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ThursdayMarch 8, 2012

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After No Performance in 12 Years, Enrique Iglesias Announces Return to Madrid

After No Performance in 12 Years, Enrique Iglesias Announces Return to Madrid

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Singer Enrique Iglesias will return to his native Madrid on May 4 to offer a concert on his “Euphoria” tour, his first such appearance in 12 years in the Spanish capital.

It was the singer himself who announced the performance on his official Web site: “Finally a show in Madrid on May 4 has been confirmed! I’m happy to return in concert to Spain after so many years!”

Iglesias last December traveled to Madrid to participate in the 40 Principales awards gala, where he received special mention for his 15-year career as the “most universal Spanish artist,” although - except for sporadic performances - his last concert in the city dates back to 2000, when he released his album “Enrique.”

His latest album, “Euphoria,” returns the son of Julio Iglesias to the forefront among international performers thanks to the success of danceable tunes such as “I Like It,” “Tonight (I’m Lovin’ You),” “Dirty Dancer” and “I Like How It Feels.”

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70% Californians say Undocumented Should be Able to Keep their Jobs

70% Californians say Undocumented Should be Able to Keep their Jobs

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Seventy percent of Californians feel that undocumented immigrants who have lived and worked in the country for at least two years should have the opportunity to keep their jobs, a new poll by the Public Policy Institute of California shows.

Support for that view is highest among Latinos, 92 percent, followed by Asians, 65 percent, and non-Hispanic whites, 60 percent, according to the latest PPIC Statewide Survey.

The poll was conducted via telephone interviews of 2,001 California adults during the period Feb. 21-28.

The survey found that 85 percent of Latinos and 60 percent of Asians see immigrants as a benefit for the state, while 49 percent of whites characterized them as a burden.

On other issues in the survey, almost six of every 10 Latinos support a measure proposed by California Gov. Jerry Brown that will be brought to a vote in November regarding an increase in the sales tax and a temporary tax surcharge on the wealthy.

Less than half of whites, 48 percent, support the measure.

Regarding the presidential election in November, 70 percent of Latinos surveyed support the reelection of President Barack Obama over whoever the Republican candidate ultimately proves to be, while whites are divided with 45 percent favoring the president and 43 percent the as yet undetermined Republican candidate.

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Vampire Woman Using her Appearance to Raise Awareness About Domestic Violence

Vampire Woman Using her Appearance to Raise Awareness About Domestic Violence

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The Mexican mother of four known to many as the Vampire Woman turns a lot of heads with her fangs, the surgically-implanted titanium rods beneath her skin, multiple piercings, and her tattoo-covered body, and now she’s using that attention for a good cause.

Former lawyer Maria Jose Cristerna recently told Sky News, “At first people were interested in my looks because it was cool, because it attracts attention and because it’s something different.

“But I see it as something good among all the bad, because I’m giving a message. I won’t be able to change the thinking of the entire world, but I’m always there to help the people that need it.”

Cristerna says that she began modifying her body while she was recovering from an abusive relationship. She says she is now using her appearance to attract attention and using that attention to raise awareness about domestic abuse and help other victims.
Watch the interview below.

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Nearly-Deported DREAM Act-ers Daniela and Dayana Pelaez Visit Members of Congress (VIDEO)

Nearly-Deported DREAM Act-ers Daniela and Dayana Pelaez Visit Members of Congress (VIDEO)

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Daniela and Dayana Pelaez, two sisters from Miami who were facing a deportation later this month, attended several meetings with members of Congress in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, March 7. The pair traveled to the nation’s capital with their attorney just a day after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement deferred their deportations for two years, for closed meetings with Florida senators Marco Rubio (R) and Bill Nelson (D), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), and others.


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Romney Ads Attack Santorum for His Supporting Vote for Justice Sotomayor in 1998

Romney Ads Attack Santorum for His Supporting Vote for Justice Sotomayor in 1998

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In a seemingly unwise move for someone trying to attract Latino voters, Mitt Romney’s campaign has been airing ads attacking fellow Republican Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum for confirming Sonia Sotomayor’s 1998 appointment to the federal circuit court.

The ad states that Santorum’s 1998 vote “put [Sotomayor] on a path to the Supreme Court,” something that voters should apparently be upset about.

This is the second time Romney campaign ads have gone after Santorum for his voting for the so-called “liberal judge,” the first occurring in February.

With a statement from Romney’s campaign attempting to deflect the issue at hand, saying, “Once again President Obama and his liberal allies are resorting to dishonest smears in an attempt to distract Hispanics from his abysmal record as President,” one has to wonder how these ads intended to help him win the Latino/Hispanic vote even without the supposed “smear campaign”.

Monday, a national poll showed that Hispanics “prefer Obama to any GOP candidate by a six-to-one margin.”

When trying to win a major voting bloc in an upcoming election, it is probably not wise to attack one of that bloc’s most prominent figures.

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Latino H.S. Basketball Team Taunted with “USA!” After Defeat

Latino H.S. Basketball Team Taunted with “USA!” After Defeat

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The predominately white Alamo Heights’ high school basketball team celebrated their Region IV -4A championship by chanting “USA!” “USA!”  Was this just heady enthusiasm or a racist chant as many are charging?

Clearly a racist chant since the school has apologized, punished players and the taunt video is going viral. 

Alamo Heights defeated the predominantly Latino team from San Antonio, the Edison High School.  The team and their athletic director were so offended that the San Antonio Independent School District filed a complaint with high school basketball authorities.

The chant lasted just five seconds because Alamo’s coach immediately realized what was happening and silenced his students.  Apparently though both schools exist less than four miles away from each other they are a world apart. 

The Alamo Heights school has apologized and has banned the students involved from the upcoming semifinal game. 


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LATINO BLOTTER: Teacher Discovers Inappropriate Texts Between Student, 12, and Man, 28

LATINO BLOTTER: Teacher Discovers Inappropriate Texts Between Student, 12, and Man, 28

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A Salvadoran man was arrested by Texas authorities after a teacher noticed that a student had received suggestive texts from the man.

Gerber Deltransi Guevara-Silva, 28 was arrested and taken to Travis County Jail on a charge of online solicitation of a minor after a teacher at Pleasant Hill Elementary School in Austin confiscated a 12-year-old student’s phone Monday morning.

A teacher reportedly saw messages that included “I love you, baby” along with a photo of a bed. The teacher then called school police who looked through the phone and recovered additional inappropriate texts allegedly from Guevara-Silva, including photos of his car, a motel, and explicit photos.

Police located Guevara-Silva at a nearby restaurant where he and the 12-year-old were to meet for lunch. A rose and greeting card were found in his car, according to the affidavit.

He reportedly told police he initially thought the girl was 17, but after learning she was not, he only wanted to talk to her at a hotel not have sex. Guevara-Silva said he sent the girl a replacement phone in the mail after her mother destroyed hers after finding explicit photos on it.

The girl told police she met Guevara-Silva at a swimming pool in 2011, while he said he met her through Facebook.

Guevara-Silva is from El Salvador and has been living in Houston on a passport. His bail has been set at $60,000 and is also being held on immigration charges.

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Two Colombians Make Forbes List of Newest Billionaires, Carlos Slim Tops Richest List for 3rd Year

Two Colombians Make Forbes List of Newest Billionaires, Carlos Slim Tops Richest List  for 3rd Year

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A group many can only dream of some day being a part of has welcomed two Colombians, the billionaires club.

Forbes has added Alejandro Santo Domingo Avila and Woods Staton of Colombia to their “Billionaire Newcomers 2012” list.

Santo Domingo Avila, 35, was named the richest new billionaire in the world after taking over the Santo Domingo Group when his father, Julio Mario Santo Domingo Pumarejo, died in October 2011. As managing director at Quadrant Capital Advisors, an investment advisory firm, Santo Domingo Avila is said to have been preparing to take over for his father for a number of years.

Overall, he is listed at the 97th richest person in the world.

Also making the list of new billionaires is fellow Colombian Woods Staton, who in 2007 paid $700 million for the rights to operate McDonald’s restaurants throughout Latin American and the Caribbean. His Arcos Dorados, which means “Golden Arches” in Spanish, made him a billionaire in April 2011 after going public. The group now owns 1,775 restaurants in 20 countries.

He is listed as the 764th richest person.

Staton’s grandfather Albert Staton founded the company that now owns the bottling rights for Coca-Cola in Latin American, Panamerican Beverages.

And though he is not new to the billionaire club by any means, Mexico’s major mogul Carlos Slim Helu and family topped the list of overall billionaires, with an estimated worth of $69 billion. He topped the Forbes list for the third consecutive year.

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VIDEO: Shakira Jumps Out of Car to Dance in Barcelona

VIDEO: Shakira Jumps Out of Car to Dance in Barcelona

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According to reports, singer Shakira has recently uploaded a video to Youtube and her social networks that shows her jumping out of her car in the middle of a street in Barcelona to start dancing to the music blasting from her radio.

The images show how Shakira, now dating Barcelona player Gerard Pique, detains traffic after parking her car in the middle of the street to turn up the volume of the radio.  She then comes out of the car and begins to happily dance to the music, while cars pass by her side.

The title of the video is “I’m crazy about Shrillex!”, a music producer of electronic music.

This isn’t the first time Shakira has halted traffic, she was seen before riding a motorcycle without a helmet throughout the capital for a music video.


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HORRIFIC: Video catches drunk driving accident in Argentina

HORRIFIC: Video catches drunk driving accident in Argentina

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Local family catches accident caused by a drunk driver on video, which include tragic pictures of the victims.  In the video you see the family of Daniel Laterza, an officer who was off duty traveling in their vehicle.  The family follows a car this is having a hard time staying in its lane. 

Efforts to calling officials didn’t result in any help claimed the family who stated that they called 911 around 6 times and were on hold for about 20 minutes. Besides this, they also called out to state vehicles on the road to follow the vehicle, who failed to help claiming they had different orders to attend to.

The end result was an accident that killed Carlos Diaz instantaneously after the impact.

After the accident, the presiding officer in the car halted the vehicle by shooting one of its tires, and subsequently arrested them. The driver of the vehicle was identified as a Bolivian citizen that was charged for manslaughter and released because the murder wasn’t premeditated.

According to statistics, traffic accidents are shown to be one of the main causes of death in Argentina.


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American Idol: Jessica Sanchez Wows Crowd, Judges With Whitney’s “I Will Always Love You” (VIDEO)

American Idol: Jessica Sanchez Wows Crowd, Judges With Whitney’s “I Will Always Love You” (VIDEO)

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“Jessica Sanchez is legit,” announced “American Idol” judge Randy Jackson after the 16-year-old singer of Mexican-Filipino decent sang an impressive rendition of the late Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You”.

With just a bit of direction from R&B superstar Mary J. Blige and music producer Jimmy Iovine of Interscope-Geffen-A&M, the little Latino with a big voice brought down the entire crowd to their feet in a standing ovation.

Jackson went on to say, “This is one of the hardest songs in the world to sing. You, not only the best vocals of the night, I think you are one of the best singers in this whole competition. Oh my god. This is what it’s really all about. Finding the best talent in America ... this is one of the best talents in the whole country.”

Jessica was first seen on television in the first season of “America’s Got Talent” at the age of 11, and though she didn’t win that competition, she certainly has the chance to be this year’s winner of “American Idol”.

Watch Jessica’s performance and the judges comments below.


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Lionel Messi Becomes First Player to Score 5 Goals in Champion League Match (VIDEO)

Lionel Messi Becomes First Player to Score 5 Goals in Champion League Match (VIDEO)

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It was a first for Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, who scored five goals in Wednesday’s match against Bayer Leverkusen.

With his five goals, the Argentine forward became the first player to score that many in a Champions League match and only the forth player in history to do so in a European Cup match, becoming the first in more than 30 years as well.

The 24-year-old may have helped Barça defeat Leverkusen in a 7-1 defeat, but Leverkusen’s coach Robin Dutt was quick to acknowledge both Barça and Messi’s skill, telling reporters, “Without Messi, Barça is the best team, and with him, they are in another galaxy.”

As for Leo, he says he’s just so “very happy.”

In this season alone, the always humble Leo has scored 48 goals for Barça, bringing his total with the club to 228, just seven away from the club’s previous record held by Cesar Rodriguez.

With their win against Leverkusen, Barça now advances to the quarterfinals.

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FDA Warning for Skin Products Containing Mercury Marketed to Latinos

Federal health officials are warning consumers not to use skin creams, beauty and antiseptic soaps, or lotions that might contain mercury.

The products are marketed as skin lighteners and anti-aging treatments that remove age spots, freckles, blemishes and wrinkles, says Gary Coody, national health fraud coordinator in the Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Regulatory Affairs. Adolescents also may use these products as acne treatments, adds Coody. Products with this toxic metal have been found in at least seven states.

The products are manufactured abroad and sold illegally in the United States—often in shops in Latino, Asian, African or Middle Eastern neighborhoods and online. Consumers may also have bought them in another country and brought them back to the U.S. for personal use.

“Even though these products are promoted as cosmetics, they also may be unapproved new drugs under the law,” says Linda Katz, M.D., director of FDA’s Office of Cosmetics and Colors. FDA does not allow mercury in drugs or in cosmetics, except under very specific conditions, which these products do not meet.

“Sellers and distributors should not market these illegal products and may be subject to enforcement action, which could include seizure of the products and other legal sanctions,” says attorney Brad Pace, J.D., of the Heath Fraud and Consumer Outreach Branch within FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.”

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Demian Bichir to Appear in ‘Savages’ with Salma Hayek

Demian Bichir to Appear in ‘Savages’ with Salma Hayek

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After receiving an Oscar nomination this year for his work in “A Better Life,” the Mexican actor, Demian Bichir will appear again in the Oliver Stone film “Savages” with the well known Mexican actress, Salma Hayek.  In the film, Bichir will portray ‘Alex’ a lawyer of a powerful Mexican drug cartel, led by Hayek.  In addition to Hayek, Bichir will also share the screen with actors Benicio del Toro, Aaron Johnson, and Taylor Kitsch. 

“I hope it does well.  I’m sure it will raise some controversy as many Oliver Stone films are known to do and will also have some possible upcoming nominations,” expressed Bichir about the upcoming film.

After his recent Oscar nomination, Bichir has enjoyed an increase in potential projects, noting that he now has more American scripts on his desk than Mexican ones.  This is a change for Bichir as much of his early acting success came from Mexican films.   

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Natti Natasha Finds Her Place Among the Men of Reggaeton

Natti Natasha Finds Her Place Among the Men of Reggaeton

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Natti Natasha credits musical godfather Don Omar and his record label for helping her carve out a niche in the traditionally male-dominated genre of reggaeton.

“It is a privilege to be with the company and to be supported by such a recognized artist as Don Omar, since I consider him a brother and a teacher, because he has taught me much through his own experiences,” Natalia Alexandra Gutierrez Batista said in an interview with Efe.

The 25-year-old Dominican said the chance to be part of the Orfanato Music Group came two years ago, when Don Omar walked into the New York studio where she had just recorded a song with producer Link-On.

After listening to the track, the reggaeton star telephoned Natti and asked her to come back to the studio, where he greeted her warmly and praised her work with Link-On.

The video of Natti’s first single with Don Omar, “Dutty Love,” has logged more than 34 million hits on YouTube, and the cut will be part of the upcoming Orfanato issue “Meet the orphans: The next generation.”


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NAFTA Blamed for Mexico’s Obesity Problems

NAFTA Blamed for Mexico’s Obesity Problems

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The North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, in force since 1994, is largely responsible for a rapid rise in the number of overweight and obese people in Mexico, the United Nations’ special rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier de Schutter, said.

“Mexico is facing a very serious situation in this regard. Seventy percent of adults are overweight or obese (35 million). That impact is being felt right now,” De Schutter said Tuesday in a video conference from Geneva.

“Since the conclusion of NAFTA (linking the United States, Mexico and Canada), we’ve seen that investment by U.S. agro-food companies in Mexico has risen between 5-10 percent annually. (One) result of this is that Coca-Cola consumption, for example, by Mexican children doubled between 1992 and 2002,” De Schutter said.

This nutritional pattern is not unique to Mexico, but instead is the “result of a dietary transition characteristic of emerging economies,” De Schutter said.

Fruits and vegetables produced in Mexico “are being exported to high-value markets ... while Mexicans consume less nutritious diets consisting of processed foods with high saturated fat, salt and sugar content,” De Schutter said.

This has led to an increase in the incidence of chronic illnesses such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease, as well as cancer.

Mexico should try to remedy this situation, which amounts to the “cocalization of diets,” by working to “rebuild local food systems connecting producers and urban consumers,” De Schutter said.

That would entail increased revenue for small farmers and better “access to fresh foods” for Mexicans who live in cities, the U.N. expert said.

“I think Mexico has tremendously effective policies when it comes to supporting large farmers so they produce at competitive prices for large markets, but I think more emphasis should be placed on small producers, especially giving them more access to markets,” De Schutter said.

De Schutter presented a report on the right to food in Mexico - based on his fact-finding mission to that country between June 13-20, 2011 - to the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council.

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ThursdayMarch 8, 2012