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TuesdayNovember 8, 2011

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U.S. and Bolivia Sign ‘Framework Agreement’ - Issue Joint Statement

U.S. and Bolivia Sign ‘Framework Agreement’ - Issue Joint Statement

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Yesterday, U.S. Under Secretary for Global Affairs Maria Otero and Bolivian Vice Foreign Minister Juan Carlos Alurralde signed a Framework Agreement to guide relations between the United States and Bolivia. The accord establishes a framework by which the two governments will pursue relations on the basis of mutual respect and shared responsibility.

The “Framework Agreement for Mutually Respectful and Collaborative Bilateral Relations between the Government of the Plurinational State of Bolivia and the Government of the United States of America” outlines several critical areas for future collaboration between Bolivia and the United States.

The Agreement’s objectives include strengthening and deepening bilateral relations, with respect for sovereign states and their territorial integrity; promoting human, economic, social, and cultural development in an environmentally sustainable manner; supporting cooperative and effective action against illicit narcotics production and trafficking, on the basis of shared responsibility; enhancing law enforcement cooperation; and strengthening the commercial relationships between Bolivia and the United States through the Trade and Investment Council.

The Framework Agreement also establishes a Joint Commission and provides for working-level mechanisms to ensure the effective implementation of this accord.

The Agreement provides both governments with the mechanisms to work together on issues of mutual concern. We look forward to the early return of ambassadors to both Washington and La Paz and to a more productive, collaborative relationship for the benefit of both our peoples.

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Celebrating 25th Anniversary of President Reagan’s Immigration Reform Act

Celebrating 25th Anniversary of President Reagan’s Immigration Reform Act

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This week marks the 25th anniversary of President Reagan’s Immigration Reform and Control Act, which allowed almost 2.7 million undocumented immigrants to legalize their status.

According to the SEIU union: Reagan’s policy was based on his appreciation that ours is a land of immigrants; that immigrants should not be exploited; that if legalized, they would contribute even more to the economy.  Cited as examples of the great contributions immigrants have made to the U.S. is NASA Astronaut Jose Hernandez and Grammy winner Luis Enrique.

Grammy Award winner Luis Enrique specifically cites the Reagan law for permitting him and his family to end their undocumented status that began in 1978 when they fled the political upheaval in their native Nicaragua.

Another naturalized citizen who gained legal status as a result of the Reagan immigration bill is Ben Monterroso, executive director of Mi Familia Vota, an initiative which works to turn legal immigrants into citizens and voters. Ben, a native of Guatemala, also works tirelessly on behalf of immigrant rights.

Next week, the government of Guatemala will present Ben the medal of the Order Quetzal, the highest award granted to Guatemalans, for his continuing work to ensure labor rights and fair treatment of Guatemalans in the U.S.

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U.S. Visa Requests from Brazil Increased 42% From Last Year

U.S. Visa Requests from Brazil Increased 42% From Last Year

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In a recent State Department briefing on U.S. Visas, officials discussed the growing visa demand in China and Brazil and steps the Department was taking to stay apace.

Overall consulates issued more than 7.5 million visas application to the U.S. from around the world, representing a 17 percent increase over Fiscal year 2010.  China and Brazil showed the most growing demand for these visas.

The State Department’s goal is to expand their capacity to adjudicate more than 2.2 million visas in China and 1.8 million visas in Brazil by 2013.

In the fiscal year that just ended 820,000 U.S. visas were processed in Brazil, an increase of 42 percent from last year.  By 2013 the U.S. government is looking to process 1.8 million visa requests. 

State officials explained the growth in these terms: “[Brazil’s] currency is very strong against the dollar and Brazilians are coming to America to visit Disney World and do lots of shopping and see lots of part of America now.”

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Mexico to Earn Royalties on Carbon Credits

Mexico to Earn Royalties on Carbon Credits

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In a first-of-its-kind deal, Mexico is set to benefit from an Australian carbon tax that has an Australian energy prepared to distribute 45 energy efficient lightbulbs to Mexican households.

Australian project developer Cool nrg International will likely secure a climate finance agreement with Mexico that will allow the Latin American country to distribute energy efficient lightbulbs to its population, while also creating a trust to promote energy efficient in Mexico.

Cool nrg International plans to roll the bulbs into credits to sell to Australian polluters and Mexico will earn a royalty to help the country reduce emissions.

The carbon tax legislation will affect Mexico’s biggest polluters beginning in July 2012, with plans to transition into a carbon trading program in 2015, which will allow polluters to buy carbon offsets from project overseas.

This project with Cool nrg, which was helped along by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, is expected to save 33,000 gigawatt hours of energy, which is about a third of Mexico City’s auto emissions.

The royalty agreement would give Mexico a share of the profits from the credits. For every ton of CO2 saved, a credit will be generated, and Cool nrg and Merrill Lynch will sell those credits to companies in wealthy nations.

Read more at Reuters →

WATCH Georgia Deer Hungry for Tacos Crashes into TacoMac (VIDEO)

WATCH Georgia Deer Hungry for Tacos Crashes into TacoMac (VIDEO)

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Take a look at the video of the deer that charged through the glass door of TacoMac, in Alpharetta, GA. We think he was just desperate for some fajitas and horchata…..

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Cemetery in Spain Posts Eviction Notice Stickers on Burial Sites

Cemetery in Spain Posts Eviction Notice Stickers on Burial Sites

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Strapped for space, Torrero Municipal Cemetery in Spain has started issuing eviction notices, and repossessing crypts from payment defaulters.

Jose Abadia, deputy urban planning manager for the northern Zaragoza city, said the policy was an issue of graveyard management and that cemeteries eventually reach a space limit.

Many cemeteries in Spain, no longer allow people to buy grave sites, and instead issues leases, for periods that range between 5 and 50 years.

Abadia said Torrero has placed eviction notice stickers on sites that have not renewed their lease for 15 years or more; according to Abadía, Torrero currently has some 7,000 graves that have been defaulted on.

The sticker campaign coincided with “Dia de los Muertos,” the Catholic holyday for visiting the departed.

Since the campaign was launched, hundreds of people have called to ask management about the graves of their dear ones. Before, cemetery management would take months, sometime up to six months or more, to contact defaulters and urge them to make a decision concerning the remains of their loved ones.

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DEA Commandos Entering the Drug War Against the Narcos

DEA Commandos Entering the Drug War Against the Narcos

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It appears U.S. officials have created a new team of commandos to infiltrate certain “drug countries” in the Western Hemisphere.

Countries known to be home to those running the drug trade that is currently fueling the battles for power happening all across the world, have been the site of fire fights with Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) commandos.

There are reportedly five military-trained groups of DEA agents whose goal was initially to fight the war on terror, but as the drug war continues throughout much of Central America, it appears the war on terror is merging with the war of drugs.

Though it wasn’t widely covered, In Honduras last March, a training mission with the DEA squads and Honduran police was interrupted when reports came in that a plane leaving Venezuela carrying narcotics was heading for a landing strip not far from where the groups were training.

Upon contact with those aboard the plane, a firefight ensued, killing two drug traffickers and wounding one Honduran officer. During the 20 minute shootout, law enforcement were able to make their way to the plane and secure the cocaine that had been onboard.

With Central America having a land connection to the U.S. via Mexico, the drug war can not be ignored by those constantly looking to improve national security.

State Department official William Brownfield told The New York Times that cartel activity in the Mexico is different than activities in “other parts of the world that we describe as having insurgencies.” Adding that “if we cannot reach basic agreement with the government of Mexico, our efforts will probably not succeed. It has to be cooperative, they have to agree.”

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Check Out What Latinos ‘Like’ on Facebook

Check Out What Latinos ‘Like’ on Facebook

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Marketing news source Click Z took a look at what pages Latinos are liking on Facebook.

Below is a table made to show what Latinos ‘Like’ on the global social media website. Note how many of those on the list are trying to sell a product or good, so marketers are reminded once again to divert their attention to booming Latino demographic.
 
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Leo Messi Still Waiting For Pele’s Special Gift - His Career Highlights Video

Leo Messi Still Waiting For Pele’s Special Gift - His Career Highlights Video

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Brazilian fútbol legend Pelé said he was going to mail a package of his best soccer moments on DVD to Lionel Messi, after the Argentine confessed never to have seen him play.

During his 71st birthday celebration in London, Pelé took the opportunity to compliment with tough love Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, saying he’d love to play soccer with him, but he was an incomplete player, because he “can’t use his head.”

Lio, as he usually does, shrugged off the comment and comparisons, and with his humble smile confessed that he even though he knows Pelé was one of the all time greats, he has never had the chance to seen him play. 

Pelé then told Globoesporte “It is a normal thing when a player is compared to a player from another time period, sometimes he is not interested in the comparison “If he really did not see me, I’ll do what I once did with Maradona: I’ll send him the video ‘Pelé Eterno’ and then he will.”

‘Pelé Eterno’ is a 2004 documentary packed with highlights of Pelé’s soccer career playing for Brazil, a thoughtful present for any player. Sadly, Messi never received his copy.

“I would love to see Pelé in action, but he still hasn’t sent me the DVD of his goals,” said Leo, to reporters comparing him once again with the Brazilian. “Everyone says he was an extraordinary player, but I can’t form an opinion without having seen him play.”

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Conrad Murray Trial Juror Profiles Released, Six Hispanics Among Them

Conrad Murray Trial Juror Profiles Released, Six Hispanics Among Them

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Now that the trial of Michael Jackson’s physician Dr. Conrad Murray has ended, the profiles of the 12 jurors have been released. Among the seven men and five women, six of them are Hispanic.

The court did not release the names of the jurors, stating only that if they wanted to be identified, they were allowed to identify themselves.

Below are the profiles of the six Hispanic jurors (included is one woman born in Spain) that convicted Dr. Conrad Murray of involuntary manslaughter potentially resulting in the death of troubled pop star Michael Jackson.

- Hispanic woman, 36, from Whittier. Attended some college, and currently works as a workers compensation service representative. Followed Casey Anthony trial. Victim in drive-by shooting in 1993. Has no biological children, though lives with boyfriend who has three.

- Hispanic male, 39, from Tujunga. Holds Bachelor’s degree in sociology, and works in product management. Carries belief that celebrities use their status to get what they want. Fan of Michael Jackson. Served on one civil jury, and is married with two children.

- Hispanic male, 51, from Whittier. Attended some college, and currently works as a U.S. Postal Service supervisor. Believes celebrities bend the rules, thinking they can act however they please. Fan of Michael Jackson’s music. First-time juror. Has five children and five grandchildren. Father of four biological children, one stepchild.

- Hispanic man, 52, from Lynwood. Attended some college, and currently works as school bus driver. Believes celebrities get away with crimes because of their status. Not a Jackson fan but thinks he was a good artist.

- Hispanic woman, 54, from San Gabriel Valley. No college, but high school graduate, currently working as an office manager at husband’s moving van business. Believes Casey Anthony trial showed a jury that saw evidence differently than the public majority. Has served as juror on two civil cases Watches Fox News and listens to talk radio. Loved Jackson music when younger, but not a fan now. Mother of four adult children.

- Woman, 57, born in Spain, now lives in Alhambra. Attended some college, and currently works as account manager. Believes celebrities feel they can act as they please. Watches “CSI” and followed the O.J. Simpson case on television. Served as juror five times, once as foreperson. Not a Jackson fan. Divorced mother of two, with two grandchildren.


The Los Angeles jury, with 6 of its 12 jurors being of Hispanic origin, highlights the fact that the Los Angeles area is now just under 49 percent Hispanic according to the 2011 U.S. Census.

Read more at The Washington Post →

Peruvian Crime Victim Survives Several Hours With Knife Stuck in Chest (GRAPHIC VIDEO)

Peruvian Crime Victim Survives Several Hours With Knife Stuck in Chest (GRAPHIC VIDEO)

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A Perúvian man was left for dead by muggers, but managed to get to the hospital and survived over 12 hours with a knife stuck in his chest. 

25 year-old Peruvian farmer Denar Guivar Delagado was left for dead by muggers who stabbed him in the chest.  The 10-inch knife miraculously missed his heart, and though it did puncture his left lung, doctors were able to take the knife out and repair the damage.

The man is recovering, and is expected to be well enough to go back to work in as little as ten days.

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J.R. Martinez Receives Season’s First Perfect Score from the Judges on ‘Dancing With the Stars’

J.R. Martinez Receives Season’s First Perfect Score from the Judges on ‘Dancing With the Stars’

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The accolades for Army soldier turned actor (turned dancer), J.R. Martinez keep coming. On ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars”, Martinez and his partner, professional dancer Karina Smirnoff, danced their way to two perfect scores from the judges.

Monday night, Martinez and Smirnoff first ‘perfect 30’ dance was a waltz, which judge Bruno Toli said “was like a musical Valentine card. You danced with your heart on your sleeve.”

The second set of perfect scores came after a fast-paced Jive. However, as an added challenge, all dancers were given a dance, and had less than an hour to prepare before they were to take the stage.

 

Even with the challenge, Martinez and Smirnoff impressed both the audience and the judges.

ImageJudge Carrie Ann Inaba told the pair, “You’re in a class all of your own. There’s nobody even coming close to you guys tonight.”

After the first week, the couple took the lead, and they haven’t looked back. Tuesday night is the DWTS elimination show, and though the couple received the season’s first pair of perfect scores from the judges, they technically still face elimination, as they await the audience votes.

However, many believe it’s television personality Nancy Grace who will be heading come. As Len Goodman put it to Grace, “Yours is the Cinderella story. You’ve come to the ball, and you’ve lasted eight weeks, however, for me, it’s midnight and it’s time to go home.”

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WATCH Diego Luna in Katy Perry’s “The One That Got Away” (VIDEO)

WATCH Diego Luna in Katy Perry’s “The One That Got Away” (VIDEO)

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Mexican actor Diego Luna was asked to participate in the new Katy Perry music video for “The one That Got Away,” by director Floria Sigismondi, a friend of his.

 

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Mexico Police Find Crooks, Cocks, Prostitutes and More Inside Local Jail

Mexico Police Find Crooks, Cocks, Prostitutes and More Inside Local Jail

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The 550 policemen who paid a surprise visit to an Acapulco penitentiary with the intention of transferring 60 inmates to a different jail, never expected what they found inside.

An inmate transfer operation turned into a raid when officers found 100 battle cocks and two turkeys cohabitating with the inmates.

Police seized weapons, liquor, 100 LCD TVs, videogames and two sacks filled with marijuana. 

In addition, police found 6 inmates from the neighboring female unit living in the cells of their partner male prisoners, as well as 19 sex-workers, not registered as inmates.

After the raid, the 60 inmates were successfully transferred and everyone and everything else that didn’t belong there was removed.

The Attorney General office of Guerrero has launched an investigation against prison management.

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Major Initiative Launched to Improve College Graduation Rates for Latinos

Major Initiative Launched to Improve College Graduation Rates for Latinos

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Latinos are the fastest-growing student population in America and a new effort is now focused on leveraging the critical connection between their educational attainment and the future of our national economy. Today, Lumina Foundation launches a collaborative partnership designed to strengthen ventures in key metropolitan areas that show promise in improving the postsecondary attainment of Latino students.

Under the project, Lumina will provide a total of $7.2 million over a four-year period to 12 partnerships in 10 states with significant and growing Latino populations. The partnerships will leverage community leaders across key policy, education, business and nonprofit sectors to build, implement and sustain successful “place-based efforts” that capitalize on their local talents and ingenuity.

Lumina Foundation, through a national Goal 2025 movement, aims to increase the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees and credentials to 60 percent by the year 2025. Lumina is keenly aware that Latinos are key to achieving this goal — and to the nation’s economic future.

Click here to see the list of institutions that will become Latino partners with Lumina, along with a brief explanation of the strategies each will employ.  Each organization will receive $600,000 during the four-year period.

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Nat’l Institute of Health Releases Comprehensive SpanishLanguage Publication on End-of-Life Protocol

Nat’l Institute of Health Releases Comprehensive SpanishLanguage Publication on End-of-Life Protocol

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Dealing with the symptoms of a serious illness is difficult. For the Hispanic population, language and cultural barriers can add to the burden, making it even harder to get relief. A new Spanish-language publication from the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), a component of the National Institutes of Health, provides those in the Hispanic community with information about palliative care, a comprehensive treatment that reduces or eliminates pain and other distressing symptoms of illness and medical treatments.

Cuidados Paliativos: El alivio que necesita cuando tiene síntimos de una enfermadad grave (Palliative Care: The relief you need when you’re experiencing the symptoms of serious illness) explains what palliative care is, who it benefits, and how it works. “Although often seen as an end-of-life protocol, palliative care provides relief to patients dealing with chronic illnesses as well, including AIDS, cystic fibrosis, and diseases of the heart, lungs, and kidneys,” noted Dr. Patricia A. Grady, NINR director.

NINR developed the brochure to increase awareness of palliative care among Hispanic patient and care giving populations, and care providers who serve Hispanic communities.

“By providing this information in Spanish, we seek to increase the number of provider-patient conversations about palliative care resources, so that fewer patients suffer needlessly from pain and distressing symptoms,” said Dr. Grady.

Cuidados Paliativos also highlights:

  * how to decide if someone needs palliative care
  * how to ask a health care provider for palliative care
  * how palliative care differs from hospice care
  * what kind of specialists participate on a palliative care team
  * insurance coverage for palliative care treatment

Research has shown that palliative care offers other benefits as well, including improvements in patient-provider communication, emotional support, and satisfaction with overall care.

To order or download a free copy of the brochure, visit www.ninr.nih.gov

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LULAC Condemns Anti-Immigration Remarks During Election Season

LULAC Condemns Anti-Immigration Remarks During Election Season

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The League of United Latin American Citizens, (LULAC), the largest and oldest Hispanic membership organization in the country recently release this statement on the Republican Presidential candidates anti-immigration remarks: 

Presidential hopefuls often say just about anything to make a quick news bite. I don’t begrudge them the need to maximize on the opportunity to get their message to the public. The American people should be afforded every opportunity to learn about their candidate. However, I have to take note that regardless of how ignorant or baseless their comments get, they don’t seem too concerned with the facts. They are more concerned with getting a statement out there and leaving their highly paid advisors, communications and public affairs firms to spin it right. For now, I will focus on making things right from the immigration perspective.

In a campaign stop in Oskaloosa, Iowa presidential contender, Michele Bachmann, made it a point to say that she would do nothing for children of illegal immigrants and further brought up her own family’s history. She claimed that when her immigrant family came to the US in the 1850s they came legally and received zero benefits. Ms. Bachmann totally ignored the benefits of living in a free country and seeing a granddaughter or great-granddaughter aspire to the highest office in the land.

I take issue with her assertion that her family received “zero benefits” when they came to this country. This notion does not hold water against the hard realities for most immigrant families who might have shared the voyage that Bachmann claims her family took in coming to this country. In fact, it is disingenuous to claim that families were not aided by immigration laws and came to this country legally in the 1850s. During the 1800s and around the turn of the century the U.S. was pretty generous to immigrants and their families facilitating what today would be called benefits. In addition, this country benefitted from a constant flow of immigration.

I would hope that before presidential hopefuls take any policy positions, they would educate themselves on the issues. Although history isn’t everyone’s forte, surely there are efficient ways of becoming informed. This country has a long, rich and complicated immigration past that merits at least some attention paid to understanding it. Presidential hopefuls cannot be allowed to rewrite this country’s immigration history because it suits their needs today.

It seems to me, the presidential contenders are on the same message — coming across as hard liners against immigrants and/or immigration reform. One might question from where their ancestors arrived. Terms like “anchor baby” and “illegal aliens” make it easier to marginalize currently undocumented people. These are deliberate decisions made to win elections. I leave the political theorists to analyze their politics, psychiatrists to figure out their intentions and God to judge their hearts.

Not that long ago, immigration was seen as a road to citizenship where asylum was granted gratuitously for those fleeing persecution. Ironically, today’s immigration is seen through fearful lenses, while we simultaneously remember our immigration history with admiration and pride. We are a young country that has accomplished so much in its short but rich history. History will judge how we approach immigration reform and we need to do it now.

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Vermont Implements ‘Bias-Free’ Policing, Bans Asking Anyone’s Immigration Status

Vermont Implements ‘Bias-Free’ Policing, Bans Asking Anyone’s Immigration Status

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Vermont’s Governor Pete Shumlin has introduced a ‘bias-free’ policing policy that will ban state police from inquiring into the immigration status of any individual that is stopped by officers in the state.

Some local police agencies in Vermont were already adopting a hands-off approach when stopping suspected undocumented aliens, focusing more on criminal activity and not immigration violations.  Now the entire state police force will follow that protocol.

The police can still ask someone’s immigration status if it is pertinent to a criminal investigation but not when investigating civil violations like routine traffic stops.  Praise came immediately for Governor Shumlin from the state’s American Civil Liberties Union and numerous immigrant advocacy organizations.

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TuesdayNovember 8, 2011