Archive for September 28th, 2011

September 28, 2011

Drugs and violence in Latin America, this time Puerto Rico

via Latin American Herald Tribune — SAN JUAN – The weekend killings of 11 people brought the number of violent deaths in Puerto Rico so far this year to 854, compared with 714 at this point in 2010, police reported Monday.

Among the people killed on the weekend was a former police detective, murdered on Saturday night in the western city of Mayaguez.

The head of the homicide unit in Mayaguez, Lt. Jose Figueroa, said that the killing of Jorge Deriaux could have been the result of a settling of drug trafficking scores.

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September 28, 2011

Porque no tuteas?

by Cindy Tovar

On a visit to Colombia years ago, I was talking with my cousin when he abruptly asked me, “Y porque no tuteas?” I had no idea what he meant. He explained that I always use the usted form, instead of the form. I shrugged my shoulders, “Ay, yo no se!” and kept talking.

This wasn’t the last I would hear of this. Years later, I was hired for a job in which I needed to speak Spanish on a daily basis, and was asked the same question by my co-worker. She said that usted was too formal and that I should try using the more casual form. 

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September 28, 2011

The changing face of women’s boxing

by Soledad O’Brien, CNN

Colorado Springs, Colorado (CNN) — A high school gym erupts with cheers as the announcer introduces the women fighting to be the nation’s top amateur boxers. Names like Esparza, Cruz and Estrada sound out over the PA system, as young Latinas with impressively defined arms take to the ring.

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September 28, 2011

Exploring the soul of leadership

by Catarina Rivera

Recently, I heard Deepak Chopra speak at a conference organized by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. He spoke about his book, “The Soul of Leadership.” His words were relevant for Latinos in many ways. We are growing in population, but are not seeing an accompanying growth in education level and representation across sectors. We are visibly underrepresented in politics, media, and entertainment. Many are working hard to change this situation, and Being Latino is part of this movement.

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September 28, 2011

Five Kinds of People to Avoid on Twitter

via MicroExplosion Media

I know this is an understatement, but I’m going to say it anyway. Twitter is growing like crazy. In the last year Twitter has grown over 1300 percent. It’s jumped from a million users to over seven million users in a year. No wonder we see the fail whale so much. Those are some serious stats!

As Twitter’s grown at this ridiculous rate, it’s been interesting to observe the way new people are using it. Here are a few types of Twitter users I’ve identified that you probably want to avoid, or at least make sure you’re not one.

Read full story at MicroExplosion Media

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September 28, 2011

Clemente’s legacy

by Ryan Almodovar

On April 17, 1955, a baseball player listed on the roster as ‘Bob Clemente’ swung on a pitch, from Brooklyn pitcher Johnny Podres, at his first at bat, sending a single dribbling into right field. That player, more commonly known by his birth name, Roberto Clemente, not only started his major league career with a hit, but had established a vital part for all Latinos within the world of sports.

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