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WednesdayApril 4, 2012

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UN Welcomes Brazil’s Contribution to Global Humanitarian Action

The United Nations humanitarian affairs chief yesterday pledged support for Brazil’s humanitarian work around the world, highlighting the country’s contributions in the areas of disaster-risk prevention and food security.

“I am particularly interested in how best to share Brazil’s experience in disaster preparedness and food security with other countries in the region and around the world,” said the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, reiterating the UN’s commitment to collaborate with Brazil in preparing for and responding to humanitarian emergencies.

Ms. Amos’ comments came at the end of a three-day visit, her first official visit to the Latin American country. During her stat, she met several Government officials, including the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Antonio de Aguiar Patriota; the Minister of Defense, Celso Amorim; and the Minister for National Integration, Fernando Bezerra. Their discussions included the topic of strengthening the relationship between Brazil and the UN.

Ms. Amos also met with representatives from non-governmental organizations and corporations based in Rio de Janeiro, to exchange views on how civil society and private businesses can continue to use their experience and knowledge to support people in need in Latin America, Africa and the Middle East.

“I look forward to a rich and close collaboration with Brazil in the years to come,” Ms. Amos said.

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Album From Selena Q 17 Years After Death- Posthumous Duets w/Cristian Castro,Don Omar and Selena

Album From Selena Q 17 Years After Death- Posthumous Duets  w/Cristian Castro,Don Omar and Selena

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“Enamorada de ti,” an album featuring well-known artists in posthumous duets with slain singer Selena 17 years after her death is now on sale.

The Capitol Latin record label announced in a communique that the production has three acoustic numbers and the iTunes edition includes the song “Is It the Beat,” a remix recorded by Juan Magan as a bonus track.

Selena was the stage name of Tex-Mex singer Selena Quintanilla-Perez, born April 16, 1971, in Lake Jackson, Texas, and murdered by Yolanda Saldivar, the president of her fan club, on March 31, 1995, in Corpus Christi.

In 1995, Selena made history by becoming the first artist to simultaneously have five Spanish-language albums among Billboard’s Top 200 Albums.

The new album includes collaborations by Cristian Castro, Don Omar and Selena Gomez.

In March, Chris Perez, the guitarist to whom the singer was married when she was killed, published a book in which he tells his story of love with the queen of Tex-Mex music in both Spanish and English.

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Most Hispanics in the U.S. Don’t Like the “Hispanic” or “Latino” Label for Themselves

Most U.S. residents with roots in Spanish-speaking countries do not consider the terms “Hispanic” or “Latino” to be the ones that best define their identity, according to a report published Wednesday by the Pew Hispanic Center.

In a survey of 1,220 Hispanics, 51 percent responded that they prefer to identify themselves with the name of their country of origin, while 21 percent call themselves “American.”

It was almost four decades ago that the U.S. government decided to use Hispanic/Latino to refer to people with origins in Spanish-speaking countries.

Despite the different nationalities of origin, 82 percent feel that the Spanish language is a characteristic that unites this community, a language that they use frequently, at the same time that they consider it to be a heritage that should be maintained.

Thirty-eight percent said that Spanish is their first language, 33 percent say they are bilingual and 24 percent prefer to use English.

Sixty-nine percent of those surveyed emphasized that among the more than 50 million Latinos living in the United States cultural diversity is more noteworthy than any homogeneity that identifies them as a single group.

In addition, the majority consider the standard racial categories used by the U.S. Census Bureau to be inadequate.

Because of this, 51 percent consider themselves to be in the category of “some other race,” while 36 percent identify themselves as white and 3 percent say they are black.

With regard to the term “American,” just a fifth of those surveyed use it to refer to themselves, although the percentage is higher among Latinos born in the United States.

In addition, the proportion of those who consider themselves to be American increases in proportion to their income level.

Despite the importance that Hispanics give to Spanish, 87 percent feel that learning English is indispensable to being successful in this country.

Regarding the opportunities offered by the United States, almost 90 percent say they feel it is easier to prosper in the world’s largest economy than in their countries of origin and they say that their lives in the United States are better than those of their relatives in Latin America.

Fifty-five percent said that they came to the United States for economic reasons and 79 percent said that they would return to the United States if they were expelled.

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Complaint Filed With UN Calling Alabama Immigration Law “Flagrant Violation of International Norms”

Complaint Filed With UN Calling Alabama Immigration Law “Flagrant Violation of International Norms”

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A group made up of civil and union rights organizations has filed a complaint with the United Nations regarding Alabama’s controversial immigration laws after urging Daimler AG and its shareholders to seek repeal of Alabama’s racial profiling law.

The complaint from Service Employees International Union (SEIU) was filed with the U.N.’s International Labour Organization Committee on Freedom of Association on Monday and states that Alabama law – known as HB 56 – violates international norms and says that the government’s inability to come up with a national immigration policy hurts workers and trade unions.

In a statement to Daimler AG, which produces Mercedes-Benz vehicles in Alabama, the SEIU and its affiliate, the Southern Regional Joint Board of Workers United wrote, “Until now, Daimler and Mercedes-Benz have been silent on this law which violates human rights, even though one of its German executives was arrested under the Alabama law.”

The complaint, submitted to the ILO Committee on Freedom of Association alleges the U.S. government’s “inability to act promptly and decisively to put in place a national policy related to immigration - attentive to international guarantees related to individual workers’ rights as well as to the rights of trade unions with immigrant members - has given the space to individual states to enact laws that are in flagrant violation of international norms.”

“The fact that the violations in this case are the work of an individual State, does not insulate the U.S. from responsibility,” said SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry and International Secretary-Treasurer Eliseo Medina, in a letter that accompanied the complaint to the ILO. “Furthermore, the efforts of the executive branch of the U.S. government to challenge the law are simply insufficient to protect these workers and our trade union now, or into the future, without a deeper commitment to federal legislative reform.”

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Is the Father of Snooki’s Baby Cheating on Her?

Is the Father of Snooki’s Baby Cheating on Her?

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The National Enquirer is reporting that pregnant Jersey Shore star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi is being cheated on by the father of her baby, Jionni LaValle.

According to The Enquirer, recent photos of LaValle with his ex-girlfriend have surfaced with claims that she is not really an ex-girlfriend.

LaValle’s 22-year-old ex-girlfriend had allegedly been seeing Snooki’s beau for the majority of his relationship with the Chilean-born star, and that their relationship only ended this past fall.

Snooki, 24, is said to have been completely unaware of any relationship between her boyfriend and his ex, Erica Wecksler.

In other Snooki news, the pint-size reality star has announced the launch of her first baby line.

Snooks has decided to extend her Snooki Slippers with Happy Feet brand to include baby slippers called Baby Booty.

The original footwear, which cost $30 a set, can be found at BuyHappyFeet.com or through the Snooki Shop website.

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Hispanic Preschoolers Among Those in Most Need of More Outdoor Play Time

Hispanic Preschoolers Among Those in Most Need of More Outdoor Play Time

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A recent study published in the April 2 online edition of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, found that many preschoolers are not getting enough outdoor play, with those with Hispanic mothers among those getting the least.

The research team looked at statistics on the outdoor-activity routines of 8,950 children born in 2001 who were tracked through enrollment in kindergarten. The data were deemed to be nationally representative, reflecting the behavior of an estimated 4 million kids.

Each child’s mother was interviewed regarding the frequency and nature of her child’s outdoor play experience at the ages of 9 months, 2 years and 4 years, (or a year before kindergarten) and then again once enrolled in kindergarten.

Only 51 percent of the kids were found to be following a daily routine of parent-supervised outdoor play. That figure, however, rose slightly—to 58 percent—among children who were not enrolled in some form of child care.
Boys were more likely than girls to get daily outdoor exercise, and children whose parents were more likely to exercise also were more likely to get out on a daily basis.

What’s more, race seemed to play a role, with children from white families getting substantially more outdoor play than those with Asian, black or Hispanic mothers. Specifically, Asian mothers were 49 percent less likely to take their children outdoors for play, black mothers were 41 percent less likely and Hispanic mothers were 20 percent less likely.

Mothers were more likely than fathers to be the supervising parent during outdoor play—44 percent of mothers said they took their child out for daily play, while only 24 percent of fathers did so.

TV-watching habits of children did not affect the findings. Nor did mothers’ marital status, perceived neighborhood safety or family income levels.

Rahil Briggs, a child psychologist with Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, in New York City, agreed that “there’s a very real need for growing children to have outdoor play.”

“Unfortunately, I’m not too surprised with these findings, because of what we already know about the obesity epidemic in this country and all the sedentary activities our children are partaking in with the use of video games, TV, the iPad and all of that,” she said.

“Parents need to change their thinking about outdoor play as a luxury that they can get in for their kids on a Saturday, to something along the lines of a necessity,” Briggs said. “We need to know that it has an important impact on our children’s physical health and also on their behavioral development and concerns.”

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ESPN Airs “Esto es SportsCenter” Ad on Its Both English- and Spanish-Language Channels (VIDEO)

ESPN Airs “Esto es SportsCenter” Ad on Its Both English- and Spanish-Language Channels (VIDEO)

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With a 15 percent increase in ESPN’s Hispanic audience over the past five years, the network has added a Spanish-language television advertisement for its show “SportsCenter” to its broadcasts.

ESPN, which is owned by the Walt Disney Company, will now be running an ad for it’s 17-year-old show, which has the tag line “This is SportsCenter,” with the Spanish-language saying “Esto es SportsCenter.”

The ad has Dominican second baseman Robinson Cano, of the New York Yankees, giving high-fives and handshakes to staff member at ESPN’s headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut, unknowingly spreading a cold.

The ad will reportedly be running of ESPN Deportes, the network’s Spanish-language sports channel created in 2004, as well as on the English-language channel ESPN2.

The ad marks the first time the network will air a Spanish-language ad on both an Spanish- and English-language channel.

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Owners of Guiness and Johnnie Walker Want to Buy Jose Cuervo Tequila

Owners of Guiness and Johnnie Walker Want to Buy Jose Cuervo Tequila

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The British spirits group, Diageo, is getting close to becoming the owners of the Jose Cuervo tequila brand according to some reports.  The eponymous Mexican tequila brand has been privately held for 200-years by the Beckmann family.

Diageo owns many popular liquor brands like Guiness, Johnnie Walker and Smirnoff Vodka, but no tequila brand.  For the last nine-years Diageo has been the U.S. distributor for the tequila.

The purchase by Diageo could result in a multi-billion dollar sales transaction according to the Telegraph UK.  The price reflects Jose Cuervo’s world market leader position thanks in great part to being the first to produce tequila. 

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Selena Gomez Shows Off Her New Long Locks

Selena Gomez Shows Off Her New Long Locks

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Okay, her hair didn’t really grow a foot in a few days (obviously), but Selena Gomez is showing off the hair extensions she may have added for her role in the upcoming thriller Aftershock.

ImageThe 19-year-old singer-actress just finished filming for Spring Breakers and while some say the extensions are for her role in Aftershock, which takes place in Chile during an earthquake, others say filming for that has wrapped as well, and that Gomez will be working on another film.

Gomez tweeted, “Spring breakers is done now hairs done for the next movie! smile

She also posted a photo with the co-owners/stylists Nikki Lee and Riawna Capri of Nine Zero One Salon in West Hollywood, saying, “@nikkilee901 and @riawnacapri long hair, she don’t care smile

No word yet I what boyfriend Justin Bieber thinks of his lady’s new hair.

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Univision Deportes- New Sports Channel Launches with Soccer Emphasis

Univision Deportes- New Sports Channel Launches with Soccer Emphasis

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Univision on Saturday will launch a sports channel seeking to attend to the “insatiable appetite” of the Latino audience for soccer, the senior vice president for production at Univision Deportes, David Neal, told Efe.

He said that the Univision audience has “been waiting to be taken care of,” regarding their preference for the main soccer competitions around the world.

“The audiences that the broadcasts of the Copa de Oro and the Copa America had in the summer of 2011, as well as the friendly match between Colombia and Mexico, in February, with 8 million viewers in prime time, tell us that there was a lot of interest in what we’re going to offer,” Neal said.

Univision Deportes will broadcast matches of the Mexican first division, Major League Soccer, the CONCACAF Champions League and matchups between the U.S. and Mexican national teams.

The coverage will also include the 2014 World Cup and the qualifying matches that begin in June.

Univision Deportes decided to focus its programming on soccer, but Neal does not rule out offering other sports with the predicted expansion of the channel.

“We know that soccer is a real passion for our audience, but that doesn’t mean that down the road we won’t have the rights to broadcast other sports,” he said.

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STUDY:  Each Generation of Mexican-American Children Gain Weight, 1st Generation Healthiest

STUDY:  Each Generation of Mexican-American Children Gain Weight, 1st Generation Healthiest

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In a study to be published in the “Journal of Nutrition” shows that first generation Mexican-American children are thinner and eat better than subsequent generations.

The study conducted by the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina had 2,300 Mexican-American youth ages 12 through 19 participate.  Experts believe first generation Mexican-Americans are closer to the traditional Mexican kitchen that is rich in meat, beans and fruit and vegetables.

According to the study:

Second-generation Mexican Americans were 2.5 times as likely to be obese as their first-generation peers; third-generation Mexican Americans were two times more likely to be obese.

The study found that 63 percent of the participants spoke some English; 21.5 percent spoke only English, and 16 percent spoke little English. Nearly 73 percent of the youth were second- or third- generation Mexican American.

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Colombia: 11-Year-Old of Wayuu Tribe Gives Birth to Daughter

Colombia: 11-Year-Old of Wayuu Tribe Gives Birth to Daughter

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Stories of teens having children are sadly fairly common, but an even more startling realization is that preteens are having children as well.

A member of the Wayuu tribe, the indigenous group of the La Guajira Peninsula in the northern region of Colombia and Venezuela, has given birth to a baby girl at the age of just 11 years old.

The unnamed girl is said to be doing well after giving birth at a hospital and the newborn is also doing well.

While many are shocked to hear of the child giving birth, it appears such a thing is relatively common in the Wayuu society, and since the Wayuu have autonomy, they maintain their own sovereignty and have their own set of laws.

The baby’s father was not identified either and it is not believed the Wayuu people will be talking about it.

Univision’s Primer Impacto also did a report on the birth. Watch the video below.

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EXTREME TRAFFICKING:  Seized Drug-Stuffed Toilets Donated to Habitat for Humanity

EXTREME TRAFFICKING:  Seized Drug-Stuffed Toilets Donated to Habitat for Humanity

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced that 192 commercial toilets seized during a drug bust at Laredo Port of Entry would find a more appropriate home with Habitat for Humanity of Laredo-Webb County.

Eugenio Garza Jr., Director, Field Operations, Laredo Field Office, together with Carol Sherwood, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Laredo-Webb County, gathered at an event held at the port conference room at Lincoln-Juarez Bridge to announce the donation.

The seizure triggering the donation occurred on July 9, 2011 at World Trade Bridge. CBP officers referred a 1997 Freightliner tractor hauling a shipment of commercial toilets for a secondary examination. During the examination, CBP officers discovered 126 bundles containing 977 pounds of alleged marijuana commingled with the merchandise. The marijuana had an estimated street value of $977,000.

The 192 commercial toilets, carrying a domestic value of $7,079, were seized as well.

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WATCH VIDEO: Penelope Cruz in Woody Allen’s New Movie ‘To Rome with Love’

WATCH  VIDEO: Penelope Cruz in Woody Allen’s New Movie ‘To Rome with Love’

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Check out the Spanish beauty, Penelope Cruz, in another Woody Allen movie coming out in June 22nd: ‘To Rome with Love’. 

The comedic movie focuses on love, romance and adventure in Italy with four different story lines playing out at the same time.  Allen as always has gathered a stellar cast for this project that include Alec Baldwin, Ellen Page and Jesse Eisenberg.

Cruz last appeared in Woody Allen’s 2008 ‘Vicky Cristina’ where she was awarded an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.  Cruz is the first Spanish actress to win an Academy Award.

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WATCH the New Video for Demi Lovato’s “Give Your Heart a Break” (VIDEO)

WATCH the New Video for Demi Lovato’s “Give Your Heart a Break” (VIDEO)

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The official video for Demi Lovato’s “Give Your Heart a Break” has been released and she doesn’t want to break your heart, she just wants to “give your heart a break.”

Ahead of her return to Latin America (she was in Puerto Rico in December and Chile in February for the Iquique Festival), Disney kid turned young powerhouse, Demi Lovato has released the video for her latest single “Give You Heart a Break,” giving those awaiting her concerts a chance to rock out prior to her arrival.

Lovato will begin her Latin America tour on April 13 in Panama City, Panama and end with two shows in Mexico on May 2 & 3. She will then return to the U.S. for six shows, closing out the tour in Los Angeles on July 8 at the Greek Theatre.

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1,500 Year-Old Human Sacrifice Altar Found in Peru

A group of Peruvian archaeologists found a 1,500-year-old altar for human sacrifices on the top of a hill in the northern region of La Libertad, the daily El Comercio reported Tuesday.

The structure is located 1,000 meters (3,250 feet) high on Campana Hill and was cut by the Moche culture into a rock at the site with three steps leading to a small platform.

“Many archaeologists identified in the Moche ceramic sculptures ... an ancient rite of sacrifice,” said the head of the archaeological team, Regulo Franco. “Now, with this find, we’re sure that what appeared on the ceramics was Campana Hill.”

The experts also found in the area a small cave painting dating back 2,800 years, as well as ceramics and burials.

Percy Valladares, the president of the Association for the Rescue and Defense of Campana Hill, said that the site is in danger due to the lack of demarcation, people who come to the site and urban growth.

Microbiologist Carlos Quiroz says that 254 species of plants and 118 species of animals live on Campana Hill, the daily reported.

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Los Angeles Mayor Villarraigosa Urging Hispanics to Vote

Los Angeles Mayor Villarraigosa Urging Hispanics to Vote

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Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villarraigosa, who will chair the Democratic National Convention here in September, on Tuesday urged Hispanics in North Carolina to vote “for those who don’t have a voice” in the presidential elections in November.

“If we don’t vote, neither of the two parties are going to take us into account. You have to go out and register people and, above all, motivate those who can to become U.S. citizens,” said Villarraigosa in a meeting with Hispanic reporters in Charlotte.

In his first visit to the Queen City, one of the country’s highest-profile Latino politicians reiterated that since North Carolina is the state that has had the biggest growth in the country in its Hispanic community, its voting power is “essential.”

“The figures point to it and we know it: the Hispanic vote is important, and we’ll work very hard to get it,” Villarraigosa emphasized.

The mayor on Tuesday toured Charlotte’s convention center and Bank of America stadium, where President Barack Obama will accept the nomination of his party in September.

The number of Hispanics in North Carolina increased by 111 percent over the past decade to more than 800,000, representing 8.4 percent of the state’s residents.

According to figures compiled by the North Carolina state elections board, in 2008 there were more than 68,000 Hispanics registered to vote and of those 20,648 voted in the presidential elections that November.

Obama won North Carolina by a scanty 14,177 votes, the first time since 1976 that a Democratic presidential candidate had garnered the state’s 15 electoral votes.

A post-electoral analysis by the Washington-based Immigration Policy Center emphasized that those Hispanic votes that went to the Democrats were “indispensable” in helping Obama win the Tar Heel state.

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Brazil President Dilma Rousseff’s U.S. Visit to Focus on Education & Science Parternerships

Brazil President Dilma Rousseff’s U.S. Visit to Focus on Education & Science Parternerships

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Brazil’s drive to establish a partnership with the United States in the spheres of education, science, technology and innovation will be a key topic of President Dilma Rousseff’s visit to Washington next week, the education minister said Tuesday.

“Cooperation in the areas of education and innovation is now one of the priorities of Brazilian foreign policy,” Aloizio Mercadante told accredited foreign correspondents in Brasilia.

Mercadante said that this priority has been “materialized” in the Science Without Borders program announced by the government last December, which plans to award scholarships to 100,000 Brazilian students to the 50 best universities in the world by 2014.

The program particularly emphasizes the scientific and technological fields, with emphasis on mathematics, engineering, computer science, biology and nanotechnology, as well as other more specific sectors like petroleum, gas and aeronautics.

In all these fields, the United States is a leader and the government of President Barack Obama has said he will cooperate and ease access for Brazilian students to universities in his country, Mercadante said.

According to the minister, an estimated 20,000 Brazilian college students could do postgraduate studies in the United States, or 20 percent of those awarded scholarships, making it Brazil’s chief partner in the Science Without Borders program.

So far this year some 1,500 students in the program have already enrolled in colleges in the United States, one of the first countries that agreed to cooperate with the plan, together with France, Italy, Germany and Russia.

Those topics, along with other plans of cooperation being discussed with the United States in a number of areas of science and technology, will be analyzed during Rousseff’s meeting with Obama next Monday at the White House.

This will be Rousseff’s first state visit to Washington as head of state.

Besides the working session with Obama, her trip will include a visit to Harvard University, which will accept some 2,000 Brazilian graduate students over the next few years.

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WednesdayApril 4, 2012