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TuesdayApril 17, 2012

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STUDY:  Key to U.S. Business Success is Engaging Hispanic Market

STUDY:  Key to U.S. Business Success is Engaging Hispanic Market

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Latinos will be a fundamental component of U.S. business success in the future thanks to buying power that is poised to grow rapidly over the coming years, a study released Tuesday by the Nielsen company said.

The Latino population of 52 million spent $1 trillion in 2010 and its purchasing capacity is expected to reach $1.5 trillion by 2015, according to data from the State of the Hispanic Consumer: The Hispanic Market Imperative.

The study by the media and market research giant shows that Latinos are no longer a subsegment of the economy but a driving force in all aspects of American life.

“The Hispanic community in the United States is large and growing, and businesses must make strides to understand and engage these consumers,” Nielsen’s vice chair, Susan Whiting, said in presenting the report.

“Due to the general youth of this segment, family focus, strong culture and prevalent Spanish-language use, Hispanic consumers are impacting all areas of work and play and helping to redefine American culture in the 21st century,” she said.

The demographic analysis of the minority with the heftiest growth rate in the country calculates that the average age of Hispanics is 28, compared with a national average of 37.

The study shows that 60 percent of the Hispanic population is under 35.

Hispanics are also the immigrant group with the greatest tendency to preserve its culture - nine out of every 10 parents and prospective parents want their children to speak Spanish as well as speaking fluent English.

Conventional wisdom has it that immigrants will assimilate to such a degree that they lose their original customs and beliefs, but the study found otherwise - Hispanics can immerse themselves in American culture without losing their own.

The result is that 37 percent of adult Hispanics who speak English learned Spanish as children and often look for their news and entertainment in Spanish.

Other data that Nielsen highlights to show the importance of Spanish for reaching the Latino consumer is that, according to its research, 56 percent of adult Hispanics speak Spanish at home, compared with 40 percent who speak English.

With regard to technology and the use of media, once more because of their youth, culture and language, Hispanics have increasingly become a prime target for television, smart phones, social networks and videos streamed on the Internet and on mobile phones.

Latino consumers are enthusiastic about using different technological platforms and show a greater readiness to adopt new products than the national average.

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Maya 2012 Exhibit at Penn Museum to be Inaugurated by Honduran President Sosa

Maya 2012 Exhibit at Penn Museum to be Inaugurated by Honduran President Sosa

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Did the Maya believe the world would end in December 2012?

With MAYA 2012: Lords of Time—a world premiere exhibition opening May 5th—the Penn Museum confronts the current fascination with the year 2012, comparing predictions of a world-transforming apocalypse with their supposed origins in the ancient Maya civilization. The exhibition is presented in partnership with the Instituto Hondureño de Antropologia e Historia of the Republic of Honduras, and runs through January 13, 2013.

His Excellency Porfirio Lobo Sosa, President of the Republic of Honduras, joins Penn Museum Director Richard Hodges to cut the ribbon and open the exhibition to the public at 10:00 am Saturday, May 5.  An Opening Weekend Celebration, co-sponsored by the Mexican Cultural Center, features Mayan and Central American music, dance, weaving and craft demonstrations, and family craft activities in the Museum Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

MAYA 2012 leads visitors on a journey through the Maya’s time-ordered universe, expressed through their intricate calendar systems, and the power wielded by their divine kings, the astounding “lords of time.” Visitors explore the Maya world through a range of interactive experiences and walk among sculptures and full-sized replicas of major monuments while uncovering the truth behind these apocalyptic predictions.

The exhibition features more than 150 remarkable objects, including artifacts recently excavated by Penn Museum archaeologists at the site of Copan, Honduras, and on loan from the Instituto Hondureño de Antropologia e Historia. Visitors follow the rise and fall of Copan, moving across the centuries to discover how Maya ideas about time and the calendar have changed up to the present day. Contemporary Maya speak to their own heritage and concerns for the future.

Dr. Traxler, Mellon Associate Deputy Director of the Penn Museum and co-author of The Ancient Maya, (Sixth Edition, 2006), is an archaeologist who excavated at the site of Copan from 1989 through 2003. Simon Martin, Associate Curator of the Museum’s American Section and a leading Maya epigrapher, is co-curator of the exhibition.

What is the 2012 Phenomenon?

In recent years, the media have been filled with claims that the ancient Maya predicted a cataclysmic event at the end of their calendar. Some believe that a celestial alignment will bring a series of devastating natural disasters. Others argue that this event will bring enlightenment and a new age of peace. As December 2012 draws closer, new predictions continue to emerge. But what did the Maya really believe?

The Maya and their Calendar

The ancient Maya civilization has long fascinated scholars and the public alike. For 2,000 years, the Maya flourished in southern Mexico and parts of Central America, their grand cities featuring temple pyramids, palaces, ball courts, and intricately carved stone monuments bearing royal portraits and a complex hieroglyphic script. They excelled in art, architecture, astronomy, and mathematics—developing a calendar system that amazes and intrigues to this day.

The exhibition invites the visitor to explore the ancient Maya’s complex, interlocking calendar systems, which were based on an advanced understanding of astronomy and the night sky. Their most elaborate system, the Long Count, encompasses trillions of years, and one of its important cycles comes to a close on December 23, 2012 (some scholars say December 21, 2012). This is the origin of the Maya 2012 “end of the world” phenomenon.

Highlights of this section include an immersive re-creation of a Maya pyramid, and opportunities to create your own Maya name in hieroglyphs and to calculate your birthdate within the Maya calendar.

Copan and the Lords of Time

The ancient Maya believed that their kings were embodiments of time. At the site of Copan, Honduras, a dynasty of 16 kings ruled for nearly four centuries, from 426 to after 800 CE. Discoveries from recent excavations—including work by Penn Museum archaeologists—provide new insights and remarkable artifacts to tell the story of these lords and their unique understanding, and use, of time. Tunneling deep under the pyramids of Copan, archaeologists uncovered the tomb of the founder of the Copan dynasty, “Radiant First Quetzal Macaw.” The exhibition features jade jewelry and sophisticated ceramic vessels that accompanied the king on his journey into the Underworld.

Several important artifacts too massive to travel outside Honduras have been reproduced at full scale using state-of-the-art laser scanning technology. These include the historically significant Altar Q, the ultimate symbol of the Copan dynasty that carries portraits of all 16 kings, and the Margarita Panel, a vibrantly painted architectural panel featuring the emblematic name of Copan’s first ruler, shown as two elegantly entwined birds.

In all, 75 Classic period Maya artifacts excavated at Copan are featured. An interactive multimedia touch-table allows visitors to explore the extraordinary tunnels and tombs under the pyramids at Copan, using the actual drawings and images from the archaeologists who first uncovered them.

The “Lost” History of the Maya

The fall of divine kings and the abandonment of a great number of Maya cities are referred to as the Maya “Collapse.” This exhibition connects the missing pieces of the Maya story following its still mysterious decline, taking visitors to the present day. The Maya did not disappear. Today, more than seven million Maya, speaking a variety of Mayan languages, live in Central America and Mexico, with more Maya people living around the globe.

Many aspects of Maya culture were lost during the Spanish Conquest. Only four Maya books remain from this period. Two reproductions, the Dresden and Madrid Codices, are partnered with an extremely rare manuscript written just after the Conquest, revealing the extent to which Maya concepts of time were altered. Fine ethnographic textiles and 20th century folk art masks from the Penn Museum’s own collection lead the visitor to meet the Maya in the contemporary world.

Throughout the exhibition, visitors are able to “meet” experts on the ancient Maya to hear their perspectives through a series of interviews. In the final section of the exhibition, several Maya people speak for themselves, sharing their perspectives on the end of the world predictions—and on the contemporary concerns of the Maya.

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Cable Network Mun2’s New Programs Created For Bilingual Hispanic Adults

Cable Network Mun2’s New Programs Created For Bilingual Hispanic Adults

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Cable network mun2 on Tuesday announced the launching of new leisure programming for 2012 oriented toward satisfying the growing audience of young, bilingual Hispanic adults.

“Having my own television series that will be called ‘El Proyecto de La Chiquis’ is something I didn’t expect,” Janney Marin Rivera, known by the stage name of La Chiquis and daughter of singer Jenni Rivera, told Efe.

“Via this reality show I hope to be able to teach many positive things to Latino women through my own experience in starting a business,” she said during the presentation of the program in Los Angeles.

The first appearances of La Chiquis on mun2 were on her mother’s reality show called “I Love Jenni” as production manager for her mother, her former job.

The channel was launched in 2001 and is the affiliate of Telemundo, both of which belong to NBC-Universal. According to Nielsen estimates cited by mun2, it is the No. 1 channel among Hispanics between the ages of 18 and 49.

“The new programs, because of (their) production quality ..., make us very proud,” Flavio Morales, mun2’s vice president of production and programming, told Efe.

“Besides La Chiquis’s project, which will come out in the summer, we’re going to launch the program ‘Dub Latino’ which is about the daily work at a car magazine (and) in which we’ll interview celebrities like Daddy Yankee, Alex Rodriguez and other Latinos,” he said.

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New “Che”  Graphic Novel Inspired by His Most Famous Portrait

New “Che”  Graphic Novel Inspired by His Most Famous Portrait

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The most famous photo ever taken of Ernesto “Che” Guevara was shot by Alberto Korda in 1960, an image so endlessly reproduced it became not only a political icon but a marketing and advertising asset. That photo is the point of departure for the new graphic novel about the “Comandante” now being published in Spanish.

“We were convinced that if we wanted to tell Che’s story, we’d have to find a new perspective and something that would help make readers aware of the iconic power of his images,” Marco Rizzo, co-author with Lelio Bonaccorso of “Che Guevara,” published by Panini Comics, told Efe.

The graphic novel takes us back to a story so often repeated in movies, comics and literature that it was “a challenge,” Rizzo admitted.

The two Italians knew from the start that the story they told would spring from that photo, taken on March 5, 1960, at the Columbus Cemetery in Havana, during the funerals of more than 80 people killed in an attack.

Korda gave the photo entitled “Heroic Guerrilla,” showing Che with a proudly defiant expression, to the Italian Giangiamo Feltrinelli, who used it for a poster and for the cover of the book “Bolivia Diary.” That’s where the legend began.

The photographer received no money for this iconic image, both of his own accord and because there is no copywright law in Cuba. Only once did he ask for some sort of payment - from a brand of vodka - which he then handed over to the Cuban health system, the authors of the comic said.

The work of creating this graphic novel began in February 2011, and among other things is a way of paying tribute to two “comic masterpieces”: “The Man Who Killed Che Guevara” by the Italian Magnus, and “Che” by the Argentines Hector G. Oesterheld, Alberto Breccia and Enrique Breccia.

In fact, Bonaccorso draws the flashback sequences “with a rough stroke” that recalls the work of the Argentines, while Mario Teran, the Bolivian army sergeant who executed Che, is drawn with the features that Magnus gave him.

“Ever since I was a teenager I read a lot about Che Guevara. I’ve always known he was no saint, and he said that he wasn’t. Neither saint nor hero,” said Rizzo, who believes that the man’s message remains valid today, as indicated, for example, by the photos of the recent revolution in Libya showing opposition guerrillas carrying banners with his mythical portrait.

Rizzo doesn’t hide his regard and affection for this historic figure, but what about Che’s relationship with Fidel Castro?

“They had a true friendship at the beginning of their revolutionary adventure and admired each other. What they wrote to each other during the uprising seems sincere,” Rizzo says of the two men.

But the author of the story acknowledges that there are still gaps in many segments of Che’s life, and that the true relationship between the two “cannot be told if Fidel is still writing the script.”

Rizzo concluded by saying that “what has happened over the last decades in Cuba, after the revolution, is something very different from what Castro and Che had in mind at the beginning. We can’t just blame the United States and its embargo” and ignore “the real dictatorship in Cuba.”

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Is There a Serial Killer in Juarez? Multiple Remains Found Were Girls, Women - Only Half Identified

Is There a Serial Killer in Juarez? Multiple Remains Found Were Girls, Women - Only Half Identified

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Authorities have discovered that the bodies of 12 people found in troubled Ciudad Juarez over the last few months are those of girls and women, leading many to worry that young females are being specifically targeted.

In a statement Monday, the special prosecutor assigned to investigate crimes against women (created when authorities failed to solve earlier slayings) said DNA testing was used to identify the remains of six of the victims. It was determined that the victims were between the ages of 15 and 19 and were reported missing in 2009 and 2010. The remains of the other victims could not be identified due to decomposition.

Cause of death was not given for any of the victims, though Ciudad Juarez appears to have become the frightening home of women’s disappearances in Mexico. As authorities from Juarez struggle to solve or stop the slayings of women and girls, many are left wondering: Is there a serial killer in Juarez?

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Republican National Committee Upping Latino Outreach Efforts in Swing States

Republican National Committee Upping Latino Outreach Efforts in Swing States

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On Monday the Republican National Committee announced the addition of six state directors whose jobs it will be to help Republicans court Latino and Hispanic voters ahead of the general election.

“Working closely with the RNC and our Hispanic Outreach Director Bettina Inclán, these political professionals will play a critical role in engaging Hispanic voters in spreading the Republican message and important Get Out The Vote efforts,” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement. “They will continue to build a grassroots effort that will help ensure GOP victories in key battleground states this November.

“Within the coming months, the RNC will tirelessly work to engage the Hispanic community not only in battleground states but across the United States. With the unemployment rate for Hispanics over ten percent, two points higher than the national average, Hispanics across the country are frustrated with rising gas prices and skyrocketing debt.”

RNC Co-Chairman Sharon Day pointed to a recent Tarrance Group poll where a majority of Hispanics believe this country is on the wrong track after President Obama failed to deliver on his ‘Hope and Change’ promises from four years ago.

Though a strong number of Latinos and Hispanics support President Obama over the GOP’s top candidate Mitt Romney, President Obama’s approval rating dropped to 49 percent in 2011 from 58 percent in 2009.

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Ronaldo and Messi Each Reach La Liga Record with 41 Goals

Ronaldo and Messi Each Reach La Liga Record with 41 Goals

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In separate games Saturday rivals Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi scored goals that made each of them the new record holders for most goals in a Spanish league season.

Ronaldo was up first as Real Madrid faced off against Sporting Gijon. By the end of the match, Ronaldo had scored his 53rd goal of the season, and his record-setting 41st goal in Spain’s La Liga. Madrid beat Gijon 3-1.

Less than two hours later however, Argentine striker Lionel Messi and Barcelona took on Levante UD. Messi scored both Barça goals giving his club a 2-1 victory over Levante. With the second goal of the game, Messi tied Ronaldo with 41 goals in a single La Liga España season.

Messi’s 63 goals in all competitions are the most in European play since Bayern Munich’s Gerd Mueller scored 67 during the 1972-73 season.

When Madrid and Barça face off at Camp Nou for the second “Clasico” next weekend, Madrid will have a four-point advantage over Barça.

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Latinas Disproportionally Impacted by Unequal Pay - 10 Startling Facts

Latinas Disproportionally Impacted by Unequal Pay - 10 Startling Facts

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This material was created by the Center for American Progress

Equal Pay Day tomorrow highlights the fact that women, particularly Latinas, still earn significantly less than men despite working just as hard and often harder. Additionally, Latinas’ earnings continue to lag behind those of their white, African American, and Asian counterparts. Latinas overall earn less, on average, than men and other women, which means that they must work longer for the same amount of pay. This puts Latinas at greater risk of economic insecurity for themselves and their families. Here are 10 key facts on this prominent sector of our nation:

1. 25 million—the number of women in the United States who identify as Hispanic or Latina according to the 2010 American Community Survey.

2. $518—the median weekly earnings for Latinas compared to white women ($703), black women ($595), and Asian women ($751).

3. 56.5 percent—the percentage of working-age Latinas who were participating in the nation’s workforce in 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

4. 29.1 percent—the percentage of Latino women who were uninsured in 2010.

5. 25 percent—the percentage of Hispanic families headed by women without a spouse in 2010, compared to 15 percent of white families, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

6. $39,566—the mean yearly earnings of Latinas with a bachelor’s degree in 2009 ($31,720 less than white men), according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2012 Statistical Abstract.

7. 60 cents—the amount Latinas earned for each dollar earned by white men in 2011, according to the American Association of University Women.

8. 92 percent—the percentage of Latinas 18 years and younger who were born in the United States, according to the 2010 U.S. Census.

9. Six times the national average—the rate at which Latina entrepreneurs start businesses in the United States. Between 2002 and 2007 Latina-owned businesses represented the fastest-growing segment of the women-owned business market.

10. 53,044—the number of businesses with paid employees that Latinas owned in 2007 according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Those firms had a combined $39,556,475,000 in sales value, receipts, or shipments.

Latinas constitute a growing segment of the U.S. population and as such their challenges and potential are important to the economic well-being of our nation, our communities, and our families.

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LATINO BLOTTER: Polite Firefighter Jesus Ventura Robs Bank, Leaves Teller a Tip

LATINO BLOTTER: Polite Firefighter Jesus Ventura Robs Bank, Leaves Teller a Tip

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Just because you’re a bank robber doesn’t mean you should forget your manners.

Police say firefighter Jesus Ventura walked into a Dallas Chase Bank on April 10, demanded money from the teller, and left, but not before leaving the teller a $20 bill saying, “Here’s a tip for you.”

The 37-year-old left the bank branch, but was later caught after also robbing a nearby gas station.

Police say that when they arrested Ventura her was incoherent. Ventura later told the court he is bipolar, suffers from anxiety and depression and was not on medication during the heists. Adding to his odd behavior, Ventura reportedly gave the judge his birthday when asked for his address.

In March, Ventura was put on paid leave after he reportedly walked into a Dallas fire station and fired a semi-automatic weapon before then pointing the pistol at fellow firefighters.

Wednesday, a prosecution spokeswoman said Ventura was to remain in custody until his a detention hearing, which was scheduled for Monday.

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Quiara Alegria Hudes Wins Pulitzer Prize for Drama

Quiara Alegria Hudes Wins Pulitzer Prize for Drama

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Quiara Alegria Hudes, a writer of Puerto Rican origin, won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for drama with her play, “Water by the Spoonful,” Columbia University said.

Hudes, daughter of a Jewish father and a Puerto Rican mother, was awarded $10,000 for a play that reflects the return to civilian life of an Iraq War veteran.

The jury of the 96th annual Pulitzer Prizes wished to honor the “imaginative play” that Hudes wrote and that is set in her native Philadelphia.

Water by the Spoonful” was produced last fall at the Stage Company in Hartford, Connecticut.

Hudes, who earned a bachelor’s in music from Yale University and an M.F.A. in play writing from Brown University, wrote the book for the Tony-winning Broadway musical “In the Heights.”

She was a finalist for the 2007 Pulitzer with “Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue” and is also the creator of other musicals like “Barrio Grrrl!”, which premiered in 2009 at Washington’s Kennedy Center.

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Mexico Raises Alert Level for Those Near Popocatépetl Volcano

Mexico Raises Alert Level for Those Near Popocatépetl Volcano

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Monday, the alert level for those near Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano has been raised to the third highest warning level after hot rock fragments started shooting from the mountain and a vapor cloud shot a mile into the sky.

Popocatepetl is located about 50 miles southeast of Mexico City and according to local reports the volcano had “at least seven exhalations” between Saturday and Sunday.

Mexico’s National Center for Disaster Prevention raised the alert level to yellow phase three from yellow phase two, indicating that a magma expulsion is possible and explosions’ intensity will likely increase.

Nearly 50,000 residents in three states were evacuated when Popocatepetl had a major eruption in 2000.

For now, emergency services have been told to remain at the ready to evacuate residents and control access to the area around the volcano. An air alert has also been shared with air traffic controllers.

The Popocatépetl volcano is about 17,900 feet high, and according to the U.S. Geological Survey, more than tens of millions of people reside “within view” of what is described as a very “active” and “violent” volcano.

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UN’s Antonio Guterres Names Angelina Jolie as Special Envoy for Global Refugees

UN’s Antonio Guterres Names Angelina Jolie as Special Envoy for Global Refugees

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The UN refugee agency announced today that actress and humanitarian Angelina Jolie will take on a new and expanded role as a Special Envoy of its High Commissioner, António Guterres.

“In her new role, she is expected to focus on large-scale crises resulting in the mass displacement of people, to undertake advocacy and represent UNHCR and Guterres at the diplomatic level, engaging with relevant interlocutors on global displacement issues,” a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Adrian Edwards, told journalists in Geneva.

Ms. Jolie’s interest in humanitarian affairs was piqued in 2000 while filming in Cambodia. She soon began travelling to field operations with UNHCR and was named a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador in 2001.

Since then, according to UNHCR, she has carried out more than 40 field missions to some of the most remote regions of the world to highlight the plight of millions of uprooted people and to advocate for their protection, becoming an expert on the phenomenon of forced displacement and a tireless advocate on behalf of refugees

Mr. Edwards said Ms. Jolie’s status as Special Envoy is effective immediately, and she would focus on complex emergencies and work to facilitate lasting solutions for people displaced by conflict.

“High Commissioner Guterres is grateful to Ms. Jolie for accepting this role at a critical time in global displacement,” he added.

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CHECK OUT VIDEO:  Christiana Aguilera Performance on ‘The Voice’

Check out the video of Christina Aguilera’s ‘Fighter’ performance on ‘The Voice’ with her team members.  Aguilera is one of four judges on the vocal talent show, along with Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton.  The remaining vocal contestants are performing live during the quarterfinals and Aguilera was showing her groups multiple talents.

She performed one of her songs ‘Fighter’ in a less than flattering outfit but at least the vocal were strong as ever.  The song was written by Christina and song writer Scott Storch in 2003 as part of her ‘Stripped’ album. 

Check it out.

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Cesar Millan, “Dog Whisperer” Reaching out in Spanish to Promote Compassion for Animals

Cesar Millan, “Dog Whisperer” Reaching out in Spanish to Promote Compassion for Animals

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Famous dog trainer Cesar Millan is hoping that his idea of living in harmony with dogs can begin with little children and therefore stresses the mission of the foundation that bears his name.

The Mexican who became a TV star with his “Dog Whisperer” program describes the Cesar Millan Foundation as “one of those things you leave to the world.”

“I established a relationship with Yale University and together with my foundation we drew up a curriculum that is giving some 1,600 schools in the United States classes of instinctive understanding and compassion toward animals,” he told Efe on a visit to Miami.

The 2-year-old project, which focuses on primary school kids, got started with the aid of actress Jada Pinkett Smith, who was the person who paid his English classes for a year “when I showed my interest in doing a radio or television program.”

According to Millan, it’s easier to teach children because “they don’t see a pitbull as a pitbull, just as a dog,” so you’re not instilling prejudices in them against particular breeds.

Because “when you grow up and get these ideas, what it does is make you afraid” of certain breeds because you see them as dangerous.

Millan says that humans need to be educated about animals to establish a healthy, happy coexistence.

That’s what he has been doing from the time he was a boy in Sinaloa, Mexico, where he grew up on a ranch and later used everything he learned there on a TV show that won him fame as the Hollywood celebrities’ dog trainer.

That got started after opening his Dog Psychology Center in the mid-1990s for the purpose of rehabilitating mean canines, giving special attention to “powerful breeds” like pitbulls, Rottweilers, German Shepherds and Dobermans.

Though “Dog Whisperer” is broadcast in more than 100 countries on NatGeo television, he still wants it to reach more people in Spanish.

He made his mother a promise he would address that concern and eventually did so in Spain.

“When she saw the show with my voice dubbed, that wasn’t me. So I promised to do a show in Spanish so she could hear my real voice,” he recalls.

In Spain he films a show that he describes as “really strong,” but one that boasts an unmistakable “Latino and Spanish flavor.”

“We helped Spaniards realize little things they didn’t know and that they suddenly realized as a nation” about behavior that bonds with dogs or that mistreats and turns them away.

After his visit to Miami, the Mexican flew back to his 43-hectare (106-acre) ranch in California, which he intends to fit out so he can “bring people there and teach them to raise dogs right.”

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15-Year Old Charged with Murder and Human Smuggling that Left 9 Undocumented Migrants Dead in Crash

15-Year Old Charged with Murder and Human Smuggling that Left 9 Undocumented Migrants Dead in Crash

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Texas authorities filed murder charges Monday against a 15-year-old boy who was at the wheel of a minivan that flipped over and crashed, killing nine undocumented immigrants.

Palmview Police Chief Chris Barrera said that the teen is a U.S. citizen but did not identify him.

The defendant, who appeared Monday morning at a preliminary hearing, was accused on another 17 counts for people trafficking and serious injuries.

The nine fatalities in the accident that occurred Tuesday of last week were all Mexican citizens.

Last Thursday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection filed federal charges against five men and a woman for their role in tranporting the nine passengers.

The six suspects were identified as Carmelo Diaz Gopar, 24, Gloria Solis, 25, Alexander Barrios Grajales, 26, Alejandro Garcia Nava, 18, Jose Vega Zapata, 35, and Luis Julian Vargas, 19.

Solis and Vargas were identified as U.S. citizens and the other four as Mexicans.

The documents presented in court show that Border Patrol agents stopped a minivan on the night of April 10 on U.S. Highway 83 in Palmview.

When the vehicle came to a halt, Diaz Gopar got out and tried to run away but the agents nabbed him. Meanwhile the teenager driving the minivan sped away and crashed a little farther down the road.

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Former Puerto Rican Cop Accused of Raping Massachusetts Med Student

Former Puerto Rican Cop Accused of Raping Massachusetts Med Student

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A vacationing medical student from Massachusetts was raped by an ex-policeman in an apartment building in San Juan’s Condado neighborhood, Puerto Rican authorities said Monday.

The Puerto Rico Police Department said that William Rodriguez, who had been fired for corruption and was working as a security guard in the building, committed the assault in the wee hours of Saturday.

The news caused particular disquiet among the authorities because it occurred in the area where most U.S. tourists go when visiting the island, and because it happened little more than a week after another American woman suffered a beating on the small island of Vieques.

The name of the victim in the latest case is being withheld and the press described her as a 21-year-old med student.

The chief of the San Juan police district, Maj. Orlando Rivera, said that the alleged rape occurred on the rooftop of the building where Rodriguez was employed.

Rodriguez was unable to post bail, set at $500,000, and was remanded to a jail in the San Juan suburb of Bayamon.

The director of the state tourism agency, Luis Rivera Marin, acknowledged the authorities’ concern after the violent attack suffered by an American woman on the small island of Vieques, one of Puerto Rico’s top tourist attractions.

That woman, a 29-year-old from Baltimore, was beaten brutally on Vieques’ Coconut Beach.

Police never determined whether the woman was raped after one of her friends found her thrown on the sand, naked from the waist down and stunned by a powerful blow to the head.

Rivera said that tourism is an economic sector that in Puerto Rico employs more than 17,000 people and produces some $3 billion in revenues per year, 7 percent of the island’s economy.

He said that to prevent further incidents that damage the island’s image, a new security plan will be launched to step up police surveillance on Vieques and the rest of Puerto Rico.

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TuesdayApril 17, 2012