LATINO LOOP for the week of March 24, 2017

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Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, aka Carlos the Jackal, appeared in a French court last week to face charges related to a 1974 terrorist attack on a shopping center that killed two and injured dozens more.   If convicted, Ramirez faces a third life term in prison, where he is currently serving time for the murders of two French intellegence agents and a Lebanese informant, among other crimes.
  Peru’s President declared a state of emergency following rain and devastating floods and mudslides which have left thousands homeless and killed dozens over the last week.
  CNN en Español celebrated 20 years on the air last week.
  Cheech Marin has published a new memoir, “Cheech Is Not My Real Name… But Don’t Call Me Chong!”
  Telemundo announced that it will produce two new biopic series based on the lives of Nicky Jam (“El Ganador”) and Jose Jose (“El Príncipe de la Canción”).
  Eugenio Derbez stars in “How to Be a Latin Lover”, which opens in theaters on April 28th.  Derbez plays an ageing lothario, who’s made a living out of seducing rich, older women. When he’s dumped by his wealthy 80-year old wife for a younger stud, he’s forced to move in with his estranged sister, played by Salma Hayek, and her son.  The cast includes Derbez and Hayek, alongside Raquel Welch, Rob Lowe and Kristen Bell.
Dr. Lourdes I. Ramos, Ph.D., was named President and CEO of the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA).  Ramos was most recently Director and Chief Curator at the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico.
  Telemundo performers recently voted to join SAG-AFTRA.  The union will cover actors, stunt performers, singers and dancers working on telenovelas produced in the U.S.
  Horacio Palencia took home BMI Latin Awards for Regional Mexican Song of the Year and Regional Mexican Songwriter of the Year at last night’s BMI Latin Awards in Beverly Hills.  J Balvin won for Contemporary Song of the Year for “Ginza”, while Gocho and Motiff won for Contemporary Latin Songwriter of the Year.  Los Lobos were honored with the BMI Icon Award and Sony/ATV Music Publishing was named Latin Publisher of the Year.
  Juan Gabriel’s Palm Springs compound, a former boutique hotel that the singer purchased and turned into a mansion, has sold for $1.63 million.
  Grammy award-winning flautist Dave Valentin passed away last week in the Bronx at age 64.
Laura Esquivel’s “Like Water for Chocolate” is being developed into an English-language TV series by Endemol Shine North America
According to new Pew Research Center data, immigrants and their U.S.-born children are expected to drive growth in the U.S. working-age population through 2035.  The number of working-age immigrants is projected to increase from 33.9 million in 2015 to 38.5 million by 2035 and the number of U.S. born working-age people with immigrant parents is expected to go up from 11.1 million in 2015 to 24.6 million in 2035.
  “Don’t Breathe” director Fede Alvarez is slated to direct “The Girl in the Spider’s Web”, sequel to “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”.   The film is set for release in October 2018.
  Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly announced last week that the number of undocumented immigrants crossing into the U.S. from Mexico decreased by 40% from January to February.
Estrella TV’s Los Angeles flagship station, KRCA 62, surpassed both Univision and Telemundo among males 25-54 and tied for #1 with Univision among males 18-49 in Prime Time during February Sweeps in the Los Angeles market.
  Tamara Holder received a $2.5 million settlement from Fox News after the former Fox News contributor accused an ex-Fox News Latino VP of trying to force her into performing oral sex while in his office.
  Cristela Alonzo will star in the ABC pilot, “The Gospel of Kevin”.
  Mexico’s telecom regulator has imposed new regulations on Televisa including increased accounting transparency, requiring the company to hand over detailed information about its advertising prices.
  BMI has partnered with the Apollo Theater to present “How I Wrote That Song: La Historia Detrás de una Cancion”.  The panel, taking place April 4th in New York City, includes 24 Horas, El Dusty, Xtassy, David Escobar and moderator Ana Isabel.
  The Association of Latino Professionals for America has published its list of the 50 Most Powerful Latinas in 2017.  This year’s list includes Geisha Williams, CEO and President of PG&E, Ofelia Melendrez-Kumpf, U.S. VP and General Manager, Southern California Region McDonald’s USA, Cynthia Hudson, SVP, General Manager of CNN en Español and Hispanic Strategy CNN, Jacqueline Hernandez, CMO, Hispanic Enterprises & Content NBCUniversal (Comcast) and Monica Lozano, Former CEO of La Opinión and ImpreMedia, among others.
  The family of Cruz Velazquez Acevedo, a 16-year-old teen that died while in U.S. Customs & Border Protection custody, was awarded $1 million in a wrongful death lawsuit.  Velazquez was apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border crossing from Tijuana to San Ysidro when he claimed that two bottles of liquid he was carrying were apple juice.  The border agents told him to drink it to prove he wasn’t lying and Velazquez died after drinking the liquid methamphetamine
  Univision Digital has launched “3,2,1 Clarissa!” a new web series starring Clarissa Molina, social media host for “El Gordo y La Flaca” and “Nuestra Belleza Latina” season 10 winner.
Beau Ferrari has joined NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises as EVP.  Ferrari was previously EVP of Corporate Strategy and Development for Univision Communications.
  Denny’s has selected Conill as its Hispanic agency of record.
  The new Netflix series “Ingobernable” starring Kate del Castillo, Erik Hayser and Alberto Guerra, celebrated it’s U.S. premiere last week in Miami.   The series launches this Friday, March 24th.
  Roy Rodriguez, the father of “Modern Family” star Rico Rodriguez, died last week at age 52.

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Presidential Politics, FIFA-style

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No primaries or caucuses in the race to become president of the world's soccer body, FIFA, which holds its presidential election this week.

No primaries or caucuses in the race to become president of the world’s soccer body, FIFA, which holds its presidential election this week.

But there’s still a lot of horse-trading and promises, and there’s still no candidate who can give fans of the world’s most loved sport something to believe in.

The vote will take place in Switzerland, perhaps the most perfect of locations given its secretive banking practices and its resulting popularity among corrupt leaders and criminals the world over who are looking to store some ill-gotten treasures.

This most unsavory of votes to determine a successor to the suspended and disgraced Sepp Blatter – himself a Swiss national – for the leadership of a discredited organization with much of its leadership currently either suspended or under indictment.

Before we hear from the candidates, let’s see which ones were disqualified from running.

An early favorite as Blatter’s replacement had been Michel Platini, the head of the European soccer body, UEFA. He was seen as a shoo-in for the job, until he, like Blatter, was sanctioned by the FIFA ethics committee for accepting a “disloyal” payment of around $2 million from – guess who? – Sepp Blatter.

Platini maintains his innocence and awaits word of his appeal to FIFA, which could happen at any moment. Most believe the appeals committee, which met with him last week, will decline to clear him.

And in case you might believe that Platini’s wish to run under a cloud of corruption is a singular bit of hubris, consider that FIFA’s powerful number two, Jerome Valcke – recently banned from all soccer-related activities for 12 years by the same ethics committee – was also considering a run to replace his former boss!

Then there were those who wanted to run but were disqualified by FIFA specifically from doing so. Liberia’s Musa Bility failed FIFA’s own “integrity” test – which we can only speculate how rigorous that may or, more likely, may not be.

And former FIFA vice president Chung Mong-joon of South Korea was banned for six years by the group’s ethics committee after being found guilty of illegal wrongdoings during bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

Both Bility and Chung deny the allegations.

Now to the five candidates who have been permitted by FIFA to run – and if that sounds a bit like Iranian elections, where candidates have to be approved by the Ayatollah, you aren’t alone. All five are fairly unappealing.

There’s Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, who is the president of Asia’s governing soccer body, AFC, as well as a member of FIFA’s executive committee. The member of Bahrain’s royal family is favored by FIFA insiders.

The fly in the ointment is human rights. Non-governmental groups have accused Sheikh Salman of torture and false imprisonment of athletes who marched for democracy in Bahrain during the 2011 protests.

“FIFA is putting a noose around its neck if it elects Salman to lead world soccer,” a spokesman from the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy said, according to England’s Sun newspaper.

While he has vehemently denied any wrongdoing, having this hang over his head is troubling no matter which way you look at it.

Another favorite for the position is Swiss national Gianni Infantino, who, as the number two at UEFA, replaced his boss Platini. Ifantino’s big idea is that he’ll raise the World Cup to a whopping 40 teams – could that be a play for votes from the smaller countries? A lawyer by training, Infantino certainly has a chance.

The list is rounded out by candidates Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan, former deputy general secretary of FIFA Jerome Champagne and South African businessman Tokyo Sexwale.

The vote is designed in a way that only leads to horse-trading and promises being made to blocs of countries. The historical problem, of course, is that candidates are automatically shackled by such promises.

As radical a proposal as it is, I think the only way forward for the organization is to start afresh.

Let’s have a new FIFA Executive Council made up of 12 former players and coaches and let them decide who leads world soccer.

Certainly a better starting point than anything else that’s out there.

They couldn’t possibly come up with anything worse than what’s already in place.

Video of the week

Watch as Bayern Munich’s Thomas Mueller scores this cracker against opponents Darmstadt during a German Bundesliga game this weekend.

From the wires

FIFA presidential candidate Jerome Champagne made a formal complaint claiming two rivals supported by continental governing bodies will have an unfair advantage at the vote on Friday.

Champagne urged FIFA election monitors on Monday to cancel 20 extra passes for “observers” from UEFA and seven for the Asian Football Confederation to enter the election hall in Zurich.

In a letter seen by the Associated Press, he wrote that UEFA and the AFC plan “to swamp the Congress hall with confederation employees able to access” voters.

UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino and AFC President Sheikh Salman are seen as front-runners in the five-candidate contest.

Champagne, who has run his own campaign, said allowing extra accreditations would “betray a gross violation of the principle of fairness.”

“Moreover, the list of names of the persons benefiting from these accreditations reveals the presence of most of the members of these two candidates’ campaign teams,” wrote the French former diplomat, who was ousted from his job as FIFA international relations director in 2010.

Despite 11 years working as a FIFA insider under Sepp Blatter, Champagne has seemed like an outsider in a campaign that includes two members of Middle East monarchies, a commodities tycoon, and the spending power of wealthy European soccer.

Champagne promised to pursue his complaint against “these unfair and undue privileges” if the three-member FIFA election panel did not act by Tuesday.

“The question of the accreditation is in the hands of FIFA,” the election committee said in a statement.

Potential breaches of FIFA election rules can be appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The vote of up to 209 FIFA member federations on Friday will choose a successor to Blatter, as FIFA aims to renew itself after the biggest corruption crisis in its 112-year history.

Ben Evansky is a Fox News Channel field producer, and is a U.S. Youth Soccer qualified coach.

Your Editor Asks:

Should FIFA´s Executive Council be controlled by former playerrs and coaches?

Or is there any other way to clean up FIFA’s act?

beIN Sports Wins In Spanish-Language Cable

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Sustaining a strong viewership trend, beIN SPORTS en Español scored another ratings victory, with three of the top five sports telecasts of the day among Spanish-language cable networks on January 24, 2016. According to Nielsen Media Research, the Real Madrid vs. Real Betis match delivered a total average audience of 454,000 viewers on beIN SPORTS en Español. The other two of three beIN SPORTS en Español telecasts to top the day included the Atlético de Madrid vs. Sevilla match and the Network’s studio pre-game show, “The Express Preview,” which aired prior to the Espanyol vs. Villarreal matchup.

“We’re thrilled to see the continued viewership and positive reaction from our fans”

“We’re thrilled to see the continued viewership and positive reaction from our fans,” said Antonio Briceño, Deputy Managing Director of beIN SPORTS. “Satisfying our viewers’ thirst for the highest quality sports programming and content is our goal, and we couldn’t be happier to see the continued success of our LaLiga coverage and original beIN SPORTS programming.”

The Real Madrid vs. Real Betis match outperformed the “Somos LMX” original studio show on Univision Deportes, and prior to the Real Madrid matchup, an audience of 193,000 average total viewers tuned in to watch Atlético de Madrid vs. Sevilla on beIN SPORTS en Español. In fact, all beIN SPORTS en Español’s LaLiga matches which aired on January 24, 2016, including Deportivo vs. Valencia, averaging 125,000 total viewers, out-delivered competing network broadcasts including: Univision Deportes’ Liga MX match featuring Pumas UNAM vs. Puebla match, which delivered an average of 114,000 total viewers, Fox Deportes’ Bundesliga match featuring Frankfurt vs. Wolfsburg, which delivered 64,000 total viewers and Fox Deportes’ NFL NFC Championship broadcast featuring Arizona vs. Carolina, which delivered an average 104,000 total viewers.

Rounding out the top five Spanish-language sports telecasts of the day on January 24, 2016 was beIN SPORTS’ “The Express Preview” pre-game show airing ahead of the Espanyol vs. Villarreal match, which drew in an average 107,000 total viewers. All beIN SPORTS original studio shows feature a team of star-studded talent and commentators, providing in depth analysis and predictions of the anticipated matches.

Adrián González pushes for trend among MLB Latinos after getting accent on jersey

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LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 15: Adrian Gonzalez #42 of the Los Angeles Dodgers runs to first base after hitting a single in the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium on April 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

After 12 years in Major League Baseball and four more in the minor leagues, the name on Adrián González’s back had been missing one thing important to any Latino player: the accent mark.

However, before a recent game, the Mexican-American slugger debuted his new Los Angeles Dodgers jersey with the fully correct spelling of his name.

“After 16 years in baseball, there was only one thing I needed to put an accent on,” he wrote on Instagram, before challenging teammate Enrique Hernández do the same. He added the hashtag #PonleAcento.

Hernández, who is from Puerto Rico, accepted González’s challenge and shared his own jersey photo.

“Look how pretty Hernández looks with its accent. I already got it @adrian_eltitan, so now I invite all my Latino brothers to get their accent,” he captioned an Instagram post of his jersey.

The two Dodgers join second baseman Robinson Canó, who has had the accent on the ‘O’ on his uniform since joining the Seattle Mariners before the 2014 season. (His previous team, the New York Yankees, has no names on its jerseys.)

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