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MondayAugust 22, 2011

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Galavision Breaks Audience Records with Mexico v Brazil U20 World Cup

Galavisión, the country’s leading Spanish-language cable network, announced today that its live coverage of the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup semifinal between Mexico and Brazil averaged more than 1.7 million total viewers, making it the second most-watched Spanish-language cable telecast in history.

The match, in which Henrique scored twice in the final 10 minutes to lead Brazil to a 2-0 victory over Mexico, reached more than 3 million viewers who watched all or part of the telecast. Additionally, the game ranks as the fourth highest watched sports telecast in August so far among all cable networks, regardless of language, with Adults 18-34 and fifth highest watched of the month so far with Adults 18-49.

“Galavisión has been home to some of the most thrilling soccer competitions on television this summer,” said Alexander “Sandy” Brown, president of Sports, Univision Communications Inc. “While we anticipate an exciting end to the FIFA U-20 World Cup, soccer fans can be certain to get the best match ups year-round from Liga Mexicana de Fútbol and MLS matches, to international friendlies and more.”

Across key demos, the FIFA U-20 World Cup semifinal between Mexico and Brazil averaged:
• 1.7 Million Total Viewers 2+ (1,713,000)
• 1.2 Adults 18-49 (1,151,000)
• 856,000 Men 18-49
• 708,000 Adults 18-34
• 552,000 Men 18-34

Wednesday’s Mexico vs. Brazil FIFA U-20 semifinal match was the #1 telecast across all cable networks for the entire day among:
• Hispanic Total Viewers 2+
• Hispanic Adults 18-34
• Hispanic Men 18-34
• Hispanic Adults 18-49
• Hispanic Men 18-49

Over the first 13 games of the tournament, the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup is outpacing the 2009 tournament on Galavisión by:
• +327% on Total Viewers 2+
• +313% on Adults 18-49
• +314% on Men 18-49
• +317% on Adults 18-34
• +315% on Men 18-34

Source:  The Nielsen Company

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U.S. Diplomat Travels to Guatemala to Discuss Intercountry Adoption

U.S. Diplomat Travels to Guatemala to Discuss Intercountry Adoption

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Special Advisor for Children’s Issues Ambassador Susan Jacobs is visiting Guatemala through August 24 to accompany Senator Mary Landrieu and officials from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services for meetings on intercountry adoption. Ambassador Jacobs and Senator Landrieu previously traveled to Guatemala in April 2011 to discuss pending adoption cases since the suspension of new adoptions by Guatemala in 2007.

The delegation will meet with government officials and nongovernmental adoption stakeholders to discuss the progress of pending U.S. citizen adoption cases since their April meetings. Ambassador Jacobs will also discuss Guatemala’s efforts to implement new intercountry adoption safeguards that would provide a path toward future adoption processing.

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Taking Up an Invitation from Nancy Reagan Herself, Sen. Rubio to Speak at Reagan Library

Taking Up an Invitation from Nancy Reagan Herself, Sen. Rubio to Speak at Reagan Library

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Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) is preparing to speaking at the Reagan presidential library on Tuesday after former first lady, Nancy Reagan requested he speak at her husband’s library.

Shortly after the freshman senator was elected, Nancy Reagan wrote Rubio a letter stating, “You’ve been identified as someone to watch on the national political scene. I’m looking forward to watching you in your new role. Americans are curious to get to know you. I believe the Reagan Library would be a great venue for you to deliver an address.”

In his first major speech outside the Florida legislature and the U.S. Senate, Rubio is expected to address the government’s role in the country, as well as his views on immigration, and America’s role in the world.

Just last week, Rubio said, “Ronald Reagan was elected when I was in third grade and Ronald Reagan left office when I was in high school. So he basically defined the era in which I grew up in, in every way possible. And to this day, so much of what Reagan stood for is still what we’re still debating about.”

Though Rubio is not well known by the country yet, he is quickly gaining the praise of notable Republicans like former Republican Party of Florida chairman Al Cardenas, former Republican Florida Sen. Mel Martinez, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, House Speaker John Boehner, and of course Nancy Reagan.

Read more at McClatchy →

Brazilian Doctor Surrounds Her Home With Fence of HIV+ Syringes as Crime Deterrent!

Brazilian Doctor Surrounds Her Home With Fence of HIV+ Syringes as Crime Deterrent!

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Tired of coming back home from endless shifts at the Paranoá Hospital to find her house burglarized, she decided to take home security into her own hands. The Brazilian physician fancied a contaminated syringe fence would work against thieves!

“Fence With Blood. HIV Positive. Stay Away,” reads a sign under several dozen syringes taped to the fence surrounding this Brazilian doctor’s home.

She said in separate occasions, burglars have forced her door, entered her home and taken her lawn mower, her hair dryer, photo camera and also her television set.  Neighbors are outraged, and have given her 5 days to remove the syringes, or she’ll be fined by the neighbor’s association.

The doctor said she won’t take them down, and police authorities won’t press the issue, as her fence is her private property, and modifying it does not constitute a crime.

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It’s a Girl! Benicio Del Toro And Kimberly Stewart’s Bundle of Joy is Here!

It’s a Girl! Benicio Del Toro And Kimberly Stewart’s Bundle of Joy is Here!

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HS-News wishes to congratulate Benicio and Kimberly on the arrival of their new daughter.

Benicio del Toro has become the father of a baby girl and though he is no longer romantically involved with the mother, both are very excited and looking forward raising their child together.

Benicio and Kimberly Stewart’s yet-to-be-named baby girl was born Sunday (on her mother’s birthday), a healthy 8lbs. 9oz. 22 inches baby.

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Amidst Fears of Being Kidnapped, Mexicans Turning to Human Tracking Implants “Just in Case”

Amidst Fears of Being Kidnapped, Mexicans Turning to Human Tracking Implants “Just in Case”

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With travel through Mexico seemingly more dangerous than ever, and kidnappings at a high, many are looking for ways to keep an eye on those making the trek across the country.

This is where tracking devices come it, but keeping a hold on something like that can be difficult, especially in dangerous situations when it is most necessary.

The latest safety technology being used is under-the-skin tracking devices that use radio frequency identification chips to relay signals to a GPS unit allowing the wearing to be located.

Though the added security is putting people’s minds a bit more at ease, not everyone can afford them. Each device costs about $2,000 upfront, and a subsequent $2,000 a year after that. This fee however, is down from three years ago when it cost $4,000 upfront and $2,200 each year.

Though sales for the product are up, researchers say they’re not realistic since they require a signal to communicate with satellites or cell networks, and reception way not always be available.

Still, over 10,000 people have reportedly gotten the implants, with others not going that far, but still investing in other tracking technology.

With kidnappings up 317 percent in just five years, even the middle class are now saving for these devices as a precautionary measure they hope they will never need.

Read more at Newser →

Internet Hacker Anonymous Threatens Dominican Republic Govt. Sites (VIDEO)

Internet Hacker Anonymous Threatens Dominican Republic Govt. Sites (VIDEO)

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The internet hacker group, Anonymous, is now threatening to attack the government websites of the Dominican Republic in retaliation for what the group perceives as inadequate education for their young.

In two YouTube messages read in Spanish, the group stated

“Education is the future of a country, and if we have to make the economy of the country tremble, we will do so. The people are not scared of the government. The government should be scared of the people. We are Anonymous, a legion, we will not forgive, wait for us.”

The Dominican President’s Office website had just been hacked earlier in the month by a group identifying itself as the People’s Liberation Front that was tired of corruption and government inefficiencies.

The warnings call for the attack to happen sometime today, on August 22nd. 

 


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President Felipe Calderon to Serve As Travel Guide on PBS’s “The Royal Tour: Mexico” (VIDEO)

President Felipe Calderon to Serve As Travel Guide on PBS’s “The Royal Tour: Mexico” (VIDEO)

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Taking a bold step in his attempt to increase tourist travel to Mexico, President Felipe Calderon became a tour guide of sorts for the travel show to be broadcast on PBS next month.

ImageIn recent years, Mexico’s reputation as a lawless nation full of drugs and violence has severely hampered the country’s tourism industry. Looking to change that view of his country, Calderon, 49, will be seen scuba diving in the Yucatan, repelling into caverns, and lead a paddle boat trip down a jungle river to the state of Chiapas.

The 30-minute episodes will be part of PBS’s show The Royal Tour in which host Peter Greenberg travels to various locations guided by that country’s head of state.

Though the show is primarily about the travel, Greenberg will speak with Calderon on about U.S.’s perception of Mexico and its safety, as well as other issues.

The Royal Tour: Mexico was It is set to begin airing September 22 in the U.S. and September 23 in Mexico.


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Check Out Enrique Iglesias Performance on Today Show (VIDEO)

Check Out Enrique Iglesias Performance on Today Show (VIDEO)

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The 36-year-old hunk performed three of his hit songs, and surprised a fan with a passionate kiss onstage!

The Spanish artist sung “Tonight I’m Loving You,” “I Like It” and “Be With You” for fans gathered at the Rockefeller Center Friday, who cheering incessantly through the entire Today Show” performance.  Iglesias is celebrating a career milestone for taking the Dance chart record from the ‘King of Pop’ Michael Jackson, earlier this month.

As usual, Iglesias pulled female audience members onto the stage to serenade them, even kissing one on the lips!

Check the video below, and don’t forget to leave us your comments in the forums section!

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Major Pork Producer Settles Allegations of Immigration-Related Discrimination

Major Pork Producer Settles Allegations of Immigration-Related Discrimination

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The Justice Department today reached a settlement agreement with Farmland Foods Inc., a major producer of pork products in the United States, resolving allegations that it engaged in a pattern or practice of discrimination by imposing unnecessary and excessive documentary requirements on non-U.S. citizens and foreign-born U.S. citizens when establishing their authority to work in the United States.  Farmland Foods, a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods Inc., is headquartered in Kansas City, Mo. The settlement resolves the lawsuit filed against Farmland in June 2011.

The lawsuit, initiated by the Civil Rights Division’s Office of Special Counsel for Immigration Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC), was based on an investigation revealing that Farmland required all newly hired non-U.S. citizens and some foreign-born U.S. citizens at its Monmouth, Ill., plant to present specific and, in many cases, extra work-authorization documents beyond those required by federal law.  In the case of non-U.S. citizens, Farmland required the presentation of additional work authorization documents, generally by requiring social security cards, even when employees had already produced other documents establishing work authority. 

In the case of foreign-born naturalized U.S. citizens, Farmland required evidence of citizenship, such as certificates of naturalization or U.S. passports, even when those individuals had other means of proving their work authority.  Farmland’s demand for specific or excessive documents to establish work authority violated the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).

In addition to ending its impermissible document requests and modifying its employment eligibility verification process, Farmland has agreed to pay $290,400 in civil penalties, the highest civil penalty paid through settlement since enactment of the INA’s anti-discrimination provision in 1986.  Farmland also agreed to monitoring and reporting provisions, as well as training for their human resources personnel.

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Venezuela’s S&P Rating Drops Amidst Concerns Over Chavez’s Health and Country’s “Arbitrary” Laws

Venezuela’s S&P Rating Drops Amidst Concerns Over Chavez’s Health and Country’s “Arbitrary” Laws

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Just days after Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced he wanted all the country’s money removed from U.S. markets and repatriate nearly $11 billion in gold currently in Swiss and English banks, Standard and Poor’s have lowered Venezuela’s credit rating..

For the first time since 2006, the country’s S&P credit rating has dropped Friday. It was lowered a full level from BB- to B+ which Bloomberg noted is four steps below investment grade.

The reasoning given for the grade reduction was Chavez’s “arbitrary laws” and his questionable health. Chavez has been traveling to and from Cuba to undergo cancer treatment.

“In our opinion, changing and arbitrary laws, price and exchange controls, and other distorting and unpredictable economic measures have undermined private-sector investment and hurt productivity, weakening Venezuela’s domestic economy,” a S&P analyst wrote.

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Supporters Shave Heads in Solidarity With Hugo Chávez

Supporters Shave Heads in Solidarity With Hugo Chávez

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On Friday, six men from the Dominican Republic shaved their heads in support of Chávez in front of the Venezuelan embassy on the island. The group was invited Sunday to Miraflores palace, where they were greeted by Chávez himself, who hugged them and posed for a few candid shots with them.

In a televised prayer event on Sunday, Venezuelan leader Hugo Chávez said he no longer feels sick, and was instead convalescing from an “illness I had.”

During the religious event, a hundred supporters shaved their heads in solidarity with Chávez, who might undergo a third round of chemotherapy, to eliminate any trace of his undisclosed type of cancer.

Rafael Guillen, president of the Paz Dominicana religious movement and organizer of the symbolic act, said the group had received an invitation from sister Christian organizations in Venezuela to share their experience in faith and solidarity with Chavez. The visitors were Julio Peguero, Angel Rodriguez, Hector Carvajal, Javier Abreu and Leidy Jimenez, the only woman to shave her head.

So the bald look is all you need to get invited to Venezuela for the royal treatment these days, huh? Are you taking notes, Gaddafi?

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Are Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s Views on Immigration Being Censored by Facebook?

Are Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s Views on Immigration Being Censored by Facebook?

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Thursday, Governor Jan Brewer’s (R-AZ) Facebook page posted a picture of Brewer as iconic Rosie the Riveter in response to President Obama’s immigration policy. Brewer alleges the update and the photo were taken down by Facebook administrators in an attempt to silence her opinion.

Brewer’s post criticized what she referred to as “Obama’s backdoor amnesty plan,” and added a picture of Brewer posing as Rosie the Riveter along with the phrase, “Arizona – Doing the Job the Feds Won’t Do!”

Shortly after it was posted, it was removed for violating Facebook Community Standards.

Friday, the controversial governor reposted her opinion on Obama’s announcement along with the picture, saying, “After I posted the following statement and photo yesterday, Facebook censored the post and removed it… 

Regardless, I’m reposting the photo and statement. I think many of you will agree with me - - Obama’s backdoor amnesty plan violates American standards of following the rule of law and the US Constitution.”

Saturday, Facebook reportedly apologized for post’s removal saying it was done so “in error”, to which the governor’s Facebook page responded, “We won!”

This whole incident followed President Obama announcing that undocumented immigration cases would be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, making the most criminal undocumented immigrants the priority when it comes to deportations.

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Nearly Bullet-Proof Skin May Be the Prayer Gun-Violent Nations Need

Nearly Bullet-Proof Skin May Be the Prayer Gun-Violent Nations Need

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It’s only a first step in figuring out how to survive a gun shot but a project in the Netherlands has created almost bulletproof human skin.  A swatch of bullet proof skin was created from human skin cells and spider milk and embedded between the outer layer of skin and the dermis. 

The skin could stop a .22 calibre bullet fired at a reduced speed but could not stop one fired at a normal speed.  Interestingly the project was a bioart project of artist Jailia Essaidi and the Forensic Geneomics Consortium not a scientific endeavor.

Essaidi wanted to “explore the social, political, ethical and cultural” issues surrounding safety in society.  Is this the prayer gun-violent prone nations like the U.S. and Mexico need?

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Oscar Leads Brazil to Under-20 World Cup Title (VIDEO)

Oscar Leads Brazil to  Under-20 World Cup Title (VIDEO)

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The U-20 Soccer World Cup in Colombia ended over the weekend with a spectacular match between the only two teams that speak Portuguese.  The man in the 11 jersey, a 19-year old midfielder, scored all three goals in the carioca team’s victory over Portugal at Colombia’s U-20 World Cup.

It was a formidable match, even, surprising and nail biting to the very end.

Both teams gave it their best, and if Brazil won, it is because their player with the 11 jersey—Oscar Dos Santos, was inspired or blessed or both and scored in the final the three spectacular goals that eluded him throughout the 3 and a half week long tournament.  The player only goes by the name of Oscar. 

Alex and Nelson Oliveira scored for the Portuguese team, who were seeking their third title.

This is the fifth time Brazil wins the U-20 World Cup, and with this win comes closer to six-time winner Argentina.

Watch all three of Oscar’s goals below, and come to our forums section, where we’ll be talking about how great was the first world cup played in Colombia!

 

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Virtual Technology Being Applied to Illegal Border Crossings

Virtual Technology Being Applied to Illegal Border Crossings

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Technology is now being used to address the challenges of both crossing the border illegally and capturing those that are doing the crossing. 
 
Since 2008, Border patrol has been using “crowd sourcing” to help patrol the border with virtual community watches using a network of cameras and sensors along the Texas-Mexico border.  The cameras feed live streams of video where people logging into a website can directly monitor illegal aliens or any suspicious activity along the border. 

The website describes itself as “an innovative real-time surveillance program designed to empower the public to proactively participate in fighting border crime.”  Those willing to participate in the surveillance are called “Virtual Texas Deputies” and if enough people are reporting sightings a border patrol agent is deployed to the location. 

Despite a $2 million investment by Governor Rick Perry the virtual surveillance has only resulted in three arrested thus far

There is also a free GPS application called the “Transborder Immigrant Tool” that allows undocumented immigrants to see where they are in their journey to illegally cross the border and where there are resources like safe houses or water.  The virtual geography shows new trails and potentially “safer routes ” to cross the border.  This technology also appears to have limited successful with no known report of an undocumented immigrant using the app or at least admitting to it. 

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Worldwide Protests Against Amazon Mega-Dam

Worldwide Protests Against Amazon Mega-Dam

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Thousands of people have taken to the streets in dozens of cities worldwide, to protest against the Belo Monte mega-dam being built in the Brazilian Amazon.

Groups across Brazil called on Brazil’s President Rousseff to halt the construction of the destructive dam on the Xingu river. Their message is being echoed by demonstrators in Australia, Canada, Iran, Mexico, Turkey, the United States, and at least nine other countries.

Survival International supporters delivered letters to the Brazilian embassies in Berlin, London, Paris and Madrid, expressing their concerns for the indigenous peoples living in the area.  The international actions follow widespread outrage as the construction of the dam has begun despite numerous human rights and environmental violations, and massive opposition from the local population.

The dam will devastate vast areas of land, upon which numerous tribal people, including highly vulnerable uncontacted Indians, depend for their survival.

The Kayapó Indians of the region have warned that if the dam is built, the Xingu could become a ‘river of blood’ and that the dam will devastate vast areas of land, upon which numerous tribal people, including highly vulnerable uncontacted Indians, depend for their survival.

Indigenous spokeswoman Sheyla Juruna has recently remarked that the indigenous people ‘are not against development… but there are other ways of generating energy… We consider the river our home… If the government continues to insist on Belo Monte, there will be war’.

Read more at Survival International →



MondayAugust 22, 2011