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WednesdayMay 15, 2013

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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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Haute Couture Fashion Houses Lining Up to Dress Matadors

Haute Couture Fashion Houses Lining Up to Dress Matadors

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Leading fashion houses, including Lacroix, Armani and Victorio & Lucchino, are creating colorful, comfortable and imaginative outfits for some of Spain’s top bullfighters.

Some of the outfits have been inspired by the works of Goya and Picasso, giving bullfighters a new luster as they take the ring.

The designers have produced exclusive outfits for such bullfighters as Cayetano Rivera, Antonio Chamaco, Enrique Ponce, Javier Conde and Antonio Ferrera.

“They can’t fool around, especially with the pants, one of the most complicated garments. They have to fit tight but be comfortable,” Santos Garcia, one of the bullfighting world’s star tailors, said.

The outfits must fit a bullfighter like a “glove,” the 48-year-old Garcia told Efestilo.

Bullfighting outfits, which are made to last 20 or 30 years, are usually worn only “two or three times” by their original owner, Garcia said.

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Did Deputies Beat David Sal Silva to Death Then Try to Cover it Up?

Did Deputies Beat David Sal Silva to Death Then Try to Cover it Up?

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Last week, a man in Southern California was allegedly beaten to death by officers while witnesses captured the attack on their phones.

Now, some are crying “coverup” after their phones were taken by authorities.

According to his family’s lawyer, 33-year-old David Sal Silva left his home last Tuesday night and headed for a hospital, where he sought emotional help. After being told he could not sleep at the hospital, Sal Silva left and fell asleep in front of a nearby home.

Police were called and a reportedly intoxicated Sal Silva was confronted by sheriff’s deputies. According to witnesses, the deputies began beating Sal Silva. Believing the situation was getting out of hand, one witness called 911. On the 911 recording, the witness says Sal Silva was already on the ground when “eight sheriffs ran up and started beating him up with sticks.” The woman goes on to say, “The man is dead laying right here, right now. I got it all on video camera and I’m sending it to the news.”

At least two witnesses were detained for hours and were reportedly not released until they handed over their phones.

According to the Kern County sheriff, authorities had a warrant for the devices, which were taken as evidence. The sheriff also claims an independent police department will be reviewing any footage the phones captured.

The family’s lawyer sees this taking of “evidence” as a sign of a potential cover-up and asks, “Are these videos going to be altered? Are they going to be deleted?”

At least one video account of the incident did manage to make it to the media.

23 ABC of Bakersfield, Calif. was given surveillance footage by someone who did not wish to be named, but wanted “the truth to come out.”

After Sal Silva was taken into custody, deputies say he developed breathing problems and was transported to Kern Medical Center. Less than an hour after arriving, Sal Silva was pronounced dead.

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TRAGEDY: Man Dribbling Soccer Ball from Washington to Brazil for World Cup Killed

TRAGEDY: Man Dribbling Soccer Ball from Washington to Brazil for World Cup Killed

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A Seattle man attempting to dribble a soccer ball 10,000 miles to Brazil was tragically killed this week.

Richard Swanson, 42, left his home in Seattle, Washington’s Emerald City area on May 1st and began dribbling a One World Futbol soccer ball to Sao Paulo, Brazil where the first game of the 2014 World Cup will be played.

Sadly, Tuesday morning, Swanson was hit by a pick-up truck on US Highway 101 just outside Lincoln City, Oregon.

After the accident, authorities found materials related to his website (BreakawayBrazil.com) and used them to identify him. His soccer ball was also recovered.

Swanson’s trip was to promote the One World Futbol Project based in Berkeley, Calif., a project which aims to donate durable blue soccer balls to those in developing countries.

“I felt destined that I should go on this trip,” Swanson once said in an interview.

Swanson’s trip would have taken him through 11 countries once leaving the U.S. (Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and Brazil).

Friends, family, and supporters are now trying to raise money to send Swanson’s sons to Brazil for the World Cup.

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The Latinas of Maxim’s Hot 100

The Latinas of Maxim’s Hot 100

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Recently Maxim revealed who the voters have chosen as this year’s Hot 100.  The highest ranked woman was Miley Cyrus and Dessie Mitcheson ranked 100.

Below you will find all of the Latinas who were voted to Maxim’s Hot 100.

99. Ashley Sky - Brazilian model
97. Daniella Alonso - New York-born actress from “Revolution” and “My Generation”
93. Lynsi Torres - Youngest American female billionaire as owner of In-N-Out Burger
92. Kenda Perez – Mexican-American model and host of “Best of Pride Fighting Championships”
86. Rocsi Diaz - Honduran-born host of BET’s “106 & Park”
85. Aubrey Plaza - Half-Puerto Rican actress from “Parks and Recreation”

75. Natalie Martinez - Miami-born model & actress from “CSI: NY”
62. Cameron Diaz - Actress of Spanish decent who has received 4 Golden Globes nominations
57. Eva Mendes - Cuban-American actress from “Girl in Progress”
53. Shakira - Colombian singer and coach on “The Voice”
49. Sofia Vergara - Colombian actress from “Modern Family”

45. Naya Rivera - Half-Puerto Rican actress from “Glee”
43. Jordana Brewster - Brazilian-American actress from “Fast and Furious 6”
39. Lea Michele - Spanish-American actress from “Glee”
38. Zoe Saldana – Actress of Dominican and Puerto Rican descent from “Avatar”
33. Sarah Shahi - Mexican-American actress from “Person of Interest”

26. Demi Lovato - Mexican-American actress & singer who a judge on “The X Factor”
18. Arianny Celeste - Mexican-Filipino model who is a UFC ring girl
17. Jessica Alba - Mexican-American actress from “Machete Kills”
9. Vanessa Hudgens - Actress of Spanish-Chinese-Filipino decent from “Spring Breakers”
2. Selena Gomez - Mexican-American singer & actress from “Spring Breakers”

The complete list can be seen here:

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JUST IN:  Shakira to Leave ‘The Voice’

JUST IN:  Shakira to Leave ‘The Voice’

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Shakira has made it official she will not be returning to NBC’s ‘The Voice’ for season number 5.  Her announcement comes on the heels of news that original judge Christina Aguilera was returning to the popular vocal talent show for a reported $17 million paycheck.

In an interview with ‘Access Hollywood’ the Colombian beauty noted she wanted to spend more time with her family that now includes 4-month old Milan.  The singer is also said to be working on another Spanish-language album.

NBC executives told The Wrap exclusively that they have plans to work with Shakira in the future possibly for another season. 

Cee Lo Green, another original judge, is also expected to make a return to the show for Season 5 and it is expected judge Usher will leave.  Adam Levine and Blake Shelton who have been with the show from the beginning at expected to remain.

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Oscar Isaac to Star in Director Brad Furman’s Pablo Escobar Biopic

Oscar Isaac to Star in Director Brad Furman’s Pablo Escobar Biopic

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Oscar Isaac is set to star as Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar in the upcoming film from the director of “Lincoln Lawyer.”

Deadline is reporting Guatemalan-born Isaac, who stars in the Coen Brothers’ upcoming “Inside Llewyn Davis,” will star in Brad Furman’s Escobar biopic set to begin filming in Colombia in September.

Furman first expressed interest in making an Escobar film two years ago and described his vision as a cross between a war flick and “The Godfather.”

Born Oscar Isaac Hernandez, the actor has starred in films such as “The Bourne Legacy,” “Sucker Punch,” “Che: Part One,” and “Body of Lies.”

Furman has directed “Lincoln Lawyer,” “The Take,” with the film “Runner, Runner” in post-production and “Cry Macho” currently in pre-production.

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Jenni Rivera Exhibit Now Open at Grammy Musuem in Los Angeles

Jenni Rivera Exhibit Now Open at Grammy Musuem in Los Angeles

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The late Jenni Rivera has been honored at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles by an exhibit called “Jenni Rivera: La Gran Señora.”

Rivera tragically died in a plane crash in Mexico last December at the age of 43.

Known as “diva de la band,” Rivera has been called the “Diana Ross of Mexican music” and was the first female Banda artist to sell-out two back-to-back nights at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on August 6, 2010 and August 7, 2010.

“Jenni Rivera: La Gran Señora” opened on Mother’s Day and will be on display on the third floor of the Grammy Museum until May 2014.

Since her death, sales of all of her records have tripled. Leveraging her influence in the recording industry as well as her many businesses endeavors, Rivera also expanded her multi-media presence with her reality series “I Love Jenni” on Telemundo’s bilingual cable network, mun2.  She had only just begun to transition from music to television and film, but her first and final film role was in Filly Brown, which opened in April 19.

Bringing together a collection of diverse artifacts, rare photographs and more, the exhibit features items from the private collection of the Rivera family. On display, visitors will see a broad array of items including:
- Stage costumes worn by Rivera, including the famous tan and lace dress worn at the Teatro de Mexico
- Rivera’s personal bible, license and credit cards
- Rare photographs of Rivera both on and off stage
- Handwritten notes and award trophies
- Ticket stubs, concert posters, tour books and fan memorabilia
- Video footage from live performances and television appearances

Rivera’s family, who accepted her award for Artist of the Year at the 2013 Billboard Latin Music Awards as well as the five others she won last month, has now launched a new label to honor the late singer’s support of aspiring Latino singers.

According to Billboard:

JRE/Divina Music, based in Los Angeles, was in the works in 2010 by Rivera who was already eyeing talent for the label. Eventually bilingual singer Monica Padilla was signed. The label will also include a project by sibling Juan Rivera in addition to a Christian themed album by Rivera’s daughter Jacqie, who performed at her mother’s memorial.

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Corporations Make Millions by Detaining Undocumented Immigrants

Corporations Make Millions by Detaining Undocumented Immigrants

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The detention of undocumented immigrants has become a multimillion dollar business for corporations devoted to the administration of prisons and detention centers in states like Arizona, activists say.

“The latest figure we have is that each month $17 million is paid for the undocumented people who are processed under the Streamline program in federal court in Tucson,” Isabel Garcia, a lawyer and director of the Arizona Human Rights Coalition, told Efe on Tuesday.

Under Operation Streamline, launched in 2005, undocumented migrants apprehended at the border have to serve jail time before they are deported.

Each day in federal court in Tucson an average of about 70 undocumented immigrants are processed and receive sentences ranging from 30 to 180 days behind bars.

One of the biggest U.S. operators of private prisons is Corrections Corporation of America.

In Arizona, CCA runs six prisons and immigrant detention centers, and activists like Garcia say that it is the main beneficiary of Operation Streamline, as well as the enforcement of laws like SB 1070, which requires state and local law enforcement officers to verify the immigration status of people they suspect are in the country illegally.

An undocumented migrant detected as a result of SB 1070’s “show me your papers” provision can spend several months in a detention center.

According to figures compiled by the Federal government, holding an undocumented immigrant in a detention center costs from $2,400-$3,500 per month.

In 2010, CCA reported profits of $1.67 billion.

“These companies, like CCA, took note that it’s easier to imprison the immigrants. There are almost no lawyers involved in the process and the state legislatures are against them,” Garcia said.

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Top Earning Latino Athletes

Top Earning Latino Athletes

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Sports Illustrated released a list of the 50 highest-earning American athletes in 2012. 

Known as the “Fortunate 50” this group includes professional race car drivers, baseball players, golfers, etc., the highest paid athlete was boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr. who earned $85 million after fighting just two boxing matches. 

The last athlete named to the “Fortunate 50” was Green Bay Packers star Charles Woodson who only earned $15.8 million.

Below you will find the top Latino athletes with their ranking on the Sports Illustrated list.

6. Alex Rodriguez
Salary: $30,000,000
Endorsements: $3,500,000
Total: $33,500,000

The Yankees third basemen was the youngest player to ever hit 500 home runes.  He is also the all-time leader in home runs by a player of Hispanic descent.  Though named one of the top players of all time, A-Rod is currently sidelined following hip surgery in January.

25. Adrian Gonzalez
Salary: $21,857,142
Endorsements: $500,000
Total: $22,357,142

Known as A-Gon or Gonzo, he plays first base for the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Gonzalez has been selected as an All-Star 4 times, as well as won the Golden Glove award three times.  He has also played for the Mexican national team during the World Baseball Classic.

36. Albert Pujols
Salary: $12,000,000
Endorsements: $8,000,000
Total: $20,000,000

This Dominican-American first baseman for the Los Angeles Angeles was the first player ever to hit over 500 double in his first 3 seasons.  He also won Rookie of the Year in 2001.  Pujols has been selected as an All-Star 9 times and been part of two World Series championships.

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Blog del Narco: Cartel Members Arrested for Official and Model’s Murders

Blog del Narco: Cartel Members Arrested  for Official and Model’s Murders

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Four suspected Jalisco Nueva Generacion drug cartel members have been arrested for the March 9 murder of Jalisco Tourism Secretary Jose de Jesus Gallegos, Mexican prosecutors said.

Juan Manuel Gonzalez Martinez, 29, and Julio Andres Vazquez Estrada, 36, were arrested five days after the killing and provided investigators with information that led to the capture of two other suspects, Jonathan Garcia and Carlos Ernesto Muñoz Morales, 25, Jalisco state Attorney General Luis Carlos Najera said.

The four cartel members are also suspected of being involved in the murder of Venezuelan model Daisy Ferrer and at least three other people, the AG said.

Gallegos was killed while driving in the Guadalajara metropolitan area.

Ferrer was kidnapped and murdered in December 2012. Her body was found in Guadalajara, Jalisco’s capital, thanks to an anonymous tip.

The model went missing on the night of Dec. 12 and no ransom demand was made prior to the discovery of the corpse, officials said.

Ferrer lived in Zapopan, a city in the Guadalajara metropolitan area.

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ABC Orders New Series Starring Puerto Rico’s Alexandra Pomales

ABC Orders New Series Starring Puerto Rico’s Alexandra Pomales

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Puerto Rican actress Alexandra Pomales is slated to star in the series “Killer Women,” set to air on ABC later this year, production company Latin World Entertainment said.

“I feel happy and grateful to God for this opportunity. And, definitely, this news has been the best Mother’s Day gift I could give to my mom, who has supported me so much in my dreams,” Pomales said in a press release.

Latin World Entertainment announced that Pomales, 17, had been the favorite to play the role of Hailee Parker ever since her first audition.

Pomales is the face of the original syndicated leading YouTube channel in Spanish, NuevOn, and she participated in the soap operas “El fantasma de Elena” and “La casa de al lado,” both on Telemundo, and appeared on the television series “Grachi,” on Nickelodeon Latin America.

She will play the niece of the protagonist, Molly Parker, a female Texas Ranger who specializes in women’s crimes, played by Tricia Helfer.

“Killer Women” will include Hispanic actresses and actors as special guests in key roles each week.

Among the actors to appear on the show will be Cuban-American Alex Fernandez, Marc Blucas, Michael Trucco and Spaniard Marta Milans, who will play Hailee’s mother.

The series is an adaptation of the popular show “Mujeres Asesinas,” a product of Argentina’s Pol-Ka Producciones, which has Sofia Vergara and Luis Balaguer as executive producers.

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REPORT:  Latinos ‘Nearly Invisible’ on Cable News Networks

REPORT:  Latinos  ‘Nearly Invisible’ on Cable News Networks

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Media Matters recently released a report showing that Latinos and people of color are almost absent from evening cable news.  Their report “Diversity on Evening Cable News in 13 Charts” highlights the underrepresentation of women and people of color on: CNN, Fox News and MSNBC.

In addition the report shows that guest panels on these cable news stations are overwhelmingly white male.  Latinos had the least representation on CNN at 2 percent which was lower than Middle-Eastern representation at 5 percent.  Fox News scored slightly better with 3 percent of its evening news staff being Latino.

The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) was immediate to react.  President and CEO Alex Nogales stated:

“This is unacceptable, at a time when Latinos are over 16% of the country, a growing bloc of the electorate, and with over $1 trillion per year of buying power, it is unimaginable that we be excluded from cable news at such rates. This has a real affect on our community - the way we are perceived is how we are treated, and when our experts are absent from these programs it gives the perception that Latinos are not making meaningful contributions to this country, which couldn’t be further from the truth.”

Just a few months ago NHMC released a national poll on the impact of media on opinions and attitudes toward Latinos. The poll confirmed that positive images of Latinos in media positively impacts non-Latinos beliefs and attitudes towards Latinos. Being absent on newscasts contributes to negative opinions regarding our community.

Media Matters analyzed evening cable news programming at the three networks during the month of April during the hours of 6pm – 11 pm. 


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Chipotle Announces Partnership to Create “Farmhouse Ale”  for 2013 Cultivate Festivals

Chipotle Announces Partnership to Create “Farmhouse Ale”  for 2013 Cultivate Festivals

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As part of its celebration of food, music, and ideas, Chipotle Mexican Grill has formed a partnership with three local breweries for its 2013 Cultivate Festivals in San Francisco, Denver and Chicago to produce a one-of-a-kind “Cultivate Farmhouse Ale,” a Saison-style beer that it unique to each city and will be exclusively poured at the Cultivate festivals. The beer is made in partnership with Speakeasy Ales & Lagers in San Francisco, Great Divide Brewing Company in Denver, and Five Rabbit Cerveceria in Chicago.

“Cultivate is a celebration of great local and artisanal foods,” said Chris Arnold, director of communications at Chipotle. “In keeping with that spirit, we have always served a menu of special items that are only available at these events, and thought it would be great to incorporate that same idea into the tasting tent, so we teamed up with local brewers to make that happen. The result of that collaboration is a Cultivate Farmhouse Ale that is both complimentary to the food we serve and very enjoyable to drink, and we think it will give our craft beer lovers something special to look forward to.”

Speakeasy Ales & Lagers, Great Divide Brewing Company, and Five Rabbit Cerveceria have each created a never-before tasted recipe with unique ingredients such as honey, rye and fruit. Cultivate Festival attendees can expect to taste one of the following Farmhouse Ales in their respective cities:

Speakeasy Ales & Lagers of San Francisco, Calif.
This special edition ale has a golden yellow appearance with a full white head. Slightly hazy, its aroma evokes fruity and spicy esters with herbal and floral notes. The flavor is a complex mix of fruit and spice notes, including Elderflower with a dry, highly carbonated mouth feel. It uses Belgian Pilsner & Pale along with Canadian Honey malts, as well as German Magnum and Hallertauer Hops and Saison II yeasts. 7% ABV.

Great Divide Brewing Company of Denver, Colo.
This beautifully crafted Saison is brewed with barley, wheat and rice with the addition of black peppercorn and sweet orange peel.  This exclusive ale is delightfully fruity and slightly tart, with a dry finish infused with the slightest hint of black pepper spice.  In traditional farmhouse fashion, this refreshing Belgian is born to be celebrated throughout summer months.  7.3% ABV.

Five Rabbit Cerveceria of Chicago, Ill.
Saison con Miel Mexicana
This Saison brew has a deep golden and slightly hazy appearance. Flaked rye is added to accentuate the phenolic notes of yeast, and a varietal Mexican honey adds a sweetish aroma with a crisp, dry finish. 5.8% ABV.

The Cultivate Farmhouse Ale will be available for $6 a glass in the Tasting Tent at all three Cultivate festivals alongside craft beer, wine, and other offerings from more than a dozen local brewers and vintners. In addition to the Tasting Tent, attendees can enjoy cooking demonstrations from celebrity chefs, live music, local food artisans, and several different interactive experiences focused on sustainable food throughout the day. Admission for all events is free.

Steve Ells, founder, chairman and co-CEO, started Chipotle with the idea that food served fast did not have to be a typical fast food experience. Today, Chipotle continues to offer a focused menu of burritos, tacos, burrito bowls (a burrito without the tortilla) and salads made from fresh, high-quality raw ingredients, prepared using classic cooking methods and served in a distinctive atmosphere. Through our vision of Food With Integrity, Chipotle is seeking better food from using ingredients that are not only fresh, but that—where possible—are sustainably grown and naturally raised with respect for the animals, the land, and the farmers who produce the food. A similarly focused people culture, with an emphasis on identifying and empowering top performing employees, enables us to develop future leaders from within. Chipotle opened with a single restaurant in 1993 and currently operates more than 1,450 restaurants.  For more information, visit Chipotle.com.

In a typically foggy San Francisco summer in 1997, Forest Gray and his cadre of bootleggers were inspired to bring their unique and exceptional beers from the underground to the masses. Defiantly producing small batches of beer in a secret warehouse in San Francisco’s long forgotten Butchertown District, Speakeasy quickly gained a loyal following with bold, complex beers and striking 1920’s imagery. From the brewery’s humble beginnings delivering hand-filled kegs out of the back of a van, the company now boasts more than 30 distributors across the West Coast and major metropolitan markets across the country. Starting with a single, iconic beer that immortalized the spirit of those who persevered when America’s taps ran dry – a bold, hoppy amber ale known as Prohibition Ale – Speakeasy now brews a wide array of acclaimed beers from sessionable pale ales to bourbon barrel-aged imperial stouts. The brewery’s trademark eyes–ubiquitous and cryptic–beckon you to join the Speakeasy revolution: no password required.

Great Divide brews some of the globe’s most balanced yet assertive and flavorful beers. These beers have landed an impressive amount of acclaim, earning 17 Great American Beer Festival medals and 5 World Beer Cup awards. Named “Top Brewer In Colorado” by Ratebeer.com (2013), 12th on their list of “Best Brewers In The World” (2013) and 7th on BeerAdvocate’s “All-Time Top Breweries On Planet Earth” (2010), Great Divide is one of America’s most decorated breweries. But why take their word for it? Crack open a bottle and decide for yourself.

Founded in 2011, 5 Rabbit Cerveceria is the country’s first Latin-American beer brand, bringing the energy, passion and amazing richness of Latin culture and cuisine to the delicious world of craft-brewed beer. Inspired by half a world of culture, nature and cuisine, 5 Rabbit draws on an inexhaustible treasure trove of ideas and flavors. Its beers are aimed both at craft beer enthusiasts and Latino audiences seeking something that honestly reflects their traditions.  5 Rabbit beers are unlike any others, offering new flavors, textures and experiences to beer lovers. All of their beers are designed from the beginning to be super food-friendly—smooth and drinkable, yet bursting with flavors that can be linked to many Latin and international dishes as well as American favorites.  With a 30-barrel brewery near Chicago’s Midway Airport, 5 Rabbit is making world-class beers, sourcing the best malts, hops and rare specialty ingredients from around the world to ensure the liveliest, most luscious flavors.  5 Rabbit’s guiding philosophy is a Mayan ideal called “píixan,” which means to be a free spirit, always going beyond what is expected—thinking and acting creatively in every endeavor.

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Enrique Iglesisas Rocks Univision Event in NYC

Enrique Iglesisas Rocks Univision Event in NYC

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Enrique Iglesias put the finishing touch on the presentation of the shows for next season by the Spanish-language Univision television network after an intense day filled with TV stars including William Levy, Ximena Navarrete and David Zepeda.

Iglesias performed during Univision’s upfront event for advertisers at the New Amsterdam Theater on New York’s Times Square.

Once again, Univision is increasing its reliance on soap operas with “La Tempestad,” starring Levy and Navarrete, and “Mentir para Vivir,” with Mayrin Villanueva and Zepeda.

Next season the network will also air “Metastasis,” based on the acclaimed AMC series “Breaking Bad.”

“Advertisers can no longer ignore the fact that the audience of the four main networks in English has fallen by 11 percent since the start of the season while at Univision it is rising,” said the network’s vice president, Cesar Conde.

He emphasized that the increase in viewers has been possible thanks to the ongoing momentum of the country’s most significant demographic group, given that “for more than half a century our focus of devoting ourselves 100 percent to the Hispanic audience has not changed.”

Univision also presented its strategic agreement with El Rey, the new youth-oriented, English-language cable channel created by well-known filmmaker Robert Rodriguez.

The agreement, about which no economic details were divulged, will come to fruition with a new channel that will be launched in December with a mixture of dramas, reality shows, animated series, movies, music and sports.

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Brazil Judiciary Council Votes14-1 in Favor of Same-Sex Marriages

Brazil Judiciary Council Votes14-1 in Favor of Same-Sex Marriages

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Brazil’s National Judiciary Council, or CNJ, on Tuesday approved by a vote of 14-1 a resolution amounting to de facto legalization of same-sex unions.

The CNJ decision says that civil registrars will be “obligated” to convert stable unions between two people of the same sex into marriages, if that is requested, and that they will not be able to refuse to marry gay couples.

The CNJ, headed by Supreme Court Chief Justice Joaquim Barbosa, oversees and regulates the activities of the judiciary.

The decision “harmonizes” the law with a May 2011 court ruling that acknowledged “stable unions” between people of the same sex, the CNJ said.

Under the ruling, any civil registrar who refuses to perform a marriage ceremony for a same-sex couple could be subject to disciplinary action by the CNJ.

The CNJ decision could be contested before the Supreme Court given that Congress still has not passed legislation on the matter, despite the fact that different bills that propose recognizing same-sex marriages have existed for years.

Those bills, however, have been blocked by conservative political forces and religious organizations.

“It would make no sense to expect Congress to pass a law to make a judicial decision effective,” Barbosa said Tuesday.

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¡Felicidades! Paraguay on Your 202nd Year of Independence

¡Felicidades! Paraguay on Your 202nd Year of Independence

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Today, all of Paraguay is celebrating and rejoicing its 202-year old independence from Spain. The Spanish arrived in the 1500’s and stayed for nearly 300 years as it colonized the region, converted natives to Christianity and enslaved native Indian populations.

Paraguay gained independence from Spain in 1811 but not before becoming the primary site of Jesuit missions and settlements.

Paraguay is home to an estimated 6.5 million people, the majority of which are Catholic. After surviving several financial and political corruption scandals in the ‘90s the country continues to move away from an informal economy and have a more transparent government.

The country most recently suffered some setbacks on its road to democracy.  Former President Fernando Lugo was impeached in 2012 many claiming it was a coup all resulting in much unrest in the country.  Newly elected President Horacio Cartes, one of the country’s richest men, vows to eliminate corruption.

President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry sent the following congratulatory message to the People of Paraguay:

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I extend my best wishes to the people of Paraguay as they celebrate 202 years of independence on May 15.

The United States values our strong relationship with Paraguay and we are committed to advancing our shared interests, including improving democratic institutions, promoting the rule of law, reducing poverty, meeting basic needs for health care and education, and expanding trade and economic opportunities.

We congratulate the Paraguayan people for their recent presidential elections, and we look forward to working with President-elect Cartes and his team.

Our citizens share a great friendship, enhanced by the new direct flights between our nations that will increase tourism and trade. As more citizens of the United States are introduced to Paraguay, they will have the opportunity to experience your vibrant culture, appreciate Paraguay’s rich history, explore new eco-tourism opportunities, and observe Paraguay’s extraordinary biodiversity. Similarly, we look forward to welcoming more Paraguayans to the United States.

May this year, and many to come, bring “py’aguapy ha akãpu’ã” — “peace and prosperity” — to all Paraguayans.

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Spanish Inflation Rate Falls to 1.4%, Lowest Since March 2010

Spanish Inflation Rate Falls to 1.4%, Lowest Since March 2010

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A drop in electricity rates and fuel prices pushed Spain’s year-on-year inflation rate down by one percentage point to 1.4 percent in April, the lowest level since March 2010, the National Statistics Institute, or INE, said Tuesday.

The sectors that exerted the most downward pressure on the consumer price index were housing, which posted a decline of nearly four perecentage points, thanks to the drop in electricity rates, and transportation, which fell nearly 0.70 percent on an annualized basis due to a drop in fuel and lubricant prices.

The recreation and culture sector fell nearly two percentage points to 0.40 percent, thanks to a drop in the prices of group travel and recreation and sports services, the INE said.

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Ex-Miss Universe Denise Quinones To Relaunch Music Career

Ex-Miss Universe Denise Quinones To Relaunch Music Career

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Puerto Rico’s ex-Miss Universe Denise Quiñones announced her return as a singer with performances on May 30-31.

Quiñones, 32, will present the show “Estoy Aqui” at the Punto Fijo Theater Cafe of the Luis A. Ferre Fine Arts Center in San Juan.

Among the numbers the singer and actress will perform are “No Soy sin Ti” from her first disc “Ruidos y Silencios,” “Rabo de Nube” by Silvio Rodriguez, and favorites by the Puerto Rican Sylvia Rexach.

At a press conference, Quiñones vocalized several songs accompanied by guitarist Luis Rodriguez, and told reporters she is “very excited” to see how people are reacting to her singing again.

The 2001 Miss Universe debuted in music in 2012 when she launched “Ruidos y Silencios,” an album produced by Dominican singer-songwriter Pavel Nuñez.

The beauty queen has also sung with Colombia’s Juanes and performed the tune “Fugitivo” for a Christmas special of the Banco Popular of Puerto Rico, “Hecho con Sabor a Puerto Rico”.

Quiñones noted that the show “Estoy Aqui” (I’m Here) is a reference to the fact that she moved back to Puerto Rico after living almost four years in the Dominican Republic, where she was performing in a play.

After that experience, she said, “I felt I needed to be here, to do theater here and be with my people.”

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Spain Records First Monthly Trade Surplus in History

Spain achieved in March its first monthly trade surplus since records have been kept, the country’s economy minister said Tuesday.

At a press conference after the meeting of European Union economy chiefs, Luis de Guindos said that once the calculations are complete, the surplus will come out to more than 600 million euros ($776.5 million).

The trade figure is a “sign supporting the improvement of the Spanish foreign sector,” he said.

The foreign sector is the “fundamental source for the current and future recovery and the modification of the Spanish economy’s performance model,” De Guindos said.

Between January and March, Spain’s exports grew about 4 percent, despite the deceleration of the Spanish, European and world economies, which - the minister said - “underlines the Spanish economy’s gains in competitiveness.”

De Guindos acknowledged that Spain is also importing less from abroad.

“Part of the fall in imports is not due to the fall in domestic demand, but basically because Spanish products are more competitive, not only in Spain but also in the world,” the minister said.

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WednesdayMay 15, 2013