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SaturdayJanuary 28, 2012

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12% of All Dominican Children Work in Order to Feed Themselves

12% of All Dominican Children Work in Order to Feed Themselves

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More than 300 000 children in the Dominican Republic are being forced to work in order to survive and in order to feed themselves, which represents 12 percent of all children in the country between the age of 5 and 17-years-old. 

The country’s Ministry of Labor has denounced the child-labor networks operating in the country that are devoted to exploiting the children and their young age. According to Agenzia Fides, many children work as bricklayers in large buildings of Santo Domingo, and the provinces of Barahona, Pedernales and Duarte which have the highest rate of child labor.

The Dominican Republic government continues to provide assurances that they are tackling the problem.  By establishing the ‘Hemisferica Sobre Trabajo Decente’ they are looking to eliminate the worst forms of child labor by 2015 and by 2020 have this social ill completely eliminated. 

 

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Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner Returning to Work After Thyroid Surgery

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner Returning to Work After Thyroid Surgery

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Argentine officials say President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner will returned to work this week following a cancer scare that led to the removal of her thyroid earlier this month.

Vice President Amado Boudou, who has been filling in for President Fernandez, says she will be returning “in full form.”

The 58-year-old president was diagnosed with thyroid cancer just before Christmas and underwent surgery January 4.  Later tests on the tissue revealed the initial diagnosis was wrong and the nodules found on her thyroid were benign.

President Fernandez took office in December 2007.  She was re-elected last October. 

Ms. Fernandez is the first woman elected president of Argentina.

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Undocumented Students Protest Romney Over DREAM Act (VIDEO)

Students Protest Romney’s stand on the DREAM Act. Felipe Matos - a BRILLIANT Florida Dreamer is interviewed.


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Ivy Queen Hits the Stage at CAlibash 2012 With Fierce Red Hair

Ivy Queen Hits the Stage at CAlibash 2012 With Fierce Red Hair

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CAlibash 2012 held at Los Angeles Staples Center this week was a sold out event. Many Latin artists (reggaeton duo Wisin y Yandel and bachata singer Prince Royce, to name a few) put on a show that kept the audience on their feet.

The list of artists who performed at the mega-concert also included 3ball MTY and an awesome looking Ivy Queen.

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Selena Gomez “Partying and Drinking” in New “Edgy” Movie

Selena Gomez “Partying and Drinking” in New “Edgy” Movie

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Selena Gomez will take on a very different role than she is used to playing, when she begins shooting Spring Breakers, which also stars James Franco and Vanessa Hudgens.

Gomez, 19, previously told MTV News that the role was a departure from her wholesome characters, such as Alex Russo on Wizards of Waverly Place.

“It’s a different character than I have ever played before,” Gomez told MTV. “It’s a different kind of vibe, I think, than people are used to seeing me in. What you’re going to see is more raw, I think. It’s going to be raw and more about acting.”

According to E! News, Gomez will play a college student named Faith in the Harmony Korine film. She will be one of three friends who are responsible for robbing a restaurant, which they rob in order to fund their Spring break trip.

“She’s the little more tamed down character but also still gets a little crazy here and there,” she revealed of her character. “She goes on spring break with her girlfriends and they end up getting into a whole mess of things. They’re partying and drinking. We end up in jail.”

According to MTV News, they get caught up with a drug and arms dealer who bails them out of jail.

Gomez admits she’s “nervous” to play the character, but she’s also excited, since she fought hard for the role.

“It’s a little edgy, but it’s fun,” she said. “I fought for that role. I flew to Nashville and told [Harmony Korine] I want be a part of it.”

Spring Breakers will begin filming in Florida after Selena wraps up her current tour.

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Vatican to Loan Cuba Historic Artifact

Vatican to Loan Cuba Historic Artifact

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The Vatican has loaned to Cuba “as a great exception” and for one year an artifact considered the most ancient example of indigenous Christian art in the New World, having once belonged to the chaplain of Christopher Columbus.

The piece is a lectern for Mass used by Columbus’ chaplain on the explorer’s second voyage to America, presumably made by Indians in eastern Cuba and belonging to the collection of the Vatican’s Missionary Ethnological Museum, Cuban official media said Friday.

The loan was authorized as “a great exception” by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican secretary of state, following a request made by Havana historian Eusebio Leal to the director of Vatican Museums.

Beginning Feb. 5, the piece will be on show all year at the Museum of the City of Havana.

The wooden lectern, carved in the shape of a seashell with fishbone and tortoiseshell inlays, was donated to the Vatican in 1935 by a Cuban friar.

The daily Granma shows fragments of the document drawn up when the donation was made, according to which the lectern belonged to Fray Bartolome de las Heras, Columbus’ chaplain who settled in Cuba to convert the Indian tribes.

And so the lectern was passed from one generation to the next in Cuba until it came into the hands of the friar who donated it to the Vatican.

Archaeological evidence shows that before 1510 certain groups of Taino Indians sought refuge in the current region of the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba, and “it is highly probable that Columbus’ lectern was made there” with local materials.

The exhibition of the piece in Cuba will coincide with Pope Benedict XVI’s trip to the country next March 26-28, after his visit to Mexico.

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“Reach For a Star”, First-Ever Telenovela Adapted for the U.S., to Air On Nick at Nite

“Reach For a Star”, First-Ever Telenovela Adapted for the U.S., to Air On Nick at Nite

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Nickelodeon, in partnership with Televisa, has ordered 80 episodes of a groundbreaking, original one-hour U.S. adaptation of the popular Mexican telenovela, Reach for a Star (Alcanzar una Estrella) for Nick at Nite, it was announced today by Cyma Zarghami, President of Viacom’s Nickelodeon Group; and Jose Baston President of Television and Content from Televisa. The first telenovela ever adapted for the U.S. audience, Reach for a Star is a single-camera, daily series following a teenage girl whose life changes completely when she becomes a star and wins the love of her teen idol. Reach for a Star will be produced in association with Sony Pictures Television and is set to premiere later this year on Nickelodeon’s nighttime block for families—Nick at Nite. Production begins in March in Los Angeles, Calif.

“We have experienced first-hand the popularity of the daily scripted format with our kid audience through the success of House of Anubis and our teen audience with DeGrassi: The Next Generation,” and our Nick Latin American channel has already had great success in producing telenovela’s with Televisa,” Ms. Zarghami said. “This partnership brings together Televisa’s un-matched leadership in the telenovela genre with our expertise in making content, and we’re looking forward to introducing this first true English-language telenovela to Nick at Nite’s family audience.”

“As part of the steps towards building a strong presence in the Anglo TV market, Televisa is excited to coproduce with Nickelodeon one of the many successful scripts from our library in a daily series format,” said Baston. We are convinced that the daily series will be well received by Nick´s family audiences, and will capture their attention daily as it has happened in different markets in the world where Televisa has exported its production capabilities. The Televisa and Nick alliance will certainly result in a successful formula, and we envision Reach for a Star as the first of many joint projects.

“For more than a decade Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) and Televisa have been strategically building upon their regional partnership that today encompasses, distribution, consumer products and co-productions,” said Pierluigi Gazzolo, Chief Operating Officer, VIMN. “Reach for a Star marks a dynamic new phase in our partnership and VIMN is incredibly excited to once again be expanding our content portfolio with Televisa.”

Reach for a Star follows Nickelodeon’s success with its live-action serialized series, House of Anubis and Degrassi. Nickelodeon has also experienced tremendous success with the format in Europe and Latin America. The Reach for a Star series is an adaptation of the hit Mexican telenovela, Alcanzar una Estrella, first broadcast on Canal de las Estrellas and Univision in 1990. The success of the series led to a film and sequel telenovela starring Latin American pop sensations, Ricky Martin and Sasha Sokol.


Reach for a Star follows a smart, shy and independent high school senior, Loren, who has ambitions of being a songwriter and secretly sends her song lyrics to her celebrity crush, rock superstar Eddie Wild. Loren’s wildest dreams come true when she not only wins a songwriting competition sponsored by Eddie, but strikes up a friendship with her idol. Eddie sees beyond Loren’s potential as a songwriter and gives her a first break as a singer, and when the truth about his less-than-faithful girlfriend Chloe is revealed, Eddie and Loren’s friendship blossoms.

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Interesting View Of The US-Mexican Border

Interesting View Of The US-Mexican Border

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A small fence separates densely populated Tijuana, Mexico, right, from the United States in the Border Patrol’s San Diego Sector on the left. Construction is underway to extend a secondary fence over the top of this hill and eventually to the Pacific Ocean.Image

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US Immigrant Restaurateurs Share Dishes of Mexican State

US Immigrant Restaurateurs Share Dishes of Mexican State

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Los Angeles is home to people from many countries who share their culture, and their food, with their neighbors. We talk with a family with roots in southern Mexico that is preserving and teaching others about their culinary traditions.

Gilberto Cetina Jr. and his father are conducting a special class to teach high school students about the food of Yucatan, their native state in southern Mexico. The food is distinctive, with marinades made from tropical spices and citrus.

Chef Cetina says his restaurant, called Chichen Itza after an ancient city of the Mayan people, appeals to people of all ethnicities. “We try to show our culture to the world,” he said.

Gilberto Cetina Senior worked for 20 years as an engineer. But for the past 11 years, he and his son have run this small restaurant in a Los Angeles marketplace. Critics have praised their cooking and included Chichen Itza on lists of the top Latino restaurants in the country.

Some of the food is standard Mexican fare, including tortillas, the ubiquitous Mexican flatbread. Other dishes have roots in the cultures of southern Mexico: the ancient Mayans and the more recent Lebanese immigrants. When they settled in Yucatan a century ago, they introduced a popular treat called kibis, fried patties of meat, bulgur wheat, mint and spices. Dutch merchants brought gouda cheese, which is now a local staple.

The signature dish, called cochinita pibil, is pork simmered in spices and wrapped in banana leaves.

The lives of Mexican immigrants revolve around family—often extended families whose members live in both the United States and Mexico.  Son Gilberto Cetina Junior was raised on both sides of the border. “So I really got to experience the culture, the food. I was very involved with our family and obviously, anything that involves family with us involved cooking,” he explained.

The Cetinas have shared their family recipes in a cookbook called Sabores Yucatecos, or Yucatan Flavors. Most of the recipes come from Gilberto Cetina Senior’s mother and had never been written down.

Coauthor Katharine Diaz says the Yucatan peninsula, although a part of Mexico, remained somewhat isolated after the Spanish conquest 500 years ago. “And so it’s always maintained a bit of independence. Hence, its food is very different as well,” she stated.

Members of this immigrant family take pride in sharing their cuisine and traditions with their neighbors.

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Lindsay Lohan Being Sued by Dominican Nanny who Claims She was Hit By Linday’s Maserati

Lindsay Lohan Being Sued by Dominican Nanny who Claims She was Hit By Linday’s Maserati

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It looks like Lindsay Lohan just can’t catch a break. Good thing she has some good attorneys on her side.

Us Weekly reports that Lohan that the incident allegedly happened in September, 2010. Nubia Del Carmen Preza, the nanny, is suing Lohan for allegedly hitting her while she was wheeling a stroller crossing a West Hollywood intersection. Lohan, apparently, ran a red light.

The lawsuit from Preza states that she experienced “disabling and serious personal injuries, pain, suffering and anguish.”

According to The Huffington Post, this is the second instance where Lindsay was accused of reckless driving. The first claim was made by a paparazzo exclaiming that he was just trying to take pictures of her, and got hit.

TMZ also reports that there is a witness to the nanny’s case. The witness told TMZ that the stroller she was wheeling actually came off the ground and everything. The witness also noted that the nanny seemed extremely startled.

Steve Honig, Lohan’s spokesperson, stated that he could not make a comment because Lohan and her attorney’s, have been served the lawsuit.

Aside from all of the claims against her, Lohan has heard two encouraging probation reports since a judge appointed her weekly morgue cleanup duties in November 2011.

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Rio de Janeiro’s Building Collapse Death Toll Climbs to 17

Rio de Janeiro’s Building Collapse Death Toll Climbs to 17

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The death toll from this week’s collapse of three buildings in Rio de Janeiro’s historic downtown has risen to 17, officials said Saturday.

Despite steady rain that has fallen since Friday night, dozens of firefighters were still working amid the mountain of rubble to find the corpses of at least five people still believed to be missing.

Authorities have ruled out the possibility of finding any survivors at the site of the wreckage, located near the Brazilian metropolis’ Cinelandia square.

A spokeswoman for Rio de Janeiro state’s emergency management office said Saturday that eight of the bodies recovered were men and six were women, while authorities have not yet been able to determine the gender of the other three.

The collapse of the buildings - 20, 10 and five stories tall - also left six people injured, authorities said earlier.

The body of one victim was found amid rubble that had been removed from the site of Wednesday night’s collapse and been taken to a garbage dump, Col. Sergio Simoes, regional emergency management chief, said Friday afternoon.

“Early (Friday) morning a body in very bad condition, badly lacerated, left here without us realizing and was taken to a disposal site for removed rubble. We identified that body a short time ago ... and transported it to the (coroner’s office),” he told reporters.

The victim was identified as a woman based on one of her hands, the colonel said.

Another victim, Celso Renato Braga Cabral Filho, 46, was buried Friday in the flag of the popular Rio soccer club Flamengo in the nearby city of Niteroi.

Cabral had worked in the human resources department of an information technology company that occupied six stories of the tallest building and which had been carrying out remodeling work inside the structure without an official permit.

Brazilian authorities suspect that work may have made the building unstable because several witnesses said all the walls on one of the floors had been taken down, although the company has denied responsibility for the collapse.

Jorge Williams, a lawyer for the company, told Efe that the remodeling did not affect the building’s structure because “all the pillars were external” and the only walls that were knocked down were brick and merely served as “dividers.”

The Rio de Janeiro state government has declared three days of mourning through Sunday and suspended several official events, including a bridge inauguration that President Dilma Rousseff had been scheduled to attend.

The collapse, which occurred at around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, affected a group of office buildings located just a few meters (yards) from the Municipal Theater, a century-old structure inspired by Paris’ Palais Garnier.

The theater, a Rio cultural heritage site that was restored in 2009 to mark its 100th anniversary, was not damaged by the collapse of the nearby buildings, its administrators said.

Cinelandia is a bustling area during the day and therefore the tragedy “could have been on a much larger scale if it had occurred a couple of hours earlier,” Rio de Janeiro Gov. Sergio Cabral said Friday.

Police have launched a probe and 11 people have given statements to investigators, while police spokespersons said expert reports are still pending and will allow them to determine responsibilities.

Experts also will examine another nearby building Saturday for fear it may have suffered structural damage as a result of the collapse of the other three.

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Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo’s Cancer in “Complete Remission”

Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo’s Cancer in “Complete Remission”

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The medical team treating Paraguay’s President Fernando Lugo at a hospital here in Brazil’s largest city announced Friday the “complete remission” of the non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma from which he was suffering.

Lugo, 60, was admitted Friday to the Syrian-Lebanese Hospital in Sao Paulo for some further tests as part of his treatment for the lymphatic cancer detected here in August 2010, the medical center said in a brief note.

At the hospital Friday the Paraguayan head of state was visited by Brazil’s ex-President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who was at the same facility being treated for the cancer of the larynx that was detected last October.

Lugo and Lula talked for some 20 minutes about regional politics as well as about the treatments they were having.

The two were also visited by Sao Paulo state Gov. Geraldo Alckmin.

The Paraguayan president is expected to return Friday to Asuncion, according to the hospital’s medical bulletin.

Since his illness was diagnosed, Lugo has had chemotherapy sessions on several occasions at the Sao Paulo hospital, one of the most advanced oncological centers in Latin America.

The former president chose the hospital where Brazil’s current president, Dilma Rousseff, was treated for the same type of cancer in 2009.

Rousseff, who at that time was Lula’s chief of staff, underwent an operation for the removal of lymphatic ganglia and was treated with chemotherapy until she had fully recovered.

Last year when Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was found to have cancer during a trip to Cuba, authorities of his country studied the possibility of sending him to the Syrian-Lebanese Hospital, but instead decided to have him treated on the Caribbean island.

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No Somos Rubios (VIDEO)

No Somos Rubios (VIDEO)

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Presente Action has a plan…With only three days before the Florida primary, Florida Senator Marco Rubio is emerging as a top choice to be the Republican Vice-Presidential candidate. The GOP is betting that Senator Rubio can “deliver the Latino vote.” But Rubio, a Tea Party favorite, opposes the DREAM Act, opposes immigration reform and supports Arizona’s SB1070.

With Rubio on the national ticket, the GOP would have a Latino spokesperson to drive through anti-Latino policies, dividing our community and weakening our allies.

We can stop this if we can show the GOP that adding Rubio won’t “deliver the Latino vote,” because we can see through their scam. So here’s the plan:

We’ve made a hard hitting television ad revealing Senator Rubio’s anti-Latino record. Later today, Rubio is headlining at the Hispanic Leadership Network, a Republican-led advocacy group designed to bring in Latino voters. Presente members and our partners will be protesting outside. This is a golden opportunity to announce our ad to reporters there, who are already preparing stories about Rubio’s effect on Latino voters.

Until Tuesday’s primary, the national media and the entire GOP political machine is focused on Florida. They’re closely evaluating Rubio’s effect on Latino voters. With 50 million Latinos in the United States, they’re getting desperate to trick us into voting for them, while still appeasing an anti-Latino base. If Rubio plays well in the national spotlight, they’ll decide it’s just the trick they need.

So we must ensure the national spotlight also reveals Rubio’s anti-latino record, by putting this ad on the air across Florida in the crucial days ahead.

This is our best shot to stop the Rubio scam before it begins. National polls show that most Latinos don’t yet know anything about him. The GOP is desperate to cover up Rubio’s anti-latino record with a blank slate.

Now it’s time to show all politicians that no matter your name, actually standing up for the issues that Latinos care about is the only way to win our votes.


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SaturdayJanuary 28, 2012