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TuesdayOctober 4, 2011

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Benefits of U.S.- Colombia Trade Agreement on U.S. Agriculture

The U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement (Colombia TPA) is a key building block in the U.S. strategy to advance free trade within the Western Hemisphere. The agreement achieves two key trade objectives for the United States: it immediately provides vastly improved access to Colombia’s market, and it levels the playing field with respect to third-country competitors in the Colombian market.

Colombia is already an important market for America’s farmers and ranchers. In 2010, the United States exported $832 million of agricultural products to Colombia. Top U.S. exports were wheat, corn, cotton, soybeans, and corn gluten feed.

Upon implementation of the Colombia TPA, U.S. exporters will receive immediate duty-free treatment on products accounting for almost 70 percent of current trade. Currently, no U.S. agricultural exports enjoy duty-free access to Colombia.

Most Colombian applied tariffs range from 5 percent to 20 percent for agricultural products. In many cases, these tariffs restrict U.S. exports. Moreover, there is no assurance that Colombia will not raise tariffs to its permitted World Trade Organization (WTO) limits (or tariff bindings), which range from 15 percent to 388 percent.

Under the Colombia TPA, Colombia will immediately eliminate its price band system, which affects more than 150 products, including corn, rice, wheat, oilseeds and products, dairy, pork, poultry, and sugar. Under the current price band system, the tariffs on these products vary with world prices and may reach up to Colombia’s WTO bound rates.

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President Obama Recognizes Goya Foods for 75 Years of Success and Their Contribution to U.S.

President Obama Recognizes Goya Foods for 75 Years of Success and Their Contribution to U.S.

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Representatives of Goya Foods, Inc., America’s largest Hispanic-owned food company, paid a special visit this past Friday, September 30, to meet President Barack Obama in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Goya Foods President Robert Unanue introduced President Obama at a reception at the White House, saying he was “honored and humbled” to be among the distinctive group gathered for the occasion. Unanue and members of his family took the opportunity to present President Obama with Goya’s commemorative book, If It’s Goya, It Has To Be Good - 75 Years of History.

President Obama saluted Goya Foods, and extended his gratitude to the Hispanic community and its great contributions to the nation.

“The United States has welcomed immigrants from all parts of the world, and we, as Hispanics, have embraced our responsibility to work to make it a better country and contribute to its ongoing development and in the process, become agents of change, encouragement and inspiration,” said Goya’s Unanue.  “This year, Goya Foods celebrates its 75th anniversary.  We are proud of being part of the 50 million Hispanics who live in this country.”

If It’s Goya, It Has To Be Good - 75 Years of History documents historical events about Hispanic immigrants, as well as Goya’s history, including the triumphs and challenges of generations of men and women whose commitment to excellence has brought Goya to where it is today.

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Watch this Talented Puppy Puppeteer in Argentina Mesmerize a Little Girl (VIDEO)

Watch this Talented Puppy Puppeteer in Argentina Mesmerize a Little Girl (VIDEO)

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This puppeteer was filmed on a street in Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Watch as his skills with this dog puppet win over the passing people as well as an adorable little girl.


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Alabama Immigration Law Co-Sponser Tells Farmers Harsh Immigration Law Not Changing

Alabama Immigration Law Co-Sponser Tells Farmers Harsh Immigration Law Not Changing

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Alabama farmers are being told that the state’s tough new immigration law will not be changed any time soon, despite farmers saying their crops are rotting in the fields because there is no one to work the fields.

Co-author of the law, Republican state Senator Scott Beason of Gardendale, has heard the pleas of farmers who are now without workers, but says they should not expect any changes to the law.

Monday, Beason met with dozens of growers, workers, brokers, and business people at a tomato packing shed in northeast Alabama who said many of their workers were frightened away by the enactment of Alabama’s new immigration law, which closely resembles the controversial legislation in Arizona.

ImageBeason told those in attendance, “My position is to stay with the law as it is.”

As the law’s co-sponsor he claimed the immigration legislation would free up jobs for legal Alabama residents. The state currently has a 9.9 percent unemployment rate. However, there does not seem to be a lone of those wanting the agriculture jobs.

When farmers said they had no one to work their farms now, Beason came back saying the law would remain in effect “this entire growing season,” but that he would talk to his congressman about a federal temporary worker program for next season.

One farmer, Wayne Smith said, “There won’t be no next growing season. Does America know how much this is going to affect them? They’ll find out when they go to the grocery store. Prices on produce will double.”

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WATCH:  J.R. Martínez “DWTS” War Vet Tribute (VIDEO)

WATCH:   J.R. Martínez “DWTS” War Vet Tribute (VIDEO)

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Iraq war vet turned soap opera star J.R. Martínez got a standing ovation, after his moving dance routine last night, a “Tribute to the men and women who didn’t make it home.”

J.R Martínez and partner Karina Smirnoff have become one of the favorite dance teams to win this season of Dancing With The Stars and after last night we know why.

Last night’s show was about capturing the most memorable year in each contestant’s life; there were many emotive moments, many stories of overcoming adversity and heartbreak, but one story (and subsequent dance interpretation) resonated with audiences, who teary eyed gave the performance a standing ovation.

“If You’re Reading This,” by Tim McGraw, set the tone for J.R. Martínez emotionally charged performance, dedicated to all of the men and women who did not make it home from the war.

Watch the video below, and join us in our forums page for the conversation. 

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Gov. Perry and Huntsman Join Boycott of Univision in Support of Florida Sen. Rubio

Gov. Perry and Huntsman Join Boycott of Univision in Support of Florida Sen. Rubio

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Gov. John Huntsman have vowed to boycott the presidential debate that was to be shown on Univision after they claim the network treated GOP wonderboy Sen. Marco Rubio unethically.

Univision had scheduled the airing of a program that examined Sen. Rubio’s brother in-law’s 1987 drug bust. Rubio was upset by this and demanded that it not be shown. Though Univision had stated the story was about the brother in-law, they allegedly hinted that the story would either be kill or softened in exchange for an interview with the Florida Senator.

Florida Republicans called for a boycott of Univision and sent an open letter to the Republican National Committee calling on them to also boycott the network until an apology was given to Rubio.

“Besides the fact that Senator Rubio was only 16 at the time and had no involvement whatsoever in this incident,” the letter wrote,  “It has now come to light that Univision Television Network attempted to extort an exclusive interview from Senator Rubio in exchange for not airing the story.”

The letter goes on to say that “the only acceptable solution in this matter is for Univision Television Network immediately to issue a public apology to the Rubio family and to request the resignation of News President Isaac Lee for his direct involvement.”

Now, Governors Perry and Huntsman have joined the boycott with Perry releasing a statement saying, “Governor Perry will not consider participating in the January 29, 2012, Univision debate until your network addresses this ethical breach and takes action to correct it.”

Gov. Huntsman also released a statement saying he would also not be participating in the January debate until the matter is resolved in a “timely and satisfactory manner.”

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Meet Anthony De La Torre, Ohio’s Own Justin Bieber Double (VIDEO)

Meet Anthony De La Torre, Ohio’s Own Justin Bieber Double (VIDEO)

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Anthony looks so much like the Biebs, that he’s been able to make money impersonating the teen idol at birthday parties.

Anthony de la Torre is a seventeen year old from Bowling green Ohio; his parents are Cuban-American, and he looks just like Justin Bieber.

Anthony doesn’t mind when people mistake him for the Biebs, in fact, he’s been making between $300 to $600 per birthday event, where he dances, lip-syncs to Bieber songs, takes pictures with kids and keeps everyone entertained, pretending to be Justin Bieber.

It all started this past summer when Anthony and his family went on a Caribbean cruise.

“A lot of people on the cruise were looking at me really funny,” he said. “When I walked by, people would start singing ‘Baby’ or they’d say, ‘Bieber’s on the boat.’ I actually got to be on the cruise TV show. They pretended I was Justin Bieber. It was pretty funny.”

Not long ago, a visit to New York City that coincided with an audition date for Justin Bieber impersonators, ended up in Anthony inking deals with two agencies that book Bieber imitators for events. Working with them has taken Anthony to Boston, New York, Kentucky, and Indiana.

Although all he is missing is his own Selena Gómez, Anthony doesn’t particularly dream of Hollywood stardom.  “My goal is not to become really famous,” Anthony said. “I want to be a part of music or film or even modeling. I want to be part of things that inspire people even if I have to be the guy holding the camera or even if I played really small roles.”

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LATINO BLOTTER: Man Arrested in Connection to San Diego Shooting Spree

LATINO BLOTTER: Man Arrested in Connection to San Diego Shooting Spree

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At least one person has been arrested in connection with a series of shootings on two San Diego freeways that occurred on Monday.

Tuesday, police say they have made an arrest in Los Angeles County in connection to Monday’s shootings.

In San Diego Monday, two freeways had to be shut down after a shooting spree began around 10:30 a.m., with victims appearing to be shot at random. Within 20 minutes of the initial reports, three additional shooting were reported on San Diego County interstates.

Reports went out and signs along the freeways were displayed to drivers to be on the look out for a white 2006 Chevy Malibu with the California license plate 5POM917.

ImageWitnesses told police there were two people in the car and that they were using a semi-automatic gun.

Enrique Ayon, 24, was identified as a person of interest in the case, as he is the registered owner of the vehicle.

Police called the incident “truly bizarre” and said it did not have the characteristic elements of a road rage incident, partially because the shootings appeared to be random. There was no interaction between the victims and the shooter(s) prior to the firing, police said.

The first victim called 911 at 10:43 a.m., after being shot in the leg near an I-805 offramp in San Diego. Shortly after, a police received reports that vehicles on the I-805-Highway 163 area and on the I-5 near Del Mar in National City had been fired at. Police believe the National City shootings occurred first, but that the driver delayed calling police, as no one was injured. That driver had just dropped his daughter off at daycare, and the bullet struck luggage that was placed were she had been sitting just minutes before.

Tuesday, police confirmed that they arrested a “person of interest” but did not say whether it was Ayon.

One of the other vehicles fired upon was an ambulance, though no one was hurt except the 26-year-old who was sent to a local hospital, treated, and released within hours.

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Did Piqué Cheat on Shakira with a Waka-Waka 20-year Old?

Did Piqué Cheat on Shakira with a Waka-Waka 20-year Old?

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Twitter is exploding with comments on a rumor, started by Mexican Magazine “TV Notas,” that Barça defense Piqué cheated on Shakira with a much younger girl.

The magazine says that sources close to Shakira said the Colombian star decided to end her relationship with Barcelona futboler Gerard Piqué a few weeks ago, which would explain why the once inseparable couple hasn’t been in the news for a while.

Neither party has issued any comments, but Shakira did change the lyrics of one of her songs last Thursday at Rock in Rio, to say “yo soy del Barça, yo soy culé,” something she probably wouldn’t do if they had been broken up for weeks.

So rumor, or not? What do you think? Join us in our forums section for the conversation.

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Mexico’s Xiximes Tribe Said to Have Been Cannibals, Confirming Claims from Jesuit Missionaries

Mexico’s Xiximes Tribe Said to Have Been Cannibals, Confirming Claims from Jesuit Missionaries

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Archaeologists in Mexico recently discovered that the Xiximes tribe practiced ritualistic cannibalism.

Scientists tested dozens of bones dating back to the year 1425 and concluded that 80 percent of them showed signs of being boiled and cut with stone blades.

Jesuit missionaries’ historical records told of how the Xiximes tribe believed that ingesting the bodies and souls of their enemies and using the cleaned bones in rituals would guarantee the fertility of the grain harvest.

In an interview with National Geographic News, archaeologist Jose Luis Punzo said, the bones prove that cannibalism “was a crucial aspect of their worldview, their identity.”

The results of the archaeological investigation were presented by the INAH (Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia or National Institute of Anthropology and History) at the Archaeology Conference of the North Frontier earlier this year in Paquimé, Mexico.

According to the INAH research, the Xiximes cannibalistic ways and bone carving were intertwined with their planting and sowing habits.

Xiximes warriors were sent out after every corn harvest to hunt their enemies. They would often pluck men from other villages with they worked in the fields. On other occasions, the Xiximes warriors would engage in small battles. After each encounter, the warriors would bring the bodies of their victims back to the village where they would be torn apart at the joints, with extra care taken to ensure the bones were not broken. Body parts were then cooked in pans until the bones were free on flesh and blood. The bones were then removed and stored, and the flesh was cooked with beans and corn and eaten like a soup.

This “soup” was the meal involved in the village ritual which also included dancing and singing, the Jesuit missionaries wrote, leading them to call the Xiximes “the wildest and most barbarian people of the new world,” Punzo said.

At the start of the next harvest season, the bones were hung from trees as an offering to the spirits, who the Xiximes believed would bless their crops.

The bones found at the INAH site called Cueva del Maguey in Durango, Mexico.

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Get Ready for Mambo2Mambo, Coming Soon (VIDEO)

Get Ready for Mambo2Mambo, Coming Soon (VIDEO)

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First time feature Writer/Director David Ford Smith, brings Marcus Nieves and Diana Osorio in Mambo2Mambo, a compelling story full of rivalry, salsa and mambo.

PROMO:
A beautiful partnership with picture perfect chemistry turned vicious rivalry. Above surface controlled commercial vs. the gritty untamed underground, pitting Mambo Kingdom against Salsera Queendom, battling the ultimate cadre of the industry and untapped talent with everything in this life as we know it on the line.

Witness an incredibly authentic compelling story in an awesomely high-stakes showdown stand off, featuring some of the most captivating incredible dancers of our time ! Non-Stop jaw dropping Excitement with Lots of Great SURPRISE appearances in store !

The film, Directed and written by David F. Smith, stars Marcus Nieves, Diana Osorio, Alfred J. Sauchelli Jr. and Raw Leiba. It was produced by: Elena Vasilevsky, Marcus D. Nieves and Raw Leiba.

Check out the trailer for Mambo2Mambo, and please, tell us what you think in our forums section.

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Chippy Chihuahua Takes on Massive Mastiff in Play Fight (VIDEO)

Chippy Chihuahua Takes on Massive Mastiff in Play Fight (VIDEO)

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Watch Dude the Chihuahua shoot in circles around the Maggie the English Mastiff. The mighty Chihuahua thinks he’s got this play fight won, that is, until Maggie stands up.


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U.S. State Department: Trade Agreements With Panama, Colombia Will Create Jobs Here

U.S. State Department: Trade Agreements With Panama, Colombia Will Create Jobs Here

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From the U.S. State Department:

The Free Trade Agreements that President Obama submitted to Congress today demonstrate our commitment to strengthen our economic leadership around the world. They are critical to building open, free, transparent, and fair economic platforms in the Asia Pacific and South America. Our foreign policy must deliver results for the American people. These agreements will make it easier for American companies to sell their products in South Korea, Colombia, and Panama, and that will create jobs here at home.

The stakes are not just economic. These are three important partners in strategically vital regions. Countries everywhere are watching. Passing these deals proves that America can deliver for our friends and allies. It strengthens our leadership around the world.

It’s time to put these trade deals to work on behalf of the American people. I urge Congress to approve these agreements as soon as possible. Our economic competitors are building trade relationships around the world and we cannot afford to be left behind.

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LIVE ON PBS:  Tune in to The Muppets Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month (VIDEO)

LIVE ON PBS:  Tune in to The Muppets Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month (VIDEO)

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Celebrities like Juanes and Sofía Vergara have joined the muppets in their celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month

Tuesday’s broadcast of “Sesame Street” will feature Colombians Juanes and Sofia Vergara in a special show celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month.

Juanes dropped by Sesame Street to join Elmo and Rosita in singing “Muevete,” while Sofía teams up with Elmo to teach the word “baile” (dance).

The Colombians will also dance some Latin music to encourage kids to get up and move, and learn words like manos, cabeza, and pies (hands, head and feet).

The episode, called “The Latinization of Marco,” centers on host Gina acquainting her adopted Guatemalan-born son with his roots.

Be sure to catch the muppets new big screen adventure when it gets to theatres on November 23; Modern Family’s Rico Rodriguez, “Machete” star Danny Trejo, and Radio personality Eddie “Piolín” Sotelo make appereances in the movie.

 

 

 

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