020316-Religious-pix-1Does God Cry?

A little girl once asked, “Mommy does

God cry?”

“Don’t be silly, God can’t cry baby,” her mother replied.

“But what about when He looks down from Heaven above

And sees all the people who needs His love?

And what about when He looks down and sees

The playground kids fall and scrape their knees?

Or how about Aunt Jane who can’t have baby girls or boys?

Or what about the poor kids who gets no Christmas toys?

Maybe God would cry if He lived with my friend Tommy.

Whose daddy beats and bruises him and his mommy.

Or maybe if He looked down and saw people being killed,

I think He’d surely have eyes that are tear filled.

But I think most of all, mommy, what would have made God cry,

Is when He looked down at the cross and watched His

baby die.”

The mother stood in silence as her eyes filled with tears,

For she knew her little girl was wise beyond her years.

Staring into deep blue eyes, the mother found courage to say,

“Yes baby girl, I think God looks down and cries every day.”

God Bless you and keep you safe in Jesus’ arms!

020316-roberto-nodalSe Amplian las relaciones Cubano-Francesas

Roberto A. Nodal

Acaba de concluir esta semana la visita oficial -hasta con honores militares- de Raúl Castro a París, y en la cual se ha reunido con François Hollande, reciprocando así la de este ultimo a Cuba –la primera de un presidente francés- en mayo de 2015, luego de la normalización de relaciones  entre Cuba y Estados Unidos.   Es asimismo la segunda de un primer mandatario cubano a Francia en 21 años, luego de la de su hermano Fidel, acontecida en 1995 y durante la cual se reunió con el entonces presidente François Miterrand.

Sin duda esta visita resulta importantisima para ambos paises y particularmente para Cuba dado la firma de un acuerdo por medio del cual se fija la cancelación de la deuda cubana -ascendiente a varios miles de millones- con el así denominado “Club de Paris” (un consorcio de paises acreedores europeos) y a la vez la creación de un fondo conjunto cubano-francés por un monto de 200 millones, y que contribuirá a facilitar futuros creditos internacionales a Cuba y a la vez impulsar las inversiones francesas en la isla así como la creación de nuevas infra-estructuras.  Es una cifra enorme si se tiene en cuenta que tan solo en 2014 las exportaciones de Francia a Cuba ascendieron a 180 millones. “Se ha desarrollado un clima y unas condiciones mas favorables para nuestras relaciones financieras en todas sus dimensiones,” ha señalado Raúl Castro en una comparecencia publica tras reunirse con Hollande.

Francia se ha convertido para Cuba en un aliado esencial en sus relaciones con la Unión Europea, las cuales se han caracterizado por sus frecuentes desavenencias y altibajos con Cuba, principalmente en cuanto al tema de los disidentes y los derechos humanos en la isla.   En esta visita, Hollande ha destacado el papel de La Habana como interlocutor importante para América Latina, haciendo referencia directa al papel constructivo jugado por Cuba en las recientes negociaciones entre las FARC y el gobierno colombiano y de la enorme influencia cubana en la zona.  De por sí Francia ha ido gradualmente expandiendo su esfera de influencia no solo en Cuba sino también en otros varios paises de Latinoamerica, y prueba de ello lo es no solo la visita de Castro ahora sino la planeada por Hollande para finales de febrero a Perú, Argentina y Uruguay.

A medida que Cuba se ha ido abriendo al mundo –quizás timidamente a veces- la presencia francesa en la isla caribeña parece haber ido gradualmente aumentando e inclusive hasta posiblemente sobrepasando la de sus otros socios europeos, como España cuya presencia en la isla, sobre todo en el sector turístico y hotelero, ha sido importantisima.   Quizás los franceses quieren apertrecharse en Cuba antes de que -luego del deshielo Estados Unidos-Cuba y una posible eliminación del embargo- las empresas  norteamericanas empiecen a cobrar fuerza y consolidarse en Cuba.

020316-business-pix-1Inventor of the Super Soaker Receives $72.9M in Unpaid Royalties From Hasbro

The Atlanta-based company behind the Super Soaker water gun and Nerf toy guns has been awarded nearly $73 million in royalties from toymaker Hasbro Inc., according to the law firm King & Spalding.

Johnson Research and Development Co. and founder Lonnie Johnson have been in a royalty dispute with Hasbro since February, when the company filed a claim against the giant toy company. According to King & Spalding, which along with the A. Leigh Baier P.C. law firm represented Johnson, Hasbro underpaid royalties for the Nerf line toys from 2007 to 2012.

“In the arbitration we got everything we asked for,” said Atlanta attorney Leigh Baier. “The arbitrator ruled totally in Lonnie’s favor.” The attorney also said Johnson “is very pleased” with the outcome.

Johnson could not be reached for comment Wednesday, nor could Pawtucket, RI.-based Hasbro.

The arbitration agreement resolves a 2001 inventors dispute in which Hasbro agreed to pay Johnson royalties for products covered by his Nerf line of toys, specifically the N-Strike and Dart Tag brands, King & Spalding attorney Ben Easterlin said.

In a separate breach of contract suit filed in U.S. District Court in Atlanta in February, Johnson accuses Hasbro of violating a 1996 agreement to pay him Super Soaker royalties of 2 percent for “three-dimensional products” based on the appearance of the toy and 1 percent for “two-dimensional visual representations.”

The suit says Hasbro sold water guns that were “visually similar and based upon the appearance of Super Soaker water guns that incorporate Johnson’s technology.” Johnson also wanted the court to force Hasbro to open its books to determine sales of Super Soaker products from 2006 to 2012.

Johnson, a nuclear engineer, Tuskegee University Ph.D. and former NASA scientist, founded his company in 1989. It was the same year he first licensed the Super Soaker, which generated more than $200 million in retail sales two years later, the company said. The toy was licensed to Larami Corp., which was later purchased by Hasbro.

Johnson holds more than 80 patents, with more than 20 pending, the company said, which said sales of the Super Soaker have approached nearly $1 billion.

As an Alabama high school senior, Johnson finished building a remote-controlled robot with a reel-to-reel tape player for a brain and jukebox solenoids controlling its pneumatic limbs, according to a 2008 profile in the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

After graduating from Tuskegee he joined the Air Force, worked at the Air Force Weapons Laboratory at Sandia, worked for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab on the Galileo mission to Jupiter and the Mars Observer project, among others. He also helped design the Cassini robot probe that flew 740 million miles to Saturn

.He moved to Atlanta in 1990 before his Super Soaker invention made him wealthy. His inventions have included rechargeable battery technology and thermodynamic energy conversion technology.

020316-roberto-ruiz-pix-2Super Bowl Preview: Carolina Panthers

The Carolina Panthers can win with a dominating defensive performance, or an equally dominating offensive performance. The Panthers can win with Thomas Davis and Luke Kuechly patrolling the field from sideline to sideline, or they can win with Cam Newton slinging the football to any spot on the field. What is scary is when they are winning with all of the above.

In the first half of the season Carolina was an undefeated 8-0, but they weren’t being viewed as the best team in their conference. They hadn’t yet lost, but it was only a matter of time. When they were 11-0, Neil Payne of fivethirtyeight.com (the brainchild of the famed Nate Silver) called them the worst team to ever be undefeated through eleven games, and it was hard to argue with him. Something changed entering their twelfth game though, and Cam Newton came to life. The defense had been winning games all year despite the streakiness of the offense. Yes, the Panthers finally lost a game, but they haven’t lost one since and nearly every performance has been as dominating as can be expected.

Newton is likely going to win the MVP award this year, and deservedly so. Despite all his naysayers (of which I am one), Newton has compiled a list of dominating performances, spectacular throws, and exciting runs. Does he celebrate every first down like he just won the Super Bowl? Yes and there has been a lot of celebrating this year. Does he make every touchdown seem like it was scored in the final, decisive second? Yes and there have also been a lot of those this year. Though grating, he has always had his comeuppance, especially when the scoreboard has shown zeroes, but not this year. 35 passing touchdowns, 10 rushing touchdowns, and 4,473 total yards against just 10 interceptions and 5 fumbles are stats that are fit for the Most Valuable Player of the NFL.

While Newton has been great since the calendar flipped to December, the defense has been great all year. Led by its devastating unit of linebackers, the defense swarms, pressures, and forces the opposing offense into making mistakes. Thomas Davis did break his arm in the NFC championship game, but the surgery was a success and he promises to play in the Super Bowl. How effective a linebacker can be with a cast on his arm is yet to be seen, but if he can play anywhere close to the all-pro level he usually does, Peyton Manning might want to consider retiring a game earlier than planned.

Like all Super Bowls, this game could go either way. It will come down to which defense can be more dominating. The Broncos defense definitely has a taller task in front of it, but they could easily be up to the challenge. Then again, Cam Newton could slice through this defense like he has so many others this season. When it really comes down to it though, who doesn’t like an underdog?

Broncos win 24-21.

020316-Deportes-pix-2Inicio difícil para Adelitas

Las Adelitas de Chihuahua/URN, tuvieron un difícil inicio de la temporada 2015 de la Liga Mexicana de Voleibol, al sólo obtener dos puntos, en tres partidos disputados este fin de semana.

Las acciones de las chihuahuenses, dirigidas por Gabriel Martínez, dieron comienzo en Córdoba, Veracruz. El viernes, su primer partido fue ante Cachanillas de Baja California.

Ahí, las Adelitas sucumbieron en cuatro sets, cayendo por parciales de 25-18, 25-22, 19-25 y 25-22.

En su segundo encuentro, las Adelitas ganaron también sólo un set. Perdieron los dos primeros 25-23 y 25-21, ganaron el tercero 25-22 y cayeron en el cuarto  25-16, esto ante las Cafeteras de Córdoba.

Finalmente, en contra de Icon de Nuevo León, las chihuahuenses fueron derrotadas en tres sets, por parciales de 25-17, 25-15 y 25-23.

En este tipo de competencia, se entregan puntos de acuerdo a cómo se desarrolló el encuentro. Si un equipo gana 3-0, se le dan cinco puntos, si gana 3-1, se le dan cuatro al ganador y uno al perdedor; una victoria 3-2 le da al ganador tres unidades y al perdedor le otorga dos.

Los Dorados no vieron acción en esta jornada, y será hasta la siguiente cuando comiencen su temporada.

020316-Deportes-pix-1Inicio destacado de Fraustro

En su primer torneo del año, el golfista chihuahuense Óscar Fraustro finaizó en la posición 27, dentro del Panamá Claro Championship, en la gira Web.com de la PGA.

Fraustro finalizó con tarjeta de 279 golpes, uno abajo de par. El ganador fue el estadounidense Ryan Armour que firmó tarjeta de 12 golpes abajo de par.

El chihuahuense abrió con ronda de 68 golpes, dos abajo de par, y mejoró en la segunda con 67 golpes; sin embargo, para su tercer día, tuvo una ronda complicada con 74 golpes, cuatro arriba de par.

En la cuarta ronda, Fraustro hizo un bogey en el segundo hoyo, pero se recuperó con birdies consecutivos en los hoyos tres y cuatro para finalizar sus primeros nueve con otros dos bogeys, en el sexto y en el noveno.

Logró el par de campo con un birdie en el hoyo 12, para así poder subir cinco posiciones con respecto al sábado.

“Rondas de 68-67-74-70 en el primer evento de la temporada. Muchas buenas sensaciones”, escribió el golfista de 33 años en su cuenta de Twitter.

El siguiente torneo de la gira Web.com de la PGA es el próximo fin de semana en Bogotá, Colombia, aunque Fraustro, como todos los golfistas, no participa absolutamente en todos los eventos del tour.

020316-mariella-pix-1“Hoy Wisconsin Today”

Por Mariella Godinez-Munoz

Hola amigos que tal soy Mariella Godinez-Munoz, Presentadora del programa de televisión “Hoy Wisconsin Today”,   un placer que lean mi reportaje esta semana, en esta oportunidad les cuento que tuve el placer de entrevistar a la abogada Verona Swanigan de la ciudad de Milwaukee.

La abogada Swanigan nos cuenta que esta corriendo sucampaña política para ser la futura Abogada del Distrito del Condado de Milwaukee.  Una de la razones mas importante nosdice es “para ayudar a las minorías, por ejemplo como a los hispanos, ya que ella es bilingüe y vivió en Veracruz México y conoce las necesidades de nuestra gente y además habla español con fluidez”.

Nos dice también que el Condado de Milwaukee esta enfrentado cambios históricos. La violencia está separando nuestros vecindarios. Hay un record muy alto de homicidios y tiroteos que han hecho que Milwaukee sea una de las ciudades más peligrosas de América. Si esta crisis continua está amenazando  la economía de nuestro condado de Milwaukee, yaque se trataran de estirar las leyes y recursos económicos hasta sus límites.

​Es por eso que la abogada nos dice que: “El Condado de Milwaukee necesita un Abogado del Distrito con un buen plan para asegurar a nuestra comunidad, sacar a los criminales y asesinos fuera de las calles. Crear una forma mas eficiente y veloz en persecusiones, mejor manejo de operaciones de la oficina,  crear un mejor ambiente y seguro para las familias.”Ella nos dice que tiene mucha experiencia y destrezas, queaprendió trabajando para la oficina del DA.  Nació y se crio en el Condado de Milwaukee, atendió una escuela católica y John Marshall High School, graduándose con honores. 

Tiene práctica Criminal, Familiar y Leyes  Civiles, y tiene licencia para practicar en Cinco estados. Su experiencia como oficial de libertad condicional y probatoria le ha dado una idea del problema que están enfrentado nuestras prisiones y las cárceles.

La oficina del DA nos dice: “toca la vida de muchos individuos: victimas, criminales, abusadores, familias, y pagadores de  impuestos. Deberia por eso ser igual y unida al en asegurar el cumplimiento de  nuestras leyes judiciales y legales.

Finalmente, dice que ha vivido en la ciudad de Milwaukee y entiende la dinámica y dificultades de nuestros problemas, dice quesabe que la comunidad es muy diversa y que incluyen variasculturas como afroamericanas, asiáticos y culturas hispanas.

La Abogada Verona Swanigan pide por su apoyo y voto en laselecciones de agosto del 2016, Candidata del Partido Demócrata para DA, y dice que trabajara fuerte para merecer su Voto.

Asi que recuerde que su voto cuenta y que usted tiene el derechode estar informado y saber quienes son los candidatos y comopueden beneficiar a nuestra comunidad.

Para ver la entrevista completa pueden verla a través de www.watertowntv.com, hagan clic “On Demand”, o pueden verla a través de nuestro canal de Youtube, y si gustas ver mi programa por televisión los puedes hacer por canal 895 y 992 por cable o chárter en tu ciudad local, Lunes 9am, Viernes 11am y 6pm y sábados 10am y 430pm. Muypronto estaremos anunciando programación en MundoMax Canal 38. Recuerden que si tienen algún tema o historia me puedenescribir a jaicproductionsllc@gmail.com ! Hasta la Próxima!

takingsidesWisconsin Working Families Party Could Face Legal Challenge for Late Filing

The political season brings with it many opportunities and many challenges.  So when groups show up in the African-American and Latino communities in Milwaukee to announce they’re going to be organizing to run candidates under a “fusion voting” model and seeking political alliances with communities to get candidates they endorse elected, these groups should be vetted, and they should be familiar with state laws regulating their political activities—especially laws that relate to finances being obtained or spent.

Wisconsin State Legislature Chapter 11 Campaign Financing

11.05 Registration of political committees, groups and individuals

Committees and groups. Except as provided in s. 9.10 (2) (d), every committee other than a personal campaign committee which makes or accepts contributions, incurs obligations, or makes disbursements in a calendar year in an aggregate amount in excess of $300, and every political group subject to registration under s. 11.23 shall file a statement with the appropriate filing officer giving the information required by sub. (3). In the case of any committee other than a personal campaign committee, the statement shall be filed by the treasurer. A personal campaign committee shall register under sub. (2g) or (2r).

On July 15, 2015, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel announced that the Working Families Party was going to start a chapter here in Wisconsin. On July 31st, the Wisconsin Working Families Party (WWFP) announced that Sup. Marina Dimitrijevic was stepping down as Chairwoman of the Milwaukee County Board to become State Director of WiWFP. On October 20, 2015, the WWFP officially opened their headquarters in Milwaukee by throwing a “big party,” which asked party goers to purchase tickets at $50 and $25 or to become a “sustainer” by making donations on a monthly basis to Wisconsin Working Families Party and then they would receive a ticket for “free.”  Donations have been available on the WWFP website in denominations ranging from $3 to unlimited since the website was active.

With all of the WWFP activity that we know of, it is impossible to believe that during the period from which it was announced that the WWFP, which launched on July 15, 2015, and stayed active through December 31, 2015, did not accept contributions, incur obligations, or make disbursements in an aggregate amount in excess of $300, which requires the WWFP to submit their Campaign Registration Statement in 2015 and file a campaign finance report by January 15, 2016.

The law allows for WWFP to not have to report who their contributors and donors are as an independent expenditure committee, which they did not file until January 20, 2016; however, the law is very clear that WWFP should have reported their expenditures once they received, spent, or incurred obligations of $300 or more.

By not filing their Campaign Registration Statement in 2015 and subsequently their campaign finance report, in particular the 2016 January Continuing Report, they appear to have violated Wisconsin State Election Law, unless they did not “receive, spend, or obligate” $300 or more.

Even if everything the WWFP had received or given away was donated, those donations would be considered as “In-kind” donations and would require WWFP to file their Campaign Registration Statement after the $300 threshold in 2015, thus triggering submissions for a campaign finance report.

WWFP is not being transparent

WWFP made transparency one of their main objectives, especially as they contrasted themselves to Gov. Scott Walker and Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele. However, to date, WWFP has proven to be less transparent than Walker and Abele. At least the Governor and the Milwaukee County Executive filed their campaign finance reports.

At the very least, WWFP appears to be intentionally delaying reporting where their funds have been spent until after this upcoming election cycle, as reports do allow for amendments to correct “mistakes.”

Once again, does this not warrant some kind of investigation?

020316-entertainment-pix-1Vandalizan estrella de Trump en Hollywood con símbolo nazi

El portal estadounidense con información política The Hill publicó el lunes una imagen con la estrella de Hollywood otorgada al magnate y precandidato republicano Donald Trump que ha sido pintada con una esvástica, símbolo relacionado con la Alemania nazi.

La estrella se encuentra ubicada  en el Paseo de la Fama de Hollywood, que le fue otorgada a Trump por su participación como conductor en un programa de reality.

La esvástica fue realizada con aerosol negro y la Cámara de Comercio de Hollywood ya ha ordenado su limpieza.

Trump ha generado una fuerte polarización entre la sociedad estadounidense debido a sus declaraciones contra migrantes, musulmanes y mujeres, dentro de su estrategia de campaña.