world that is dominated by men.  She is the subject of several books, ballads and folklore and there are rumors Julia Roberts will portray Avila Beltran in a movie.  She is respected amongst narcos for having spent over a decade working her way up the cartel ladder and having love affairs with several notorious drug kingpins along the way. 

Read more at El Paso Times →

George Lopez Opens Up About His Cancelled Late Show on TBS (VIDEO)

George Lopez Opens Up About His Cancelled Late Show on TBS (VIDEO)

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Watch George López deliver his colorful second from last monologue and announce that TBS pulled the plug on “López Tonight.”

Watch the video below and join us in the forum section where we’ll be discussing this sad loss for late night TV, the Smurf movie sequel and whether it was really necessary for George to tie those two things together with “Today I lost some work because I’m

brown but also I got some work because I’m blue.”

 

 

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EPA Orders Puerto Rico’s Lead Smelting Facility to Reduce Air & Water Pollution

EPA Orders Puerto Rico’s Lead Smelting Facility to Reduce Air & Water Pollution

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has taken legal action against the Battery Recycling Company, Inc. requiring the company to take multiple actions to reduce the pollution of air and water from lead at its Arecibo, Puerto Rico facility.

EPA’s ongoing investigation of the facility found potential violations of the federal Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act. The Battery Recycling Company, a secondary lead smelter, recycles used motor vehicle batteries and produces approximately 60 tons of lead per day.

Lead is a toxic metal that can cause damage to a child’s ability to learn and a range of health damage in adults. Lead exposure can have serious, long-term health consequences in adults and children. Even at low levels, lead in children can cause I.Q. deficiencies, reading and learning disabilities, impaired hearing, reduced attention spans, hyperactivity and other behavior problems. Lead exposure can also cause health problems in pregnant women and harm fetuses.

To address air pollution, one EPA order, issued August 10, 2011, requires improved monitoring and reporting, preventative actions and operational improvements by the company. EPA’s investigation found that in 2007, the company reconstructed and tested a furnace at its facility without properly notifying EPA. The company built another furnace in 2010 and informed EPA, but failed to notify the agency of its testing of pollution control equipment. In both cases, the company failed to notify EPA of the date the furnaces went into operation. These notifications are important because physical and operational changes potentially increased the amount of pollution the facility generates. The company also failed to provide EPA with required records and reports. In addition, EPA found that the system for detecting leaks of lead emissions was not being properly operated to detect soot. One of the revolving doors on the dust collection system, called a baghouse, was not functioning at full capacity and potentially allowed dust to escape into the air.

EPA’s order requires the company to properly operate its leak detection system immediately to detect and reduce dust from escaping into the air. The company must conduct daily lead monitoring of the lead levels at its baghouse and record and report these levels to EPA. The company has also been ordered to provide EPA the results of 2010 performance tests conducted on the air pollution control devices associated with two of its furnaces, and to update its plans and procedures for addressing pollution from its smelting operations and provide them to EPA.

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Nation’s Most Comprehensive Bilingual Digital Literacy Program Launched

Nation’s Most Comprehensive Bilingual Digital Literacy Program Launched

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Officials from the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics and the State of California today joined Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and impreMedia publisher Monica Lozano to participate in the launch of Club Digital, the nation’s most comprehensive bilingual Internet training program.

Designed to close the Digital Divide, which disproportionately affects Hispanic families in America, Club Digital offers 30 days of bilingual, interactive lessons about all aspects of the Internet that will run throughout the month of August in impreMedia publications, including La Opinion, La Opinion Contigo and El Mensajero. The lessons are also available anytime at www.laopinion.com/clubdigital and more than 200,000 lesson supplements will be distributed free of charge by community organizations throughout California. Club Digital has been made possible through a public-private collaboration involving impreMedia, the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF), the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), AT&T and the Dewey Square Group.

In early 2012, Club Digital will expand nationally to reach more than 9.4 million Hispanics. “Club Digital is an innovative and critical community initiative that will improve educational opportunities for millions,” said Juan Sepulveda, Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. “Accessing the Internet is one of the best ways we know to improve the academic achievement of Hispanic Americans.”

California officials share the Obama administration’s goal of improving Internet access, especially for low-income students and their families. “Preparing all students for success demands we ensure no child is left offline—at home or at school,” said Tom Torlakson, California State Superintendent of Public Instruction. “Club Digital helps students as well as parents gain Internet skills that boost classroom learning, knowledge and workplace readiness.”

Through its innovative and interactive bilingual lessons, Club Digital will educate users about the many economic, educational and social benefits of accessing the Internet. “Going online is no longer a luxury,” said Monica Lozano, Publisher and Chief Executive Officer of impreMedia, and founder of Club Digital. “The Internet is now the essential tool of modern life, the gateway to jobs, education, government, financial and healthcare services, and much more.”

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was among the federal, state and private sector dignitaries who toured the Magnolia Place Family Center in Los Angeles, one of the many community organizations around the state hosting Club Digital lessons. “It’s inspiring to see people learning firsthand what the Internet means for their lives and for their families,” said Villaraigosa. “For many on the wrong side of the Digital Divide, this is an opportunity for access they never thought they would have.”

Club Digital users were also able to visit an onsite mobile computer lab provided by the Southeast Community Development Corporation, which will travel around the Los Angeles area, inviting users to try Club Digital. “Easy access is the key,” said Sunne Wright McPeak, President and CEO of the California Emerging Technology Fund. “No one should feel anymore that the Internet is beyond their reach. Club Digital is designed to bring this critical learning and economic tool to the people who need and deserve it most.”

Combining traditional media, online resources and community partnerships, Club Digital is an unprecedented public-private collaboration designed to serve as many Americans as possible. A portion of Club Digital was funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce American Reinvestment and Recovery Act Funds as well as by private funders. “AT&T is committed to bringing high-speed Internet access to as many people and communities as possible,” said Ken McNeely, President, AT&T California. “The Club Digital training program is an excellent resource – providing new opportunities and new skills to users at no charge.”

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ThursdayAugust 11, 2011