Volume XXXIII Number 09 February 27, 2009

FrontPage Stories

Rio de Janeiro Celebró el Carnaval

Por James Klein

NUEVA YORK (KPRENSA) – Samba estuvo vivo in Rio de Janeiro. Doce escuelas de samba y miles de bailarines desfilaron el pasado domingo 22 y el lunes 23 de febrero en el “Sambódromo”, en el centro de Rio de Janeiro, ante más de 70.000 espectadores.


Doce escuelas de samba y miles de bailarines desfilaron en “Sambódromo” en Rio de Janeiro. Photo by James Klein / KPRENSA

El carnaval carioca, sin ser —ni mucho menos el más antiguo—, sí es uno de los más conocidos del mundo. Durante varias noches, decenas de miles de brasileños y visitantes de todo el orbe, se lanzaron por la calles y playas de Río llenándolas de luz, color y, sobre todo, de samba.

En la principal competición de Río de Janeiro este año hubo escuelas de samba Mangueira, Portela, Salgueiro, Beija-Flor, Imperatriz, Império Serrano, Mocidade Independente, Grand Rio, Villa Isabel, Unidos da Tijuca, Porta da Pedra, y Viradouro.

En promedio, cada escuela gasta unos 2,5 millones de dólares para su despliegue. La mayor parte del dinero, alrededor de 1.5 millones, proviene de la ayuda estatal, los derechos de televisión y la venta de entradas. Del resto se encarga cada escuela, sobre todo con fiestas, venta de merchandising y, las que consiguen, auspiciantes privados. Por ejemplo, la escola Rio, que recibió 950.000 dólares de empresas francesas y de la alcaldía de Niza, porque el tema de su desfile fue “Francia en Brasil”.

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Could a Sudden Collapse of Mexico Be Obama’s Surprise Foreign Policy Challenge?
By Bill Weinberg
Free-trade politics and the drug war created a social crisis in Mexico, and a militarized response to it may push events to an explosion.


Barely Getting By: Seniors Struggle to Survive
By Leslie Casimir
SAN FRANCISCO — Thousands of older adults are skipping rent payments to buy groceries or prescription drugs. They are cutting their pills in half to make their medications last longer because Social Security benefits are not enough.


Hispanic CEOs Take Stock of Economic Crisis
By Jessica Haro and Richard Kaplan
With the economy stumbling through a deep recession, America’s companies are undergoing radical and unprecedented change. Major industries are shedding employees at an alarming rate just to stay alive. Others, such as the bastions of the banking and auto industries, have sought and received federal bailouts worth billions of taxpayer dollars. Many companies have simply folded, casualties of the increasingly competitive marketplace. With the economy in turmoil, CEOs must possess a sense of urgency, a mind for innovation and a curiosity for taking a risk, as new business models emerge.


Stories


La Biosciencia Para Ayudar a la Frontera y al Mundo
Mariana Martínez Esténs
Rodeado de caracoles y tiburones, el doctor Alexei Fedorovish Licea Navarro, trabaja arduamente, en la esperanza de poder desarrollar nuevos medicamentos contra los grandes males del mundo: la diabetes, tuberculosis y el cáncer de mama, además de mejores tratamientos contra la artritis, sobredosis de drogas y posibles ataques bioquímicos.


Bioscience to help the border and the world
By Mariana Martínez Esténs
Doctor Alexei Fedorovish Licea Navarro works surrounded by sharks and sea snails, hoping to reveal their secrets and turn them into powerful treatments to cure diabetes, tuberculosis, breast cancer, as well as arthritis, drug overdose or possible biochemical terrorist attacks.


México del Norte
Por Jorge Mújica Murias
2 triunfos legales 2
Entre las brumas del destino de la reforma inmigratoria (eso que nosotros entendemos como legalización para todos los indocumentados y la derecha entiende como reforzar la frontera y deportarnos a todos), salieron dos solecitos esta semana.

Chicano Literary Publisher Receives NALAC Fund for the Arts Award
Grant to Help Publish Three Small Collections of Poetry by Latino Authors
The National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC) has selected literary editor Brent E. Beltrán of Calaca Press and the Red CalacArts Collective to receive $4200.00 for the 2008-2009 cycle of the NALAC Fund for the Arts (NFA). This award supports the Red CalacArts Guerrilla Chapbook Series, a collection of small books of poetry by young, socially conscious Chican@ and Latin@ poets.


Mr. President, We Have Our Winners
Speech champions demonstrate public speaking skills while ‘advising’ President Obama
Kaelyn Kappes of Olympic View Elementary, Emmelie Finley of Ella B. Allen School, and Juliene Labaria of Veterans Elementary each took first place in their respective grade level in the 26th Annual District Speech Contest.


LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por Luisa Fernanda Montero
Haciendo camino al andar
Las actividades diarias, el trabajo y la rutina en general, muchas veces nos distraen del cuidado de nuestra salud, lo que a la larga puede traernos graves consecuencias.

A Whole Grain Mystery
By Ana Goins-Ramirez-Diaz
I know many of you have heard the messages in the media about the importance of eating whole grains. But, what exactly are whole grains and how much should you eat? Have no fear. I will explain all you need to know about whole grains.

What you need to know about Diabetes
By Galyle Sanders
In the United States, there are over 23 million people who have diabetes (American Diabetes Association, 2008). Diabetes is a disease that is caused by a high level of blood sugar because the body does not produce enough insulin, or because the insulin produced does not work properly. Having diabetes can increase the risk for many other serious problems such as heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, blindness, or kidney disease.

McDonald’s Offering $25,000 In Scholarsips To Local Hispanic High School Seniors
Five outstanding students of Hispanic descent will start college with $5,000 already paid toward their education thanks to a scholarship from the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Southern California, RMHC of San Diego, the McDonald’s Operators’ Association of Southern California and the McDonald’s Operators’ Association of San Diego.

Preparación de Impuestos Electrónica GRATIS Disponible Para Contribuyentes Elegibles de la Ciudad de San Diego
Personas de bajos recursos y personal activo de la fuerza militar de San Diego pueden recibir preparación de su declaración de impuestos gratis —para poder recibir su reem-bolso pronto— por medio del Proyecto de Libertad de Impuestos el día sábado 28 de febrero, sábado 14 de marzo, y sábado 28 de marzo. La Asociación de la Industria de Computadoras y Comunicaciones (CCIA por sus siglas en inglés) se ha unido con la compañía Intuit la cual ha donado su sistema.



Editorial and Commentary

Editorial:
California Politics Dysfunctional
Time for a Third Party to rise up

In California, one thing is painfully clear: Our state government is a mess if not broken. As the people of this great State suffer in a spiraling recession, State legislatures dawdled their time away. Meanwhile, how could we forget that some of our State Senators, led by Senator Denise Ducheny, took a junket to India, China, and Hawaii in late November during “special” legislative sessions to deal with the fiscal mess.


Commentary:
Freedom Fighters on My Mind
By Ernie McCray
When it comes to freedom fighters, I’ve met a few.

Commentary:
Justice and the Border
By Raoul Lowery Contreras
Finally, law, order and justice are coming back to the federal court system as far as Mexicans are concerned including those who are here illegally.


Commentary:
California’s Budget: A Tough but Necessary Choice
By Assemblymember Mary Salas
California had an unprecedented $41 billion budget deficit. The deficit was larger than the total budget of most states! California was at the edge of bankruptcy.

Comentario:
El Inminente Desastre Fiscal
Por Israel Ortega
Antes de comprar un automóvil o una nueva casa, la mayoría de nosotros revisaríamos nuestras finanzas antes de hacer la compra. Aquí en Washington las cosas son al revés.


Commentary:
The Looming Fiscal Wipeout
By Israel Ortega
Before buying a new house and two new cars, most families would check their finances to make sure they could afford those purchases. Things operate in reverse here in Washington.

TEZOZOMOC SPEAKS
Las líneas burning up lately. First, some old business:
Qué pasó con los jefes in Chula Vista??? First they fire David Garcia for spending too much time checking out Pamela Anderson and then they give him $170,000 to go away quietly. Qué pasó? mucachos y mucachas, what about principal, when do you take a stand on principal??? And you wonder why the budget at city hall is out of whack with these guys giving away money!!!



Etc. Etc. Etc.
Entertainment,
Reviews, Sporting news, and other tid bits


¡ASK A MEXICAN!
By Gustavo Arellano
Dear Readers: Before we move on to your spicy preguntas, a bit of housecleaning. Primeramente, gracias to all the Know Nothings who responded to my 100-word-essay challenge asking them to justify loving legal Mexicans but not the illegal ones; I will publish the best entries on the Mexican’s April Fools’ edición.


First Person:
Down and Dirty Looks
By Al Carlos Hernandez
My wife and I went to our favorite burrito place the other night. Once outside we noticed some “homies” who were not from the neighborhood. I slipped into my urban soldier mode and started “mean mugging” them. This caused them to walk off because I showed them a certain respect, without any fear. Social and political predators can read body language and attack those unprepared.

Entrevista:
Eynar David Vargas Rodríguez, excelente estudiante de guitarra
Su maestro “El Campero” es su formador artístico

Por: Paco Zavala
Las inquietudes artísticas saltan por doquier, algunos las consolidan practicando por falta de recursos, otros las realizan bajo la mirada y dirección acuciosa de los maestros encargados de su formación y en fín de mil maneras se intenta llegar a la meta.

Rio de Janeiro Celebrated Carnaval
By James Klein
NEW YORK (KPRENSA) – Samba is alive in Rio de Janeiro. Twelve samba schools and thousands of dancers marched this past Sunday, February 22nd and Monday February 23rd in the “Sambódromo”, in the center of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil before more than 70,000 spectators.

Cardinal Points/Puntos Cardinales at Cannon Art Gallery
Cardinal Points/Puntos Car-dinales: A Survey of Contemporary Latino and Latin American Art from the Sprint Nextel Art Collection presents the most dominant themes and creative approaches in art produced over the last two decades by artists in Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, South America, and the United States. Visitors to the William D. Cannon Art Gallery will experience 55 two-dimensional works, including paintings, photographs, prints, and mixed media. The exhibition demonstrates that works created by Latinos and Latin Americans are extremely diverse in style, subject matter, and media. Cardinal Points/Puntos Cardinales will be on exhibition at the Cannon Art Gallery Sunday, March 1 through Saturday, May 8, 2009.

Celebrate Día De La Mujer With Art, Music, Poetry and Culture!!
San Ysidro— For the second year in a row, hundreds of people will gather at THE FRONT to honor and celebrate International Women’s Day, or el Día Internacional de la Mujer. Like last year very successful event, this year the celebration will include an all women’s art exhibit, musical & dance performances, a special poetry presentation, community vendors, delicious food and more. The celebration will take place at THE FRONT, Casa Familiar’s Arts & Culture facility located at 147 W. San Ysidro Blvd, San Ysidro CA 92173 on Friday March 6th, 2009 from 6pm to 10pm.


NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams to present a Special Five-Part Series on “We the People,” Issues Facing Hispanic Americans
Throughout the week of March 2, “NBC News With Brian Williams” will take a look at the issues facing Hispanic Americans in a new series “We The People.” The series will cover a wide-range of issues and include pieces about areas adapting to the growth of the Hispanic population, to companies who are trying to benefit from it. Additionally, there will be reports about how new immigrants are surviving during the recession, health issues among the Hispanic community, and challenges surrounding education.

Expanding Transborder Opportunities Through Library Resources
Serra Cooperative Library System is pleased to announce that it will be presenting a free forum entitled Library Border Issues: Exploring Common Interests/Expanding Opportunities on Tuesday, March 3, 2009. This event will actually be a pre-conference to a TransBorder Library Forum that is slated to take place in Tijuana, March 4-6. This will be one of the first opportunities of the year to share ideas on bilingual and literary issues to network and gain awareness through this important event.

Soccer a Family Tradition for Mustangs Moreira
By John Philip Wyllie
With a father that played professional soccer in Honduras for Olympia, an older sister that starred for Bonita Vista High a few years back and a brother that played for years in the goal, it was only natural that when Ruth Moreira entered high school that she would take up the family soccer tradition.

Barons Bring Home Another Wrestling Banner
By John Philip Wyllie
Led by a group of four CIF champion wrestlers, Bonita Vista High School under the direction of former Mexican Olympic wrestler, Gabe Ruz captured the Mesa League and Metro Conference wrestling championships again this season. Last Saturday in the Division II CIF Tournament at San Pasqual High, the Barons went on to take third place in the entire county behind only Mt. Carmel and Hilltop. In winning three consecutive Mesa League championships Ruz has created a South Bay wrestling dynasty. His teams have also gone on to claim back to back Metro Conference championships.


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