Tuesday, April 3, 2012

5:18 PM 4/3/2012

5:18 PM 4/3/2012

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caribnews: UN: The world needs a new economic model based around “gross global happiness” rather than simply making money http://t.co/JUlb07Zu

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caribnews: UN: The world needs a new economic model based around “gross global happiness” rather than simply making money http://t.co/JUlb07Zu

caribnews: Detienen a dos de los tres sospechosos de golpear a turista en Vieques http://t.co/skqE6uGx

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caribnews: Detienen a dos de los tres sospechosos de golpear a turista en Vieques http://t.co/skqE6uGx

caribnews: El número de desempleados alcanzó en España un nuevo récord con 4,750,000 millones de personas http://t.co/HsAKUQ1X

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caribnews: El número de desempleados alcanzó en España un nuevo récord con 4,750,000 millones de personas http://t.co/HsAKUQ1X

caribnews: Manuel Morales anuncia que los Reyes de España visitarán a Puerto Rico, en el marco del partido amistoso entre España y Puerto Rico -NotiLuz

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caribnews: Manuel Morales anuncia que los Reyes de España visitarán a Puerto Rico, en el marco del partido amistoso entre España y Puerto Rico -NotiLuz

caribnews: Asesinan en asalto a gerente de una tienda de piezas de autos en Carolina - vía @TorresGotay

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caribnews: Asesinan en asalto a gerente de una tienda de piezas de autos en Carolina - vía @TorresGotay

Funcionarios de la Fed preocupados por ritmo laboral en EEUU

via Latino.FoxNews.com on 4/3/12

Los responsables de las políticas de la Reserva Federal temen que los recientes avances sólidos en el número de trabajadores contratados en Estados Unidos puedan esfumarse si no se anima el crec...

Sotomayor Gives No Hints On Health Care Decision

via Latino Voices on HuffingtonPost.com by AP on 4/3/12

WASHINGTON -- Justice Sonia Sotomayor is giving no hints on what the Supreme Court is going to do on the question of whether President Barack Obama's signature health care overhaul law is constitutional.

Sotomayor was the featured speaker Monday night at a lecture hosted by the University of the District of Columbia.

The court recently heard arguments on the health care law and is expected to make a decision before the end of June. But Sotomayor made no comment on the widely followed case.

The justice used most of her conversation with Wade Henderson, president of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, to explain how the Supreme Court works and how she decided to become a lawyer and a prosecutor.

Sotomayor also said she's a fan of Jeremy Lin, whose NBA career with the New York Knicks has spawned "Linsanity." Sotomayor, a New York native, says "New York loves him" but decried some of the racist comments the Asian-American basketball player has faced as "ugly."

"It's a sad statement people that people still say those words," said Sotomayor, who is Hispanic.

Luis Perez-Simon: The Spies Who Loved Me: Los Cinco, Alan Gross and Faith

via The Blog by Luis Perez-Simon on 4/3/12

And then, there were four.

Unbeknownst to most Americans (and the rest of the world), Los cinco (The Cuban Five) are a group of Cuban intelligence agents caught and incarcerated for spying on U.S. territory in 1998. They are considered national heroes in Cuba, and every man, woman and child on the island knows their story of walking through the Valley of the Shadow, and of fearing no Evil.

One of them, René González, was paroled in October 2011 after serving 13 years in prison. He was freed and given three-year probation to be served in the U.S. On Monday, March 19, a U.S. Judge granted his request for permission to visit his ailing brother in Cuba for two weeks. He arrived in Havana airport on Friday, March 30, two days after Pope Benedict XVI left Cuba.

Alan Gross may be more familiar to most people on both sides of the Florida Straights. The American social (albeit, political) worker was caught and incarcerated for giving away telecommunication equipment to private members of the Jewish community in Cuba. Though the Cuban government has been accused of many things on this case, it has not bee labelled anti-Semitic. You see, satellite and Internet communications are strictly controlled by the State. The crime was civil, not religious. He was sentenced to 15 years for crimes against the State.

For many years now, both governments and assorted international institutions have addressed the fate of both Los cinco and Alan Gross, especially after their corresponding cases reached each country's Supreme Court (the Cubans' appeal was denied in 2009, the American's was confirmed in 2011). In essence, it has turned into a game of Chicken.

You would have expected great fanfare and gloating by the Cuban government once Mr. González touched down in Cuba. Perhaps even a photo-op with Fidel and his González (Elian) and Raúl with his (René). But the subdued reaction was unprecedented: his arrival was reported once he had arrived and left the airport, it was labelled a 'private visit', and it was the very last news item on the program.

Mr. Gross has been largely absent from Cuban media. Once his trial in 2011 took place, there was scant mention of his case. And the little recent attention has been aimed at specifically comparing both cases. Curiously, he is always labelled "the American citizen, Alan Gross," never 'spy' or 'terrorist.' Furthermore, the Cuban government has always expressed their desire to arrive at a humanitarian accord on his case.

The other side of the coin, of course, is what they would like on exchange.

Diplomacy -- Vatican, American and Cuban -- is, perhaps, at work here. There was a flurry of meetings in Rome, Washington and Havana in February and March around Mr. Gross' case. The most public being the visit of Senators Leahy and Shelby to Havana on February 23rd. What options were discussed, no one really knows.

Leniency of any sort, as far as the sentence of Los cinco is concerned, has always been off the table. Unfortunately for Cuba, a sentence handed down by a U.S. court can be appealed to a higher court, but not politically expedited.

Well, not on an election year.

What is much more flexible are the conditions of probation. Judge Joan Lenard's unexpected ruling allowing Mr. González to travel to Cuba is a case in point: there is absolutely nothing but faith to guarantee his return.

Nothing, except the Cuban government.

Being labelled a "Hero of the Revolution" is both a blessing and a curse. Los cinco's families have been given privileges and responsibilities as a result of their loved ones' sacrifices. Now, perhaps, Mr. González will be asked to be a hero again. As a sign of good faith.

The Holy See has asked for more access to public media in Cuba. They have asked for a higher role in education. They have asked for many things, publicly, except human rights. Theirs is a politics of service, a politics of faith. And yet, diplomatic cables (read Wikileaks) have drawn back the curtain on their approach toward the U.S.-Cuba conflict: speak softly and carry a big cross. This seems to work much better than a stick, it would appear.

Will Mr. Gross see his family soon on humanitarian grounds? We'll have to wait and see.

Will Mr. González return to serve the rest of his probation in the U.S.?

If we consider Heberto Padilla's 1968 poem, "In Hard Times", the answer to the latter question will likely be 'yes.'

TIME Magazine List Of Influential People, Are Latinos Well Represented?

via Latest News by Laura Steiner on 4/3/12

This week, TIME Magazine published it's list of nominees for "The 2012 TIME 100 Poll" of most influential people around the world. The list includes a diverse number of leaders, artists, innovators and icons. Readers can vote for or against anyone in the list. From 195 people, 100 will be declared as the most influential people in the world. Out of the 195 nominees, seven are Hispanic and two are Brazilian.

Colombian singer Shakira was recognized for bridging the gap between Latin American and the rest of the world. According to TIME Magazine, she has "inspired reluctant Latin moguls, not known for their generosity, to get on board with meaningful projects."

Shakira received a nomination for a Prince of Asturias Concord award earlier this year for her humanitarian work. The singer is a UNICEF goodwill ambassador and founded the Barefoot Foundation, a non-profit devoted to making education universally available.

Comedian Louis C.K. who is half-Mexican, "has shown what a person can do on his own with technology and sheer talent." The comedian cut a deal with entertainment companies and now sells his comedy show online for $5.

Cuban-American GOP senator, Marco Rubio, is described by TIME Magazine as a shrewd and dynamic campaigner who if chosen to be the GOP's vice presidential candidate, might outshine the presidential nominee.

Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos is recognized for being "the first Latin American head of state to come out for a more open discussion on drug legalization, a Nixon-in-China move."

Also nominated is Brazilian Maria das Graças Silva Foster who was recently named the new CEO of Petrobras, Brazil's oil company. She is the first female CEO and the first woman to run the major oil company.

Das Graças Silva Foster was born and raised in the Morro do Adeus favela, which was until recently one of Rio’s biggest and most dangerous slums. As a child, she collected recyclable paper and cans to help support her family and buy her own schoolbooks. She joined Petrobras as an intern and worked her way up through the ranks. She was appointed for her CEO position by Brazil's first female president, Dilma Rousseff.

Spanish chef Jos&eacute Andr&eacutes is recognized not only for his culinary skills but for his "his collaboration with DC Central Kitchen, which fights hunger and poverty by teaching culinary job skills." The chef launched a non-profit World Central Kitchen - which aims to feed and empower vulnerable people in humanitarian crisis around the world.

Actor Fred Armisen, who's father is Venezuelan, was nominated along side "Portlandia" co-star Carrie Brownstein. TIME Magazine described "Portlandia" as one of the "most innovative things on television" and "the best mainstream expression yet of the beard-friendly, sustainable-everything zeitgeist that's creeping across the nation like free-range kudzu."

Argentinian soccer player Lionel Messi, who has been nominated two years in a row, is recognized this year for breaking the record as the all-time top scorer for Barcelona's soccer club and for becoming the first player in history to score five goals in a Champions League match.

Brazilian businessman Eike Batista is nominated for his crucial role in the Brazilian economic boom. TIME Magazine says "He's rare among Latin America's notoriously uncivic-minded superrich in that he makes a point of giving back to his nation, especially his adopted city of Rio de Janeiro, which he helped to snare the 2016 Olympics."

We congratulate these Latinos for being part of a list that recognizes people who influence the world. We are proud to see these nine individuals beside other who are recognized worldwide for their achievements.

But is the list missing other influential Latinos? Are there other figures who positively represent Latinos and should be recognized for their work? Let us know who you would want to see nominated in TIME Magazine's list in the comment section below!

The complete TIME Magazine 100 list will be chosen by TIME editors and revealed on Tuesday April 7.

Check out some of this year and last year's Latino nominees for TIME magazine Most Influential People:

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Feds Make Shocking Accusation Against Arpaio

via Latest News by AP on 4/3/12

PHOENIX -- Federal authorities trying to settle civil rights allegations against America's self-proclaimed toughest sheriff say the sheriff's office has negotiated in bad faith and risks ending settlement talks.

The U.S. Justice Department tells one of Sheriff Joe Arpaio's lawyers in a letter Tuesday that the sheriff's precondition of not having a court-appointed monitor to help enforce the agreement would result in the cancellation of negotiations.

A Justice Department lawyer says in the letter that Arpaio's lawyer sprung this precondition on federal authorities on Tuesday.

Negotiations were set to resume Wednesday in Phoenix.

The Justice Department has accused Arpaio's office of racially profiling Latinos and basing immigration patrols on racially charged citizen complaints that alleged no crime.

The sheriff's office has denied the allegations.

What's Buzzing in Latino Entertainment - Fox News

via latino - Google News on 4/3/12

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It was awards galore here on "What's Buzzing" as our Latino celebs were recognized for their contributions in music and in films. Selena Gomez is a Fashionista! Follow us on twitter.com/foxnewslatino Like us at facebook.com/foxnewslatino Print Email ...

Facebook contrademanda a Yahoo y la acusa de "miope"

via Latino.FoxNews.com on 4/3/12

Facebook intensificó el martes su disputa con Yahoo sobre uso de patentes, al interponer una demanda contra el golpeado portal de internet.

Promueven nacionalización de latinos de cara a elecciones

via Latino.FoxNews.com on 4/3/12

Una coalición de organizaciones pro inmigrantes anunció el martes una campaña que animará a latinos a solicitar la ciudadanía este mes, con el fin de que puedan votar en las próximas elecciones.

Here’s the Trailer for ‘Bel Ami’

via Latino-Review.com by Philip Sticco on 4/3/12

There’s a trailer out for Bel Ami, and you can see it below. If you choose to, that is, I chose not to. I just can’t muster any interest in anything Robert Pattinson does post Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. He just seems to be making awful choice after awful choice.

The synopsis from IMDB:

A chronicle of a young man’s rise to power in Paris via his manipulation of the city’s most influential and wealthy women.

So, take a look and tell me what you think.

Bel Ami is directed by Declan Donnellan, Nick Ormerod from a script by Rachel Bennette, which she based on the novel written by Guy de Maupassant. Pattinson stars alongside Uma Thurman, Christina Ricci and Kristin Scott Thomas.

Bel Ami hits theatres June 8th. Look out Prometheus, you have some competition for the weekend box office.

New Poster for ‘The Dictator’

via Latino-Review.com by Philip Sticco on 4/3/12

Empire has a new poster for Sacha Baron Cohen’s new film The Dictator, which you can see below. In the film Cohen plays the dictator of a fictional country in the middle east. He comes to America and craziness ensues.

I liked the first trailer for The Dictator, but the second just turned me off. We get a little more of the plot in the second trailer and it looks like another dumb fish out of water comedy.

I’m a little bored with Cohen and his shtick lately. It was funny on The Ali G Show and Borat was hysterical, but I think Bruno showed us it was time for him to move on. I think he should stick to taking smaller parts in different types of films like he did in Hugo and will again in Django Unchained.

The Dictator hits theatres May 11th.

SOURCE: Empire

The Trailer for Woody Allen’s ‘To Rome With Love’

via Latino-Review.com by Philip Sticco on 4/3/12

Head down below to check out the trailer for Woody Allen’s latest comedy To Rome With Love. It’s a decent trailer, but Allen’s trailers are always just decent. I never feel like they really do his films justice.

It looks like a typical Allen film. Lots of characters played by notable actors who have lots of good one-liners and get into comedic situations. I’m not saying this to disparage Allen, it’s just like I said; the trailers for his films just don’t get into what makes his movies good.

But that’s just my opinion, watch it and let us know what you think.

To Rome With Love hits theatres April 20th.

SOURCE: Yahoo! Movies

Behind the Scenes Video from ‘Total Recall’

via Latino-Review.com by Philip Sticco on 4/3/12

Entertainment Tonight had a chance to go behind the scenes of the new Total Recall. You can check out the video below.

We get Colin Farrell talking about the sets, Jessica Biel talking about how fun it is to work with Farrell and Kate Beckinsale talks about playing a bad guy for the first time. So, yeah, there’s a lot of talking.

What do you think of the trailer that was released over the weekend? Personally, I liked it.

Total Recall hits theatres August 3rd.
SOURCE: Entertainment Tonight

‘Battleship’ Arrives In Select International IMAX Theatres in April

via Latino-Review.com by Kellvin Chavez on 4/3/12

IMAX Corporation and Universal Pictures today announced that Battleship will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX® format and released in more than 100 select IMAX® theatres internationally, in countries including China and Russia, beginning on April 12. The epic-scale action-adventure is directed and produced by Peter Berg and stars Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgard, Rihanna, Brooklyn Decker, Asano Tadanobu and Liam Neeson.

Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment said:

“We’re excited to partner with Universal Pictures to bring this Hasbro property to life in select international IMAX theatres. Battleship’s powerful action and incredible visuals are a great fit for the IMAX format and will offer those IMAX fans an edge-of-your seat, mind-blowing experience they simply won’t want to miss.”

Universal Pictures Chairman Adam Fogelson and Co-Chairman Donna Langley said:

“With Battleship, IMAX audiences across the globe will feel like they are on these enormous ships with our international crew as they battle alien invaders. The scope and scale of this film is awe-inspiring, and we are excited to partner with IMAX to give moviegoers a one-of-a-kind experience at the theatre.”

The IMAX release of Battleship will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX’s customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

Source: IMAX Corporation

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