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ThursdayAugust 18, 2011

Latino Daily News: Bringing You the Latest Hispanic Current Events and News Stories 24/7

To reflect the dynamic interests of our audience, Latino Daily News is an online daily news source and virtual cultural center for and about Latinos. We offer the latest news headlines, as well as innovative and insightful Hispanic current events stories, photos, videos, and commentaries from a Latino perspective, 24/7.

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Maná Extends Billboard Chart Record with 7th #1 Single (VIDEO)

Maná’s “Amor Clandestino” is the #1 Latin song in the country this week.

“The World’s Most Successful Latin Rock Group” extends their record for the most #1 singles by a band on Billboard’s “Hot Latin Songs” As “Amor Clandestino” becomes Maná’s seventh track to top the chart.

“Amor Clandestino” is the second consecutive single from Maná’s multi-platinum album Drama y Luz to reach #1. The album’s first single “Lluvia Al Corazon” is already the longest running #1 Song of The Year, with eight weeks atop the chart.  Thus far, the two songs have combined for over 300 Million BDS audience impressions this year.

Last Friday, Maná gave a rare all-Spanish language performance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. See Their Performance of “Lluvia Al Corazon” here.


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Take a Look At Eva Longoria’s Meeting With Mario López for his new Show “H8R”

Take a Look At Eva Longoria’s Meeting With Mario López for his new Show “H8R”

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“H8R” is the name of the new television show produced by Mario López in which celebrities get to confront their online hecklers.  The show, set to start on September 14 uses hidden camera schemes to get “haters” referred to as “online trolls” to speak their boisterous minds about celebrities.  Then, the show brings out the celebrities, for a nice bit of the same formula that has been selling film and television since black and white times: Conflict.

“It’s quite easy, to tell you the truth,” Lopez said at a Q&A Panel for the show. “(The Internet) provides a forum for cowards, quite honestly, because they’re in their home and probably chilling out in their underwear and saying all these vicious things.  And then we thought it would be interesting, what if this person confronted the person they’re bashing, and would they say it face to face? Would they still have the guts to tell them to their face? And that’s what we’re going to find out, but because of the Internet, we’re able to find a plethora of haters.”

Mario López visited pal Eva Longoria at her restaurant “Beso,” where filming for his show took place. There are no pictures of Longoria’s “H8R,” but we are sure, her online “troll” gets owned by Eva Longoria, only to 15 minutes later, bury the hatchet by suggestion of López.  Doesn’t sound like this makes for great TV but then again that’s what they said about “Jersey Shore.” 

 

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Hispanic Group Looking to Spread the Word About the Need to Preserve the Colorado River

Hispanic Group Looking to Spread the Word About the Need to Preserve the Colorado River

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A number of Hispanic leaders from Western states have come together in a group called Nuestro Rio to ensure the preservation of the Colorado River, as it is being threatened by climate change, chronic drought, and the ever-increasing surrounding population.

The Colorado River in the feeder for a number of water sources in 7 western states, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, and Wyoming. It runs into Lake Mead in Nevada, and in the last decade, the lake’s water level has dropped enough that a ring is clearly visible around its walls.

The Gila River, which once flowed into the Colorado River, no longer does due to heavy water demands nearby cities and crops.

Nuestro Rio is “a network of Hispanics in the West that use our collective voice to educate our communities about the history of Hispanics and the Colorado River and to tell our story as we advocate for a healthy river for generations to come.”

Supporters are currently collecting signatures for a letter which will be sent to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Michael Connor and other political leaders from states around the Colorado River basin.

Currently, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is researching possible future gaps in the river’s flow in the next 50 years.

Read more at Associated Press (Las Vegas Sun)

Barça Wins Spanish SuperCopa Title Against Real Madrid Then Fights Breakout (VIDEO)

Barça Wins Spanish SuperCopa Title Against Real Madrid Then Fights Breakout (VIDEO)

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Leo Messi was the figure of a match that saw Ronaldo score his 100th goal, and Madrid’s coach Mourinho be a total manner-less jerk.

The Barcelona Fútbol Club became the champions of Spain’s SuperCopa after tying the visitor’s match in Madrid and defeating the white team 3-2 at home.

Before the first 15 minutes of the game had passed, Messi filtered a glorious pass to Andrés Iniesta and the Spaniard turned it into an unstoppable hat trick, 1-0.

Not five minutes later, in a confusing play that started as a corner kick, Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 100th goal; his celebratory mood only lasted 20 minutes, for just before the first half ended, Piqúe treated Messi to an extraordinary backward heel pass, which the argentine turned into the 2-1.

The second half saw a Real Madrid play with incredible tenacity, but poor definition, something that could explain the entire team’s attitude toward the always cool and collected Barça, and also towards the referees who seemed unable to make any calls that weren’t received with massive protests from the entire team and their grumpy ole’ coach.

French player Karim Benzema tied the game ten minutes before the end but, when it looked like the match would have to be decided in the extended time, Messi cannoned with his left foot a pass from Adriano 3 minutes from the end. Goalie Iker Casillas never saw what hit him.


In the last minute, and embodying the entire team’s feelings, Real Madrid’s Marcelo released all of his frustration on Césc Fábregas who was making his debut with the Barça.

Take a look at the video below for the meleé that ensued, and join us in our forums section, where we’ll be talking about Mourinho’s coward attack onto a Barcelona coach assistant; should he be penalized? 

 

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Hey, Chilean Students: Don’t Falter! Do You Know Who’s Got Your Back? (VIDEO)

Hey, Chilean Students: Don’t Falter! Do You Know Who’s Got Your Back? (VIDEO)

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Chilean students protesting for a better education, got a message of strength all the way from the backstage of a sold out concert in Morrison, Colorado. Who do you think told them he’s “got their back”?

Yup, no one else than Rage Against The Machine guitar player Tom Morello!

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Crazed Mexican Teen Demands to Go Out While Pointing Gun at Mom (VIDEO)

Crazed Mexican Teen Demands to Go Out While Pointing Gun at Mom (VIDEO)

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Next time your teenage daughter demands to go out and you think you have the worse kid on earth check out this Mexican teen.  When her loafing, toe picking mother insists she can’t go out the hyped up teen pulls out a gun fires a shot in the floor and points it to her head.

If that wasn’t enough she insisted she was going to kill herself if she couldn’t see her friends – the family must be use to these outbursts because her baby brother told her to shut up while her mom calmly told her to put the gun down.  The person or relative taking the video didn’t appeared to worry either because they kept on filming.

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Chavez Pulling Money From U.S. Institutions, While Also Planning to Take Over Venezuela’s Gold Mines

Chavez Pulling Money From U.S. Institutions, While Also Planning to Take Over Venezuela’s Gold Mines

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is reportedly planning a government takeover of his country’s gold mining industry and has begun taking cash and gold from Swiss and English banks and placing it in banks in Brazil, China and Russia.

Though an official statement has yet to be made on the matter, Bloomberg is reporting Chavez has repatriated $11 billion worth of gold in order to “safeguard the country from the [global] economic crisis, [while nationalizing] the local gold industry.”

ImageChavez, who had just returned home from Cuba after another round of chemotherapy, has said he wishes to cut Venezuela’s dependency on the U.S. dollar, and has reportedly called on the country’s central bank to remove money currently in U.S. institutions.

Recent documents from the country’s foreign minister state that Libya’s European-held reserves have been “pillaged” by “the powers of the North” and Chavez wants to ensure Venezuela is not held at the mercy of similar actions in the future.

Wednesday, he also shared that he plans to take control of the country’s gold industry as a whole to prevent illegal mining and boost Venezuela’s reserves.

Read more at Business Insider →

California Panda Express Sued for Discrimination of Latino Employees by EEOC

California Panda Express Sued for Discrimination of Latino Employees by EEOC

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The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed a lawsuit against the restaurant chain Panda Express for actions of its San Jose, California restaurant.

The EEOC is alleging Panda Express discriminated against its Latino workers by making them clean bathrooms and perform other menials task while the Asian employees stood around and observed and had an overall easier workload.  In addition, these Latino workers were disciplined more than their Asian counterparts and were given less work hours.

The federal suit claims the actions by this Panda Express violate the civil rights of these employees and discriminates against them due to their ethnicity.  The EEOC is seeking to obtain damages for these Latino employees and have Panda Express put in place anti-discrimination policies.

The company which employees 18,000 employees in over 1,200 locations, has not commented on the federal government lawsuit nor is it known if other Panda Express locations are being targeted by the EEOC.

Read more at Mercury News →

Hispanic Officer Killed in the Line of Duty in 2003, Honored with Street Sign in New Jersey

Hispanic Officer Killed in the Line of Duty in 2003, Honored with Street Sign in New Jersey

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In 2003, officer Melvin Lisoljo was killed in the line of duty, becoming the first Hispanic police officer to do so in Newark, NJ. Tuesday, in honor of his service, an intersection was named after him.

Melvin, 35, and his brother Sgt. Juan Lisojo had been working in the same building, Juan for the Essex County Juvenile Corrections division, and Melvin for the Newark Police Department, before he died.

Sadly, on June 24, 2003, while Melvin was responding to shots fired when his patrol car was struck by an intoxicated driver that had blown a red light. His car flipped and he was killed, though his partner, who was driving, survived. The drunk driver, Akram Evans, is currently serving 20 years in prison for vehicular homicide after accepting a plea agreement in 2005. He was also charged with recklessly operating a vehicle and driving while intoxicated, and was wanted on several outstanding warrants, which included one for an incident where he was suspected of exchanging gunfire with several Newark officers.

Tuesday, friends, family of the Lisojo’s met for the dedication ceremony of the newly named Melvin Lisojo Plaza, hosted by the Hispanic Law Enforcement Society, at the intersection of Dickerson and Duryea streets, an intersection where the building the Lisojo brothers worked at.

Melvin is survived by three children, his parents, a sister, and four brothers.

Read more at The Star Ledger →

Finally! Decision Reached on Final Resting Place of Carlos Andrés Pérez

Finally! Decision Reached on Final Resting Place of Carlos Andrés Pérez

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Former Venezuelan President Carlos Andrés Pérez will be buried in Venezuela after 8 months of intense quarreling between his mistress in Miami and his wife in Venezuela.

Pérez died of a heart attack last Christmas; his body remained in a cool room for the better part of this year, until a Florida judge ordered it to be put in a temporaty crypt, until a decision could be reached on the ultimate burial site.

The president’s first wife, Blanca Rodríguez and her family won the court room drama, and the body of the late president will be repatriated to Venezuela.

The president’s mistress and former secretary Cecilia Matos had refused to let the body be transported to Venezuela, as in his last days Pérez had vehemently expressed his decision to not go back to Venezuela while dictator Hugo Chávez was in power.  He had lived in Miami in exile for the last 30 years with his secretary-mistress where he had two daughters with her and while his wife and family lived in Venezuela.

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Another Drug Tunnel Between Mexico & U.S. Found in Arizona

U.S. Immigration agents and Border Patrol have located another drug tunnel running between the U.S. and Mexico this week.  The tunnel is small by comparison to the tunnel found several days ago that was 980-feet long.

This tunnel operating out of Nogales, Arizona into Mexico was 90 feet long with 45 feet of it operating in Mexico.  It was 3 x 3 feet wide and was located 4 ½ feet below street level.  The opening of the tunnel was located on a pedestrian street and was covered by a piece of concrete.

Law enforcement agents found the tunnel when they were following several men in a pick-up truck acting suspiciously – those men were later found to have almost 3,000 lbs of marijuana on them that they apparently got out of the tunnel. 

Almost 60 tunnels have been found in this border city alone since 2008. 

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Homeland Security Now Targeting Sham Universities Rather Than Foreign Students

Homeland Security Now Targeting Sham Universities Rather Than Foreign Students

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been cracking down on the number of so-called “sham universities”, which have been using their status as schools accepting international students as a way to charge immigrant students of them thousands of dollars each in return for students

Schools like Tri-Valley University in California are suspected of preying on those willing to pay for a better life, trusting that school officials promising to provide them with student visas will do just that. However, these visas are usually illegally obtained, and by the time the students realize this their stuck, many afraid to go to law enforcement for fear of being punished for being in the country illegally.

Tri-Valley was shut down by federal authorities after an initial investigation led investigators to believe it was using foreign students to make millions of dollars, while falsifying documentation to provide them with documentation to stay in the country as students.

Many of the students were from India, and Indian officials claimed those receiving the illegally obtained visas were mislead and said the university was at fault, not the students.

Officials have since revamped their investigation and have begun targeting the schools and not the students.

While officials investigate another suspected sham university, the University of Northern Virginia (UNVA), they have given the students three options. They can continue at the university for the month it has been allowed to remain open, transfer to another school, or return to their home country. The students’ visas will not be terminated and will remain valid for the amount of time they were initially allotted and they will be given the opportunity to transfer to another school.

Read more at Homeland Security Newswire →

Peruvian Deysi Cori Wins World Chess Youth Tournament

Peruvian Deysi Cori Wins World Chess Youth Tournament

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Deysi shone in the chess tournament held in Chennai, India, winning 13 matches, tying 4, and finishing undefeated!  Deysi defeated Georgian Keti Tsatsalashvili to become the undefeated champion of the under-20 tournament.

With a total of 11 points, she was followed by Russian Olga Girya with 10.5 points and Georgia’s Nazi Paikidze with 9.5 points.

Cari, who is 17 years old, holds the title of “Woman Grandmaster,” and added this title to a long list of awards, including the under-16 world chess title, which she won in Turkey.

Cori and her little brother, Jorge, have both been awarded several chess titles, including the gold medal in the 2009 Pan-American Games.  Cori is also considered the top-rated chess player in Peru, more impressively she is the only girls Chess Top 20 who resides in the Western Hemisphere.

 

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Spanish Telenovela, Terminales, to Be Adapted by ABC Family Network (VIDEO)

Spanish Telenovela, Terminales, to Be Adapted by ABC Family Network (VIDEO)

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The popular Spanish telenovela, Terminales will be adapted by the ABC Family network for English speaking audiences.

ABC is working with Lionsgate and Kapital Entertainment, who will produce the show.  ABC sees what many in Latin America see a show about pretty people getting cancer with larger than life personalities that is very popular.  The U.S. version of the Televisa telenovela will probably feature a fashion-forward teen versus young-adult to cater more to their tween audience, who is dying of cancer and is surrounded by very colorful characters in her publicist job.

ABC Family is so excited about the project it is fast-tracking it and is preparing to cast the show.  Watch the trailer for the original asking “Are you ready to die?” You will especially love the elderly abuelitas giving advice to Abril Marquez’ character to have as much sex as possible as a cure for cancer – only in telenovelas.

ABC Family might have to clean up the script a bit and not have so many love scenes in hospital beds.


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POLL:  Voters Not As Concerned Anti-Immigration Efforts Will Violate Their Own Civil Rights

POLL:  Voters Not As Concerned Anti-Immigration Efforts Will Violate Their Own Civil Rights

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Voters are showing less concern that anti-immigration efforts will also end up violating civil rights and most continue to oppose automatic citizenship for children born in the United States to illegal immigrants.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Voters shows that just 49% are even somewhat concerned that efforts to identify and deport illegal immigrants will also end up violating the civil rights of some U.S. citizens. That’s down from 55% in April and 57% in May 2010.
Today, 47% are not as concerned that civil rights may be violated in the effort to seek out illegal immigrants. The current figures include 22% who are Very Concerned and just 12% who are Not At All Concerned.

Thirty-two percent (32%) of voters now believe a child should be a U.S. citizen if he or she is born here to a woman who is illegal. That’s generally consistent with results from April of this year and August of last year. In April 2006, 36% supported automatic citizenship for children of illegal immigrants.

Sixty percent (60%) oppose automatic citizenship for children born in America to illegal immigrants, a finding that has held steady for years.

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CBP Commissioner Alan Bersin Fires Back Against Gov. Perry’s Claims the US-Mexico Border is Lawless

CBP Commissioner Alan Bersin Fires Back Against Gov. Perry’s Claims the US-Mexico Border is Lawless

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Despite presidential candidate Gov. Rick Perry’s claims that the U.S.-Mexico border is completely lawless, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials argue that it is safer and more secure than it has ever been.

Gov. Perry recently told reporters that he’d asked Washington for 1,000 National Guard troops at the border, as the current methods are ineffective and building a fence along the entire 1,200-mile border is just “ridiculous”.

He slammed the Obama administration for saying the border is far more secure than ever, saying, “Six week ago, the president went to El Paso and said the border is safer than it’s ever been. I have no idea, maybe he was talking about the Canadian border. I will assure you one thing, if I’m president of the United States, the border will be secure.”

CBP Commissioner Alan Bersin fired back at claims of a lawless border, saying the residents of the area will attest to the increased safety.

Bersin told the Texas Tribune, “It is incumbent to those of us who live and work on the border to dispel this myth that the border is out of control, that the border is unsafe.”

He believes the reason Arizona saw such an increase in undocumented immigrants was due to the fact that Texas and California was becoming more successful in controlling their borders, causing the immigrants to, in essence, “funnel through” to Arizona.

When looking at the stats, Bersin said, “Lets go back to 1993, when the border truly was out of control, when, in fact, 1.8 million people were just walking across the border,” he said. “In 1993, 286,000 Mexicans were arrested crossing in to the country illegally [from Chihuahua into Texas]. Fast-forward to last year and the number is down to 12,000, under 12,000. And, in fact, that accounts for 80 or 90 percent of the people trying to cross here illegally.”

Bersin said he believes Arizona will soon see similar success.

The commissioner fairly pointed out that border towns are not without drug-related violence, and admitted that the towns being so close to the border do require specialized attention not otherwise needed in areas further away, but said that if someone is going to point to the crime statistics of towns like El Paso, those stats should be compared to those of non-border towns.

“If the standard that is to be applied to any particular incident, one incident, two incidents or 10 murders that happened in El Paso make this an unsafe place, that’s a standard that Los Angeles would fail, that Boston would fail and Detroit would fail.”

Read more at The Texas Tribune →

Enrique Iglesias Takes Dance Chart Record From Michael Jackson AGAIN!

Enrique Iglesias Takes Dance Chart Record From Michael Jackson AGAIN!

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For the second time this year, Enrique Iglesias snatches the title for most dance hits at #1 from the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson.

Back in February of this year, Enrique Iglesias had become the male artist with the most chart topping dance hits in history.

But defending his title from the great beyond, MJ’s “Hollywood Tonight” became number one in charts over the summer, tying at 8 number one hits with Enrique.

“Dirty” became Iglesias lucky number 9, and the song that made him the record holder for the male artist with the most songs at #1.

The artist with the most number 1 dance hits ever, is Madonna with 40; a record that Enrique has a shot at, that is if Michael Jackson quits being so awesome and danceable, even after death.

Enrique Iglesias’ Dance/Club Play #1 hits:

“Bailamos,” Aug. 21, 1999, one week
“Be With You,” May 6, 2000, one week
“Hero,” Dec. 15, 2001, one week
“Escape,” May 18, 2002, one week
“Not In Love” (featuring Kelis), April 10, 2004, one week
“Away” (featuring Sean Garrett), March 14, 2009, one week
“I Like It” (featuring Pitbull), Aug. 28, 2010, one week
“Tonight (I’m Lovin’ You)” (featuring Ludacris & DJ Frank E), Feb. 5, 2011, one week
“Dirty Dancer” (with Usher featuring Lil Wayne), Aug. 20, 2011, one week (to-date)

Michael Jackson’s Dance/Club Play #1 hits:

“Thriller (all cuts),” Jan. 22, 1983, 11 weeks
“Tell Me I’m Not Dreamin’ (Too Good to Be True)” (Jermaine Jackson & Michael Jackson), June 9, 1984, three weeks
“Bad (Remix),” Nov. 7, 1987, two weeks
“The Way You Make Me Feel,” Jan. 30, 1988, one week
“In the Closet,” June 13, 1992, one week
“Who Is It,” May 22, 1993, one week
“Scream” (Michael Jackson & Janet Jackson), July 15, 1995, two weeks
“Hollywood Tonight,” June 11, 2011, one week

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Anti-Latino Hate Crimes is Possible Trend Says Hatewatch Organization

Anti-Latino Hate Crimes is Possible Trend Says Hatewatch Organization

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Anti-Latino hate crimes in California spiked up by almost 50% last year, the state’s attorney general’s office reported Wednesday. That dramatic rise, from 81 such crimes in 2009 to 119 in 2010, followed a decade of declines.

The numbers may be indicative of a renewed national rise in hate crimes directed at Latinos, who are often assumed to be undocumented immigrants. Nationally, FBI hate crime statistics showed a 40% rise in such crimes between 2003 and 2007, but that was followed by decreases in 2008 and 2009. The national numbers for the year 2010 are not expected to be released until November of this year.

The national hate crime numbers are notoriously sketchy, and only give a very rough indication of trends in hate crimes. However, many experts consider California particularly good at reporting hate crimes, so that state’s statistics are considered much more accurate than most others’. California, along with Arizona, has been the scene of much conflict between native Americans and immigrants, and if that conflict is heating up there, a similar pattern may be developing nationally.

California officials also reported that the number of hate crimes directed at black people, the LGBT community and Jews declined between 2009 and 2010.

The apparent national rise in anti-Latino hate crime between 2003 and 2007 coincided with some of the more virulent anti-immigrant rhetoric, much of it coming from “mainstream” nativists like then-CNN host Lou Dobbs and then-Congressman Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.). If a second national spike in hate crimes against Latinos has occurred since then, it’s not clear why. An increasing proportion of the nativist invective of the last couple of years in America has been directed at Muslims.

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Thousands in Bogotá Break Two Fitness Guinness World Records (VIDEO)

Thousands in Bogotá Break Two Fitness Guinness World Records (VIDEO)

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Thousands of people in Colombia’s capital shattered records previously held by Budapest for Kickboxing, and Manila for Aerobics!

These Colombians gathered in the capital’s Simón Bolívar Park to participate in the largest fitness event the nation has ever seen.  From the early hours of the morning entire families and large groups of friends stood in long lines by the park’s entrances to sign the Guinness Records registration forms that now are the official proof Bogotá holds two Fitness Guiness World Records.

Around 10:20 in the morning, 8,200 citizens of Bogotá punched and jabbed at imaginary opponents, mimicking the professional kick-boxers leading the exercises from the 14 stages set up around the park; sixteen minutes after that number became official, it was announced Bogotá had taken the title from Budapest as the city hosted the largest amount of kick-boxers at one time, a title the Hungarian city held since 2009, when 2,336 Hungarians kick-boxed for 10 minutes.

Just two hours later, in the largest ever aerobics session 50,420 Colombians danced and shook and stretched into the history books, breaking the record of most people performing aerobics, formerly held by the Philippines.

 

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ACLU Sues Over Shackling of Non-Violent Immigration Detainees

ACLU Sues Over Shackling of Non-Violent Immigration Detainees

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California (ACLU-NC), the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (Lawyers’ Committee), and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (WSGR) filed a class action suit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) on behalf of adult immigration detainees, all of whom appear in immigration court shackled at the wrists, waist, and ankles, regardless of their history or capacity for disruption.

“Freedom from physical restraint during court proceedings has been recognized since the eighteenth century as a fundamental right. But you don’t have to be a scholar to know that shackling a woman in belly chains and leg irons for passing a bad check is unnecessary and inhumane,” said Julia Harumi Mass, Staff Attorney for the ACLU-NC. “Physical restraints are meant for those who pose significant risk to themselves or others. Shackling immigrant detainees in court violates the law and core American values of fair and decent treatment for all persons. There’s a big difference between Hannibal Lecter and your neighbor’s nanny.”

All adult detainees are shackled for the duration of immigration court proceedings in San Francisco. There are no existing legal channels to challenge application of the practice based on individual risk level, potential for flight or medical care needs. People are held in immigration detention for a variety of reasons, including because they could not raise the money to post bond, ICE or court officials believe they pose a flight risk or other possible danger, detention is mandatory under federal immigration law, or they are not eligible for bond because they have committed a crime of “moral turpitude,” such as passing a bad check.

The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco by four individuals on behalf of a class of people who are or will be detained for their immigration proceedings in San Francisco. The suit calls for replacement of ICE’s blanket policy on shackling detainees in San Francisco immigration court with a case-by-case policy that would protect due process rights while maintaining ICE’s ability to use restraints as needed for individuals who pose a true security threat.

ICE runs the largest civil detention program and supervised release program in the country, with more than 31,000 immigrants in detention at more than 300 facilities throughout the nation. In theory, ICE places a high priority on the removal of dangerous persons with criminal convictions. In practice, as of October 2009, only 51% of the detained immigrants had felony convictions, of which only 11 percent had committed violent crimes. 

The number of people in immigration custody has grown exponentially in recent years. From 2006 to 2009, the number of non-criminal versus criminal detainees grew by 64% to 383,524 people from 233,417. The growth is due in part to a broader set of enforcement strategies that trigger immigration holds by ICE, and to an expansion in the funding and number of federal programs designed to detect undocumented residents.

ICE’s 2009 report noted that despite the rapid growth of immigration detention generally, the number of convicted criminals located and detained had barely increased.

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Casey Anthony Attorney, Jose Baez, Under Investigation by Florida Bar

Casey Anthony Attorney, Jose Baez, Under Investigation by Florida Bar

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It appears Jose Baez is in trouble with the Florida Bar Association for his handling of the Casey Anthony bad-check case. 

When an Orange County, Florida judge ordered Casey Anthony to Florida to serve her 1-year probation sentence on bad-check charges, Baez and his team stated she had already served her sentence while in jail during her murder trial.  The problem with that says Orange County is that the court was never notified and they wanted her to serve the sentence AFTER the murder trial.

When Judge Belvin Perry issued an order mandating Anthony return from wherever to start her probation he also cited her attorney’s: “The failure to abide by that order and the failure to notify the court of a known scrivener’s error in the order may be a violation of an attorney’s duty of candor.”

“No attorney should conduct himself or herself in a way that impedes an order of the court,” Perry said. “Our system of justice should never be in the position of rewarding someone who willfully hides the ball.”

An unidentified person or person filed a complaint on Baez handling of the Anthony case and the Florida bar is now conducting an ‘open’ investigation.  The State of Florida has given Casey until August 26 to show up to serve the probation sentence.

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WATCH Gov. Rick Perry Courting the Latino Religious Right Not Too Long Ago (VIDEO)

WATCH Gov. Rick Perry Courting the Latino Religious Right Not Too Long Ago (VIDEO)

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Everyone knows that Republican Presidential contender and Texas Governor Rick Perry is a staunch pro-lifer and religious conservative and it appears it is those very principals that he may use to lure the Latino voter.

While his ‘The Response’ prayer rally received a lot of attention his support of the pro-life nonprofit Manto de Guadalupe (Mantle of Guadalupe) has not.  This past spring in Los Angeles, Perry was the only English-speaker at the organization’s Unidos por la Vida (United for Life) pro-life rally where they were trying to obtain funds to build “the largest pro-life women’s clinic in the U.S.” and put it nearby or next to abortion clinic clusters.

Now, political experts are viewing this participation as Perry’s first outreach to obtain the Latino vote, albeit the conservative one.  Perry even went as far as to label the U.S. an “exporter of abortion” since White House policy allows for international non-profits to receive U.S.  aid even if they are performing abortions.

Governor Perry’s YouTube political outreach campaign posted the video in June. 


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Hispanic Media Coalition Opposes AT&T - T-Mobile Merger As Bad for Latinos

Hispanic Media Coalition Opposes AT&T - T-Mobile Merger As Bad for Latinos

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The National Hispanic Media Coalition, NHMC, has filed a petition with the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice to stop the AT&T takeover, which has been scheduled to October.

In addition, NHMC is launching a short educational video explaining why AT&T’s takeover of T-Mobile is harmful to Latinos.

Through the video, NHMC argues that the supposed public interest benefits of this acquisition are heavily outweighed by the harms that all Americans, and particularly American Latinos, would face.

“NHMC has showed that this consolidation would eliminate T-Mobile, an important competitor, driving up prices, diminishing choices, and leading to layoffs,” comments Alex Nogales, President and CEO of the National Hispanic Media Coalition. “This acquisition is dangerous to consumers, it will harm Latinos more than help them,” adds Nogales.

The video shows data supporting that Latinos make up the majority of T-Mobile’s clients because prices are cheaper; cell phones are Latinos’ number one means to access the internet; and that further, the transaction would establish a duopoly by Verizon and AT&T over the cell phone business. Less competition is never good for consumers.

The merger will cause prices to rise to AT&T’s level and 20 thousand people are estimated to lose their jobs, many of them Latinos who work in the retail stores, or as bilingual customer service reps. 

The National Hispanic Media Coalition, NHMC, is a non-profit, civil rights media advocacy organization created to advance American Latino employment and programming equity throughout the entertainment industry and to advocate for telecommunications policies that benefit the American Latino community.

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Mexican Government To Release State Protected Mayan Secrets

Mexican Government To Release State Protected Mayan Secrets

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There are more than 3 million websites on the internet dedicated to the upcoming end of the Mayan calendar in 2012 and therefore they will welcome the announcement just made by the Mexican government.  Confidential information about the Mayans, kept secret by the government will be released for the making of a 2012 documentary.

For some, 2012 is synonym of apocalypse, doom, earthquakes, fire, tsunamis and John Cusack freaking out; the more collected and less superstitious take comfort in the idea that the ending of a calendar doesn’t necessarily mean the end of times but the “end of a cycle,” and most likely next year and its 21 of December, will be like any other year and any other December 21st.

Raúl Julia-Levy, son of the late Raúl Julia alleges that for the past 80 years, the Mexican government has been keeping sensitive information about the Mayans hidden to the public.

Julia-Levy said that former Mexican President and family friend Vicente Fox made him aware of the secret information about the Mayans and that for the last 4 years he pushed the government of Felipe Calderón to release this information, and allow him to shoot a documentary about it, and about the new sites that have been recently discovered in secret rooms inside Mayan pyramids.

Juan Carlos Rulfo (2006 Sundance Winner for “In The Pit”) will direct the documentary which will begin shooting this year. Producers say it will carry an important message for the entire humanity, about the way we live, and the way we’ve used our planet.

By order of the Mexican Government, all information must remain secret until the day of the premiere, next fall… Is it protection of information, or just a marketing ploy for the new film?

What do you think?

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ThursdayAugust 18, 2011