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WednesdayNovember 23, 2011

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Hispanic Entrepreneurs to Benefit From ‘Small Business Saturday’ Effort

Hispanic Entrepreneurs to Benefit From ‘Small Business Saturday’ Effort

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- National Entrepreneurship Month Ends with Effort to Bolster Local Communities -

The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) today announced its support of the 2nd Annual Small Business Saturday, taking place November 26, 2011, a day dedicated to supporting small businesses in America during one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year between Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Small Business Saturday, an effort championed by leading corporations including American Express, Facebook, Verizon, Hilton, Google, and AT&T, among others, brings National Entrepreneurship Month to a close.

“With small business taking its rightful place as the backbone of our economy, efforts like Small Business Saturday put Hispanic entrepreneurs in a wonderful position to benefit and continue leading the trend as the fastest growing minority group in America’s business community,” says USHCC Chairman Nina Vaca. “The USHCC applauds the corporations that created this initiative, which calls on Americans to celebrate and invest in the remarkable and everyday successes of our entrepreneurs and business owners across the country.”

Small Business Saturday was created in response to small business owners’ most pressing need: more demand for their products and services. In all, 130 small business advocate groups, public and private organizations and elected officials, including Senator Robert Menendez (NJ) and Senator Lisa Murkowski (AK), joined in supporting Small Business Saturday.

“As National Entrepreneurship Month comes to a close, the USHCC asks our members to support small businesses and entrepreneurs in their communities on November 26 by shopping with local merchants,” says Javier Palomarez, USHCC President and CEO. “By spending our dollars with local businesses, together we can invigorate and contribute to the economic growth in our cities across the country, so that small businesses can continue to bolster our economy and create jobs.  The USHCC urges all Americans to think big and buy small.”

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That is NOT Jenny From the Block: Critics Claim J.Lo’s Fiat Commericials are Lies

That is NOT Jenny From the Block: Critics Claim J.Lo’s Fiat Commericials are Lies

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In her chart-topping single “Jenny From the Block”, Jennifer Lopez once sang, “No matter where I go, I know where I came from (South-Side Bronx!)...Nothin’ phony, don’t hate on me. What you get is what you see”, but recent reports involving her Fiat500 car commercials, have many calling her just that - a phony.

In J.Lo’s commercials for the re-introduction of the Fiat to American car buyers, viewers are led to believe that she is driving a Fiat into the neighborhood she grew up in, the Bronx. Good ol’ Jenny from the block still enjoys a drive through her old stomping grounds, right? Not so much.

The Smoking Gun has reported that Lopez never actually set foot in the Bronx during the shoot, and that a body double and some camera tricks were able to hide the fact that she is not the one walking about the actual New York neighborhood’s streets.

Two sources reportedly told them that while the double shot the actual Bronx scenes, Lopez shot in a Los Angeles studio, and Big Box, a digital production studio was “hired to merge live action footage with computer-generated imagery to make it appear as if Lopez was in the Bronx.”

Adding insult to injury, in the ads for the Fiat 500 Cabrio, Lopez’s voice is heard saying, “This is my world. This place inspires me…They may be just streets to you, but to me they’re a playground.”

Sure, Jenny, just not the kind of place you actually play in.

See the commercial being called a sham, staring the actress/singer some have begun calling a phony, below.


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Teamsters Sue To Close Border To Unsafe, Polluting Mexican Trucks

Teamsters Sue To Close Border To Unsafe, Polluting Mexican Trucks

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Hoffa: Pilot Program Is An Attack on American Truckers and Warehouse Workers

The Teamsters on Wednesday sued to block the U.S. Department of Transportation from opening the U.S. border to dangerous Mexican trucks through an illegal pilot program.

“Opening the border to these dangerous, dirty trucks is an attack on highway safety, an attack on American truckers and warehouse workers, an attack on border security and an attack on our environment,” said Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa. “It’s outrageous enough that we’ve outsourced millions of jobs to foreign countries, but now we’re bringing foreign workers across the border into the United States to take our jobs. This is another pressure the American middle class doesn’t need.” 

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Public Citizen and the Sierra Club challenged the program in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. The suit claims the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration breaks the following laws:

  * It waives a law that trucks must display certain proof that they meet federal safety standards.
  * It breaks the law requiring the pilot program to achieve an equivalent level of safety because Mexican drivers don’t have to meet the same physical requirements as U.S. drivers.
  * It breaks the law that Mexico must provide simultaneous and comparable access to U.S. trucks. Mexico cannot do so because of the limited availability of ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel in Mexico.
  * It breaks the law that the pilot program must include enough participants to be statistically valid. The FMCSA’s proposal ensures that only the best Mexican trucks participate, which would allow it to justify letting any Mexican truck over the border in the future.
  * It doesn’t comply with the environment requirement of the National Environmental Policy Act.


“Congress has repeatedly and overwhelmingly set tough safety conditions for any cross-border trucking program, and this one clearly doesn’t meet those conditions,” Hoffa said.

The pilot program got off to a rocky start when the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration approved trucking operator Grupo Behr from Tijuana, Mexico. The carrier owned one 20-year-old semi-tractor trailer with numerous safety issues. FMCSA had to disqualify it from the program after the Teamsters Union and others brought Grupo Behr’s safety record to light. A second carrier, Transportes Olympic, of Monterrey, Mexico, started operating in the U.S. last month. Safety concerns have also been raised about Transportes Olympic.

Founded in 1903, the Teamsters Union represents more than 1.4 million hardworking men and women in the United States and Canada.

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Barça Defeats Milan and Is Leader of ‘Group H’ In the Champions League (VIDEO)

Barça Defeats Milan and Is Leader of ‘Group H’ In the Champions League (VIDEO)

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With goals by Messi, Xavi and a self-goal by Van Brommel, Barça, the best soccer team in the world beat Milan 2-3 and leads its group in the Champions League.

Take a look at the video below for the spectacular highlights, including Messi’s penalty-kick goal, which he had to kick in twice, and the two unbelievable Milán goals!

 

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Colombia: ‘FTA Will Bring New Sexual Fantasies to the Country’

Colombia: ‘FTA Will Bring New Sexual Fantasies to the Country’

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The Colombian sex industry is looking forward to the benefits of its Free Trade Agreement with the U.S., which is set to begin next year, for it means higher quality items, for lower prices.

The current rainy season in Colombia has couples everywhere staying home rather then leaving the house, making it the perfect condition for the sex toy and fantasy industry to bloom.

And the future looks brighter for sex-shops across the nation, as next year, when the FTA kicks in, a wider variety of items will be available at much lower prices.

“Lower importing tariffs will benefit Colombian lovers, as they’ll be able to purchase more luxurious items at more economic prices, and the items that are already cheap, will see their prices reduced even lower,” said Luis Mejía, owner of a sex-shop called “Berdache”

According to Nadir Cure, owner of “Compliamor”, the items he sell most are the smaller accessories that common folk can afford.

“Our most sold items are lubricants, as well as lingerie, while men look for enhancers, orgasm retarders and flavored/textured condoms.”

“The ‘female clones’ are in great demand’ said Cristian Zúñiga owner of ‘Tienda Erótica.’ “Men come en masse to purchase these.”

Owners are looking forward to the coming year, as they expect lower prices and a wider assortment of toys will spark the curiosity of Colombians wishing to experiment in the bedroom.

 

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Will New Commerical Space Center for SpaceX, Be in Puerto Rico?

Will New Commerical Space Center for SpaceX, Be in Puerto Rico?

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Space flight company SpaceX is looking for a location for their new launch site being create to meet the increasing demand from their commercial customers.

With an active launch pad already located at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, and one developing at the Vanderberg Air Force Base in California, SpaceX is said to be considering an additional launch site in Puerto Rico, Texas, Hawaii, and Florida.

“Our growing launch manifest has led us to look for additional sites. We’re considering several states and territories,” said SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. “I envision this site functioning like a commercial Cape Canaveral.”

Musk told Space Flight Now that SpaceX is looking at U.S. territory locations due to trade restrictions that would likely be imposed under International Traffic in Arms Regulations. The regulations were put in place to inhibit the transfer of U.S. weapons technology to other countries.

To date, SpaceX has sold more than 40 missions on their Falcon 9 rocket, with more than half of those being for commercial customers.

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School Trip to Lockheed Martin Canceled Because 2 Students are Not U.S. Citizens

School Trip to Lockheed Martin Canceled Because 2 Students are Not U.S. Citizens

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An elementary school’s field trip had to be canceled because two of the students in the class are not U.S. citizens, something their teacher didn’t know mattered.

The students were scheduled to make the trip to Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, TX, but were told that due to security measures, two things need to be verified - each child needed to be at least 10 years old, and each had to be U.S. citizens.

Lockheed Martin is one of U.S. Department of Defense’s largest defense contractors, so simply looking at warplanes and taking a learning tour, require certain security requirements.

For the 5th-graders of an Aledo school, knowing they weren’t hardened criminals probably seemed like enough to tour the plant, but in recent years, proof of citizenship has become a requisite - even for young school children.

Lockheed spokesman Joe Stout told the Star-Telegram, “We’re proud of the work we do at our facility, and we allow employees to host family members or other associates on tours of unclassified areas for informational or educational purposes.

“In general, all visitors hosted by an employee must be over the age of 10 and must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. If the visit were hosted by the company as part of our community relations program, all students who were not U.S. citizens would be required to present the proper documentation, such as a passport, to validate their identity and the country of which they were claiming citizenship.”

However, since these students were part of a school trip, Suzanne Marchman, spokeswoman for the Texas Education Agency, said that since the schools are required to teach students regardless of their immigration status, school trips should follow the same guidelines.

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Sofía Vergara in London for Happy Feet 2 Premiere (VIDEO)

Sofía Vergara in London for Happy Feet 2 Premiere (VIDEO)

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Sofía joined Ellijah Wood and Robin Williams at Empire Leicester Square on Sunday for the European premiere of the sequel to everyone’s favorite penguin movie.

Vergara jumped on Twitter just before flying to London: On my way to London and I’m seriously…reading [Ellen DeGeneres‘ book Seriously…I’m Kidding] all the way there!! Haha.

Check out the video below for more Sofía Vergara in the European red carpet event for ‘Happy Feet 2.’

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New Jersey Officer Charged With 58 Counts for Shaking Down Undocumented Immigrants

New Jersey Officer Charged With 58 Counts for Shaking Down Undocumented Immigrants

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Rocco Malgieri has been accused of shaking down undocumented immigrants, telling them that unless they gave him money, he would turn them into immigration authorities.

The Elizabeth Police officer of New Jersey, has been charged with nearly 60 counts, ranging from theft by extortion to official misconduct.

Prosecutors say Malgieri, 43, would pull over Hispanic drivers without just cause, as about their residency status, and then threaten them. He told them that unless they gave him money, he’d report them to federal immigration officials. He allegedly received payments between $30 and $250, according to Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow.

Prosecutor Romankow stated that Malgieri began the shake down of the Hispanic men in February 2011.

Malgieri reportedly turned himself in back in March after 19 years as a police officer. The 58 charges against him were announced Monday.

For now, he has been suspended without pay, but prosecutors say the 12 victims that have been confirmed are likely not the only ones, just as Malgieri is likely not the only officer to engage in such immoral behavior.

Malgieri is currently out on a $20,000 property bond.

 

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What Do These 4 Latinos Have in Common With Kermit The Frog and The Muppets?

What Do These 4 Latinos Have in Common With Kermit The Frog and The Muppets?

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Well, you are not going to believe this, but Singer/ Actress Selena Gómez, Radio Personality Eddie ‘Piolín’ Sotelo, and young actors Rico Rodríguez and Justin Marco all make cameos in Disney’s “The Muppets” film, out in theaters everywhere.

Selena Gómez and Rico Rodríguez made cameos as themselves, while “Piolín” plays a Univision TV executive, and Justin Marco plays a young Jason Segel.


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Congratulations to J.R. Martinez for Winning 13th Season of “Dancing With the Stars”

Congratulations to J.R. Martinez for Winning 13th Season of “Dancing With the Stars”

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Tuesday, J.R. Martinez and his partner Karina Smirnoff held up the crystal ball trophy as the winners of the 13th season of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars.

At the start of the competition, Martinez said was glad to be on DWTS because it gave him an “unbelieveable” platform to be a source of inspiration to fellow veterans, people with disfigurements, and other viewers. He said he hoped to express his belief that life is precious and “positivity is powerful.”

On the season finale, three couples remained: Ricki Lake/Derek Hough, Rob Kardashian/Cheryl Burke, and Martinez/Smirnoff. Though Lake and Martinez had been the long-standing favorites, judges as well as viewers saw a great deal of improvement in Kardashian’s dancing.

And while everyone assumed the final two would be Lake and Martinez, the former talk show host was sent home with the third place title, leaving Martinez and Kardashian to battle for the title.

Throughout the season, J.R. went from inspirational to just plain impressive. Showing everyone that you are your great obstacle.

Before joining DWTS, he played combat veteran Brot Monroe on ABC’s All My Children. His character on the soap-opera loosely mirrored his real life.

In 2003, while serving in Iraq, Martinez was the driver of a Humvee that hit a landmine. Though he proved to be a survivor, the burns he received on over 40 percent of his body were severe and caused visible damage. Still, the Army vet prevailed, healed, and showed everyone that anything is possible if you’re willing to work at it.

Congratulations to J.R. Martinez, the inspirational winner of season 13 of Dancing With the Stars!

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México Breaks World’s Largest ‘Carnitas’ Taco Record

México Breaks World’s Largest ‘Carnitas’ Taco Record

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At 240 feet and packing 330 pounds of pork, this ‘tacote’ made to promote the local cuisine of Querétaro, México, broke the Guinness World Record for Largest ‘Carnitas’ Taco.

Staff of The Guinness World Records certified that volunteers and students from the National College of Professional Education, Tec Milenio University and the Culinary Institute of Advanced Studies created the largest pork taco ever assembled, 27 feet longer than the previous record holder. 

According to the figures recorded by Guinness officials and the City of Querétaro, more than a million and a half pounds of tortillas, 1,100 pounds of tomatoes, 661 pounds of onion and 45 pounds of cilantro went into making the giant taco possible. The whole taco had a cost of approximately $50,000, and once the record was confirmed, the taco was distributed among the volunteers, chefs and the people who came to see the event.

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Spanish Crown Prince Felipe Visits Chile

Spanish Crown Prince Felipe Visits Chile

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Chilean President Sebastian Piñera on Tuesday welcomed Spanish Crown Prince Felipe and his wife, Princess Letizia, with the honors reserved for heads of state at Moneda Palace.

The royal couple, who arrived on Monday night in Santiago, came to the seat of Chile’s government after placing a floral offering at the monument to the country’s liberator, Bernardo O’Higgins, the first event on their schedule.

Many Chileans followed the activities at the O’Higgins monument and also came to the palace to greet the prince and princess with applause and cheers.

Piñera, accompanied by first lady Cecilia Morel, awaited Felipe and Letizia and welcomed them at the palace’s main entrance, while a military guard detail offered honors to the royal couple as the respective national anthems played.

The trip agenda for Tuesday also includes Felipe’s participation in an investment forum and a Chile-Spain business meeting, meetings with Chilean lawmakers and an official dinner at Moneda Palace, where the prince will deliver a speech.

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Boston Immigration Sweep Nets 53 Convicted Criminal Aliens, Majority from Dominican Republic

Boston Immigration Sweep Nets 53 Convicted Criminal Aliens, Majority from Dominican Republic

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During a four-day targeted enforcement operation in and around Boston that ended Monday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers arrested 53 convicted criminal aliens.

Operation Threats Against the Community commenced Nov. 18. All 53 taken into custody had prior criminal convictions, including 22 aliens who had multiple criminal convictions. Additionally, 24 of those arrested had felony convictions. Many of the criminal aliens taken into custody had prior convictions for serious or violent crimes, such as assault and battery of a child, sexual assault, possessing and selling dangerous drugs and drunken driving.

“The results of this targeted enforcement operation underscore ICE’s ongoing commitment to public safety,” said Vincent Archibeque, deputy field office director of ICE ERO for New England. “Because of the tireless efforts and teamwork of ICE officers — along with our state and local law enforcement partners — there are 53 fewer criminal aliens in our neighborhoods in Massachusetts.”

The arrests took place in the following Massachusetts locations: Attleboro, Boston, Brockton, Chelsea, Dorchester, Everett, Fall River, Framingham, Lowell, Lynn, Milford, New Bedford, Peabody, Roxbury, Waltham and Worcester. The Boston, Brockton, Lynn, Fall River, Milford, Worcester police departments; Bristol, Essex, Plymouth County sheriffs’ offices; and ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) assisted more than 70 ERO officers with these arrests.

Of those arrested, there were 42 men and 11 women who are nationals of the following countries: one from Albania, one from Algeria, one from Angola, two from Brazil, one from Canada, eight from Cape Verde, one from Colombia, 11 from the Dominican Republic, one from Ghana, one from Guatemala, four from Haiti, one from Ireland, one from Italy, three from Jamaica, two from Mexico, one from Peru, one from the Philippines, eight from Portugal, three from Trinidad and one from Vietnam. They range in ages from 25 to 61.

All 53 were arrested administratively for being in violation of immigration law, and all are being held in ICE custody pending immigration removal proceedings.

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WednesdayNovember 23, 2011