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MondayDecember 3, 2012

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CNN Latino Channel to Debut Early Next Year

CNN Latino Channel to Debut Early Next Year

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CNN increases its programming for the U.S. Hispanic audience with the launch in late January of CNN Latino, a content service designed with broadcast stations in mind.

“CNN Latino is a channel of variety shows and news programs, a channel that goes beyond just broadcasting the news,” Cynthia Hudson, executive vice president and general manager of CNN en Español, told Efe.

She said CNN Latino will premier late next month on KBEH-DT Channel 63 in Los Angeles, reaching 14 million people with eight hours per day of news and other programming.

Hudson said CNN en Español and CNN Latino complement each other, since the first is a cable news channel, while the second will be an open network serving “the tremendous growth of the Latino market, especially in purchasing power.”

She recalled that the U.S. Hispanic community represents the second largest Spanish-speaking market in the world after Mexico, and in terms of purchasing power is bigger than Brazil, Russia, India or China, the four largest emerging markets in the world.

CNN Latino content will be made up of CNN news and lifestyle programs, documentaries, interviews and discussions as an alternative to the traditional Hispanic channels based on “very typical canned shows like telenovelas, series, movies and variety acts.”

“CNN Latino is a chance to offer an alternative featuring current events, discussions, magazines and news, without falling into the repititious news cycle,” Hudson said.

The plan calls for CNN Latino to line up local stations over the next four years with the goal of reaching 65 percent of Hispanic homes.

This growth plan, like those used by Fox and Telemundo when they started, will have them negotiating with many channels seeking “attractive prime time content,” Hudson said.

The executive said the programming seeks to help Hispanics “achieve the American dream” with shows that bring them “help, information, examples and aspirations.”

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26th Annual Guadalajara International Book Fair Ends a Great Note

Mexico’s Guadalajara International Book Fair, the most important event of its type in Latin America, ended its run over the weekend, with organizers touting its success.

“The growth for us is impressive. We expected to do it, there was nearly grueling work all over the hemisphere to bring in the publishing houses,” a move that resulted in higher sales and more business activity, Guadalajara International Book Fair director Nubia Macias told Efe.

The book fair’s 26th edition drew 20,363 professionals from the world of books, including publishers, editors, distributors, librarians and translators, a figure that was up 14 percent from last year, when the event drew 17,800 professionals.

Only 1,928 publishing houses, however, showed up, down slightly from the 1,935 that had a presence in Guadalajara in 2011.

Spanish publishers took part in the Guadalajara International Book Fair despite the sharp drop in book sales in their home market due to the economic crisis.

The next Guadalajara International Book Fair will take place Nov. 30 to Dec. 8, 2013, with Israel as the guest country.

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Remittances to Mexico Between January and October Drop 7.1%

Remittances to Mexico Between January and October Drop 7.1%

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Mexico in October received nearly $1.78 billion in remittances, a drop of 7.1 percent compared with the same month in 2011, the country’s central bank said Monday.

Accumulated remittances from January to October added up to $19.04 billion, a figure 0.9 percent lower than in the same period of 2011, Banco de Mexico said.

The average sum per transaction was $299.80, a decline of 5.8 percent from the $318.20 that those living abroad sent to Mexico in October 2011.

In all there were 5.9 million remittances last October, most of them sent through electronic transfers, a number slightly less than the 6 million transactions a year earlier.

Remittances from expatriates are Mexico’s second-largest source of foreign exchange after oil exports and help cover living expenses for millions of households.

Most of the money is sent from the United States, where an estimated 12 million Mexicans live, about half of them undocumented migrants.

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US State Dept to Cuba: Return Alan Gross to Family “Where he Belongs”

US State Dept to Cuba: Return Alan Gross to Family “Where he Belongs”

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The Deputy Spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State Mark C. Toner released a statement regarding the start of the 4th year of imprisonment for U.S. contractor Alan Gross.

Tomorrow Alan Gross will begin his fourth year of unjustified imprisonment in Cuba. He was arrested on December 3, 2009 and later given a 15-year prison sentence by Cuban authorities for simply facilitating communications between Cuba’s Jewish community and the rest of the world.

Mr. Gross is a 63-year-old husband, father, and dedicated professional with a long history of providing assistance and support to underserved communities in more than 50 countries.

Since his arrest, Mr. Gross has lost more than 100 pounds and suffers from severe degenerative arthritis that affects his mobility, and other health problems. His family is anxious to evaluate whether he is receiving appropriate medical treatment, something that can best be determined by having a doctor of his own choosing examine him.

We continue to ask the Cuban Government to grant Alan Gross’s request to travel to the United States to visit his 90-year-old mother, Evelyn Gross, who is gravely ill. This is a humanitarian issue.

The Cuban government should release Alan Gross and return him to his family, where he belongs.

Cuban officials maintain Gross was illegally aiding dissidents and inciting subversion on the Communist-ruled island. Last August, Cuba’s highest court upheld the 15-year jail sentence imposed on Gross five months earlier.

The jailed American is in weekly telephone contact with his wife and family and receives monthly visits by officials at the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, the ministry said.

Recently, his wife urged President Obama to give her husband’s case top priority and to take action to get her husband released by designating a special envoy.

“I cannot and will not allow my husband to die in a Cuban prison.”

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LATINO BLOTTER: Man Arrested at Border, Wanted for Sexual Assault of a Child

LATINO BLOTTER: Man Arrested at Border, Wanted for Sexual Assault of a Child

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U.S. Customs and Border Patrol recently arrested a man wanted for the sexual assault of a child.

On November 29, CBP officer at the Eagle Pass International Bridge in Texas inspected a black Hyundai Veloster, bearing Texas license plates. Records checks revealed that the driver, Alejandro Valdes Falcon, 21, was wanted on an outstanding warrant for sexual assault of a child. Falcon, a citizen of Mexico, was detained and turned over to the Maverick Country Sheriff’s Office.

“The thorough and comprehensive inspections performed by our frontline CBP officers at the port of entry resulted in this significant apprehension,” said Cynthia O. Rodriguez, CBP Port Director, Eagle Pass. “Homeland security is our primary mission but apprehensions like this help keep our communities safe.”

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Mario Lopez Marries Courtney Mazza in Mexico

Mario Lopez Marries Courtney Mazza in Mexico

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Dimpled cutie Mario Lopez is now officially off the market after marrying long-time girlfriend Courtney Mazza.

Mazza, the mother of their 2-year-old daughter Gia, and Lopez reportedly met while working on Broadway’s “A Chorus Line” in 2006. Two years later, the two began dating and this past January became engaged while visiting Mexico.

With Gia as their flower girl and Eva Longoria as a bridesmaid, Lopez, 39, and Mazza were married in Punta Minta on the property of “Girls Gone Wild” owner Joe Francis.

Their wedding can be seen on December 8th on TLC as the couple allowed cameras in to document their special day.

This was the second wedding for Lopez, who was briefly married to model-actress Ali Landry in 2004.

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MISSING: AZ Police Looking for Leukemia Patient, 11, Taken From Hospital by Mother

MISSING: AZ Police Looking for Leukemia Patient, 11, Taken From Hospital by Mother

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Arizona police and hospital workers are desperately trying to locate a young patient who was taken from a hospital by her mother.

Identified only as Emily, the 11-year-old was reportedly removed from the hospital while undergoing leukemia treatment. Though she was scheduled to be released the next day, hospital footage shows Emily’s mother, a 35-year-old only identified as Norma, waking the girl out of Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

The concern now is the chest catheter in Emily’s heart, which was placed there during treatment. The mother removed the IV from the catheter when she took her daughter from the hospital. Doctors who spoke with police informed them that should the catheter not be medically removed from her heart, she could potentially become infected and die.

Phoenix police have not given out last names because they do not want the parents to be afraid to return to a medical facility.

Due to her weakened immune system, Emily is at greater risk for infection and has already had to have one of her arms amputated.

The girl was last seen with her mother on Wednesday. Police say they may have left in a black Ford van being driven by the girl’s father, Luis, 46.

Police are having trouble located them as the family, which hails from Mexico, “have no locally listed records in Arizona,” according to ABC News

Those with any information regarding the family’s whereabouts are urged to contact Phoenix police immediately.

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Check Out Bruno Mars’ Latest Single “When I Was Your Man” (AUDIO)

Check Out Bruno Mars’ Latest Single “When I Was Your Man” (AUDIO)

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Bruno Mars has released the fourth single off his upcoming album, Unorthodox Jukebox.

Slowing things down a bit, Mars has put aside the rocking confidence to sing directly to the heart of a love lost in “When I Was Your Man”.

“I hope he buys you flowers, I hope he holds your hand.”

A very sweet song from a guy who probably has his choice of ladies (or realistically, even guys) at this point.

Unorthodox Jukebox goes on sale on December 13, just in time for Christmas.

And be sure to catch Mars, Rihanna, and Justin Bieber perform at the Victoria Secret fashion show, which airs on CBS on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 10/9c.


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J.K. Rowling’s Novel ‘The Casual Vacancy’ in Spanish Coming to Latin America

J.K. Rowling’s Novel ‘The Casual Vacancy’ in Spanish Coming to Latin America

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The first novel for adults by British writer J.K. Rowling, “Una Vacante Imprevista” (The Casual Vacancy) in its new Spanish version will be in bookstores throughout Spain and Latin America simultaneously on Dec. 19.

Published in English on Sept. 27, “The Casual Vacancy” has become a bestseller in Britain, the United States, New Zealand, Ireland and Australia. Three weeks after its launch, the book has sold more than a million copies.

“The Casual Vacancy” will be translated into 43 languages worldwide. In Spain and Latin America it will be published by Salamandra.

The story of this adult novel takes place in Pagford, a fictional village in southwest England, where the sudden death of a councilor unleashes a fierce battle between various factions to take over the vacated seat on the town council, a key factor for settling an old territorial dispute.

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Immigrants May Hold the Key to Urban Renewal in Baltimore

Immigrants May Hold the Key to Urban Renewal in Baltimore

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By Walter Ewing, Immigration Impact

In an attempt to reverse decades of population decline, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has launched a high-profile effort to attract “new Americans” to the city.

The theory is that these new Americans—that is, immigrants—will bring the skills, entrepreneurship, and tax base needed to revitalize blighted neighborhoods that are now full of boarded-up buildings rather than thriving businesses and family homes.

The available evidence suggests that immigration can indeed be a powerful force for urban renewal. But most immigrants will not be drawn to a new city simply by a welcome sign. It is likely that they look for some signs of revitalization before they take the risk of uprooting their families and moving to a new place.

The ongoing effort by the Baltimore city government to attract immigrants is profiled in a new paper from Next American City and the National League of Cities, entitled “The Rise of the New Baltimoreans.” As the paper makes clear, the promise of immigration as an economic resource rests heavily on entrepreneurship. Immigrants are much more likely to create businesses than the native-born, and businesses create jobs, attract consumers, and generate substantial tax revenue.

The paper cites a number of studies released this year which document and quantify the immense scale of the entrepreneurial power which immigrants wield. For instance:

    The Partnership for a New American Economy released a report in August which found that “immigrant-owned firms now generate more than $775 billion in revenue, $125 billion in payroll, and $100 billion in income, employing one out of every 10 workers along the way.” Moreover, “immigrants started 28 percent of all new U.S. businesses in 2011, despite accounting for just 12.9 percent of the U.S. population.”
    At the small-scale end of the business continuum, a June report from the Fiscal Policy Institute found that immigrant-owned small businesses employed 4.7 million people and had $776 billion in receipts in 2007, the last year for which data is available. Approximately 18% of all small business owners in the United States were immigrants; higher than the immigrant share of the population (13%) or labor force (16%).
    At the large-scale end of the business continuum, a June report from the Partnership for a New American Economy found that that Fortune 500 companies founded by immigrants account for 18% of all Fortune 500 companies, generate $1.7 trillion in annual revenue, and employ 3.7 million workers worldwide. These companies include AT&T, Verizon, Pfizer, Kraft, Comcast, Intel, Merck, DuPont, Google, Kohl’s, Sara Lee, Sun Microsystems, United States Steel, Qualcomm, eBay, Nordstrom, and Yahoo!

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Massive Protesting in Spain Over Privatization of Hospitals

Massive Protesting in Spain Over Privatization of Hospitals

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Thousands of citizens and health professionals took to the streets of the Spanish capital on Sunday to protest plans by the Madrid regional government to outsource management and some services provided by public hospitals.

The demonstrators, who included elderly people and children, showed up at all the hospitals in the capital as part of the “Abraza tu hospital” (Embrace Your Hospital) campaign.

Protesters chanted and held hands as they surrounded large hospitals like Gregorio Marañon Hospital.

The protest’s goal is to pressure the regional government “to put in place the mechanisms needed to make it possible to have a more efficient public health system,” union member Magdalena Salcedo told Efe.

About 3,000 protesters, according to organizers’ estimates, held hands and surrounded La Princesa Hospital, forming a human chain around the medical facility.

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MondayDecember 3, 2012