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MondayDecember 26, 2011

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National Hispanic Media Coalition 2012 Priority - Combat Latino Hate Speech in Media

National Hispanic Media Coalition 2012  Priority - Combat Latino Hate Speech in Media

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The National Hispanic Media Coalition’s Board of Directors has voted to approve the organization’s 2012 policy agenda. Among the Coalition’s top priorities are several campaigns to combat hate speech in media, advocacy for universal, affordable and open broadband internet, media industry diversity, consumer protection over communications devices, and as always, striving to improve the image of Latinos in media.

Fern Espino, Chair of NHMC’s Board of Directors, issued the following statement: “In 2012 NHMC has yet another ambitious agenda. Like in past years, I believe that we will accomplish our goals with great vigor, under our guiding mission to improve the image of Latinos in media and ensure that Latinos have a voice in the debate over media and telecommunications policies.”

In 2011, not only did NHMC celebrate its 25 year anniversary, but it expanded its capacity to the fight for fairness for Latinos in media. This struggle has never been more important, as Latinos are increasingly the targets of an unprecedented onslaught of hateful, unsubstantiated and dehumanizing rhetoric.

NHMC accomplished many of its 2011 resolutions - from standing up against José Luis Sin Censura for its raunchy and exploitative anti-gay, anti-female and anti-Latino slurs; to placing eight Latinos from our Writer’s Program onto primetime network shows for the 2011-2012 television season; to preventing AT&T from gobbling up its low price and heavily Latino-serving competitor, T-Mobile; to taking KFI AM 640’s The John and Ken Show to task for its hate speech against Latinos; among other things.

In 2012, NHMC will continue to focus on its mission of advancing more positive portrayals of Latinos in media, employment equity for Latinos in the media and telecommunications industries, and media and telecommunications policies that benefit Latinos and other people of color.

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Donated Christmas Meals Laced with Cyanide, Kills 5 at Mexico Rehab Center

Donated Christmas Meals Laced with Cyanide, Kills 5 at Mexico Rehab Center

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Five residents of a drug rehab center in this western Mexican city died and 26 others were sickened after eating donated food that apparently contained cyanide, the Red Cross said Monday.

Thirty-one residents of the Jara Creador de Vida facility in Guadalajara became ill Sunday night after a meal of sausage, rice and vegetables.

Besides the five who died, three people are listed in serious condition at a Guadalajara hospital, while 18 others were treated and released.

Doctors suspect the donated food was laced with cyanide, but it will be up to the Jalisco state medical examiner’s office to make the final determination, Red Cross spokesman Daniel Nuñez told reporters.

The state Attorney General’s Office ordered the rehab closed and detained center director Adrian Garcia Rojas and two cooks for questioning.

Drug-cartel gunmen have staged a number of attacks in recent years on addiction treatment centers in Mexico, apparently targeting individuals who are using the facilities to sell drugs on rivals’ turf, officials say.

More than 60 people have died in such assaults over the past three years.

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Mexican Actor Pedro Arendariz Jr. Dies in New York from His Cancer Battle

Mexican Actor Pedro Arendariz Jr. Dies in New York from His Cancer Battle

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Mexican actor Pedro Armendariz Jr. died Monday in a New York hospital after a battle with cancer, Milenio television reported, citing a statement from the family of the deceased. He was 71.

The family did not specify in which hospital the actor passed away and asked the media to respect their privacy.

According to Mexican television personality Joaquin Lopez Doriga, Armendariz died at New York’s Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Efe contacted Sloan-Kettering, but a spokesperson there said that for reasons of confidentiality they could say nothing.

According to the online edition of the Mexico City daily El Universal, Armendariz had a cancerous tumor in one eye that spread to his brain.

The Mexican actor had flown to New York two weeks ago for treatment, according to Lopez Doriga.

Armendariz, son of actors Pedro Armendariz and Carmelita Pardo, was one of the leading figures of Mexican films, with more than 100 movies to his credit. From 2006 to 2010 he was president of the Mexican Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

His first film was “Fuera de la Ley” (Outside the Law) in 1965, and his last appearance on the big screen was in the short subject “Despertar” (Waking Up), which premiered in March of this year and in which Cristina Obregon was his co-star.

Armendariz, born April 6, 1940 in the Mexican capital, was awarded the Luis Buñuel Prize at the 2006 International Film Festival in Huesca, Spain.

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Telemundo Poll:  Obama’s Approval Amongst Latinos Slipping, Now at a 56% Approval Rating

Telemundo Poll:  Obama’s Approval Amongst Latinos Slipping, Now at a 56% Approval Rating

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A recent Ipsos-Telemundo Poll indicates that just over half of U.S Hispanic adults (56%) approve the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President while 35 percent disapprove of it.

While still a majority, the proportion of Hispanics who approve of how President Obama is handling his job keeps shrinking. An Ipsos-Telemundo Poll released in June 2011, found that Obama’s approval was at 62% at the time, already considerably lower than the 86% who approved back in April of 2009 – when the President marked his first 100 days in office. Overall, the President’s approval rating among Hispanics has dropped 30 points since April, 2009.

While President Obama’s approval ratings among Hispanics continue to be higher than among the U.S public at large (56% vs. 47%), the gap between both audiences narrowed by three percentage points since June 2011 (62% vs. 50%, respectively), and by 14 percentage points when compared to April 2009 (86% vs. 63%). The gap between Hispanics who approve of President Obama, and adults from the general public who do so, has reduced from 23 points in April 2009, to 12 points in June 2011, to just nine points in December, 2011.

These results suggest that while President Obama’s approval has been dropping since he took office, the disillusion among Hispanics is more pronounced than among the general public.

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STUDY: Latino Parents Willing to Change Lifestyle and Food Choices to Keep Kids Healthy

STUDY: Latino Parents Willing to Change Lifestyle and Food Choices to Keep Kids Healthy

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Parents of overweight Hispanic children are willing to make food and lifestyle changes that will benefits their kids’ health, a new study suggests.

The findings may help improve efforts to combat the childhood obesity epidemic among Hispanic Americans, the largest and fastest-growing ethnic group in the United States, said the researchers at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

“Almost half of all Latino kids are either overweight or obese,” senior study author Dr. Glenn Flores, a professor of pediatrics and clinical sciences, said in a medical center news release. “It’s an important issue in terms of our future generations. If we intervene early enough, we won’t have obese adults.”

In the study, the researchers asked 19 Hispanic parents about their children’s dietary and exercise habits and roadblocks to making healthier choices.

“Themes regarding the most important things parents can do to help overweight children lose weight included encouragement, not making the child feel left out, the whole family eating healthy and the parent setting a good example,” said Flores, who is also head of general pediatrics at UT Southwestern and chief of general pediatrics at Children’s Medical Center Dallas.

The parents and children also tasted Hispanic foods prepared with healthy alternatives, such as tortillas made with vegetable oil instead of lard, beans made without lard, healthy-grain enchiladas with low-fat cheese, baked fish, skinless chicken breasts and brown rice.

The participants had favorable responses to all of the foods, with the exception of brown rice instead of white rice.

In addition to healthier foods, the parents said other actions that would help their children lose weight included cutting down on portion sizes and second helpings, drinking more water, being more physically active, making exercise a family activity, and limiting time in front of the television or computer.

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Cuba Shifting More Workers to Private Sector

Cuba Shifting More Workers to Private Sector

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Starting in January, the Cuban government will expand its policy of shifting certain state workers who provide services, such a carpenters and shoemakers, to the private sector after implementing the measure this month for barber shops and beauty salons, Communist Party daily Granma said Monday.

The regulation states that workers who previously belonged to the staff of the state-run Technical, Personal and Household Services corporation will now become contractors.

The new system will apply to carpenters, photographers, locksmiths, upholsterers, watchmakers, cobblers, and repairmen for jewelry and electrical equipment, among other specialties.

Granma said the measure will be implemented “gradually” starting January in six of the nation’s 15 provinces, and will be extended progressively to the remaining regions.

While the premises and equipment included in the lease will continue to be state property, the workers will set their own schedule of working hours and the prices they charge for their services.

The daily said that the new measures will continue to advance the plan of economic adjustments promoted by the Raul Castro government in terms of “introducing non-state enterprises” in the services and retail sectors.

In 2009 the Cuban government launched its first experiment with this policy in some state-run barber shops and beauty salons that were leased to their workers and whose definitive transition to the private sector was implemented on Dec. 1.

The government’s economic reforms were approved in April by the 6th Communist Party Congress and signify a small, controlled opening to private enterprise, the “slimming down” of the inflated work forces of the state sector and the progressive elimination of subsidies and “unnecessary paternalism.”

Official figures show there are currently 358,000 Cubans working in the incipient private sector, twice as many as two years ago before the government began expanding self-employment in October 2010.

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Fritters Recipe Posted in Chile Newspaper Results in Explosion, Must Pay Damages to Burn Victims

Fritters Recipe Posted in Chile Newspaper Results in Explosion, Must Pay Damages to Burn Victims

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Chile’s Supreme Court upheld on Monday a verdict ordering a newspaper to pay damages to 13 people hurt in explosions that resulted from preparing fritters according to a recipe they found in the daily.

La Tercera, published by Copesa, must pay a total of 85 million pesos ($163,460) a the 13 victims.

The claims of two other plaintiffs’ were rejected.

The case dates back to July 25, 2004, when La Tercera published in its women’s supplement a recipe for caramel-filled fritters that called for frying a mass of dough at a temperature of 250 C (482 F).

The procedure set down in the recipe produced “explosions so violent that the splatters reached the ceiling and bathed the person preparing it,” investigating magistrate Ximena Diaz concluded in 2008 after a four-year investigation.

“Faithfully following the recipe published in the daily, it would be impossible to have avoided this damage,” the judge wrote, noting that La Tercera’s instructions were wrong on the quantities of ingredients to be used.

People who used the recipe suffered burns to the arms, face and chest.

The individual plaintiffs will receive damages ranging from 1 million to 25 million pesos ($1,923 to $48,076).

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Mexican Navy Makes Pot Seizure off Baja California

Mexican Navy Makes Pot Seizure off Baja California

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Slightly more than half a ton of marijuana was seized aboard a speedboat some 224 kilometers (139 miles) west of the Coronado Islands, located off the coast of Baja California and near the border with the United States, and three suspects were arrested, the Mexican Navy Secretariat said Sunday.

The seizure was made on Friday after the U.S. Coast Guard and the Mexican navy spotted the suspicious speedboat, the secretariat said.

The navy moved in after “an air unit saw packages being tossed in a suspicious manner into the sea in international waters approximately 140 nautical miles east-northeast of Ensenada, Baja California,” the secretariat said.

The 2nd Naval Region, which is based in Ensenada, sent three units - an ocean patrol boat, an interceptor patrol boat and a fast vessel - to intercept the speedboat.

“After an intense chase, a coast guard vessel stopped the smaller boat and guarded it until the Mexican navy boats arrived,” the secretariat said.

One of the navy boats recovered 42 bales of marijuana weighing a total of 591 kilos.

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WATCH: Demi Lovato’s New Lyric Video ‘Give Your Heart a Break’

Watch Demi Lovato’s new lyric video ‘Give Your Heart a Break’.  Sounds great. 

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U.S. Processes Record Number of Visa Applications from Brazil, 42% Increase from Last Year

U.S. Processes Record Number of Visa Applications from Brazil, 42% Increase from Last Year

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The U.S. Mission to Brazil processed a record number of visa applications – 820,000 – in fiscal year 2011, a 42 percent year-over-year increase.

To meet the surging demand for U.S. visas in Brazil, the Department of State is deploying waves of temporary employees to the U.S. Embassy in Brasilia and U.S. Consulates in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Recife. These employees are helping to process extraordinary numbers of visa applications until permanent staff members arrive. The Department will double consular staffing in Brazil over the course of 2012, adding 50 new officer positions.

With the help of additional personnel, U.S. Mission Brazil has reduced the average wait time for visa interview appointments in Brazil to less than 50 days. While the Department always puts security first, visitors to the United States make critical contributions to economic growth and job creation. That is why shortening visa interview wait times is also a priority – to encourage even greater numbers of Brazilians to visit the United States, a premier destination for travelers from around the world.

The United States and Brazil, the two largest economies and the two largest democracies in the Western Hemisphere, share one of the most important trade and economic relationships in the world. According to the Department of Commerce, more than 1.2 million Brazilians visited the United States in 2010, contributing nearly $6 billion to the U.S. economy. By 2016, the United States could host a record 2.8 million Brazilian visitors.

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MondayDecember 26, 2011