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WednesdayDecember 12, 2012

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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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60 Percent of Mexicans Working in Informal Sector

60 Percent of Mexicans Working in Informal Sector

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A total of 29.3 million people in Mexico work in the informal economy, or 60.1 percent of the country’s overall workforce, the National Institute of Statistics and Geography, or Inegi, said.

The autonomous agency unveiled a new methodology for calculating the number of informal jobs that includes all people who are economically active but lack access to the social security system.

Inegi had earlier counted 14.2 million people as part of the informal sector, or roughly 29 percent of the country’s total workforce of 48.7 million.

The new system includes people in informal commerce, domestic workers and those who work off the books in what are supposed to be formal positions.

The survey, conducted in the third quarter, found that of the 29.3 million people informally employed, 2.1 million are engaged in paid domestic labor, 6.2 million work in the farm sector and 6.8 million others work for companies, government and institutions.

The remaining 14.2 million include street vendors and other independently employed people who had been counted under the previous methodology.

Nearly 18 million informal workers, or 61.3 percent, are men, the survey found.

By age, 42.8 percent are between 25 and 44, 27.3 percent are between 45 and 64, 23.5 percent are between 14 and 24 and 6.2 percent are 65 or older.

In terms of take-home pay, people formally employed earn an average of 38.4 pesos ($3) per hour worked, while informal workers earn an average of 24.8 pesos (not quite $2).

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Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe Welcomes 5.8 Million Feast Day

Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe Welcomes 5.8 Million Feast Day

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Around 5.8 million Christian faithful on Wednesday visited the Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe in the Mexican capital with the aim of celebrating the 481st anniversary of the Virgin Mary’s last appearance before Indian peasant Juan Diego, who was canonized in 2002.

The celebration began at 12:01 a.m., when thousands of people, among them artists such as Pedro Fernandez and Daniela Romo, sang the Mexican version of “Happy Birthday” to the country’s patron saint during a Mass.

Coming from across Mexico and other countries as well, the pilgrims during the morning enjoyed a light and sound show in the vicinity of the Basilica.

A large part of the people on hand spent the night outdoors, covered with light blankets or in sleeping bags, in the area around the most-visited Catholic church in the world after St. Peter’s in Rome.

More than 100 doctors and nurses are working in the zone, where first aid stations have been set up and ambulances deployed, while some 17,000 police are participating in the operation to patrol the Basilica and its environs.

Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday also recalled the Virgin of Guadalupe and asked her to watch over Mexico and “grant (the country) unity, justice, harmony and peace.”

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Resurgent Republic: The Hispanic Challenge and Opportunity for Republicans

Resurgent Republic: The Hispanic Challenge and Opportunity for Republicans

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Resurgent Republic and the Hispanic Leadership Network jointly surveyed Hispanics who voted in the 2012 Presidential election in four critical states: Florida, Colorado, Nevada, and New Mexico. The results make clear the size of the hole Republicans have dug among Hispanic voters over the past eight years. At a time of growing Hispanic influence in the electorate, Mitt Romney received the lowest percentage of the Hispanic vote of any Republican presidential nominee in a two-candidate election since Watergate.

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Some argue that Hispanics have been voting Democratic for years, that there is little Republicans can do to change the trend, and that trying to do so will split the Republican base. That position is belied by the facts, most recently in 2004 when President George W. Bush achieved 44 percent of the Hispanic vote, the highest in history for a Republican presidential candidate, while simultaneously generating the second largest turnout of the Republican base voters in the history of exit polling.

It is also the route to political irrelevance in national elections. Mitt Romney won a landslide among white voters, defeating Barack Obama by 59 to 39 percent. In the process he won every large segment of white voters, often by double-digit margins: white men, white women, white Catholics, white Protestants, white old people, white young people.

Yet that was not enough to craft a national majority. Republicans have run out of persuadable white voters. For the fifth time in the past six presidential elections, Republicans lost the popular vote. Trying to win a national election by gaining a larger and larger share of a smaller and smaller portion of the electorate is a losing political proposition.

To be competitive nationally in the future, Republicans must do better among non-white Americans, especially Hispanics and Asians. If Republicans achieve 40 percent or more of Hispanics nationally, they can elect conservative Republicans to national office. Settling for a quarter or less of the Hispanic vote nationally will relegate Republicans to a regional party with few national prospects.

These four surveys demonstrate the potential for conservative candidates in four very different Hispanic electorates, and the short and long-term steps that can improve Republicans’ standing in the Hispanic community. The project surveyed 400 registered Hispanic voters in each of the states who voted in the 2012 presidential election. Each respondent was interviewed by a bilingual interviewer and was offered the option to complete the survey in English or Spanish. Since these are surveys of Hispanic American citizens who vote in elections, Hispanics in these surveys are older, have reached a higher level of education, more likely to speak English, and more likely to be born in America than those in surveys of all Hispanic residents.

We will mine these surveys for insights for some time, with results posted at resurgentrepublic.com and hispanicleadershipnetwork.org. But following are some key highlights.

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Convicted Defendant Accuses Former Brazilian President Lula of Corruption

Convicted Defendant Accuses Former Brazilian President Lula of Corruption

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A major corruption case unfolding before Brazil’s Supreme Court once again cast a shadow over President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, accused by one of the convicted defendants of having been behind it all and of personally profiting from it.

The name of Lula, who was not among the 36 accused in the so-called “trial of the century” for offenses that occurred during his first term in office, was associated with the scandal once more after the Estado de Sao Paulo newspaper published Tuesday a statement by publicist Marcos Valerio Fernandes, sentenced to 40 years in prison.

The daily said it had obtained a statement that Fernandes made to prosecutors saying that Lula not only “knew all about it” but that he also backed it and derived personal profits from the corruption.

Estado de Sao Paulo cited Fernandes as saying that the ruling Workers Party, or PT, paid his legal fees from the trial, which came to 4 million reais ($2 million).

The case goes back to the summer of 2005, when lawmaker Roberto Jefferson accused the PT of having bribed legislators of other parties to build the congressional majority that the government failed to obtain at the polls in 2002.

The scandal didn’t stop Lula from winning a second four-year term in 2006 or from helping his anointed successor, Dilma Rousseff, to prevail in the 2010 presidential contest.

The daily cited Fernandes as saying he met with Lula’s then-chief of staff, Jose Dirceu, and PT treasurer Delubio Soares - both also convicted - and that on at least one occasion he was with the president, who “gave him the OK for the negotiations.”

The story had immediate repercussions in Paris where Lula met with Rousseff, who began a state visit to France on Tuesday and took part in a forum organized by the Lula Institute.

“That’s a lie,” Lula said when questioned by Brazilian media as he left the forum.

Meanwhile Rousseff, at a joint press conference with her French counterpart, Francois Hollande, described the accusation as “regrettable.”

Brazil’s opposition, however, demanded an “immediate investigation” into Lula’s responsibility in the matter.

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Brazilian Street Artist Chosen to Design Madonna Album Cover Art

Brazilian Street Artist Chosen to Design Madonna Album Cover Art

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Choosing from 30 artists, Madonna has selected street artist Simone Sapienza to design the cover of her upcoming “Superstar” remix album.

The work of the 40-year-old Brazilian artist, who goes by the moniker Siss, was chosen as part of a Madonna competition, but was also part of a bigger marketing campaign for Johnnie Walker called “Keep Walking Brazil”.

The campaign was aimed at the ever-growing Brazilian middle class.

Siss’ design displayed Madonna as Wonder Woman, which paint cans in her hands and a lasso hanging at her waste.

The work of art will adorn 150,000 special edition albums and will be distributed for free.

From November 11th to December 16th the Museum of Image and Sound (MIS) will be honoring Madonna in an exhibition featuring all 30 artists’ submissions.

“My work is connected to the status of women,” Siss said. “I like strong women, who work hard for what they think is right.”

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“Skyfall” Villain Javier Bardem gets SAG Nod

“Skyfall” Villain Javier Bardem gets SAG Nod

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Spanish actor Javier Bardem was nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award for best supporting actor for his portrayal of the villain in the latest James Bond film, “Skyfall.”

Also nominated in the category are Alan Arkin (“Argo”), Robert De Niro (“Silver Linings Playbook”), Philip Seymour Hoffman (“The Master”) and Tommy Lee Jones (“Lincoln”).

Bardem won both the SAG Award and the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role as a spooky hit man in the 2007 film “No Country For Old Men.”

Up for the SAG award for best supporting actress are Sally Field (“Lincoln”), Anne Hathaway (“Les Miserables”), Helen Hunt (“The Sessions”), Nicole Kidman (“The Paperboy”) and Maggie Smith (“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”).

In the best actor category are Bradley Cooper (“Silver Linings Playbook”), Daniel Day-Lewis (“Lincoln”), John Hawkes (“The Sessions”), Hugh Jackman (“Les Miserables”) and Denzel Washington (“Flight”).

Nominated for this year’s award for best actress are Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty”), Marion Cotillard (“Rust and Bone”), Jennifer Lawrence (“Silver Linings Playbook”), Helen Mirren (“Hitchcock”) and Naomi Watts (“The Impossible”).

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If Mayan Calendar End of World Proves True – Chilean Catholic Church Has Interesting Suggestion

If Mayan Calendar End of World Proves True – Chilean Catholic Church Has Interesting Suggestion

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With so much buzz today about what 12/12/12 might mean for all of you dooms dayers and general pessimists, we thought you might find this request from a Chilean Bishop rather interesting. 

While some are of the opinion that the 12/12/12 numbers hold significance others think the significance is greater in the year in which the Mayan long calendar ends.

Take for example, Bishop Bernardo Bastres of Chile. 

The Bishop of the Diocese of Punta Arenas faced with the concerns of those who say December 21 could be the end of the world, surprised everyone with a particular request. In fact, last Sunday he proposed those who are convinced of the world’s end, to give away their goods to the Catholic Church, as reported to the Fides Agenzia.

“According to rumors, a Chinese or a Japanese is building a ship like Noah’s Ark - said the Bishop -. While many believe that the world will end on December 21, we, as a Church, have no problem if people want to give away their belongings and leave their properties. I assure you that after December 21 we will pray forever for them, because I am sure that after that date we will still be alive. If they want to go away, far away from here, they will only do a good thing by giving their property to the Church.”

The Bishop concluded: “This story of the end of the world has no seriousness. I have already planned commitments until the end of next year, and if we die, it will be God’s will.”

FYI – for the 1 in 10 people who think the world is ending keep in mind it is a distortion of what the Mayan predicted or what other Mayan cultural elements reflect.  The Mayan long calendar began on August 11 in the year 3114 B.C. and ends on December 21, 2012 with the beginning of a new era.

The Mayan predictions for December 2012 were about the return of the god Bolon Yokte and not about the end of the world, experts say.

 

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SAG Award Nominations Include Louis CK, Sofia Vergara, Naya Rivera

SAG Award Nominations Include Louis CK, Sofia Vergara, Naya Rivera

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Nominees for the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® for outstanding performances in 2012 in five film and eight primetime television categories as well as the SAG Awards honors for outstanding action performances by film and television stunt ensembles were announced this morning in Los Angeles at the Pacific Design Center’s SilverScreen Theater in West Hollywood.

The 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® will be simulcast live nationally on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 8 p.m. (ET)/5 p.m. (PT) from the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center. An encore performance will air immediately following on TNT at 10 p.m. (ET)/7 p.m. (PT). Recipients of the stunt ensemble honors will be announced from the SAG Awards® red carpet during the tntdrama.com and tbs.com live pre-show webcasts, which begin at 6 p.m. (ET)/3 p.m. (PT).

Of the top industry accolades presented to performers, only the Screen Actors Guild Awards® are selected solely by actors’ peers in SAG-AFTRA. Two nominating panels — one for television and one for film — each composed of 2,100 randomly selected union members from across the United States, chose this year’s Actor® and stunt ensemble honors nominees. Integrity Voting Systems, the Awards’ official teller, mailed the nominations secret ballots on Wednesday, Nov. 21. Voting was completed at noon on Monday, Dec. 10.

Final voting information will be mailed via postcard on Friday, Dec. 31, 2012. The eligible SAG-AFTRA membership across the country, numbering approximately 100,000 actors, may vote on all categories. Online voting is encouraged. In keeping with the SAG Awards®’ commitment to sustainable practices, paper ballots will be available only upon request, which must be made by Monday, Jan. 14, 2013. All votes must be received at Integrity Voting Systems by noon on Friday, Jan. 25. Results will be tallied and sealed until the envelopes are opened by the presenters at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® ceremony on Jan. 27, 2013.

The Screen Actors Guild Post-Awards Gala benefiting the Screen Actors Guild Foundation will be hosted for the 17th consecutive year by People Magazine and the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF).

THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
BRADLEY COOPER / Pat – “SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK” (The Weinstein Company)
DANIEL DAY-LEWIS / Abraham Lincoln – “LINCOLN” (Touchstone Pictures)
JOHN HAWKES / Mark – “THE SESSIONS” (Fox Searchlight)
HUGH JACKMAN / Jean Valjean – “LES MISÉRABLES” (Universal Pictures)
DENZEL WASHINGTON / Whip Whitaker – “FLIGHT” (Paramount Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
JESSICA CHASTAIN / Maya – “ZERO DARK THIRTY” (Columbia Pictures)
MARION COTILLARD / Stephanie – “RUST AND BONE” (Sony Pictures Classics)
JENNIFER LAWRENCE / Tiffany – “SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK” (The Weinstein Company)
HELEN MIRREN / Alma Reville – “HITCHCOCK” (Fox Searchlight)
NAOMI WATTS / Maria – “THE IMPOSSIBLE” (Summit Entertainment)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
ALAN ARKIN / Lester Siegel – “ARGO” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
—JAVIER BARDEM / Silva – “SKYFALL” (Columbia Pictures)—
ROBERT DE NIRO / Pat, Sr. – “SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK” (The Weinstein Company)
PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN / Lancaster Dodd – “THE MASTER” (The Weinstein Company)
TOMMY LEE JONES / Thaddeus Stevens – “LINCOLN” (Touchstone Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
SALLY FIELD / Mary Todd Lincoln – “LINCOLN” (Touchstone Pictures)
ANNE HATHAWAY / Fantine – “LES MISÉRABLES” (Universal Pictures)
HELEN HUNT / Cheryl – “THE SESSIONS” (Fox Searchlight)
NICOLE KIDMAN / Charlotte Bless – “THE PAPERBOY” (Millennium Entertainment)
MAGGIE SMITH / Muriel Donnelly – “THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL” (Fox Searchlight)

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Latino Candidate Files Suit Against Town President for Intimidation

Latino Candidate Files Suit Against Town President for Intimidation

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The campaign to lead the largely Hispanic Chicago suburb of Cicero got tougher Tuesday with the filing of a lawsuit for intimidation and harassment by Latino candidate Juan Ochoa against the incumbent town president.

“I’m a war veteran and I won’t allow the corrupt administration of Larry Dominick to intimidate me or defraud Cicero’s voters,” Ochoa told Efe.

The businessman, with the backing of Congressman Luis Gutierrez, whose district includes Cicero, said the suit was filed at Cook County Circuit Court and seeks $1 million in compensation.

His attorney, Frank Avila, said that Dominick, town officials and the Cicero Voters Alliance “have launched an extensive crusade” of harassment and intimidation to drive Ochoa out of the race.

Dominick’s spokesman Ray Hanania told the Chicago Tribune on Tuesday that the suit “is a form of political harassment” and the Ochoa party is “trying to intimidate us.”

According to documents presented in court, the conflict began in October when the political machine run by Dominick, in power since 2005 and seeking reelection, distributed leaflets falsely associating Ochoa and Rep. Gutierrez with members of the Latin Kings gang.

The lawsuit mentions an incident that occurred last month, when a member of the Ochoa campaign was accused of sexual threats by one of Dominick’s secretaries.

“The 55-year-old man committed no aggression, but was detained by some 10 Cicero cops and put in jail. In a matter of hours his name and photograph were released by the municipal press secretary, who also does public relations work for the Cicero Voters Alliance,” Ochoa said.

The suit also said that Ochoa’s campaign headquarters and his home have been watched by town officials in public vehicles in an attempt at intimidation.

The political team of the town president has also “tried to split the Hispanic vote by putting other Hispanic candidates on the ballot” the lawsuit said, as reported by the Chicago Tribune.

One such candidate is identified as Rupero Deloera, 29, a member of the Cicero Voters Alliance and a former city employee without experience in politics or community activities.

All but 6,000 of the town’s 27,000 registered voters are Latinos.

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LATINO BLOTTER: After Breaking into Home, Snorting Ashes, Man Sentenced to 8 Years

LATINO BLOTTER: After Breaking into Home, Snorting Ashes, Man Sentenced to 8 Years

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Three Florida men were arrested after they allegedly broke into a house then snorted dog and human ashes. On Friday, one of those men was sentenced to 8 years in prison.

On December 15, 2010, Jose David Diaz-Marrero, Waldo Soroa, and Matrix Andaluz, broke into a Silver Springs Shores home. Once inside, Diaz-Marrero and his accomplices found three urns. Believing the urns were filled with drugs, the men reportedly snorted their contents, then continued throughout the house.

When the home owner, Holli Tencza, returned, she found burglars had stolen $1,500 worth of jewelry, a television, and a laptop. Perhaps the most horrifying however was when she discovered the urns containing the ashes of her father and two Great Dane dogs were missing.

Diaz-Marrero pled guilty in June in series of burglaries between December 2010 and January 2011. On Friday he was sentenced to more than eight years in prison after apologizing for his actions.

“I wish the victims were here,” he said in court on Friday, “So that I could tell them how sorry I am”

The men say they did not realize they had snorted ashes until seeing a news report about their burglary.

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JUST IN:  Guatemala Releases John McAfee, Returning to U.S.

JUST IN:  Guatemala Releases John McAfee, Returning to U.S.

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Software guru John McAfee has been released by the Guatemalan government after they refused to grant him asylum.  McAfee is said to be returning to the U.S.

The antivirus software creator that bears his name, came to international infamy after fleeing Belize, where he was living,  and questioning his possible involvement in the murder of his neighbor, Gregory Faull, also an American.

McAfee, 67, is reportedly flying to Miami accompanied by his 20-year-old girlfriend, Sam Venegas.  He continues to claim his innocence and denies any involvement in the death of Faull. The mogul, who has lived in Belize since 2008, said soldiers had been sent to harass him after he stopped making donations to Belizean politicians

Authorities in Belize said that they only intend to question McAfee, to determine his possible involvement in the murder last month of his neighbor in the town of Ambergris Caye. Faull, 52, died from a gunshot to the head.

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Academy Awards Nominations for Best Original Song

Academy Awards Nominations for Best Original Song

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Seventy-five songs from eligible feature-length motion pictures released in 2012 are in contention for nominations in the Original Song category for the 85th Academy Awards®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced December 11.

The original songs, along with the motion picture in which each song is featured, are listed below in alphabetical order by film and song title:

“For You” from “Act of Valor”
“Metaphorical Blanket” from “Any Day Now”
“Let It Rain” from “Being Flynn”
“Learn Me Right” from “Brave”
“Touch the Sky” from “Brave”
“Airport” from “Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best”
“Come on Girl” from “Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best”
“Someday” from “Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best”
“Protect the King” from “Brooklyn Castle”
“California Solo” from “California Solo”
“Casa De Mi Padre” from “Casa De Mi Padre”
“Del Cielo” from “Casa De Mi Padre”
“Yo No Se” from “Casa De Mi Padre”
“No Other Plans” from “Celeste and Jesse Forever”
“Before My Time” from “Chasing Ice”
“By the Light of the Moon” from “Crossroad”
“The Sambola! International Dance Craze” from “Damsels in Distress”
“When You Comin’ Home” from “Darling Companion”
“Death by China” from “Death by China”
“Delhi Safari” from “Delhi Safari”
“Ancora Qui” from “Django Unchained”
“Freedom” from “Django Unchained”
“100 Black Coffins” from “Django Unchained”
“Who Did That to You?” from “Django Unchained”
“How Bad Can I Be?” from “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax”
“Let It Grow” from “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax”
“Thneedville” from “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax”
“Ain’t No Train” from “Downtown Express”
“You Don’t Have to Be a Star” from “Fame High”
“Jose’s Martyrdom” from “For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada”
“Strange Love” from “Frankenweenie”
“Voodoo” from “Halloween Party”
“Luna Nascosta” from “Hidden Moon”
“Song of the Lonely Mountain” from “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
“Abraham’s Daughter” from “The Hunger Games”
“Master of the Seas” from “Ice Age Continental Drift”
“We Are” from “Ice Age Continental Drift”
“Looking for a Sign” from “Jeff, Who Lives at Home”
“From Here to the Moon and Back” from “Joyful Noise”
“He’s Everything” from “Joyful Noise”
“I’m Yours” from “Joyful Noise”
“Wide Awake” from “Katy Perry: Part of Me”
“Cosmonaut” from “Lawless”
“Beaten Up and Broken Down” from “Least among Saints”
“Suddenly” from “Les Misérables”
“Pi’s Lullaby” from “Life of Pi”
“When I Grow Up” from “Losing Control”
“Love Always Comes as a Surprise” from “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted”
“Ladies of Tampa” from “Magic Mike”
“The Baddest Man Alive” from “The Man with the Iron Fists”
“This Gift” from “The Odd Life of Timothy Green”
“Still Alive” from “Paul Williams Still Alive”
“Dotted Line” from “People Like Us”
“Snake Eyes” from “Promised Land”
“Razors.Out” from “The Raid: Redemption”
“I’m Not Leaving” from “Re:Generation”
“Still Dream” from “Rise of the Guardians”
“Undercover Love” from “Rock of Ages”
“Big Machine” from “Safety Not Guaranteed”
“I Be Here” from “Saint Dracula”
“I Have Secrets” from “Saint Dracula”
“Skyfall” from “Skyfall”
“Breath of Life” from “Snow White and the Huntsman”
“Gone” from “Snow White and the Huntsman”
“One Wing” from “Sparkle”
“Not Running Anymore” from “Stand Up Guys”
“Feel Love” from “Struck by Lightning”
“Everybody Needs a Best Friend” from “Ted”
“Never Had” from “10 Years”
“Dull Tool” from “This Is 40″
“She Won’t Let Go” from “Until They Are Home”
“Kiss Me Goodbye” from “Virginia”
“Anything Made of Paper” from “West of Memphis”
“Hashishet Albi” from “Where Do We Go Now?”
“When Can I See You Again?” from “Wreck-It Ralph”


During the nominations process, all voting members of the Music Branch will receive a Reminder List of works submitted in the category and a DVD copy of the song clips. Members will be asked to watch the clips and then vote in the order of their preference for not more than five achievements in the category. The five achievements receiving the highest number of votes will become the nominations for final voting for the award.

To be eligible, a song must consist of words and music, both of which are original and written specifically for the film. A clearly audible, intelligible, substantive rendition of both lyric and melody must be used in the body of the film or as the first music cue in the end credits.

The 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.

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STUDY:  Mexican-American Toddlers Lag in Early Language and Pre-Literacy Skills

STUDY:  Mexican-American Toddlers Lag in Early Language and Pre-Literacy Skills

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Mexican American preschoolers fall behind their white counterparts in terms of early language and preliteracy skills, but the social competencies between the two groups are indistinguishable, according to new research from the University of California, Berkeley, and UCLA.

The findings illuminate how Mexican American toddlers and preschoolers grow and develop, and in a report published this week in the Maternal Child Health Journal, the researchers caution teachers, pediatricians and other health care providers to “not assume social-emotional delays, even when language or cognitive skills lag somewhat behind.”

The UC pediatricians and child development specialists tracked a nationwide sample of 4,700 children born in 2001 over a three-year period, when they were between ages 2 and 5 and not yet kindergarteners. Two-thirds of these children were of Mexican descent. Just under one-fifth (19 percent) of them had at least one parent of Latino heritage.

The researchers found startling evidence: Mexican American toddlers between ages 2 and 3 displayed language and cognitive skills about eight months behind those of their white peers, whether assessed in English or Spanish. This gap persisted through ages 4 and 5, with Mexican American children entering kindergarten already behind.

But the explanation may not rest with the youngsters, said UCLA pediatrician and assistant clinical professor of pediatrics Alma Guerrero, who co-directed the new study.

“The slight schooling of Mexican-heritage mothers, juggling more young children at home, and weak traditions of reading with one’s child, conspire to suppress early language and cognitive growth,” Guerrero said.

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Turkish Airlines Spot Has Leo Messi Competing with Kobe Bryant (VIDEO)

Turkish Airlines Spot Has Leo Messi Competing with Kobe Bryant (VIDEO)

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Turkish Airlines recently called on sports superstars Lionel Messi and Kobe Bryant for the airline’s new commercial.

The soccer and basketball stars are seen on a Turkish Airlines flight, sitting just rows apart, when a young boy asks for Messi’s autograph. Watch what happens when the athletes start competing for a little attention in Turkish Airlines commercial “Kobe vs Messi: Legends on Board.”

I wonder if Messi was scolded for breaking that plane too.


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California Restaurant Workers Recover More than $672,00 in Unpaid Wages

California Restaurant Workers Recover More than $672,00 in Unpaid Wages

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Ongoing enforcement initiatives conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division that focused on the restaurant industry in California have uncovered significant violations of the minimum wage, overtime and record-keeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Several restaurant investigations were launched in 2012. The Labor Department recovered $672,333 in unpaid minimum wages and overtime compensation for 273 employees working as cooks, bus boys, servers and other restaurant staff.

Common violations uncovered during these investigations included not paying employees for all hours worked; paying employees cash wages “off the books;” paying fixed salaries for all hours worked, without regard to minimum wage and overtime requirements; missing payroll or failing to pay employees on scheduled pay days; and not maintaining accurate records of employees’ wages and work hours.

“We have found widespread labor violations among restaurants in well-known tourist areas in San Francisco and throughout Los Angeles County. This culture of noncompliance adversely impacts the wages and working conditions of many low-wage, vulnerable workers,” said Ruben Rosalez, regional administrator.

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Actor Sean Penn Pleads for Prayers and Support for Ailing Hugo Chavez

Actor Sean Penn Pleads for Prayers and Support for Ailing Hugo Chavez

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Actor Sean Penn, while in Bolivia, is pleading for prayers and support for ailing Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. 

The Venezuelan government announced yesterday that the Cuban medical team attending President Hugo Chavez performed an “operational procedure” on him for a recurrence of cancer.  This was Chavez’ fourth surgery since 2011, when he was initially diagnosed with cancer. 

The 58-year-old ailing President and Penn are friends.  Penn most recently helped campaign for Chavez in his re-election bid. 

Sean hosted a candlelight vigil for Chavez in Bolivia, outside the Venezuelan embassy in the capital city of La Paz.  He said to the audience “I want to send my warmest embrace and support so that Chavez, who has been there for so many, can confront his illness with strength and resolve.”  “He is one of the most important forced we’ve had on this planet.”

Penn wore a Venezuelan flag jacket that Chavez is often seen wearing.  He is in Bolivia pleading for the release of Jacob Ostreicher, currently in jail on money laundering charges. 

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Celebrating The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Celebrating The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

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Today is the feast of the Patroness for millions of Mexican and Mexican-Americans, Our Lady of Guadalupe, who appeared to the humble St. Juan Diego in 1531 on the hill of Tepeyac near Mexico City.

She is one of the most iconic religious symbols in the world and the most famous in Mexico.  She is known also as the “Queen of Mexico” or the “Empress of the Americas”.

In Mexico over tens of thousands of the faithful gather at the Shrine of Mexico City for the celebration of the 481st anniversary of the Apparition of Our Lady of Tepeyac (“La Morenita”).  Some of the faithful arrive on their knees as a sign of their devotion and adoration of the Virgen.

The following prayer was composed for the Special Assembly for America of the Synod Of Bishops fifteen years ago today: 

Almighty God and Father,
who in Your infinite mercy
willed to give us Your Son Jesus Christ
as the one and only way to salvation,
we ask You to hear the prayer which Your Church,
in pilgrimage in America,
makes to You on the occasion of
the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops.
Send forth Your Holy Spirit,
to enlighten the path
which the New People of God wish to follow,
under the guidance of their Pastors
and in communion with the Vicar of Christ,
so as to cross the threshold of the Third Millennium
with a renewed heart.
Holy Mary of Guadalupe,
Patroness of all America
and Star of the first and the new evangelization,
to Your maternal care we commend
the work and fruits of the
Synodal Assembly for America.
Show us Your Son Jesus Christ,
the way to conversion, communion and solidarity
who lives and reigns for ever and ever.
Amen.

 

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California – Mexico Border Patrol Seize $4 Million in Drugs and Cash this Past Weekend

California – Mexico Border Patrol Seize $4 Million in Drugs and Cash this Past Weekend

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers along the California/Mexico border over the weekend seized more than $4 million in narcotics and unreported currency.

CBP officers at the six land ports intercepted 19 smuggling attempts involving marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamine, and heroin. The drugs were hidden in various areas of the vehicles such as in the gas tank, in the bumpers, quarter panels and the tires.

The first seizure occurred on Friday, December 7, at about 9:00 a.m. at the Otay Mesa port of entry when officers arrested a 24-year-old male U.S. citizen after they found 142 pounds of marijuana hidden in the vehicle he was driving.

Officers subsequently discovered 24 wrapped packages concealed inside all four tires of the vehicle. The estimated street value of the narcotic is approximately $213,000.

The second seizure occurred approximately four hours later when a CBP referred a 56-year-old male Mexican citizen driving a 1998 Freightliner tractor.  Further examination resulted in the discovery of 20 bricks of marijuana hidden underneath a shipment of ornamental stones. The weight of the marijuana was 637 pounds with a street value of approximately $955,500.

The third seizure occurred on Saturday, December 8, when more than $383,561 in unreported U.S. currency was discovered.

A white 2007 Dodge Caliber, driven by a 23-year-old male U.S. citizen, was found to contain eight vacuum sealed packages of money concealed inside the gas tank.

The fourth seizure occurred on Sunday, December 9.  A detector dog alerted to the engine of a vehicle that led officers to the discovery of 13 wrapped packages of cocaine, concealed inside the radiator. The weight of the narcotic was 39 pounds with a street value of approximately $468,000.

In all four narcotic incidents, the drivers were transported to local jail facilities where they await arraignment.

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STUDY:  Legal Violence in the Lives of Immigrants

STUDY:  Legal Violence in the Lives of Immigrants

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Even as the number of undocumented immigrants in the United States has plateaued at around 11.1 million people, federal enforcement of immigration law has intensified over the last decade. Close to 400,000 people have been detained and deported each year since 2009, and an estimated 34,000 detention beds are available every day. New initiatives such as the Secure Communities program, which checks the status of people booked into county jails in participating jurisdictions,have added another layer to the web of Border Patrol, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and other immigration agents operating across the country.

On top of these federal efforts, some states and localities have passed their own anti-immigrant laws, such as Arizona’s S.B. 1070—the Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act—and Alabama’s H.B. 56—the Beason-Hammon Alabama Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act. These laws seek to criminalize all aspects of undocumented immigrants’ life and behavior.

But while proponents of harsh enforcement policies or so-called attrition through enforcement feel that making life as difficult as possible for undocumented immigrants will push them to “self-deport,” the reality of immigration policy today is far more complicated. Separating the documented from the undocumented is not as simple as it seems, since undocumented immigrants do not live in walled-off families, buildings, neighborhoods, or even cities.

Instead, undocumented immigrants live, work, and go to school alongside the documented. While there are 11.5 million undocumented immigrants, for example, a total of 16.6 million people live in mixed-status families, where members have various legal status, including undocumented immigrants and U.S. citizens. Immigration enforcement affects far more than just undocumented immigrants—it touches the lives of all people living in the United States.

As we illustrate in this report, it is not simply enforcement actions themselves—detentions, deportations, raids, or traffic stops under S.B. 1070, for example—that affect undocumented immigrants and their communities, but it is also the ever-present fear of enforcement actions. The expansion of immigration enforcement, and the concurrent stigmatization of immigrant status that comes with it, pushes even those with legal status to fear that their loved ones could be deported. Those with temporary legal statuses, such as deferred action or Temporary Protected Status, also fear that they too could be victims of detention or deportation.

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Puerto Rico Working to Become Caribbean’s Go-To Movie Location

Puerto Rico Working to Become Caribbean’s Go-To Movie Location

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The filming in San Juan of the action film “In the Blood” is one more step on the local authorities’ road toward making Puerto Rico into the Caribbean’s main movie set.

Luillo Ruiz, who via his company Pimienta is co-producing the movie, told Efe on Tuesday that “In the Blood” is a big-budget Hollywood film that is being shot in Puerto Rico thanks to the professionalism of the local personnel.

Regarding why “In the Blood” came to Puerto Rico to be filmed rather than going elsewhere in the United States like Hawaii, which has a very similar tropical landscape, Ruiz insisted it was the quality of the local movie-making talent, although he added that advantageous financial conditions provided by local authorities also played a role in the decision.

He said that since Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory, it is not necessary for citizens of that country to have a visa to come to the island, and he also noted that the availability of bilingual personnel was another reason why a number of important Hollywood productions have come here recently.

He lamented the fact, however, that the island still does not have a film studio.

The filming of “In the Blood” is going on in a district of San Juan and tells the story of a woman (Gina Carano) who tries to find her husband, who disappeared during their honeymoon on the Caribbean island.

The film is being directed by John Stockwell and also includes Cam Gigandet, Stephen Lang and Treat Williams in its cast.

Other films shot in Puerto Rico this year include “Welcome To The Jungle” and “Riding 79.” While in 2010, the island hosted the filming of “Fast Five” and “Pirates of the Caribbean 4.”

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Hugo Chavez Undergoes Fourth Surgery in Cuba

Hugo Chavez Undergoes Fourth Surgery in Cuba

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The Venezuelan government announced Tuesday that the Cuban medical team attending President Hugo Chavez performed an “operational procedure” on him for a recurrence of cancer.

Communications Minister Ernesto Villegas said in a nationally broadcast statement that Chavez was at that very moment undergoing his fourth surgery since 2011, when he was diagnosed with cancer, although he provided no details about the progress of the operation.

He said that Chavez, who traveled on Monday morning to Havana, continued to handle official business as he prepared for the surgery and that on Tuesday he had awakened “with a lot of energy and inspiration” and his “mind is always focused on the wellbeing of the people and the fate of the homeland.”

He added that the 58-year-old president expressed “absolute confidence that he will overcome the obstacles that have arisen on the road of his life.”

The government “along with the Venezuelan people and our brothers around the world will remain united in prayer and mobilized in action along with Commander Hugo Chavez and he will continue reporting on the evolution of the process of fully recovering his health,” Villegas added.

Chavez returned to Venezuela early Friday after nine days of treatment in Cuba.

The president arrived in Cuba on Nov. 27 to undergo a new round of hyperbaric oxygenation and physical therapy, just six months after having finished radiation therapy.

The Venezuelan leader has had three surgeries since June 2011, when cancer was detected in his pelvic region.

The exact location of the cancer and its seriousness have never been officially revealed.

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China Welcomes First Argentine Restaurant in Beijing

China Welcomes First Argentine Restaurant in Beijing

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Chinese diners have another option available to them as Tuesday, thanks to the opening of downtown Beijing’s first Argentine restaurant.

Restaurateur Diego Kuo, an Argentine of Chinese descent, has given diners a place where they can savor an empanada, some chorizo or an asado at Che Diego!

The restaurant also offers wines from Argentina’s Mendoza, San Juan, Salta and La Rioja provinces.

“There is gigantic potential in this city in terms of the size of the market. We expect to have a Western clientele, but we’re also hoping for other people passing through, such as tourists or business travelers,” Kuo told Efe during the restaurant’s opening.

Kuo, whose family owns several restaurants in Argentina, spent two years traveling around Asia, Europe and Latin America to “gather experiences” before plunging into his culinary adventure.

Che Diego! also will be a center for promoting Argentine culture, offering tango performances, live music, art exhibitions and other events, Kuo said.

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WednesdayDecember 12, 2012