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TuesdayDecember 13, 2011

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

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Executives Charged in U.S of $100 Million Bribery Scheme Involving Argentine Government Officials

Eight former executives and agents of Siemens AG and its subsidiaries have been charged for allegedly engaging in a decade-long scheme to bribe senior Argentine government officials to secure, implement and enforce a $1 billion contract with the Argentine government to produce national identity cards, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.

According to the indictment, the government of Argentina issued a tender for bids in 1994 to replace an existing system of manually created national identity booklets with state of the art national identity cards (the DNI project).  The value of the DNI project was $1 billion.  In 1998, the Argentine government awarded the DNI project to a special-purpose subsidiary of Siemens AG.

The indictment alleges that during the bidding and implementation phases of the project, the defendants and their co-conspirators caused Siemens to commit to paying nearly $100 million in bribes to sitting officials of the Argentine government, members of the opposition party and candidates for office who were likely to come to power during the performance of the project.

When a new government took power in Argentina, and in the hopes of getting the DNI project resumed, members of the conspiracy allegedly committed Siemens to paying additional bribes to the incoming officials.

In a parallel civil action, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced charges against executives and agents of Siemens.

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Narco Blog: Founder of Los Zetas “Lucky” with 1 Million Bounty Captured (VIDEO)

Narco Blog: Founder of Los Zetas “Lucky” with 1 Million Bounty Captured (VIDEO)

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One of 37 leaders of criminals most wanted by the agency PGR since 2009 and whom a reward of 15 million pesos and the DEA offered a million dollars has been captured.

” Lucky” was the founder of “Los Zetas” and is currently serving as regional manager in the states of Hidalgo, Oaxaca, Puebla, Veracruz, Tabasco, Campeche, Queretaro, San Luis Potosi and Quintana Roo state of Mexico.

Authorities of the Attorney General’s Office (PGR) and the Navy Secretariat of Mexico (Semar) state that the arrest of “Lucky” was carried out after an armed confrontation in the Veracruz-Mexico highway up to the town of Cordoba and “The Lucky” also known as “Z 16” or “APA” was arrested with four of his collaborators: Germaine Hernández Flores, Nicolas Garcia, Rafael Méndez and Cristóbal Salinas.

One of the collaborators of “Lucky” was shot on the spot and injured.

After authorities seized 132 rifles, 36 handguns, five grenade launchers, two thousand 641 porters, 28 000 cartridges of various calibers, 29 fragmentation grenades, a van, a vehicle, a trailer and a truck, so as military uniforms, shirts with initials of the SIEDO, AFI and Marina.

The detainees were taken to Mexico City and submitted to the Attorney General of the federation in the Deputy Attorney Specialized Investigation of Organized Crime.
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Cuba Prepares for Popes Spring Visit

Cuba Prepares for Popes Spring Visit

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The Cuban government expressed its “satisfaction” over the upcoming visit of Pope Benedict XVI to the island next spring and added that it will receive him “with all the respect and love that he deserves,” Havana’s envoy to the Holy See said Tuesday.

In a note sent to Efe, Eduardo Delgado added that the Cuban government “will do everything within its power to provide (the pope) with a happy stay and so that he retains a very pleasant memory of our people and his stay, as occurred in the case of the blessed John Paul II when he made his trip (to Cuba) in January 1998.”

Benedict XVI personally announced on Monday at The Vatican that he will visit Mexico and Cuba prior to Holy Week, which begins April 1.

Although there has been no official confirmation as yet, Vatican sources told Efe that the trip will take place during the second half of March.

The ambassador on Tuesday said that the papal announcement had been received “with special satisfaction by the government and the people” and that the Cuban bishops conference had reiterated “its great joy over the said visit, for which it has worked with great dedication.”

This will be Benedict XVI’s second visit to Latin America after traveling to Brazil in 2007.

The visit to Cuba coincides with the 400th anniversary of the appearance of the Virgin of La Caridad del Cobre, the country’s patron saint.

The ambassador noted that the image of the saint had been on a tour of the Communist-ruled island since August 2010 and that 2012 will also be the Jubilee Year that will commemorate the 400th anniversary of the discovery of the image.

“The unity between doctrine and revolutionary thought in relation to the faith and the believers has its roots in the same foundations as the Cuban nation and its main basis is the feeling of justice, love of one’s neighbor, of equality and of helping those in need, whether it be our own people or those of a sister nation,” said the envoy in his communique.

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Journalists in Honduras Beaten by Cops at Protest

Journalists in Honduras Beaten by Cops at Protest

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Several people were beaten by police and troops here Tuesday during a protest to demand justice for the 24 journalists murdered in Honduras over the last eight years, including 17 slain since January 2010.

Some 40 news professionals marched from the eastern part of Tegucigalpa to the presidential palace, where soldiers and cops responded with batons and tear gas when the protesters tried to get around a security barrier.

The demonstrators then laid down on the pavement at the entrance to the palace’s parking lot.

“That’s how they want us, they want us quiet and asleep,” said one of the organizers of the protest, Claudia Mendoza. “We denounce ... the aggression against journalists displayed by the government.”

The idea for the demonstration came from a group of woman journalists who work for alternative media outlets and in government agencies.

Since the June 2009 coup that toppled President Mel Zelaya, killings of reporters “have increased with a criminal pattern that endangers life and the practice of journalism,” the protesters said in a statement.

They also demanded punishment for the “white-collar assassins” behind assaults on the freedom of expression and information and on the liberty of “Hondurans in general.”

President Porfirio Lobo’s press secretary said the palace did not order police and troops to break up the protest.

“We will investigate who gave the order to repress the journalists,” Miguel Angel Bonilla told reporters.

Lobo took office in January 2010 after winning an election organized by the junta that ousted Zelaya. Turnout was low following a campaign marked by suppression of independent media and violence against opponents of the coup.

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After Hurricane Katrina Hispanics Came to Help Rebuild, but What Happened After?

After Hurricane Katrina Hispanics Came to Help Rebuild, but What Happened After?

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After Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, Hispanics – citizens and otherwise – came to rebuild the city. Since then, the Hispanic population of the area has increased significantly, but a recent NPR series found that many feel they no longer have a place there.

Though they were an integral part of the reconstruction of the demolished city, Hispanics in New Orleans say that those who had previously given them jobs are now saying the workers need to prove they can legally work in the U.S.

When the city needed rebuilding however, no one asked for such documentation, leaving many undocumented workers feeling used and frustrated.

Following Katrina, the Hispanic population rose by nearly 35,000 in the metro area, with many coming for construction jobs.

But for some, immediately after they finished the jobs for which they were hired, they were rounded up and arrested by Immigration Enforcement.

Still, many of the Hispanics that remain in the area that do not already speak it are learning English, and say they just want people in New Orleans and across the U.S. to understand why they are here. Though some understand why Americans say they “don’t belong here.”

‘I mean, the word illegal, I do understand that…Of course, illegal means illegal. I do understand,’ 37-year-old construction worker Hugo Torres said. ‘But with all this violence in Latin America like in Mexico and Central America, it is very difficult to live there. And I think the only way where we can see a future is in the United States.’

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Explosion Rocks Uruguay’s Labor Ministry

Explosion Rocks Uruguay’s Labor Ministry

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An explosion Tuesday in the offices of Uruguay’s Labor Ministry left as many as 20 people injured, some of them seriously, authorities said.

The injured “number between 10 and 20, some of them with delicate injuries and others with cuts due to the fact that the glass of almost all the windows and doors broke,” ministry official Luis Romero told Efe.

At the time of the blast, some 300 people were in the building.

Apparently, among the most seriously injured are two workers and an architect from the firm hired to renovate the building.

Authorities initially said that everything indicated that the explosion was caused by a gas cylinder, but now it is believed that it was due to the buildup of fumes released by a heavy glue used to lay carpets and sparks from soldering equipment, Romero said.

Meanwhile, fire chief Ricardo Riaño told Efe that the causes of the explosion “still are not completely clear.”

The ministry building, which is located near Montevideo’s financial zone and port, had most of the glass in its windows and doors blown out and suffered significant damage inside.

“It was a very powerful explosion that destroyed practically the entire lower floor of the building,” according to Romero, who was inside the ministry at the time of the blast.

Uruguay’s president, Jose Mujica, came to the site shortly after the explosion.

“Now, what is of the most concern is the health of the injured people,” the president said.

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WATCH Stephen Colbert Take on the Dictionary Revision of the Term “Anchor Baby” (VIDEO)

WATCH Stephen Colbert Take on the Dictionary Revision of the Term “Anchor Baby” (VIDEO)

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The American Heritage Dictionary’s revision of its definition for the term “Anchor Baby” didn’t sit to well with Stephen Colbert… Watch his comments below

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Experts Say Mayans Had their Own Musical Scale

Experts Say Mayans Had their Own Musical Scale

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The Mayans had a musical scale very different from the western one, according to experts who examined and played 125 instruments recovered from Mayan sites, Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History, or INAH, said.

After 18 months of work, researchers have identified the possible sounds played at funerals, at agricultural ceremonies to bring rain, and when hunting birds by attracting them with imitation birdcalls, the institute said.

This is the first study to be made of instruments preserved in the Mayan Gallery of the National Anthropology Museum, and which include flutes, ocarinas, whistles, trumpets, ceramic horns, conch shells, turtle shells, rattles and bells.

According to INAH, taking part in the study are professional musicians charged with finding out how to play each instrument and identifying their musical scales, their notes and semitones.

“The ranges of notes detected do not correspond to music played with the western (diatonic) scale and have been defined by experts as a possible ‘Mayan scale,’” the institute said.

Museum director Diana Magaloni said that the objects have been analyzed from an archaeological point of view, but lack a study on how they work as musical instruments.

She said that this research project, developed by a group of experts from INAH and the National Autonomous University of Mexico, or UNAM, directed by the distinguished scholar Francisca Zalaquett, will continue with some 200 pre-Columbian instruments from the Gulf cultures and 40 more from the Mexica culture.

After reviewing the state of preservation of each instrument, professional musicians play and record all possible notes in acoustic conditions free of anything that could distort the sounds, she said.

“The number of chords that can be played varies with the instrument - for example, whistles have produced up to four, ocarinas up to eight or nine,” and the triple flute up to 600 combinations.

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Political Analyst Juan Williams: Rep. Luis Gutierrez 2011 ‘Congressman of the Year’

Political Analyst Juan Williams: Rep. Luis Gutierrez 2011 ‘Congressman of the Year’

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InThe Hill Juan Williams named Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) the “Congressman of the Year” for 2011.

Spend one afternoon learning about Rep. Gutierrez and his commitment to his people, and one will learn that he is far different than the politicians you’re used to hearing about on the news.

Gutierrez is known for joining the people in protest and getting heated about what he believes and the change he is trying to make in the world.

In his fight for equal rights, Gutierrez is a unwavering defender of the DREAM Act, which would provide a path to citizenship for undocumented students or military servicemen who meet specific requirements. And though a Democrat, Congressman Gutierrez has often criticized President Obama for failing to pass the DREAM Act, allowing Republicans to determine the future of the measure. However, he commended the Obama administration for halting the deportation of those who would qualify for the DREAM Act, should it pass.

The congressman is also known to travel anywhere to get his message across. When Alabama enacted it’s own version of Arizona-like immigration laws, Gutierrez traveled to Birmingham to protest. And just one week prior to that trip, he was in South Carolina protesting that state’s immigration law proposal.

And when many called for him to run for Mayor of Chicago, he maintained that his job was in Washington D.C, and declined to run.

Williams, a political analyst for Fox News and former NPR commentator, wrote:

By acting on principle and speaking honestly to both Democrats and Republicans, Gutierrez is offering a clear contrast to the politicians who pander to mindless anti-immigrant anger with calls for electrified fences and talk of terror babies.

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Review: Barça’s Appearances in the Club World Cup (VIDEO)

Review: Barça’s Appearances in the Club World Cup (VIDEO)

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The current best soccer team in the world, Barcelona FC has participated three times in the Club World Cup (formerly known as the Intercontinental Cup) Check out the highlights!

The first time that the Barcelona participated in the former Intercontinental Cup was in 1992. Barça lost out to Sao Paulo (2-1).

In 2006, Barcelona lost again to a Brazilian team, this time losing (1-0) against International of Porto Alegre.

In 2009, Barca won six titles. The blue-burgundy squad beat the World Students (2-1) coming back from a loss. Pedro scored the tie goal late in the match and Messi scored the winning goal with the chest.

Don’t miss Thursday’s clash between Barcelona Qatari club Al-Sadd; the winner of that match will go to the Club World Cup final.  The winner of this tournament will play against the winner of the match between South American champion Santos or locals J-League side Kashiwa Reysol.

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Adopted Sons Returned to NY Times Reporter Chandler Burr

Adopted Sons Returned to NY Times Reporter Chandler Burr

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New York Times Chandler Burr travelled to Colombia in March 2011 to adopt the two young boys. While still in country finalizing the adoption and Visa in the US, Burr went to retrieve the boys passports and he casually disclosed the fact that he is gay.

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Yesterday a judge has ordered Colombia’s family welfare institute (ICBF) to return the two Colombian minors to the custody of their adoptive father, New York Times Chandler Burr.


Burr denounced publicly the institute’s actions on CNN, after which the ICBF Director Diego Molano said that the adoption would be reviewed but that they would first consider the psychological tests of both Burr and the children.

During the interviews, the boys showed no objection to their adoptive father’s sexual orientation and stated that they wanted to be with him.

The family judge in charge of the case took into account the opinion of the children, as well as the newly passed anti-discrimination law to rule in favor of Burr.

The Burr family (Chandler, Joe and Brian) is back together, and preparing to spend their holidays together in New York City.

 

 

 

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Miami Marlins Ditch their All-Male Manatees Dance Team, Fans Fight to “Save the Manatees”

Miami Marlins Ditch their All-Male Manatees Dance Team, Fans Fight to “Save the Manatees”

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Since the Florida Marlins became the Miami Marlins, the name and location haven’t been the only things to change.

The elimination of a group of plus-size performers known as the Marlins Manatees is one of those changes, and their fans are not happy.

The Manatees have been a fan favorite since they began dancing on the diamond in March 2008, so it’s no wonder fans are fighting to “Save the Manatees” as the cause’s Facebook page reads.

As of Tuesday morning, the dance troupe has 200 “likes” and 32 talking about it on Facebook.

In 2008, the Manatees became Major League Baseball’s first all-male dance team, and brought a plus-size twist to the dancers professional sports fans are used to seeing.

The Manatees have performed between innings for the last three seasons, on a number of TV shows, including NBC’s Today Show, CNN Headline News, and Inside Edition. They perform hip-hop, salsa, disco, and rock.

Members of the group go by names like Big Kahuna, Bulldozer, Chubbalicious, Cuban Pete, McLuvin, and Tiny to name a few.

Nelson Dean Clark, Jr. aka Tiny says he’s moving on to California to train to be a Border Patrol agent.

Still, members of the troupe remain stunned and hurt. Angel Villarreal aka Chubbalicious told Miami New Times, ‘It’s cold. We stood by them when times were tough and got people to go to the stadium. Now the Manatees are getting the rug pulled out from under them.’

The fun-loving team is not the only troupe getting cut either, the Mermaids, the Marlins’ signature dance team, has also not been invited to return next season.


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Two Shot During Texas Middle School Basketball Tryouts, Hunters Blamed

Two Shot During Texas Middle School Basketball Tryouts, Hunters Blamed

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Parents of children at a border town middle school were frightened Monday when they learned police had surrounded the school after gun fire was reported and two children were taken to the hospital with bullet wounds. When parents arrived however, many said they were not given any answers from school officials or police officers, only adding frustration to their fear.

Monday, after regular school had ended, Harwell Middle School in Edinburg, TX was holding tryouts for the boys’ basketball team outside. Out of no where, at least two bullets were fired towards the basketball courts, hitting one boy making a layup and another sitting on the curb.

Neither the coach nor other students saw a shooter, though the coach told Hidalgo County Police he believed it appeared to have come from the west.

Immediately after the report came in that shots were fired, a Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter was dispatched. Upon searching the area, hunters were found north of the school. One hunter was carrying a .223-caliber rifle, while the other two hunters were carrying .30-caliber rifles.

Land north and west of the school is often leased to deer hunters, and early thoughts are that the students were hit by the hunters’ stray bullets.

The boys, age 13 and 14, were both taken to the hospital with gunshot wounds. The 14-year-old was taken in critical condition to Rio Grande Regional Hospital in McAllen, TX. He was hit in the upper torso, with the bullet lodging itself in one of his organs. Doctors stated that if he had gotten to the hospital any later he likely would have died, as he was bleeding internally.

The younger boy was taken to McAllen Medical Center and treated for a gunshot wound the his right underarm area.

Both boys were reportedly in stable condition Monday night, and the bullets were removed from them and tests are being conducted to determine if the boys were injured by the hunters’ stray bullets.

Just in case, Sheriff Lupe Treviño said several deputies will walk in lines to comb through the nearby wooded area looking for any other bullet casings in the even the hunters’ shots were not responsible for the injuries.

The district is said to be considering building a cinder block wall between the hunting grounds and the school.

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Join Juanes Onstage in New “Unplugged” Special

Join Juanes Onstage in New “Unplugged” Special

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Juanes has invited fans to take part in a contest in which the winner gets to sing one of the artist’s hit tunes in a duet with him in an “unplugged” special that the Colombian singer will shoot next February for MTV.

Participants must submit their performances of a Juanes hit like “A Dios Le Pido” (I Ask God), “Me Enamora” (I Fall in Love), “Fotografia” (Photography) or “La Soledad” (Solitude), the artist said in a joint communique with the cable TV channel targeting Hispanic youth, Tr3s: MTV, Musica y Mas.

Every week, fans of the Colombian singer will judge and choose the best performances up to the final selection, which will be made by Juanes himself.

The contest runs from Dec. 12-Jan. 9 on the Web site juanes.tr3s.com.

The “Juanes MTV Unplugged” special and its album will be filmed in February 2012 at the New World Center in Miami Beach.

Tr3s said last week that the Juanes album live will be directed by the Dominican Juan Luis Guerra.

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Sibling Trio “Vazquez Sounds” Signed to Sony Music

Sibling Trio “Vazquez Sounds” Signed to Sony Music

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Move over Donnie and Marie, a new set of star siblings are here. After their cover of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” went viral, “Vazquez Sounds” became internet sensations, and with over 14 million views, record companies took notice.

The trio: 10-year-old Angie on vocals, Abelardo, 15, on guitar/bass/piano, and Gustavo Vasquez, 13, on drums hail from Mexicali, Baja California.

The talented trio has reportedly signed with Sony Music and while their father says they may one day release a full-length album they will start buy producing one single every three weeks on iTunes.

The Vasquez family have made appearances on CNN en Español, Good Morning America, and various other media outlets.

Watch their impressive cover of “Rolling in the Deep”, which they recorded in their father’s recording studio, and see why some a company was just bound to pick them up.


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George López First Post “López Tonight” TV Project Revealed Involves Comedian Mark Viera

George López First Post “López Tonight” TV Project Revealed Involves Comedian Mark Viera

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According to TVGuide.com, George Lopez is negotiating a new half-hour sitcom for FOX, based on the life of comedian Mark Viera. López will executive produce.
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Fox described the new G-Lo project as the story of “a blue-collar man who buys a building in the Bronx in order to stay close to his roots and teach his son street smarts. His decision surprises his wife and backfires when his extended Latino family moves in.”

Chris Case (Retired at 35) is writing the script and will executive produce, along with Lopez and Leslie Kolins Small at Warner Bros. TV Studios.

 

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Online Petition to Allow Immigrant Family Members of Citizens to Apply for VISA from Here

Online Petition to Allow Immigrant Family Members of Citizens to Apply for VISA from Here

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US Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) launched an online petition in support of allowing immigrant family members of U.S. citizens and residents to apply for “waivers of the three and ten year unlawful presence bars” from within the United States.

A change of this nature in the US immigration policy would allow tens of thousands and potentially hundreds of thousands of people to determine whether they qualify for a waiver before leaving the U.S.—and before risking everything, including their family, by traveling abroad.

For years, immigrants who qualify for a visa due to their family relationship with US citizens or residents have been blocked from applying for the visa here from US soil because they are here unlawfully. Many of these families could qualify for a ‘waiver’ that would allow them to process their family visa, but these individuals don’t want to risk separation from their families so they never travel abroad to finish their visa application process. 

“Its unfair that people with US citizen relatives and a legitimate case to obtain a visa are being forced to travel great distances and risk everything just to prove they have a legitimate case, when they can make their case from here with the support of their family. This is why I am leading the fight and have asked President Obama to help keep families together by allowing the immigrant family members of U.S. citizens and residents to apply for “waivers of the three and ten year unlawful presence bars” from within the United States.” Said Senator Menendez. “We all need to rally behind this petition. If we make this change a reality, we will be helping all those individuals who are too frightened of being separated from their families and loosing everything important to them to make their application without having to travel abroad and risking not being able to return to the United States.”

Click here to view and sign the petition.

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Spanish Study Says 43% of Orange Juice Served at Bars is Contaminated

Spanish Study Says 43% of Orange Juice Served at Bars is Contaminated

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A Study from the University of Valencia found dangerous levels of bacteria in 43% of the orange juices used at Spanish bars for mixed drinks.

The study published in the Food Control Magazine analyzed the orange juice used in 190 Spanish bars and found enterobacteriaceae in nearly 50% of the samples.

The percentage of bacteria nearly doubled in restaurants or bars that kept their orange juice in metallic containers, as opposed to serving it fresh.

Escherichia coli and salmonella both belong to the Enterobacteriaceae family, and both can cause serious digestive issues.

 

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iTunes Store Opens in Latin America

iTunes Store Opens in Latin America

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Yesterday, Latin American iTunes Store users could only download apps for their Apple devices; today, they can purchase music, movies, TV shows and more!

At midnight this morning, the iTunes Store opened its virtual doors to users in Chile, Brazil, Perú, Argentina, Ecuador, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Panamá and Venezuela.

Users in those countries can now browse the ample iTunes Store library and use an international credit card to purchase music at an average of $0.99 a song and around $9.99 for an entire album.

Movies and TV shows are also available to purchase or rent, starting at $2.99.

There is also a special section for the Latino Musical Market, featuring artists like Shakira, Maná, Calle 13 and Juanes.

The “opening” was unannounced and came after weeks of rumors that Apple would open the iTunes Store exclusively in Brazil, the only nation in the region to have access to iTunes Match, which allows users to upload their music to the cloud, and download it to all their devices.

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Jennifer Lopez to be Featured in JBL Hi-Fi Equipment Ad Campaign

Jennifer Lopez to be Featured in JBL Hi-Fi Equipment Ad Campaign

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HARMAN International Industries announced today that international superstar Jennifer Lopez will star in a new brand campaign with the company’s iconic Harman Kardon audio brand. Ms. Lopez will be featured within the major global advertising campaign “Beautiful Sound” for Harman Kardon. The television commercial will premiere in Europe today and be showcased online.

Harman Kardon is a world leader in high-performance home, multimedia and automotive entertainment systems, and can be found in vehicles by prestigious automakers such as BMW, Land Rover, and Mercedes Benz. Harman Kardon is the only audio brand to have a product featured in the permanent collection of New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

We have found a perfect fit in megastar Jennifer Lopez to be a global ambassador for Harman Kardon’s Beautiful Sound message,” said Dinesh C. Paliwal, Chairman, President and CEO of HARMAN. “She personifies beauty, elegance, and style, and consistently delivers outstanding musical performances.

In the first ad for Beautiful Sound—directed by filmmaker Martin Campbell, best known for his work on the James Bond thriller Casino Royale—Ms. Lopez introduces the Harman Kardon BDS audio/video home entertainment system with 3D Blu-ray.  Earlier, it launched the “Hear the Truth” brand campaign for JBL, with ads featuring Maroon 5 and AR Rahman.

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Actor Alberto de Mendoza of Argentina Dies at 88

Actor Alberto de Mendoza of Argentina Dies at 88

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Argentine actor Alberto de Mendoza, one of the heartthrobs of Spanish movies and the leading man in close to 200 films co-starring such actresses as Carmen Sevilla and Sara Montiel, died Monday in Madrid, the AISGE performing artists association said. He was 88.

The actor, to be cremated Tuesday at Almudena Cemetery in Madrid, was admitted several days ago to La Luz Clinic with breathing failure.

The star of films like “Tapas,” “Una Abuelita de antes de la Guerra” (Pre-war Grandma), “Filomena Marturano” and “Zorrita Martinez”, Alberto Manuel Rodriguez Gallego Gonzalez de Mendoza, a Buenos Aires native from the Belgrano neighborhood and a pioneer among Argentine actors who made it on the Spanish stage, he was born on Jan. 21, 1923.

Member No. 136 of AISGE - an organization that in 2009 awarded him its Actua Prize for his lifetime career - De Mendoza made his name in the 1970s as one of the outstanding heroes of Spanish movies, with Carmen Sevilla and Sarita Montiel as his leading ladies.

Last Dec. 1 in Buenos Aires he made another big hit in his final role as the macho grandpa in “La Mala Verdad” (The Evil Truth), a Miguel Angel Roca film that at the last Malaga Festival in southern Spain won him the prize as Best Ibero-American Actor.

In leading roles and as a supporting actor in more than 190 movies, he has been rediscovered by younger generations for his winning performance as the little old grandpa in “Tapas,” a role he described as “likeable and short.”

His children, psychologist Belen and adman Fabian, remembered him Monday morning as “a passionate man, temperamental, in love with his work,” according to the AISGE note.

Alberto de Mendoza, who shared top billing with Alberto Closas, Jack Palance, Irene Papas and Peter Cushing, was set to make a 13-episode series for Argentine television and in the summer expected to premiere “Las Brujas de Salem” (The Witches of Salem) in Buenos Aires movie theaters.

When his Spanish parents left him an orphan at age 5, little Alberto de Mendoza “was sent to live” in Madrid, where he fell in love with acting at the Arguelles Cinema and in the theater, particularly when sneaking in to see the operettas known as “zarzuelas” at the Teatro Lara, AISGE recalls.

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Homeland Security Launches “If You See Something, Say Something” PSA’s in Spanish

Homeland Security Launches “If You See Something, Say Something” PSA’s in Spanish

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Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today unveiled new Spanish-language Public Service Announcements (PSAs) for the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) “If You See Something, Say Something™” public awareness campaign during a roundtable meeting with Hispanic law enforcement groups at the White House.

The PSAs are aimed at reaching out to the Spanish-speaking public to encourage them to report suspicious activity to local law enforcement.

“Homeland security is a shared responsibility and every citizen plays a critical role in identifying and reporting suspicious activities and threats,” said Secretary Napolitano. “The new ‘If You See Something, Say Something™’ Spanish-language public service announcements encourage citizens across the county to work together to build a strong foundation for a more secure and resilient homeland.”

During the roundtable meeting with officials from the Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA), National Latino Peace Officers Association (NLPOA) and the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, Secretary Napolitano also underscored the importance of collaborating with the Hispanic law enforcement community to enhance public awareness, education and engagement through the “If You See Something, Say Something™” campaign and the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Initiative.

The new “If You See Something, Say Something™” campaign radio and television Spanish-language PSAs inform viewers about how to notify authorities regarding potential threats. The PSAs will be distributed to Spanish-language television and radio stations across the country in California, Colorado, New York, Arizona, New Mexico, Florida, Texas, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico.

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TuesdayDecember 13, 2011