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MondayNovember 14, 2011

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

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

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Potential Latino Vice Presidential Candidates Not Well Known by Most Voters

Potential Latino Vice Presidential Candidates Not Well Known by Most Voters

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One of the back stories of the GOP primary is whether any of the candidates vying to represent the Republican Party and challenge President Obama in 2012 can mobilize support among the Latino electorate.

Given that Latinos are not likely to have a large impact on the outcome of the Republican primary, much of this discussion revolves around the question of whether the highly conservative stance of the Republican contenders on immigration policy will cost the GOP Latino votes in the general election? Given that the GOP candidates do not resonate well with Latino voters, it may take a game-changing event to see any of the contenders for the Republican nomination secure a meaningful percentage of the Latino vote in 2012.

One potential strategy for making in-roads with the Latino electorate is to place a Latino on the ticket as a Vice Presidential candidate.  But would having a Latino on the ticket actually help secure more of the Latino vote?

Through analysis of the favorability measures in the November Univision News/Latino Decisions survey for the two potential Latino GOP prospects, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez and Florida Senator Marco Rubio, we can assess this important question. With the ability to compare the attitudes of Latino likely voters to the attitudes of non-Hispanic white likely voters, the November poll provides the ability to determine if Latino voters are more favorable toward Martinez and Rubio than non-Latino voters.

New Mexico’s Republican Governor Susana Martinez is not well known among the general voting population, as nearly half of the sample indicates that they have “never heard of” her, with another 30% indicating that they do not know enough about her yet to have an opinion. Furthermore, although slightly more Latinos view Governor Martinez favorably when compared to the full sample, a robust 38% have “never heard of” the first Latina to be elected governor in U.S. history.  Latino voters in the Southwest are more familiar with Martinez, 34% of Latinos in this region have “never heard” of her, and 23% are either “very” or “somewhat” favorable of the Governor from New Mexico. These data suggest that Susana Martinez does not have the name recognition, at least at this point, to mobilize Latino voters if chosen as the GOP Vice Presidential candidate.

Attitudes toward Senator Marco Rubio are remarkably similar to those discussed for Martinez. As depicted in the figure below, 43% of the national electorate has “never heard of” Rubio, with another 26% yet to formulate an opinion about the Cuban American Senator.

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Foreign Student Visa Processing Expedited, Accommodating 9% Growth in Applications

Foreign Student Visa Processing Expedited, Accommodating 9% Growth in Applications

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During International Education Week, the U.S. Department of State highlights existing efforts to attract future leaders from abroad to take advantage of the exceptional educational opportunities in the United States.  They recognize that foreign students bring with them tremendous intellectual, social, and economic benefits. As part of these efforts, the Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs gives student visa appointments special priority.

All U.S. embassies and consulates expedite visa processing for foreign students to ensure qualified students are able to begin their academic program on time. Worldwide, the maximum wait for a student visa appointment is fewer than 15 days. Foreign students can apply for their visas up to 120 days before their academic programs begin.  All visa applicants are encouraged to apply early.

The consistent growth in international enrollments in the United States attests to the universally recognized pre-eminence of the country’s higher education system. International education grew by nearly 9 percent during the 2010/11 academic year, and foreign students studying in the United States brought $21.3 billion into the domestic economy.

The educational exchanges foster mutual understanding, respect, and goodwill between Americans and people around the world.

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FBI says Nearly 7,000 Hate Crimes Reported in U.S. in 2010

FBI says Nearly 7,000 Hate Crimes Reported in U.S. in 2010

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The United States had a total of 6,628 hate crimes last year, almost half of them the result of racial prejudice, according to an annual report released Monday by the FBI.

The report, which reflects the figures reported by 1,949 law enforcement agencies nationwide, includes violent incidents motivated by intolerance of a certain race or ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or physical or mental disabilities.

In 2009 the total number of such incidents was 6,604, the FBI report said.

Last year California and New York were the states with the greatest number of violent incidents of this kind, with 1,092 and 699 respectively, according to the report.

Just over 47 percent of hate crimes were based on race, while 20 percent were sparked by the victim’s religion, and 19 percent by his or her sexual orientation.

Around 13 percent of these crimes were motivated by the victim’s ethnicity or nationality, and a little less than 1 percent were due to the person’s disability.

In 2010, authorities reported 847 acts of violence against foreigners or people of different ethnicities. Of that total, 534 were committed against Hispanics, the analysis said.

Almost two-thirds of hate crimes in 2010 were against people, while the rest were chiefly acts of vandalism and destruction of property.

According to the FBI, authorities were able to identify the assailant responsible for the crime in 6,008 cases.

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Immigration Roundup: DREAM Act Repeal Effort, Ala. Fights DOJ

Immigration Roundup: DREAM Act Repeal Effort, Ala. Fights DOJ

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Calif. DREAM Act Repeal In Motion

Efforts are underway to repeal California’s DREAM Act, a recently passed law that allows undocumented students to apply for non-state funded scholarships and public financial aid to attend public colleges and universities in California.

State Assemblyman Tim Donnelly is gathering signatures to challenge the law by way of voter referendum.

“At a time when we’re broke, when we have 2 million people unemployed, when state colleges are underfunded and overbooked, we’re creating a brand-new entitlement,” Donnelly said.

Fellow Assemblyman Gil Cedillo introduced the bill and served as one of its main supporters. He asserts that the state’s DREAM Act will allow students to receive a proper, affordable education and put our economy back on the right track.

“Our economy is in need of an educated workforce and the bill will help us achieve that,” Cedillo said. “The California DREAM Act puts us on a path toward economic stability by investing in our youth.”

As Campus Progress reported earlier this year, the California DREAM Act will provide up to $14.5 million in aid for undocumented students—a mere 1 percent of the state-based financial aid program, according to the California Department of Finance.

Opponents have until Jan. 6 to collect the 504,760 signatures necessary to place a repeal on the ballot next year.

Author of Arizona’s S.B. 1070 Kicked Out of Office

The architect of Arizona’s racist, radical, anti-immigrant law has been forced out of office.

In Tuesday’s election, voters in Arizona recalled state Senate President Russell Pearce—a sign of the public’s disapproval of the state’s harsh immigration policy.

“I think voters from all political spectrums—Republicans, Democrats and independents—came together to speak with one voice to say: the reign of President Pearce is over,” said Randy Parraz, the co-founder and president of Citizens for a Better Arizona, which spearheaded the recall effort.

Alabama Fighting DOJ’s Immigration Information Request

After concerns that Alabama’s immigration law may violate federal anti-discrimination policies specifically related to education, the Department of Justice asked for the enrollment information at Alabama public schools, according to the Associated Press.

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange questioned the Department of Justice regarding what legal authority the Attorney General had in requesting enrollment data on Hispanic students in the state’s public schools.

In a letter response to Strange, Assistant U.S. Attorney General Thomas Perez wrote:  “The Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department is tasked with investigating potential violations of civil rights laws that protect educational opportunities for schoolchildren.”

Even after receiving the letter, the Alabama Attorney General’s Office has still refused to cooperate and assist the Justice Department in its request.

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LATINO BLOTTER: Fake Cosmetologist Convicted of Killing Woman Wanting Silcone Butt Implants

LATINO BLOTTER: Fake Cosmetologist Convicted of Killing Woman Wanting Silcone Butt Implants

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The unlicensed “cosmetologist” that used paper towels and super glue to seal the wounds left by a botched cosmetic procedure to a now-dead woman’s rear-end, has been convicted of negligent homicide.

After Elsa Then, then58, injected a woman’s rear-end with silicone implants – though she did not have a license to do so – the woman died.

Bronx resident, Fiordaliza Pichardo, 43, died of cardiac arrest the day after Then tried to treat her festering wound with Krazy Glue and a Bounty paper towel, even asking the woman’s daughter to help.

To add insult to injury, at the wake for Pichardo, Then told the family that Pichardo’s death was actually a result of her smoking habit.

“Oh those cigarettes, I knew they were going to kill your mother,” she reportedly told Pichardo’s daughter at the service. “I told her to stop.”

The fake doctor then fled to the Dominican Republic where she remained for a year before being arrested.

Pichardo died on March 16, 2009, just one day after being injected by Then.

A sentencing hearing for Then is scheduled for December 12th.

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Venezuelan Police Arrest 5 more in Connection With W. Ramos Kidnapping

Venezuelan Police Arrest 5 more in Connection With W. Ramos Kidnapping

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Venezuelan police on Monday reported the capture of five Colombian nationals suspected of involvement in last week’s kidnapping of Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos from his parents’ home in the central state of Carabobo.

Ramos was rescued on Friday night by a police team that also managed to capture six alleged kidnappers.

Five other people supposedly involved in the crime fled the scene after engaging in a shootout with police.

The 24-year-old Ramos was kidnapped from his parents’ home in the city of Valencia, the capital of Carabobo, by several armed men and forced into a van.

Interior Minister Tareck El Aissami said last Saturday that six Venezuelans were in custody and that the kidnappers of Colombian nationality were fully identified and an arrest warrant had been issued for them.

El Aissami also said that people linked “to paramilitary groups” participated in the kidnapping.

After returning home, Ramos said that “at no time” did he think that he would be rescued because the site where his abductors were holding him was distant and hidden.

He said that, although he was not physically harmed, he felt he had been psychologically affected by his ordeal.

Ramos plans to play winter-league baseball in Venezuela with the Aragua Tigers.
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Brazilian Man Attacked by Half a Dozen Monkeys at Zoo (VIDEO)

Brazilian Man Attacked by Half a Dozen Monkeys at Zoo (VIDEO)

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Brazilian mechanic Joao Leite dos Santos admitted to have had too much to drink before he decided it would be fun to play with the Sao Paulo Zoo’s spider monkeys.

Check out the video below of the shirtless man struggling to swim and fend off irate monkeys in the moat separating the monkeys from the public, at the Sorocaba zoo near Sao Paulo on Sunday.

 

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Soccer Forward Carlos Tévez Refuses to Come Back to Manchester City

Soccer Forward Carlos Tévez Refuses to Come Back to Manchester City

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Currently-suspended forward Carlos Tevez failed to notify the Premiere League he’d be traveling to his family’s home in Argentina; he is now also refusing to come back.

Tévez arrived in Argentina last Tuesday, but failed to notify his employers he was making the trip. He deliberately missed training, as well as a meeting about his previous sanctions for refusing to play against Bayern Munich.

Tévez, who was seen playing golf with friends in Argentina on Sunday, sent a doctor’s certificate from Argentina which stated that he’s “not fit”  to come back to England and resume training with the Manchester City.

 

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Former Intern for Arizona’s Gabrielle Giffords, Daniel Hernandez, Wins AZ School Board Election

Former Intern for Arizona’s Gabrielle Giffords, Daniel Hernandez, Wins AZ School Board Election

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The young Latino known as the man who stayed by Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ side after she was shot in the head, has been elected to an Arizona school board position.

Daniel Hernandez Jr., 21, was elected to the board of a Tucson-area school district less than a year after he was credited with helping save Rep. Giffords’ life, but call him a hero and he’ll be the first to say he is not.

After the January 8th shooting outside a Tucson supermarket, which killed six people, Daniel Hernández Jr. became a pseudo-celebrity when everyone wanted to take to the young intern that saved Giffords’ life.

However, after speaking to numerous media outlets he says he was looking to make a bigger difference than just being seen with First lady Michelle Obama at the State of Union address after the shooting or throwing out the first pitch at the MLB All-Star game.

Wanting to do something “concrete”, Hernandez decided to run for a position on the Sunnyside Unified School District Governing Board, the district he graduated from in 2008.

In his official candidate statement, he said, “The roots that I have in this district go far and they go deep. For years I have been passionate about public service and since my start at the University of Arizona I have been an advocate for education. My work at the capitol advocating for affordable and accessible higher education for all Arizonans has given me valuable insight that I want to bring to the school board. We have seen many changes that have improved our district and I feel I can contribute to the future success of our students and our community.”

In no part of his statement did he mention his involvement in saving of Giffords, and at no part during his campaign did he speak about that day or anything to do with the terrifying event.

While education is the new board member’s main focus, as an openly gay man he has also served on the Tucson Commission on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Issues.

And though Hernandez loss a bid to become President of the University of Arizona’ student government in April, he won 61 percent of the vote in the Sunnyside Election.

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Kat Von D on Facebook: Jesse Cheated With 19 Women

Kat Von D on Facebook: Jesse Cheated With 19 Women

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Sunday, famous tattoo artist and former television star Kat Von D announced that ex-fiancé Jesse James cheated on her with more than a dozen women while they were together.

In a Facebook note, the Mexican-born artist revealed that she had just met the “19th girl to add to the list of people Jesse cheated on me with during this last year.”

Von D and James began dating shortly after her relationship with Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx ended and James’ marriage to actress Sandra Bullock imploded amidst news that he cheated multiple times. The relationship advanced quickly from that point on. Confirmation of their relationship only came out in August 2010, but by January 2011 they were announcing they were engaged. They reportedly ended things in July, but got back together in August. On September 24, Von D once again announced that they had split.

As allegations that James had returned to his cheating ways arose, many were left shaking their heads, as it became evident that he had not changed his ways.

Though Von D says she encountered number 19 of James’ mistresses the Sunday she posted the Facebook note, she added that though the relationship was “toxic”, she does not “want to sink into the feelings of regret, or resentment. Because right now, for the first time in my life I have felt regret, (for someone like me, who’s never felt that before, this is hard to say out loud).”

The High Voltage Tattoo owner ended her message by saying, “It would be nice to move on now, and kindly thank you all in advance for your support, love, and positivity. Life is far too grand to focus on the negative and put each other down. Sending Love and Light to everyone, especially those who weren’t always so kind.”

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Courtney Love Goes Topless at Brazil’s SWU Festival (VIDEO)

Courtney Love Goes Topless at Brazil’s SWU Festival (VIDEO)

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47-year-old Courtney Love rocked out with her boobs out, singing and strumming topless for Hole fans at Sao Paulo, Brazil’s SWU festival, Sunday.

Actually Love showed her breasts twice to the entire SWU festival in Sao Paulo.

Right after a fan threw her a shirt that read “Courtney be my Bitch” Love flashed her breasts for a quick second through the collar of the gifted shirt.

The episode could have passed for an accidental wardrobe malfunction, had the singer not deliberately gone topless while still singing and playing her guitar.

Check out the videos below, at your own risk.

 

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Narco Singer Gunned Down With AK-47 in Mexico (VIDEO)

Narco Singer Gunned Down With AK-47 in Mexico (VIDEO)

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A singer-songwriter who performed grupero music and “narcocorridos,” ballads that recount the exploits and travails of drug kingpins, was gunned down over the weekend along with two other people in Culiacan, the capital of the northwestern Mexican state of Sinaloa, officials said.

Diego Rivas was killed on Sunday by gunmen who opened fire at close range in Culiacan’s Lazaro Cardenas neighborhood, the Sinaloa Attorney General’s Office said.

Rivas, known for the hits “El amor no se vende,” “Los ojitos de mi Elena” and “Soy yo,” was drinking in the street with several other people when the gunmen opened fire.

Alfredo Herrera Gomez, a 24-year-old singer, was also pronounced dead at the scene.

Another man, identified as 22-year-old Jeffry Olguin Garcia, died while being treated at a hospital.

Investigators found bullet casings from AK-47 assault rifles and other weapons, as well as two vehicles, at the crime scene, the AG’s office said.

Rivas is just the latest narcocorrido performer to be murdered in northern Mexico in recent years.

Singer Sergio Vega, known as “El Shaka,” was shot to death while driving on a highway in Sinaloa on June 26, 2010.

Vega was driving to Alhuey, where he planned to perform with several other artists, when gunmen who had apparently been following him opened fire on the vehicle.

The 40-year-old singer was traveling with another person at the time of the attack.

Vega denied a few hours before his death that he had been the target of an attack.

The singer said he had bolstered his security in light of the attacks on musicians in Mexico in recent years.

Singer Carlos Ocaranza was gunned down on Aug. 16, 2009, as he left a bar where he had given a concert in the western city of Guadalajara and his agent, Jorge Altamirano Pelayo, was seriously wounded.

Ocaranza, who was related to a famous singer murdered in 2006, had just finished performing at the La Revancha bar in the city’s western section when two gunmen shot him and fled on a motorcycle.

Ocaranza was related to Valentin Elizalde, who was murdered on Nov. 25, 2006, in the border city of Reynosa by drug traffickers apparently unhappy with some of his compositions.

Elizalde and other singers perform what is known in Mexico as grupero music, a genre that includes so-called narcocorridos.

Reports claim that drug capos pay large sums for the ballads and more than a dozen grupero singers have been murdered since 1992.

In January 2008, Roberto Ignacio del Fierro Lugo, the publicist for Jesus Elizalde, Valentin’s brother, was murdered near a recording studio in the Guadalajara suburb of Zapopan.

Before managing Jesus Elizalde’s public relations, Del Fiero had represented Valentin.

Valentin’s brothers, including Jesus, have stopped playing narcocorridos.

In December 2007, a wave of violence was unleashed against various grupero singers, such as Sergio Gomez, 34, the lead singer of Grammy-nominated band K-PAZ de la Sierra, who was kidnapped and murdered after a concert, and vocalist Zayda Peña Arjona, 28, killed by a gunman who pursued her to the hospital where she was recovering from gunshot wounds


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Latinos Say Marquez Was Robbed with ‘Loss’ Against Pacquiao

Latinos Say Marquez Was Robbed with ‘Loss’ Against Pacquiao

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Latinos and fellow Juan Manuel Marquez fans were shocked and outraged to see judges unanimously rule in favor of Manny Pacquiao in one of the most anticipated boxing matches of the year.

The third Marquez-Pacquiao match was held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in front of a sell-out crowd, and just as before, the fight was highly controversial and widely contested.

While one of the judges scored the match as a draw, a decision many agreed with, the other two judges scored Pacquiao the winner.

After Saturday’s 12 rounds, the WBO welterweight champion remains Pacquiao for now, but many suspect a fifth match will be scheduled, as this outcome once again leaves few satisfied with who the better fighter is.

When interviewers tried to speak with Pacquiao right after the match, those in attendance booed so loudly the boxer could not be heard at all.

Following the fight, Marquez said, “I don’t know what I need to do to change the minds of the judges.”

His words were in response to the fact that each time he has gone up against Pacquiao, he and his supporters say he has proven that he can beat the Filipino boxer.

Those looking forward to another match between the two men say that if it is to happen, it will likely be before Pacquiao’s possible match against Floyd Mayweather Jr. in May 2012.

For now, the Mexico Coty native’s fans stand with him, and say Pacquiao failed to show that he was undoubtedly the better fighter, and worthy of retaining his heavyweight title.

Their first bout in 2004 was a draw. The second matchup, which occurred in 2008, gave Pacquiao the win, though it was so close that another fight (Saturday’s) was ordered.

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Colombian Owl Brings Dinner to Soccer Match (VIDEO)

Colombian Owl Brings Dinner to Soccer Match (VIDEO)

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Remember the owl that got kicked in the face last year at a Colombian soccer match? Well its cousin decided to attend a game, and bring his dinner along!

The owl came out during half-time, on this weekend’s 2014 World Cup Eliminatory match between Colombia and Venezuela, in Barranquilla’s Monumental Stadium.

The match ended tied, despite the fact that owls are considered by locals to be good luck charms. 

 

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World Diabetes Day: 10% of All Latinos/Hispanics Over 20 Have Diabetes, Most Have Type 2

World Diabetes Day: 10% of All Latinos/Hispanics Over 20 Have Diabetes, Most Have Type 2

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World Diabetes Day raises global awareness of diabetes - its escalating rates around the world and how to prevent the illness in most cases. Started by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and WHO, the Day is celebrated on 14 November to mark the birthday of Frederick Banting who, along with Charles Best, was instrumental in the discovery of insulin in 1922, a life-saving treatment for diabetes patients.

WHO estimates that more than 346 million people worldwide have diabetes. This number is likely to more than double by 2030 without intervention. Almost 80% of diabetes deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries.

Diabetes is a group of diseases marked by high levels of blood glucose resulting from defects in insulin production, insulin action, or both. Diabetes can lead to serious complications and premature death, but people with diabetes can take steps to control the disease and lower the risk of complications.

ImageDiabetes is one of the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. Total health care and related costs for the treatment of diabetes run about $174 billion annually.

Today, 10.4 percent of Hispanics/Latinos ages 20 years or older have diagnosed diabetes, and among them, prevalence rates are 8.2 percent for Cubans, 11.9 percent for Mexican Americans, and 12.6 percent for Puerto Ricans.

Type 1 results when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys its own insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas. People with type 1 diabetes must have insulin delivered by injection or a pump.

Type 2 occurs when the body does not make enough insulin or cannot use the insulin it makes effectively. This form of diabetes usually develops in adults over the age of 40 but is becoming more prevalent in younger age groups – including children and adolescents.

Type 1 diabetes accounts for 5 to 10 percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. While Type 2 diabetes accounts for

A person is more likely to develop type 2 diabetes if they:
o have a family history of diabetes
o are a member of an ethnic group like Hispanics/Latinos
o are overweight or obese
o are 45 year old or older
o have had diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes)
o have high blood pressure
o have abnormal cholesterol (lipid) levels
o are not getting enough physical activity
o have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
o have blood vessel problems affecting the heart, brain or legs
o have dark, thick and velvety patches of skin around the neck and armpits (This is
called acanthosis nigricans.)

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J Lo Linked to Dancer Casper Smart, 18 Years her Junior

J Lo Linked to Dancer Casper Smart, 18 Years her Junior

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Four months after splitting from Marc Anthony, J Lo is now linked to 24-year-old Casper Smart, a California dancer skilled in “krumping, acrobatics, breaking [and] popping.”

Sources report that in the last few months, the chemistry between the 42 -year-old singer and the 24-year-old dancer has grown; they flirt openly and stay focused on each other through rehearsals.

Smart has had dancing/acting roles in at least ten films, according to IMDB.com.  He has danced for Beyonce, appeared in Glee, and was an alternate dancer for Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” world tour.

Lopez, (in)famously married Cris Judd, one of her back up dancers, before becoming engaged to Ben Affleck, and marrying Marc Anthony. She was married to Cris Judd for only nine months. 

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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in Dominican Republic

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in Dominican Republic

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The Attorney General of the United States is visiting the Dominican Republic this Monday. Eric Holder will meet with President Leonel Fernandez at his office in the Presidential Palace.

He is also scheduled to give a talk on National Judicial Cooperation between the Dominican Republic and the United States: Its Impact on Organized Crime.  Holder, a New York lawyer, was sworn in as Attorney General in 2009.

Online news sources say that Holder took an active part in the arrest of Jose Figueroa Agosto, Puerto Rico’s modern day Pablo Escobar. Until his arrest, Figueroa Agosto was said to have served as the mastermind behind one of Puerto Rico’s largest criminal enterprises. He escaped jail in Puerto Rico and fled to the Dominican Republic where he managed one of the largest suppliers of illegal drugs to the United States from afar.

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Singer Silvio Rodriguez Returns to his Cuban Roots

Singer Silvio Rodriguez Returns to his Cuban Roots

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Cuban singer-songwriter Silvio Rodriguez will appear on Dec. 10 at the National Fine Arts Museum in Havana where he gave his first concert 44 years ago, state media reported.

Rodriguez’s performance is on the program of activities organized by that institution to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its reopening, museum director Moraima Clavijo said.

From the beginning officials thought of inviting the artist, one of the founders of Cuba’s “Nueva Trova” style of music, “since it’s the place where the writer of ‘Te Doy una Cancion’ (I Give You a Song) staged his first show,” Clavijo said.

On July 12, 1967, Rodriguez appeared in the auditorium of the building devoted to Cuban art, but the upcoming concert will be held in the patio to allow more people to attend,” Clavijo said.

Rodriguez is currently on a concert tour of Argentina and Uruguay presenting songs from his latest album, “Segunda Cita” (Second Date), released in 2009, as well as signature tunes from his repertoire such as “Oleo de una Mujer con Sombrero” (Portrait of a Woman Wearing a Hat), “Ojala” (I Hope So) and “La Maza” (The Drumstick).

Upon his return he has a concert scheduled for Dec. 4 in his hometown, the Havana district of San Antonio de los Baños, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the International School of Cinema and Television, or EICTV, which is based there, according to spokespersons at the Ojala Recording Studios founded by the artist.

In recent years he has given a series of recitals in neighborhoods around Havana and other cities across the country, and in several prisons as well.

In his almost 50 years as an entertainer, the 64-year-old singer-songwriter has composed hundreds of songs plus music tracks for films and has published more than 20 discs.

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Christina Aguilera Ready for ‘The Voice’ Season 2 (VIDEO)

Christina Aguilera Ready for ‘The Voice’ Season 2 (VIDEO)

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Christina Aguilera said she can hardly wait for the second season of her blind audition show “The Voice,” which premieres after the Super Bowl, February 5th

“You’re just waiting on pins and needles for what those first few notes sound like,” Aguilera said.

Check out the trailer for season 2 below, and join us in the forums section for the conversation.
 

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10 Million People Suffer from Diabetes in Mexico, Considered Top Health Problem

10 Million People Suffer from Diabetes in Mexico, Considered Top Health Problem

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Diabetes is “the most serious public health problem faced” by Mexico, where 10 million people currently suffer from the disease and the number is expected to double by 2020, the El Poder del Consumidor consumer advocacy group said.

The situation is the result of “the lack of implementation of prevention policies to fight the epidemic of overweight people and obesity in Mexico” due to the “submission of federal and local authorities to the interests of the food industry,” the non-governmental organization said in a statement released to mark World Diabetes Day on Monday.

“Neither the federal government, local (governments), legislators, nor presidential candidates have made any proposals to fight the most serious public health problem faced by the country,” El Poder del Consumidor said.

Diabetes is “the leading cause of hospitalizations, blindness, loss of limbs and death” in Mexico, where the number of overweight and obese people has soared in recent years, the NGO said.

The spread of the chronic disease “has exceeded the capacity of the public health sector” to deal with it, threatening the “national finances and viability of the Mexican population,” El Poder del Consumidor said.

“Currently, more than 150,000 people require dialysis, a service that is not covered by Social Security. We estimate that 75 percent of those needing dialysis cannot afford it and are either dying or creating a financial crisis for their families,” the NGO said.

Diabetes can lead to heart problems, strokes, reduced blood circulation, blindness and kidney failure.

World Diabetes Day is observed on Nov. 14, the birthday of Canadian researcher Frederick Banting, who discovered insulin with Charles Best in 1922

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Hate Crime Rates Remain Steady, Race Hate Crimes Are Majority Reported

Hate Crime Rates Remain Steady, Race Hate Crimes Are Majority Reported

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Today, the Federal Bureau of Investigation released Hate Crime Statistics, 2010 based on information submitted by law enforcement agencies throughout the nation. These data indicate that 6,628 criminal incidents involving 7,699 offenses were reported in 2010 as a result of bias toward a particular race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity/national origin, or physical or mental disability.

Hate Crime Statistics, 2010 includes the following information:

*  Of the 6,624 single bias incidents, 47.3 percent were motivated by a racial bias, 20.0 percent were motivated by a religious bias, 19.3 percent were motivated by a sexual orientation bias, and 12.8 percent were motivated by an ethnicity/national origin bias. Bias against a disability accounted for 0.6 percent of single-bias incidents.

*  There were 4,824 hate crime offenses classified as crimes against persons. Intimidation accounted for 46.2 percent of these crimes, simple assaults for 34.8 percent, and aggravated assaults for 18.4 percent. In addition, seven murders were reported as hate crimes.

*  There were 2,861 hate crime offenses classified as crimes against property; most of these (81.1 percent) were acts of destruction/damage/vandalism. The remaining 18.9 percent of crimes against property consisted of robbery, burglary, larceny theft, motor vehicle theft, arson, and other offenses.

*  Of the 6,008 known offenders, 58.6 percent were white and 18.4 percent were black. For 12.0 percent, the race was unknown, and the remaining known offenders were of other races.

*  The largest percentage (31.4 percent) of hate crime incidents occurred in or near homes. Another 17.0 percent took place on highways, roads, alleys, or streets; 10.9 percent happened at schools or colleges; 5.8 percent in parking lots or garages; and 3.7 percent in churches, synagogues, or temples. The location was considered other or unknown for 14.3 percent of hate crime incidents. The remaining 16.9 percent of hate crime incidents took place at other specified locations or multiple locations.

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Zoe Saldaña And Fiance Keith Britton Split after 11 Years

Zoe Saldaña And Fiance Keith Britton Split after 11 Years

Photo: Zoe Saldaña And Former fiance Keith Britton

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Actress Zoe Saldaña, one of the stars of “Avatar”, the biggest box-office film in the history of movies, has ended her relationship with fiance Keith Britton, the Web site of television channel CBS News said.

Saldaña and Britton “have amicably separated ater 11 years,” the actress’s agent said.

The 33-year-old actress and Britton, a businessman of 35, announced their engagement in June 2010.

The agent’s communique said that the two will continue as partners at the head of My Fashion Data Base (www.myfdb.com).

Saldaña, one of the Latino stars with the greatest presence in Hollywood thanks to her roles in “Star Trek”, “The Losers” and above all “Avatar,” premiered “Colombiana” in August, a madcap action film directed by Olivier Megaton.

Among the upcoming projects of this daughter of a Puerto Rican mother and a Dominican father are Part 2 of both “Star Trek” and “Avatar.”

Saldaña has always given her love life a low profile, as far from the Hollywood paparazzi as possible.

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President Calderon Offers Condolences to Families of Helicopter Crash

President Calderon Offers Condolences to Families of Helicopter Crash

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Mexican President Felipe Calderon attended Saturday the two vigils being held in Mexico City, one civilian and the other military, at which loved ones paid their last respects to Interior Secretary Jose Francisco Blake and the other seven victims of a helicopter crash on Friday.

Government officials and members of the military died when their helicopter went down in the municipality of Chalco in Mexico state, near the capital city, as they were flying to a meeting of district attorneys in Cuernavaca.

The interior secretary is Mexico’s second-most-powerful official after the president.

The 45-year-old Blake was a key figure in Calderon’s struggle with drug cartels and organized crime, a conflict that has claimed more than 40,000 lives since the current head of state took office in December 2006.

Cloudiness in the area was the first suggested reason for the accident, though it will be up to a team of Mexican, U.S. and French experts to determine why the Eurocopter crashed into Chayaqueme mountain.

The normal route of a helicopter between Mexico City and Cuernavaca is more direct, flying over Picacho Ajusco, an inactive volcano, but apparently the bad weather decided the pilots to take a detour by way of Amecameca and Mount Tepotzteco.

This Saturday, President Calderon and first lady Margarita Zavala offered their personal condolences to the families of the eight victims, four civilians and four members of the military, for whom vigils were held in different parts of the capital.

Attending the various vigils were Defense Minister Guillermo Galvan, Navy Secretary Mariano Saynez and Attorney General Marisela Morales, as well as the predecessor of Minister Blake, the attorney Fernando Gomez Mont.

Also paying their last respects to the government officials and military were some of the candidates in next year’s presidential elections, set for July 1, 2012.

On Saturday afternoon the mortal remains of the eight crash victims were to be taken to the Marte Military Camp, located on the west side of Mexico City, where a state funeral will be held in their memory, beginning at 4:00 p.m. local time and led by President Calderon.

Besides the interior secretary, the fatalities included the deputy minister of judicial affairs, Felipe de Jesus Zamora Castro and the director of communications of the ministry, Jose Alfredo Garcia Medina.

Also killed in the accident were the tecnical secretary of Blake’s office, Diana Miriam Hayton Sanchez, and four members of the military, Maj. Rene de Leon Zapien, Lieut. Col. Felipe Bacio Cortes, Lieut. Pedro Ramon Escobar Becerra and Sgt. Jorge Luis Juarez Gomez.

The Mexican government has received outpourings of sympathy from many countries including Argentina, Colombia, Spain, the United States, France, Guatemala and Venezuela, as well as from international organizations such as the United Nations and the Organization of American States.

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MondayNovember 14, 2011