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WednesdayApril 25, 2012

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‘Noticias OK” in Puerto Rico to Report Only Good, Happy News

‘Noticias OK” in Puerto Rico to Report Only Good, Happy News

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A radio program in Puerto Rico will report only good news starting May 1 as a way to try and minimize violence on the streets of the Caribbean island.

The host of “Noticias OK,” Yalitza Navedo Roman, said Wednesday in a communique that the initiative arose after a survey was conducted in June 2004 among 100 residents of low-income communities, during which the participants asked the media to report positive news that was happening in their neighborhoods.

“These figures are the basis for the birth of ‘Noticias OK.’ That is, this media proposal was born in the heart of the people (who live in) public housing and special communities,” said Navedo Roman.

She said that the project will serve to “minimize the culture of violence” and contribute to peace in Puerto Rico, which registered a record 1,136 homicides in 2011.

“The distribution of news with a positive focus will be a balm that will ... improve the quality of life on the island,” she said.

The hour-long program will be rebroadcast on Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. by the Family Station and will feature segments such as one in which artists of the urban genre are challenged to join the initiative.

Other elements of the broadcast will include one called “Aplausos,” where the producers will recognize people who help their communities, and “Musica OK,” in which songs with positive messages will be played.

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7.5%  of Scheduled ICE Deportations Suspended

7.5%  of  Scheduled ICE  Deportations Suspended

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An ongoing review of pending deportations has resulted in the suspension of 7.5 percent of the planned expulsions, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said.

The evaluation is aimed at clearing a large backlog of court cases and at focusing enforcement efforts on the deportation of criminals, ICE Deputy Press Secretary Gillian Christensen said.

“This review is designed to allow the agency to make the best use of its limited resources,” she said in a statement, adding that ICE will continue to apply discretion in other cases before the Justice Department’s Executive Office for Immigration Review.

Figures provided by ICE show roughly 2,700 deportation cases have been shelved, while the rest of the more than 16,500 deportations that meet the criteria for suspension remain subject to completion of necessary paperwork and background checks.

ICE said the remaining 300,000 cases before EOIR are being evaluated by government attorneys in line with the agency’s current guidelines, which prioritize the deportation of convicted criminals, immigration fugitives, repeat violators of immigration law and recent illegal border-crossers.

So far, ICE has reviewed the cases of 179,518 people who are not in custody, determining that 16,518 of them, or 9 percent, are eligible to have their deportations suspended.

Only 26 of the 40,036 detained immigrants whose files were reviewed qualified for suspension.

The 2,722 shelved deportation cases involve former and current military personnel, as well as 175 children and 180 college students who entered the United States before the age of 16.

Also among the beneficiaries were 100 people suffering from serious health conditions and 60 victims of domestic violence or human trafficking.

The suspension of deportation does not automatically translate into a work permit, a situation that has prompted some immigration lawyers to suggest migrants might be better off going to immigration court and seeking asylum.

President Barack Obama’s administration has deported a record number of more than 1 million undocumented immigrants since taking office in January 2009.

After complaints from immigrants rights activists about the effects of the massive expulsions, the administration announced last August that ICE would embark on a review of pending deportations.

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Group of Mexican Attorneys Promoting Online Divorces

Group of Mexican Attorneys Promoting Online Divorces

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A group of Mexican attorneys wants to convince people that divorces are not difficult to obtain, rolling out a prepaid card that simplifies the process and can even be purchased at supermarkets.

The Libera Divorce Pass promises to help buyers get a new life, allowing them to use the card themselves or give it as a gift.

The prepaid divorce program is being marketed with the slogan “Tu nuevo inicio” (Your New Start).

“We want to remove the label stuck on divorce as being complicated, bureaucratic and costly, and to make it as easy as going to a supermarket and buying a card,” Arturo Ortiz, operations director of the Liberapass.com project launched by Abogados Postulantes en Sociedad, told Efe.

The company unveiled what it claims is Mexico’s first online divorce service on Tuesday, opening the way for people to initiate the process by either following the directions on the prepaid card or going to the Web site.

The card, however, is just a marketing kit designed to get the company’s message out to the public, with the 200-peso ($15.70) purchase price being deducted later from the final legal bill for the divorce.

Once the card is purchased or a client decides to start divorce proceedings online, a user account must be established and loaded with 5,000 pesos ($392) plus the VAT, which is the cost of the express divorce service; this is the first step in the four-step journey to freedom.

After activating an account, the user has the right to start divorce proceedings, which require three more steps: submitting the petition and documentation (which is picked up at a client’s home); attending a hearing; and waiting for the court decision at home.

The process takes three to four months on average to complete and the company provides a money back guarantee if a divorce is not granted.

“With four easy steps, they can access the service in a comfortable, secure manner, without leaving their home or office, just going to court once,” Ortiz said, adding that the biggest advantage of an online divorce was that it removed “the impact and the trauma of meeting with an attorney.”

Individuals wishing to use the online express divorce service or the at-home service must live in the Federal District, not have any children and have no litigation over assets.

The company is able to offer this service because Mexico City’s government approved express divorces in 2008, with the consent of only one of the spouses needed to start the proceedings.

“The fact that in a city as big as the DF (Federal District) you can help people avoid going to a law office, going through a traumatic meeting and, in some way, (avoid) having situations that affect a person’s confidentiality” are the big selling points of quick divorces, Ortiz said.

Although the prepaid cards, which will go on sale in the next few days, are not essential to gain access to the service, they are useful in helping people who want a divorce but have no idea how to start the process, Ortiz said.

“The benefit of the card is that you can buy it and give it to someone who you see is experiencing this type of difficulty and does not know where to turn, because it’s transferable,” the attorney said.

The cards, which are aimed at “people who are responsible and aware that family and personal situations can change,” are good for one year, giving buyers time to think about whether or not they want to go through with a divorce, Ortiz said.

“It is not up to us to judge if it’s frivolous or not, that is something that’s in the culture already and depends on the value each person gives it,” Ortiz said in response to a question about whether marketing a divorce service at a supermarket trivialized a serious matter.

“We believe that it is about respecting a right that people have as a result of current legislation, a way of accessing a service in a very innovative way,” Ortiz said.

During just the last three months of 2008, when the law took effect, 20,235 couples took advantage of the express divorce option, the Federal District Superior Court said.

Express divorces rose to 30,206 in 2009, while in 2010, the most recent year for which figures are available, the number totaled 31,364.

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What’s At Stake: SB 1070 at the Supreme Court

What’s At Stake: SB 1070 at the Supreme Court

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SB 1070 is Arizona’s controversial anti-immigrant law. After the law passed in 2010, two dozen copycat bills were introduced in state legislatures across the country; five passed in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, South Carolina and Utah. The ACLU and a coalition of civil rights organizations have filed lawsuits in all six states.

Today, the political tide is turning against immigration policy modeled after SB 1070. After observing the widespread harms caused by these laws, legislators in Mississippi, Virginia, Kansas and many other states are distancing themselves from this model.

On April 25, the Supreme Court will hear arguments for United States v. Arizona, the Justice Department’s challenge to SB 1070.

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Kansas Community Breaks Guinness World Record for Largest Serving of Nachos

Kansas Community Breaks Guinness World Record for Largest Serving of Nachos

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At 80-feet long, the world’s largest serving of nachos was created in Lawrence, Kansas.

Weighing in at a staggering 4,689 pounds, the Lawrence world record attempt was officially given the Guinness World Record for Largest Serving of Nachos.

Centerplate, Salty Iguana, KU Athletics and Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen (L.I.N.K.) collaborated to prepare the massive amount of nachos, which were 80 feet long, three feet wide and more than 10 inches deep.

Organizers started building the plate of nachos at 10 a.m. on Saturday, and volunteers say that long after the nachos were completed and had cooled, people were still paying the $1 donation to eat the record-breaking nachos.

Food and a number of the volunteers were donated by the Salty Iguana restaurant. In the end, a total of 860 pounds of nacho cheese topped off with 200 pounds of Salty Iguana’s famous Iguana Dip, 600 pounds of fresh salsa, tomatoes and cilantro, 860 pounds of beef, 1,200 pounds of beans, 315 pounds of jalapenos and 600 pounds of tortilla chips were used to make the nachos.

Proceeds from the event went to L.I.N.K. and organizers said it was not just about breaking a world record. It was about wanting the Lawrence community to be in the limelight. They say so many people in the community work hard to help those in need and in return deserve to be rewarded.

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A 7,000-Mile Flight: South American Bird Finds it Way to Chicago-area Park (PHOTOS)

A 7,000-Mile Flight: South American Bird Finds it Way to Chicago-area Park (PHOTOS)

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Chicago bird-watchers a South American bird has traveled 7,000 miles and is now resided in the city’s Douglas Park.

Teenage bird-watchers say they spotted the white-crested elaenia in Douglas Park and after the sighting uploaded photos of their find to the Illinois Birders’ Forum.

Fellow birders confirmed brothers Aaron Gyllenhaal, 15, and Ethan Gyllenhaal, 16, finds after seeing the photos, although the American Birding Association has yet to confirm that the bird is an elaenia.

The South American white-crested elaenia varies in size from 13.5 to 15 centimeters in length and weighs about half an ounce. They are normally found in the forest edges of the Andes Mountains.

If the bird spotted by the brothers is confirmed to be the elaenia, it will be only the second recorded sighting of the bird in the U.S.

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WATCH Pitbull’s Video for ‘Men In Black 3’ Theme Song “Back in Time”  (VIDEO)

WATCH Pitbull’s Video for ‘Men In Black 3’ Theme Song “Back in Time”  (VIDEO)

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Earlier this year, we announced that rapper Pitbull had been tapped to perform the theme song for the upcoming Men In Black 3.

Last month, the rapper, whose real name is Armando C. Perez, stated:

It’s an incredible honor to be a part of such an amazing franchise as Men in Black and I have so much respect for Will Smith, especially with our similar musical backgrounds.

For “Back in Time,” Pitbull sampled Mickey & Sylvia’s 1950s hit “Love is Strange.”

Now, check out the song and the video for the Cuban rapper’s “Back in Time” and be sure to check out the alien appearances.

Oh, baby. – or should we say Ay, Papi?


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Royal Caribbean’s Drag Queen-Filled Cruise Will Make Stop in Cozumel, Mexico

Royal Caribbean’s Drag Queen-Filled Cruise Will Make Stop in Cozumel, Mexico

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Freedom of the Seas September 16 through 22 cruise will play host to the “Disco Queens on the High Seas”, a pageant for a half dozen drag queens.

The western Caribbean cruise will feature nightly entertainment hosted by Darcel Steven and Orlando-area performers Ginger Minj, Chantel Reshae and Aysia Black, including a show titled “Broadway on the High Seas”.

Other activities onboard include the 1st Miss High Seas 2012 Drag Pageant during the cruise, and the event will judged by nationally known drag queen Tommie Ross. Organizers of the event are looking for six contestants for the pageant, which will include an evening gown competition, a swim wear competition and disco-themed performance competition.

The cruise, which will take part on Royal Caribbean’s ship Freedom of the Seas, will leave from Port Canaveral, and will make stops in Labadee, Haiti, Falmouth, Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel, Mexico.

On the final day, there will be a farewell party and the winner of the Miss High Seas 2012 Pageant will be announced.

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Renowned University of Chicago Press to Publish its First Fictional Latino Novel

Renowned University of Chicago Press to Publish its First Fictional Latino Novel

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Not normally known for its publication of fiction, the University of Chicago Press has chosen to publish the 700-page novel, “A Naked Singularity” by Sergio de la Pava this Spring.

Originally self-published three years ago, the story follows Casi, a child of Colombian immigrants who lives in Brooklyn and works in Manhattan as a public defender.

Levi Stahl, promotions director for University of Chicago explained, “We don’t publish fiction.  We’re saying, ‘Trust us.  This is a great book.’”

In its 120-year history the University of Chicago Press’s fiction publications have been seldom and tend to be translations and reprints. 

The scope of the story is wide and will resonate with anyone interested in crime and courts to immigrant families and urban decay.
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EXTREME TRAFFICKING:  Guatemalan Tries to Smuggle Cocaine Chocolate Bars into Country

EXTREME TRAFFICKING:  Guatemalan Tries to Smuggle Cocaine Chocolate Bars into Country

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Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at Washington Dulles International Airport seized more than four pounds of cocaine hidden inside chocolate bars and drink boxes in a Guatemalan woman’s luggage shortly after 11 p.m. Sunday.

Officers identified the woman as a legitimate courier. She was not charged criminally, but CBP officers removed her from the United States and she faces a five-year ban from returning to the United States.

The woman arrived on a flight from San Salvador, El Salvador, and presented herself as a traveler for business. A CBP officer referred her to a secondary inspection for a baggage exam. In her baggage, CBP officers discovered eight chocolate bars, six of which contained a cocaine center, and six small drink boxes that contained plastic bags filled with cocaine. Total weight of the cocaine was 1,877 grams, or four pounds, two ounces.

The street value was approximately $130,000.

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LATINO BLOTTER: Man Pretends to be Dunkin’ Donuts Auditor, Steals Money From Register

LATINO BLOTTER: Man Pretends to be Dunkin’ Donuts Auditor, Steals Money From Register

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Police say a man pretending to be a Dunkin’ Donuts corporate auditor attempted to rob an Orlando-area shop on Tuesday.

Ricardo Diaz, 48, reportedly convinced employees of the Alafaya Trail Dunkin’ Donuts that he had been sent by the company’s corporate headquarters to conduct an audit. He eventually also convinced the workers to open the register. He then told one employee that money in the register was counterfeit.

Feeling something was not right, one employee told a fellow worker to call for help from the bathroom.

While workers were in the back, leaving Diaz unattended at the register, the fake auditor took the cash from the register and attempted to flee out the back door.

Before he could get away however, 19-year-old employee Samuel Oliveria tackled Diaz and with the help from a Dunkin’ Donuts Patronmanaged to detain him until police arrived.

Diaz was making a run for it with $237 from the register. He now faces charges of burglary, petty theft and robbery.

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Mexican Team Prepares for London’s Olympic Soccer “Mexico Can Compete with Anyone”

Mexican Team Prepares for London’s Olympic Soccer “Mexico Can Compete with Anyone”

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Mexico has the soccer players to hold its own against anybody at the 2012 London Olympics, National Physical Education and Sports Commission director Bernardo de la Garza said, stopping short of making medal predictions.

“Mexico can compete with anybody (in Olympic soccer). We took on South Korea in the World Under 17s and we beat them,” De la Garza said.

All the soccer teams heading to London are talented and can compete, De la Garza said.

Mexico will debut in Olympic soccer against South Korea on July 26 and will then play Gabon on July 29 and Switzerland on Aug. 1.

If Mexico qualifies for the quarterfinals, it will take on a rival from Group A, in which the favorites are Britain and Uruguay.

The Mexican soccer team has competed at the Olympic level at the 1964 Tokyo Games, the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, the 1972 Munich Games, the 1976 Montreal Olympics, the 1992 Barcelona Games, the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and the 2004 Athens Games, playing in 28 matches and posting a record of eight wins, 10 losses and 10 ties.

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OPINION:  Arizona Immigration Law Targets Immigrant Women and Their Families

OPINION:  Arizona Immigration Law Targets Immigrant Women and Their Families

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Today as the Supreme Court holds hearings to determine the constitutionality of the nation’s most controversial state immigration law, Arizona’s SB 1070.  The National Coalition for Immigrant Women’s Rights (NCIWR) issued an opinion statement as follows: 

First and foremost they oppose the law because it promotes stigma, bias and blatant racial profiling by demanding police seek out “foreign characteristics” to identify immigrants without documents, among other serious flaws.

Today, more than half of immigrants are women, and many of those women are the sole breadwinners and backbone of their families and communities. SB1070 creates barriers between law enforcement and immigrant women who fear that reporting a violent partner or other criminal activity might lead to their own immigration detention. The law creates cruel conditions that could potentially needlessly separate mothers from their children.

“This Arizona law and others like it legalize the harassment of immigrants,” said Jessica González-Rojas, executive director of National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, co-leader of NCIWR. “This country needs comprehensive immigration reform that protects women and unites families, not over-reaching laws, like this one, that deny basic human rights.”

“Women and their families should not be terrorized by laws that threaten to tear families apart,” stated Miriam Yeung, executive director of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, co-leader of NCIWR. “Immigrant women are making enormous social and economic contributions in communities across the United States. Laws like SB 1070 completely undermine this reality.”

NCIWR stands in solidarity with women’s and immigrants’ rights supporters across the country who are relying on the Supreme Court to declare this law unconstitutional.

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Paris Hilton in Peru: Socialite Opening Store Later This Year

Paris Hilton in Peru: Socialite Opening Store Later This Year

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Famous for being famous socialite, Paris Hilton will be opening a store in Independencia, Peru in the fall.

The store will be located in Independencia’s Plaza Norte and will offer Hilton’s line of handbags, perfume, shirts, shoes, and watches.

This will be the hotel heiress’ first store in Latin America, though she also has stores in India, South Korea, and the Philippines.

As of 2012, 31-year-old Hilton, who is also a model and fashion designer, is worth more than $100 million.

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National Organization of Landscapers Sue Department of Labor Over Visa Issues

National Organization of Landscapers Sue Department of Labor Over Visa Issues

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The National Hispanic Landscape Alliance (NHLA), in conjunction with other leading landscape organizations, filed a suit against the Department of Labor (DOL) to stop proposed regulations on the H-2B seasonal worker program that would severely reduce the number of visas issued to seasonal laborers and increase the cost of the program, discouraging employers from using the program.

Implementation of the new rules would cause the elimination of thousands of jobs and risk the continued existence of hundreds of landscape businesses they say. Among the most acutely affected will be Hispanic Americans who represent roughly 35 percent of the landscape labor force.

Over the years, the H-2B seasonal worker program has become an integral part of operations for a great number of landscape companies across the country.  The new regulations proposed by the DOL stand to create a huge financial burden on these companies because they would drastically reduce access to this unique workforce. The plaintiffs add that the proposed changes not only go beyond the DOL’s authority, but have also been set forth without a proper analysis of the industry’s needs and the impact it could have on landscape businesses and their employees.

A recent study released in November 2011 by the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) identified landscaping as a key opportunity and economic engine for Hispanics in the United States. According to the report, landscaping provides a huge source of entrepreneurial opportunities for this demographic as the proportion of Latino-owned landscaping businesses is almost double that of the national average in other industries.

Currently, almost 16 percent of landscape businesses with payrolls are owned by Hispanics.

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Salma or Sofia: Who Can Sell Burger King’s Salads Better?

Salma or Sofia: Who Can Sell Burger King’s Salads Better?

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Fast food giant Burger King has turned to superstar Latinas Salma Hayek and Sofia Vergara to sell their new salads and wraps.

Salma, whose new animated movie The Pirates! Band of Misfits opens this weekend (April 27) stars in a few of Burger King’s new commercials. With one in Spanish and another in English, the Puss In Boots star tries a number of looks as she takes part in an employee training session.

Check out the (English version) commercial below.


Salma is not the only lusty Latina Burger King has hired, however. Modern Family’s Sofia Vergara has also starred in a commercial for the new Garden Salad and Wraps campaign.

Check out her Spanish language ad as well.


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Mexico’s Roberto Orci to Write Screenplay and Produce ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’

Mexico’s Roberto Orci to Write Screenplay and Produce ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’

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Sony Pictures has hired Mexican-born Roberto Orci and his partner Alex Kurtzman to write the screenplay for “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” which they also will executive produce, Variety reported on its Web site.

James Vanderbilt, who co-authored the screenplay for “The Amazing Spider-Man,” which will hit U.S. theaters on July 3, has written the first draft of the script for the sequel.

Production on the sequel, which is slated for a May 2014 release, is scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2013.

“Alex and Bob have a unique ability to write great characters and spectacular action that makes them pitch perfect for ‘Spider-Man,’” producer Matt Tolmach said. “They have an exciting take on the franchise.”

Orci and Kurtzman, meanwhile, issued a joint statement expressing their enthusiasm for the project.

“We grew up as huge ‘Spider-Man’ fans so, to us, the opportunity to work on this film is akin to being handed the Holy Grail. We love the direction Sony and the filmmakers are taking the Peter Parker/Spider-Man mythology,” the statement read.

DreamWorks is set to release Kurtzman’s directorial debut, “People Like Us,” in June.

Orci and Kurtzman, two of Hollywood’s most sought-after screenwriters, have written the scripts for films such as “Mission: Impossible III” (2006), “Transformers” (2007), “Star Trek” (2009) and “Cowboys & Aliens” (2011).

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Hugo Chavez Forgives All Those that Wished for His Death

Hugo Chavez Forgives All Those that Wished for His Death

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President Hugo Chavez said in a videotape broadcast Tuesday on all Venezuelan television networks that he has forgiven all those who have desired his death and he reiterated his faith in God to help him overcome the cancer from which he is suffering.

“For those who have bad wishes for me, I pardon them ... I have great faith in what we’re doing in this intense work against the disease that ambushed me last year… To live, to continue living and each additional day to continue giving this life to a people, to a revolution,” the leftist leader said.

The new images come after on Monday Chavez, who has been in Cuba since April 14 to undergo radiation therapy, quashed rumors about an alleged worsening in his health.

He said in the video that he had made a kind “of pact” with God “for the treatment” that he is “rigorously following to have supreme success” and that he can “continue stepping up the pace.”

During his message the president read headlines from Monday’s dailies and chatted with Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro.

Appearing on the videotape was his daughter Rosa and one of his grandchildren, along with Chavez, who was dressed in sports clothing and seemed to be quite agile.

Chavez commented on a survey that shows him with a lead of 19 percentage points over his main rival in the Oct. 7 presidential election, Henrique Capriles.

The president said that “we’re going to continue consolidating” that lead.

He also used the occasion to criticize remarks that U.S. President Barack Obama made before traveling to Colombia for the Summit of the Americas two weeks ago when he demanded “free and fair elections (in Venezuela) where the people’s will is respected.”

“Nowhere on this planet is there an electoral system as transparent, efficient and good” as Venezuela’s Chavez said.

The Venezuelan leader underwent surgery on Feb. 26 in Havana for the recurrence of a tumor that was removed in June 2011 - also in Cuba.

Chavez said the tumor was in the pelvic region but did not reveal its precise location. He underwent several rounds of chemotherapy after the initial surgery before announcing in October that he was cancer-free.

The Venezuelan leader has said that he has no metastasis and that he is certain of a full recovery. He has vowed not to abandon his bid for another term as president.

First elected in 1998, he won a vote held the following year under a new constitution, survived a recall referendum in 2004 and secured a six-year mandate in 2006.

International observers were present in Venezuela for all of those contests.

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Bilingual ‘Get Out the Vote’ Campaign Launched by Univision

Bilingual ‘Get Out the Vote’ Campaign Launched by Univision

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Spanish-language media giant Univision announced Tuesday the launching of its first bilingual civic participation campaign to encourage Latinos to register to vote and to participate in the election in November.

The campaign, which is being mounted in collaboration with the Ya Es Hora coalition, is called “Libera tu voz” (Unleash your voice) and seeks to increase the number of Hispanic registered voters.

According to Univision figures, in the 2008 election 85 percent of Latinos who were registered to vote did so, contributing an historic 9.7 million votes to the process.

However, just 57 percent of eligible Latinos were registered to vote at the time.

“The Latino vote will be a decisive factor in the 2012 elections, as the Hispanic community continues to impact the socio-economic, political and demographic future of our nation,” Cesar Conde, president of Univision Networks, said in a statement.

As part of the initiative, Univision will launch an advertising campaign featuring famous Hispanics in several phases, beginning with one to raise awareness and followed by a call to action for Hispanics to register and then to go to the polls.

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