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SaturdayAugust 13, 2011

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Walmart Brings VUDU’s Movie Streaming Service to iPad

Walmart Brings VUDU’s Movie Streaming Service to iPad

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More than 20,000 blockbusters, Hollywood classics and independent films can be instantly streamed through VUDU.com on iPad.

Walmart announced today the launch of VUDU for the iPad. VUDU, a leading subscription-free, video-on-demand movie service and wholly owned subsidiary of Walmart stores, has optimized the navigation experience of VUDU.com to enable millions of iPad owners to rent or buy entertainment content and then stream it easily through any iPad browser.


Beginning this week, iPad users can go to VUDU.com and browse through VUDU’s entertainment content library, which includes more than 20,000 blockbusters, Hollywood classics, independent films and TV episodes, then rent or purchase and watch them instantly. For one touch access to VUDU, customers can add a VUDU icon to their iPad desktops by clicking the “Add to Home Screen” button when on VUDU.com.


“At Walmart, one of our key priorities is to provide one continuous experience for our customers to interact with our brand — whether that is in stores, online or from their mobile devices,” said Edward Lichty, general manager, VUDU. “VUDU’s launch on the iPad plays into that vision as we’re committed to offering the VUDU experience on as many devices as possible so customers can shop for and access their favorite movies and TV shows however they want, whenever they want.”

Movies purchased and/or rented on the iPad can also be viewed on Walmart.com/VUDU, VUDU.com or on any VUDU-enabled consumer electronics device. VUDU is currently available on more than 300 consumer electronics devices including Internet-capable HDTVs, Blu-ray Disc players and the PlayStation 3 — more than any other pay-per-view service.

About VUDU

A leader in HD streaming, VUDU offers the world’s largest online selection of HD movies, including thousands of blockbusters, Hollywood classics and indies available in stunning HDX 1080p with Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound. Movies are available the same day they are released on DVD or Blu-ray, and can be rented or purchased without a subscription. VUDU is available on Internet-capable HDTVs and Blu-ray Disc players from FUNAI Electronics (Magnavox, Sylvania), LG Electronics, Mitsubishi Digital Electronics, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, SANYO, Sharp, Sony, Toshiba and VIZIO, and on the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system from Sony. VUDU is a wholly owned subsidiary of Walmart Stores, Inc., and is headquartered in Santa Clara, CA. For more information, visit http://www.vudu.com/.

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Rick Perry Walking a Fine Line on Immigration Due to Texas “Emergency Sanctuary City Bill”

Rick Perry Walking a Fine Line on Immigration Due to Texas “Emergency Sanctuary City Bill”

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As the Republican governor of Texas, Rick Perry has walked both sides of the immigration line, at one point implementing a Texas-style Dream Act that some say was the model for the national act. On the other hand, he’s authorized local police to inquire about the immigration status of anyone they come in contact with.

One of those positions will play like gangbusters in the GOP primary and the other one will appeal to Latino voters in the general election if he gets that far. For both groups, though, there is that other Rick Perry who will always be on their minds.

In fact, Somos Republican leader Dee Dee Garcia Blase has told The Colorado Independent that Latinos have long considered Perry a friend, but that his recent positions have begun alienating Latinos.

Talking Points Memo sums up Perry’s Latino problem or immigration problem eloquently noting how swiftly he has gone from Latino hero as a new governor to Latino enemy as a long-serving governor with his eye on a bigger prize.

A decade later in June 2011, Perry traveled to San Antonio to offer an address to the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials at their annual convention. This time, however, immigrant rights activists were gathered outside the building to protest and he faced a frosty, even hostile, reception from the guests inside.

Perry again emphasized his pride in the state’s Hispanic population, but it was no use — a failed attempt by the governor to crack down on “sanctuary cities” with legislation that would free police officers to question people on their immigration status had poisoned the atmosphere completely. San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, who spoke before the governor, condemned Perry’s bill as “easily the most anti-Latino agenda in more than a generation.”

Read more at Colorado Independent →

Yoani Sanchez from Cuba: The Narrow Width

Yoani Sanchez from Cuba: The Narrow Width

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I felt a shock on learning that Diana Nyad would make an attempt to swim across the Florida Straits. I recalled the days in 1994, when my neighborhood of San Leopoldo was swarming with people building improvised rafts on which to launch themselves into the sea. I especially remember one group that left, during that period in which the Cuban authorities stopped preventing illegal departures. A craft armed with pieces of wood, plastic tanks serving as floats, the image of the Virgin of Charity, and a patched flag that no longer knew to which nation it belonged. But the most striking thing turned out to be that on that flimsy raft were only the elderly. There was a very black lady with a colorful straw hat, a flowered dress and a smile, thanking in both Spanish and English the boys who helped her to set sail. I never knew if that rickety expedition made it to its destination, if all those seniors disposed to start again got the opportunity.

Seventeen years later, I hear the news that an American wants to try the same route, but this time protected by divers, a pair of kayaks and even a medical team. Her laudable intention was to highlight the closeness between the Island and its neighbor to the north, to help reconcile both shores. But the Straits of Florida is also part of our national cemetery, the graveyard where lie thousands of our compatriots. The omission by the athlete of such an important characteristic did not appeal to me. Nor the fact that with her nautical feat she would highlight the twentieth anniversary of a most exclusive club, the Hemingway Marina, where a Cuban, even today, cannot board a vessel and may not enter — on his own — such a beautiful landing. I would have preferred that the Gulf currents would be swum by someone who knew the pain sheltered in these waters and who would dedicate their gesture to the “unknown rafter” who died in the mouth of so many possible sharks.

When I learned, on Tuesday, that after a 29-hour effort the swimmer was unable to achieve her objective, my superstitions were confirmed. There are certain spaces, I thought, that need more than strokes or sports records to seem less sad. State television said succinctly that “insurmountable obstacles had emerged, among them winds of more than 12 miles per hour.” I can imagine Diana fighting against the waves, the sun gaining strength overheard, the intensely salty sea flowing into her mouth. I am going to go further and fantasize about the inexplicable detail of a straw hat, the colorful sombrero of woman who passed close to her, making her think herself delirious in the middle of the Florida Straits.

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Cross-Cultural Legal Transactions Can Easily Get Lost in Translation

Cross-Cultural Legal Transactions Can Easily Get Lost in Translation

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When Frank Perdue launched his poultry company’s marketing slogan, “It takes a tough man to make a tender chicken,” it was a huge success in the United States. But its rollout in Mexico reportedly raised eyebrows and produced giggles instead. Apparently, the Spanish translation gives the slogan a raunchy sexual connotation.


Olga M. Pina tells that story to underscore the need for sensitivity and caution while conducting cross-border business and representing international clients. Pina, the practice leader for international business at Fowler White Boggs in Tampa, Fla., spoke on an American Bar Association Annual Meeting Section of Litigation panel about the need for international lawyers to be alert to differing cultures and customs.


Pina counsels her younger associates who work with foreign clients or overseas that a lawyer’s appearance is as important as knowledge of the law, advocacy abilities and negotiating skills.


“Most jurisdictions outside the U.S. don’t do business casual,” Pina said. “How you come across not only shows a sign of respect in your business, but it also sends a message about authority and power.”

Pina observed that women lawyers in a professional setting have more flexibility in how they dress when dealing with Latin American cultures than they do in most Asian cultures, where dark, conservative suits are the norm.

Language is another crucial consideration in conducting cross-border legal business, Pina said. When relying on translators, she said, it’s important to make sure they are fluent not only in the foreign language, but also in the jurisdiction’s laws and legal customs. Otherwise, misunderstandings can result.


Such a mix-up happened with Pina, who is fluent in Spanish, when she represented a U.S. business in a tax matter involving an employee who had been temporarily assigned to Argentina. The required Argentine tax hadn’t been withheld from his salary, and the employee threatened to report the company to the authorities.


After the matter was settled, Pina confirmed from Argentine counsel that because of the settlement, the company needn’t pay any taxes. Her incredulous client, knowing that such an arrangement would be impossible in the United States, asked her to reconfirm this. Pina asked and was again told that the company needn’t pay any taxes.


It dawned on Pina that there must be a communication breakdown. “I’m speaking the right language, but asking the wrong question,” she said.


Pina ultimately asked, “By law, what taxes would my client have to pay?” The lawyer told her the amount but said that since the employee wasn’t going to report the company, the government wouldn’t know to enforce the collection.


“What I realized is that culture overlays the language and the interpretation of what my question was,” Pina said. Unlike the IRS in the United States, tax collection in Argentina is weakly enforced.

“Culture, perception and language are very different things, and they all come together,” Pina concluded from that experience.” So you need to be very careful that you’re asking the right question and you understand the context in which it’s being interpreted.”

Read more at American Bar Association →

US Health Insurance Mandate Suffers Setback

US Health Insurance Mandate Suffers Setback

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A U.S. appeals court has ruled that part of the Obama administration’s overhaul of the health care system is unconstitutional.

A divided three-judge panel Friday struck down the provision of the law that requires all Americans to pay for health insurance by 2014 or face a penalty.

In its decision, the panel wrote that the so-called individual mandate goes too far, representing a “potentially unbound assertion of congressional authority.” But unlike a lower court ruling, the panel upheld the rest of the health care reforms as legal.

The ruling sides with a challenge filed by 26 states, which complained the law was unconstitutional, but conflicts with a separate appeals court ruling in June that upheld the individual health care insurance requirement.

Administration officials have long defended the need to require all Americans to have health insurance.

The fate of the requirement could ultimately be determined by the Supreme Court .

Read more at Voice of America →

Forget Women’s Ordination: The Most Controversial Issue Among Catholics Today is Cry Rooms

Forget Women’s Ordination: The Most Controversial Issue Among Catholics Today is Cry Rooms

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Cry room supporters argue that other parishioners deserve a chance for prayer and meditation without the interruptions of a hungry newborn’s cries or inappropriate discussions of bodily functions right at the moment of consecration. Mommies and daddies can relax in cry rooms, they say, and avoid the guilt of knowing their progeny are disturbing their fellow Christians.

Cry room opponents say that relegating parents and small children to a crowded, chaotic room with a lousy speaker system makes them want to cry—or just stay home. And it sends the wrong message that children and young families are a problem to be shuttered away, rather than a part of the community to be accommodated, even celebrated.

On the other hand, modern cry rooms with large plate-glass windows and better speaker systems allow families to feel that they are part of the congregation and prevent parents from having to seek refuge in echoing choir lofts, drafty vestibules, or even outdoors when their kids need a diaper change or a break from the pew.

And the Survey Says:


1. Parents with young children who cannot sit quietly for an hour-long Mass should:

56% - Bring the kids to Mass. Kids will be kids, and other parishioners should recognize that.

49% - Bring the kids to Mass, but be prepared to leave if it seems like they’re disturbing other parishioners.

12% - Hire a babysitter or alternate Masses with their spouse so someone can stay home with the kids.

6% - Be excused from the obligation to attend weekly Mass.

Other

Representative of “other”:
“You might have to leave if kids are too disruptive, but parishioners need to be tolerant of normal, age-related behavior.”

2. My parish serves small children and their parents by:

55% - Offering a children’s liturgy of the word during at least one of the Sunday Masses.

45% - Offering a cry room.

32% - Creating an overall child-friendly atmosphere at Mass.

25% - Holding Sunday School/Catechism during one of the Masses so parents can attend Mass in peace.

18% - Holding a family Mass every Sunday.

14% - Other

 

3. As a parishioner without small children, my feelings about cry rooms are:

58% - They should be provided for parents who want them, but I don’t mind kids at Mass.

22% - I wish more parents would use them, as their crying children are a distraction.

8% - They send the wrong message that children are not part of the community at Mass.

12% - Other

 

4. As a parent, my feelings about cry rooms are:

33% - I like to have that option when needed, but prefer to feel like part of the congregation.

13% - I hate them. I feel like a second-class Catholic banished to the cheap seats.

13% - They’re OK for those who want them, but I don’t like the glares if I choose not to use it.

7% - Using one is better than trying to feed a baby in the bathroom.

5% - I love them and use them regularly.

29% - Other

Representative of “other”:
“I don’t like them, because they give children the idea it is OK to whatever they want in Mass. Even though my kids aren’t behaving, I want them to see that everyone around them is.”

Read more at US Catholic →

Brazilian President’s Approval Rating Drops Amid Political Scandal

Brazilian President’s Approval Rating Drops Amid Political Scandal

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A poll shows that Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s personal approval rating has declined since March.

A Ibope poll released this week shows President Rousseff’s popularity fell six percentage points to 67 percent.  Forty-eight percent of those surveyed described the president’s administration as good.  In an earlier survey, the approval rating for her government stood at 56 percent.  Ms. Rousseff took office January 1.

The survey comes as the Rousseff government confronts political scandals and economic issues.

On Tuesday, police arrested the deputy tourism minister, Frederico da Costa, and at least 34 other people in a corruption sweep linked to funding for major sports events.

Last month, the transportation minister, Alfredo Nascimento, resigned in connection with a scandal over an alleged kickback scheme in his office. 

President Rousseff’s chief of staff, Antonio Palocci, stepped down June 7 following questions about how his personal wealth had increased sharply while he was a congressman in 2010.  Palocci also served as a consultant at that time.

Separately, the government earlier this year announced $30 billion in budget cuts to curb rising inflation.  Brazil is Latin America’s biggest economy and is now considered one of the world’s major emerging economies.

Read more at Voice of America →

Celebrations of Fidel Castro´s 85th Birthday Last All Week

Celebrations of Fidel Castro´s 85th Birthday Last  All Week

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A music concert by 22 artists from nine countries will take place on the eve of Fidel Castro’s 85th birthday, Saturday, August 13.

Concert coordinator and head of international affairs of the Guayasamin Foundation, Alfredo Vera, said that the cultural gala will be held at the Havana-based Karl Marx theater.

Painter Oswaldo Guayasamin, a close friend of Fidel Castro, celebrated the Cuban leader’s 70th birthday and after he died in 1999, his foundation marked Fidel’s 80th birthday in Havana while he was hospitalized.

The concert coincides with the stay in Havana of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, who is receiving his second chemotherapy session, after a cancerous tumor was removed.

Now that Fidel is enjoying good health and is taking care of Commandant Hugo Chavez , we consider it the right moment to wish him a happy birthday, that’s why we are here, Vera said.

Outstanding singers such as Cuban Omara Portuondo, Ecuadorian Pablo Nuevo, Venezuelan Cecilia Todd, Argentineans Liliana Herrero and Raly Barrionuevo, Paraguayan Ricardo Flecha and Uruguayan Daniel Viglieti will dedicate their songs to Fidel Castro.

Celebrations for Fidel Castro´s 85th birthday began Tuesday evening with a concert by several Latin American artists, along with exhibits of paintings, photos and a ballet performances.

Read more at Ahora →

Persecution of Paraguay Indians Exposed to UN (VIDEO)

Persecution of Paraguay Indians Exposed to UN (VIDEO)

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UN officials have been warned of the imminent threat against the lives of Paraguay’s last remaining uncontacted tribe ahead of their meeting today that will assess the country’s racial discrimination record.

In a report submitted to the UN’s Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), Survival has exposed companies involved in the persecution of extremely vulnerable uncontacted Ayoreo.

The Indians are being systematically forced from their homes in the Chaco forest of northern Paraguay to make way for cattle farming.

Ranchers are destroying the Ayoreo’s forests and exposing them to deadly diseases to which they have no immunity.

Brazilian-owned firms BBC S.A and River Plate S.A. have recently been caught red-handed for illegally clearing land inhabited by uncontacted Ayoreo.

Both companies received state payment for 18,000 hectares of land on condition that it is returned to the Ayoreo. However, they have refused to complete the transfer unless they are granted permission to deforest land lying adjacent to the area.
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A group of Totobiegosode leaders gaze at one of the enormous bulldozers now destroying much of their hunting territory, Paraguay.
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Contacted members of the tribe have been pursuing land entitlement for themselves and their uncontacted relatives for almost twenty years, but the government has so far failed to remove the cattle ranchers from their ancestral territories.

Survival’s report urges the CERD to take up the pressing issue with Paraguay’s government and encourages it to push forward the Ayoreo’s long-awaited land claim so that their uncontacted relatives can live on their traditional lands in peace.

Read more at Survival International →



SaturdayAugust 13, 2011