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SaturdayMay 5, 2012

Latino Daily News: Bringing You the Latest Hispanic Current Events and News Stories 24/7

To reflect the dynamic interests of our audience, Latino Daily News is an online daily news source and virtual cultural center for and about Latinos. We offer the latest news headlines, as well as innovative and insightful Hispanic current events stories, photos, videos, and commentaries from a Latino perspective, 24/7.

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Univision’s “Despierta America” Celebrates 15 Years

Univision’s “Despierta America” Celebrates 15 Years

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Univision morning show “Despierta America” (Wake Up America), the highest-rated among Hispanics, celebrated its 15th anniversary Friday with a special featuring its most memorable moments and many, many thanks to viewers for welcoming the program into their homes each day.

“We’re family for those who watch us and make every effort so our audience identifies with us,” the Mexican Karla Martinez, co-host of the program with Raul Gonzalez, Chiquinquira Delgado, Poncho de Anda, Ana Patricia Gonzalez and Satcha Pretto, told Efe.

For Martinez, one key to the show’s success is the fact that viewers “turn on the television and feel like we’re part of their family” besides bringing them “news, entertainment, sports and music.”

In that sense, the popular host said that the four-hour live broadcast has become a time with a true family feeling, as well as being spiced every day with our “improvisation and craziness.”

To celebrate these 15 years on the air, “Despierta America” prepared a special full of surprises and celebrity guests on location at the Epcot theme park in Central Florida.

Guests included Elvis Crespo, Joey Montana, Lupillo Rivera, Marc Anthony, Chayanne, Don Francisco, Thalia, Shaila Durcal and Joan Sebastian.

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Sofia Vergara Added to Robert Rodriguez’s “Machete Kills”

Sofia Vergara Added to Robert Rodriguez’s “Machete Kills”

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Sofia Vergara, the Colombian star of ABC sitcom “Modern Family” is joining the cast of Robert Rodriguez’s “Machete Kills,” Variety reported Friday.

Rodriguez had already recruited Jessica Alba, Amber Heard, Michelle Rodriguez, Mel Gibson and Demian Bichir for the sequel to the 2010 film “Machete,” while Danny Trejo will repeat as the protagonist.

Shooting is set to begin this month.

The plot involves Machete, a former Mexican cop, working with the U.S. government against a drug lord and an arms dealer - played by Gibson - from launching a missile.

Vergara will likely play Madame Desdemona, boss of a stable of working girls who have information Machete needs, Variety said.

The first “Machete” film was made for $10.5 million and earned some $44 million at the box office worldwide

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$40 Million in Meth Chemicals Confiscated by US Customs and Border Protection

$40 Million in Meth Chemicals Confiscated by US Customs and Border Protection

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) aggressive enforcement posture against Mexican drug trafficking organizations continue bringing record-breaking drugs seizures beyond the land border, at U.S. airports and seaports.

BP officers at an air cargo consignment facility of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) seized two shipments of 80 bags, containing 5,700 pounds of methylamine chloride, a known chemical that is used as a precursor to methamphetamine. If used to make methamphetamine, the street value of this seizure is $40 million.

The shipments arrived from China on April 19 and 23, with a final destination in central Mexico. Samples of the white powdery chemical were positively identified by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). 

Methylamine chloride is a corrosive, flammable, strong-odor chemical. In one pathway, it is essential to manufacture methamphetamine and ecstasy.

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More information can be found at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Website

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Argentine Girl Found Alive 7 Years After Kidnapping

Argentine Girl Found Alive 7 Years After Kidnapping

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A 10-year-old Argentine girl was found by Brazilian police seven years after she was kidnapped by her father, the authorities said.

The discovery of the child occurred this March in the western city of Dourados, but was only revealed to the press Saturday after the authorities, having confirmed her identity, handed her over to representatives of the Argentine Embassy.

The Civil Police of Mato Grosso do Sul, a state that borders on Bolivia and Paraguay, said they found the girl thanks to an anonymous informant who said the minor was being mistreated and that her father kept her in a “private jail.”

The girl, who spent the last two months in a children’s shelter in Dourados, traveled Friday with representatives of the Argentine Embassy, who gave her back to her mother of Bolivian origin.

Argentine diplomat Maria Seane de Chiodi told reporters in Dourados that the girl received medical, psychological and linguistic assistance from the embassy while she was at the shelter.

After she was found, the girl’s father, a Paraguayan national, was held in custody for several days but fled the country under a false identity after being released on bail.

DNA testing proved that the minor is the same one that was abducted in 2005 by her father in Argentina. Authorities had been looking for her in Paraguay, her father’s native country.

A judge in Dourados, Zaloar Murat Martins, said the man kept his daughter from going to school or going outdoors for fear of being recognized.

“We discovered that the girl had lived with her father in Paraguay in the city of Pedro Juan Caballero,” the judge said.

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Coalition of Latinos Take on Carlos Slim in United States

Coalition of Latinos Take on Carlos Slim in United States

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Latino leaders from across the United States have formed a coalition dedicated to exposing Carlos Slim, the world’s richest man, and the alleged predatory, monopolistic methods with which he has amassed his fortune.

“People are in awe of this man and his wealth while ignoring how he’s acquired it. He has crippled the Mexican economy through his business practices and has single handedly kept millions in poverty, all while lining his own pockets,” said Andres Ramirez, coalition spokesperson and nationally renowned Hispanic leader.

The new coalition, Two Countries One Voice – will be introducing themselves and their cause this Tuesday when they call on George Washington University to sever ties with Carlos Slim. They will be demanding that George Washington University officials disinvite him from the graduation commencement ceremonies on the National Mall and revoke his honorary degree.

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Historic NY Church With Ties to Latino Community Competing for Preservation Grant - LET’S HELP THEM

Historic NY Church With Ties to Latino Community Competing for Preservation Grant - LET’S HELP THEM

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Hispanically Speaking News is trying to help St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery secure a portion of the $3 Million Preservation Grant.  Winners of this grant will be based on public voting - so let’s help them.  They have long and deep ties to the Latino community in the area and are dedicated to the quality of life of the migrant community throughout New York.

Historic St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery is one of 40 New York landmark’s chosen to compete for a portion of $3 million in grant money marked for historic preservation projects through Partners in Preservation.

St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery has a long history of supporting Latino and immigrant communities. Each year Mano a Mano holds its annual Day of the Dead the celebration at St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery, which includes a traditional procession through the streets of the village and altar blessing.

The church also has a long-standing relations with Rural & Migrant Ministry, a nonprofit devoted to helping rural and migrant communities throughout New York.

This year St. Mark’s hosts the Inti Raymi Andean Sun Festival, presented by AbyaYale Arte y Cultura.  This ceremony originated in South American indigenous cultures more than 1,000 years ago and the event serves as a community-building effort between Andean, Latino arts and culture groups.

Online voters anywhere in the world cast votes each day for three weeks from April 26 through May 21, by visiting Partners in Preservation or Facebook.  The top three vote winners automatically receive grant funds, plus an additional number of finalists will receive some funds.

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Listen up Latinos: Summer Job Opportunities Available Online Using New Search Applications

Listen up Latinos: Summer Job Opportunities Available Online Using New Search Applications

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Four weeks ago the US Office of Science and Technology Policy launched the first-ever White House Code Sprint, challenging app developers to build job search apps using the opportunities found in the Summer Jobs+ bank. The Summer Jobs+ initiative is a new call-to-action for businesses, non-profits, and government to provide pathways to employment for low-income and disconnected youth in the summer of 2012. Today we are excited to highlight six apps that were created on platforms including Facebook, Android, the iPhone, Windows Phone, and Web browsers. These apps support the goal of connecting America’s youth with summer job opportunities via digital platforms they are already familiar with and use in their daily lives.  Thanks to everyone for participating in the code sprint, and we encourage you to share your favorite app below with youth who are looking for opportunities this summer.

workforce.io
Built by Chris Conley from Chicago, IL and the team at worforce.io
Workforce.io was built to bring entry-level workforce players together in their community. They have integrated the Summer Jobs+ opportunities into their website where it will search for the 10 most recently posted jobs available near the user. In addition to searching for a job, workforce.io provides information on how to get a social security card, understand one’s paycheck, and make a budget. With the Summer Jobs+ job bank and the workforce.io platform, young adults and their mentors can now find, prepare for, and succeed in their summer job and start building a career!

PocketJobs for Android
Built by Jonathan Banks from Dublin, CA
PocketJobs connects directly to the Summer Jobs+ job bank to get the latest summer internship, training, and mentorship opportunities into the palm of your hand. PocketJobs identifies the most recently released jobs in your area and places them on a map so you can quickly see the location and click to get details. You can scroll through the results, and save the opportunities to your device, email them to friends, or directly access the company websites.

The Summer Jobs app for Windows Phone 7
Built by Chris Craft and Jamey McElveen from Florence, South Carolina
The summer jobs app for Windows Phone 7 allows you to keep up with new jobs and discover nearby jobs from the Summer Jobs+ job bank. The app updates daily to show you the newest jobs and also includes the ability for social networking with Twitter and Facebook.

Back to Work for the web and Apple iOS
Built by David Gobaud from Palo Alto, CA
Back to Work can be found on the Web and also has an iPhone app to access job opportunities on your phone. Features include a Google map view of the search results so that you can see how close the opportunities are to your home and a service to email or text you alerts when new opportunities become available.

Trabaja Friends for Facebook
Built by Monica Wilkinson and Magizharasu Thirunavukkarasu from San Francisco, CA
Trabaja Friends is a Facebook app that helps you recommend summer jobs to your friends from the Sumer Jobs+ Bank. You can send invitations directly to your friends or post them on their Facebook timeline. The app is also accessible outside Facebook at http://friends.cloudfoundry.com/.

Summer Job Fair
Built by Chris Willard from Brooklyn, NY
Summer Job Fair provides a simple interface to browse through a lot of jobs quickly, places them on a map, and includes special features to make your job search even quicker.

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Cubans Injecting Themselves with Sunflower Oil to Build Massive Muscles

Cubans Injecting Themselves with Sunflower Oil to Build Massive Muscles

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Injections of kitchen oils such as soy and sunflower has grown among Cubans seeking to build massive muscles, the Communist Party daily Granma said Friday, calling the practice “deplorable” and irresponsible.

The newspaper said that the use of “magic oils” for bodybuilding is nothing new but “it has grown in Cuba over the last few months, with kitchen oils the ones that are most used.”

Granma stressed the “disastrous” consequences of the practice and cited Health Ministry specialists who warn of infections, the need for surgery and the risk of contagious diseases caused by exchanging syringes.

“A simple injection, badly done or as a result of the reaction to a substance injected, can even cause death,” the daily said, giving examples of youths who have suffered fatal complications.

The daily said that in other countries a compound of fatty acid and lidocaine known as Synthol is all the rage and that a bottle of the substance can cost as much as $300 on the international market.

“For those who want their muscles to look really cut, the solution isn’t adding some product to the organism that in the end can spark unfortunate results,” Granma, which champions the systematic practice of sports and exercise, said.

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Romney Disingenuous to Support Chinese Activist but Not Latino Immigrants Seeking a Better Life

Romney Disingenuous to Support Chinese Activist but Not Latino Immigrants Seeking a Better Life

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Republican Presidental Candidate Mitt Romney’s stance on immigration has solicited the attention of DRM Capital Group - Read the following:

Mitt Romney has come out calling the US policy on Chen Guangcheng, a political dissidence, a “dark day for freedom” and “a day of shame for the Obama administration.”  With such bold quotes on immigrant’s rights, you would think that he would support humane immigration laws at in the US, however, he remains entrenched in his no amnesty, self-deportation position.

In its report “In Hostile Terrain: Human rights violations in immigration enforcement in U.S. Southwest, Amnesty International examines the human rights violations associated with immigration enforcement at the border and in the interior of the United States, a product of a broken immigration system.  The report examines policies in the US, finding that many fail to meet the standards of international law to ensure human rights.  This includes police policies which push immigrants to the most dangerous parts of the desert resulting in hundreds of deaths each year, increased local policing of immigration has caused rampant racial profiling, state laws and local policies are creating barriers to immigrants accessing their basic human rights and US policies were encouraging human trafficking, amongst other conclusions.  These policies which are being cited, policies like Arizona’s SB 1070, are policies which Romney has called models for the nation. 

It is clear that Romney is willing to use human rights as an excuse to try to create wedge issues between himself and Obama as the election gets closer, however, will not recognize the clear human rights argument to change his own stance.  By attacking the boogeyman of China, he is strengthening his xenophobic base, much like the Pete Hoekstra ad with the Chinese girl speaking in broken English “your economy get very weak, ours get very good, we take your job.”  When he had the opportunity to explain what he would do for the millions of undocumented Latino immigrants from who have fled violence and poverty, he detailed his “self-deportation” campaign of causing as much misery in the undocumented community as he could to encourage them to leave themselves.

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Kelly Ripa: Mark Consuelos won’t be the permanent co-host of ‘LIVE! With Kelly’

It’s been said that one should never mix business with pleasure and that is why you won’t see Mark Consuelos permanently in the co-host chair on LIVE! With Kelly.

Since Regis Philbin’s departure in November 2011, Ripa has had a slew of potential co-hosts visit her morning show set. Those potentials include Nick Lachey, Josh Groban, Jerry O’Connell and none other than her husband, Mark Consuelos. However, the search for a permanent co-host will not end with Mr. Consuelos if he has anything to do with it, Us Weekly reports.

“No one would make me happier than Mark, but he values our marriage,” Ripa says in the June issue of Vanity Fair. “He says that he doesn’t see how we could stay married and both do that show.”

Ripa and Consuelos married in 1996 after meeting on the set of All My Children and have three children together – Michael, 14, Lola, 10 and Joaquin, 9, En Starz reports. While the two have a great relationship and love spending time together, they also value their independence and understand that a little time apart is just as good for their marriage.

“I don’t give him a hard time about seeing his friends. Or for doing things independently, like taking a weekend trip with his racing friends,” Ripa told Good Housekeeping in March, Us reports. “He doesn’t need to take me everywhere or do everything with me. I’m very much about us having our own separate time.”

LIVE! With Kelly airs weekday mornings on ABC.

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A Guide to Racial Profiling

A Guide to Racial Profiling

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This week the Department of Justice sued Sheriff Arpaio in Arizona for his refusal to cooperate with their investigation into his historic racial profiling and violations of civil rights.

While we know that the DOJ is being called to put out a fire started by Arpaio’s collaboration with DHS and that it will take bringing Arpaio to justice to make real change in Maricopa County, we wanted to offer this graphic guide to racial profiling to the Sheriff and to you, made by NDLON’s very own B. Loewe.
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Why is Cinco de Mayo Important to Americans?

Why is Cinco de Mayo Important to Americans?

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The Battle of Puebla on May 5,1862, when Mexican troops led by Ignacio Zaragoza stopped French troops en route to Mexico City, may not seem as important to Americans but it is.

In order to understand its importance one must fully understand the impacts of the Civil War on the American psyche.

As the Confederates fired on Fort Sumter in 1861, it was obvious that events were escalating towards War.  While few believed that the South would be successful, the Union lost the first battle. This trend continued and had a detrimental effect on the support for the North. 

As the conflict evolved from a few weeks to a year, many questioned the future of the War.

Mexico, who had followed the events intently since the Confederacy had expanded to Arizona and the C olorado River, was fearful of its proximity to a nation that would protect the right of slavery and white supremacy.

While no other countries recognized the legitimacy of the Confederacy, France’s Napoleon had been friendly with the South.  With his eyes set on Mexico, he posed a major threat to the Union if he had allied with the Confederates.

French troops, who had landed in Mexico, had the intention of deposing President Juárez, but first they had to pass through the small town of Puebla.  Under Zaragoza’s leadership, the Mexican army was resilient and defeated the French.

With news of the Mexican troops’ success making it’s way to San Francisco, Americans were inspired by the story. 

Americans had interpreted the events in Puebla as an army of freedom and democracy defeating an army of slavery and elitism.  This news had an electrifying effect and gave a surge of support for the North in the Civil War.

The full interview with UCLA professor David Hayes-Bautista can be seen here:


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Cardinal Timothy Dolan Weighs in on Immigration Reform and Contraception

Cardinal Timothy Dolan Weighs in on Immigration Reform and Contraception

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Cardinal Timothy Dolan weighed in on immigration reform, contraception and the Catholic Church today in an exclusive interview on MSNBC’s “Jansing & Co.”

In regard to immigration, Cardinal Dolan told Jansing, “When you have a policy that splits up families, when you have a policy that drives people underground, when you have a policy where now the government, whether it be in Arizona or Alabama, is asking our soup kitchens to ask for documentation before they give people food or housing or clothing or medical care, that’s not right. That’s not Catholic. That’s not Christian. That’s not religious. And it’s not American. And the bishops are pretty adamant on that.”

In regard to contraception and the Obama administration’s healthcare mandate requiring employers to pay for birth control, Cardinal Dolan said that the reason that Catholic Bishops disagree with it is “not the contraception per se,” but rather that it is “an intrusion by a bureau of the federal government into the very definition of religious ministry and the extent of this church’s service.”

The complete interview is available here:

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

 

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Arizona Hispanics Express Their Influence in State’s Economy

Arizona Hispanics Express Their Influence in State’s Economy

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Hispanics represent $40 billion of purchasing power in Arizona, a state where Latinos have been buffeted by the effects of harsh laws targeting undocumented immigrants.

The figure is contained in a report released here Friday by the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, DATOS: Focus on the Hispanic Market, which also reveals that the state is home to 65,000 Latino-owned businesses.

“The fiscal health and the expansion of the state and national economy increasingly depend on the economic vitality of the Latino community,” AZHCC President Gonzalo de la Melena told Efe.

The AZHCC study shows Arizona ranks fifth among the states in the number of Hispanic-owned businesses and that 11 percent of those firms belong to women.

Arizona Latinos have seen their purchasing power increase by 127 percent in the past decade.

Here in Phoenix, the state capital, Hispanic consumers spent $7.8 billion in 2010, a figure projected to grow to $11.5 billion in 2015.

Spending by Hispanic consumers is expected to soar 119 percent by 2020, about double the increase for the general population.

“As the 2012 DATOS report indicates, we are witnessing an expansion of the buying power of Latinos and their impact on the growth of businesses,” De la Melena said.

By states, the largest U.S. Hispanic markets are California, where Latinos represent $265 in purchasing power; Texas, $176 billion; and Florida, $107 billion.

2012 DATOS found half of Hispanic women in Arizona are in the 18-34 age group and that 73 percent of them live in households that include at least one child.

The report, which was prepared in partnership with Arizona State University, provides a detailed analysis of the behavior of Latino consumers: their tastes, where they shop, the vehicles they prefer and which sporting events they attend.

The researchers also looked at Hispanics’ online purchasing habits, their interest in social media and what they watch on television.

Analysts expect 317,000 of Arizona’s roughly 482,000 Hispanic register voters will go to the polls in November.

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Who Speaks Spanish Best? by Raul Guerrero

Who Speaks Spanish Best? by Raul Guerrero

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Are Spain, Latin America and Hispanic US, paraphrasing Oscar Wilde, worlds separated by the same language? Argentinos and uruguayos pronounce ll, y and g as English speakers do the sh in she, and some bolivianos and ecuatorianos pronounce the ll as the l in Leonor, while other Spanish-speakers do as the y in yo-yo. The Mexican c, s and z sound like the English s in Sam, but a Spaniard’s z approximates the th in thanks. The most prominent grammatical variation is the second person plural vosotros, which the Americas transformed to ustedes, except for pompous provincial politicians. And vos for . In effect regional differences can be so marked that Mexican movies have been shown subtitled in Buenos Aires.

The inevitable question: Who speaks Spanish best? First we must define best. Are we talking about purity or market share? Going by the latter, standard Spanish, the neutral soap-opera variety is superior. Standard Spanish is a common denominator, devoid of localisms. Hence a soap opera destined to hemispheric audiences has the blond lady of the house announce: “Oh, Dolores, a cataclysmic fate awaits me!” Dolores, her unschooled servant—soon to be blond and rich—replies: “Alas, that’s the predicament of us sorrowful women.”
The question of purity demands further meditation.

Abbreviated History of the Castilian Language

It all started at the outset of our modern era. Roman conquerors imposed on Iberia the imperial language, Latin, a branch of the Indo-European family. Latin was quite stratified. The Latin of poets and orators differed greatly from the vernacular spoken by the vulgus, common folk—not to be confused with the current vulgarian, that bore prone to display money in public. Restricted geographically and socially, Vulgar Latin incorporated the local languages of Iberians, Basques, Celts and Carthaginians. Pre-Roman words still in use include alud, avalanche, jarro, mug, aro, big metal circle, arroyo, stream, izquierda, left, and perro, dog.

The fall of the Roman Empire in the 400s brought the Visigoths’ old Germanic lexical arsenal: bala, bullet, bloquear, to block, burgués, member of the middle class, guerra, war, marchar, to march, and oeste, west. Then came Arabic-speaking Islamic groups from North Africa, los moros. A technological and military force to reckon with, Moors occupied Spain for seven hundred years, relegating Christians to northern mountainous Asturias. Their legacy include: alcohol, algebra (for centuries associated to healing fractured bones), alquimia, tarifa and zenit. Through los moros Castilian also got cero

In succeeding centuries, Christians responded militarily and linguistically. Protecting the territories reconquered from Islam meant surrounding cities with forts or castillos. The toponym followed naturally, Castilla, the land of castles. In the process Vulgar Latin became the distinct Castilian language, a symbol of the Holly War. The Latin Hispania had morphed to España. However, español, the word for everything Spanish, including the nationality, is a linguistic loan from the Provencal vernacular. The Castilian word for things Spanish was españón. Around the 11th century Castilian speakers simply fell in love with that Provencal troubadours’ espaignol

13th century King Alphonse the Learned made Castilian the language of the State, and elevated it to literary heights by composing las crónicas, histories of Spain and the world, and the legal code Las Siete Partidas. Furthermore, his famed Toledo Jewish sages translated to Castilian all Arabic scientific treatises. Of course, one thing is to decree a language official and another to formalize it grammatically. Not until the epochal 1492, the year Columbus sailed off to discover the New World, University of Salamanca linguist Antonio Nebrija presented Queen Isabel the first grammar of any modern language, Gramática de la lengua castellana. Devout Catholic Queen Isabel turned to her inseparable confessor and whispered: “Why would I want a work like this? I already know the language.” The Royal confessor retorted energetically that no other weapon was more powerful for the expanding Empire: “After Your Highness has subjected barbarous peoples and nations of varied tongues, with conquest will come the need for them to accept the laws that the conqueror imposes on the conquered…”

The Castilian language traversed the Ocean Sea alongside cross and sword. Two years after Columbus landed in America, Nebrija published a Castilian-Latin glossary. It included an entry from the Arawakan people of the Antilles, canoa, small boat. Soon Castilian and other European languages—not to mention diets—were enriched by tomate, chocolate, aguacate and maiz. Also entered dictionaries the evil spirit of the sea, huracán. In return European conquerors gave indigenous Americans devastating words, smallpox, influenza and the bubonic plague, diseases for which they had no immunities. Entire populations were wiped out, making it necessary to import laborers. The booming and horrific slave market infused Castilian great sounding African words: samba, tango, mambo, marimba, congas and timbale.

The Renaissance and the Enlightenment made Italian and French fashionable. Castilian owes French avant-garde, buró, elite, entrepreneur and perfume, to Italian claroscuro, espagueti, etcétera. The American 20th century thickened dictionaries with scientific, technological and everyday terms, automóbil, peniscilina, radio, televisión, aeropuerto, Internet and el mall. Amherst College lexicographer Ilan Stavans theorizes that so profound is the fusion that in effect we are witnessing the birth of a new language, Spanglish. The fact is languages need other languages to grow and survive, the moment a language stops receiving foreign influences it begins to die. 

Back to the Original Question

What about the trumpeted superiority of Valladolid and Colombian Spanish? Last year, presenting a new grammar, a collaborative effort by all Spanish Speaking countries, José Manuel Blecua, member of the Royal Academy of the Spanish Language, dismissed the notion of superiority as myth: “No language is better than the next. Nowhere is Spanish the best.” Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez sort of concurred allegedly responding to a journalist in Madrid: “I can’t say who best speaks Spanish because there are many varieties. What I can say is that the worst Spanish is spoken here in Madrid.”

Raul Guerrero is a novelist and essayist, author of the novel INSOLENCE and more recently La dudosa fuga de la cronista LIBERTINA. He directs SalonEspanol.com. Image

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Shakira And Ronaldo Top 2012 Latino Social Media Ranking

@Plus_Three, the leading online marketing firm for Hispanic causes and organizations, today released its 2012 Latino Social Media Ranking (#2012LatinoRanking) analysis. 

The list was dominated by singers and soccer stars with singer Shakira, who boasts over 49 million Facebook likes and 15 million Twitter followers, leading the way.  Real Madrid soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo, singer Selena Gomez, FC Barcelona soccer player Lionel Messi, and singer Enrique Iglesias rounded out the top five Latino celebrities, totaling over 223 million followers and likes.

The international list of 40 influential Latinos spans nine countries.  Half of the social media icons were born in the United States, including six Puerto Ricans, while seven were born in Spain and six in Brazil.

“The list showcases the extraordinary reach of Latino celebrities who, together, have over 600 million followers on Facebook and Twitter,” said Plus Three President and Co-Founder, Juan Proano. “That is a fanbase larger than the populations of the United States, Spain, and Brazil combined. With the celebrities adding at least ten thousand new followers each day, the power of Latinos in social media is vast and expanding.”

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Ship Named After Prominent Civil Rights Activist Cesar Chavez to be Christened by US Navy

Ship Named After Prominent Civil Rights Activist Cesar Chavez to be Christened by US Navy

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The Navy will christen and launch the dry cargo/ammunition ship the USNS Cesar Chavez, Saturday, May 5, 2012, during a 7:30 p.m. PDT ceremony at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego.

The ship is named to honor prominent civil rights activist Cesar Chavez, who served in the Navy during World War II.

Juan M. Garcia III, assistant secretary of the Navy for manpower and reserve affairs, will deliver the ceremony’s principal address. Serving as the ship’s sponsor is Helen Fabela Chavez, widow of the ship’s namesake. The ceremony will include the Navy’s time-honored tradition of the sponsor breaking a bottle of champagne across the bow to formally christen the ship.

Continuing the Lewis and Clark class T-AKE tradition of honoring legendary pioneers and explorers, the Navy’s newest underway replenishment ship recognizes Mexican-American civil rights activist Cesar Chavez (1927-1993), who served in the Navy during World War II. Chavez later went on to become a leader in the American Labor Movement and co-found the National Farm Workers Association, which became the United Farm Workers.

Designated T-AKE 14, Cesar Chavez is the final of the Lewis and Clark dry cargo/ammunition ships, all of which will be operated by the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command. To help the Navy maintain a worldwide forward presence by delivering ammunition, food, fuel, and other supplies to U.S. and allied ships at sea, T-AKEs are serving as combat logistics force (CLF) ships. In support of the enhanced maritime prepositioning ship squadron concept of operations, two T-AKEs are being allocated to the maritime prepositioning squadrons to provide sea-based logistics support to Marine Corps units afloat and ashore.

As part of MSC, T-AKE 14 is designated as a United States naval ship and will be crewed by civil service mariners. This is the first Navy ship named after Chavez. For CLF missions, the T-AKEs’ crews include a small department of sailors.

Like the other dry cargo/ammunition ships, T-AKE 14 is designed to operate independently for extended periods at sea and can carry two helicopters and their crews. The ship is 689 feet in length, has an overall beam of 106 feet, has a navigational draft of 30 feet, displaces approximately 42,000 tons and is capable of reaching a speed of 20 knots using a single-shaft, diesel-electric propulsion system.

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