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TuesdayNovember 15, 2011

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Brazil Tackles Its Food Insecurity and Obesity Problems

Brazil Tackles Its Food Insecurity and Obesity Problems

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The Fourth National Conference on Food Security has just ended, in the State of Bahia. Organized by the Conselho Nacional de Segurança Alimentar and Nutricional (CONSEA), 2 000 participants gathered to sign a global agreement on food security and the promotion of human right to adequate food.

This conference is the first of its kind, organized by the government of President Dilma Rousseff, who launched the programme “Brazil Without Poverty” aimed at 16 million people who still live in extreme poverty. Among the topics discussed there was also the soaring price of food, the production of transgenic flour and obesity, major nutritional problem in the country.

In fact, Brazil is a large agricultural producer, as well as the use of herbicides, fungicides and pesticides to a greater extent than any other country in the world, 49% of Brazilians are overweight and 16% obese. In recent years in the country, thanks to government programs to combat hunger, in a population of 192 million inhabitants, about 20 million have been saved from poverty and child malnutrition has been reduced by 61%.

Other initiatives, such as the distribution of school meals to 47 million children and adolescents, have stimulated local economies and improved health and education sectors. However, especially among vulnerable groups such as indigenous people and the ‘quilombola’ communities, descendants of African slaves, the problem remains very serious food and food insecurity continues unabated. It is necessary to stimulate the production of local foods to suit local customs that would also promote access to cheaper and more nutritious food.

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U.S. State Officials to Visit Argentina and Brazil

U.S. State Officials to Visit Argentina and Brazil

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Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation, Thomas Countryman, is on travel to Argentina and Brazil from November 15 to 18 to meet with senior government officials for bilateral discussions on nonproliferation issues.

A key focus of this trip is the upcoming Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) Review Conference, which will be held in Geneva December 5-22.

The United States is actively engaging partners around the world to ensure a productive December BWC Review Conference, that promotes the peaceful use of life sciences to enhance public health and combat infectious disease, while at the same time strengthens the international community’s ability to prevent the misuse of science to develop or use biological weapons.

Brazil and Argentina have an important role to play in achieving a successful BWC Review Conference. These consultations are one step in a multi-layer effort to work more closely with these two regional leaders on shared international security priorities.

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U.S. Allowing Mexican Citizens to Enter as ‘Trusted Travelers’

U.S. Allowing Mexican Citizens to Enter as ‘Trusted Travelers’

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The United States government announced Tuesday that it is opening to Mexican citizens the trusted traveler program known as Global Entry, which operates via automated kiosks at selected international airports.

“Our Customs and Border Protection agency is supporting the National Migration Institute in the development of a Global Entry program for Mexico, which we expect to be launched in the first six months of 2012,” U.S. Ambassador Anthony Wayne said.

The program, already in operation with other countries, allows frequent travlers to the U.S. to enter the country in a “minimum amount of time,” Wayne said during an event at the U.S. agency in Mexico City.

The program has very strict membership standards.

Global Entry kiosks currently exist in 20 U.S. airports, but in 2012 several more are expected to be installed in Mexico City and in the Mexican resort area of Los Cabos, Wayne said.

Present at the announcement was Mexico’s tourism secretary, Gloria Guevara, who was pleased that Global Entry will be “implemented for Mexican citizens as well.”

“It speaks of confidence in our country, but above all it’s a great opportunity we’re being given,” Guevara said.

To be able to sign up for the program, an application must be filled out and filed over the Internet at www.globalentry.gov along with payment of a non-refundable $100 fee.

Applicants must have no criminal record.

When an application is approved, the interested party will be interviewed by CBP personnel, who will decide whether he or she will be accepted.

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Honduran Mother finds Missing Son After Nearly 10 Years in Mexico Jail

Honduran Mother finds Missing Son After Nearly 10 Years in Mexico Jail

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One of the 33 Central American mothers traveling across Mexico in search of children who disappeared en route to the United States was reunited with her missing son at a jail in the southern state of Chiapas.

Honduran Olivia Orellana found her son “after years of searching without a trace,” Marta Sanchez, an activist accompanying the mothers’ caravan, told Efe.

“This mother-and-son encounter was very moving and it definitely gives us hope and strength to continue looking for all the other missing Central American children and families,” the representative of the Mesoamerican Migrants Movement said.

Motozintla prison in the border city of Tapachula was the unlikely scene of Olivia’s reunion with son Osman Lizandro Mejia Orellana, who is nearing the end of a 10-year sentence for homicide.

Orellana found her son “thanks to the help of a policeman who recognized the youth last Saturday from a photo that was displayed in a public square,” Sanchez said.

“The policeman approached and told us where we could find the young man,” the activist said.

Olivia Orellana, whose husband died just a few months after Osman disappeared in Mexico, said she never abandoned hope of seeing her son again.

Expressing confidence in her son’s innocence, Olivia said she will return to Honduras satisfied that she found Osman after eight years.

The women in the caravan - 28 from Honduras, four from Nicaragua and one from El Salvador - arrived in Mexico on Oct. 31 for their third trip across the country this year.

They spent two weeks traveling through nine Mexican states to lobby for the creation of an official mechanism to search for missing migrants.

The women and their supporters described the result of this latest journey as positive, citing commitments from Mexican officials.

“We have hopes that this time they will advance further on what they promise,” the caravan said in a statement.

Human rights groups say at least 800 Central American migrants have gone missing in Mexico in the last few years.

Despite recession in the United States and increasing violence in Mexico, each year around 140,000 Central Americans undertake the dangerous journey across Mexico in pursuit of the “American Dream.”

The trek is a dangerous one, with criminals and corrupt Mexican officials preying on the migrants.

Gangs kidnap, exploit and murder migrants, who are often targeted in extortion schemes. The mothers’ caravan visited San Fernando, a city in the northern border state of Tamaulipas where 72 Latin American migrants were massacred in August 2010 by the Los Zetas drug cartel.

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STUDY: Latinas Making Consistent Gains in Seeking Higher Education

STUDY: Latinas Making Consistent Gains in Seeking Higher Education

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Young adult Hispanics who are immigrants or the U.S.-born children of immigrants are making consistent generational gains in education and employment, with college enrollment rates particularly strong for second-generation Hispanic women, according to a major new study of immigrant-origin young adults released today by the Migration Policy Institute (MPI).

However, while Hispanic second-generation women are enrolling in college at the same rate as third-generation non-Hispanic white women, with 46 percent enrollment, they trail their white counterparts by 18 percentage points when it comes to completing an associate’s degree or higher by the age of 26 (33 percent compared to 51 percent).

Despite the gains for Hispanic immigrant-origin young adults (first-generation immigrants and the second-generation U.S.-born children of immigrants), their non-Hispanic counterparts have better education and labor market outcomes by and large – driven in part by the strong performance of first- and second-generation Asian youth. More than 53 percent of non-Hispanic immigrant-origin young adults had at least an associate’s degree by age 26, compared to 45 percent of third-generation whites.

These findings are contained in the study Up for Grabs: The Gains and Prospects of First- and Second-Generation Young Adults, which profiles the 11.3 million young immigrant-origin adults who represent one in four people in the United States between the ages of 16 and 26. The research was funded through a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Hispanic Women Attempting to Assimilate into U.S. Culture Drinking More While Pregnant

Hispanic Women Attempting to Assimilate into U.S. Culture Drinking More While Pregnant

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According to recent study, while many Latinos fight to assimilate to U.S. culture while still retaining their own, Latinas have become more likely to drink while pregnant the more they attempt to assimilate.

Over the last year, a Chicago pediatrician conducted screenings throughout more than 100 cities across the U.S. He found that as pregnant Latinas assimilated to American culture they were the most likely to use substances that negatively affect their growing fetus, with alcohol being the most common substance.

The Houston Chronicle:

Pregnant Hispanic women in San Antonio had the second-highest drinking rate of 29 cities in the six states where women in that specific demographic were screened, Chasnoff said. Reno, Nev., ranked No. 1. The pool included more than 70,000 women.

Almost 400 pregnant women in San Antonio were screened, 70 percent of them Hispanic, and all clients of the Healthy Start program at the Metro health department. About 25 percent of all the women were using a substance that hurts the developing fetal brain - alcohol being the chief culprit.

Drinking while pregnant can cause fetal alcohol syndrome, though children born to mothers who engaged in prenatal drinking have also been diagnosed with Down syndrome, various childhood cancers, and juvenile diabetes.

Children born with fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) generally have cognitive disabilities, distinctly malformed facial features, stunted or delayed growth, and a number of behavioral issues.

FAS is the leading cause of preventable mental retardation in the U.S.

To determine the reason assimilating Hispanic women in the U.S. drink while pregnant, Dr. Ira J. Chasnoff, who conducted the initial screenings, is launching a study in multiple states. His currently theory however, is that American culture has drinking as a part of most social interactions and mixing that with a diminished influence from their families has young Hispanic women drinking more than generations before them.

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Shakira to Offer Private Concert for India Tycoon

Shakira to Offer Private Concert for India Tycoon

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Colombian singer Shakira is performing on Tuesday in the western Indian city of Udaipur as part of the private celebration of the 80th birthday of real estate tycoon K.P. Singh, India’s media said.

The popular creator of the hit “Waka Waka” landed late Monday night at an airport where hundreds of her fans had gathered, although for security reasons they were kept at a substantial distance from the Latino artist, according to the IANS news agency.

Shakira will perform on Singh’s private island, where she will arrive in a boat decorated for the occasion, and she will be accompanied by several Bollywood stars including Shah Rukh Khan, Express India newspaper reported.

This is Shakira’s second visit to India, having performed in the city of Mumbai in 2007.

Shakira, a Unicef goodwill ambassador since 2003, will also take advantage of her stay in India to visit a girls school.

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Selena and The Biebs’ Bundle of Fur Ate Too Many Rocks!

Selena and The Biebs’ Bundle of Fur Ate Too Many Rocks!

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Baylor, Selena Gómez and Justin Bieber’s husky mix got very ill on Friday and was ready to be taken onto surgery,  after reportedly eating too many rocks.

Last Friday Selena posted a picture of Baylor curled up in a ball on the floor with a caption that read: “My baby is sick :( praying for his surgery.”

As it turned out, Baylor ended up not needing the surgery and fully recovered, after passing a whole bunch of rocks.

D’Arcy’s Arc, the adoption center from where Baylor was adopted found out, and will reportedly contact Gómez and Beiber once a month over the next few months to make sure the puppy is being properly taken care of.

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No More Two Hour Lunch Breaks: Spain Considering 9-to-5 Work Schedule

No More Two Hour Lunch Breaks: Spain Considering 9-to-5 Work Schedule

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Facing economic uncertainty, Spain is looking to make cuts everywhere they can, and currently being considered for the chopping block is workers’ two-hour (or more) lunch breaks.

The European and U.S. economic crises are hitting a number of countries hard, and Spain’s, the fourth largest in Europe, is taking into serious considering the possibility of shortening lunch breaks.

For those in the U.S. taking two hours for lunch is something only the “higher-ups” can do, but for the Spanish it’s the norm.

The 9-5 schedule may be coming to a Spain, where the extra-long midday break is considered “quintessentially Spanish”.

But advocates of the new schedule say it would result in workers being more rested, as they could finish their duties, leave work earlier, and thus return home earlier if the lunch period were cut down.

Spain is currently ranked 10th in productivity out of only 17 nations that share the euro, and as there is no mandate stating that their workers receive two hours for lunch, legislatures and businesses are considering whether the shortening of the lunch break could improve that ranking.

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Bipartisan Legislation Introduced to Create American Latino Museum

Bipartisan Legislation Introduced to Create American Latino Museum

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US Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Majority Leader Reid (D-NV), US Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), US Representative Xavier Becerra (D-CA) and US Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) today introduced bipartisan legislation in the Senate and House of Representatives to authorize the Smithsonian’s Arts and Industries building on the National Mall as the designated location of the Smithsonian American Latino Museum. 

The authorization of the museum follows the recommendations of the May 2011 report of the bipartisan Commission to Study the Potential Creation of the National Museum of American Latino, a Commission that was established by law in 2008.

The legislation gives the Board of Regents 18 months to conduct a plan of action study to determine the best way to plan, design, fund and construct the Museum of the American Latino.  The bill also authorizes a site to allow for private fundraising to begin for the planning, designing and construction of the museum.

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The Heat is On In Oscar De La Hoya’s Latest Sex Scandal (VIDEO)

The Heat is On In Oscar De La Hoya’s Latest Sex Scandal (VIDEO)

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Boxer Oscar de la Hoya has turned up the heat in the case of a woman suing him for $5M for allegedly imprisoning her during a kinky night of sex and drugs.  The alleged incident took place last March at the Ritz-Carlton hotel located in front of Central Park in New York City.

De La Hoya allegedly contacted 25 year-old Angelica Marie Cecora through her modeling website, but told her his name was Thomas Crown.  A little bit of creativity on this Latin Lover’s part, we say.

“Once dinner was over, he decided he wanted me to spend the whole night with him. Things I don’t even know how to explain were done with him. He started to put my stuff on, my underwear. I had a skirt with me. He put that on. He was exactly the same size as me. He fit into the tiniest pair of underwear that I had been wearing. He was dancing, playing around with my [clothes], playing a woman, very feminine. We had intercourse… He wasn’t taking no for an answer,” said Cecora, who invited her Russian roommate by request of the boxer.

Cecora says De La Hoya had marijuana and cocaine delivered to his hotel room. He had the Russian roommate bring sex toys and more lingerie, and frolicked with the pair until things allegedly became violent, at which point the girls locked De La Hoya out of his own bedroom, and made him sleep in the living room area.

In the morning when the girls woke up, they found De La Hoya gone, and a bill for $1,500 which they walked out on.

Cecora filed the $5M suit against De La Hoya for emotional distress, false imprisonment, assault and battery after an alleged wild night of sex, drugs and cross-dressing

De la Hoyas Lawyer filed a motion asking for “sanctions” against Cecora’s lawyers for filing the suit. The motion says Cecora “voluntarily engaged in unusual sexual activities” with de la Hoya and that she “voluntarily chose to remain” overnight in a hotel room with him and her roommate.

“The allegations pre-date Oscar going to rehab,” Burstein told the New York Post. “He has turned his life around in part by publicly taking responsibility for what actually happened in his past. But the idea that he engaged in anything non-consensual is absolutely false.

Cecora’s lawyer, Tony Evans, told the Post: “To call [my client] a prostitute and a grifter is the saddest and lowest maneuver possible . . . We knew a powerful man would attack her character. We didn’t attack his character. Threatening sanctions is a bullying tactic. And, it only makes me more excited for this case.”

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Costa Rican Judge Suspended After Giving Known Narcos House Arrest Sentences

Costa Rican Judge Suspended After Giving Known Narcos House Arrest Sentences

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A Costa Rican judge has been suspended for committing a “serious fault” in her decision to convert the sentencing of two Mexican drug traffickers to house arrest, allowing them to live in their condominiums, just a door between them and the general public.

After an October 2010 plane crash revealed the two Mexican men were attempting to move nearly 180 kilos of cocaine, police began a search.

Officers caught the men as they attempted to flee Costa Rica with large sums of money.

However, though they were clearly trying to leave the country, when brought before Judge Kattia Jiménez, their jail sentence was ultimately converted to house arrest, and the traffickers were allowed to stay in their luxurious condos.

After the community expressed their outrage over the judges decision, and an investigation has been launched into the conduct of Judge Jiménez in this case.

For now, the judge has been taken off the case and suspended without pay, with the Plenary Chamber of the Supreme Court citing Article 142 of their Criminal Procedure Code, which states that judgments are to be clear and rational.

According to the people of Costa Rica, the men hailing from another country, with no ties to Costa Rica, and knowledge of the illegal drug trade, Judge Jiménez’s decision lacks both clarity and rationality.

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Hispanic Wal-Mart To Open in Socorro, TX

Hispanic Wal-Mart To Open in Socorro, TX

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The soon-to-be opened 35,000-square-foot Hispanic-themed Walmart will carry a full line of groceries, including fresh produce, frozen foods, meats, dairy and organic foods.

Plans to build the Socorro store were announced in June. The store will be one of the new Hispanic-themed markets in the Southwest.

The store is expected to open in the spring of 2012 at the intersection of Alameda Avenue and Rio Vista Drive in Socorro, Texas.

According to the Financial Times, the new Hispanic Wal-Mart stories will feature a “new layout, signing and product assortment designed to make them even more relevant to local Hispanic customers”.

Here is what HS-News think the store’s exterior may look like - what do you think?

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Mexico Census Shows Dramatic Increase in Those Staying in or Returning to Mexico

Mexico Census Shows Dramatic Increase in Those Staying in or Returning to Mexico

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Unlike the massive census the U.S. performs once a decade, Mexico undergoes a yearly, smaller census, to determine its population, and this year’s census shows a big jump in Mexico’s population.

Amidst the U.S.’s troubled economy, and some state’s harsh new immigration legislation, it has become apparent to those on both sides of the fence that the number of Mexicans choosing not to head north into the U.S. has increased, while others have chosen to return to Mexico.

Simply judging by the number of arrests made by U.S. Border Patrol officers over the last 10 years, it is obvious that fewer Mexicans are crossing into the U.S.

In 2000, 1.6 million immigrants were arrested while attempting to cross, but in the 11 months leading to August of this year, only 304,755 people were arrested.

In addition to the unwelcoming U.S. economy and slew of immigration laws in various states, migrants also have to get through the cartel-run cities that line the border before reaching the U.S., prompting many to stay home rather then take the risk.

For many in fact, Mexico is the better choice, as the country’s economy is slowly improving, despite it’s consistent battles with drug cartels.

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Chile’s Consul General In Venezuela Shot During 2-Hour Abduction

Chile’s Consul General In Venezuela Shot During 2-Hour Abduction

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Chile’s consul in the Venezuelan capital received a gunshot wound during a brief abduction last week, the government said Tuesday.

According to a Chilean Foreign Ministry communique, Juan Carlos Fernandez was the victim of an assault as he was leaving a hotel, and he was held by his captors for two hours, during which he sustained a bullet wound, was beaten and threatened.

Afterwards, he was left on a street and then taken to a hospital, where he was treated for his wounds and released on Sunday.

Since then, Fernandez has been recuperating at home and following his doctors’ orders to rest for three weeks, the text of the statement said.

“Our Embassy in Venezuela quickly informed the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry of this deed, expressing the concern of the Chilean government over this violent incident, and it has requested the complete clarification of the event, along with the ... punishment of those responsible,” the communique said.

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Meet Marisa Tellez, the Latina Crocodile Hunter

Meet Marisa Tellez, the Latina Crocodile Hunter

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When Marisa Tellez was younger, while her friends were playing with dolls, she was eagerly learning about the world’s top predators. Today, as a PhD candidate at UCLA, Tellez is quickly becoming a top crocodile parasite.

Occasionally dubbed the Latina Crocodile Hunter, Tellez grew up in suburban Los Angeles.

She recently told Latino LA, “Not a day went by that I wasn’t imaging my future career as a leading apex predator scientist, broadening the world’s knowledge and respect for these magnificent creatures. After years of self-education on the world’s predators, I developed a great passion for understanding the scientific and evolutionary background of one of the oldest lineages of predators on our planet- the crocodile.”

Realizing that conservation and scientific research of crocodiles was relatively minimal, Tellez decided to try to broaden the world’s knowledge of the reptiles.

She know works to bring conservation aid to 18 of the 23 endangered crocodilian species, traveling to the Amazon, Mexico, Belize, and various places in the U.S.’s southern states. She primarily researches crocodilian parasites, and is curious as to whether “the antagonizing co-evolutionary race between parasites and crocodiles over millions of years contributed to the hosts’ potent immune system.”

Those of the crocodile family have managed to survive centuries of changing environment, but have always been able to evolve to suit their environmental needs, while fellow animals have been unable to in some regions. Tellez’s research looks to determine if parasites have aided in that evolution.

Her research, while endlessly interesting for her, is not without its dangers.

On a trip to Belize, Tellez learned the importance of communication while her group was attempting to rescue an abused 5-foot Morelet’s Crocodile. Due to a miscommunication between those involved, in an instant, her hand was in the mouth of the animal.

Though her hand is now scarred, she also received a neat memento, a crocodile tooth! She gave the tooth to her father, who then had a jeweler friend make a necklace out of it.

Today, wearing the scar and the necklace as reminders to stay on her toes, Tellez continues her research at UCLA where she is working towards her PhD, and says they also remind her of the day she and the crocodiles “became one.”

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Latin America Get Ready For Britney Spears and her Femme Fatale Tour (VIDEO)

Latin America Get Ready For Britney Spears and her Femme Fatale Tour (VIDEO)

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Starting tonight in Rio de Janeiro, Britney brings her Femme Fatale tour to Latin America.  She will visit Argentina, Chile, Perú Colombia, Mexico, Venezuela, and the Dominican Republic before ending the tour in Puerto Rico.

Meanwhile, Radaronline is reporting that the pop-star could be engaged by the end of the year.  Her boyfriend Jason Trawick has been accompanying the singer on her tour and was recently spotted on the beaches of Rio. 

Below are the Latin American tour dates for the tour.

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New Competition for Hispanic Migrant Entrepreneurs Announced

New Competition for Hispanic Migrant Entrepreneurs Announced

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Luis Alberto Moreno, President of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), today announced the establishment of a new competition to help Hispanic entrepreneurs implement creative new social and business ideas addressing issues of economic growth, food, security, water, and climate change in the region.

The announcement was made at Unleashing IdEA, an event launching Global Entrepreneurship Week 2011, which highlighted initiatives to encourage Hispanic diaspora entrepreneurs and investors in the United States to deepen their engagement with their counterparts throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.

Projects are to be evaluated on the basis of their project strategy, development impact, sustainability, scalability, and resource leveraging capability.Insights generated during today’s panel discussions at the event will be used to ensure the competition meets the needs of entrepreneurs, whether they are located in the United States or in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The competition aims to capture knowledge and expertise acquired by Hispanic migrants in the United States and disseminate them in Latin America. Some of these include entrepreneurship; risk appetite;resources for promoting economic development; increasing local business opportunities; reducing vulnerability to economic crises, and job creation.

The La Idea competition will launch in summer 2012 and the final award event is expected to take place during the Global Entrepreneurship Week in November 2012. Winners of the competition will have access to technical assistance, capacity-building advice, a wide range of financial instruments including commercial loans and capital investment, as well as insurance against political risks.

 

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Previously Unseen Footage of Michael Jackson in Argentina to be Auctioned

Previously Unseen Footage of Michael Jackson in Argentina to be Auctioned

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A never before seen video of Michael Jackson in Argentina is expected to raise well over six million dollars from wealthy bidders eager to acquire King of Pop’s relics.

A 1993 recording of Michael Jackson’s “Dangerous” tour in Argentina will go under the hammer on November 26th at the Fame Bureau auctioneers at a starting price of 4 million pounds ($6.35 M).

The film was shot using state of the art equipment and was intended for release, but Jackson apparently was unhappy with the finished product, and therefore scrapped it.

The VHS tape for auction is the only remaining copy of the live performance.  Jackson allegedly gave it to his chauffeur as “a reward or a bonus” for his “transportation services.”

The driver kept the film to himself until 2009, when he published a little bit on Youtube, as proof of ownership. US law allows the owner of a gift the right to sell or transfer to third parties, but not to distribute or sell copies.

According to reports, the two hour tape features performances, as well as backstage footage.  It also features appearances from Jordy Chandler, the teenager who later launched the first child abuse lawsuit against Jackson.

 

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U.S. and Dominican Republic Agree to Share Forfeited Assets from $80 Million Fraud Case

U.S. and Dominican Republic Agree to Share Forfeited Assets from $80 Million Fraud Case

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Attorney General Eric Holder joined today with Dominican Prosecutor General Radhamés Jiménez Peña in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, to announce the signing of a case-specific agreement to share approximately $7.5 million in forfeited assets between the United States and the Dominican Office of the Prosecutor General.

The United States expects to recover an additional approximately $30 million in forfeited assets as part of the agreement.

The agreement represents approximately 20 percent of the estimated $37.5 million in forfeited assets located in the Dominican Republic that stem from a conspiracy led by brothers Carlos, Luis and Jose Benitez, who allegedly defrauded the U.S. Medicare program of approximately $80 million.

The U.S. Marshals Service is working with its Dominican counterparts to liquidate the complex assets.  The assets include more than 30 commercial and residential real estate assets, most of which are income-producing properties, including a water park, a soft drink distribution center, multi-unit motel complexes and waterfront condominium apartments.

The assets involved were ordered forfeited by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida as part of two civil forfeiture cases filed in that district.  The Benitez brothers were charged criminally in June 2008 in the Southern District of Florida by prosecutors from the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney’s Office in Miami, as part of the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, and remain fugitives.

The asset sharing between the United States and the Dominican Republic in this case is based upon the dedicated assistance provided since August 2009 by the Dominican Office of the Prosecutor General.

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Tenor Plácido Domingo to Perform Zarzuela in Miami

Tenor Plácido Domingo to Perform Zarzuela in Miami

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Spanish tenor Placido Domingo will appear for one night only the role of Vidal Hernando in the zarzuela “Luisa Fernanda” on the stage of the Florida Grand Opera, which has decided to present the well-known Spanish musical genre to kick off its 71st season.

Zarzuela “is a traditional Spanish musical genre that is frequently compared to the works of Gilbert and Sullivan and the Viennese operettas of Johann Strauss,” Domingo explains in the written material prepared by the FGO.

“For most of you, zarzuela is merely a difficult word to pronounce. For me, the word zarzuela represents something very special,” the 70-year-old Madrid native said. “They are the lullabies I heard my parents sing during my first days of life.”

The famous tenor has played the role of Vidal Hernando on many occasions, but he will appear in Miami for only one night at a Special Gala Performance that will include a fundraising dinner to launch this year’s opera season.

“Luisa Fernanda,” by Federico Moreno Torroba (1891-1982), was performed last Saturday in Miami with baritone Angel Odena in the role of Vidal, and he will continue to appear in that capacity in the coming weeks.

In contrast to opera, zarzuela includes spoken parts, which are interspersed with instrumental and singing portions.

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Police in Puerto Rico Set Up Tip Cell-Phone Line to Report Crime

Police in Puerto Rico Set Up Tip Cell-Phone Line to Report Crime

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The Puerto Rican government on Monday launched a special cell-phone line, BastaYaPR, that will allow citizens to report tips to the police and the aim of which is to minimize the violence besetting the island.

Gov. Luis Fortuño said in a press release that by calling 3432020 people will find it “easier, safer and more effective” to provide anonymous tips to authorities to combat crime, which has resulted in almost 1,000 murders so far this year.

“I know that together we can achieve a safer Puerto Rico. When each one of us takes responsibility and contributes to guaranteeing law and order, all Puerto Rico will feel a change in security,” Fortuño emphasized.

The cell-phone campaign follows those launched for regular landlines and using the Web page www.3432020.com via which police have received more than 47,000 tips.

“The information received via 3432020 has been indispensable in being able to identify and arrest criminals, for which we thank the courage and civic responsibility of the thousands of citizens who are contributing to safeguarding our public safety,” Fortuño said.

The application for the program will only be available on iPhones and Android cell phones.

BastaYaPR is a non-profit foundation created by the parents of Julian Andres Romero Rodriguez, who was murdered on April 18, 2011.

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REPORT: How America’s Immigrants Will Integrate by 2030

REPORT: How America’s Immigrants Will Integrate by 2030

Photo: Immigrants Continue to Integrate in U.S. Society

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The Center for American Progress today released a first-of-its-kind study that projects today’s immigrants’ integration patterns through the year 2030. The report, “Assimilation Tomorrow: How America’s Immigrants Will Integrate by 2030,” is authored by Dowell Myers, professor at the University of Southern California, and John Pitkin, senior research associate in the USC Population Dynamics Research Group.

Myers’s report finds that at astonishingly high levels, immigrants are projected to learn English, buy homes, acquire citizenship, and attain solid economic footing in the United States.

The authors of “Assimilation Tomorrow” track the cohort of immigrants that arrived during the 1990s, a decade of robust levels of immigration. Among the most important findings, the authors illustrate that while only 25.5 percent of immigrants from the cohort owned their own homes in 2000, by 2030 70.3 percent are projected to own their own homes, on par or slightly higher than the homeownership rate among the native-born.

Rather than hinder the economy, immigrants will increasingly become the future homebuyers of America, helping to jump-start our housing market.

Hispanic immigrants as well are projected to make great strides. Contrary to the assertions of some who argue that Hispanic immigrants are not assimilating and will not assimilate to American life, the authors find that these newcomers follow the same upward trajectory as immigrants overall, albeit from a lower starting point. Homeownership, for example, jumps from 21 percent of the Hispanic immigrant population in 2000 to 67 percent in 2030.

Another indicator of interest from a political standpoint are immigrants’ naturalization rates that similarly rise from 13 percent to a substantial 70.6 percent by 2030.

These remarkable achievements are based on long-term settlement and deep roots in America.

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TuesdayNovember 15, 2011