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WednesdayAugust 31, 2011

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Bernie Williams to be Inducted into Latino Baseball Hall of Fame

Bernie Williams to be Inducted into Latino Baseball Hall of Fame

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Five-time All-Star Bernie Williams will be among the six inductees who will be announced when the Latino Baseball Hall of Fame unveils its 2012 inductee class at Major League Baseball’s headquarters in New York City on Thursday, September 1st at 11:00 a.m. (ET). Williams is scheduled to be in attendance, along with Latino Baseball Hall of Famers Felipe Alou, Minnie Minoso and Tony Perez, who will be on hand to participate in the announcement of the new class. Omar Minaya, the former general manager of the New York Mets and Montreal Expos, will serve as the emcee of the press conference.

Six players whose careers impacted baseball after 1959 will represent the newest Latino Baseball Hall of Famers, chosen from a pool of 24 finalists. Williams will represent his native Puerto Rico, while his five fellow inductees will hail from Cuba, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Mexico and Panama. Additional selections will include veteran players and baseball executives whose contributions to baseball were made prior to 1959.

Williams, a member of four World Championship teams with the New York Yankees, played 16 years for the Bronx Bombers, from 1991-2006. The switch-hitter posted a .287 career batting average with 287 home runs, 1,257 RBI and 1,366 runs scored. Williams was an American League All-Star each season from 1997-2001 and the center fielder was a four-time Gold Glove winner (1997-2000). The Most Valuable Player of the 1996 American League Championship Series collected 22 home runs, 80 RBI and a .371 on-base percentage in 121 career Postseason games overall. Williams was the 1998 American League batting champion with a .339 average.

The accomplished musician is recording his third album this year and has co-authored a book, published by Hal Leonard Books, titled, Rhythms of the Game: The Link Between Music and Athletic Performance. His first album, The Journey Within, was released in 2003 and featured fusions of jazz, rock and the tropical rhythms of Williams’ heritage. His second album, Moving Forward, featured guest appearances by Bruce Springsteen and Jon Secada.

The 2012 class of Latino Hall of Famers will be officially inducted on February 11, 2012 in a ceremony at the Altos de Chavón amphitheater located in the Casa de Campo resort in La Romana, Dominican Republic. Established in 2009, the Latino Baseball Hall of Fame (Salón de la Fama del Béisbol Latino) has hosted two previous induction ceremonies, honoring 38 players and personalities whose achievements have impacted baseball in Latin America. Drawings for the museum of the Latino Baseball Hall of Fame have been completed and construction in La Romana is scheduled to start in the near future.

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Colombian Couple Win World Championship of Tango

Colombian Couple Win World Championship of Tango

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Natasha Agudelo and Diego Benavidez won a tie-off against a Venezuelan couple, and became the world’s best tango dancers.

The new Tango Champions of the world (in the Ballroom Tango-Dance category) hail from Medellín and Cali, cities famous throughout Latin América for its gifted salsa dancers.

38 other couples tried for the title, and it was only after a very hard-fought tie off that the Colombian couple—who are married, became victorious before some 6,000 spectators watching at the Luna Park in Buenos Aires.

Watch the video below and enjoy!

 

 

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Mexico’s Strategy to Protect Migrants Fails to Have Impact

Mexico’s Strategy to Protect Migrants Fails to Have Impact

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The Mexican government’s strategy on migrants has so far failed to tackle the alarming numbers of Central American migrants being kidnapped regularly in the country, Amnesty International said a year after the plan was first launched.

The strategy, announced in August 2010, promised a radical overhaul of the government’s approach to the epidemic of kidnappings and killings of irregular migrants in Mexico.

It included commitments to ensure effective coordination between federal, state and municipal authorities to prevent further kidnappings, investigate and punish those responsible, and guarantee assistance to migrants who have suffered abuses.

“Despite the government’s claims to be addressing the issue, there is no evidence that the implementation of the widely publicised policy has had any impact,” said Rupert Knox, Mexico researcher at Amnesty International.

“The Mexican government should provide a detailed report on the impact of the strategy and information on the prosecution and conviction of all those responsible for abuses against migrants.”

Amnesty International has documented dozens of cases where Central American migrants travelling through Mexico have been kidnapped, tortured, raped, killed and disappeared.

According to figures issued by Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission, 11,000 irregular migrants were kidnapped over a six month period in 2010.

On 23 August 2010, 72 Central and South American migrants were killed by a criminal gang in the municipality of San Fernando, in the northern state of Tamaulipas. This year, 193 bodies, some believed to be migrants, were discovered in mass graves in the same municipality.

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Roll Up To The Mariachi Mystery Tour, Step Right This Way (VIDEO)

Roll Up To The Mariachi Mystery Tour, Step Right This Way (VIDEO)

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If the title doesn’t give it away, here’s another clue: New Mexico is the new Liverpool!

Ever wondered what the Beatles would have sounded like if their names had been Juan, Pablo, Jorge and Ringo-Estrella? Image

Mariachi Mystery Tour founder and musical director Lorenzo Martinez is an accomplished composer, arranger, Mariachi and traditional New Mexican folk musician. He is also a dye-in-the-wool fan of four lads from Liverpool who made an unprecedented impact on not only Anglo music and culture, but whose influence was – and is still – felt in every corner of the globe.

In 2009, Lorenzo had a wild (far out?) idea. What if he re-imagined the music of Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and Starr through the lenses of Mariachi? After arranging the material – and his selection of songs and styles is as wide ranging as the catalogue from which it comes – he recruited his brother Roberto Martinez, Jr. and some of the finest young Mariachis from his native New Mexico (including his son Larry and niece Sheila) to record what would become Mariachi Mystery Tour, a tour-de-force artistic and cultural collision that flows together seamlessly while remaining true to both sides music and unique stylistic contributions.

Check out the video below for a closer look to this wonderful charra take on Los Beatles.

Anti-Abortion Group Claims Planned Parenthood and “Abortion Industry” Target Hispanics and Blacks

Anti-Abortion Group Claims Planned Parenthood and “Abortion Industry” Target Hispanics and Blacks

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In a 24-page report, Life Dynamics, a pro-life group, claims Planned Parenthood has been targeting the U.S. Hispanic and black populations by placing their facilities within communities with high numbers of minorities.

The report, titled Racial Targeting and Population Control, says that by putting abortion centers in minority-filled neighborhoods Planned Parenthood and the “abortion industry” are successfully using them as a means of population control against minorities.

Planned Parenthood and similar groups, however, have come out saying their intention has primarily been to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies and insist that their focus was never to promote abortions to black and Hispanic people. Abortions are only a small part of what Planned Parenthood does and they say they mostly promote safe sexual practices by way of birth control and contraception.

In the report, Mark Crutcher and Carole Novielli, wrote that in Texas alone, 94 zip codes had either an abortion facility or Planned Parenthood clinic. Among those 94, 72 were among populations that were disproportionately black and/or Hispanic.

In Connecticut, a state demographics are quite different from those of Texas, among 21 zips codes with abortion centers or Planned Parenthood clinics, 15 were disproportionately black and/or Hispanic.


See Life Dynamic’s report here.

“Again, this pattern is repeated in state after state,” thy wrote. “We identified 116 ZIP codes with more than one [abortion or abortion-referral facility]. Of those, 84 were disproportionately black and/or Hispanic. What this means is that, when the American family planning industry places multiple facilities in a ZIP code, that ZIP code is more than two-and-a-half times as likely to be disproportionately minority as not.”

“Not only is this racial targeting widespread, it’s scale is often enormous. We found 42 states with family planning facilities in ZIP codes where the black and/or Hispanic populations exceeds 200% of the state’s overall percentage. More telling is that these percentages routinely go far beyond even this level. Numerous states have facilities in ZIP codes that range from 250% to well over 1,000% and it is not uncommon for them to have facilities located in many such ZIP codes.”

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Oscar De La Hoya Spills the Juicy Beans on Univisión (VIDEO)

Oscar De La Hoya Spills the Juicy Beans on Univisión (VIDEO)

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The retired boxer talked about his addiction to drugs and alcohol, thoughts of suicide, his rehab stint and cheating on his wife—“Not like Tiger Woods,” but cheating nonetheless.

The Olympian opened up to Teresa Rodríguez, from Univisión’s “Aquí y Ahora”  and admitted to have had a cocaine addiction, and severe alcohol problems that led to a separation from his wife, once she found out he was being unfaithful.

De la Hoya said that he joined AA, and is currently undergoing treatment. He has been sober for three months.

Watch the clip below, and post your comments in the forum section.

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Multi-Lingual Skills Easier for Infants to Pick Up

Multi-Lingual Skills Easier for Infants to Pick Up

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Babies and children are whizzes at learning a second language, but that ability begins to fade as early as their first birthdays.

Researchers at the University of Washington’s Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences are investigating the brain mechanisms that contribute to infants’ prowess at learning languages, with the hope that the findings could boost bilingualism in adults, too.

In a new study, the researchers report that the brains of babies raised in bilingual households show a longer period of being flexible to different languages, especially if they hear a lot of language at home. The researchers also show that the relative amount of each language—English and Spanish—babies were exposed to affected their vocabulary as toddlers.

The study, published online Aug. 17 in Journal of Phonetics, is the first to measure brain activity throughout infancy and relate it to language exposure and speaking ability.

“The bilingual brain is fascinating because it reflects humans’ abilities for flexible thinking—bilingual babies learn that objects and events in the world have two names, and flexibly switch between these labels, giving the brain lots of good exercise,” said Patricia Kuhl, co-author of the study and co-director of the UW’s Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences.

Kuhl’s previous studies show that between 8 and 10 months of age, monolingual babies become increasingly able to distinguish speech sounds of their native language, while at the same time their ability to distinguish sounds from a foreign language declines. For instance, between 8 and 10 months of age babies exposed to English become better at detecting the difference between “r” and “l” sounds, which are prevalent in the English language. This is the same age when Japanese babies, who are not exposed to as many “r” and “l” sounds, decline in their ability to detect them.

“The infant brain tunes itself to the sounds of the language during this sensitive period in development, and we’re trying to figure out exactly how that happens,” said Kuhl, who’s also a UW professor of speech and hearing sciences. “But almost nothing is known about how bilingual babies do this for two languages. Knowing how experience sculpts the brain will tell us something that goes way beyond language development.”

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Bruno Mars Sues His Publisher Bug Music Inc.

Bruno Mars Sues His Publisher Bug Music Inc.

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Singer Bruno Mars says his Publisher Bug Music Inc. refuses to let him out of his contract despite having fulfilled all contractual obligations.

Mars (Peter Hernández) filed a lawsuit against Bug Music Inc. in a Los Angeles County Superior Court Wednesday.

He says that his contract with Bug ended last May, as that was the limit set by both parties to renew it, something Bug failed to do.

Mars’s lawyer, Michael J. Niborski of Pryor Cashman LLP, explained that Bug initially acknowledged that Mars fulfilled his part of the contract—an undisclosed number of songs - and that if they wanted to keep Mars under contract, they would have to exercise their option to renew the contract officially.

Since Mars didn’t hear from Bug by the date agreed upon in the contract, Mars assumed the contract terminated.

Bug then, crawled out of the woodwork after months of silence, and in a blatant flip-flop claim Mars didn’t fulfill his contractual obligations, and is still under contract with them; the publishers say Mars owes them 50% of the copyrights of any music he makes.

Mars has taken the matters to court, and is seeking a judge’s declaration that his contract is in fact over, as bug failed to renew it.

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Many Large U.S. Cities Now Have Majority-Minority Populations

According to a recent analysis of census information, in many metropolitan areas, minorities are now the majority after a decline in the cities’ white residents.

The Washington Post has said the metropolitan areas around Washington D.C., New York City, San Diego, Las Vegas, and Memphis have been “majority-minority” since 2000.

In 22 of the 100 largest urban areas, non-Hispanic whites have become the minority over the last 10 years, with the white population dropping in 42 of the 100, and all declining in all large metro areas.

Today, racial and ethnic minorities make up just over half of Washington D.C.’s urban area, after being 55 percent white in 2000.

Though demographers say changes and shifts in population are to be expected, the speed at which it has occurred it what is most surprising.

And with changes like these to populations, a greater political shift is likely to occur, as cities that once had a white majority and a strong number of Republican voters may now boast a larger Democratic population.


Click here to view 2010 U.S. Census Map showing the population growth.

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Popocatepetl Volcano Spews Ash, Smoke South Of Mexico City

Popocatepetl Volcano Spews Ash, Smoke South Of Mexico City

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The volcano shot out four minor blasts of ash, gas and vapor reaching a half mile into the sky earlier today.

A cold ash rain is expected to fall onto Mexico City overnight if wind conditions and direction remain the same.

The National Civilian Protection System has not elevated the alert level, which remains yellow, however, it is urging people to stay at least 7 miles away from the crater, as the area could see more minor blasts, and even spew incandescent fragments within a short distance from the crater.

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14 Chilean Miners Awarded Lifetime Pensions

14 Chilean Miners Awarded Lifetime Pensions

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Chilean First Lady Cecilia Morel traveled to Copiapó on behalf of President Piñera and awarded 14 of the 33 miners a lifetime monthly salary of 250,000 Chilean pesos, almost $540.  The miners themselves chose the group of fourteen who would not have to work for the rest of their lives.

During a small ceremony at the Atacama Regional Museum, Mrs. Morel said that these pensions were a part of the government’s commitment to not abandon the miners, as their traumatic experience and larger-than-life rescue has made them a part of Chilean history. 

Juan Carlos Aguilar, Jorge Galleguillos, Mario Gómez, pastor José Henriquez, Former soccer player Franklin Lobos, Juan Illanes, the miner who wrote the little paper José Ojeda, Omar Reygadas, cousins Esteban and Pablo Rojas, Victor and Darío Segovia, the miner with a mistress Yonni Barrios and the group leader Luis Urzúa were the miners chosen based on their health, age and life situation in a vote among all 33. 

Urzúa thanked the government’s gesture and emphasized that accepting the lifetime pension awards doesn’t mean they’ll withdraw the lawsuit the miners filed against the Chilean State.

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Johnny Depp in Trailer for Hunter S. Thompson’s “The Rum Diary,” Set in Puerto Rico

Johnny Depp in Trailer for Hunter S. Thompson’s  “The Rum Diary,” Set in Puerto Rico

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Johnny Depp’s new movie is based on “The Rum Diary” by Hunter S. Thompson’s semi-autobiographical novel.

In the novel/movie, journalist Paul Kemp (Depp) heads to San Juan, Puerto Rico to work for a news paper, finding himself in a world he never expected.


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Rep. Luis Gutierrez Launches Initiative to Inform Immigrants About Obama’s New Deportation Policies

Rep. Luis Gutierrez Launches Initiative to Inform Immigrants About Obama’s New Deportation Policies

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Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL) announced plans for a September 10 Community Forum on Immigration in Chicago to disseminate information about what President Obama’s new prioritization policies mean for immigrants facing deportation.  The Chicago event, which will be held at 10 a.m. at Benito Juarez High School in Chicago, will kick-off a broader effort led by the Congressman to provide accurate and timely information to lawyers, advocates, immigrants and their families as the new procedures are put in place.  The Congressman is concerned that immigrants anxious for legal status or facing deportation will fall prey to scam artists promising to sign people up for a fee to a legalization program that does not and will not exist.

“To the community we are saying, ‘Be patient and be careful,’” the Congressman said at a press conference in Chicago.  “We do not want you to fall victim to false promises and those who would exploit your hopes and fears for profit.  We will work hard in the coming days to clarify these new policies and get you correct information.”

Rumors, misinformation, and outright fraud runs rampant at times like these when a policy has been announced but not clearly defined, so Rep. Gutierrez is working with service providers, legal experts, community-based organizations, and immigrant groups across the country to address the information gap.

Next week in Washington, the Congressman is convening senior officials at ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) to discuss how the new policy will work and how Congressional offices that work with constituents whose families are facing deportation can ensure that cases are reviewed.  Yesterday, the Congressman participated in nationwide conference calls in English and Spanish with tens of thousands of immigrants, advocates and allies to discuss the new policies, part of a national outreach plan.

On August 18, the Obama Administration announced it would review pending deportation cases on a case-by-case basis to remove certain low priority immigrants from the deportation cue.  These include non-criminals and those with deep roots in the U.S. like the immediate family members of U.S. citizens and service members and those who have been living in the U.S. from a young age.

The new prioritization guidelines came after a sustained advocacy campaign targeting President Obama who has increased deportations rapidly and broadened immigration enforcement since taking office.  Ever since the DREAM Act failed to overcome a Republican-led filibuster in the Senate in November 2010, Rep. Gutierrez has been meeting with the President, fighting for reform legislation, traveling the country for rallies and hearing the stories of families being split apart by the escalating deportations.  Now the Congressman wants to ensure that immigrants in Chicago and nationwide know the scope of the new policy and what it means for them and their loved ones.

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U.S.-Brazil Join Forces to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Discrimination

U.S.-Brazil Join Forces to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Discrimination

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The United States and Brazil will hold a coordination meeting of the U.S.–Brazil Joint Action Plan to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Discrimination and Promote Equality (Joint Action Plan) September 1-2 in Brasilia, Brazil.

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Julissa Reynoso and Assistant Secretary of Education Russlynn Ali will lead the U.S. government delegation. Officials from the Departments of State, Education, Commerce, and Justice, the Centers for Disease Control, and the Environmental Protection Agency will also participate.

The government meeting and panel discussions with members of civil society and the private sector will allow Brazilian and American participants to address a variety of issues relating to the promotion of racial and ethnic equality in both countries. The delegation will seek to expand on the commitments for the Joint Action Plan that President Obama made during his visit to Brazil this March. The primary goals of the meeting include forging meaningful and sustainable relationships with the local, state, and federal governments on health, access to education, environmental justice, Black entrepreneurship for the World Cup and Olympic games, and access to justice.

A bilateral health working group will convene to advance discussion on issues affecting populations of African descendant in both countries. A delegation from U.S. Historically Black Universities and Colleges (HBCUs) will participate as part of an education initiative to strengthen ties between Brazilian universities and American HBCUs and Land Grant institutions. This initiative aims to expand access to education to historically underserved communities in both countries. A five-member delegation from Fulton County in Georgia will participate in the Black entrepreneurship and the Olympics and World Cup games discussions to exchange experiences from the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.

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WednesdayAugust 31, 2011