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SaturdayJune 30, 2012

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Madrid’s Gay Pride Parade Calls For Marriage Equality

Madrid’s Gay Pride Parade Calls For  Marriage Equality

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Downtown Madrid welcomed Saturday the traditional Gay Pride demonstration, which kicked off with thousands of people gathering at the Puerta de Alacala monument to demand marriage equality and protection of the rights they currently enjoy.

Called by the State Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Transsexuals and Bisexuals, or FELGTB, and the LGTB organization of Madrid, the festive demonstration set off with more than 20 floats through downtown Madrid under the slogan “Marriage equality. Equality without cutbacks.”

“Egalitarian secular state…we go the backside, at last with pride…homophobia is machismo” were some of the slogans on banners waved by the participants.

They also carried signs referring to the measure introduced by the governing Popular Party to have the law ruled unconstitutional that was approved by the previous Socialist government in the year 2005.

The PP favors unions between gays as long as they are not called marriages.

Heading the march, which paraded through the downtown square Puerta del Sol, were a number of Spanish politicians including the deputy secretary general of the opposition Socialist Party, or PSOE, Elena Valenciano, and the spokeswoman for the Union, Progress and Democracy Party, or UPyD, Rosa Diez, along with the chief representatives of the largest unions in the country.

It was a colorful demonstration that started with the blast of firecrackers under a sea of multicolored flags and balloons.

The purpose of the Gay Pride march, according to its organization, was to defend legal equality as an indispensable requisite in the fight against homophobia, and to protect certain inalienable rights of the entire population such as education against discrimination and quality health care for all.

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Peruvian President Humala’s Father No Longer Speaking to Him After Brother is Jailed

Peruvian President Humala’s Father No Longer Speaking to Him After Brother is Jailed

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Isaac Humala, the father of Peruvian President Ollanta Humala, said that he has broken off relations with him since the chief executive’s younger brother Antauro was jailed at Callao Naval Base.

“I have broken with Ollanta because he is the one who put Antauro there,” Isaac Humala said in a statement published Saturday in the daily La Republica.

Antauro Humala, an ex-army major, is serving a 19-year sentence for having led a rebellion in 2005 during which four police officers and two former soldiers were killed in the Andean region of Andahuaylas.

Antauro, who will be 49 on Friday and is a severe critic of his brother’s administration, was taken last April 2 from Virgen de la Merced Prison at the Chorrillos Military School to a lockup at the Callao Naval Base.

In early June, Isaac Humala announced he was going to file a complaint with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, or IACHR, about the torture suffered by Antauro when he was being moved from one prison to another.

The president’s father added Saturday that moving Antauro was done under Ollanta’s direct orders and said that he has also presented the case before Peru’s Constitutional Tribunal, or TC.

“The supreme decree for jailing his brother at the naval base is signed in Ollanta’s own handwriting,” he said.

Antauro Humala is also being prosecuted for the presumed privileges he received while a prisoner at the civilian penitentiary of Piedras Gordas, in the Lima district of Ancon.

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Colombia’s Rock al Parque Festival Turns 18

Colombia’s Rock al Parque Festival Turns 18

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The Rock al Parque (Rock in the Park) festival in Bogota, the biggest free music fest in Latin America, turns 18 on Saturday in the Colombian capital and for three days will feature 17 international bands and dozens of local ones.

Santiago Trujillo, director of the Idartes art institute, told Efe that the first day “will be dedicated to classics of rock, heavy metal and hardcore, the second day will be for punk rock, reggae and some electronic inventions and the third will be all fusion music - rock-pop and rock-indie.”

According to the official, in Rock al Parque’s 18th year it has become an embedded part of the city “for fans of alternative and independent rock.”

On this occasion, Trujillo said, “We’ll have the daddy of rock in Spanish, Charly Garcia,” who will close the 2012 event next Monday onstage at Simon Bolivar Park on the Colombian capital’s west side.

Other crowd-pleasers are here from Spain like Siniestro Total, “a group that fashioned and fed the punk movement in Bogota and Medellin in the 1980s and has a big fan base here,” Trujillo said.

Also coming from Spain is Bigott, and from Costa Rica Las Robertas, among the dozens of bands on hand to excite the crowds.

Bogota authorities expect this year’s festival to draw between 260,000 and 300,000 fans.

This time, Trujillo said, as the festival “reaches adulthood” in its 18th year, it will be based on “diversity and the understanding that rock, alt and indie music have really taken off over the past few years.”

Besides the festival’s three separate stages, this year the festival will also feature an “ecotent,” a space for kids to learn from “projects that impart an understanding of the different rock cultures and how these rock cultures are related to the environment - urban architecture, zero trash, defense of animals and anti-bullfighting movements,” Trujillo said.

Besides the Spanish and Costa Rican groups, also taking the stage will be the U.S. hardcore band NOFX and the iconic Welsh heavy metal group Skindred.

As will Steel Pulse, a true headliner on the international scene, according to Trujillo, and other top groups from Colombia like 1280 Almas, Systema Solar and Ciegossordosmudos.

What is vital for Trujillo is to let the world know that this is “a meeting place for a diversity of aesthetics, views, sounds and colors that come together in Bogota,” adding that “it has always been understood that way by its fans, who have made it a paragon of harmony.”

The three stages and the ecotent are open for three days between the hours of 11:00 a.m and 11:00 p.m. local time.

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Pew Hispanic Center: The 10 Largest Hispanic Origin Groups: Characteristics, Rankings, Top Counties

Pew Hispanic Center: The 10 Largest Hispanic Origin Groups: Characteristics, Rankings, Top Counties

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Among the 50.7 million Hispanics in the United States, nearly two-thirds (65%), or 33 million, self-identify as being of Mexican origin, according to tabulations of the 2010 American Community Survey (ACS) by the Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center. No other Hispanic subgroup rivals the size of the Mexican-origin population. Puerto Ricans, the nation’s second largest Hispanic origin group, make up just 9% of the total Hispanic population in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Overall, the 10 largest Hispanic origin groups——Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Cubans, Salvadorans, Dominicans, Guatemalans, Colombians, Hondurans, Ecuadorians and Peruvians——make up 92% of the U.S. Hispanic population. Six Hispanic origin groups have populations greater than 1 million.

Hispanic origin groups differ from each other in a number of ways. For instance, U.S. Hispanics of Mexican origin have the lowest median age, at 25 years, while Hispanics of Cuban origin have the highest median age, at 40 years. Colombians are the most likely to have a college degree (32%) while Salvadorans are the least likely (7%). Ecuadorians have the highest annual median household income ($50,000) while Dominicans have the lowest ($34,000). Half of Hondurans do not have health insurance——the highest share among Hispanic origin groups. By contrast, just 15% of Puerto Ricans do not have health insurance.

Hispanic origin groups also differ in their geographic concentration. The nation’s Cuban population is the most concentrated——nearly half (48%) live in Florida’s Miami-Dade County. Miami-Dade County is also home to the nation’s largest Colombian, Honduran and Peruvian communities. For Mexicans, Salvadorans and Guatemalans, Los Angeles County in California contains each group’s largest community. The largest Puerto Rican and Dominican communities are in Bronx County, New York. The largest Ecuadorian community is in Queens County, New York.

Hispanic origin is based on self-described family ancestry or place of birth in response to questions in the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. It is not necessarily the same as place of birth, nor is it indicative of immigrant or citizenship status. For example, a U.S. citizen born in Los Angeles of Mexican immigrant parents or grandparents may (or may not) identify his or her country of origin as Mexico. Likewise, some immigrants born in Mexico may identify another country as their origin depending on the place of birth of their ancestors.

The data for this report are derived from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2010 American Community Survey, which provides detailed geographic, demographic and economic characteristics for each group.

Accompanying this report are profiles of the 10 largest Hispanic origin sub-groups and an interactive graphic showing characteristics and top counties for each group.

The report, “The 10 Largest Hispanic Origin Groups: Characteristics, Rankings, Top Counties,” authored by Seth Motel and Eileen Patten, both Research Assistants at the Pew Hispanic Center, is available at the Pew Hispanic Center’s website, www.pewhispanic.org.

The Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center, is a nonpartisan, non-advocacy research organization based in Washington, D.C. and is funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts.

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Celebrate the 4th of July With This Supremo Nachos Recipe

Celebrate the 4th of July With This Supremo Nachos Recipe

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The original version of this snack was invented in 1943 by Ignacio Anaya at the Victory club in Piedras Negras, in the state of Coahuila, Mexico. Since then the famous appetizer has come a long way. Whip up a platter of these ultimate nachos for your next party to make a lasting impression.

Summer is here, V&V Supremo; one of the nation’s oldest family-run Hispanic food business, wants to share some authentic recipes to celebrate the Fourth of July ¡a la Mexicana!

Supremo Nachos


1 Bag of your favorite tortilla chips
“Quick Nacho Cheese Sauce” (See recipe)
“Pico de Gallo” (See recipe)
1 Cup sour cream
1 Link (½ pkg.) Pork or Beef Chorizo, cooked (see “Cooking V&V SUPREMO CHORIZO”)
1 Cup queso fresco crumbled


    1. Shake sour cream before opening.
    2. Heat nacho sauce, whisking.
    3. Spread chips out over a large platter.
    4. Pour sauce in thin ribbons over chips, top with Chorizo, drizzle sour cream over all, then sprinkle on queso fresco, and pico de gallo.

Yields 4 servings

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Mercosur Adds Venezuela, Suspends Paraguay After Abrupt Impeachment

Mercosur Adds Venezuela, Suspends Paraguay After Abrupt Impeachment

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Leaders of the Mercosur trade bloc announced here Friday the suspension of charter member Paraguay after lawmakers in Asuncion removed the country’s president in an impeachment process that took less than a day.

At the same time, the presidents of Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay decided to complete the accession of oil-rich Venezuela, stalled since 2006 due to opposition from the Paraguayan Congress.

Argentina’s Cristina Fernandez said Venezuela will become a full member of the trade bloc at a July 31 event in Rio de Janeiro.

The addition of Venezuela will make Mercosur stronger as it confronts turbulence in the global economy, she said.

“We resolved to temporarily suspend Paraguay until a democratic process is carried out, with free and democratic elections in which they choose a new president,” Fernandez said.

Power in Asuncion is currently in the hands of erstwhile Vice President Federico Franco, who was sworn-in last Friday within 90 minutes of the Senate vote to remove Lugo.

Mercosur’s charter identifies fully functioning democracy as an essential condition for the process of regional integration.

Fernandez, Brazilian counterpart Dilma Rousseff and Uruguayan President Jose Mujica rejected imposing economic sanctions on Paraguay and insisted that the temporary suspension does “not diminish the commitment to the development” of the bloc’s poorest member.

Lugo, who attended the gathering in Mendoza, said the suspension of Paraguay was consistent with Mercosur’s rules.

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Carlos Beltran Gets 2,000th Hit

Carlos Beltran Gets 2,000th Hit

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Carlos Beltran of the St. Louis Cardinals hit his career 2,000th hit Friday night.  It was an RBI single off of Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Kevin Correia.  The RBI was his league leading 60th.

Time was called after the hit while the crowd of 45,382 at Bush Stadium gave Beltran a well-deserved standing ovation.  Beltran is the 29th switch-hitter in Major League history to reach that hit milestone. Earlier in the season the 35-year-old Beltran became the first switch hitter in major league history to hit 300 home runs and steal 300 bases. 

Although, the Cardinals would be defeated by a score of 14-5, it truly was a memorable game.  The Puerto Rican outfielder is now hitting .311 with 20 home runs. On December 22, 2011 Beltran and the Cardinals agreed on a two year contract worth $26 million dollars. 

Written by HS News Sports Writer: Tim Horodyski

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Television Coverage of July 1 Mexican Presidential Election

Television Coverage of July 1 Mexican Presidential Election

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Univision’s coverage of Mexico’s presidential election, includes live and special programming, “Mexico Decide 2012” (Mexico Decides 2012), in the lead and following the July 1 election. Univision’s award-winning journalists Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas will broadcast all network news programming live from Mexico City. “Noticiero Univision” (weekdays and weekend editions at 6:30 p.m. ET), Nightly News Edition (weekdays and weekend editions at 11:30 p.m. ET), a special edition of “Al Punto” airing live at 1 p.m. ET and a special primetime program “Mexico Decide 2012” will broadcast from the heart of Mexico City, the Zocalo.

KMEX Univision 34 in Los Angeles and KUVN Univision 23 in Dallas will also provide coverage by their news teams on all editions of their local news programs, as well as lead the coverage for Univision’s local stations.

More than 80 million Mexican citizens are going to the polls on July 1, 2012 to elect a new president, congress, six governors and the mayor of Mexico City. In addition to live news programming from the Zocalo, news teams will be reporting from the country’s Federal Electoral Institute, where election results are tabulated. Special teams will report from the candidates’ campaign headquarters: Enrique Pena Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (Partido Revolucionario Institucional, PRI) and Partido Verde Ecologista de Mexico; Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of the Democratic Revolution Party (Partido de la Revolucion Democratica, PRD), Partido del Trabajo and Partido de Convergencia; Josefina Vazquez Mota of the National Action Party (Partido Accion Nacional, PAN); and Gabriel Quadri of the New Alliance Party (Partido Nueva Alianza, PANAL).

Univision’s ongoing coverage will also feature profiles of the candidates, and will report on the impact of the youth vote, social media and the Yosoy132 movement on the election.

The coverage line up for Sunday, July 1 includes:

* Univision Network will air a special LIVE edition of “Al Punto” anchored by Jorge Ramos at 1 p.m. ET/12 p.m. CT/10 a.m. PT coast to coast;

* In addition to the election bulletins, Ramos and Salinas will anchor “Noticiero Univision Fin de Semana” at 6:30 p.m. ET/PT;

* The special program “Mexico Decide 2012” will air LIVE coast to coast at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT/7 p.m. PT from the Zocalo in Mexico City, anchored by Ramos and Salinas. The special will include the latest broadcasts from Univision News correspondents, Maria Antonieta Collins and Leon Felipe.

Galavision and TeleFutura will join Noticias Univision in the coverage of the election in Mexico. TeleFutura will air one-minute electoral bulletins every hour on July 1, starting at 3 p.m. ET/2 p.m. CT/12 p.m. PT. Galavision will have complete news coverage the entire day beginning at 8 a.m. ET/7 a.m. CT/5 a.m. PT through midnight coast to coast with live newscasts directly from Televisa’s news team in Mexico, as well as coverage from Univision News.

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INOCENTE- Story of Undocumented Homeless 15-Year-Olds Fierce Determination- VIDEO

INOCENTE- Story of Undocumented Homeless 15-Year-Olds Fierce Determination- VIDEO

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In San Diego, a young teenage girl’s eyes stare into a compact mirror. She paints a dramatic black swirl around her eye. She never knows what her day will bring, but she knows at least it will always begin with paint.
INOCENTE is an intensely personal and vibrant coming of age documentary about a young artist’s fierce determination to never surrender to the bleakness of her surroundings.

At 15, Inocente refuses to let her dream of becoming an artist be caged by her life as an undocumented immigrant forced to live homeless for the last nine years. Color is her personal revolution and its extraordinary sweep on her canvases creates a world that looks nothing like her own dark past – – a past punctuated by a father deported for domestic abuse, an alcoholic and defeated mother of four who once took her daughter by the hand to jump off a bridge together, an endless shuffle year after year through the city’s overcrowded homeless shelters and the constant threat of deportation.

Despite this history, Inocente’s eyes envision a world transformed…where buildings drip in yellow and orange, where pink and turquoise planets twinkle with rescued dreams, and one-eyed childlike creatures play amongst loved babies and purple clouds. Inocente’s family history is slowly revealed through her paintings.

Told entirely in her own words, we come to Inocente’s story as she realizes her life is at a turning point, and for the first time, she decides to take control of her own destiny. Irreverent, flawed and funny, she’s now channeling her irrepressible personality into a future she controls. Her talent has finally been noticed, and if she can create a body of work in time, she has an opportunity to put on her first art show. Meanwhile, her family life is at a tense impasse – – if she legally emancipates herself from her mother to strike out on her own, she’ll risk placing her brothers in foster care, but to stay is unbearable.

INOCENTE is both a timeless story about the transformative power of art and a timely snapshot of the new face of homelessness in America, children. Neither sentimental nor sensational, INOCENTE will immerse you in the very real, day-to-day existence of a young girl who is battling a war that we rarely see. The challenges are staggering, but the hope in Inocente’s story proves that the hand she has been dealt does not define her, her dreams do.

The film will premiere on MTV on August 17, 2012.


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Texas Congressional Candidate Looks to Facilitate U.S.-Mexico Border Traffic

Texas Congressional Candidate Looks to Facilitate U.S.-Mexico Border Traffic

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The Democratic candidate to represent El Paso, Texas border city in Congress, Beto O’Rourke, said that if he wins he will seek to create alliances to speed up border traffic between Mexico and the United States.

O’Rourke, who defeated eight-term incumbent Silvestre Reyes in last month’s Democratic primary, told Efe that if the waiting time at international border crossings continues to be more than three hours, the region will lose more than 100,000 jobs over the next five years.

“People coming from Mexico can’t be kept waiting more than four hours in temperatures higher than 100 degrees Fahrenheit for the ‘privilege’ of spending their money with our businesses,” the former El Paso city councilman said.

He said he has begun contacting other border congressmen like Democrat Henry Cuellar of Laredo to create an alliance of lawmakers who will promote bills aimed at increasing the number of customs inspectors at the crossings in order to keep all the inspection posts open all the time.

O’Rourke said that a more efficient border can be achieved without sacrificing community welfare, and that the violence on the Mexican side does not now have, nor would ever have, any way to infiltrate El Paso.

He also described as a debacle the war on drugs undertaken by outgoing Mexican President Felipe Calderon, which has left more than 60,000 people dead, of whom 10,000 were just across the border from El Paso in Ciudad Juarez.

But he said that the U.S. strategy against drug trafficking has also been a failure because its policy of extreme inspections at border crossings has in no way diminished the amount of drugs entering the country.

As for immigration, O’Rourke said that public opinion must realize that immigrants contribute not only labor but also their traditions and rich cultural heritage.

“If they want each individual state to stop imposing its own immigration measures, the federal government ought to step in and give the houses of Congress a reform that unifies criteria and permits the legalization of whoever contributes to the economy,” he said.

O’Rourke said he intends to work with the Mexican government, which should be a priority for United States foreign policy because the two countries are neighbors and leading trade partners.

“It’s more important to look after our relations with Mexico than with Afghanistan or Iraq,” he said.

He said that he would also seek to create a support system for El Paso veterans and promote bilingual education in the region.

“We want the federal government to understand this binational, bicultural, bilingual region so rich in contributions from the immigrant community,” he said.

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Antonio Banderas to Host Starlite Gala benefit for 3rd Year in a Row

Antonio Banderas to Host Starlite Gala benefit for 3rd Year in a Row

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Spanish actor Antonio Banderas will host for the third straight year the Starlite Gala, an international platform benefiting a series of charitable foundations.

The event to be held Aug. 4 in the southern Spanish resort city of Marbella is based on appearances by prestigious spokespersons who help garner media coverage for different causes, the organization said in a communique.

This year’s Starlite Gala will feature performances by stars like Jon Secada, while several auctions will be held during the event offering such prizes as an invitation for two to next year’s Oscars.

Taking the stage with Antonio Banderas this time will be friends and personalities from the worlds of culture and showbiz.

The gala’s sole purpose is to collect funds for the foundation with which the actor is involved - Lagrimas y Favores (Tears and Favors), Niños en Alegria (Children in Happiness), Cudeca and Best Buddies International.

This year’s humanitarian prize will be awarded to Anthony Kennedy for his work as founder of Best Buddies International, dedicated to integrating the mentally handicapped into society. The foundation is present in 50 countries.

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SaturdayJune 30, 2012