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MondaySeptember 26, 2011

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Cuba Tells UN, US is Intervening in Libya as Excuse to Plunder their Resources

Cuba Tells UN, US is Intervening in Libya as Excuse to Plunder their Resources

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A “preventive war” is taking place in Libya using the protection of civilians as a pretext to plunder the country’s resources, Cuba’s Foreign Minister told the General Assembly’s annual general debate today, calling for Libyans to be left alone to decide their destiny.

“The United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), supposedly to avoid a massacre, launched a military attack against a sovereign State without there being any threat to international peace and security, and unleashed a ‘change of regime’ operation,” Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla said.

Stressing the importance of Libya’s independence and sovereignty, he said its people should be allowed to decide what kind of rule they want without any foreign intervention.

Mr. Rodríguez noted that the former Cuban president Fidel Castro had warned about NATO’s intention to intervene in Libya as early as February and said that since then Cuba has defended not a particular government but the principle that “the assassination of thousands of innocent people with the dubious objective of protecting other civilians is something unacceptable.”

After forces supporting then leader Muammar al-Qadhafi cracked down against a popular uprising, the Security Council authorized Member States in March to take “all necessary measures” to protect civilians.

Members of NATO subsequently carried out air strikes and, following months of fighting between pro-Qadhafi forces and rebels, the National Transitional Council (NTC) has recently assumed authority over the country.

But Mr. Rodríguez said: “The military intervention in Libya and the growing threat against Syria have been the opportunistic and defensive responses given by the United States and Europe to the collapse of their system of domination and plunder in Northern Africa and the Middle East, the emergence of genuinely popular movements in Tunisia, Egypt and other countries, in order to secure huge reserves of oil and water and confiscate financial assets in times of global economic and social crisis.”

“In this war, waged with the most advanced and lethal military technologies, the means of communication have been used as combat weapons by the financial and media emporiums which are profiteering from the war and the reconstruction operations as if they were anti-crisis instruments,” Mr. Rodríguez said.

He warned against any intervention in Syria, where authorities stand accused of committing serious human rights abuses while cracking down on a similar pro-democracy movement.

“It is the task of this General Assembly to exercise its powers to prevent a military aggression against Syria. The public opinion should receive objective information and speak up against the war.”

During his address, Mr. Rodríguez also spoke of the negative effects of the long-standing United States economic, commercial and financial embargo on his country.

“The economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba has been tightened and the damages it has caused have totalled $975 billion according to the present gold price,” he said, while reiterating his country’s willingness to normalize relations with the US.

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Small Business Sector in El Salvador to Get Boost from $30 Million in Funding

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) approved a loan for $30 million to El Salvador to finance the Program to Support Production Development for International Integration. The program’s aim is to increase the capacity of micro, small, and medium-scale enterprises (MSMEs) to participate in national, regional, and global value chains.

The program, which will be carried out by the Ministry of Economy, the Salvadoran export promotion agency PROESA, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will help to improve trade and spur exports of the country’s small-scale producers.

According to Jaime Granados, head of the IDB project team, the priority of the program will be to develop new markets for small entrepreneurs who are able to improve their businesses, including export capabilities. “The most important part is to help MSMEs participate in opportunities offered by trade agreements signed by El Salvador to promote diversification and open markets for domestic production,” said Granados.

More than 1,000 small businesses will receive a co-financing in the next four years to enable them to access markets, develop cleaner production, create franchises, and improve labor standards and production quality. In El Salvador there are about 4,500 MSMEs with potential for exports. However, only an average of 84 small businesses receives financial support through co-financing. The program will also contract specialized advisors to help small businesses identify new markets, promote trade, and attract investment.

Resources from the loan will also strengthen systems for quality control and technological innovation to provide businesses with the infrastructure required to guarantee the quality of their products.

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Selena Gomez to Host 18th Annual MTV EMA’s in Ireland

Selena Gomez to Host 18th Annual  MTV EMA’s in Ireland

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MTV today announced it has recruited the multi-talented Selena Gomez to host the “2011 MTV EMA”. The show will broadcast live on MTV’s international channels on Sunday, November 6th at 9PM CET from Belfast’s Odyssey Arena.

For the first time ever, MTV will have its EMA host fully integrated into the show across multiple screens, as Gomez will be the lynchpin across all platforms for MTV’s global celebration of the year’s best in music.  On the digital front, Gomez will be juggling several duties to engage with EMA fans all over the world throughout the show – from checking in with the Twitterverse to sharing behind-the-scenes gossip to offering commentary.

“I’m so excited to be the host of the ‘2011 MTV EMA’ – it’s a dream come true!” said Gomez. “This is such a huge event that always recognizes the biggest stars in music from across the globe, so it’s a real honor to be MC at this year’s show.”

Viewers can vote for their favourite EMA artists by visiting www.mtvema.com. As previously announced, Lady Gaga leads the pack of EMA nominees with six nods, with Katy Perry and Bruno Mars following closely behind with four nominations. Adele, Justin Bieber and Thirty Seconds To Mars are each up for three awards. Other EMA nominees include Foo Fighters, Snoop Dogg, My Chemical Romance, Jennifer Lopez, LMFAO, Jessie J, Beyoncé, Coldplay, Eminem, Arcade Fire, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Far East Movement, Kanye West, Linkin Park, Wiz Khalifa and Kings of Leon.

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Mexico’s 1930 Census Gives Those With Mexican Lineage a Look Into Their Family Past

Mexico’s 1930 Census Gives Those With Mexican Lineage a Look Into Their Family Past

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Currently, there are 31.9 million Americans of Mexican decent. Now, many of them have been given the chance to confirm their lineage back to 1930 with newly available access to the 1930 Mexican census.

The census is now available online for the first time, and for free. It is now the earliest census available, and with Ancestry.com claiming the census includes 90 percent of the then-current population, it is also one of the most complete.

The 1930 census was the nation’s first after the Mexico’s recovery from the Revolution that lasted from 1910 to 1920. This first census is believed to have taken place in 1895, but is not as complete at the 1930 census, and is not available to the public.

Since computers had not yet been invented yet, the census consists of nearly 13 million hard-copy pages, with rows and columns filled out by hand.

A spokesman for Ancestry.com told CNN that while other sites have put bits and pieces of the census online, Ancestry.com is the only one to have posted it in its entirety.

Even actor Edward James Olmos is excited about the census’ availability, and is helping Ancestry.com promote it.

“This is the most important document we have for Mexican-American people in this country,” Olmos told CNN. “Short of the verbal history that went from person to person, family to family, we really never knew more than that… For me, it’s building my self-esteem and self-respect as to who I am and for the people who sacrificed for me to be where I am. Now I know who they are and what are their names. Now you want to know more about those people. I would like to go back 100,000 years if I could.”

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Doritos Founder Dies at 97, Brought the World a ‘Latin Sort of Snack.’ To Be Buried With Chips

Doritos Founder Dies at 97, Brought the World a ‘Latin Sort of Snack.’ To Be Buried With Chips

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Snackers the world over bowed their heads September 20th, to honor Arch West, the man who brought us Doritos, one of the world’s first national tortilla chip brand and possibly the most popular to this day.

It is said that West named the chips ‘Doritos’ after the Spanish word ‘doradito’ which translates to “little golden”. In 1961, West was visiting San Diego with his family. He came upon a food truck selling fried tortilla chips, and fell in love with them. At the time, West was working at snack food company Frito-Lay, and when he came up with the idea to create different flavors for tortilla chips, he proposed it to the marketing executives. While they were initially wary of the product, Doritos proved to be a near overnight success when they were launched in 1964.

ImageWhen the chips were released, the product’s first commercial referred to them as “a swinging, Latin sort of snack.”

Last week, West died of natural causes at the age of 97. He is survived by three sons, 12 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren. He joins his wife who passed away last year.

His family has shared that his ashes will placed in an urn and buried in Dallas, Texas on October 1. Though it is not known whether they are following his request, West’s family has said they will bury Doritos next to the urn.

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Mexican Beauty Creams Have Mercury Poisoned Over 40 Texans

Public health officials in El Paso, Texas are warning female residents about a Mexican beauty product called ‘Crema Antiead y Desmanchadora’ translated to Antiaging and Lightening Cream.

Apparently the beauty product and a similar product have been associated with 44 mercury poisonings in the state with six cases being reported in El Paso.  The Crema product is identical to another Mexican beauty cream called ‘Crema Aguamary’ that is being blamed for the other mercury poisoning cases in the state.

Apparently the product has close to 130,000 times the allowable level of mercury in its content. 

Any resident that believes they have used the product is to throw it out immediately and get a blood and/or urine mercury test from their local physician.  Treatment information is available at the Poison Control Network (800) 222-1222.

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Kat Von D’s Engagement to Bad Boy Jesse James Appears to be Off…Again

Kat Von D’s Engagement to Bad Boy Jesse James Appears to be Off…Again

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Once again, tattooed Latina, Kat Von D has broken things off with Jesse James.

On Friday, LA Ink star, Kat Von D, 29, posted on her Facebook page that she and Jesse James, 42, are no longer together.

In January, the couple announced that they were engaged just months after getting together, and what seemed like a short time after James the highly publicized split from wife Sandra Bullock. Von D and James split up shortly after.

Then just last month, the couple announced their engagement was back on, posting a photo of them kissing on Twitter, with the caption, “Para Siempre” below it.

ImageIn a Facebook blog post clarifying a few things, Von D wrote, “I am not in a relationship. (And I apologize for all the “back and forth” if it’s caused any confusion).”

She added that rumors of her shop, High Voltage Tattoo, closing, or that she was leaving the shop, moving to Texas, or opening another tattoo parlor, were just that, rumors.

Regarding the recent cancellation of LA Ink, she said, “As hard as it is to sometimes let go of the things you are so accustomed to doing, I am happy to have done LA Ink, but am even more excited about new upcoming ventures - and cant wait to eventually share more about this with you all!”

As for her relationship with James, it appears to be over, but with these two, who knows?

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Novela Star Sues Stalker that Demanded his ‘Live Organ’ Picture

Novela Star Sues Stalker that Demanded his ‘Live Organ’ Picture

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Novela star Victor Alfieri is suing Adriana Trevino, a producer who allegedly stole footage from Alfieri’s movie because the actor refused to have sex with her.

The Bold and the Beautiful” star, also an aspiring filmmaker claims that Trevino offered to produce one of his projects last year, investing up to $150,000 in the project.

But nothing is for free, and in exchange for her investment and producing, Trevino allegedly tried her best effort to bed Alfieri, to no avail.

Alfieri’s lawsuit says Trevino would frequently try to get frisky with him, suggested intercourse as a stress reliever, and even asked the actor to email her a picture of his privates.  The actor has vowed he would systematically refuse her advances.

Alfieri claims that when Trevino finally realized she was not going to get anything from Alfieri, she stole the raw footage from Victor’s movie, and won’t give it back.

Furthermore, Alfieri says that Trevino contacted his mother in Italy and went on such a fanatical rant, that poor Mrs. Alfieri lost her composure, and flipped out so bad, she had to go to the hospital.

A mere 12 hours after TMZ broke the news of the lawsuit, Trevino was quoted by TMZ saying that she was just joking about the whole photo of the penis thing; she says Alfieri and her were in an intimate relationship that they were keeping secret—by his request, until she heard members of the set saying that Alfieri told them she was obsessed with him.

She says she confronted him, and he took off with her investment in the movie and disappeared. As for the claim that she had made Mrs. Alfieri upset, Trevino said she was very close with Mrs. Alfieri.  Allegedly, Trevino went to the mother after Alfieri disappeared, and when Mrs. Alfieri tried and failed to contact her son, she had to be taken to the hospital.

Trevino says she plans to sue for slander.

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Barcelona and the Rest of Catalonia Say Farewell to Bullfighting (VIDEO)

Barcelona and the Rest of Catalonia Say Farewell to Bullfighting (VIDEO)

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Spain’s top matadors congregated in Catalonia for a last weekend of bullfighting at “La Monumental” arena in Barcelona.  The Catalonia region encompasses the provinces of Barcelona, Girona Lleida and Tarragona. 

“This decision was taken by some politicians that will pass, but us the fans will be here forever,” said Miguel López, a fan that spent all weekend celebrating the last bull fights in Catalonia, and today, nostalgic, went to visit the “Monumental” almost 100 year old plaza, open to the public for now on, only as a tourist site.

A bull called “Dudalegre” sealed with his own fate the fate of bullfighting in the entire province; the ban doesn’t start until next year, but the current and final season ended yesterday with a lineup of the best bullfighters in Spain: Juan Mora, José Tomás, and Serafín Marín.

Hundreds of supporters chanted “Catalonia is pro-bullfighting” as they left the final spectacle. Some fans even jumped down to the ring to grab handfuls of sand to keep as a souvenir.

Catalonia is the second of Spain’s 17 regions to ban bullfighting. The Canary Islands outlawed the practice in 1991. No plans to outlaw the practice exist in the other 15 regions.


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Obama Launches “Operation Vote” to Gain Hispanic, Minority Vote

With the 2012 Presidential Election just around the corner, the Washington Post is reporting that President Obama, in hopes of increasing support from ethnic minority voters and core liberals, is launching “Operation Vote”, which will draw the expertise of a number of minority point people for his reelection campaign.

The focus of Operation Vote is to study ethnic minorities and liberals to best address them during the campaign. Earlier this month, a longtime Jewish political activist was hired to be the point person in the Jewish community for the president’s campaign. President Obama’s approval rating among Jewish voters has dropped to 45 percent, down from 57 percent last year.

Though Operation Vote is being pegged as an “I don’t care about you” campaign to white voters, its overall purpose appears to be to increase voting among communities with lower voter turnout while also garnering more liberal votes.

What has many upset, is the fact that he had previously spoke of uniting voters (Republican, Democrat, etc), but Operation Vote now has him looking more specifically to Democrats for support in the upcoming election.

The volunteer-based program will primarily work out of Chicago with ethnically and religiously diverse volunteers targeting Hispanic, Jewish, senior, young adult, gay, Asian American, and black voters through online marketing and other media outlets.

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Hugo Chavez Sends Last Minute Notification to UN, He will Not Address the General Assembly

Hugo Chavez Sends Last Minute Notification to UN, He will Not Address the General Assembly

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The last minute notification by Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez that he will not be addressing the UN General Assembly is adding speculation about the state of his health.

Chavez admitted to having tumors removed in Cuba over the summer and has undergone various rounds of chemotherapy.  The most recent chemotherapy treatment, his fourth, just occurred four days ago in Cuba. 

The left-leaning leader has never disclosed the type of cancer he has but has vowed to remind in power for decades more.  When Chavez concluded his third round of treatment he had assured the country he was done with treatments.

Venezuelans officials continue to state he is well and on the road to a full recovery.  He addressed the nation yesterday via a audio recording only admitting to not having his same physical strength.

The country’s foreign minister, Micolas Maduro Moros will take his place at the General Assembly meeting this week.

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UC Berkeley College Republicans Hold Racist Bake Sale to Oppose Affirmative Action-Like Bill

UC Berkeley College Republicans Hold Racist Bake Sale to Oppose Affirmative Action-Like Bill

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A bake sale at UC Berkeley has many shaking their heads at a group that claims their racist sale is in protest to an Affirmative Action-like bill currently on the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown.

The Increase Diversity Bake Sale being held by the UC Berkeley College Republicans (BCR) is not at all about increasing diversity. Instead, the group is basing the price of their baked goods on the buyers’ ethnicity or sex.

In a now-removed Facebook page for the sale, BCR initially stated:


Most students feel that their voices aren’t heard in the baked goods controversy. They also believe that our UCs and CSUs need to be more diverse. YOU have the OPPORTUNITY to increase DIVERSITY and student VOICES by buying some PASTRIES and helping redistribute wealth for SOCIAL JUSTICE through BAKED GOODS…

To ensure the fairest distribution, and make sure that there are a DIVERSE population of RACES of students getting BCR’s delicious baked goods, the pricing structure will be as follows:

White/Caucasian: $2.00
Asian/Asian American: $1.50
Latino/Hispanic: $1.00
Black/African American $0.75
Native American: $0.25

Hope to see you there! If you don’t come, you’re a racist!

The announcement of the sale also included, “Just like the CA Senate Bills 185 and 387 the phone bank supports, we will be considering race, gender, ethnicity, national/geographic origin and other relevant factors to ensure the equitable distribution of baked goods to our diverse student body.”

The BRC claims that the event and its description are intended to be satirical though many do not find it amusing.

Commenting on the event’s Facebook page was Christopher Williams who said, “SB 185 authorizes, but does not require, that the University of California and California State University may consider race, gender, ethnicity, national/geographic origin, and other factors in their admissions process. It does not indicate that anyone should be granted special entry or tuition reduction, nor does it specify that any particular diversity standards be met. The classifications permitted in this bill are real and affect the culture of the student body, which ultimately influences the richness of debate and learning in the classroom. How you choose to view yourself, be it on the grounds of race, gender, or otherwise, affects how you think and your thoughts impact those who surround you. SB 185 is a bill that recognizes this fact and aims to strengthen the quality of our university system. This bake sale misrepresents the bill and entirely misses the point.”

Though many have come out against the bake sale, it is still scheduled for Tuesday at Upper Sproul Plaza near the school.

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Only 10% of American Colleges Educate 54% of Hispanic Undergraduates

Only 10% of American Colleges Educate 54% of Hispanic Undergraduates

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Over half of all Hispanic undergraduates, drawn from 16% of Americans, are enrolled in only 10% of its colleges.

The breakthrough findings by Excelencia in Education, a Washington, D.C. research and advocacy non-profit organization. They show that 293 colleges in 17 states and Puerto Rico are doing the bulk of Hispanic enrollments.  The finding has important public-policy implications.

How will institutions mobilize is a key indicator to the potential success of the White House’s higher-education policy. President Obama asserted a goal, in July 18, for 60 percent of Americans to obtain a high-quality, two- or four-year college degree or credentials by 2025. America’s economic future, he said, depends on becoming more competitive in the global economy.

Key elements to that success are continuing Hispanic enrollment, retention, quality education and completion at higher- education institutions responding to the challenge.

Of the nation’s 2,900 higher education institutions, only 293 colleges are responsible for enrolling 54 percent of Hispanic undergraduate students. These colleges, with 25 percent or more Latinos undergraduates, are known as “Hispanic-serving institutions,” or HSIs. These are all accredited, degree-granting public or private nonprofit institutions. HSI is a category that has grown since 1995 from 236 to 293.

HSIs are densely concentrated in three states and Puerto Rico, according to Excelencia California, with (89) has more than 30 percent of those institutions, followed by Puerto Rico (56), Texas (49), and New Mexico with 24.

Excelencia’s co-founder and vice president, Deborah Santiago says where Hispanics are geographically concentrated is a key factor but does not alone determine the recent dynamic enrollment increases and why new HSIs have arisen. Otherwise, some of the major universities in large urban areas would number more prominently among them the 10 percent.

Santiago is a former Department of Education policy analyst who served as an official with the White House Initiative for Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans during the Clinton Administration before co-founding the research and advocacy group, Excelencia.

Hispanic college enrollments reached an all-time high of 12.2 million in October 2010, growing 349,000 in one year, according to the Pew Hispanic Center. The analysis of U.S. Census data shows that the 24 percent Hispanics increase in 2009 to 2010 coincided with a 320,000 decline in non-Hispanic white enrollments during the same period.

Hispanic college enrollments have spiked at the same time there has been a 7 percent increase among 18- to 24-year-olds in that population.

The undergraduate rate of increase among young Hispanics has been increasing in recent years: by 13% in 1972, to 27% in 2009, and 32% in 2010.

In 2006-07, about 70 percent of Latino undergraduates were concentrated in California, Texas, Florida, and New York and Puerto Rico, according to the National Center of Educational Statistics. Today, the high enrollment density has spread to more states and institutions.

This trend might hold the best evidence that the Obama education policy for increasing college completions could be within reach if institutions are encouraged, successful programs replicated, new engagement strategies crafted and the initiative is sustained. New higher-education strategies are important to both recruiting and retaining Hispanic undergraduates, says Santiago.

Excelencia she says, will next focus on “intentionality.” Those are the quality measures that make some institutions successful at retaining and graduating Hispanics by “providing a quality education resulting in graduating students.”

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WATCH: Brazilian Pole “Dance Off” Between World Champ and Event Organizer (VIDEO)

WATCH: Brazilian Pole “Dance Off” Between World Champ and Event Organizer (VIDEO)

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Oona Kivela, the winner of the First Pole Dance World Cup, and Grazzy Brugner, the organizer of the Second Miss Pole Dancing Brazil went on a friendly (….and steamy!) dance battle.

A couple of weeks ago, Up Dance Studio, a Brazil dancing academy had two of the most important Pole Dancers in the world come to teach a workshop to aspiring dancers.

Pole dancing is a practice that has become more and more accepted as a sport, spawning even world championships.

Who won? Watch the video below, and find out.

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Music Celebrities Converge in Brazil for “Rock in Rio” (VIDEO)

Music Celebrities Converge in Brazil for “Rock in Rio” (VIDEO)

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The first weekend of Rock in Rio, saw over 700,000 fans rock out to headliners Rihanna, Katy Perry, Elton John and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

“Rock in Rio,” the largest music festival in the world, kicked off Friday back in Rio de Janeiro for the first time in 10 years.

Brazil’s own Claudia Leitte was followed by Katy Perry, Elton John and Rihanna, who fired up the first weekend of the festival.  Saturday also saw international stars Red Hot Chili Peppers, Snow Patrol and Milton Nascimento with Esperanza Spalding. Sunday was all about heavy metal, with appearances by Coheed and Cambria, Motörhead, Slipknot, Metallica, and legendary Brazil’s own Sepultura.

The festival will start again on Thursday, with performances by KE$HA, Jamiroquai, Stevie Wonder and Joss Stone. Image

Other weekend highlights include Lenny Kravitz, Shakira, Maná, Maroon 5, Coldplay, Guns N’ Roses, and System of a Down among many others.

Check out Katy Perry (who arrived in Rio wearing a Carmen Miranda mask) perform “Thinking of You” in a Brazilian flag dress, and don’t miss this weekend’s shows, live at the festival’s YouTube account.


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Argentina to Tackle 500,000 Annual Abortions that Take Place, Leading Cause of Maternal Deaths

Argentina to Tackle 500,000 Annual Abortions that Take Place, Leading Cause of Maternal Deaths

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The issue on abortion will be on the agenda of the Commission of the Criminal Law of Deputies that will talk about this topic for the first time tomorrow, September 27.

Representatives of those who support the depenalization and legalization and those who consider it such an indisputable crime will talk part in this meeting. The problem however is enormous: it is estimated that half a million women abort every year in Argentina; more than 100 die, especially the poorest, the youngest and less informed, who undergo the practice in deplorable conditions.

According to official figures, for some decades, illegal abortion is considered the leading cause of maternal death in Argentina: since 1983 3000 have died.

The meeting will examine two projects that propose voluntary interruption of pregnancy, and five which ask for the amendment of Article 86 of the Criminal Code, which concerns legal and illegal abortions, with some variations. During the debate, representatives of the Catholic, Orthodox and Evangelical Church, will present the joint document “Commitment to Life”, which expresses their deep concern on this issue.

“We want to express our belief in a united manner about the value of human life from the moment of conception until natural death, and invite all to join this call for life,” this is what is said in this text that is unprecedented and has, among others, the signatures of a representative of the Evangelical Pentecostal Brotherhood, of the President of the Commission for Ecumenism of the Argentine Episcopate, of Archbishop Nicolaos Matti Abd Alahad, of the Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch, of a representative of the Evangelical Mennonite Church, of the Christian Community Church.


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STUDY:  Mexican-American Students Benefit from Speaking Spanish in School Environment

STUDY:  Mexican-American Students Benefit from Speaking Spanish in School Environment

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A new University of Missouri study shows that Mexican-American students who identify and practice speaking their native language have higher grades than those who are put in English-only environments in their schools.

“A real educational disparity exists because Mexican-Americans, along with other Latinos, are now the largest minority; yet, they still have the lowest high school and college graduation rates,” said David Aguayo, a doctoral student in the Department of Educational, School and Counseling Psychology in the College of Education. “I understand the reasons behind English-only efforts, but the research shows that if we don’t accept the cultural identity of these students in our schools, such as tolerating their native language, Mexican-Americans may not succeed.”

Aguayo compared survey results of 408 Mexican-American students.  He examined whether the students were born in the U.S. or Mexico; the students’ grade point averages; and the students’ abilities to perform college-related tasks. Aguayo found that students who embraced their cultural heritage and spoke in their native languages had higher grade point averages than those that only spoke English while in school and at home.

“It’s a simple correlation, but living and learning within your cultural heritage is a benefit,” Aguayo said. “It could be speaking the language in school, eating certain foods, or interacting with other people who share your heritage. The stress level of being in a new culture will decrease if these students have a support system in school, while they are adjusting to other cultures.”

In the future, Aguayo will study the motivations of Mexican-American students who move to the U.S.  Statistics show these students have more success in school than Mexican-American students who have lived in the U.S. their entire lives.

“Educators need to be aware of students’ home lives,” Aguayo said. “Immigrant parents, in particular, tend to put more trust in educators, rather than being involved in the child’s education like we normally see in the U.S. If educators can take the time to learn about the parents’ culture, the educators can have a positive impact on the students’ future.”

The study “Culture Predicts Mexican-Americans’ College Self-Efficacy and College Performance”, was published in the journal Culture and College Outcomes. Co-authors on the paper include Keith C. Herman and Lisa Y. Flores from the University of Missouri; and Lizette Ojeda of Texas A&M University, a former doctoral student from the University of Missouri.


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Hispanic Breast Cancer Survivors With Depression Less Likely to Get Screening for Other Cancers

Hispanic Breast Cancer Survivors With Depression Less Likely to Get Screening for Other Cancers

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New research suggests that depression and other factors may keep Hispanic women who have survived breast cancer from getting screenings that could pick up signs of colorectal or ovarian cancer.

“Depression can make people more inattentive to potential risks to their health and more likely to ignore recommendations to reduce their risk,” said study researcher Amelie G. Ramirez, professor and director of the Institute for Health Promotion Research at the Cancer Therapy and Research Center at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Ramirez and colleagues wanted to understand how problems like depression, which is more common among breast cancer patients than the general population, might affect cancer screening. Ten percent of new cancers appear in people who have already had the disease.

The researchers surveyed 117 Hispanic breast cancer survivors and screened them for depression. About one-third met the criteria for depression. Only five women had been screened for both cancers; about 60 percent hadn’t been checked for one or the other cancer.

The research linked depression to a lower rate of ovarian cancer screening, but there was no link between depression and less colorectal cancer screening. Other factors affecting ovarian cancer screening included a lack of English language skills, high costs of health care, unemployment and lack of relatives with cancer. Being single boosted the risk that the women didn’t get screened for colorectal cancer.

“Regardless of depression . . . we need to work with these women to help them understand that they need to get more involved with their health care,” Ramirez said in a news release from the American Association for Cancer Research. “We also have to get a better handle on the underpinnings of depression among cancer survivors. We have to ask the critical questions to make sure that these patients are not only getting the follow-up treatment they need, but also are screening for depression.”

The study findings were released Monday at the American Association for Cancer Research Conference on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities, in Washington D.C.

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Sirius Radio Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with Gloria Estefan and Others

Sirius Radio Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with Gloria Estefan and Others

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Sirius XM Radio announced today it will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with performances, interviews and specials with many of today’s hottest Latin artists hosted by the “Queen of Latin Pop,” Gloria Estefan, now through Saturday, October 15 on SiriusXM’s Caliente, channel 150. 

In addition to hosting the month of programming, Estefan’s most recent Las Vegas concert was broadcast in its entirety today September 25.

The special month of programming will include a weekend dedicated to the many musical contributions of the multi-talented Gloria Estefan, including an interview and album preview special. During the interview, Estefan will debut her new album, Miss Little Havana, discuss her all-time favorite collaborations and share her thoughts on today’s biggest Latin artists. Listeners will also hear Estefan comment about her Latin heritage and the artists who contribute to the thriving Latin arts community.

Caliente listeners will also hear special, intimate concert performances by Latin Grammy winners and nominees such as Pitbull, Jon Secada, Tito Nieves, and Juanes every Thursday during Hispanic Heritage Month. 

Caliente plays the best in salsa, pop, merengue, bachata and reggaeton music.  Listeners will hear artists such as Marc Anthony, Juan Luis Guerra, Aventura, Shakira, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Daddy Yankee, Paulina Rubio, Victor Manuelle, Luis Miguel, Wisin y Yandel, Grupo Mania, Monchy y Alexandra and Camila.

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MondaySeptember 26, 2011