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ThursdaySeptember 29, 2011

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

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

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Panama Asks UN to List Certain Woods As Endangered

Panama Asks UN to List Certain Woods As Endangered

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The Government of Panama has requested the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) to list 91 hardwood species in an effort to curb the increase in illegal timber trade by enabling verification of legal origin under CITES standards.

The listing of ebony wood and rosewood species in CITES Appendix III will help facilitate detection of fraud and make critical trade information available to exporting and importing countries. CITES Appendix III regulations mean that all cross-border shipments now have to be authorized by the issuance of a document certifying the origin of the products covered by the listing.

It is widely recognized that tropical forests are under severe pressure from logging and land conversion. FAO estimates that the world lost over 0.8 % of its tropical forests every year between 1980 and 1990. From 1990 to 2000, the annual loss of forest cover in many tropical countries continued to be significant, in many cases over 1 % per year.

Panama has requested the help of the other member States to control the trade in their national populations of Dalbergia darienensis and Dalbergia retusa, known as black rosewood or cocobolo. Dalbergia retusa occurs from Mexico to Panama, mainly in dry tropical forest. Only the heartwood of Dalbergia timber species yields quality timber.

Cocobolo is exceptionally good for marine use. Because it is hard, beautiful, and very stable, it is also used for gun grips, butts of billiard cues and chess pieces. Kitchen knives with cocobolo handles can be immersed in water for short periods without distortion of the grips and do not require chemical treatment. This precious wood has also been used for jewellery boxes, inlay and veneer, the handles of high quality hair brushes, and the manufacture of bowling balls. Cocobolo is resonant when struck, making it a preferred material for marimbas, clarinets and xylophones.

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Visit Dominican Republic

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Visit Dominican Republic

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Clinton will travel to the Dominican Republic October 5 for the fourth Pathways to Prosperity in the Americas ministerial. The government of the Dominican Republic will host the event, involving high-level government officials, policy makers, business leaders, academics, and representatives from international organizations from the Americas who will share best practices that promote inclusive economic growth and prosperity in the hemisphere.

During her visit to the Dominican Republic, Secretary Clinton will be accompanied by Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, Assistant Secretary of State for Economic, Energy and Business Affairs Jose W. Fernandez and Acting Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson as they meet with Pathways country ministers, Dominican President Leonel Fernández, and other Dominican government officials and private sector representatives attending the ministerial.

Pathways to Prosperity country partners are Western Hemisphere countries committed to democracy and open markets. Current participating countries include Belize, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Uruguay, and the United States. The Inter-American Development Bank, the Organization of American States, and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean are also partners in this initiative to promote inclusive growth, prosperity, and social justice.

Under Secretary Sherman, Assistant Secretary Fernandez and Acting Assistant Secretary Jacobson will continue their stay in Santo Domingo to attend the Americas Competitiveness Forum (ACF).

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AZ Sheriff Arpaio Creates Politcal Action Committee in Order to Donate to GOP Presidential Campaign

AZ Sheriff Arpaio Creates Politcal Action Committee in Order to Donate to GOP Presidential Campaign

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Arizona’s attention-hungry Sheriff Joe Arpaio is at it again. This time, he has created a political action committee in hopes of raising money to support the GOP presidential candidate whose beliefs best reflect his own.

The committee, being called JoePAC, exists to allow the Maricopa County sheriff to be more involved in congressional and U.S. Senate races, committee chairman Chad Willem said.

“He really wants to step it up in this coming election cycle,” said Willems.

JoePAC will allow self-proclaimed “America’s Toughest Sheriff” to directly contribute to federal candidates campaigns.

However, some say getting too chummy with Arpaio can have negative consequences, especially in the public opinion since the sheriff is currently under investigation for allegedly misspending $80 million of taxpayer money.

Still, he has some GOP candidates knocking on his door willing to accept the risk. So far, Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney, and Rick Perry have gone looking for the Arpaio seal of approval.

While Sheriff Joe may have GOPers at his door, Arpaio has recently said he seeks the company of President Obama.

Arpaio has stated that he was insulted by President Obama when he stated that Arizona is on the wrong track when it comes to immigration, and says he wants to sit down and have a beer with the president to take about Arizona’s immigration policies.

Three years ago, the Obama administration began an investigation into claims that Sheriff Arpaio and his officers were racially profiling people, but that investigation seems to have fallen by the wayside.

When asked about it, Arpaio said, “I believe he learned his lesson in Cambridge, Massachusetts, when the police sergeant arrested a black professor and the President stuck his nose in that. He did rectify that by calling the professor and the police sergeant to the White House. They had some nice beer and probably lit up a cigar.”

Now Arpaio is looking to do the same with the leader of the free world, and says he can’t understand why the President Obama wouldn’t want to have a chat with him.

Read more at The Washington Post →

Perry Apologizes For Calling Those Opposed to In-state Tuition for Undocumented “Heartless” (VIDEO)

Perry Apologizes For Calling Those Opposed to In-state Tuition for Undocumented “Heartless” (VIDEO)

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In recent GOP presidential debates, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been lambasted by fellow Republicans for approving in-state tuition for the undocumented immigrants of his state. Last week, he fought back saying anyone that opposed to it “did not have a heart.” However, Wednesday, Gov. Perry apologized for the remarks saying he was “over-passionate.”

When asked about what he said during the Fox/Google debate, Gov. Perry told Newsmax, “I probably chose a poor word to explain that. For people who don’t want their state to be giving (in-state) tuition to…illegal immigrants that’s their call, and I respect that. I was probably a bit over-passionate about using that word, and it was inappropriate.”

He went on to say that the policy is not intended to be about immigration. “It was about education,” he said.

The Republican governor has also had to defend his position on the border fence. Gov. Perry has stated that putting a fence along all of the U.S.-Mexico border is too expensive and would likely be ineffective. He also points out the face violates the property rights of those who actually own the land the fence would be built on.

“In the metropolitan areas where the fencing actually can play a positive role, absolutely, but you have to have boots on the ground … having an obstacle without observation is no obstacle at all. So just the idea of building a fence and saying, ‘That will take care of it, let’s just build a fence,’ has never worked in the history of mankind.”

Though he has come under fire recently, he maintains that as the governor of a border state, he is best prepared to handle immigration issues.


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Ever wondered How To Make It in America? Ask Luis Guzmán!

Ever wondered How To Make It in America? Ask Luis Guzmán!

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The second season of How to Make It in America will premiere on HBO Oct. 2, and Luis Guzman‘s famous friends have all rallied to promote the show … and Luis Guzman of course!

The music video features a weird version of American-Canadian DJ duo Duck Sauce‘s techno hit “Barbra Streisand,” where the lyrics are switched to have everyone mouthing “Luis Guzman” instead.

Celebrities making cameos iclude Kid Cudi and Asher Roth, the show’s executive producer Mark Wahlberg and last but not least, Justin Bieber!

The Biebs makes a quick appearance in the video, looking sharp in a red and green flannel shirt. Could Justin’s cameo be a hint towards confirmation of the gossip that Selena’s beau will star alongside Mark Wahlberg in an upcoming street basketball film from Paramount Pictures?

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2,500 People Join in for the First MP3 Experimental Flashmob in Mexico

2,500 People Join in for the First MP3 Experimental Flashmob in Mexico

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2,500 people downloaded and simultaneously played the same MP3 of instructions provided by ImprovEverywhere.

Instructions included freezing, acting in slow motion, waving a towel and standing on said towel and surfing on it. Watch the video below, and join us in our forums section for the conversation.

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Celebrate National Coffee Day with Colombia, Just Recognized as One of the Best Coffee Providers

Celebrate National Coffee Day with Colombia, Just Recognized as One of the Best Coffee Providers

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The Specialty Coffee Association of America’s (SCAA’s) said the best coffee in the world comes from Aguadas, Colombia.

The coffee beans that were just awarded the prestigious “Rainforest Alliance” seal in Houston, Texas, grow in a Colombian town by the name of Aguadas, buried in the Andean northern coffee zone in Colombia.

To get to Aguadas, one must drive for four hours through the only curvy and unpaved road that connects four municipalities. At the point where the road becomes impossible to drive through, old jeeps are used by locals as taxis, and any of them will take you to Aguadas, or rather to the point from which travelers have to hike to take the “chiva” to Aguadas.

Located in Aguadas, is a 10 acre farm called “El Diamante,” property of Eduardo Alonso Arias, one of the locals who has been presented with the award granted by the international seal.

To talk about the international Rainforest Alliance seal, is to talk about special coffee.  “a special coffee bean,” said Fernando Carrera, a member of the Aguadas Coffee Growers Committee to El Tiempo newspaper, “is a bean that has particular characteristics; the international seals observe, for instance the way the coffee is grown, that the process is beneficial for the environment, that coffee growers protect birds and do not use chemical fertilizers.”

The Rainforest Alliance seal, demands that the final product is obtained through social, economic and environmentally sustainable practices.

One of the main requisites for the Rainforest Alliance recognition is that coffee growers must grow their product next to other trees, to guarantee and protect biodiversity. Coffee in Aguadas grows under the shade of larger trees which turn pest control into a 95% natural process, and foster over 130 species of birds.

Benefits from the award include better coffee prizes, international recognition and prestige, and technical support that the seal provides to its growers.

It is the first time that Colombia wins this award, despite having participated since 2006. The coffee from Aguadas obtained a score of 89/100, Ethiopian coffee came in at second with 86,79/100.

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Report: Latino Households Are Larger and Use More Household Products than Others

Report: Latino Households Are Larger and Use More Household Products than Others

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Fifty-one million strong and with households that spend more than any other population segment on laundry and household cleaning supplies, Latinos have an especially significant impact on the market for household products, according to The Latino Household Products Shopper by market research publisher Packaged Facts.

“Latinos, as part of the big spender segment in grocery stores, represent prime targets for marketers of household products, both in the store and before the store,” says David Sprinkle, publisher of Packaged Facts.

The report identifies a high correlation between overall spending by U.S. households on groceries and spending on household products. Experian Simmons data reveals that 68% of Latino households spend an average of $80 or more per week on groceries, while 42% of Latino households spend an average of $125 or more. Packaged Facts’ proprietary survey data show that grocery shoppers who spent at least $80 on their last grocery shopping trip are 41% more likely than shoppers on average to buy household products such as laundry and household cleaners, paper products and plastic products.

ImageIn the past decade, Latino spending on household products grew at a rate nearly three times faster than that of other households. On average, Latino households are 40% larger than other households and are much more likely to use high volumes of a broad range of household products—with a strong preference for national brands over store brands.

The household products market will see a continuation of the healthy growth in expenditures by Latino households, especially on products Latinos have shown a higher tendency to use, such as cleaning/disposable wipes, carpet deodorizers/fresheners, air freshener sprays/room deodorants, abrasive cleaners, scouring pads/sponges, oven cleaners, in-bowl and in-tank toilet cleaners, fabric softeners, bleach, disposable food containers, disposable cups and plates and paper napkins. Packaged Facts projects that spending on laundry and cleaning supplies and other household products will grow from $7 billion in 2011 to $10 billion in 2016, representing cumulative growth of 40% during the forecast period. Marketers can benefit from focusing more directly on the Latino market in product segments Latinos are less likely to use such as rug cleaners/shampoos, floor wax/polishers, drain cleaners, laundry boosters/pre-soaks/pre-cleaners, plastic wrap and facial tissues.


The Latino Household Products Shopper analyzes current spending by Latino households on household products and projects total spending by Latinos on household products through 2016. This analysis extends to usage within Latino households of 32 household products tracked by Experian Simmons’ National Consumer Study (NCS) data. These include floor cleaning products, general household cleaning products, kitchen and bathroom cleaning products, laundry and dishwashing products, kitchen products, and paper products. Covered within this usage analysis are which national brands perform best in Latino households. Click here for further information.

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Arizona Latina Fights to Afford Health Care for Her Brain Damaged Husband and Keep Him in US

Arizona Latina Fights to Afford Health Care for Her Brain Damaged Husband and Keep Him in US

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On September 19, Jesus Armando Cornelio collapsed while playing soccer at a park with his brother. Today, his wife fights to afford the health care he needs, as Arizona’s laws state that Medicaid is only for those who have been legal permanent residents for five years.

Evelyn Saenz-Cornelio’s husband now has brain damage after his brain went without oxygen for about 13 minutes. And though doctors at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix say they will continue to treat him for the time being, Saenz-Cornelio says she has been told by the hospital that she needs to take him to Mexico for treatment, where he is originally from, or put him in hospice care.

Cornelio, 23, has lived in the U.S. since he was 10-years-old. He obtained an employment authorization card and a Social Security card from the U.S. government and next week, he was scheduled to have a final interview to get a permanent resident card. Immigrants are not eligible for Arizona Medicaid until they have been legal permanent residents for five years, something Jesus Cornelio is not.

Though the hospital has given them a one-week extension, Saenz-Cornelio says she does not know what she will do once that week is up.

A spokeswoman for the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, Arizona’s Medicaid program, said it is federal law that prohibits his access to the state’s Medicaid, not state law.

Evelyn and Jesus met when they were in 6th grade. They became high school sweethearts when they were 16, and married at 22.

ImageSaenz-Cornelio said she and her husband were trying to have children, but that is now on hold, at least for the moment.

Doctors gave the young wife little hope last week, saying Jesus was unlikely to recover, Saenz-Cornelio said, but over the weekend, he opened his eyes, squeezed family members’ hands and was yawning and coughing – things he hadn’t done since he was admitted. She added that he recognizes when people are in the room now, and even responds to some prompts – though he is still not speaking.

Saenz-Cornelio said her husband played soccer throughout his entire life and initially qualified for a scholarship to Phoenix College. It did not work out due to a 2006 Arizona law that states undocumented immigrants cannot receive in-state tuition or financial aid from state coffers.

“I have to learn to be strong, and right now that’s what I keep in my head: ‘He wants you to be strong, to stay positive,’” she said. “I have to have faith that little by little, he’s going to get better and show the doctors and nurses that he wants to be here.”

The hospital has informed Saenz-Cornelio that her husband’s medical bills are about $120,000 so far.

Read more at Associated Press (Washington Post) →

Watch The President’s Answers to Hispanic Roundtable Questions (VIDEO)

Watch The President’s Answers to Hispanic Roundtable Questions (VIDEO)

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Yesterday, President Obama answered questions on a vast range of subjects important to Latinos, asked by a panel of representatives from three Hispanic online media outlets.

President Obama talked about a range of issues from immigration and education to Social Security and the American Jobs Act during a round table discussion with Jose Siade from Yahoo Español, Karine Medina from MSN Latino and Gabriel Lerner from AOL Latino and Huff-Post Latino Voices. 

The group joined the President in the White House Map Room for an hour-long conversation that centered on the questions submitted to the Hispanic roundtable around issues that matter most to Latinos. 

Take a look at the video below where President Obama answers the following questions:

*What are you doing in order to reform immigration laws and allow the undocumented persons living in the United States to seek a pathway to contributing to society?
*What is your policy on deportation?
*What do you plan to do for the remainder of your term to ensure that companies begin hiring again?
*What happened to the investigation of Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Arizona?
*What can be done to avoid further discrimination or bullying particularly within various racial groups particularly for Hispanic kids?
*Is there anything the United States could do to strengthen the Mexican economy and reduce the incentive for illegal immigration?
*What can be done for bi-national LGBT spouses who would like to sponsor their partner but are blocked from doing so by provisions in the Defense of Marriage Act?
*Why has the DREAM act not been passed?
*What is your position regarding Cuba and the embargo?
*What is your strategy to stop the flow of weapons bought in the US and entering Mexico?
*What do you believe is the greatest challenge that the Hispanic community faces in this country?
*Do you think it’s time for a Hispanic Vice President or President?
*How do you propose to improve healthcare in the United States?
*What are the requirements needed to establish a clear referendum on Puerto Rico’s status?
*Will there be extra allotments in cost of living adjustments for Social Security?

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Latino Children Are Living in Poverty More than Any Other Racial or Ethnic Group

Latino Children Are Living in Poverty More than Any Other Racial or Ethnic Group

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The spread of poverty across the United States that began at the onset of the Great Recession of 2007-2009 and accelerated last year hit one fast-growing demographic group especially hard: Latino children.  This information is being provided by the report, “Childhood Poverty Among Hispanics Sets Record, Leads Nation,” by Pew Hispanic Center.

More Latino children are living in poverty——6.1 million in 2010——than children of any other racial or ethnic group. This marks the first time in U.S. history that the single largest group of poor children is not white. In 2010, 37.3% of poor children were Latino, 30.5% were white and 26.6% were black, according to an analysis of new data from the U.S. Census Bureau by the Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center.

This negative milestone for Hispanics is a product of their growing numbers, high birth rates and declining economic fortunes. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Hispanics today make up a record 16.3% of the total U.S. population. But they comprise an even larger share——23.1%——-of the nation’s children, a disparity driven mainly by high birth rates among Hispanic immigrants.

Of the 6.1 million Latino children living in poverty, more than two-thirds (4.1 million) are the children of immigrant parents. The other 2 million are the children of parents born in the U.S. Among the 4.1 million impoverished Latino children of immigrants, the vast majority (86.2%) were born in the U.S.

The Great Recession, which began in 2007 and officially ended in 2009, had a large impact on the Latino community. At its beginning, the unemployment rate among Latino workers increased rapidly, especially among immigrant workers. Today, the unemployment rate among Latinos, at 11.1%, is higher than the national unemployment rate of 9.1%. Household wealth among Latinos declined more sharply than either black or white households between 2005 and 2009. And according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, food insecurity among Latino households increased sharply at the start of the Great Recession. In 2008, nearly a third (32.1%) of Latino households with children faced food insecurity, up from 23.8% in 2007.

Prior to the Great Recession, more white children lived in poverty than Hispanic children. However, since 2007, that pattern has reversed. Between 2007 and 2010, an additional 1.6 million Hispanic children lived in poverty, an increase of 36.3%. By contrast, even though the number of white and black children living in poverty also grew, their numbers grew more slowly——up 17.6% and 11.7% respectively.

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Brazil Seeks to Ban Gisele Bundchen’s Sexy Lingerie Ad on TV

Brazil Seeks to Ban Gisele Bundchen’s Sexy Lingerie Ad on TV

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Brazilian Ministry for Women is pushing to get a TV ad featuring an underwear clad Gisele Bundchen, removed from the air.

The ad features the model trying to figure out how to deliver bad news –  wrecking the car - to an off-camera husband.  Suddenly the ad freezes, and a “wrong” sign appears, the model appears again, this time wearing only Hope underwear, and uses her charm and nakedness to distract the husband from the bad news.

The Ministry for Women said in a statement that the campaign “ignores the progress made in ending sexist practices,”  as well as “represents discrimination against women.” The ministry was outraged that the Bundchen and Hope underwear is sending the message “that sensuality can melt any man” and “encourages Brazilian women to use their charms… to minimize the reactions of their husbands.”

Hope released a statement saying they had a “clear and well-defined goal to show, with good humor, that the natural sensuality of Brazilian women, which is known worldwide, can be an effective weapon when giving bad news” and that being a women’s undergarment company, it would be “absurd” to take “any stance that devalued our customers.”

Take a look at the commercials below, and tell us what you think in our forums section.

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As Narco Extortionists Demand Money From Teachers, Teachers Demand Government Protection

As Narco Extortionists Demand Money From Teachers, Teachers Demand Government Protection

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Teachers in Mexico have begun striking against the continuing crime and violence against them in their own schools.

Tuesday, roughly 7,000 teachers marched in Acapulco with banners, signs, and chants demanding that Mexico’s government provide protection.

A number of teachers in Mexico have received death threats from cartels that say they have until October 1 to start forking over half of their salaries.

“If you don’t pay, you die,” elementary school teacher, Alejandro Estrada, told the NY Times. “This isn’t about money, this is about life or death.”

In Acapulco, a once vibrant tourist destination, more than 100 schools have been shut down, as teachers refuse to go back to teaching until their safety is ensured.

The teachers are not the only ones believed to be paying off the gangs. Doctors, local business owners, taxi drivers, and nearly everyone else has been forced to pay for to keep their lives.

However, it is the teachers who are now longer willing to whisper about it in the shadows. They are speaking, protesting, and demanding their government protect them so they can simply continue to teach the children.

Acapulco is not the only city facing extortion attempts from gangs and cartels however, it is only one of the latest.

Intimidation from extortionists has caused a number of businesses to close, as the owners are no longer willing to risk their lives to make money that will just end up in the hands of the cartels.

Read more at New York Times →

U.S. Breaks Ground on New Embassy in the Dominican Republic

U.S. Breaks Ground on New Embassy in the Dominican Republic

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In an important symbol of the enduring friendship with the Dominican Republic, Dominican Republic President, Leonel Fernandez; U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, Raul Yzaguirre; and Leo Hession, Managing Director for Operations of the Department’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO), broke ground on the New Embassy Compound (NEC) in Santo Domingo.

Situated on a 16-acre site, the multi-building complex will include a chancery, compound access controls, a support annex, and Marine security guard quarters. When completed, the new complex will provide approximately 700 embassy employees with a state-of-the-art workspace.

In compliance with OBO sustainability criteria, this building is designed to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification.

The $194 million project was designed by Integrus Architecture of Spokane Washington and will be constructed by Caddell Construction Company of Montgomery, Alabama. The NEC is scheduled to be completed in July 2013.

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Check Out J Lo’s New Hamptons Bachelorette Pad!

Check Out J Lo’s New Hamptons Bachelorette Pad!

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Jennifer López bought herself a $18 million, seven bedroom mansion in the Water Mill area of The Hamptons, NY.

J Lo’s new bachlorette pad was built last year by architect Richard Perrillo on a two acre property surrounded by water.  Ammenities include seven fireplaces, a pool, dockage on Mecox Bay, heated marble floors in the master bath, several walk-in closets, an elevator and an attached three car garage.

López is reportedly not moving in just yet; a source told Us Weekly that her three year old twins Max and Emme will move in first with staff, while López is working in Los Angeles and will join them in a few months.

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U.S., Mexico and Canada Join Forces to Address Consumer Product Safety Issues

U.S., Mexico and Canada Join Forces to Address Consumer Product Safety Issues

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Health Canada, and the Consumer Protection Federal Agency of the United Mexican States (Profeco) concluded a first-of-its-kind consumer product safety Summit that was aimed at strengthening the protections for children and consumers throughout North America. 

The three federal agencies with jurisdiction over consumer products in the United States, Canada, and Mexico issued a joint statement promoting greater cooperation and engagement in ensuring the safety of products made and sold across North America.

According to the U.S. Trade Representative, the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) among the U.S., Canada, and Mexico created the world’s largest free trade area, linking 450 million people producing $17 trillion worth of goods and services. The increasing volume of global trade and the complexity of global supply chains require cooperation among consumer product safety authorities.

Imports from Mexico and Canada accounted for the second and third largest shares, respectively, of imported consumer products likely to be under CPSC jurisdiction. Both countries share major land borders with the U.S. and products produced in or imported from outside North America to any of our three countries may easily find their way into another partner’s jurisdiction. 

The Summit provided an opportunity for product safety leaders of these countries to lay out their shared visions for enhanced consumer product safety cooperation.

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JUST IN:  President Hugo Chavez Reportedly Suffers Kidney Failure Rushed to Hospital

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who has been battling an undisclosed cancer since this summer, has reportedly been rushed to the hospital with kidney failure.

According to Venezuelan press sources that are highly monitored by the government, Chavez was rushed to the Military Hospital in Caracas in serious condition through the emergency room.  Just this past Sunday Chavez went on government television to assure his people he was on the path to recovery in spite of having the fourth round of chemotherapy in Cuba

The 57-year-old left leaning leader had a cancerous tumor removed in Cuba on June 20.  He and his administration have never disclosed what type of cancer he has but insist the cancer has been contained.  He has undergone four rounds of chemotherapy though the fourth was not expected since Chavez himself said the third round was his last.

Chavez recently gave last minute notification that he would not be addressing the UN General Assembly this week and would remain in Venezuela.

Reportedly Chavez phoned into state television to say his kidney failure were ‘rumors’ and that it was his political rivals and the media that are speculating on his demise.

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National Latina Institute Stands with Georgia’s Immigrant Women & Children

National Latina Institute Stands with Georgia’s Immigrant Women & Children

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The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH), a founding member of the National Coalition for Immigrant Women’s Rights, stands in solidarity with immigrant women and children as part of the “We Belong Together: Women’s Delegation to Georgia”.

A delegation of women’s organizations will travel to Atlanta this week to bear witness to the effects on women, children and families of Georgia’s new anti-immigrant law. This delegation is organized by the National Domestic Workers Alliance and the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, with support of the National Coalition for Immigrant Women’s Rights,

“Every time an anti-immigrant lawmaker spouts off about “anchor babies” or “alien invaders”, immigrant mothers are wrongfully vilified and dehumanized,” said Maria Elena Perez, interim Executive Director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health. “As women, as mothers, we are here to tell lawmakers to stop with the lies and scapegoating of immigrant women and our families.”

Like Arizona’s SB1070, Georgia’s new HB 87 law threatens to have devastating effects on women and children, including an increase in racial profiling, the separation of families (children from parents), an increased fear of reporting crimes such as domestic violence and sexual assault, workplace raids, and the denial of services.

In a forthcoming report from the National Coalition for Immigrant Women’s Rights (NCIWR), called Women in Immigration: Right to Liberty, Right to Family, immigration policy experts analyzed the intersection of gender and immigration. In this first of its kind, comprehensive review, NCIWR found that the impact of immigration policies on women is cumulative rather than additive.

The group feels that misinformation and lies have led to policies that cut women immigrants – undocumented and documented alike—out of important social programs. This occurs despite evidence that individuals without current legal papers pay into government as much as others who receive benefits and use these programs less often.

 

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ThursdaySeptember 29, 2011