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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Donald Trump: Not a good leader

Simply put, if Donald Trump wins the nomination, then as a republican, I'd rather vote for Hillary.

Donald Trump is ignorant, sexist, racist, vain. We cannot allow him to become the next 45th president of the USA. We simply cannot allow that to happen if we want to keep AMERICA STRONG.  He's all about "I'm winning every single poll and I will win this"
Donald Trump is completely ignorant and knows nothing about foreign policy, his platform does not work in the real world. Why would someone support someone as hateful, sexist, vain, ignorant as Donald Trump.

In today's world, Donald Trump is a dangerous politician, he will break every relationship America has and will leave us vulnerable to terrorist attacks. His immigration plan is not practical nor does he have a good health care plan moving forward. He said many times that there is no Global Warming (total ignorance) just look at the statistics and see for yourself. He wants to cut, cut, cut spending just for the sake of it and not to reduce our debt. Cutting education, social security for the elderly and future generations, increasing military spending and cutting global warming research programs, none of these senseless cuts (or increases) will even come close to reducing our national debt. Furthermore, these are crucial programs that Americans rely on. Unfortunately, Republicans have long been critical of Pentagon efforts to "go green" and reduce their reliance on fossil fuel-More recently the GOP has criticized President Obama for saying that global warming was as a bigger national security threat than terrorism.

If you want world peace, a thriving economy, a strong military, a good immigration reform that makes sense, a continued relationship with Israel and the world....then please, do not vote for Donald "Duck" Trump.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Gloria Alfonso, To Fall in Love, Festival de #ViñadelMar 1989, Competencia Internacional festivaldevinachile

Este fue unos de los momentos mas impresionantes de mi carrera artistica, el dia que interprete mi cancion "To Fall in Love" representando a Estados Unidos. He tenido muchas satisfacciones profesionales en mi vida, pero la musica fue-es-y sera la mejor de todas.

Espero les guste el tema y hagan comentarios. Mi nombre fue Barthelemy por honrar a mi abuelo por parte de mi mama (migrated from Germany to Cuba...imigro a Cuba de Alemania) .  Despues del Festival, una disquera lanzo mi primer CD titulado "Ven Amame." Tema que fue grabado mucho despues por el cantante Ecuatoriano DANILO ROSERO, y que ademas tuvo mucho exito en Ecuador y Mexico.

Les dejo el video para que disfruten la cancion tanto como la disfrute cuando me subi al escenario en Vina Del Mar frente a un publico de 20,000 personas. Ese mismo festival presento en exclusiva a Roberto Carlos, Emmanuel y REO Speedwagon de USA.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

The Story of a Dog Walker living the AMERICAN DREAM

 This is a great story of the American Dream. The American Dream is the hearbeat of our collective ethos. For generations it has promised that through hard work (work smart instead) each of us has the opportunity for success and prosperity.

If you live in New York City, you probably don’t have a backyard that your dog can access through a pet door when he wants to go out and stretch his legs or use the “facilities.” And if you’re like many dog owners in the city, you want your dog to be able to go for a walk while you’re at work.

The late Jim Buck is considered to have started the first dog walking business in NYC. He started it on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in the early 1960s, when he saw an unmet need and capitalized on it. Today, the dog walking business is worth around $907 million, growing more than 3% a year, according to research firm IBISWorld

Dog walkers are much more prevalent throughout New York City today, but “it’s still a niche market. Foreigners take pictures of us,” says Ryan Stewart, who has a dog walking business called Ryan for Dogs in Long Island City, Queens, which is just across the East River from midtown Manhattan.

Stewart, 45, was born in Taipei, Taiwan, and moved to the U.S. when he was 3. He moved to New York City when he was a teenager because he got a scholarship to be a dancer with Alvin Ailey. After getting lymphoma at 19, he went through chemotherapy and lost his passion and drive to continue pursuing dancing professionally. In his 20s, he acted in commercials and spent some time as a waiter. But he was always good with dogs — his family had dogs and cats when he was growing up — and after watching a trainer work with the dog that his girlfriend owned at the time, he had the confidence to train dogs himself.
The dog-owner relationship has evolved
In his early 30s he decided that dog walking would provide more steady income. He also realized that training was extra challenging because it was harder to train the dog owners than the dogs. When the training is over, it’s up to the owners to continue being disciplinarians. “Changing the behavior of the owners is extremely difficult,” he says.

When asked about how dog owners have changed, Stewart gets philosophical. Society, he says, is increasingly isolated. “So people get a dog and shower all their love on this dog because they’re not getting human interaction.” And the dog-owner relationship has also become much closer. In the 1960s, dogs stayed in a doghouse in the backyard. Now they sleep on the bed, he says.
And perhaps worst of all, he says many owners now have webcams in their apartments to monitor their pets. “It’s especially creepy when the owners talk to me through the webcams — ‘No, the leash is on the left!’” he says. 

Yet Stewart says all this pampering doesn’t even make dogs happier. They’re treated like kings and they think they’re kings, but then they don’t get to call the shots.  So he offers these tips:
5 ways to be a better dog owner
    Don’t allow pets in your bed.
    You eat first. “When you’re finished with your meal, then you feed your dogs. Believe me, that’s a clear sign to them,” he says.
    Don’t make a big deal out of coming and going. “Just leave. No treats or carrying on. Then there’s less of a big difference between you being there and you being gone.”
    Go out the door first when you’re walking with your dog to show who’s the boss.
    Ask yourself: Would you let your child get away with this?
He says the overall theme when dealing with your dog is: Be the alpha, because “dogs are not democratic.”But of course owners who are prone to pamper their pets are often willing to pay someone to walk them during the day. 
How much dog walkers can earn
Stewart says he could have grown his business into “a dog walking empire.” But he says “there’s a tipping point — where you manage people more and dogs less — and that’s not what I signed up for.”

He now has three employees who walk dogs for him, and he doesn’t plan to hire any more. He pays them a salary instead of an hourly wage and often works with them. He charges customers $15 per walk — the going rate in Long Island City — and walks between 40 and 50 dogs every Monday through Friday, mostly between 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

He knows a solo dog walker in his neighborhood who makes $2,000 a week by working 35 to 40 hours a week. And he knows a dog walker with employees who makes $150,000 after paying his employees. And Stewart says he makes about $110,000 a year — after paying his expenses and employees — while working 25 hours a week. “It’s full-time time pay for part-time work. I think everyone would want that,” he says, adding, “I’m doing something that I love and I have time to go to school at night.”

He is taking writing classes at The New School and would like to write young adult novels, and he has an idea for a book called, “Advice from the dog pack,” which would cover things dogs have taught him that have helped him in life.

If any of his books make a lot of money, though, he says he would give it away. “Now you see why I’m good with dogs. I’m not all about the money,” he says.

What makes a good dog walker
    Be present. “If you’re texting, you don’t know if a dog is eating a chicken bone off the street,” he says.
    Like dogs. “They know if you don’t.”
    Pay attention to detail. “Know if a dog only likes to pee on grass,” for example.
    How you arrange a group of dogs is important. “You want the shy dogs on the outside and the troublemakers close. Like in school, when troublemakers are put in the front row.”

In the end, Stewart says dogs are like professional poker players. “In high stakes poker, the other players know if you have a good hand. Dogs are like that too. They just look at you.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Gira de Maná entre las más lucrativas en EEUU

La gira "Cama incendiada" de Maná es una de las más lucrativas del momento en Estados Unidos.
El grupo mexicano ha recaudado un promedio de 1,1 millones de dólares en cada ciudad por la que ha pasado y actualmente ocupa el décimo lugar de la lista, que encabezan los Rolling Stone con una recaudación promedio de 7,8 millones de dólares.
Violetta, personaje de Disney interpretado por la actriz y cantante argentina Martina Stoessel, y el superastro de la bachata Romeo Santos también figuran en la lista, en los puestos 14 y 15 respectivamente.

A continuación la lista de las 20 giras musicales, que incluye ingresos promedio de taquilla por ciudad y promedio de costo por boleto para conciertos en Estados Unidos y Canadá.

La lista se basa en información proporcionada a la publicación especializada Pollstar por promotores de conciertos y gerentes de locales. Todos los montos son en dólares.

1. The Rolling Stones; 7.788.380 dólares; 172,25 dólares.
2. Taylor Swift; 4.964.791; 113,08.
3. Kenny Chesney; 2.860.877; 89,45.
4. Fleetwood Mac; 2.578.927; 122,57.
5. Bette Midler; 1.400.546; 127,44.
6. Neil Diamond; 1.326.623; 100,76.
7. Ed Sheeran; 1.261.962; 64,63.
8. Rush; 1.248.474; 87,83.
9. Shania Twain; 1.187.202; 96,40.
10. Maná; 1.138.505; 101,43.
11. Herbert Grönemeyer; 1.120.146; 56,84.
12. Dave Matthews Band; 1.115.541; 58,16.
13. Phish; 1.109.401; 55,40.
14. Violetta; 1.085.801; 62,55.
15. Romeo Santos; 919.372; 85,25.
16. Nicki Minaj; 653.854; 45,00.
17. 5 Seconds Of Summer; 653.233; 52,46.
18. New Kids On The Block; 631.933; 60,01.
19. Mötley Crüe; 628.307; 70,57.
20. Mark Knopfler; 625.933; 72,62

Ganan bastante dinero pero tambien trabajan muy duro, solo complacer al publico es un gran reto, yo se porque pase por esa experiencia cuando quede finalista en el Festival de Vina del Mar Chile, ademas de muchos otros festivales como OTI Internacional.

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Friday, June 26, 2015


Victory for Gay Marriage!   The court ruled 5-4 that the Constitution's guarantees of due process and equal protection under the law mean that states cannot ban same-sex marriages. With the ruling, gay marriage will become legal in all 50 states.

Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing on behalf of the court, said that the hope of gay people intending to marry "is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization's oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right."

The ruling is the latest milestone in the gay rights movement in recent years. In 2010, Obama signed a law allowing gays to serve openly in the U.S. military. In 2013, the high court ruled unconstitutional a 1996 U.S. law that declared for the purposes of federal benefits marriage was defined as between one man and one woman.

Reaction came swiftly. President Barack Obama, the first sitting president to support gay marriage, said on Twitter, "Today is a big step in our march toward equality. Gay and lesbian couples now have the right to marry, just like anyone else."

Hillary Clinton, the front-runner for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, wrote on Twitter she was "proud to celebrate a historic victory for marriage equality." Until 2013, she had long said she was opposed to same-sex marriages, but said her view had since "evolved."

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush added, "Guided by my faith, I believe in traditional marriage. I believe the Supreme Court should have allowed the states to make this decision."

The decision follows rapid changes in attitudes and policies toward gay marriage in America. It was not until 2003 that the Supreme Court threw out state laws banning gay sex. And it was not until 2004 that the Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage. Gay marriage has gained increasing acceptance in opinion polls in recent years, particularly among younger Americans.


Sunday, June 14, 2015

Obama por cerrar Guantanamo Bay

El presidente estadounidense, Barack Obama tiene "autoridad unilateral" para devolver

la base naval de Guantanamo  a Cuba sin consultar al Congreso, afirmo un abogado
norteamericano que ha defendido presos en esa carcel, en una entrevista divulgada
en La Habana.

Obama ha dejado claro su intencion de cerrar la carcel de Guantanamo, que segun
Wilner "viola claramente los terminos" del tratado por el cual Estados Unidos obtuvo
el arrendamiento perpetuo de la base naval.

En enero, el portavoz de la Casa Blan, Josh Earnest, expreso que "el presidente piensa
realmente que la prision de la base de Guantanamo debe ser cerrada. Pero la base
naval no es algo que deseemos  cerrar.


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Clinton pide iniciativa al ciudadanía de inmigrantes

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Hillary Rodham Clinton se propone establecer desde ahora una distinción con los republicanos en materia de la inmigración no autorizada por considerar que el camino a la ciudadanía debe ser un elemento esencial de toda iniciativa en el Congreso.

Clinton sentó las bases de su agenda sobre inmigración el martes en su primera escala en Nevada desde que lanzó su campaña por la candidatura presencial demócrata. Después de años de demora en el Congreso, los hispanos y los activistas por un cambio en las políticas inmigratorias observan atentamente las declaraciones de la aspirante para determinar cómo podría destrabar la situación legislativa y ver si extenderá las acciones ejecutivas del presidente Barack Obama para levantar la amenaza de deportación a millones de inmigrantes sin autorización para residir en el país.

"Esperamos que tome realmente una iniciativa en ese asunto", expresó Clarissa Martínez de Castro, vicepresidenta del Consejo Nacional de La Raza.
Clinton ha respaldado la frustrada propuesta de Obama en procura de una reestructuración inmigratoria profunda, incluso una vía a la ciudadanía para los inmigrantes en situación irregular, y apoyó el anuncio presidencial del año pasado que detuvo las deportaciones para determinados inmigrantes.

La cuestión podría ser vital en la puja electoral del 2016. Obama recibió firme apoyo de los votantes hispanos en sus dos campañas presidenciales y la inmigración fue el punto débil del candidato republicano Mitt Romney, quien recibió solo el 27% del voto hispano en 2012 y que tuvo dificultades en estados clave como Florida, Colorado y Nevada donde los hispanos son influyentes.
Clinton se aprestaba a reunirse el 5 de mayo con jóvenes de la escuela secundaria de Rancho High en Las Vegas, donde 70% de los estudiantes son hispanos.

La campaña de la aspirante anticipó que hablará sobre la necesidad de ajustar el sistema inmigratorio para incluir "un camino pleno y equitativo a la ciudadanía" y que argumentará que la nación no debe aceptar propuestas que dejen a una población trabajadora en una situación de "segunda clase".

Muchos republicanos se han opuesto a un proyecto amplio que incluya el camino a la ciudadanía por considerar que toda reforma debe instrumentarse paulatinamente, empezando por una mayor seguridad fronteriza.

En una conferencia ante evangélicos hispanos la semana pasada, el ex gobernador floridano Jeb Bush, republicano, afirmó que los inmigrantes que viven sin autorización en el país deberían tener la oportunidad de legalizar su situación en determinadas circunstancias. Bush, que habla bien español y está casado con una mexicoestadounidense, especificó que esos inmigrantes debían pagar impuestos, trabajar y no recibir beneficios del gobierno.

El senador republicano Marco Rubio, cubanoestadounidense, trabajó en un proyecto de inmigración bipartidista fallido que propuso un largo camino a la ciudadanía para los inmigrantes sin autorización. La medida fue aprobada en el Senado pero fue bloqueada por los conservadores en la Cámara de Representantes.

Rubio ha dicho que el proyecto no tiene suficiente apoyo como para ser aprobado y que la reforma inmigratoria debería centrarse inicialmente en la seguridad fronteriza. El senador desea en última instancia crear un proceso que conduzca a la legalización y ciudadanía.

Mientras tanto, las órdenes ejecutivas de Obama pesan en el debate inmigratorio. Los aspirantes a la candidatura presidencial republicana han amenazado revocar las medidas ejecutivas, 1ue incluyeron la ampliación expansión de un programa que protege a los inmigrantes jóvenes de la deportación si fueron traídos ilegalmente cuando eran niños. Otra disposición amplió la protección a los padres de ciudadanos y residentes permanentes.

Veintiséis estados, incluida Nevada, han presentado demandas para bloquear el plan y un tribunal de apelaciones de Nueva Orleans escuchó las objeciones el mes pasado. Todavía no ha emitido un fallo.

Para Clinton, "la pregunta acuciante es si ella continuará las acciones ejecutivas", afirmó Marielena Hincapié, directora ejecutiva del Centro Nacional de Derecho Inmigratorio. Los activistas están pendientes de ver cómo la aspirante presidencial enfoca la inauguración de los centros de detención familiar de la Policía de Inmigración y Aduanas.

Clinton pasará el día en Nevada antes de iniciar una gira de recaudación de fondos de tres días en California. Nevada efectuará una votación adelantada en las primarias demócratas y ha sido un estado disputado en las últimas elecciones presidenciales. Clinton ganó las asambleas partidarias demócratas en ese estado, pero Obama sacó ligera ventaja en el número de delegados debido a su fuerza en las áreas rurales.
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