Latin America… the New China?

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On Feb. 23, 2015, Stratfor, a geopolitical firm, released its annual Decade Forecast (2015-2025), which analyzes the future of industries and markets around the world. One prediction is that within the next decade China’s economy will rapidly slowdown because of internal conflicts within the country, and economic reforms that will focus on “return on capital.” Four of the sixteen countries anticipated to fill the gap in garment/footwear manufacturing and mobile phone assembly jobs are in Latin America: Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, Peru and Mexico (specifically Campeche, Veracruz, Yucatan & Chiapas). Part of the economic shift from China to these countries is because of entrepreneurs of small businesses choosing to invest in these new developing countries.

(Photo courtesy of Stratfor)

Pandas to Come Back After Nearly 30 Years to NYC?

pandasGood luck seems to be on everyone’s mind lately and some objects in certain cultures, people believe, bring you luck. Some examples are the rabbit’s foot, the four-leaf clover, a horseshoe, or a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

Adding to the list of good luck charms, pandas are also considered good luck. Representative Carolyn Maloney is heading to China to bring back a panda in nearly 30 years, as that the last one was loaned to the Bronx Zoo in 1987.

This panda would come from China and Chinese government does agree to do it. The Chinese government has invited her to visit “the Chengdu Research base of giant panda breeding in the Sichuan province.”

If all goes well, the panda would take over prime real estate at the Central Park Zoo in New York City. The zoo brings lots of tourism every year and right now, there are 12 pandas living in zoos around the country. These zoos included the Smithsonian National Zoon in Washington, D.C., the San Diego Zoo, the Memphis Zoo and the Zoo Atlantic. There is no question that the panda is a popular animal in zoos.

Interestingly, this is up for debate and is comparable to the American eagle, the symbol for the United States. Further, it costs roughly one million dollars a year to care for a panda and if the city approves it, officials would have to seek private funding.

@Julioiglesias Honored as The Most Popular International Artist Of All Time In China

Julio Iglesias in China

Julio Iglesias, a living legend and one of the top ten best-selling artists worldwide of all time, returns to China after almost 20 years away and receives two historic awards, the First & Most Popular International Artist in China Award, presented by World Renowned Artist Coming From China Lang Lang, and the Guinness World Records for the Best-selling Male Latin Artist.

To honor his extraordinary career in music, marked by an incomparably global success of Nº1 hits in a record number of languages, Julio Iglesias receives the two awards both from Sony Music Entertainment and the Guinness World Records.

“This is one of the most exciting moments in my career.” Julio’s voice thrills after receiving the awards, “The first time I was in China, it was in 1971. I imagined the country to be huge, full of souls. To the years, I always thought China to be an incredible main country. It comes from a country that’s been in my heart for generations. Thank you so much, thank you for the people in China.”

The First & Most Popular International Artist in China Award is presented by Lang Lang, the internationally acclaimed and most influential young artist in the world. When introducing Julio Iglesias onto the stage, the young pianist honors him as “Not only being one of the most successful artists in the world, but also a person to learn a lot from”.

There is no one more fitting than Lang Lang to present the prize to Julio Iglesias. Lang Lang has been praised internationally for his record of sold-out concerts, prestigious awards and innumerable achievements. The award ceremony witnesses the first meeting of these two champions from two generations, who have had an incredible impact on music not only in China but throughout the world.

“I was very honored when they said Lang Lang was going to give me the award. I was in a table three nights ago, and I said to my people ‘You know, Lang Lang is going to give me an award.’ And the people didn’t believe me. They said: ‘Well, lucky you are!’”

Julio tells the story of his music career, the enduring efforts and numerous honors he has received during the years. Including his already worldwide multiplatinum CD, Julio Iglesias 1, Julio Iglesias has been awarded with platinum prizes from Europe, North & South America and Africa. Recalling his works in China many years ago, he expresses his own special connections to the country.

“For me, dancing in the Great Wall 20 years ago was a moment of magic in my life. I close my eyes, and I lose conscious of where I am. I just get the feelings.”

One of the secrets to Julio Iglesias’ unique global success over the generations is his ability to sing in more than 12 languages and connect with so many different cultures around the world. Even today, no one else can boast a discography of 80 albums in so many languages.

“I recorded in Chinese, it was very difficult. I did with Wei Wei and Coco Lee, and it was a great time in my life. ”

Julio sings for life and people. 1968, he released his first record and sold over 1 million albums in 3 years and over 10 million in another 2 year. Julio has been on the podiums of all top awards since then, including the Grammy Award® for Best Latin Singer and a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Glared with honors, the most important thing in Julio’s music never changes.

“I don’t believe in frontiers. I don’t believe in nationals. I believe in people. If I would not believe in people, I would not be an artist, the way I can see my life today. When we play, we play for the soul and feelings, and passion of people. Doesn’t matter black or white, Chinese or French. We love people naturally. That’s the main reason why we get back here, because we love them.”

The award ceremony has been Julio Iglesias’ first return to Beijing since he came to receive one of the greatest honors ever bestowed on a foreign artist. In 1995, Julio Iglesias became the only foreign artist officially to have sold the most records in China and then became the first and only artist to ever receive an award from China’s Ministry of Culture to celebrate this achievement.

The event further promotes the multiplatinum release Julio Iglesias 1. On the album, the singer-songwriter returns to performing many of the tracks that made him one of the most outstanding artists of our time and proves once again why he is listed among the names of eternal stars like Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Frank Sinatra and Michael Jackson as one of the best-selling artists worldwide of all time.

20 years has passed since the artist visited China. Landing on April 14th in Shanghai Grand Stage, Julio will kick off his 3-show tour “Top of the Romance—Julio Iglesias China Live Tour”, followed by 18th in Shenzhen Concert Hall, 21th in Beijing Exhibition Centre Theater. It is reported that Julio lglesias will bring to his Chinese fans the well-known songs including “La paloma”, “When You Tell Me That You Love Me”, “Hey”, “All of You” and many other world hits for his Chinese audience.

On March 1st he launched his 2013 World Tour in Russia, which takes him to all continents with performances in many countries, such as Mexico, South Africa, Turkey, Armenia, United Arab Emirates, Norway, Netherlands, Spain, Guatemala, Ukraine, Israel, Australia, Brazil, India, Sri Lanka, Qatar & Lebanon.

Inmigrantes Quieren Ser “Blancos”

Por Chelsey Vergara

Pacientes con insuficiencia renal, órganos internos dañados, y rostros desfigurados son algunas de los problemas en un nuevo descubrimiento. Estas consecuencias son las que se enfrentan migrantes que obtienen peligrosos medicamentos que son importados de China, África, Canadá, y Filipinas. Decenas de inmigrantes están consiguiendo medicamentos, ungüentos, y cremas ilegales y perdiendo la salud. Esta práctica es peligrosa pero bien común, indican expertos en cuidado médico. El uso de un medicamento inyectado que contiene la enzima Glutathion es entre las prácticas más peligrosas. Glutathion es empleada para combatir ciertos tipos de cáncer y cuyo efecto secundario es un blanqueo de la piel. “Es un problema de salud poco conocido en Estados Unidos, donde desafortunadamente muchos migrantes comparten la idea de que una piel morena o negra es sinónimo de segunda categoría, y esta ideología, junto al acceso a medicamentos no controlados, genera casos de daños serios a la salud”, indicó presidente de la Asociación Americana del Cáncer en California y profesor asociado de la Universidad de California en Irvine, Israel de Alba. No solo causa blanqueo de la piel – la enzima Glutathion también puede causar trastornos graves al sistema renal e incluso la muerte en dosis elevadas. Entre los tratamientos para blanquear la piel, sin embargo, las cosas que generan más casos de daños a la salud son  las lociones, jabones, o cremas debido a su alto contenido de mercurio e hidroquinona. Hidroquinona es un agente químico responsable de dar a la piel un color grisáceo.

En Minnesota, las autoridades de salud recientemente confiscaron decenas de cremas para blanquear la piel. Los niveles de mercurio de las cremas confiscadas eran 33,000 veces más altos de lo permitido. Melanina es una sustancia natural producida por células cutáneas, que da color al cabello, la piel y al iris. El mercurio es altamente tóxico y es responsable de bloquear la producción de melanina. De acuerdo a La Administración de Alimentos y Medicamentos (FDA) nota que el fenómeno falta estadísticas precisas sobre los agentes blanqueadores y los daños que causan.

Elisany Silva: A Brazilian Inspiration

Whoa. Elisany Silva, a 14-year-old Brazilian girl, is 6-foot-9 — which makes her one of the tallest teens on the planet.

Elisany and her family say they aren’t sure why, exactly, she’s so tall, because they can’t afford to pay a doctor to investigate. But Elisany’s still shy of record-breaking territory: According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the tallest man on record is Robert Pershing Wadlow, an American who towered at 8 feet 11.1 inches. And the tallest woman ever was Zeng Jinlian of China, who was 8 feet 1.75 inches tall.

But Elisany, who told a Brazilian TV station that she wanted to be a famous fashion model, is more than a foot taller than the 5 feet 8 inches that the Association of Model Agents says is ideal. Actually, Elisany’s even taller than Amazon Eve, who at 6 feet 8 inches, claims to be the world’s tallest model. Still, there’s a good chance Elisany’s not done growing.