Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Mexicans Overpaid Slim-Led Phone Industry $13 Billion a Year

Mexicans Overpaid Slim-Led Phone Industry $13 Billion a Year

Mexico's phone industry, dominated by billionaire Carlos Slim's carriers, overcharged customers $13.4 billion a year from 2005 to 2009, hurting the nation's economy, according to a report.

Mexico "needs the socioeconomic boost provided by greater access to more efficient communication services, in particular high-speed broadband," the OECD said. Mexico had 10.5 high- speed Internet subscriptions per 100 habitants at the end of 2010, placing it 32nd among the 34 OECD member countries and less than half the average of about 25, the report showed.

Prices for high-speed Internet service in Mexico are the highest in the OECD, according to the report, which used a comparison method called "purchasing power parity" to adjust for economic differences between countries. America Movil Chief Financial Officer Carlos Garcia-Moreno said last year that the method is questionable for comparing specific prices.

Mexico's government has struggled to reduce Slim's dominance of the market, which he began to build by acquiring control of Telmex in a privatization sale in 1990. He pushed Telmex's wireless unit, Telcel, to offer prepaid plans that were accessible for Mexican consumers, building that division into America Movil, which has 242 million mobile subscribers across the Americas.

The companies controlled by Slim, 72, have responded to regulators' actions by using injunctions and appeals to keep rules from being enforced.

Mexicans Overpaid Slim-Led Phone Industry $13 Billion a Year

Mexicans Overpaid Slim-Led Phone Industry $13 Billion a Year

Mexico's phone industry, dominated by billionaire Carlos Slim's carriers, overcharged customers $13.4 billion a year from 2005 to 2009, hurting the nation's economy, according to a report.

Mexico "needs the socioeconomic boost provided by greater access to more efficient communication services, in particular high-speed broadband," the OECD said. Mexico had 10.5 high- speed Internet subscriptions per 100 habitants at the end of 2010, placing it 32nd among the 34 OECD member countries and less than half the average of about 25, the report showed.

Prices for high-speed Internet service in Mexico are the highest in the OECD, according to the report, which used a comparison method called "purchasing power parity" to adjust for economic differences between countries. America Movil Chief Financial Officer Carlos Garcia-Moreno said last year that the method is questionable for comparing specific prices.

Mexico's government has struggled to reduce Slim's dominance of the market, which he began to build by acquiring control of Telmex in a privatization sale in 1990. He pushed Telmex's wireless unit, Telcel, to offer prepaid plans that were accessible for Mexican consumers, building that division into America Movil, which has 242 million mobile subscribers across the Americas.

The companies controlled by Slim, 72, have responded to regulators' actions by using injunctions and appeals to keep rules from being enforced.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Pearce wins No. 2 spot in state GOP

Pearce wins No. 2 spot in state GOP

PHOENIX - Ousted state Senate President Russell Pearce won election Saturday to a top Arizona GOP post, giving the architect of the state's tough immigration laws a new political role less than three months after he lost his seat in a recall election.

State Republicans elected Pearce the party's 1st vice chairman at a meeting in Phoenix, party spokesman Shane Wikfors said. The vote puts Pearce in the state party's No. 2 leadership role behind chairman Tom Morrissey. He won with about 60 percent of the vote.

Pearce was the first legislator in state history to be recalled when voters ousted him in November. His defeat was seen by some as a clear repudiation of the tough-on-immigration agenda that he championed by writing the 2010 immigration law that put Arizona in the national spotlight.

That didn't seem to matter to party leaders on Saturday.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

El Segundo, Chevron at odds over oil company's taxes - latimes.com

El Segundo, Chevron at odds over oil company's taxes - latimes.com

Doug Willmore wasn't on the job long as El Segundo's city manager before discovering just how deep the town's loyalty runs to the oil giant that put it on the map.

After the city began discussing a big tax increase for the Chevron oil refinery a few months ago, he walked out of City Hall to find a note on the windshield of his car.

"This is a Chevron town and we owe our existence to them and should be grateful. Get that through your head," it read.

The note ended: "Beat it!!!!!!!"

After decades of mostly prosperous times for the city and the oil company, El Segundo is having a falling-out with its longtime benefactor.

A majority of the City Council thinks Chevron should pay an additional $10 million a year in taxes — about three times what it pays now. But the tax push has stirred strong emotions in the town, which was formed a century ago when Chevron built its second refinery there. El Segundo ("The Second One" in Spanish) gets its name from the refinery that overlooks the Pacific Ocean and stretches more than a mile inland.

Fernando Espuelas Interviews Obama for America Director of Hispanic Press Gabriela Domenzain - Espuelas Podcast - Spurs Debate

Fernando Espuelas Interviews Obama for America Director of Hispanic Press Gabriela Domenzain - Espuelas Podcast - Spurs Debate

Twitter Users Rally to Boycott Country-by-Country Censorship [VIDEO]

Twitter Users Rally to Boycott Country-by-Country Censorship [VIDEO]

Friday, January 27, 2012

Hundreds of tacos sent to Connecticut mayor - CNN.com

Hundreds of tacos sent to Connecticut mayor - CNN.com

Two days after a Connecticut mayor delivered an errant comment about eating tacos to support East Haven Latinos, some of whom are the alleged victims of police mistreatment, Mayor Joseph Maturo Jr. apparently got his wish.

Some 500 tacos were delivered to his office Thursday after a Latino activist group called Junta for Progressive Action launched a text-for-tacos campaign to draw attention to the comment, which Maturo later apologized for.

In the interview Tuesday, a local reporter pointed out that there were no Latino officers on East Haven's police force.

"And your point being?" Maturo responded.

Video:Arizona Police Officer Posts Picture of Bullet-Ridden Obama T-Shirt on Facebook

Video: Police Officer Posts Picture of Bullet-Ridden Obama T-Shirt on Facebook

Sgt. Pat Shearer of Peoria, Arizona, admitted to KNXV-TV that he took a photo of several young men (maybe minors) posing with assault rifles and an Obama T-shirt that had been riddled with bullets. Sgt. Shearer posted it to his Facebook page with the caption “Another trip to the ranch (video below).

Sgt. Shearer defended the picture: “I don’t think that the shooting of that T-shirt is that big of a deal. It was more of a political statement. It’s not like they were going to go out and shoot the president."

Click on link to view video

Thursday, January 26, 2012

STOCK Act: Insider Trading Bill To Receive Senate Vote Next Week

STOCK Act: Insider Trading Bill To Receive Senate Vote Next Week

The STOCK Act, authored by Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Scott Brown (R-Mass.), would ban trading by members of Congress guided by nonpublic economic or political information. It would also improve disclosures of all stock trades and other financial maneuvers by members of Congress, by requiring them to publicly detail each transaction within 30 days. Lawmakers are currently granted a full year of secrecy before disclosing such financial activities.

STOCK Act: Insider Trading Bill To Receive Senate Vote Next Week

STOCK Act: Insider Trading Bill To Receive Senate Vote Next Week

The STOCK Act, authored by Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Scott Brown (R-Mass.), would ban trading by members of Congress guided by nonpublic economic or political information. It would also improve disclosures of all stock trades and other financial maneuvers by members of Congress, by requiring them to publicly detail each transaction within 30 days. Lawmakers are currently granted a full year of secrecy before disclosing such financial activities.

Arizona...The hateful state

Obama steps off his jet into a clash with Brewer



PHOENIX - President Obama's warm reception in sunny Arizona on Wednesday lasted about as long as it took him to step off Air Force One and greet Gov. Jan Brewer.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Mistaking Immigration Proposals for Policy in an Election Year | VivirLatino

Mistaking Immigration Proposals for Policy in an Election Year | VivirLatino

Last Friday, USCIS filed a notice of intent to change current policy that requires undocumented spouses and sons and daughters of U.S. citizens facing 3 and 10 year bars to file waivers outside the U.S. and then allowing them to return to their families by showing that their U.S. citizen family member would face extreme hardship as a result of the separation.

Before you break out the leftover new year’s confetti, I would like to remind people that this is a proposal. I have read the Notice of Intent and the language is very provisional. An intention is not that same as an actual action and within the actual document it states, “USCIS is considering regulatory changes…” (emphasis mine). There will be a several-month period for the public to provide comments on the proposed change before it goes into effect. A consideration is a thought, not an actual change in practice. In my opinion, a consideration is the campaign promise of an incumbent president trying to gain the Latino vote.

Some in immigration limbo see hope in Obama plan - latimes.com

Some in immigration limbo see hope in Obama plan - latimes.com

Like many other spouses of undocumented immigrants, Gina Pope constantly worries that her husband suddenly could be deported and that she would be left to raise their two children by herself.

Pope, a U.S. citizen, wants to apply for him to get a green card but knows that would mean his traveling to his native Peru, with the risk of not returning for months or years.

Now, after more than a decade of waiting for the immigration rules to change, Pope is cautiously optimistic that her husband, who owns a residential construction business and has a temporary work permit, may finally be able to become a legal resident.

Ahmadinejad visits Venezuela on first stop of Latin America tour - CNN.com

Ahmadinejad visits Venezuela on first stop of Latin America tour - CNN.com

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez pledged closer cooperation on Monday, vowing to fight poverty and imperialism.

The two leaders signed a series of accords in the areas of industry, science, technology and politics, the state-run AVN news agency reported. Sitting side by side in front of a room full of reporters, they presented a united front in their opposition to the United States.

"It's clear they are afraid of our development," said Ahmadinejad.

Consumers warned about possible drug mix-up - CNN.com

Consumers warned about possible drug mix-up - CNN.com

White House chief of staff stepping down - CNN.com

White House chief of staff stepping down - CNN.com

President Barack Obama announced Monday that White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley is stepping down and will be replaced by Office of Management and Budget Director Jack Lew.

Two senior Obama aides told CNN that Daley will stay in his job through January, including the State of the Union address.

The chief of staff is in charge of White House staff and operations and is a senior adviser to the president.

Outgoing Mississippi governor pardons four killers - CNN.com

Outgoing Mississippi governor pardons four killers - CNN.com

New glass could make touchscreens lighter, more responsive - CNN.com

New glass could make touchscreens lighter, more responsive - CNN.com

The makers of Gorilla Glass, the glass that's used in touchscreen gadgets such as iPhones, iPads and more than 500 other models of electronic gadgets, has officially unveiled a thinner and more touch-sensitive version of their product.

When it comes to innovation in electronic gadgets, a new kind of glass is not especially sexy.

But when that glass is built into millions of touchscreen devices, and could potentially make them thinner, lighter and more responsive to your finger, consumers may take notice.

Corning Inc. says Gorilla Glass 2 is thinner and more touch-sensitive without sacrificing toughness or resistance to scratches.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Bill would prohibit discrimination against unemployed in hiring - latimes.com

Bill would prohibit discrimination against unemployed in hiring - latimes.com

Even though the labor market is improving, thousands of unemployed Californians are caught in a bind: Some employers only want to hire them if they already have a job.

Some companies state that plainly in employment ads. Others are more discreet, screening out jobless workers during the initial application process. Discrimination? Perhaps. But so far it's legal.

But it won't be if a bill introduced this week by Assemblyman Michael Allen (D-Santa Rosa) is approved by California lawmakers. The proposed legislation would fine employers or employment agencies that refuse to consider out-of-work applicants for openings.

Obama's immigration move may have political benefit on 2 fronts - latimes.com

Obama's immigration move may have political benefit on 2 fronts - latimes.com

President Obama moved to repair relations with a crucial voting bloc and opened another battle with Republican lawmakers by easing rules on the politically volatile issue of illegal immigration.

His proposal will probably affect tens of thousands — perhaps more than 100,000 — illegal residents. It would end a requirement that undocumented immigrants with parents or spouses in the United States leave the country first if they wish to file paperwork that would forestall deportation on the grounds of family hardship.

Without the so-called hardship waiver, illegal immigrants are barred from reentering the U.S. for up to 10 years. The existing rule often means that people seeking waivers must separate from their families for months or in some cases years while their applications are processed.

Under the new rule, which does not require congressional approval, immigrants would be allowed to stay in the U.S. and apply for a waiver, which can be granted if deporting an immigrant would cause undue hardship to his or her U.S. family. Once waivers are granted, immigrants may apply for green cards. They would still have to leave the U.S. to make those applications, but because they would have hardship waivers in hand, they would be very likely to gain readmission to the country.

California Dream Act foes' petition drive falls short - latimes.com

California Dream Act foes' petition drive falls short - latimes.com

Critics of illegal immigration announced Friday that they were unable to obtain the needed 500,000 petition signatures to ask voters to repeal the California Dream Act.

The two-part measure, which allows undocumented immigrants access to both public and private financial aid at UC and Cal State campuses and at community colleges, was signed into law last year by Gov. Jerry Brown.

The failure "is disappointing news," said Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (R-San Bernardino), the public face of the initiative drive, in an email to supporters.

Consejos para evitar estafas - El Diario La Prensa NY - noticias de Nueva York - impre.com

Consejos para evitar estafas - El Diario La Prensa NY - noticias de Nueva York - impre.com

Expertos en inmigración advierten a los indocumentados de ser cuidadosos y extremar sus precauciones ante el anuncio gubernamental de nueva política migratoria.

Si usted o uno de los suyos sueña con la legalización de su estatus migratorio tenga en cuenta lo siguiente:

La nueva política no está implementada, se trata de un anuncio de intenciones. Aún no está en vigor.

Si inicia trámites migratorios de cualquier tipo asegúrese que lo hace con organizaciones legítimas y en caso de dudas compruebe la identidad de las mismas.

Si recurre a abogados independientes compruebe que son abogados especializados en inmigración y con licencia para ejercer.

No acuda a un notario. Al contrario que en nuestros países los notarios en Estados Unidos no son abogados y no están capacitados ni autorizados a hacer ningún trámite o representación judicial o migratoria, salvo la legalización o certificación de documentos.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Montebello Kaiser Permanente doctor suspected of molesting patient - SGVTribune.com

Montebello Kaiser Permanente doctor suspected of molesting patient - SGVTribune.com

A doctor was arrested Wednesday for allegedly molesting a female patient at Kaiser Permanente's Montebello Medical Offices.
Arturo Vargas, 41, turned himself in at the Montebello police station where he was booked on suspicion of sexual penetration by a foreign object, battery by fraud and sexual exploitation by a physician, according to Lt. Andy Vuncanon.

Vargas is out on $200,000 bail.

Police said the woman was molested when she went to the medical offices at 1550 Town Center Drive to be examined by her doctor

Investigators are looking for other possible victims. Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Javier Ornelas at 323-887-1262.

U.S. Economy Gains Steam as 200,000 Jobs Are Added - NYTimes.com

U.S. Economy Gains Steam as 200,000 Jobs Are Added - NYTimes.com

The United States added 200,000 new jobs last month, the Labor Department said Friday, a robust number that came on the heels of a flurry of heartening economic news. Consumer confidence has lifted, factories have stepped up production and small businesses are showing signs of life. The nation’s unemployment rate fell to 8.5 percent, its lowest level in nearly two years.

Rick Perry names embattled sheriff as his Arizona campaign chairman | www.pegasusnews.com | Dallas/Fort Worth

Rick Perry names embattled sheriff as his Arizona campaign chairman | www.pegasusnews.com | Dallas/Fort Worth

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has named embattled Maricopa County sheriff Joe Arpaio his Arizona campaign chairman, despite a recent Obama administration report condemning alleged discriminatory practices in Arpaio's office.

Huppenthal slashes TUSD's funding over Mexican-American Studies

Huppenthal slashes TUSD's funding over Mexican-American Studies

Arizona Schools Chief John Huppenthal has ordered that 10 percent of TUSD’s monthly state aid be withheld as a result of its Mexican American Studies Program.

The decision, which was released Friday, could cost Tucson’s largest school district millions.

Huppenthal maintained his original position that the contentious program is in violation of state law, saying the courses promote racial resentment, are designed primarily for one ethnic group and advocate for ethnic solidarity instead of treating pupils as individuals.

Monday, January 2, 2012

2012 Medicare Debate: Baby Boomers At Center Of Issue

2012 Medicare Debate: Baby Boomers At Center Of Issue

Baby boomers take note: Medicare as your parents have known it is headed for big changes no matter who wins the White House in 2012. You may not like it, but you might have to accept it.

Dial down the partisan rhetoric and surprising similarities emerge from competing policy prescriptions by President Barack Obama and leading Republicans such as Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan.

Limit the overall growth of Medicare spending? It's in both approaches.

Squeeze more money from upper-income retirees and some in the middle-class? Ditto.

Raise the eligibility age? That too, if the deal is right.