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¡Felicidades! El Salvador on Your 189th Year of Independence

¡Felicidades! El Salvador on Your 189th Year of Independence

Today, all of El Salvador is celebrating and rejoicing its 189-year old independence from Spain. The Spanish arrived in the 1500's and stayed for nearly 300 years as it colonized the region continue reading »

¡Felicidades! Costa Rica on Your 189th Year of Independence

¡Felicidades! Costa Rica on Your 189th Year of Independence

Today, all of Costa Rica is celebrating and rejoicing its 189-year old independence from Spain. The Spanish arrived in the 1500's and stayed for nearly 300 years as it colonized the region, enslaved native populations continue reading »

Just in Time for Mid-Term Elections: 5,200 New U.S. Citizens

Just in Time for Mid-Term Elections: 5,200 New U.S. Citizens

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano led a naturalization ceremony for more than 5,200 new U.S. citizens representing 147 countries at Boston's Fenway Park in celebration of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. continue reading »

Family Approval Key to Hispanic Shoppers Choices

Family Approval Key to Hispanic Shoppers Choices

A study currently underway by The Integer Group and M/A/R/C Research reveals that Hispanic shoppers show a shift in shopping behaviors by season, in comparison to general market shoppers. continue reading »

Spanish Friar Leopoldo de Alpandeire Beatified, Thousands Attend

Archbishop Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, presided at the beatification of Brother Leopoldo Sánchez Márquez de Alpandeire (1866-1956) in the Spanish city of Granada. continue reading »

Former Chilean President to Head New Critical UN Post Advancing Women’s Rights

Former Chilean President to Head New Critical UN Post Advancing Women’s Rights

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today named former Chilean president Michelle Bachelet to head United Nations Women (UN Women), a newly created entity to oversee all of the world body’s programs continue reading »

Breaking News: Next Weeks Defense Bill to Include DREAM Act

Breaking News: Next Weeks Defense Bill to Include DREAM Act

Senate Democrats are looking to take on two controversial issues with one piece of legislation next week. The defense authorization bill scheduled for next week includes the "Don’t ask Don’t tell" repeal amendment and may also include a provision to give undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced today that he is planning to add the DREAM Act as an amendment to the defense bill. continue reading »

Brazil Continues to Expands its Worldwide Humanitarian Role

Brazil Continues to Expands its Worldwide Humanitarian Role

Brazil will step up its assistance to help refugees and those affected by disasters worldwide under a new agreement reached with the United Nations refugee agency. The pact, signed yesterday in Geneva by UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Brazil’s Foreign Minister formalizes the Latin American nation’s financial support for the work of the agency. continue reading »

Lionsgate and Televisa Unite to Release 8-10 movies a Year

Lionsgate and Televisa Unite to Release 8-10 movies a Year

Lionsgate the leading independent filmed entertainment studio, and Televisa, the largest and most powerful Spanish-language media company in the world, today announced the launch of Pantelion Films, a joint venture designed to target Hispanic moviegoers in the U.S., the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. moviegoer population. The new venture was unveiled at a New York City press conference today by Lionsgate Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jon Feltheimer and Grupo Televisa Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Emilio Azcarraga. continue reading »

Mexican Journalist Seeking U.S. Political Asylum (VIDEO)

Alejandro Hernandez Pacheco was kidnapped at gun point, tortured and starved when he was kidnapped back in July allegedly by the Sinaloa drug cartel and now that he is free he wants to make sure that never happens again. continue reading »

Latino Women Diagnosed With Breast Cancer are Younger

Latino Women Diagnosed With Breast Cancer are Younger

A study done in Hispanic neighborhoods by the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center found that nearly half the women with breast cancer were diagnosed before they turned 50. This is about 10 years earlier than the national average for all women. This study raises new questions about the recent push to delay routine screening. continue reading »

UPDATE: 36 Survive Venezuela Plane Crash

UPDATE: 36 Survive Venezuela Plane Crash

UPDATE: 36 of the 51 passengers on the Venezuela’s state run airline- Conviasa that crashed yesterday have survived. The plane came down near the entrance of the Vast Sidor mill on the banks of the Orinoco River. Employees at the steel plant worked quickly to pull survivors from the wreckage. Puerto Ordaz hospital received injured people and bodies from the crash site. Hospital director Yanitza Rodriguez said many of the injuries were serious. continue reading »

Deadly Leptospirosis Making a Comeback in Dominican Republic

Deadly Leptospirosis Making a Comeback in Dominican Republic

Leptospirosis, the relatively rare bacterial infection is making another resurgence in the Dominican Republic. Over the last four weeks 122 new cases of leptospirosis have been diagnosed and so far this year there have been 34 fatalities as a result of the illness. According to recent statistics published by the Ministry of Public Health Epidemiology Department, there have been 584 suspected cases, a 3% increase over last year. continue reading »

El Mercado Laboral, En Situación “Desesperada”, Advierte el FMI

La gran recesión ha dejado un desierto de desempleo, que amenaza a millones de personas. La juventud es la más afectada porque la pérdida de empleos desalienta y daña sus perspectivas, dijo Strauss-Kahn, instó a extender estímulos fiscales y dar prioridad a la creación de trabajos. continue reading »

Hispanics Will Form Majority of New U.S. Catholics

Hispanics Will Form Majority of New U.S. Catholics

The bottom line is that the face of the Catholic Church in the United States in the not-so-distant future is going to look very different. Hispanic, to be precise. Interestingly, the percentage occupied by blacks across the four generations is very constant, hovering around 3-4 percent. The next ethnic group in size — Asian and Pacific Islanders — occupy between 1 and 3 percent of the population across the generations. continue reading »