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FridayNovember 4, 2011

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Argentina Obtains $290 Million in Loans to Improve Tourism & Basic Human Services

Argentina Obtains $290 Million in Loans to Improve Tourism & Basic Human Services

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The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) today has approved three loans totaling $290 million to support basic services, social development and tourism programs in Argentina.

The programs aim to upgrade water and sanitation services in suburbs of Buenos Aires, promote child and youth development, and make use of protected areas to spur tourism.

A $200 million loan will finance improvements in drinking water and sanitation in several Buenos Aires suburbs, benefitting nearly 700,000 people. An $80 million loan will fund tourism activities involving 5,200 enterprises in some of the country’s premier protected areas. And a $10 million loan will support improvements in early childhood and youth development programs.

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Snake Crawls Out of Spanish ATM (VIDEO)

Snake Crawls Out of Spanish ATM (VIDEO)

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A man making a routine withdrawal at a Spanish ATM was surprised by a snake, crawling out of the machine as he attempted to retrieve his cash.

Police said a man withdrawing money from a Caja Madrid ATM was able to grab his money before a snake attacked him.

He called police, who removed the animal, and took it to a shelter.

It is unclear how the snake got into the ATM; it could have come from the nearby countryside, or deliberately planted in the ATM by pranksters.

Police are investigating. 

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Remittances to Mexico See 21 Percent Jump in October

Remittances to Mexico See 21 Percent Jump in October

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In October, Mexico received more than $2 billion, which was substantially higher than the month before.

Mexico remittances rose 21.2 percent from September to October, making it the biggest one-month jump since 2006. About $2.8 billion were sent to Mexico in October.

Economists say that it is unlikely that coming months will see such high numbers, and said it will be difficult to repeat the growth rate.

Individual remittances rose 9 percent in September, with the median amount of those payments rising roughly 12 percent from the month before, to just under $350.

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Nudist Beach in Chile to Host 1st Nudist Gathering, American Tourists Welcomed

Nudist Beach in Chile to Host 1st Nudist Gathering, American Tourists Welcomed

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“Playa Luna,” Chile’s leading nudist beach, now offers bi-monthly tours from Santiago to anyone interested in partaking of some naked fun on the beach.

Down in Chile, the seasons are upside down and as most Americans are beginning to bundle up, the beach season in Chile starts this Sunday.

Hidden between two cliffs in the beach area of Puchuncaví in Valparaíso, there’s a special spot called “Playa Luna.’

Twice a month during the beach season, Playa Luna hosts nudist outings and next year for the first time, Playa Luna will also host the Latin American Nudist Conference.  This event is where leaders of nudist movements across Latin America will converge to participate in events, conferences, speeches and other activities of concern to nudists.

Playa Luna expects to attract around 12,000 visitors this season, the nudist beach is open to anybody willing to pay the small fee and take it all off, as once there birthday suits are an absolute must.

Prices for tours departing from Santiago are US$44.50 for couples, US$38.45 for gentlemen traveling alone and US$18.20 for women.

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Texas and Montana Minority Students Show Excellence in Math Assessment Tests

Texas and Montana Minority Students Show Excellence in Math Assessment Tests

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Eighth-grade minority students in Texas and Montana can stand proud after the seeing the results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress mathematics test.

Tuesday, Texas Hispanic and African-American students and their parents learned that they earned the second highest score among their peer groups on the 2011 NAEP math test.

Montana’s eighth-grade Hispanic students earned an even higher scale score on the test than the Texas’ eighth-graders, though overall, Texas ranked 10th in the U.S.

Only black students in Hawaii outscored black students in Texas.

The Texas Commissioner of Education Robert Scott said, “Our Texas eighth graders turned in an outstanding performance. Their performance surpassed levels earned in 2009 when the NAEP was last given. This summer, we learned that the state’s 2011 graduates earned a record high score on the math section of the ACT. Clearly, our increased training for math teachers and improved math curriculum standards are paying off. However, we know we still have room to grow, which is why we are currently revising our math standards to make sure our improvement continues.”

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MTV Orders Script for “Work It” a Comedy From JLO

MTV Orders Script for “Work It” a Comedy From JLO

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Nuyorican Productions, Jlo’s production company has been asked by MTv to pen a half-hour pilot for “Work It” - a comedy about a NYU grad who economics force back to her Texmex roots.

“Work It,” written by Grace Parra will follow the antics of Lina Molina, a former NYU student who finds herself unemployed in a difficult economy shortly after graduation; her financial strains soon force her back to her eccentric family home in suburban Texas, a world apart from her dorm life in the Big Apple.

Simon Fields and Nuyorican Prods. Manager Benny Medina will join Parra as executive producers.

“Work It” marks the fourth venture of Jlo’s production company into television. Nuyorican is currently behind truTV’s South Beach Tow Spike TV’s Big Easy Justice as well as the dramedy being written by Ugly Betty’s Silvio Horta for Fox.

 

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Group Claims Nestle’s “Pure Life” Water Campaign Manipulates Hispanic Communities

Group Claims Nestle’s “Pure Life” Water Campaign Manipulates Hispanic Communities

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On November 2nd, as the first Nestlé Pure Life retail store celebrated its two-year anniversary, more than a dozen college campuses, and communities around the country are joining a national initiative led by Corporate Accountability International exposing Nestlé’s manipulative marketing of bottled water and calling on Nestlé to stop its aggressive marketing in Latino communities. The Swiss transnational’s Pure Life brand, marketed on its health benefits, is sourced from public water systems and sold back to consumers at hundreds of times the price.

The action is spurred by a recent study in the Archives of Pediatric Adolescent Medicine that found that Latino and black parents were three times more likely to choose bottled water over the tap for their children, citing safety and health concerns as the primary reason.

And throughout the last 30 years, bottled water corporations like Nestlé, Pepsi and Coke have helped build a $15 billion U.S. bottled water market by casting doubts on public drinking water systems.

Many members of Latino immigrant communities come from countries where many people lack access to clean, safe drinking water from public sources. So now, the very communities who understand first-hand the need for strong public water systems are the ones being targeted for aggressive market expansion of expensive, branded bottled water. Meanwhile, the public water flowing from their taps is held to a higher standard of accountability for its quality and safety.

“Nestlé’s targeting of Latinos is just the latest attempt by bottled water corporations to try to convince communities and individuals that the only choice for families looking to choose healthy beverages is bottled water,” said Kristin Urquiza, Think Outside the Bottle Campaign Director. “But the fact is that bottled water has negative social and environmental impacts: it‘s bad for our public water systems, it‘s bad for our pocketbooks, and it‘s bad for the environment.”

“All we’re asking for is some honesty and transparency in Nestle’s marketing, If those small things are too much to ask, we have to wonder why company marketers are targeting Hispanics so aggressively and so specifically,” said Arizona Congressman Raúl Grijalva. “Anyone selling bottled water as a cure for the world’s environmental and health problems is selling snake oil, and working families should know all there is to know before they buy the hype. This campaign is a smart way to get the word out, and I wholeheartedly support getting Nestle to come clean today.”

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Are They Back On? Demi Lovato and Wilmer Valderrama Seen Kissing Outside His Home

Are They Back On? Demi Lovato and Wilmer Valderrama Seen Kissing Outside His Home

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Singer and former Disney actress Demi Lovato and former boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama appear to have reignited their relationship, as many have caught the couple kissing lately.

Tuesday, outside Valderrama’s Los Angeles home, the two were seen kissing. The night before, they reportedly attended a Halloween party.

Lovato, 19, dated Valderrama, 31, in 2010 shortly after her relationship with fellow singer Joe Jonas ended. But sources told Us Weekly the flame between Lovato and the former “That 70s Show” actor was reignited after she checked out of a treatment facility for personal and emotional issues back in January.

The lovey Latina, and “Skyscraper” singer, is not the first young star Valderrama has publicly dated.

The Venezuelan actor has been very open about his relationships with Mandy Moore, Ashlee Simpson, and Lindsay Lohan.

And Demi may have a thing for older men, as she was once also linked to Reese Witherspoon’s ex-husband, actor Ryan Phillippe, 37.

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Barça Players get their Brand New Audi Cars - What did Everyone Get? (VIDEO)

Barça Players get their Brand New Audi Cars - What did Everyone Get? (VIDEO)

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Players from the best fútbol team in the world get a new car every year, courtesy of Audi. Who got an SUV? Who got a compact? What did Messi get? Find out here!

The most popular model among the players was the Audi Q7; 12 players including Lio Messi and Javier Mascherano took one home.

Dani Alves and Adriano took home the most expensive model, the Q7 V12 TDI 500 CV Quattro Triptonic, valued at $212,000 a piece.

Eric Abidal chose the most modest car, a S3 2.0 TFSI 265 CV S Tronic Quattro, valued at $60,500. 

Below, the full list:

David Villa: Audi Q7 3.0 TFSI 333CV Ambition
Maxwell: Audi Q7 3.0 TDI 240 CV quattro triptonic 8 vel. Ambition
Eric Abidal: Audi S3 2.0 TFSI 265 CV S Tronic quattro
Seydou Keita: Audi Q7 3.0 TDI 240 CV quattro triptonic 8 vel. Ambition
Alexis Sánchez: Audi Q7 3.0 TDI 240 CV quattro triptonic 8 vel. Ambition
Andreu Fontas: Audi A5 Coupé 3.0 TDI 240 cv quattro s tronic 7 vel.
Lionel Messi: Audi Q7 3.0 TDI 240 CV quattro triptonic 8 vel. Ambition
Sergio Busquets: Audi RS5 4.2 FSI 450 CV quattro S Tronic 7 vel.
José Pinto: Audi Q7 TDI 240 CV quattro triptonic 8 vel. Ambition
Dani Alves: Audi Q7 V12 TDI 500 CV quattro triptonic
Thiago: Audi Q7 3.0 TDI 240CV quattro tiptronic 8 vel. Ambition
Pedro: Audi TT 2,0TFSI 211CV quattro s tronic
Cesc Fábregas: Audi Q7 3.0 TDI 240CV quattro tiptronic 8 vel. Ambition
Javier Mascherano: Audi Q7 3.0 TDI 240CV quattro tiptronic 8 vel. Ambition
Ibrahim Afellay: Audi A7 SPB 3.0 TDI 240CV quattro s tonic 7 vel.
Adriano: Audi Q7 V12 TDI 500CV quattro tiptronic
Andrés Iniesta: Audi Q7 3.0 TDI 240CV quattro tiptronic 8 vel. Ambition
Víctor Valdés: Audi A7 SPB 3.0 TDI 240CV quattro s tonic 7 vel.
Xavi: Audi A7 SPB 3.0 TDI 240CV quattro s tonic 7 vel.
Carles Puyol: Audi RS5 4.2 FSI 450CV quattro S tronic. (Special)

 

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Mexican Army Seize Luxury Narco Ranch 100 Miles From the Border (VIDEO)

Mexican Army Seize Luxury Narco Ranch 100 Miles From the Border (VIDEO)

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Last year, the Zetas begun extorting locals in Vallecillo, causing them to flee, leaving behind their properties that the criminals have been using for training quarters while upgrading its luxury standards. Image

Mexican army and federal police regained control of an enormous ranch that had been taken over by the Zetas last year. The ranch called “Las Aguilas,” still has remnants of the absurd luxury that the narcos brought to the small town of Vallecillo, Nuevo León, some hundred miles from the border with Texas.

The interior design is as lush as money can buy, game heads on the walls, entertainment rooms with pool tables, expensive liquor and big screen televisions and designer stainless steel kitchens. Image

The ranch was used for over six months as training grounds for Zeta recruits. Zetas from all over came to “Las Aguilas” to learn war tactics and undergo firearm training and play rounds of pool on the countless pool tables scattered throughout the property.  Police thinks the ranch might also have been used to dispose of bodies.

Take a look at the video below, and join us in our forums section for the conversation.

 

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Utah Man Claims he’s Undocumented in Order to Avoid Jail Time

Utah Man Claims he’s Undocumented in Order to Avoid Jail Time

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A Utah man was the subject of a police search after he falsely claimed he was in the country illegally in an attempt to avoid jail time by being deported.

In 2010, Jaime Alvarado, 27, was arrested for possession of cocaine and heroin with the intent to distribute. He was facing 15 years in jail when he came up with the story to that he was an undocumented immigrant who had come from Mexico, and whose real name was supposedly Saul Quiroz.

His plan initially worked, as he was deported back to Mexico, but when Alvarado tried to cross back into the U.S., his passport was flagged and he was arrested by Salt Lake City police.

Alvarado, a U.S. citizen, attempted to avoid jail time by taking advantage of the fact that some law enforcement officials would rather deport an undocumented immigrant who have than keep him in the country, taking up space in U.S. jails and prisons, especially when more dangerous criminals are out.

When brought before a judge in February, Alvarado acknowledged that he lied about who, and in a written statement to the judge asked for leniency because he has a family to support.

His case was turned over U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, who them determined he was not an illegal immigrant back in June, but when he failed to report back after his legal status was revealed a $50,000 warrant went out for his arrest.

Immigration Attorney Rishi Oza tod The Associated Press she’d ‘never seen something like this happen.’ Adding, ‘I have never seen an American citizen try to get deported.’

Oza also said Alvarado’s risk was not one she’d ever suggest anyone take, because in the end ‘you’re creating a bigger hole for yourself.’

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New Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Academy in Dominican Republic Open for Business

New Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Academy in Dominican Republic Open for Business

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Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club officials, including general manager Doug Melvin, were in Ramon Santana, a municipality northeast of San Pedro de Macoris, to inspect their new training facilities. The academy is owned by former Brewers reliever Salomon Torres, who runs three such facilities and will oversee day-to-day operations under the supervision of his Towers Corp.

“This new academy will provide the Brewers with all the necessary ingredients to allow their Latin players to take their baseball skills to a new level, putting them in a position to become a big league player some day,” Torres said in a statement provided by the Brewers.

“From the meals to the fields, we take care of everything in between so the Brewers scouts and personnel can concentrate on their most important task, which is the development of these players.”

The new complex has two baseball fields, batting cages, bullpens, a clubhouse and weight room, plus 13 rooms of housing, classrooms and a cafeteria.

The move represents another step for the Brewers in re-establishing a base in Latin America.  From late 2003 to early ‘09, the Brewers were the only Major League team without a permanent academy outside of the U.S.

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WATCH Shakira Releases a Clip From her Upcoming Live Album (VIDEO)

Shakira leaked the video for “Antes de las Seis” ahead of the release of her new live album “Shakira, Live from Paris,” in stores December 6.

Colombian singer Shakira’s new live album was recorded at the Palais de Bercy in the French capital.

Shakira, Live From Paris includes,

Pienso en Ti
Why Wait
Te Dejo Madrid
Si Te Vas
Whenever Wherever
Inevitable
Nothing Else Matters
Despedida
Gypsy
La Tortura
Ciega Sordomuda
Underneath Your Clothes
Gordita
Sale el Sol
Las de la Intuicion
Loca
She Wolf
Ojos Asi
Antes de las Seis
Je L’Aime a Mourir
Hips Don’t Lie
Waka Waka

Don’t miss Shakira’s new live album, available in stores on CD, DVD and Blue ray December 6.

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Louisiana Man Pleads Guilty to Threatening Hispanics with “Shoot Some Mexicans” Rhetoric

Louisiana Man Pleads Guilty to Threatening Hispanics with “Shoot Some Mexicans” Rhetoric

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Mark Gautreau, 50, pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in New Orleans for shooting two men in St. Charles Parish, La., on Aug. 20, 2006, announced the Department of Justice.

In the factual basis supporting his plea, Gautreau admitted that he was in the parking lot near his truck when he told a bystander that he intended to “shoot some Mexicans.”  Gautreau admitted he then loaded ammunition into his 12-gauge shotgun, and drove off.  Gautreau also admitted that, once he reached the area where four Hispanic men were fishing, he got out of his truck and fired his shotgun one time.  The shotgun blast hit two of the Hispanic men, who suffered injuries that required hospitalization.  Gautreau admitted that the four Hispanic men did not shoot at him or threaten him in any way that would require him to defend himself.


“This violent attack against Latino victims has no place in our country,” said Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department. “The department is committed to prosecuting these cases, wherever they arise.”

“Unprovoked acts of aggression – especially those fueled by prejudice will be met with firm justice,” said U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana Jim Letten. 

Gautreau pleaded guilty to one count of assault and when sentenced he faces up to 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.

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Chile and Argentina Stand Out in Region For Having Highest Standards of Living

Chile and Argentina Stand Out in Region For Having Highest Standards of Living

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Norway, Australia and the Netherlands lead the world in the 2011 Human Development Index (HDI), while the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Niger and Burundi are at the bottom of the Human Development Report’s annual rankings of national achievement in health, education and income, released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

In the Latin American region Chile and Argentina with a respective ranking of 44 and 45 had the highest standards of living for the region, out of 187 countries. 

The report is calculated from a set of indicators including literacy rates, years of schooling, life expectancy and per capita income.  It notes that income distribution has worsened in most of the world, with Latin America remaining the most unequal region in income terms. 

Nonetheless, the report that charts profess over five years shows 72 nations moved up in rank form 2006 to 2011 led by Cuba that moved up 10 slots to the 51st position.

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Problems of Lawsuits Against Latino-Owned Small Businesses Highlighted

Problems of Lawsuits Against Latino-Owned Small Businesses Highlighted

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A first-of-its-kind national media campaign designed to raise awareness of how lawsuit abuse affects Latino-owned businesses was unveiled today by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR).

The Latino Faces of Lawsuit Abuse campaign, an offshoot of ILR’s successful four-year-old Faces of Lawsuit Abuse effort, features two new video profiles of California Latino business owners whose businesses were victims of abusive litigation.

The new campaign is aimed at raising awareness of the problem of lawsuit abuse among the Spanish-speaking communities of the United States. A month-long national media campaign will feature national television, radio, and online advertising in both English and Spanish, with an extensive advertising buy in Spanish language media. ILR has also created a Spanish language version of the original Faces web site.

“Small business owners across the country are forced to contend with abusive lawsuits,” said Lisa A. Rickard, President of ILR. “But in the Latino community, the lawsuit problem is especially harmful.” This is evidenced by U.S. Census figures that show Latino Americans are creating small businesses at a rate three times higher than the rate for the non-Latino population. According to a 2010 study commissioned by ILR, lawsuits cost U.S. small businesses over $100 billion in 2008.

The first video (English version, Spanish version) features Jaime del Campo and Ramiro Arvizu, the owners of La Casita Mexicana, a small restaurant in Bell, California. Their business was one of a dozen in their neighborhood targeted by a serial plaintiff who has filed more than 500 lawsuits — many against small Latino-owned businesses.

The second video (English version, Spanish version) highlights Roberto Guerrero’s story. The owner of Cumaica Coffee in San Francisco was also sued by a serial plaintiff. Several neighboring businesses were sued by the same plaintiff, and at least two were forced to close. In the video, Roberto discusses the often frivolous nature of these lawsuits and the economic and emotional harm they cause to small businesses and neighborhoods.

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Immigration Reform Pledge Created for Political Candidates from Both Parties to Sign

Immigration Reform Pledge Created for Political Candidates from Both Parties to Sign

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A Immigration Reform Pledge has been written by Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President of The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, and Robert Gittleson, Co-Founder of Conservatives for Comprehensive Immigration Reform.

This pledge calls on all candidates for elected office in local, state, and national races, particularly those running for President of the United States on both sides of the aisle, to commit to three basis points addressing the immigration reform issue confronting America.

The pledge asks candidates to sign this pledge that makes it clear they are for legal immigration supporting a practical federal solution to the country’s immigration problems that “recognizes the importance of immigration to the past, present, and future of the United States.”

The pledge states in part:  I will not engage in rhetoric that exacerbates or polarizes the current immigration debate in our country; I will advocate for positions that are pro–legal immigration and pro–Hispanic American. This does not dilute my commitment to secure our borders, but instead denounces damaging anti-immigrant rhetoric; I will support a practical federal solution to our Nation’s immigration problems that recognizes the importance of immigration to the past, present, and future of the United States.

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FridayNovember 4, 2011