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ThursdayOctober 6, 2011

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More State-of-the-Art Hospitals Coming to Underserved Areas of Mexico

More State-of-the-Art Hospitals Coming to Underserved Areas of Mexico

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Not long ago, patients in need of specialized services in Tepic, the capital of the Mexican state of Nayarit, had to travel for over one hour by ambulance to get treatment in the nearest hospital in Guadalajara. Such long distance added significant health risks and financial costs for patients seeking both specialized and emergency care.

But since the opening of a new hospital in Tepic on September 2010 by Centro Médico Puerta de Hierro S.A. a private medical services provider, the reality has changed for the city of approximately 330,000 inhabitants.

The hospital is the first of two tertiary hospitals Puerta de Hierro has built with financing from both the Inter-American Development Bank and the International Financial Corporation, which together financed 44 percent of the total cost of the $54 million project. The second tertiary care hospital is being built in Colima, the capital of the state with the same name and Mexico’s second smallest state. This second hospital is expected to open by year end.

“We provided capital that was not readily available in the private market with tenors that were compatible to the needs of investors,’’ said Peter Stevenson, the IDB project team leader. “This has enabled Puerto de Hierro ramp up its operations and provide much needed care to the population of these two important secondary cities in Mexico.”

Each of the two hospitals are expected to treat more than 4,500 patients annually. They serve all categories of patients, whether privately and publicly insured, as well as the poor population thanks to an agreement between Puerta de Hierro and the country’s social security system.

The new facility in Tepic has 40 beds and provides specialized services not available from primary care doctors or secondary care consulting physicians, such as diagnosis, treatment and surgery for patients, including segments of the population insured by public agencies, suffering from cardiovascular and neurological diseases.

The hospital, a state-of-the-art facility, offers medical assistance in 22 disciplines and it has one of the best equipped hemodynamic centers in the country. The new hospital has also carried out the first intestine transplant in Mexico.

Besides improving access to high-quality care, the two hospitals are contributing to ease the burden on public hospitals and helping create employment opportunities in local communities. As many as 690 employees have been hired to work in the two new hospitals, which have also teaming up with local universities to allow them to carry out training and research in their facilities.

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Listen to Daddy Yankee’s New Single “Lovumba”

Listen to Daddy Yankee’s New Single “Lovumba”

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Puerto Rican reggaeton artist Daddy Yankee, born Ramón Luis Ayala Rodríguez, has just released his new single “Lovumba” on El Cartel Records. Click, listen, and dance.


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Rhode Island and Conn. Towns Lead in Latino Unemployment

Rhode Island and Conn. Towns Lead in Latino Unemployment

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Latinos in Hartford, Connecticut and Providence, Rhode Island have two of the highest rates of unemployment amongst Latinos according to a new study released Monday.

The Economic Policy Institute released a study earlier this week showing that Hartford and Providence had some of the worst rates of Latino employment out of 38 of the country’s major metropolitan areas.

The Washington-based think tank reported that in 2010, the Latino unemployment rate in Providence was 25.2 percent, and 23.5 percent for Hartford.

It also stated that Hispanics in the Hartford area were 3.4 times more likely than whites to be unemployed, while Hispanics in Providence were 2.5 times as likely as whites to be unemployed.

For Providence, 2010 was the second year in a row Hispanics had an unemployment rate over 20 percent.

The Providence and Hartford metropolitan areas not only were first and second in terms of the highest Hispanic unemployment rates in 2010, but also had the first and second largest increases in Hispanic unemployment from 2009 to 2010. Hartford had the largest increase, 7.5 percentage points, while Hispanic unemployment in Providence increased 4.6 percentage points. In 18 of the 38 metropolitan areas, Hispanic unemployment increased by more than one percentage point.

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Meet The Hispanics in ESPN’s “Body Issue” On Stands Friday

Meet The Hispanics in ESPN’s “Body Issue” On Stands Friday

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ESPN Magazine releases a yearly “Body Issue,” famous for its steamy portraits of professional athletes.  So now its time to meet the Hispanic sports personalities featured in this year’s edition.

New York Mets shortstop José Reyes appears completely nude in a high contrast black and white photo, his privates concealed by shadows.  Then there is Brazilian car racer Hélio Castroneves photographed swinging in a tire swing in contrast with Argentine boxer Sergio Martínez, pictured in different boxing stances in his birthday suit.

The only female Hispanic athlete in this year’s edition of the “Body Issue” is Spain’s golfer Belén Mozo.

Don’t forget to pick up your issue of the magazine tomorrow, in the meantime, visit ESPN for exclusive videos, and share your thoughts with us in our forums section.

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Puerto Rico: Legislation Will Allow Residents to Determine Island’s US Territory Status

Puerto Rico: Legislation Will Allow Residents to Determine Island’s US Territory Status

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Puerto Rico Governor Luis G. Fortuño today announced legislation that will enable the people of Puerto Rico to determine whether or not they want to change the island’s current status as a U.S. territory.

“We must enable our citizens to resolve the most important and transcendental issue in Puerto Rico’s history, the island’s political status,” said the Governor.  “The island’s status is an issue that affects every aspect of our daily lives, including employment opportunities, health services, public safety, our children’s education and our very rights as citizens.”

The status referendum bill Gov. Fortuño will file tomorrow in the Puerto Rico legislature will provide for a two-step process, starting with an initial up or down vote on Aug., 12, 2012, on whether or not voters want to change the island’s current territorial status.  If a majority votes in favor of maintaining the current status, there will be no further action.

If a majority votes for a change, however, on Election Day 2012 (Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012), people will vote on their preference among Puerto Rico’s three non-territorial status options: statehood, independence or sovereign free association, Fortuño said.

As promised in Fortuño’s 2008 electoral platform, the Governor and the island’s sole elected representative in the U.S. Congress, Pedro Pierluisi, initially pushed in 2009 and 2010 for Congress to set into motion a fair process for resolving the island’s political status.  The Puerto Rico Democracy Act of 2009, introduced by Pierluisi, was passed in 2010 by a strong majority of the U.S. House of Representatives, but was not voted upon by the U.S. Senate.

“Every day, it becomes more and more evident that the lack of resolution to the status issue is the primary obstacle we face in order for Puerto Rico to make further progress,” the Governor said.  “The current status provides us with neither the means nor the powers that are needed to achieve the growth we need in the years ahead.  That’s one thing we all agree on,” said the Governor.

Gov. Fortuño emphasized that the President’s Task Force on Puerto Rico’s Status outlined three political status alternatives – statehood, independence or sovereign free association – that are recognized as Puerto Rico’s non-colonial, non-territorial status options, and which will be presented to voters if the referendum proceeds to the second stage.

“This process is equitable, fair and transparent; and will give all our voters the opportunity to vote for the status option they prefer,” said Fortuño.

The Aug. 12 up or down vote on Puerto Rico’s political status will take place the same day Puerto Rico voters will also cast their ballots on a constitutional amendment to shrink the size of the island’s Legislature by more than 25 percent.  Fortuño promised action on both status and legislative reform in his 2008 campaign platform, and the measures enjoy the support of the majority of lawmakers in the Puerto Rico Senate and House of Representatives.

“We are fulfilling our pledge to cut down to size one of the costliest Legislative Assemblies in the entire United States,” Fortuño said.  The Governor indicated that the final version of the island’s legislative reform has already been approved by the Puerto Rico House of Representatives, and is expected to be approved by the Senate within the next week.

Puerto Rico’s legislative reform reduces the overall size of the territory’s legislature from 78 seats to 56 seats, a more than 25 percent reduction.  If voters approve the proposed constitutional amendment to reduce the Legislature, the Puerto Rico Senate would shrink from 27 to 17 members, while the size of the House would be reduced from 51 to 39 members.   

“From the beginning, our administration has had the courage to take on Puerto Rico’s toughest issues, and do what’s right by our people,” said Fortuño. “In less than two and a half years, we’ve gone from having the worst fiscal situation of any state or territory in the Nation, to one of the best,” he pointed out.  “We’ve also delivered on our promise to provide the people of Puerto Rico with the biggest reductions in individual and corporate income taxes in history,” he added.

“Puerto Rico can wait no longer. The moment has arrived for our people to decide on amending the Constitution in order to have a smaller, more efficient and less costly Legislature, as well as to act decisively to resolve Puerto Rico’s status issue once and for all,” the Governor said.

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Salma Hayek to Play Drug Cartel Queen in Oliver Stone’s “Savages”

Salma Hayek to Play Drug Cartel Queen in Oliver Stone’s “Savages”

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Hayek told Redbook Magazine she accepted a role in “Savages” to prove Director Oliver Stone she hasn’t “gone all soft.”

Salma Hayek will reportedly play a drug cartel queen in “Savages,” along with John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Benicio Del Toro, Demian Bichir and Gossip Girl Blake Lively.

Hayek said that Oliver Stone asked her whether motherhood had turned her into a softy; Hayek said she has in fact gone softer, but she “can be the devil if I need to, because after all, I’m an actress.”

What do you think? Do you think Salma can pull off the drug cartel queen role? Join us in our forums section for the conversation.

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Divers Fernando Garcia Puerta, Paul Kline Spend 2 Hrs in Shark-Infested Water After Boat Leaves

Divers Fernando Garcia Puerta, Paul Kline Spend 2 Hrs in Shark-Infested Water After Boat Leaves

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In what must have been a frightening experience, two tourists found themselves in open, shark-infested water, clinging to a buoy, wondering if they would ever be found.

Sunday, Spanish tourist Fernando Garcia Puerta and Paul Kline or Austin, TX were members of a group of 25 tourists that were taken out by RJ Diving Ventures of Miami Beach.

The two men, both fathers, had been deep-sea diving, but when they returned to the surface they realized that the boat, and the other tourists were gone, having left them behind, with the sun going down.

They first suspected that while they were under water an emergency with another diver must have come up, requiring the boat to leave them behind, and assumed another would be sent out to get them.

When hat did not happen, they realized they were in trouble.

Two hours later, Elie Trichet was heading back to Miami from Key Largo on his yacht when he saw the men clinging to the buoy in full diving gear.

“You could notice a strong feeling of relief [when they saw us],’’ Trichet, a diving instructor himself, told the Miami Herald.

When the men got back to shore, the U.S. Coast Guard was informed of the day’s life-threatening events. A spokesperson for the Coast Guard said they were investigating the incident and would be speaking with those involved.

When contacted by the Herald, the captain of the diving boat, Mike Beach, said, “Everybody is OK, no one is hurt, everyone is happy. That’s all.”

It is not clear how it was that no one noticed the divers were not on the boat when it left.

Kline has talked with Sasha Boulanger, owner of South Beach Divers, which contracts with RJ Diving Ventures.

Boulanger said, “We are the ones who facilitate the trip and connect A with B. I must assume a certain degree of responsibility, but unfortunately, this falls on [RJ Diving’s] back. They are in control of the divers and their security.” He pointed out that South Beach Divers has an impeccable record.

Kline, the father of six said Beach apologized, “but I don’t know how this could have happened. There are very specific procedures to follow when on board. I’m happy that we are still alive but that may not have happened and that stays with me.”

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WATCH Gloria Estefan’s New #1 Single “Wepa!” (VIDEO)

WATCH Gloria Estefan’s New #1 Single “Wepa!” (VIDEO)

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Gloria Estefan’s new single “Wepa!” from her upcoming album “Miss Little Havana” is already #1 in Billboard’s Dance chart.

Four years after her last studio album “90 millas” Cuban star Gloria Estefan returns with “Miss Little Havana.”

“I gotta tell you this is one of the most fun projects I’ve ever done,” the 54-year-old told Billboard.“Pharrell and I really clicked. We captured a lot of raw emotion. We got a really good gamut of what we considered different kinds of dance music from Pharrell’s world and from mine.”

Wepa!, the album’s first single has made it to the top of the dance lists, and in Gloria’s own words ““It’s about how the working man and how anybody have a great time with music and dance… I wanted to give it a very carnival, festival feeling, the type you hear in street parties in Brazil and Cuba, that people would go down the streets dancing to, just a crazy Caribbean feel to it.”

Watch the video below, and join the conversation in our forums section!

 

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Pieces of South America’s Largest Beatle Memorabilia Collection Up for Auction

Pieces of South America’s Largest Beatle Memorabilia Collection Up for Auction

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“My passion for The Beatles comes from childhood,“ Raúl Blisniuk, owner of of South America’s largest of Beatles memorabilia collection told the Associated Press. Some of the Argentine’s pieces will be auctioned off October 13 by Banco Ciudad.

At the age of 13, Blisniuk, began his collection

“I grew up with Beatlemania and I’m a Beatles fanatic,” Blisniuk said. “I came from a poor family so my dad couldn’t afford the records, but over time, I started saving newspaper clippings, magazines, and my collection grew.”

ImageHis collection currently consists of thousands of pieces, including a sketch by John Lennon himself. It features stick figures of Lennon and wife Yoko Ono, with a corner inscription that reads, “1+1=John+Yoko. ‘Tis simple math guys.” The bidding for this piece will start at 100,000 pesos ($22,535).

In 1998, Blisniuk made it into the Guinness Book of World Records for having South America’s largest collection of Beatles memorabilia.

Though the Beatles never played in Argentina, the Fab Four have a huge following in the South American country.

Rodolfo Vazquez, 53, also of Argentina, holds the current record for largest collection of Beatles memorabilia in the world with more than 8,500 pieces. Each year, Vasquez organizes “Beatle Week” in Buenos Aires where cover bands compete to be crowned the best imitators of the sixties super group. The winners win a trip to a music festival in Liverpool.

Vasquez says the only thing he has left to collect are handshakes from Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, the last remaining members of the group that caused Beatle Mania around the world, even in places like Argentina, where they had never even performed.

Next week, Banco Ciudad will auction off Blisniuk’s pieces, which include signed checks, black-and-white photographs, a bass signed by Paul McCartney, and even dollar bills featuring the faces of the group placed over the face of George Washington.

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6.2 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Sparsely Populated Northern Region of Argentina

6.2 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Sparsely Populated Northern Region of Argentina

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At approximately 8:12 am this morning the northern region of Argentina was rattled with a 6.2 magnitude earthquake.  The area affected is sparsely populated and borders Bolivia and Paraguay.

The closest city was Salta which is located 85 miles from the epicenter and 419 miles away from Paraguay’s capital city of Asuncion.

There are no reports of severe damage or deaths but the quake was felt in Asuncion and evacuations were called for of office buildings. 

The quake struck at a shallow depth

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iPhone 4S: “Lo Siento… No Hablo Español”

iPhone 4S: “Lo Siento… No Hablo Español”

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Siri, the new iPhone 4S voice recognition app, responds to commands in three dialects of English, French and German, but not in Spanish.

The new iPhone 4S comes with a chip upgrade, a nicer camera and Siri, a voice recognition app that allows users to speak commands to the gadget in French, German and British, Australian and American English.

That’s right, the first iPhone of the post Steve Jobs era, doesn’t speak Spanish.

Meanwhile the world of technology and most of the rest of the world is mourning the loss of one of its most important icons, only a day after learning the latest upgrades to the gadget that changed technology, and how people interact with it forever.

“Spanish is a fairly difficult language to interpret for natural voice recognition since there are many variations which sound completely different to a voice recognition software,” said Ariel Coro, founder of “Tu Tecnología.”

This doesn’t mean Spanish will remain unavailable.  The way voice recognition works, is by training the app to recognize commands spoken in different pitches and intonations, a very hard task to do in the case of Spanish, but certainly not impossible.

“The initial supported language for an application many times has to do with the ethnic composition of the founders, how easy they think these features can be implemented, the familiarity of the team with the language and in many cases, available programming resources,”  Coro explained.

And though as Spanish speakers we might be a little disappointed, we certainly can appreciate the Apple standards in not releasing applications until it’s full potential has been tapped into.

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Can Ron Paul Win Without Latino Vote He Won’t ‘Kowtow’ to?

Can Ron Paul Win Without Latino Vote He Won’t ‘Kowtow’ to?

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Earlier this week, Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul told Univision’s Jorge Ramos he was not willing to “kowtow” to win the Latino vote, causing one to wonder if he can win without it.

On “Al Punto”, Paul reiterated to Ramos he was against giving undocumented immigrants a special path to citizenship that would make it easy , and adding his take on the 14th Amendment.

Paul said he does not believe the 14th Amendment was intended to grant citizenship to just anyone born in the U.S. He expressed that children of undocumented parents should not automatically be given citizenship, because the undocumented are not under the jurisdiction of the U.S. government, therefore are not necessarily able to claim citizenship for their child.

When Ramos told Paul that his opinion is a hard pill to swallow for many Hispanics Paul told him that having a different message for each U.S. demographic is “unnecessary” and pandering.

“I think Hispanics have as much interest in freedom as everybody else. So to say that I have to kowtow, in a sense saying ‘well, the only way you can get a vote for any special group is by giving special privileges.’ I don’t want to punish anyone who belongs to a special group, and nobody should get special privilege either.”

He also stated that the borders need to be secured and that people should not be rewarded with citizenship for breaking the law, but did say he would back a program to give the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. work permits – not citizenship.


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Shakira Appointed to Obama’s Hispanic Education Advisory Board (VIDEO)

President Obama has appointed Shakira to his Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.

Shakira has worked on a number of efforts to expand and improve comprehensive early childhood care and education around the world; on Wednesday, she became one of four new appointees to the President’s commission in charge of finding ways to improve education opportunities for Hispanics.

As a new appointee, Shakira is tasked with expanding academic excellence and improving educational opportunities for Hispanics by providing advice to President Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, a lifelong educator, will join Shakira in the second White House Initiative for Educational Excellence for Hispanics commission meeting today, live from the White House at WhiteHouse.gov/live beginning at 1:00 pm EDT and going until 5:30 pm EDT. You can also tune in live from 1:00 pm EDT to 5:00 pm EDT on Friday. Updates will be available on Twitter through hashtag #AtTheWH and through the White House Initiative’s handle@HispanicEd.

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Nation’s First Comprehensive Online Immigrant Oral History Project Launches Today

Nation’s First Comprehensive Online Immigrant Oral History Project Launches Today

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The Immigrant Archive Project (IAP) and Farmers Insurance will host a special presentation featuring the stories of struggle and triumph of some of Southern California’s most successful immigrants during a special media event to be held today at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes in the Historical El Pueblo de Los Angeles district, across from historic Olvera Street.

Established in 2008, the Immigrant Archive Project is dedicated to preserving the struggles, dreams, and accomplishments of America’s immigrants from around the world.  Over 300 videos feature subjects ranging from ages 7 to 95 telling their stories in their own words; videos are recorded at no cost.

Some of the newest immigrant stories to be unveiled will include those featuring Giselle Acevedo of Costa Rica who now leads one of the nation’s most celebrated organizations dedicated to children; the honorable Jose Huizar who is the first Mexican immigrant elected to the Los Angeles City Council; and, Naji Garabet, who immigrated from war-torn Lebanon as a youth to become district manager of the year for the nation’s third largest insurer of homes and autos.

To secure stories from a broader range of nations, Farmers and IAP will be partnering with venues across the country to host tapings. The first venue in the United States to host IAP recordings will be LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes. LA Plaza will be home to these recordings in Los Angeles by hosting monthly taping events.

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ThursdayOctober 6, 2011