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ThursdaySeptember 1, 2011

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U.S. Diplomat Travels to Peru & Chile to Enhance Existing Relationships

U.S. Diplomat Travels to Peru & Chile to Enhance Existing Relationships

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Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns will travel to Peru and Chile September 1-4, 2011. The purpose of his trip is to deepen relations with these key regional partners and to represent the United States at the tenth anniversary celebrations for the Inter-American Democratic Charter in Valparaiso, Chile.

In Peru, Deputy Secretary Burns will meet with President Humala and other senior government officials to discuss bilateral and regional issues of mutual interest. He will also meet with political and civil society leaders, as well as English language scholarship recipients and Peruvian alumni of the Youth Ambassadors Program.

In Chile, Deputy Secretary Burns will participate in the “Hemispheric Commemoration of the Tenth Anniversary of the Inter-American Democratic Charter and Renewal of the Commitment of the Americas to Democracy,” organized by the Government of Chile and the Organization of American States. The Inter-American Democratic Charter was adopted at a meeting of the OAS General Assembly in Lima, Peru on September 11, 2001. He will also have bilateral meetings with the Chilean hosts, as well as with other delegations.

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President and First Lady to Attend Congressional Hispanic Caucus Gala

President and First Lady to Attend Congressional Hispanic Caucus Gala

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CHCI Chair Rep. Charles A. Gonzalez announced today that President Barack Obama, joined by First Lady Michelle Obama, will address the largest Latino gala in the country at CHCI’s 34th Annual Awards Gala on Wednesday, September 14, 2011, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.  This marks the fourth consecutive year President Obama has addressed the CHCI Gala, going back to when he was a presidential candidate in 2008.

“CHCI is honored to have the President and First Lady join us again this year to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and recognize the tremendous leadership we have in the Latino community,” said Gonzalez.

Also at the gala, Gonzalez will present the 2011 CHCI Chair’s Award to the Honorable Hilda Solis, Secretary of Labor, and the Honorable Ken Salazar, Secretary of Interior.  The 2011 Medallion of Excellence for Leadership and Community Service Awards will be presented to entertainer Vikki Carr and former NASA astronaut and engineer Jose Hernandez, in recognition of their contributions to the Latino community.

GRAMMY®-winning salsa artist Luis Enrique will headline gala entertainment with tropical music legend Gilberto Santa Rosa performing at the post-gala concert.  Latin music sensation Prince Royce will open the show and sing the national anthem while Teresa Rodriguez, Univision television anchor, will serve as the celebrity host for the evening’s events.

CHCI’s Hispanic Heritage Month theme for 2011, “Keeping the Promise: Unity, Strength, Leadership,” reflects the strength and immense contributions of Latinos to the United States while focusing on the unity and leadership we must continue to develop to ensure the future success of this great nation.

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After the Tragedy: Monterrey Mayor’s Brother May Have Been Involved in Casino Royale Fire (VIDEO)

After the Tragedy: Monterrey Mayor’s Brother May Have Been Involved in Casino Royale Fire (VIDEO)

Photo: Jonas Larrazabal, brother of the mayor seen here in shaking down Casino Royale just days before it was attacked

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Just days before gunmen entered the Casino Royale in Monterrey Thursday August 25, lit the building on fire, killing 52 people, video footage shows Mayor Fernando Larrazabal’s brother shaking down the casino and leaving with wads of cash.

In the video below, Jonas Larrazabal is seen taking large sums of cash from the casino just days before suspected members of Los Zetas cartel entered the building, poured gasoline everywhere and started a fire.

Since the fire, police have arrested 5 members of the Zetas gang.

After looking at images of the mayor’s brother at the casino, Nuevo Leon Governor Rodrigo Medina said he found them “overwhelming,” and said an investigation into possible corruption would begin immediately.


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Winning Latino Dishes at Texas State Fair from Deep Fried Salsa to Banana Burritos

Winning Latino Dishes at Texas State Fair from Deep Fried Salsa to Banana Burritos

Photo: Bananarito, at the State Fair of Texas

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Fair organizers said the Big Tex Choice Awards for best tasting and most creative concession foods will be announced Monday but there were alot of winning and creative Latino dishes there.  “El Bananarito” and the “Walking Taco” are among the finalists that include fried bubblegum and deep fried salsa!

The finalist dishes include the bananarito, half banana half burrito, made by wrapping a banana in a tortilla with whipped cream, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla extract, then deep fry it.  Low calories we presume??

Also runner up for most delicious concoction at the Texas fair is the Walking Taco, a taco complete with meat, lettuce, onion, fresh tomato, grated cheese, sour cream and salsa served inside a bag of Nacho Cheese Doritos.  Creative and gross at the same time.

We’ll tell you on Monday who took the prize; in the meantime, we are going to dig out our deep fryer, and see if we can treat us to some Thursday night bananaritos!

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Top 5 Goals from the Corner, Including Ronaldinho’s Most Recent Feat (VIDEO)

Top 5 Goals from the Corner, Including Ronaldinho’s Most Recent Feat (VIDEO)

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An almost impossible feat, only a few manage to score from a 0 degree angle. Ronaldinho’s from-the-corner goal, was his ninth in ten games!

Below the top 5 from-the-corner goals of 2011.



#5 Blackpool vs. Westham. Kicked in by Charlie Adams

#4 México vs. Germany. Kicked in by Jonathan Espericueta

#3 Corinthians vs. Portuguesa. Kicked in by Roberto Carlos

#2 L.A. Galaxy vs. Chicago Fire. Kicked in by David Beckham

#1 Flamenco vs. Avaí. Kicked in by Ronaldinho

 

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Spain Based “Desigual” Runs “Bare it for a Bargain” in CA & the Nudies Showed Up (VIDEO)

Spain Based “Desigual” Runs “Bare it for a Bargain” in CA & the Nudies Showed Up (VIDEO)

Photo: Undie Party, sponsored by Desigual in Santa Monica

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The first 100 shoppers to show up in their underwear for the opening of Spanish retailer, Desigual, new Santa Monica location were treated by them to a free top and a free bottom!  Thank God the weather cooperated because many showed up nearly nude to get free goodies. 

People who showed up in their underwear at this ‘Undie Party’, but didn’t make the first 100 cut, received a 50% discount on their purchases.

Since 2005 the Spanish retailer has been promoting store openings with “Naked: enter nude, leave dressed.”  This year alone it has hosted these ‘naked’ openings in London, Berline, Stockholm, Madrid and Prague. The Barcelona-based retailer has stores in 72 different countries and is known for its graffiti prints and recently partnered with Christian Lacroix and Cirque de Soleil on clothing lines. 


Watch the video below!

 

 

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Marc Anthony’s 1st Interview After Splitting up With JLO Airs Tonight! (CLIP)

Marc Anthony’s 1st Interview After Splitting up With JLO Airs Tonight! (CLIP)

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Marc Anthony opened up for the first time after his separation from Jennifer López.  Here’s a small excerpt of the interview the artist gave to ABC News. The whole thing airs tonight on “Nightline.”

The singer told ABC’s John Quiñones that the decision was mutual and not a result of infidelity, but rather because both artists found their marriage was no longer sustainable the way it was.

Marc Anthony said they remain in good terms, and that he will always love her, as she is the mother of two of his children.  The former couple will continue to work together in their upcoming talent-search show “Q’Viva! The Chosen” and for Kohl’s where their separate ads are running.

 

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Barcelona Eco-Friendly Online Community Helps Others Go Green and Provides “How To…” Help to Do I

Barcelona Eco-Friendly Online Community Helps Others Go Green and Provides “How To…” Help to Do I

Photo: Nicolás Boullosa, co-founder og *faircompanies website

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Thanks to Barcelona-based website *faircompanies (faircompanies.com) a number of people are gaining information on how to live in a socially responsible way in regards to the environment.

The website says it provides a “community and access to tools on sustainable culture.” The project is a result of Nicolás Boullosa, the creator and developer of Faircompanies Barcelona, SL, and Kirsten Dirksen, the co-founder of *faircompanies and director of its English version and multimedia content.

“You can improve your life, or your work, or even your wealth without endangering the planet, without making your carbon footprint bigger. You don’t want to be a carbon Big Foot,” Boullosa says.

A notable project shared at *faircompanies is from 16-year-old Austin Hay, of Sonoma County, California. Still in high school, Austin has begun building a house for himself.

ImageYes, a house, complete with hardwood floors.

Austin expects total construction costs will be around $12,000 due to buying a lot of his materials resale. When he’s done, he’ll be one of the latest members of the Small House Movement, and will own a home without ever having to pay a mortgage.

The little house, which currently sits on a trailer, is 130 square feet and has room for a full size lofted bed. He says he plans to take it with him when he goes off to college, providing he can find a

Austin is the perfect example of how “going green” is not just a fad for 20-somethings in the U.S. It spans continents, oceans, and demographics, and is about more than just being kind to Mother Earth.


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NM Trooper & Dog Involved in Trooper-Sex-On-Car Case IDed. Both Latinos.

NM Trooper & Dog Involved in Trooper-Sex-On-Car Case IDed. Both Latinos.

Photo: Bert López, and the chihuahua eye-witness

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Officer Bert López has been named as the officer who was photographed having sex in full uniform, while the doggie watching has been IDed as being a Chihuahua.

2010’s Santa Fe District ‘Officer of the Year’ Bert López has been placed on paid administrative leave after superiors identified him as the officer caught by surveillance cameras having a quickie in broad daylight and while in full uniform.

An unidentified county employee saw the images of López and the woman, and took them to the Santa Fe County sheriff, in an effort to identify to which police agency belonged the uniform worn by the man in the picture.

“I was asked to identify what agency the officer belonged to, and I was happy to say it wasn’t one of my guys,” Sheriff Garcia said. “Then, as a courtesy to state police, we took the images we had to the Chief’s office.”

New Mexico State Police Chief Robert Shilling would not release the identity of the officer in the photos, but multiple sources confirmed to “The New Mexican” the identity of the officer placed in paid leave, and the identity of the curious animal watching the scene as Chihuahua.

Nobody has been charged with a crime in connection with the incident; there is no evidence that the sexual encounter had anything to do with López’s police duties.

We think the Chihuahua was a little traumatized, but was probably given treats, to help him forget what he saw.

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New Mexico Driver’s License Plan to Weed Out Undocumented Immigrants Blocked by Judge

New Mexico Driver’s License Plan to Weed Out Undocumented Immigrants Blocked by Judge

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A New Mexico judge as blocked the Republican administration’s attempt to require the state’s immigrants to recertify their driver’s licenses and verify that they still live in the state, after those opposed filed a lawsuit against the plan.

The verification plan was intended to crack down undocumented immigrants who illegally obtain New Mexico driver’s licenses though many live elsewhere.

The plan was introduced by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration, and is its latest attempt to draw attention to the state’s immigration policies, which they believe to be flawed. In New Mexico, proof of citizenship is not required to receive a license, something Martinez says it a security risk.

Martinez wants change the current licensing policy to require drivers to provide a valid Social Security number, something a person in the country illegally would not be able to do.

Those opposed to the verification plan said it was discriminating against foreign nationals and punishing people who the government had no reason to believe had done anything wrong.

The lawsuit also stated that the governor did not have the power to force certain people to reapply for drivers’ licenses without Legislature approval.

Before the recent court ruling, 10,000 recertification letters hand gone out, and roughly 30 percent of those were returned as undeliverable.

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Police Looking for Latino Males in Connection With San Diego Rock Thrower Being Shot With Crossbow

Police Looking for Latino Males in Connection With San Diego Rock Thrower Being Shot With Crossbow

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The San Diego Union Tribune is reporting that police are looking for two Latino males in connection with the shooting of a crossbow at a boy who was throwing rocks at passing cars.

Police have not released the name of the boy or the friend who joined in the throwing, but say they had been throwing the rocks off an overpass around 2 p.m. Monday. At about 2:15 p.m., a black Toyota RAV4 drove by. The boys threw a rock that dented the vehicle, and the SUV pulled over.

What happened next, the rock throwers probably never saw coming.

After pulling over, one of the men in the SUV fired a crossbow bolt at one of the boys, which landed in his gut, and drove away.

He was taken to Rady Children’s Hospital and treated for his injuries which doctors say were not life-threatening.

The men in the RAV4 were described as being Latino males, who were likely juveniles as well. No one have any idea why they had a crossbow.

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Jose Valle and His Tequila Bar at the Center of iPhone 5 Mystery

Jose Valle and His Tequila Bar at the Center of iPhone 5 Mystery

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Who would of thought running a “tequila lounge” with your family would get you in the midst of a tech mystery.  Well that is exactly what is happening to Jose Valle, owner of Cava 22, once reports came out that a prototype of the iPhone 5 (that has not been released) was left at his bar.Image

Supposedly someone left behind the coveted one-of-a-kind phone after a night of tequila tosses.  That unidentified person, assumed to be an Apple employee that is unless you believe the skeptics who says its all a publicity hoax, then called Jose repeatedly in late July asking about a lost phone.  He never was able to locate it and some reports say the lost phone ended up on Craigslist.

At this point according to CNET, Apple became involved and started investigating and brought in the authorities.  However, Jose Valle who is now the media darling of the technology blogs, claims no one has come to ask him about the phone.  Mysterious isn’t it. 

Was there ever a phone?  Was it the iPhone 5 prototype?  Is this a publicity stunt by Apple to create buzz for a potential fall release?  Is this a tequila teaser by Jose trying to create buzz for his bar?  Image

Adding to the buzz is that a very similar incident happened around the iPhone 4 when a prototype was stolen out of another California bar.  CNET who is leading the media charge on this story claims it has a “source familiar with the investigation” that says all this did indeed happen.

Jose Valle, who by the way is not to be confused with Jose Valle general manager of Los Angeles Univision Radio, thinks he needs to start watering down his drinks.  When asked what he thought all this was happening and why the iPhone 5 disappeared in his bar – he simply stated: “ I guess I have to make my drinks a little less strong.”

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Former PR Senator Arango’s Resignation Letter Available and You’ll Never Believe Who He Blames

Former PR Senator Arango’s Resignation Letter Available and You’ll Never Believe Who He Blames

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Read the resignation letter here, where former Puerto Rico Senator Roberto Arango, lays the blame for publishing cyber-ass-pics on sinister political adversaries and the advances of technology.

Last week, Puerto Rican senator Roberto Arango was caught with his pants down. Literally.  He then resigned over the weekend and now his resignation letter is being made available. 

For reasons even Arango has failed to explain, pictures of the senator bent over and wearing his birth suit appeared in the gay-hookup website “Grindr,” and then the pics went viral as they always tend to do. 

“The last 5 days have been, undoubtedly, the longest, most difficult and bitter of my life,” writes Arango at the top of his resignation letter, obviously implying that the days before the last five, those when he was spreading his cheeks in front of a cell-phone propped on top of a motel dresser, were undoubtedly the shortest, easiest and sweetest of his life.

“Six years ago, when from the anonymity of private entrepreneurship I answered the call of service to the Capital, I never thought political life was going to shake the private life of my family and those dear to me,” continues the former Senator, before delving onto more profound matters, pinning his wretchedness on someone else.

“I never thought it was possible—and much less, acceptable- to omit the most elemental rules of fair play and respect, to make innocent victims out of those who have never sought to live in the public eye.”

No, the ex-senator wasn’t speaking about his wife, and the foul play and disrespect he subjected her to, while making her (who never sought to live in the public eye) an innocent victim of his indiscretions. He is basically saying he is an innocent victim of invisible evil forces who brought to the public eye the fact that he was uploading dirty pictures to gay websites.

Arango moves on to say:

“I assure you Mr. [P.R. Senate] President with all certainty, that the controversy that today looms over the Puerto Rican Senate and the Capital city is the result of a ruse, orchestrated by my political enemies.”  He then went on to say “What has been done to discredit me in my public life is coward, harmful and doesn’t bring anything positive to the challenges we face as a society,” “I’ve been a victim of my own ingenuity and of advances of technology that, upon falling in the wrong hands, can be transformed into something very harmful.”

Evidently, the former Senator is still unaware that when he took pictures of himself in the wing-nut position, it was only a matter of time before someone came in and screwed him.

Read the letter below written originally in Spanish!

 

 

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Campaign to Protect 35 Colombian Tribes is Launched

Campaign to Protect 35 Colombian Tribes is Launched

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The UN has launched a campaign to protect 35 indigenous tribes from extinction in Colombia. Survival International works closely with one of tribes, the Nukak, nomadic hunter-gatherers living in the northwest Amazon basin.

The campaign responds to a barrage of threats that could wipe out the Indians. These include internal displacement, disappearances, massacres, anti-personnel mines and forced recruitment of youngsters into armed groups.

In 2010, a UN article ahead of this campaign, warned that ‘the risk of physical or cultural disappearance remains, and in some cases has risen’. The tribes it singled out as being in critical danger included the Nukak-Maku, Guayaberos, Hitnu and Sicuani.

Colombia’s national indigenous organization ONIC also claims 60 indigenous people have been murdered in the last eight months. Guerrilla groups, such as the FARC are often blamed for much of Colombia’s crime, but ONIC’s findings link paramilitary and state forces to majority of the killings.

Through its campaign, the UN hopes to raise awareness of Colombia’s most vulnerable tribes. Its desire to ‘join people in solidarity with actions that promote their (tribes) protection’, is reinforced by the campaign’s title: ‘If they disappear, a part of you disappears’.

A look at the Nukak’s recent history shows how important the UN campaign is in developing a public understanding of the tribes and the dangers they face.

Colombia’s civil war has driven many of the Nukak from their traditional homes, placing them in extremely difficult conditions on the outskirts of towns.

Contact with outsiders has been fatal. Since their first meeting in 1988, more than half the Nukak have died of common illnesses. Now, the once nomadic hunter-gatherers suffer constant bouts of ill health and depression, and face an uncertain future. 

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Puerto Rican Communications Organizations Speak before U.S. Congress for the First Time

Puerto Rican Communications Organizations Speak before U.S. Congress for the First Time

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The University of Puerto Rico Alumni and Friends Abroad Association (UPRAA), is making history by presenting for the first time ever in the Congress of the United States, the community based forum: “Puerto Rico at its Political Crossroads: A forum to discuss the political future of the island.” This is the first time that a political discussion of this magnitude regarding the status of the island, has been organized in Congress by a community group organization and not for a political hearing. 

The forum will be held on the Cannon House Office Building-Caucus Room on Capitol Hill Washington, D.C. with a special presentation by Dr. Edwin Melendez, Director of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College (CUNY), New York. The forum will be moderated by Ray Suarez, Senior Correspondent of PBS. 

The event will have representatives of the three parties’ ideologies of the island, starting with a welcoming remark Pedro Pierluisi, Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner in Congress. The Secretary of State of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Hon. Kenneth D. McClintock-Hernandez will represent his position in favor of statehood. To represent the Commonwealth Party, Senator Hon. Eduardo Bathia-Gautier will represent the current status and Hon. Manuel Rodriguez-Orellana, former Senator of Puerto Rico will be representing the independence status. 

The Association of University of Puerto Rico Alumni and Friends Abroad (UPRAA) founded in 2003 as a not for profit organization, which represents Alumni and Friends of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) educational system residing in the Continental U.S. The UPR educational system currently includes 11 campuses: Aguadilla, Arecibo, Bayamon, Carolina, Ciencias Medicas, Cayey, Humacao, Mayaguez, Ponce, Río Piedras, and Utuado. 

Our Association represents over 250,000 graduates of these campuses residing in the Continental U.S. UPRAA was created to establish a strong network, develop and conduct cultural initiatives, and support charitable programs. It has given more than $70,000 on scholarships. The Association serves as a link between UPR Alumni and Friends abroad and the UPR educational system and works towards promoting opportunities and creating a support network for its membership and the Hispanic community at large.

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Venezuela to Extend Water & Sanitation Services to Rural Communities

Venezuela to Extend Water & Sanitation Services to Rural Communities

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Venezuela will improve or expand access to water and sanitation services to 11,000 households in up to 68 rural communities and small towns with a $100 million loan approved by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

The program will prioritize low-income populations in rural communities and towns with fewer than 5,000 inhabitants, and will provide training and technical assistance to enable community organizations to sustainably manage and maintain the services.

“Venezuela has achieved high coverage levels in rural water and sanitation services,” said Verónica Zavala, manager of the IDB’s Country Department Andean Group. “With this program, the government will be even closer to achieving the ambitious goal of universal coverage.”

The program will have two components. The first will include measures to strengthen the capacity of local water and sanitation community organizations and service providers so that they can effectively contract and supervise infrastructure works and manage the services sustainably. This component will also include education activities in beneficiary communities, to ensure that stakeholders understand the public health and environmental benefits of water and sanitation services.

The second component will finance technical studies, project design, construction, expansion and rehabilitation of water and sanitation infrastructure in approximately 68 communities. These works will include wells, water treatment systems, distribution pipelines, storage tanks, in-home connections and septic tanks.

Adina Bastidas, Executive Director for Venezuela at the IDB, thanked the Bank specialists who worked on the project, Rudi Cressa y Efrain Rueda, for their support.

The total cost of the program will be $125 million, including $25 million in counterpart funds provided by the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

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ThursdaySeptember 1, 2011