Cockfighting is illegal in 49 states and it's a federal crime to sell depictions of animal cruelty. But Advanced Consulting and Marketing webcasts its cockfights from Puerto Rico, where it's legal, and the company claims, the federal law is violation of its First Amendment rights, The New York Times reports. The question of whether the First Amendment allows the government to ban depictions of illegal conduct, as opposed to the conduct itself, is a difficult one, legal experts said. "We believe firmly that broadcasting and selling legal cockfighting over the Internet is not a crime,” said David O. Markus, a lawyer for the company, which runs the site www.toughsportslive.com. "As bullfighting is part of Spanish culture and as violent human fighting is part of our culture, cockfighting is part of Puerto Rican culture." A Virginia man who was sentenced to three years for selling videotapes of dog fights is also challenging the law, which makes it a crime to sell depictions of … [Read more...] about Cockfighting webcasters challenge law against depictions of Internet cruelty
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Medtronic, which supplies about half of the world’s pacemakers, recently announced that the company is investing $5 million for a second facility in Puerto Rico. Baxter, another medical products giant, employs 4,000 people in its plants across the island. Why are many of the world’s biggest medical device companies investing millions on this island—a U.S. jurisdiction with a foreign-like tax structure? According to Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company (PRIDCO), a government economic development branch, more than $5 billion in shipments of medical devices leave Puerto Rico each year. The government recently enacted Law 73, which provides up to a 50 percent tax credit of qualified research and development expenses for developing new technologies. After last month’s AdvaMed 2010: The Medtech Conference in Washington, I talked with Victor Merced, the PRIDCO’s business development officer for Life Sciences, to learn why the medical device industry … [Read more...] about Why do medical companies want to do business in Puerto Rico?
The telescope is one of humankind's most important inventions. The simple device that made far away things look near gave observers a new perspective. When curious men pointed the spyglass toward the sky, our view of Earth and our place in the universe changed forever. But who invented the telescope? The answer remains a mystery today. It was probably inevitable that as glassmaking and lens-grinding techniques improved in the late 1500s, someone would hold up two lenses and discovered what they could do. The first person to apply for a patent for a telescope was a Dutch eyeglass maker named Hans Lippershey (or Lipperhey). In 1608, Lippershey laid claim to a device that could magnify objects three times. His telescope had a concave eyepiece aligned with a convex objective lens. One story goes that he got the idea for his design after observing two children in his shop holding up two lenses that made a distant weather vane appear close. Others charged at the time that he stole the … [Read more...] about Who Invented the Telescope?
This story originally ran on Digital Trends Español — the Spanish-language version of the site you know and love. Puerto Rican, empanada enthusiast (above all, cheese, and preferably her mother’s), iPhone freak, and deep-rooted writer, Alexis Tirado is many things. She’s also an emerging leader of the digital space for Latinos in the United States as Editorial Director for The Flama, Univision’s take on Buzzfeed.“My mom is from El Salvador and my dad is from Puerto Rico. I identify more with my Puerto Rican side because I grew up with my dad’s side of the family,” Alexis told Digital Trends Español. “My father’s family was one of the first Latino families in Washington Heights.”“Media is tough … and you have to be a heroine.”Alexis embraces her Latin heritage from all angles. She’s also one of the most prominent voices speaking for Hispanic millennials — with a lot … [Read more...] about Meet Alexis Tirado, the young Latina carrying the flame of Hispanic Millennials
At a software development facility in Bangalore, trainer Saparna Jain is filming a conversation among Indian software engineers that she will play back to them with tips for improvement."Indians often do not look others in the eye, and that is often misunderstood by their customers or colleagues abroad as a lack of interest in the conversation," said Jain, who runs TrainCraft, which trains software staff on "soft skills," such as communicating effectively with colleagues and customers in the U.S., the U.K., and other countries.Although these software professionals have been educated in English, their native tongue still has a strong influence on the way they write and speak English, according to Balakrishna Jayasimha, behavioral consultant and founder of Wynnwood Consultants in Bangalore. "They are usually translating from the mother tongue into English, when they speak or write," he said.Wynnwood and TrainCraft are two of a growing number of such training outfits in Bangalore. Their … [Read more...] about Cultural training moves offshore
"Just because they're hispanic, doesn't mean they eat tacos," said Stephanie Ramirez, social media manager at Univision's online network for Hispanic millennials, Flama. Ramirez was the opening keynote speaker at the Social Media Strategies Summit in New York City.It's a point that speaks to the importance of cultural intelligence, a concept Ramirez and Univision leaned on heavily when creating a social media strategy to support their new product. In short, Flama, is an online destination for hispanic millennials comprised of short-form videos housed on YouTube, which launched in April. When targeting this particular demographic, Ramirez said the key was keeping in mind that their ideal audience is not just an ethnic group - they're young people, many of whom grew up bilingual and bi-cultural. Ramirez also said that this particular demographic spends more than 8 hours per month watching online videos, which is about 100 more minutes a month that the average American customer. Basing … [Read more...] about Univision explains how to use ‘cultural intelligence’ to power social media strategy
After a successful second developer conference in January, Google is pushing forward with development on its modular smartphone concept, Project Ara.Essentially, Project Ara is a smartphone platform that would allow users to upgrade or customize individual parts of the phone without having to purchase a new phone. So, you'd be able to upgrade your camera or processor by switching it out with a new module. Google's Advanced Technology & Projects (ATAP) group is leading the project, which was officially announced in late 2013, with its first developer conference announced in early 2014. The second developer conference for Ara took place in January 2015. "In January, we had our second developers conference, put out the 0.2 release of the Ara Module Developers Kit (MDK), and showed the Spiral 2 prototype devices to our developer community," said Paul Eremenko, Technical Project Lead for Project Ara. "Throughout 2015, we will continue to focus on building a vibrant developer ecosystem … [Read more...] about Google moonshot Project Ara moves forward with additional DevCon and market pilot
Joseline Hernandez and Stevie J are the most entertaining couple of VH1. During an interview with V100.7’s Reggie Brown, Stevie shocked everyone when he confessed that he is married to the Puerto Rican Princess, Joseline Hernandez. Get the Free Tracker App to find a Luvabella in Stock He acknowledged this fact only when Brown probed him regarding the authenticity of his marriage with Joseline. “Yeah it’s all real,” he said. While people were still digesting this news, he dropped another bomb, telling everyone that very soon a new member will be added to their family. They are going to bring a baby into this world. Stevie added, “We got a new addition with the family too, but I don’t want to say too much, you know? We’re extending the Jordan family if you understand what I mean.”Speculations regarding the pregnancy of Joseline began earlier this year. In addition to this he said that they are also extending the Jordan family. When … [Read more...] about Joseline Hernandez Is Expecting Her First Child With Stevie J
In an interview with Alberto Bacó-Bagué, Secretary of the Department of Economic Development and Commerce in the Government of Puerto Rico, we discussed why officials turned to LinkedIn as their primary platform to build a hub for entrepreneurs and to foster innovation across the country—all in an effort to address their larger economic challenges. Get the Free Tracker App to find a Nintendo Switch in Stock Rahim Kanani: What are the most critical economic and social challenges facing Puerto Rico today?Alberto Bacó-Bagué: It’s no secret that Puerto Rico is facing some serious economic and social challenges. Though we boast a highly educated, skilled, and bilingual population, our labor force participation has been decreasing. The island’s highly skilled Puerto Rican graduates in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) disciplines are in high demand by top U.S. recruiters. Because of this, educated Puerto Ricans are leaving our … [Read more...] about Puerto Rico Harnesses LinkedIn To Drive Economic Progress
Sometimes father does know best. At least that is what the entrepreneurs we asked had to say. Whether it was their strong work ethic, their never-give-up attitude or their advice to just believe in yourself, these Dads inspired their children to become the successful people they are today. My Dad was definitely the inspiration for starting my own business. My "Papi" came from Mexico when he was in his 20's after meeting my mother, falling in love and retiring from bullfighting. He married, had five children and a mortgage when he decided to open his first jewelry store. He has also proven himself to be a "risk taker" facing bulls in the ring, as an immigrant starting a new life in a new country, and as an entrepreneur with lots to risk. Yes, he has always taken the bulls by the horns and moved forward without fear.-- Darlene Tenes, CasaQ My dad was self-employed for as long as I can remember. He taught me at a very young age that anything is possible -- you just need to work hard and … [Read more...] about Father Knew Best: Entrepreneurs Tell How Dad Inspired Them