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As part of its Conferencias Caribeñas 15, the Institute of Caribbean Studies of the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras (UPR-RP), invites the academic community and the general public to the lecture “El Caribe en sus encrucijadas geoestratégicas, 1492-2014” [The Caribbean in its geopolitical crossroads, 1492-2014] by Dr. Humberto García Muñiz [Institute of Caribbean Studies, School of Social Sciences, UPR-RP]. Dr. Raúl Benítez Manaut [Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and President of CASEDE (Colectivo de Análisis de la Seguridad con Democracia, A.C.)] will provide commentary via Skype.  

The activity will be held on Thursday, September 25, from 1:00 to 3:30pm at the Manuel Maldonado Denis Amphitheatre (CRA 108) of the Carmen Rivera de Alvarado Building, School of Social Sciences, UPR-RP.

Description: True to its etymological root—literally, originating as a discipline in the late nineteenth century— geopolitics means to emphasize the predominance of territories in the analysis of international relations. Although important in the history of the Caribbean, aquapolitics, understood as the influence of the military and commercial maritime aspects, has proved to be of greater importance. In this presentation, we analyze the Caribbean (from Cape Canaveral to Kourou) in six stages, ranging from 1492 to today, focusing on the intersections of aqua-, geo-, aero- and astro-politics of time-space in the region where a set of power interests, forces, and state-based or transnational agents are intertwined— in conflict or collaboratively—around resources, positions and situations.

This lecture will be broadcast LIVE online through the following website: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/cc71

Comments and suggestions on this presentation will be welcome at: iec@uprrp.edu

For further information, you may call Dr. Humberto García Muñiz, Director, at (787) 764-0000, extension 4212, or write to iec@uprrp.edu

See the Institute of Caribbean Studies on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#%21/pages/Instituto-de-Estudios-del-Caribe-UPR/146169468754542?ref=sgm\

Posted by: ivetteromero | September 22, 2014

Derek Walcott documentary wins two film awards

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I extend my most heartfelt congratulations to director Ida Does for her recent (and ongoing) success for her work on the documentary film Poetry is an Island: Derek Walcott; I saw the film and I am a fan! The film won awards at the CaribbeanTales International Film Festival in Toronto and the Piton Film Festival in St. Lucia. [Also see previous posts, Forthcoming Film: Derek Walcott, Poetry is an Island, Derek Walcott: Poetry is an Island at the t+t film festival 2013, Updates from POETRY IS AN ISLAND: Derek Walcott, and our interview with the director, Ida Does: A Brief Interview with Repeating Islands.] For more details, here is a post by Peter Jordens:

Starnieuws reports that the documentary Poetry Is an Island: Derek Walcott by director Ida Does has received two awards at international film festivals. At the Piton Film Festival in St. Lucia [September 5-7, 2014] the film got the award for best documentary and at the CaribbeanTales International Film Festival (CTFF) in Toronto, Canada [September 3-13] it received the Jury Award for best documentary.

The jury in Toronto assessed the film in terms of ‘grasp of Caribbean culture, production value, professionalism, direction, teamwork, script, quality and style in storytelling, international marketing opportunities, cinematography and editing.’ This year was the 9th edition of the CTFF with a selection of films from fifteen different countries, while the Piton Film Festival in St. Lucia had its first edition. The Piton Film Festival cooperates closely with the Ocktober Film Festival in New York and the winning films, including Does’ documentary, have been selected for screening at the opening gala on October 3 in New York. This will take place in the Poet’s Den Gallery and Theater in Manhattan, New York City.

In her written acceptance speech for the CaribbeanTales Award, filmmaker Ida Does thanked her crew and all sponsors and private donors who made ​​the film possible. She dedicated the award to all Caribbean filmmakers, both in the Diaspora and ‘at home,’ and encouraged them to hold on to their goal and their film story. “We feel proud to be part of the Caribbean and we know that we have a lot to share with the world.”

The film Poetry Is an Island: Derek Walcott premiered at the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival and is touring international film festivals. The film is an intimate portrait of poet Derek Walcott (St. Lucia, 1930), the first writer of color who received the Nobel Prize for Literature (in 1992). It is expected that later this year the film will be released on DVD with subtitles in seven languages, including Spanish, Italian, Chinese and Japanese.

For the original article (in Dutch), go to http://www.starnieuws.com/index.php/welcome/index/nieuwsitem/25195.

For more about the documentary, visit http://www.walcottfilm.com and https://www.facebook.com/PoetryIsAnIsland. Watch the trailer at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zWLloaVgPg

Note: although the Starniews article states that Poetry Is an Island: Derek Walcott won the award for best documentary at the Piton Film Festival, according to the Festival’s website (http://www.pitonfilmfestival.org/#!pff-winners/caqj) it actually won the award for best feature film, which is confirmed by https://www.facebook.com/PoetryIsAnIsland. Both Starniews and the film’s FB page supply the above photo of the award which clearly shows the words “feature film”.

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In 1947 Henry Klumb acquired an agricultural estate in Río Piedras, a few steps from the University of Puerto Rico campus, to make the place his home: a wooden house surrounded by a balcony in the middle of a natural, lush, green space. Now a group of artists have come together for an exhibition they have entitled “La casa en ti” [The house in you] which opens on Tuesday, September 23, 2014, at the Student Center of the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras.

The architect did not design a new house to live in, but rather chose a preexisting place, recognizing and valuing vernacular architecture as an architecture with extraordinary qualities and of great practical and aesthetic value. This choice is a recognition, not of historicist or nostalgic values ​​of Puerto Rican local architecture, but rather an acknowledgement of the possibilities and intrinsic values of a typology that, in a practical and satisfactory manner, could accommodate to circumstantial and functional changes without altering the essential structure. Klumb removed walls, windows and doors, perfecting the space to suit his domestic needs and making it more fluid, opening it up in to the surrounding nature.

In front of the house, there was a pond with water lilies. A constant dialogue between the house and its natural environment was achieved by eliminating elements on the balcony and turning all the attention to the garden. Klumb himself explained: “A space created to flow freely from the outside to the inside—from the inside to the outside—fuses man to his environment, frees his mind so that—if he so decides—he may coexist in free association with others and, if receptive, in conscious harmony with the varied moods of nature.”

The idea was to live in nature and cohabit with her ​​in an architecture that took into account the needs of the architect’s domestic life, the materials available, and the ecological and climatic conditions of the area. In 1984, the architect and his wife were killed in a car accident and in 1986, the house was acquired by the University of Puerto Rico. The deterioration has been gradual and it is now in a dilapidated state.

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With the works gathered in the exhibition “La casa en ti,” the artists pay homage to the house and garden and generously support its rehabilitation. Participating artists are: Antonio Martorell, Nick Quijano, Rafael Trelles, Dhara Rivera, Susana Espinosa, Jaime Suárez, Bernardo Hogan, Toni Hambleton, Aileen Castañeda, Néstor Otero, Annex Burgos, Quintín Rivera, Myritza Castillo, Jorge González, Ada Rosa Rivera, Nereidín Feliciano, Gradissa Fernández, Alfonso Simonpietri, William Ortíz, Elsa María Melendez, Carmen Inés Blondet, Raúl Cintrón, Pablo Ojeda, Mrinali Álvarez, Rosina Santana, Nora Rodríguez Vallés, María Antonia Ordoñez, Fernando Paes, Aixa Requena, Manuel García Fonteboa, and Manuel García Arce.

Translated from Rosario Romero’s “30 artistas se inspiran en la Casa Klumb.” For original article (in Spanish), see http://www.80grados.net/30-artistas-se-inspiran-en-la-casa-klumb/

See additional photos at http://www.elnuevodia.com/fotodetalle-lacasaklumbenotrotiempo-1622084.html/3

Posted by: ivetteromero | September 21, 2014

Benicio del Toro to Receive the Donostia Award in San Sebastián

f1_4367The San Sebastián International Film Festival created the Donostia Award in 1986; it is awarded to great film personalities in recognition for their work and career. This year the two winners are Denzel Washington and Benicio del Toro. Benicio del Toro will receive the Donostia Award on Friday, September 26, at 10:00pm at the 62nd San Sebastian International Film Festival. [We only wish we were there to see this!]

Benicio del Toro has earned critical accolades throughout his career, winning an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Steven Soderbergh’s Traffic as well as an Oscar nomination for his work in Alejandro González Iñarritu’s 21 Grams. Del Toro re-teamed with Soderbergh to star in the biography of Che Guevera Che. The performance won him the Best Actor award at the Palme D’Or Closing ceremony at Cannes in 2008, and again the following year at the Goya Awards in Madrid, Spain. Benicio starred opposite Emily Blunt and Anthony Hopkins in Joe Johnston’s The Wolfman and as Lado in Oliver Stone’s Savages. Benicio was also seen as Jimmy, the lead in Jimmy P. The film was screened at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. He was last seen in Guardians of the Galaxy a Sci-Fi action film for Walt Disney Pictures/Marvel Enterprises which was released in the beginning of August 2014. He plays Pablo Escobar in Escobar: Paradise Lost, and next year he will play Mambru in Fernando Leon’s A Perfect Day and Sauncho Smilax in Inherent Vice, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. Benicio is currently in production on Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario.

Del Toro’s previous works include the film adaptation of Frank Miller’s graphic novel Sin City, directed by Robert Rodriquez, Peter Weir’s Fearless, George Huang’s Swimming with Sharks, Abel Ferrara’s The Funeral, Guy Ritchie’s Snatch, Sean Penn’s The Indian Runner and The Pledge, Christopher McQuarrie’s The Way of the Gun, William Friedkin’s The Hunted, Susanne Bier’s Things We Lost in the Fire, starring opposite Halle Berry, and as Dr. Gonzo in Terry Gilliam’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

Del Toro made his motion picture debut in John Glen’s License to Kill opposite Timothy Dalton’s James Bond and has earned critical acclaim for his performances ever since. In addition to winning an Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actor in Steven Soderbergh’s Traffic, his performance also garnered a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild Award and BAFTA Awards, the Silver Bear Award at the Berlin International Film Festival, as well as citations from the New York Film Critics Circle, the National Society of Film Critics, and the Chicago Film Critics Association. His work in 21 Grams also earned Del Toro the Audience Award for Best Actor at the 2003 Venice International Film Festival. He earned Independent Spirit Awards for his performances as Fred Fenster in Bryan Singer’s The Usual Suspects and as Benny Dalmau in Julian Schnabel’s Basquiat.

Born in Puerto Rico, Del Toro grew up in Pennsylvania. He attended the University of California at San Diego, where he appeared in numerous student productions, one of which led to his performing at a drama festival at the Lafayette Theater in New York. Del Toro studied at the Stella Adler Conservatory under the tutelage of Arthur Mendoza.

For more information, see http://www.sansebastianfestival.com/2014/donostia_awards/1/4367/in

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A warm applause for director Álvaro Aponte Centeno and producer Maite Rivera Carbonell (Quenepa Producciones) for their participation in the Third Forum of Europe-Latin America Co-production at the 62nd San Sebastian International Film Festival, Spain. Representing Puerto Rico, their full-feature film, Noli, will be one of the fifteen films to be screened at the forum. The young director received accolades at the Cannes Film Festival for his short film Mi santa mirada in 2012 and Rivera Carbonell has won two Goya awards for best sound. See excerpts from a recent Metro article below:

Puerto Rico is represented among 15 developing projects that will participate in the Third Forum of Europe-Latin America Co-production at the 62nd San Sebastian International Film Festival in Spain. The Forum will take place on September 22-24 as part of the Festival (which runs from September 19-27).

Fourteen projects have been selected from a total of 181 projects submitted from 22 countries, mostly in Latin America: Argentina, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Spain, France, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, United Kingdom, Sweden, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

The fifteenth is the Puerto Rican project, selected in collaboration between the Festival and the Ibermedia Program. The script by Álvaro Aponte Centeno, along with producer Maite Rivera Carbonell, won this position at the II Workshop on Caribbean Film Projects, which took place in November 2013 in the Dominican Republic.

Rivera Carbonell, who has previously won two Goya awards for best sound, said: “It was a pleasant surprise for us and a great honor when we were given the award in the Dominican Republic. Knowing since last November that we were participating in this festival allowed us to prepare well. The San Sebastián Film Festival is a Category A festival, the best place to get the co-producer we would like for our film.” [. . .]

For original article (in Spanish), see http://www.metro.pr/entretener/cortometraje-boricua-participara-ennbsp-festival-de-cine-en-espana/pGXnit!DoNJVJy0spXWk/

Also see http://www.backstage.com/interview/alvaro-aponte-centeno-finds-inspiration-in-music-for-mi-santa-mirada/

Posted by: lisaparavisini | September 21, 2014

Cuba sends doctors to combat Ebola in Africa

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This article by Seth Galinsky appeared in The Militant
The revolutionary government of Cuba is sending a 165-member medical team to Sierra Leone to combat the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa. This is the largest number of medical personnel being sent to West Africa from anywhere in the world.
Like other internationalist aid from Cuba since working people took power following the 1959 revolution, the mission to combat Ebola “is carried out under the principle that we don’t give what we have left over; we share what we have,” Cuba’s Public Health Minister Roberto Morales said at a Sept. 12 press conference in Geneva.

Morales said that Cuba currently has 50,731 volunteer health care workers in 66 countries, 4,000 of them in Africa. About 20 percent of Cuba’s 75,000 doctors are currently engaged in volunteer internationalist missions.

Margaret Chan, director general of the World Health Organization, told reporters at the press conference that there are only about 170 foreign health care workers — including doctors, nurses and disease control specialists — in Africa combating Ebola. The Cuban contingent of 62 doctors and 103 nurses, which will arrive at the beginning of October, will double the number of medical personnel working directly on treating those infected with the disease.

The Cuban volunteers are getting specialized training in Cuba to prepare to effectively deal with the deadly disease, which is spread mainly through contact with body fluids.

“We need at a minimum 500 to 600 doctors … and more than 1,000 other health care workers,” Chan said. “As of today 4,782 people have been infected and 2,400 have died.”

Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea-Conakry have less than one or two doctors for every 100,000 people.

“The Cuban government, like we have always done during these 55 years of revolution, has decided to participate in this worldwide effort under the leadership of the World Health Organization,” Morales said. “We call on the governments and health ministries of all countries to join the struggle against this disease.”

“We are willing to work shoulder to shoulder with doctors from any country that decides to do so,” he added, “including from the United States.”

Reporters in Geneva asked Morales why Cuba was sending the brigade to Sierra Leone.

Cuba already has 23 health care workers in Sierra Leone, who have been there for years, and 16 in Guinea-Conakry. “That facilitates the work that can be done there,” Morales said.

“We thought the initial effort that we could do is to concentrate in one country,” he said, “and not disperse the human material that really could get overwhelmed and tired out.”

“We are going to work with the public health authorities in Sierra Leone and the government to carry out a plan that prevents the disease and contribute in that way to stopping the epidemic and keep it from expanding to other regions.”

When the Ebola epidemic broke out, Cuba kept all of its medical workers in Africa.

At the same time, the U.S. government’s Peace Corps evacuated all 340 of its personnel in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, including all health education workers. The Connecticut-based Heartt Foundation pulled out its four U.S. doctors from Liberia after the epidemic began. Boston-based Wellbody Alliance did the same.

The Pentagon announced Sept. 8 that it is sending a 25-bed field hospital for treatment of local medical workers in Liberia, not the general population. No U.S. doctors will staff it.

After Cuba’s aid announcement received wide publicity, President Barack Obama said Washington would send U.S. military engineers and teachers to train health care workers in Liberia.

For the original report go to http://www.themilitant.com/2014/7834/index.shtml

Posted by: lisaparavisini | September 21, 2014

Designs for life: Posters of the Cuban Revolution

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This piece by David Pratt appeared in Scotland’s Herald.

As I came down the aircraft’s steps into the stifling heat and onto the tarmac of Havana airport, I looked around me at the soldiers dotted along the runway apron dressed in khaki fatigues with Kalashnikov assault rifles slung over their shoulders.

As a young photojournalist and aspiring foreign correspondent, straight out of Glasgow School of Art, I was on my way to Nicaragua to cover the aftermath of the Sandinista revolution there in 1979. This was my first overseas assignment, the first time too I had set foot in a country outside Europe. It was only a transit stop, but here I was in Cuba, the land of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara. This is what it’s all about, I recall thinking to myself, I have found my calling.

In the eyes of so many people like myself, Cuba was then, and to a great extent still is, quintessentially the land of revolution and international solidarity. Exotic, intriguing, controversial and above all political, Cuba is to the concept of international socialism, what prayer is to the Vatican.

In the years following my first encounter with the country, when assignments would later take me to locations as far flung as Vietnam, Angola or the Democratic Republic of Congo, Cuba’s indelible stamp on the socialist psyche of such places was always apparent.

As a sole communist outpost, barely 200 miles from the US mainland, Cuba during the uncertain and volatile days of the Cold War, was to reach out across the world through its unique propaganda art form, the political poster.

What is wonderful about this work and the artists who produced it, is the willingness they showed to embrace the most contemporary, often avant-garde graphic techniques and iconography to communicate their message.

“Our enemies are capitalists and imperialists, not abstract art,” was how Che Guevara, himself the subject of a memorable poster by Helena Serran, summed up the modernity of the artists’ approach.

Often drawing on historical, ethnic and indigenous cultural motifs rendered in the most contemporary of graphic styles, this sharp juxtaposition made for propaganda at its most potent. What ultimately was produced is about as far removed from the hackneyed, stereotypical Colgate smiles and clenched fists so beloved of Soviet Socialist Realist paintings as it is possible to imagine.

This instead is a genre that more often borrowed its iconography and visual alphabet from those earlier powerful Russian art movements of Constructivism and Suprematism. Time and again these dramatic poster images providing rallying calls in the fight against globalisation, imperialism and the defence of human rights, would also just as easily incorporate an amalgam of psychedelic and primitive art.

These poster messages – like Africa 1969 by Jesus Forjans or Day Of Solidarity With The People Of Laos by Rafael Zarza – were also aimed at communicating beyond simple text to audiences of different languages, levels of literacy and cultural backgrounds. They reveal an exuberance, irreverence and humour that moves far beyond the stuffiness of most political propaganda. The Cuban designers had the visual perspicacity to deploy a wide vocabulary of images and idioms, making their work distinctive and contemporary as well as politically effective. There is something too so uniquely Cuban about the works’ energy, despite the disparate international audience for which it was primarily created.

Unlike so many of the posters produced by anti-war campaigners in the West around this time, these images are often confrontational, calling on their viewers to seek victory rather than peace.

In Cuba itself at the height of the Cold War, a number of agencies were set up to achieve this task. Among them was the rather grandly titled Organisation in Solidarity with the People of Africa, Asia and Latin America (OSPAAAL). At its peak the organisation’s quarterly publication Tricontinental, which was distributed in four languages to as many as 87 countries, effectively served as a kind of catalogue and lifestyle magazine for the numerous liberation movements seeking to emulate Fidel Castro’s popular revolution, be they in Africa, the Middle East, Asia or Latin America.

For many people who have never encountered this poster art before, these images will come as something of a political and visual revelation. Wonderful then that the Glasgow School of Art is to show around 70 posters in an exhibition brought together from an extensive portfolio gathered by collector Michael Tyler.

Tyler is the first to admit that, having grown up in the peaceful backwater of suburban Sydney, he was blissfully ambivalent about politics and knew little about Cuba beyond reading The Motorcycle Diaries, recounting the early life of Che Guevara.

“I began my adventure into largely unknown territory, journeying into the dark heart of the Cold War era, with its revolutions, coups, dictators, proxy wars, paranoia and the struggles for independence from imperialism and colonial rule; dirty, nasty business that, were it not for these posters, I would most likely never have known about,” he explains.

This is an exhibition of work rarely seen. These too are images that, while reflecting on history, are equally powerful in revealing why so many of the issues and conflicts they first addressed continue to play out and haunt the world today.

Posters Of The Cuban Revolution is at the Reid Building, Glasgow School of Art, until October 31, daily from 11am-5pm, www.gsa.ac.uk

For the original report go to http://www.heraldscotland.com/arts-ents/visual/designs-for-life.1411268408

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With Hispanic Heritage Month in progress and the 2014 Major League Baseball regular season coming to an end, Damon Salvadore has compiled a list of the greatest Latin American players in MLB history for The Latin Post.

  1. Mariano Rivera

Panama gave MLB the greatest closer of all time. Mariano Rivera recorded the most saves in MLB history with 652. Rivera spent his entire 19-year career with the New York Yankees. There, Rivera would win five World Series titles and three Delivery Man of the Year Awards.

  1. Dennis Martinez

Arguably the most underrated pitcher in baseball history. Nicaragua’s own Dennis Martinez had a tremendous career for multiple teams. In 1991, he pitched a perfect game, the single greatest accomplishment for any pitcher.

  1. Tony Perez

What a great career Perez had with the Cincinnati Reds.

To this date, Perez is the only Cuban-born player in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Perez won two World Series titles with Reds in 1970s and was a seven time All-Star. His greatest moment came in the 1975 World Series, when he hit a two-run home run in Game 7 against the Boston Red Sox.

  1. David Ortiz

The Dominican Republic is home to many great baseball players. David Ortiz has a fantastic playoff resume with three World Series titles and a lot of clutch hits. Ortiz has also won the World Series MVP award, and shows little signs of slowing down.

  1. Albert Pujols

One of the best players of the 21st century. Pujols made his mark in St. Louis with the Cardinals winning two World Series titles. Pujols now has 518 career home runs–putting him at No.21 on the all-time MLB home run leaders list–and an impressive .317 batting average. Pujols has also been a great first baseman.

  1. Rod Carew

Rod Carew has the most career hits of any Latin American player with 3,053. He was voted in to the Hall of Fame in 1991. Although not a power hitter, just 92 home runs, Carew was a magician at the mound batting an outstanding .328 at the plate. He also won a Rookie of the Year award and an MVP award.

  1. Sammy Sosa

“Slamming Sammy” has the most career home runs by a Latin American born player with 609. Sosa only batted .278 at the plate, but nobody hit the long ball like he did. Sosa is the only player in baseball history to hit 60 home runs in three separate seasons.

  1. Manny Ramirez

Probably the most entertaining player in recent memory. “Manny being Manny” gave baseball fans a lot of great moments at the plate and in the field. Ramirez is one of the greatest hitters of all time in the postseason and with the bases loaded. His 29 postseason home runs are a Major League record.

  1. Juan Marichal

The Dominican Republic has had some of the best hitters in recent memory, but during the 1960s, Juan Marichal was one of the best pitchers in baseball. Marichal is currently the only Dominican-born player in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

  1. Roberto Clemente

Puerto Rico’s own Roberto Clemente is one of the greatest baseball players of all time. Clemente helped the Pittsburgh Pirates win two World Series titles and made 15 All-Star appearances in the process. He finished his Hall of Fame career with exactly 3,000 hits. There’s nothing Clemente couldn’t do on the field. For his off-the-field contributions, MLB has the “Robert Clemente Award,” which is handed out every year.

Best of the Rest

With so many other great players from various Latin American nations, 10 players just isn’t enough to honor everyone. Here are some of the best Latin American baseball players of all time.

Jose Reyes, Luis Aparicio, Bobby Abrea Jose Canseco, Vladimir Guerrero, Ivan Rodriguez, Pedro Martinez, Rafael Palmero, Chili Davis, Orlando Cepeda and Roberto Alamor.

For the original report go to http://www.latinpost.com/articles/21812/20140919/top-10-greatest-latin-american-mlb-baseball-players-of-all-time-hispanic-heritage-month-yankees.htm

Posted by: lisaparavisini | September 21, 2014

Reggaeton Star Wisin Debuts as Restaurateur

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Wisin, formally half of the reggaeton duo Wisin & Yandel, is diversifying with the inauguration of a 130-seat, retro-chic-themed restaurant in this San Juan suburb, The Latin AMerican Herald Tribune reports.

The Nabo Restaurant, Wisin told Efe, “realizes a yearning of many years to do something different, to show people that I can thrive in different areas.”

Juan Luis Morera, a.k.a. Wisin, is joined in the venture by his long-time business manager, Paco Lopez.

Puerto Rican artist Edgardo Larregui created a mural for the restaurant.

The restaurant will create 35 direct jobs and 15 indirect jobs, according to Wisin, who said he is very concerned about Puerto Rico’s troubled economy.

“Besides giving joy to the people and my homeland, we are providing jobs for many families,” he said.

Nabo’s kitchen, run by chef Javier Nassar, caters to eclectic tastes including typical Puerto Rican menu, Spanish tapas, universal pizza, sushi bar and more than 45 craft beers.

“The whole package,” said Wisin who embarks next week on a concert tour of Mexico with Prince Royce.

For the original report go to

http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2352493&CategoryId=13003

Posted by: lisaparavisini | September 21, 2014

Ricky Martin set to premiere new single ‘Adiós’ on Sept. 22

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Ricky Martin has returned to the airwaves following his international hit “Vida,” with a new single titled “Adiós” (Goodbye), whose exclusive premiere will be held on Monday, September 22nd on Uforia’s radio stations throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. The single will be available on all digital platforms the following day.

“Adiós“, produced by Jesse Shatkin (responsible for Sia’s popular song “Chandelier”), Yotuel Romero, Antonio Rayo, and Ricky Martin, features an original sound and rhythmic influences from different parts of the world where the multiple GRAMMY® award winning artist has traveled throughout the year.

“We chose “Adiós” because it represents who I am today. The title is a reference to the opening of another cycle,” Ricky Martin said of the first single off his anticipated new album, scheduled to be released at the beginning of next year by Sony Music Latin.

A week after the release of “Adiós“, Martin will kick off a concert series called “Live In Mexico” with two consecutive concerts at the Palacio De Los Deportes in Mexico City on October 3 and 4. The tour will continue on to Mexico’s main cities including: Guadalajara, Monterrey, Ciudad del Carmen, Puebla, Morelia, among others. (Tour dates ahead).

Tickets are available at http://www.ticketmaster.com.mx.

In addition to the release and tour, Ricky continues his work as “coach” on the new season of “The Voice Mexico,” which airs every Sunday on Televisa.

- See more at: http://www.prnewschannel.com/2014/09/18/ricky-martin-set-to-premiere-new-single-adios-on-sept-22-exclusively-on-uforias-u-s-puerto-rican-radio-stations/#sthash.OaMDy0bB.dpuf

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