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FridayMay 11, 2012

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New Initiative is Helping Children with Cleft Lip and Palate in Peru

New Initiative is Helping Children with Cleft Lip and Palate in Peru

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Every year thousands of children in Peru are born with a cleft lip and cleft palate. Also this year, the hospital of San Bartolome of the Ministry of Health has launched a free campaign concerning surgery for this type of malformation.

With the motto “Your smile is the best gift for your mother,” the doctors involved in the project want to improve the quality of life of the poorest children affected by the disease.

Surgery will be compensated with a complete treatment, which lasts a year, ranging from speech therapy to the child’s emotional support.

Since 2010 210 needy children across the country suffering from cleft lip, cleft palate, broken nose and facial clefts have benefitted freely from this campaign, including the transport of patients from the province.

According to experts, the first operation on a child with cleft lip should be done at 3 months after birth, while that of the palate towards the first year of age, before the baby begins to speak. Data shows that in Peru children born with this problem must undergo surgery 2 or 3 times in the first year to be able to smile and talk like any other peer.

More information about cleft lip and palate in Peru can be found here

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Julio Iglesias Hotel Room Robbed in Venezuela, Passport Missing

Julio Iglesias Hotel Room Robbed in Venezuela, Passport Missing

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Spanish crooner, Julio Iglesias, was robbed on May 6th while he was performing in Valencia, Venezuela.  Iglesias hotel room was robbed and Spanish language media is reporting his passport, cash, computer, and several iPads were taken. 

It appeared it could have been an orchestrated robbery since other tour member’s hotel rooms, including Iglesias nephew Jorge Iglesias, were also robbed. 

In spite of the robbery Iglesias, 68, plans to continue his Latin American tour with a concert in Peru tomorrow

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Sleeping Bus Driver May Be to Blame for Peruvian Crash That Kills 19

Sleeping Bus Driver May Be to Blame for Peruvian Crash That Kills 19

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Nineteen people were killed and seven others injured when a bus plunged into a ravine in the northern province of Chachapoyas, Peru’s National Police told Efe on Friday.

The bus ran off the road Thursday night while traveling to the Amazonian city of Rodriguez de Mendoza.

Authorities suspect the driver fell asleep at the wheel, Chachapoyas Gov. Jose Santos said.

“The vehicle left at 6:00 in the evening from Chachapoyas province destined for the city of Rodriguez de Mendoza, a half hour before reaching its destination, the accident happened,” Santos told RPP radio.

The injured were taken to a hospital in Rodriguez de Mendoza and those in the worst condition may be transferred to better-equipped facilities in Chachapoyas, authorities said.

Accidents are common in the Peruvian interior, due to a combination of poorly maintained roads, aging vehicles and rugged terrain.

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Brazilian Co-Founder of Facebook, Eduardo Saverin, Renounces U.S. Citizenship before IPO

Brazilian Co-Founder of Facebook, Eduardo Saverin, Renounces U.S. Citizenship before IPO

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Could a reported $3.84Billion stake in Facebook be the motivating force behind Brazilian Eduardo Saverin renunciation of his U.S. citizenship?

The co-founder of Facebook has reportedly renounced his citizenship and confirmed his residency in Singapore where there is no capital gains tax.  The timing of this decision coincidences with Facebook’s IPO though Saverin has been living in Singapore since 2010.

Saverin, 30, who was born in Brazil and met Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg at Harvard in their junior year, was the funding part of the successful social network.  Zuckerberg’s ideas and Saverin’s family money got Facebook going.  That investment got him originally a 34% stake that was diluted to a 2% to 4% stake.  It is estimated when Facebook goes public later this month that stake would price out at $3.84 Billion; the entire IPO has an estimated value of $96 billion.

Saverin’s spokesman chalked up the decision as a “practical one” since Saverin plans on living in Singapore for an indefinite period.  Saverin and his family came to the U.S. in 1992 to Miami when he was ten and six years later he became a citizen. 

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Expert Recognizes Issues in Puerto Rican Bilingual Education Program

Expert Recognizes Issues in Puerto Rican Bilingual Education Program

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The academic director of Spain’s Cervantes Institute noted here the problems involved in establishing public bilingual education in Puerto Rico, where Spanish is the mother tongue of the vast majority.

Francisco Moreno, on a visit to Puerto Rico to take part in a meeting of the International Certification System for Spanish as a Second Language, or SICELE, told Efe that the first obstacle will be finding teachers trained well enough to achieve that goal.

Moreno’s words follow comments by Puerto Rico Gov. Luis Fortuño on the need for Puerto Ricans to improve their knowledge of English and his promise to provide more funds to achieve the goal of bilingual education.

In that regard, the administration announced last month that the new “Bilingual Generation” program is being established so that in 10 years all children on the Caribbean island will be able to express themselves both in Spanish and English.

Fortuño, an advocate of U.S. statehood for Puerto Rico, has yet to offer any specific details on how the plan would be introduced or how many hours would be dedicated to each language.

English should not be a privilege of those who attend private schools, nor should large numbers of Puerto Rican kids have their opportunities limited later in life by a poor grasp of that language, the governor said in announcing the initiative.

Moreno said that the Cervantes Institute, whose mission is promoting the Spanish language and Ibero-American culture, regards Puerto Rico as just another Spanish-speaking country, putting aside the island’s political connection with the United States.

Despite his concerns, he made it clear that being bilingual is an asset.

On the other hand, “if (education) is to be bilingual, it must be acknowledged that Spanish is a mark of Puerto Rican identity,” said Moreno, a professor of Spanish at the University of Alcala de Henares in Madrid.

Another concern was raised by the president of the SICELE conference in San Juan and linguistics professor at the University of Puerto Rico, Maria Ines de Castro, who told Efe that the whole language question on the island is very politicized.

She said that the first thing to be determined is what level of bilingual ability should be the goal in Puerto Rico, while warning that schools on the Caribbean island must improve their educational level in many areas, including the teaching of Spanish itself.

Between 1898 and 1948, United States authorities imposed a number of plans to make their country’s language the national language of Puerto Rico.

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Mexican Attorney General’s Office to Put Up $1.23 Billion to Solve Kidnappings

Mexican Attorney General’s Office to Put Up $1.23 Billion to Solve Kidnappings

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The Mexican Attorney General’s Office said Friday that it is prepared to pay up to 16.5 billion pesos ($1.23 billion) in rewards for information leading to the rescue of 11 kidnapping victims and the arrests of their captors.

One of the cases covered by the offer is the Oct. 28, 2010, abduction of three college students and another person in the northern state of Nuevo Leon.

The AG’s office is also seeking tips in the kidnappings of four brothers in two separate incidents more than two years apart.

Two of the siblings were grabbed on Aug. 29, 2008, in the southern Pacific state of Guerrero, while the other two were abducted on Sept. 22, 2010, in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz.

The remaining reward money is earmarked for a December 2010 case involving three drug-rehabilitation patients sent to the northern border city of Matamoros who never reached their destination.

Mexico experiences an average of six kidnappings per day, according to official statistics, while independent groups say the true figure is 49 a day and that only one in 10 abductions is reported to authorities.

The Mexican Congress passed a law last December that establishes prison terms of up to 70 years for kidnapping.

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Protest Held in Mexico by Mothers of “Disappeared”

Protest Held in Mexico by Mothers of “Disappeared”

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Hundreds of mothers and other relatives of the “disappeared” held a protest in this capital on Thursday - Mother’s Day in Mexico - to demand justice.

People from across the country brought the “Caravan of National Dignity” to Mexico City’s main thoroughfare, the Paseo de la Reforma, where they carried placards and photos of their missing loved ones while chanting: “they were taken from us alive, we want them back alive.”

The march concluded at the emblematic Angel of Independence monument, where the organizers presented a program that calls on authorities to create a national database of the disappeared and establish a special federal prosecutor’s office to handle the cases

The activists also want a standardized, nationwide protocol for investigations, among other measures.

The marchers urged Mexicans not to remain indifferent to the suffering of the thousands of families shattered by forced disappearance, a scourge that has become more common since December 2006, when newly inaugurated President Felipe Calderon “decided to wage his war on drug trafficking.”

More than 50,000 have died in the conflict pitting rival cartels against each other and against a military-law enforcement apparatus that is itself implicated in crime, corruption and human rights abuses.

Rosario Villanueva, mother of Oscar, missing since his 2009 arrest by federal police in the northern state of Coahuila, said she still clings to hope of finding her son alive.

“My soul left my body and I would not have been able to go on if it had not been for psychiatric treatment,” she said. “This has been very hard. One learns of so many cases as bad or worse. It’s a horrific situation, but we will keep fighting.”

Next to Villanueva is Patricia Reyes, whose 18-year-old daughter, Rocio, was last seen more than two years ago.

“No one does anything, because the governments themselves are complicit in this situation,” she says.

“We were at home and it was 9:30 at night when some eight or 10 members of the Mexican arm came and took my daughter. Just like that, without telling me why,” Reyes recounts.

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U.S. Wireless Operator to be Acquired by Carlos Slim’s America Movil

U.S. Wireless Operator to be Acquired by Carlos Slim’s America Movil

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Regional wireless giant America Movil, controlled by Mexican multi-billionaire Carlos Slim, said Thursday it has agreed to acquire a 100 percent stake in U.S. wireless carrier Simple Mobile, Inc., a unit of T-Mobile USA.

In a filing with the Mexican Stock Exchange, the Mexico City-based company said the deal was subject to “certain conditions as well as the granting of certain authorizations.”

America Movil said its U.S. unit, Tracfone Wireless, will acquire California-based Simple Mobile “in the second quarter of 2012.”

The filing did not indicate the cost of the acquisition but it said Simple Mobile is one of T-Mobile’s biggest mobile virtual network operators in the United States.

The company provides service to more than 1 million subscribers and offers voice, text messaging, data and wireless broadband services, the filing said.

America Movil is the largest provider of telecommunications services in the Americas with 246 million cellular subscribers, according to figures released in March.

The deal was made public three days after America Movil announced that it was seeking a stake of up to 28 percent in Dutch telecom company KPN to expand its presence in Europe.

America Movil, which operates in 19 countries across the Americas, was founded as a unit of Mexico City-based fixed-line giant Telmex in the 1990s but was spun off from its parent company in 2000.

Over time, it became bigger than Telmex and Slim, the world’s richest person with a net worth of $74 billion, unified control of his companies under America Movil in 2010.

America Movil has operations in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, the United States and Uruguay.

T-Mobile USA is the U.S. wireless subsidiary of Deutsche Telecom AG.

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Manchester United’s Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez Will Not Play on Mexico’s Olympic Team

Manchester United’s Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez Will Not Play on Mexico’s Olympic Team

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Mexican futbol player, Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez of Manchester United, will not be playing in the London Olympics this summer.

The 23-year-old striker had been selected as one of three players over the 23-year-old age limit to play for Mexico, but an agreement between Manchester manager Sir Alex Ferguson and the Mexican Football Federation has taken Hernandez out of the Olympics. The deal was intended to give him “the requisite rest that he needs to perform in the Premier League.”

This was an interesting decision, as FIFA rules state that if players are called up, their club must release them. Ahead of the Beijing Olympics, F.C. Barcelona tried to prevent superstar Lionel Messi from competing on Argentina’s Olympic team, citing similar reasons, however, they were unsuccessful. Argentina went on to win the gold medal.

The decision comes after a less than stellar year for Hernandez, who many believed was unable to live up to his previous year with Manchester because he was not well rested.

Hernandez will play in Mexico’s two qualifier matches for the 2012 World Cup on June 8 and 12, but will then take a full off-season to rest before starting his third year with Manchester. This will mark the first time Hernandez has had a full off-season rest in three years.

The Mexican national team will play its first 2012 Olympic match against South Korea on July 26.

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Propane Gas Poisons 25 at Dominican Tobacco Processing Plant

Propane Gas Poisons 25 at Dominican Tobacco Processing Plant

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At least 25 workers were poisoned on Thursday when they inhaled propane gas that leaked from some tanks located at a tobacco processing plant in the town of Licey al Medio in the northern Dominican province of Santiago.

The majority of the victims were laborers and some of them were in critical condition and had to be urgently transported to medical centers in the city of Santiago, Efe verified.

The incident occurred at the facilities of U.S.-financed General Cigar Dominicana, whose top executives were not available to give statements on the matter.

The Civil Defense director in the region, Francisco Arias, said that the workers were poisoned when the gas escaped from several tanks that were being handled inside a company building.

Arias said that at least 12 of the workers were women.

The workers were taken from the site in about 10 ambulances, Arias added.

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Undocumented Guatemalan Who Crashes into School Bus to be Deported

Undocumented Guatemalan Who Crashes into School Bus to be Deported

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Victor Velasquez, an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala, soon will face deportation after his release from jail following his accident with a school bus carrying eight high school students in February in Ohio. 

Velasquez, driving a Pontiac Transport minivan, rear ended the bus on the morning of February 10th.  The bumper of the bus was damaged, however no student was injured in the accident.  Velasquez fled the scene and was apprehended by police later.  Police also found an open 12 pack of beer, a Guatamalen identification card, and a fake driver’s license identifying him as David Rex Diaz.  Velasquez refused to take a breathalyzer test once he was apprehended. 

Judge Charles Brown ordered Velasquez, 22, to serve 100 hours of community service, revoked his driver’s license for five years in addition to his nine month jail sentence.  Yet, upon his release from prison, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Officials will likely send him back to Guatemala. 

Read more at Indeo Online →

LATINO BLOTTER: Man Claims to be Millionaire but Can’t Pay $500 Stripper Bill

LATINO BLOTTER: Man Claims to be Millionaire but Can’t Pay $500 Stripper Bill

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A Connecticut man has been arrested for not paying a strip club bill, despite claims he and his family are worth millions and had ties to the White House.

Monday night, 39-year-old Eddy Morales started a tab at Beamers Café strip club in Richmond Hill, CT at around 8 p.m., saying he was entertaining some businessmen. Less than four hours later, the strip club called police saying they had a man who was unable to pay his bill after his credit cards were being denied.

Morales reportedly had a number of credit cards declined and when the club’s manager grew annoyed that Morales was unable to pay, Morales fired back saying his family was worth millions and that the manager was welcome to call police.

Calling his bluff, the manager did just that and when police arrived, a now surly Morales was told he should call friends or family to raise the money. When he was unable to collect the funds, police ran his name and revealed Morales had 9 warrants out for his arrest for failing to appear in court.

He was arrested by Stamford police and held in lieu of $230,000 bond.

Police say that while in a cell, Morales told officers his family is worth half a billion dollars and due to his arrest, the police station would be getting an angry call from the White House on his behalf.

No information regarding his level of intoxication was immediately available.

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Detroit Students Create Prom Dresses Out of Newspaper, Check Out Ari Diaz’s

Detroit Students Create Prom Dresses Out of Newspaper, Check Out Ari Diaz’s

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In March, the Detroit Free Press put out a call to students to create a prom dress out of newspaper. Earlier this week, the 8 finalists were announced, and 17-year-old Ari Diaz among them.

The Free Press Prom Design Contest had a prize of $50, and while Diaz was not the winner, she came in 2nd place behind classmate Molly Bonnell, also a junior from Royal Oak Shrine Catholic High School.

Diaz’s friend, Izzy Hinojosa, liked the dress so much that she will be wearing it to the school’s Senior Ball on May 21.

Check out Diaz’s impressive denim-inspired dress below.

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Hello Again:  37-Year-Old Vladimir Guerrero Signs Minor League Contract with Blue Jays

Hello Again:  37-Year-Old Vladimir Guerrero Signs Minor League Contract with Blue Jays

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Just when fans thought they had seen the last of Vladimir Guerrero he signs a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays. 

The Dominican born outfielder last played with the Baltimore Orioles batting .290 mostly as a designator hitter for the 2011 season under an $8 million contract.  Guerrero won the American League Most valuable Player award in 2004 while playing for the Anaheim Angels (now the Los Angeles Angels).  That year he batted .337 with 39 homeruns and 126 runs batted in.  He holds the record as the all-time MLB hits leader for all Dominican Republic born players

Cal Ripken Jr. commented during a TBS post-game report that Guerrero was “the best bad-ball hitter he’s ever seen.” One of the many highlights of his long career was playing in the MLB All-Star game (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2010). 

Although the Blue Jays have not guaranteed that Guerrero will play in the Major Leagues this season the 37-year-old has left a great baseball legacy for himself and maybe is ready to add more stats to his stellar record.

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Scientists Believe Starvation May Be the Cause of Mass Bird Deaths Along Peru Shores

Scientists Believe Starvation May Be the Cause of Mass Bird Deaths Along Peru Shores

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Scientists believe that the mass seabird deaths in Peru are a result of starvation due to disrupted fish distribution patterns along Peru and Chile’s coasts.

With the temperature of Peruvian waters being unusually high, fish like anchoveta, which flourish in colder waters, have not multiplied in numbers high enough to sustain the bird population.

“When there is a warming of sea surface temperatures the fish go deeper which means fledging juvenile pelicans, which cannot yet dive, are not able to feed themselves,” marine biologist and former deputy fisheries minister Patricia Majluf, told The Guardian.

Last month, pelicans, boobies, and other seabirds began washing up on Peruvian shores in the thousands. The birds began dying shortly after hundreds if not thousands of dolphins died in the largest number of mass dolphin deaths ever recorded.

Despite the scientists’ finds however, the Strategic Development of Natural Resources’ study of the occurrences has so far ruled out a lack of food as a possible cause of death, as well as bacterial infections contamination by heavy metals or pesticides and bacterial infections like brucellosis and leptospirosis.

Yet to be confirmed is whether the highly infectious virus known as morbillivirus has infected the seabird and marine mammal population of the Peruvian waters.

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Dengue Costs Puerto Rico Almost $40 Billion Per Year

Dengue Costs Puerto Rico Almost $40 Billion Per Year

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A study in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene has revealed that mosquito-borne dengue disease costs the island territory of Peru nearly $40 million a year.

Dengue fever, the more common dengue illness, causes high fever, joint pain, and severe headache.  Dengue hemorrhagic fever, the more severe dengue illness, may put a patient into shock and lead to death. The number of annual dengue infections is now estimated between 50-100 million, with 24,000 deaths, primarily among children.

The economic burden of dengue throughout the Americas has resulted in losses of about $2.1 billion per year. In Puerto Rico, households are said to pay an estimated 50 percent of their territory’s dengue-related costs, with the government and insurance companies covering the remaining half.

The $2.1 billion-per-year cost is said to primarily be a result of indirect costs like losses in productivity and government expenditures.

The study was conducted by a team of researchers from Brandeis University and Sanofi Pasteur, a research-based vaccine company based in France.

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Court Rules Undocumented Immigrants Do Not Have Right to Own or Possess Firearms

Court Rules Undocumented Immigrants Do Not Have Right to Own or Possess Firearms

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A federal appeals court ruled that undocumented immigrants do not have the right to own or possess firearms.  This ruling came after an undocumented immigrant; Emmanuel Huitron-Guizar of Wyoming was arrested last year for the possession of firearms. 

The defendant’s attorney appealed the case, stating that the undocumented should possess the same rights as U.S. citizens in buying a gun for protection as well as hunting purposes.  Yet, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals disagreed and ruled Monday that the undocumented only have limited protection under the United States Constitution.

According to CBS Denver, the defendant is being held at the Natrona County Detention Center in Casper, Wyoming.

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Former NYC Police Officer Michael Peña Sentenced to 75 Years for Brutal Sex Crime

Former NYC Police Officer Michael Peña Sentenced to 75 Years for Brutal Sex Crime

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A now-former New York City police officer will likely spend the rest of his in jail for brutally raped a woman who was on her way to work.

Michael Peña, 28, has been sentenced to at least 75 years in prison – 3 consecutively running terms of 25 years to life – for raping a 25-year-old schoolteacher on August 19.

While walking to her first day of work, the victim was snatched off the street by Peña in the early morning. He was reportedly drunk after a morning spent drinking and allegedly raped the woman at gunpoint, using his NYPD-issued pistol.

The defense team claimed Peña was so drunk he doesn’t even remember the incident, which angered State Supreme Court Justice Richard Carruthers, who stated that during the attack, the off-duty officer “was as alert and self-possessed as he was vicious and devious.” Peña’s lawyer also claimed there was no rape, as there was intercourse. As a result, the jury deadlocked on the rape charges, and

After the sentence was handed down, Peña’s attorney criticized its severity saying his client “is not a serial rapist.”

Justice Carruthers noted the sentence took into account the fact that Peña used his NYPD-issued weapon to threaten the victim. As an officer of the law Penna was held to a certain standard and by attacking this woman, he broke the public’s trust.

After the sentence was handed down, the victim is said to have “smiled broadly” while being embraces by her supporters.

Peña has an fiancé in the Dominican Republic and his lawyer claims the incident has “broken” Peña’s family.

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CNN MONEY: Hispanic Immigrants Lead as New Entrepreneurs

CNN MONEY: Hispanic Immigrants Lead as New Entrepreneurs

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Chances are your boss wasn’t born in this country.  Last year alone, 28% of new companies were started by immigrants.  Hispanics, making up more than half of the country’s 20 million immigrants, lead the group as new entrepreneurs.  Chief of staff at the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, DeVere Kutscher, stated, “Hispanic entrepreneurs are driving economic development, and their enterprises are creating jobs and helping lead the country out of recession.”

Maribel Lieberman, an immigrant from Honduras, arrived in the United States as a teenager in 1980.  Although she originally dreamed of becoming an architect, her mother encouraged her to train as a bilingual secretary.  After several jobs, Lieberman opened up MarieBelle in New York.  Her company, selling gourmet chocolates in lower Manhattan, employs 23 people at her own factory. 

According to Lieberman, “We’re more accepted now, and psychologically for me it was a great help.  We’re becoming more integrated into American culture, and it’s giving us the freedom to achieve the American Dream.”

Although reports are not official for 2011, it is estimated that immigrants created 170,000 new companies last year.  This rate has nearly doubled since 1998.  Javier Palomarez, the president of the Hispanic chamber, believes the increase in entrepreneurship is directly related to the immigrant’s frame of mind. 

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Great Night for NY Yankee Robinson Cano

Great Night for NY Yankee Robinson Cano

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The season did not start well for New York Yankee star Robinson Cano but what a night he had last night.

The Dominican born second baseman was in a bad slump in the month of April, when he batted just .267, with one home run and four RBIs.  When the calendar changed so did he.

In the month of May, Cano now has hit safely in eight consecutive games.  Last night Cano hit a three run homerun against one of baseball’s best lefties, David Price.  Yesterday, game saw the Yankees win against the Tampa Bay Rays 5-3, thanks in great part to that three run homerun.

“I’ve really been feeling good all season,” said Cano to CBS Local.  “Earlier in the season, it’s all about luck, just hitting the ball right at people.  Tonight was a good night.”  Cano had been 7-for-34 (.206) in his career against Price. 

“It just really changes our lineup, because he’s so productive, and he’s dangerous any time he walks to the plate,” said manager Joe Girardi of Cano to CBS.  “We swung the bats extremely well against a very good pitcher tonight, and Robby was a big part of that.

Written by Tim Horodyski, HS-News Sports Writer

 

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New Hampshire Undocumented Face Crackdown Starting this Week with Secure Communities Program

New Hampshire Undocumented Face Crackdown Starting this Week with Secure Communities Program

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The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials enacted its Secure Communities program in New Hampshire on Tuesday in spite of Governor Deval Patrick’s protests.  The program reduces the number of undocumented immigrants in the state by allowing the state to share all fingerprints of arrested individuals with ICE officials. 

Governor Patrick, showed concern that the program will encourage racial profiling by police and refused to sign on to the program.  Yet ICE officials believe the program will aide in reducing crimes in the area.  According to an ICE spokesman, the program has found and deported more than 135,000 immigrants convicted of crimes.  Of these crimes, close to 50,000 were aggravated felonies. 

In addition to New Hampshire, this controversial program is also enforced in Connecticut, Rhode Island as well as the city of Boston.  In addition to the New England area, 39 states have enacted the Secure Communities program nationwide.  New Hampshire is the third state in the New England area to use the Secure Communities program.

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Mexican and Filipino Communities Support Send “Idol” Contestant Jessica Sanchez to Top 3

Mexican and Filipino Communities Support Send “Idol” Contestant Jessica Sanchez to Top 3

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The Mexican and Filipino communities in the San Diego neighborhood of East Lake have rallied behind the success of Jessica Sanchez, who is one of the top three finalists of “American Idol.”

The California native is the daughter of a Mexican-American father and Filipino mother.

During the competition on the show Wednesday night, the results of which will be announced late Thursday, the 16-year-old Sanchez performed the songs “Steal Away” that Etta James originally recorded in 1964 and “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” from the musical “Dreamgirls.

The Sanchez family gathered with about 250 neighbors and members of the local community at the East Lake Tavern & Bowl on Wednesday evening to support the singer long-distance.

Her uncle Matthew Odeane told Efe that it had been something very special for them to view Jessica’s artistic growth, although the experience of being on television is not new for her since she participated in the program “America’s Got Talent” when she was 11.

“Singing has been her life. Her talent shines both at family parties as well as before small groups or like when she sang the National Anthem for the San Diego Chargers. It’s surprising that even on this program she’s showing her same humility at the same time that her abilities have really developed,” Odeane remarked.

Claudia Parra, one of the Sanchez family’s neighbors, said she was proud of the young woman’s success for the sake of the community, describing her as shy and sweet but always ready to give advice to neighborhood children.

Raymond Ha, the manager of the Eastlake Tavern & Bowl, said that the excitement surrounding Sanchez has allowed businesses to form networks to increase their income, something that has given the neighborhood economy a significant boost.

“It really creates a sense of community. You see whole families, Filipino and Mexican ones in equal proportion, who feel proud of her and this benefits local businesses,” he said.

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Prince Royce and Romeo Santos Lead Nominations for Premios Juventud Awards

Prince Royce and Romeo Santos Lead Nominations for Premios Juventud Awards

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Singers Romeo Santos and Prince Royce broke records this year in the number of nominations garnered for the Premios Juventud awards with 11 and 10 respectively, Univision Network said in a live online broadcast.

Other famous names on the list of finalists are Pitbull, Daddy Yankee, Ricky Martin, Shakira, Anahi, Angelique Boyer, Sofia Vergara, Marc Anthony, Penelope Cruz, Ricardo Arjona and Usher.

The official list of nominees for the awards celebrating the “preferences of today’s Hispanic youth” was announced for the first time on the Web site PremiosJuventud.com.

Premios Juventud honors the top favorites in five areas - music, movies, telenovelas, sports and pop culture.

The selection of finalists and winners is based on votes cast by fans on PremiosJuventud.com.

The event was hosted by actress Ana Brenda Contreras and Univision fashion expert Rodner Figueroa, among others, while the nominees were announced by telenovela stars Blanca Soto and Aaron Diaz and singers Royce, Enrique Bunbury and Gerardo Ortiz.

Among the finalists competing in multiple Premio Juventud categories are rapper Pitbull and Guatemalan singer-songwriter Ricardo Arjona, each up for seven awards.

Univision will air the Premios Juventud awards ceremony live from Miami on July 19.

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Peru’s Defense, Interior Ministers Resign After Military Operation Results in 10 Soldier Deaths

Peru’s Defense, Interior Ministers Resign After Military Operation Results in 10 Soldier Deaths

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Peru’s defense and interior ministers resigned Thursday as Congress prepared a motion to censure the government for a military operation that resulted in the deaths of 10 soldiers and police, the office of the Cabinet chief said.

Alberto Otarola and Daniel Lozada presented their resignations to Vice President Marisol Espinoza, as head of state is currently on a official visit to Japan and South Korea,

Ten police and troops died in Peru’s southern jungles during a massive deployment to find and rescue 36 kidnapped gas-industry workers who were ultimately freed unharmed by their captors, a leftist armed group.

The deaths spurred Congress to draft a censure motion, while Cabinet chief Oscar Valdes has publicly offered to resign.

Otarola told a press conference he hopes his departure “will calm the tense political atmosphere” and said that Peru’s goal must be to successfully confront what he described as narco-terrorism.

The group that seized the gas workers was a “renegade faction of Shining Path,” the erstwhile defense minister said, referring to remnants of the once-fearsome Maoist insurgency that wrought havoc in Peru during the 1980s.

“Shining Path has mutated into a form that is more perverse and localized in the rugged sector,” Otarola said of the armed factions operating in the Valley of the Apurimac and Ene rivers, known as the VRAE.

Opposition politicians have a right to criticize him for the police and military fatalities in the VRAE, he said, wishing his successor “the best of successes.”

Responsibility for the abduction of the gas workers was claimed by a group calling itself the “militarized Communist Party of Peru” and disavowing any affinity with the Shining Path and its former leaders.

Shining Path launched its insurgency on May 17, 1980, with an attack on Chuschi, a small town in the southern province of Ayacucho.

A 2003 truth commission blamed the Shining Path for most of the nearly 70,000 deaths the panel ascribed to politically motivated violence during the two decades following the group’s 1980 uprising.

Shining Path founder Abimael Guzman was captured with his top lieutenants on Sept. 12, 1992, an event that marked the effective end of the insurgency.

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80 Tons of Drug Precursors Confiscated by Guatemalan Police

80 Tons of Drug Precursors Confiscated by Guatemalan Police

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At least 80 tons of drug precursors were seized in two separate operations in Guatemala and one person was arrested, the National Civilian Police, or PNC, said.

Some of the chemicals, used to manufacture synthetic drugs, were found at a warehouse in Puerto Quetzal, a port city on the Pacific coast.

The shipment of methanol arrived in the Central American country from Indonesia and was bound for a plastics company in the southern section of Guatemala City, the PNC said.

PNC officers also seized three tons of monomethylamine being hauled by Byron Galicia, 38, who was arrested.

The chemicals are used by drug traffickers to produce synthetic drugs that are smuggled into Mexico and the United States, the Interior Ministry said.

Guatemalan security forces have seized more than 300,000 gallons of chemical precursors and arrested a dozen people in connection with the production of synthetic drugs, the government said.

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FridayMay 11, 2012