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MondayMay 27, 2013

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Paseo de la Reforma in Mexico City Hosts 5th Culturas Amigas Fair

Paseo de la Reforma in Mexico City Hosts 5th Culturas Amigas Fair

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Mexico City is hosting groups from 82 countries at the 5th Culturas Amigas Fair.

Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera inaugurated the fair over the weekend, welcoming the groups to the capital, where they will perform.

The fair, which runs until June 9, provides an opportunity for Mexico City’s residents to learn about the culture, customs and attire of the nations participating in the event, Mancera said.

The event is taking place on the Paseo de la Reforma, Mexico City’s most iconic avenue.

An artistic forum is being held at Chapultepec Forest, where acts from Russia, South Korea, Uruguay, Cuba, India, Britain and Mexico will perform.

“We are telling the world that Mexico City is a city that wants to be recognized as a friendly city, as a city that provides a window to the world, an international window,” the mayor said.

The multicultural event provides a chance for Mexicans to enjoy a series of artistic outings, Mancera said.

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Some New Yorkers Insulted as Coors Wraps Puerto Rican Flag on Beer Can

Some New Yorkers  Insulted as Coors Wraps Puerto Rican Flag on Beer Can

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The placement of the Puerto Rican flag on Coors Light beer cans to celebrate the Puerto Rican Day Parade is being called “disrespectful” and “insulting” by local politicians and advocacy groups reports DNAinfo out of Harlem.

“It’s a total disrespect to the Puerto Rican flag,” said Vincent Torres an organizer for the East Harlem group Boricuas For A Positive Image. “The parade is turning into one big commercial where the Puerto Rican people are being pimped.”

The image of the flag appears wrapped around the bottom of 20 ounce Coors Light can. At the bottom of the can an apple is colored in the red and blue colors of the Puerto Rican flag with a single star. A border around the apple image says National Puerto Rican Parade, Inc.

“It’s disrespectful and it’s not a good fit,” said East Harlem Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito who is Puerto Rican. “When you are talking about a flag and what it represents, being linked to an alcoholic beverage is not reflective of what our culture symbolizes.”

This year’s Puerto Rican Day Parade will be held on June 9 in New York on Fifth Avenue from 44th Street to 79th Street.

“What makes this even more egregious is this year’s parade theme is: Salud— Celebrating Your Health. Among Latinos, Puerto Ricans have the highest rate of alcohol dependence and the highest rate of the need for alcohol use treatment, according to the National Institutes of Health,” read a message from the National Institute for Latino Policy in an e-mail blast titled: “Here They Go Again!”

This isn’t the first time that MillerCoors, which produces Coors Light, has come under scrutiny for ads relating to the Puerto Rican Day Parade.

In 2011, Coors ads featured the phrase “Emborícuate,” or “Become Puerto Rican” in Spanish beneath three beers. Torres says the word was taken by many to be a play on “Emborráchate,” or to get drunk.

After backlash and a social media campaign from Latino advocacy groups, the ads were pulled from New York City subways, bus stops and phone booths.

“So it is surprising to many in the Puerto Rican community that the Parade leadership would allow the Puerto Rican flag to be displayed this year on a beer can. Are they willing to allow the perception that in exchange for money or donated product that they would allow unhealthy messages to their community?,” read the National Institute for Latino Policy e-mail.

“It depicts Puerto Ricans in the wrong way,” said Torres.

MillerCoors did not respond to repeated requests for comment. The National Puerto Rican Parade, Inc. also did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

Torres said he’s surprised MillerCoors has not learned from the last blow-up over this issue. A similar effort to get Coors to remove the cans is underway with a protest of a beer distributor planned. The National Institute for Latino Policy is calling on critics to contact the board of directors for the parade.

“This can is in every corner store and in every bodega throughout the City of New York and we want it gone,” said Torres.

MillerCoors shouldn’t be blamed alone, said critics.

The National Institute for Latino Policy said the flag issue raises the question of “the need for a broader leadership of the parade.”

Mark-Viverito agreed.

“Not only is this an indictment of Coors but the board of the Puerto Rican Day Parade has to also be questioned. What criteria are they using to determine what a sponsor can or cannot do?” asked Mark-Viverito. “You would like some semblance of accountability and transparency about what the money being raised is being used for,” she added.Image

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Majority Leader Harry Reid Meets With Dreamer Eric Balderas (VIDEO)

Majority Leader Harry Reid Meets With Dreamer Eric Balderas (VIDEO)

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Now that the Senate Judiciary Committee has passed the Gang of 8 immigration bill out of markup, it is now in Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV)’s hands, and Reid has said that he will bring the bill to a vote in June. And, Reid recently promised, “I will do everything in my power to help this bill become law.”

Here’s a video of Reid this week meeting with Texas DREAMer Eric Balderas, a current Harvard undergraduate who was in town to draw parallels between himself and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).  Reid encouraged activists like Balderas to meet with Senators, call radio stations, stage demonstrations, write letters to the editor in favor of immigration reform: “There’s just so much that can be done…to show Republicans your strength.”

Reid also told Balderas that the bill will pass, and that when it does, a key reason will be the “advocacy of the DREAMers, the organizational skills, the relentless effort to make themselves relevant to what we’re doing here.”

Watch the video below:

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America Beats Cruz Azul With 2 Goals in 4 Minutes to Win 11th Mexican Championship

America Beats Cruz Azul With 2 Goals in 4 Minutes to Win 11th Mexican Championship

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America trailed Cruz Azul 2-0 on aggregate with minutes left in regulation in the second leg of the clubs’ Liga MX final, but managed to knot the contest with two goals in four minutes, going on to win their 11th Mexican title on penalty kicks.

Leading 1-0 after the first leg, Cruz Azul added to their advantage with a tally by Teofilo Gutierrez in the 20th minute, shortly after America’s Jesus Molina was ejected.

America, however, was undaunted before the 105,000 fans packed into Aztec stadium.

The team held steady after the Azul goal and came out charging in the second half, displaying what turned out to be justified confidence in goalkeeper Moises Muñoz, who had to make a pair of great saves to keep his side in the contest.

America’s determination bore fruit in the 88th minute, when Aquivaldo Mosquera put them on the scoreboard for the first time in the final.

The tying goal came in stoppage time, when goalkeeper Muñoz headed-in a corner. America prevailed 4-2 in the ensuing penalty shootout.

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Rihanna Opens European Tour at BEC Arena in Barakaldo

Rihanna Opens European Tour at BEC Arena in Barakaldo

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Rihanna awed and captivated a devoted audience at the BEC arena in the northern Spanish city of Barakaldo with a show that had fans dancing and singing along at what was the first European concert of her Diamonds World Tour.

The singer from Barbados staged her show for close to 15,000 fans Sunday night.

Rihanna kicked off the evening with “Mother Mary” and went on to perform songs from her latest disc “Unapologetic,” along with some of her previous greatest hits.

The singer got the audience up and dancing, above all with her best-known numbers like “Umbrella,” “Only Girl (In The World)” and “Don’t Stop The Music,” which rocked the fans so much the BEC stands shook.

Soul, rock, reggae, rap and electronic combined in a concert during which the audience sang the successive songs and loved Rihanna’s very sexy wardrobe and dancing as she moved in sync with a team of eight dancers.

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‘Part Of The Community’: Latinos Rebuild After Okla. Tornado

‘Part Of The Community’: Latinos Rebuild After Okla. Tornado

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Pastor Chano Najera calls out T-shirt sizes in Spanglish to volunteers waiting for their uniforms.

It’s easy to spot Najera in this crowd — just look for the cowboy hat. He preaches in Spanish at Templo De Alabanza in Oklahoma City. On this morning, though, he’s wrangling a group of young Latino volunteers as they wheel cases of water bottles onto trucks headed for Moore, Okla., where an EF-5 tornado ripped through neighborhoods last week, but spared Najera’s home.

Najera was born in Mexico and has lived in Oklahoma for more than three decades — long enough to know which tornado tips are especially worth preaching: “Go buy a safe box!” he says. “Keep the most important papers and documents and whatever they have in the safe box.”

Then, he says, find a space under the floor board of your home and “bury it.”

Protecting birth certificates, passports and other personal documents is especially important for immigrants, who make up a large portion of the Latino community in the Oklahoma City metro area, including Moore. Najera also tries to encourage community involvement among Latinos who may feel they don’t belong.

“What we try to tell them is: ‘No, no, no. You need to be part of it. Don’t exclude yourself from the process. We are part of the community,’ ” he says.

Once the dozens of volunteers from Najera’s disaster relief team arrived in Moore, one group set to work raking storm debris from a frontyard.


Eli Sanchez and his family of four live in this neighborhood. The foundation for their brick home moved during the storm, leaving cracked walls inside. The tornado was even less forgiving to his parents, whose home in Moore was leveled.

Sanchez says the one thing his father — an immigrant from Guatemala — hoped to recover was his American citizenship certificate.

“He was proud of that, because he framed it and he put it on the bookshelf for everybody to see,” Sanchez says.

Sanchez’s wife, Maria, says she understood her father-in-law’s wish, because she just became a U.S. citizen herself.

“I came here illegally, but I was [2 years old],” she says.

Maria Sanchez was born in Mexico, and she says she hasn’t forgotten the barriers facing undocumented immigrants.

“The first thing is the mentality — the mentality of fear,” she says. “You know, I’m scared to go ask for help.”

Seeking Help

It’s an all-too-familiar kind of anxiety for people like Amelia, an undocumented immigrant from central Mexico. NPR isn’t using her last name.

“It’s stressful,” Amelia says in Spanish.

Amelia cleans offices to support her and her 8-year-old daughter. They lived in a trailer home in Moore that was in the path of last week’s tornado. When the storm came through town, Amelia rushed to pick her daughter up from Plaza Towers Elementary School. They then took cover under a bridge. Amelia says it’s a miracle they survived, but they still lost nearly everything.

“I was desperate,” Amelia says, “But also afraid to ask for help.”

But she knew she had no choice but to take the risk. It took her three days to build up her courage. Then she got in her car, talked to church volunteers and went to a public health clinic for counseling. She even approached an official and asked how the government could help rebuild her life. She says she can’t imagine having done any of this before the tornado.

But now Amelia says: “I no longer feel alone. And I no longer feel afraid of anyone.”

Katie Hayes Luke for NPR

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New iPhone App Speeds Care of Heart Attack Victims

New iPhone App Speeds Care of Heart Attack Victims

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Researchers have developed an experimental iPhone application, or app, designed to help emergency medical technicians diagnose a particularly deadly form of heart attack and send that information quickly to waiting hospital surgical teams. The inexpensive app can greatly improve a patient’s odds of survival.

The iPhone app is specially designed to identify patients suffering from a dangerous type of heart attack known as STEMI, or ST-elevation myocardial infarction.

In STEMI, blood flow to the heart is blocked by a clot in a coronary artery.  Unlike many types of heart attacks, STEMIs show up very clearly on an electrocardiogram, or ECG, a diagnostic test that measures the heart’s electrical activity.  Small adhesive wire leads are placed on the chest around the heart.  They feed signals to the ECG, which prints a paper tracing of a dozen waves showing cardiac activity.

With the experimental iPhone app, emergency medical technicians responding to a call can do an ECG, snap an image of the tracing with the mobile phone camera and transmit it clearly at high speed over the cell network.

David Burt and his students at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville jointly developed the iPhone app.  Burt says the app has the potential to save lives by alerting emergency room doctors to get ready for the STEMI patient, who will need catheterization and surgery to unblock the artery.

“A decision made as early as possible in the STEMI treatment process allows the system to ramp up or mobilize so that when the patient shows up, they are pushed into the “cath” [catheterization] lab, everything happens and their [coronary] artery gets opened [unblocked],” said Burt.

The iPhone app centers and reduces the size of the ECG image, sending a sharp, clear, easy-to-read image to waiting physicians in as little as four seconds.  The developers tested the app 1,500 times over three U.S. cellular networks in an urban area.  Normally, when emergency medical teams send an ECG image to the hospital by regular e-mail, it can take between 38 and 114 seconds - a long time when a patient’s life is at stake.

“If your iPhone at the time that you hit ‘send’ shows two or more bars, the app is successful in sending an image 94-plus percent of the time in less than 10 seconds,” he said.

Burt and his student developers are now testing the still-nameless app in rural areas, where cell phone reception is typically less reliable than in cities.  They are hoping to make the software available at a very low cost.

The emergency iPhone app that quickly transmits diagnostic heart images was presented at an American Heart Association symposium in Baltimore, Maryland.

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After Serving 10 Years in Prison, Two Mixtec Indians Released in Guerrero

After Serving 10 Years in Prison, Two Mixtec Indians Released in Guerrero

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Two Mixtec Indians have been ordered released from prison after serving 10 years by a Mexican judge, who ruled that the father and son were incapable of “understanding the legal ramifications of their conduct.”

Sebastian and Marcial Zuñiga were convicted and ordered to serve 17 years in prison following a trial that was full of irregularities.

Leobardo Zuñiga was also charged and convicted in the same case, but he was released a few months ago after losing his eyesight due to diabetes.

The three men were charged in connection with the Aug. 12, 2001, shooting death of a child in Ayutla de los Libres, a city in the southern state of Guerrero.

No one saw who fired the shots, but authorities charged the three Indians.

The judge did not find that the Zuñigas were not guilty, ruling only that the three Indians should be released for cultural reasons.

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Celebrate Memorial Day With This Cactus Paddle Salad (Ensalada de Nopales) Recipe

Celebrate Memorial Day With This Cactus Paddle Salad (Ensalada de Nopales) Recipe

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A dish that may seem exotic to Americans, and yet most Mexicans will find it to be very familiar comfort food. Mostly found in the Central area of Mexico, the prickly pear cactus plant is renowned for its paddles and fruit.  Its image is even found on the Mexican flag.  A version of this preparation is often used as a condiment for other dishes in Mexico, however here it is presented as a self-sufficient salad. Fresh nopales are available in Mexican groceries, but require labor-intensive processing best explained in a future recipe. For now, just buy a jar.

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

Cactus Paddle Salad (Nopales Salada)

Ingredients

1 15 oz. jar of cactus pieces, drained and rinsed in cold water
3 Ripe plum tomatoes seeded and diced
½ Medium onion diced
¼ Bunch cilantro chopped
½ Tsp. dried oregano (Mexican or other)
2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
3 Tbsp. olive oil
2 Pickled jalapeños, diced
Salt to taste

For the garnishes:
4 Large romaine lettuce leaves
4.41 Oz. pkg. V&V SUPREMO® QUESO FRESCO or V&V SUPREMO® QUESO *RANCHERITO® crumbled.
4 Radishes sliced thin

Mix all the salad ingredients together in a bowl.

Serving

Place 1 romaine leaf on each of four plates.  Top each leaf with ¼ of the salad mixture.  Sprinkle on cheese, jalapeños and radishes.

Yields 4 salads

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Memorial Day- a Day to Remember and Honor our Heros

Memorial Day- a Day to Remember and Honor our Heros

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Today, more than 1.3 million Latinos serve in our armed forces and almost 16 percent of all newly enlisted, active duty members of all branches of the military are Hispanic. We are also veterans. In 2009, 1.1 million Latinos were veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, and that number continues to grow.

We will not forget the daily sacrifices they made, and continue to make, so that their fellow Americans can share in and enjoy the American Dream.

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MondayMay 27, 2013