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How to save your own life during a heart attack

What you do during a heart attack can mean the difference between life and death. If you're having a heart attack and there is no one there to perform CPR on you, do the following:

· Immediately take a deep breath and cough twice, as hard as you can.

· Wait a couple of seconds, take another deep breath, and again cough twice. This will contract your diaphragm and compress the heart, causing it to pump.

· Call 911

This is a simple form of self CPR.

· Keep repeating the process until your heart begins to beat normally (or until help arrives).

· Once your heart has stabilized, chew and swallow one aspirin

· Take two cayenne pepper capsules or a table spoon of Tabasco sauce.

Aspirin will thin your blood and prevent platelets from sticking. Tabasco or cayenne will dilate your blood vessels so that blood can flow freely.

This a simple technique that can dramatically increase your chances of survival.


Are you or someone you know afflicted by a stroke? See here
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...there is even a serious possibility that some cases of Alzheimer's may be mis-diagnosed cases of Creutzfeld-Jakob disease-and the discouraging and dramatic rise in Alzheimer's cases in recent years might be a symptom of the already widespread effects of Mad Cow in humans. Keep reading
Election 2004
IMMIGRATION REFORM. Reality or fiction? Keep reading
Invest in Spain
Today Spain is the sixth largest manufacturer in the world and the third in Europe, ahead of the UK and Italy, and just behind Germany and France. Keep reading
Mayor Martin O’Malley’s 3rd Annual MINORITY AND WOMEN’S BUSINESS OUTREACH FAIR “Navigating the City’s Procurement Maze” Monday, April 5, 2004
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon Keep reading

Club Perú of Maryland has CANCELLED its 28th anniversary ball. Call Luis Goicochea (410) 529-3391 for further info.

Dear Roberto:
Couple of days ago, I was on the Rush Limbaugh Radio Program. Keep reading
about an immigrant's success story

Chef Tomás SanzPatrick's of Cockeysville has a Spanish Week from March 30 to April 4, 2004.
Join Chef Tomás Sanz for some of the most delicious Spanish food in Baltimore. Four Course complete dinner, $21.95. 550 Cranbrook Road at the Cranbrook Shopping Center in Cockeysville. Reservations 410-683-0604

El terrorismo global amenaza cualquier lugar del planeta y la vía de la fuerza como único camino para intentar lograr finalmente la paz, se está revelando como un camino que no lleva a ningún sitio.
Siga leyendo

5th Annual Women in Business Conference on April 1, 2004 at the Bethesda Marriott Hotel Keep reading

Testimonio de la Casa de España y el Club Andalucía de Maryland por las víctimas del 11-M en Madrid.
Fotos del acontecimiento se enviarán a Madrid para colocarse en la estación de Atocha con todos los demás símbolos de respeto a las víctimas. Siga leyendo
Y Vean aquí imágenes del funeral en Madrid por las víctimas del atentado

Songs of Cuba, Silenced in America Keep reading

The persistent inflow of Hispanic immigrants threatens to divide the United States into two peoples, two cultures, and two languages. So says a Harvard professor with evident biases and not a small dose of xenophobia. Keep reading and let us have your impressions.

Maria WelchMaria Welch, CEO of Respira Medical and a director of the Baltimore Hispanic Chamber of Commerce named one of the Top 100 Women in Maryland. Keep reading

Luis Borunda named Bush-Cheney ' 04 campaign Coalitions Chairman in Maryland. The coalitions range from Hispanics to Sports Fisherman to Democrats for Bush and a host of other coalitions.

Flamenco! at the Warehouse Theater in Washington.
Anna Menéndez, Edwin Aparicio, and Richard Marlow, featuring from Spain "La Truco" and from California, singer Jesus Montoya. Keep reading

Baltimore Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in the limelight. Keep reading

Prime Minister Zapatero of SpainThe opposition socialist party wins in Spain. Prime Minister-elect José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero had only scathing criticism for the American-led war against Iraq, which his party, like 90 percent of the Spanish people, opposed Keep reading

Ataques terroristas en Madrid. Siga leyendo

"As a proud Spaniard and American I have been affected tremendously by the recent attacks on Madrid's subway system. In every sense, this is Spain's 9/11." Keep reading

Hispanic Republican leader says he doubts black lawmakers legally can broker a deal to secure ownership of two proposed slot-machine emporiums, but adds that Hispanics also might be interested in casino ownership. Keep reading

The Maryland Republican Party begins the 2004 campaign
. Our own Luis Borunda addresses the audience. Keep reading

TEATRO DE LA LUNA presenta PARAGUAY CANTA en la voz de LIZZA BOGADO "el sentimiento de un pueblo en el talento de una gran intérprete" Siga leyendo

Luis GutierrezFiesta de Aniversario of the Hispanic Business Association of Baltimore is a huge success. Keep reading

Sports. I would like you to pass the word.
Aura 410-732-0214 through Diaz sports is trying to form an all hispanic team (9 players) for peewee little league 5 years & up. Registration is March 8th. Robert Rodriguez 443-722-7658 is trying to form cub scouts for the hispanic boys.

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Coloquio encourages letters to the editor. Please email us your comments
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The Sign ManESTIMADO JAVIER:
DESDE CASA DE CAMPO, LA ROMANA, REPUBLICA DOMINICANA, NOS UNIMOS A TI, TU ESPOSA Y TODOS LOS BUENOS AMIGOS DE LA PENINSULA IBERICA POR EL DESASTRE TERRORISTA Y CRIMINAL OCURRIDO EN EL BELLO MADRID EL 11 DE MARZO DEL 2004. NUNCA PODRAN SER OLVIDADOS LAS VICTIMAS Y SUS FAMILIARES. RECIBE UN FUERTE ABRAZO,
PEDRO PABLO E ISABEL PURCELL
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Hola Javier
La lealtad de España, nuestro aliado. Cuando los Estados Unidos decidieron denunciar e invadir Iraq, el gobierno de España respondió como un pueblo aliado, debilitando con ello su posición política interna y dañando al mismo tiempo los lazos de unión de España con el bloque de sus vecinos europeos.
La guerra en Iraq fue una victoria militar brillante para los Estados Unidos, pero:
1 .- No se han encontrado pruebas para justificar la invasión
2.- La pacificación del país vencido es cada día mas difícil, por no decir un
fracaso.
3.- El antagonismo de los iraquíes hacia la fuerza de ocupación norteamericana ha llegado a un nivel de rebelión.
En este panorama trágico las Naciones Unidas se han ofrecido a pacificar a Iraq
pero bajo la dirección de la Naciones Unidas, no de los Estados Unidos...
Estudiando la oferta, España considera lógico que se le den la responsabilidad y la autoridad de la ocupación de Iraq a las Naciones Unidas. Esto es contrario a la
posición Norteamericana de que los países deben ayudar a reconstruir Iraq, con
dinero o con hombres, pero siempre bajo la autoridad Americana.
Resumiendo. 1.- España cree que para el bien de todos, las Naciones Unidas deben tomar la responsabilidad y la autoridad de pacificar y reconstruir Iraq Si este plan no es aceptado, los Españoles retiran su apoyo político y se llevan a su ejercito.
Esto parece claro y directo, sin embargo todo lo que se escucha es que España
retira a sus tropas de Iraq. La retirada de las tropas españolas es condicional. No
falta de lealtad.
Pepe Herrera
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Mil gracias por matenerte al tanto de nuestras noticias y además ponerlas a nuestro immediato acceso. Buen Día,
Nestor Cardona
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Estimado Javier,
soy un venezolano que estuve viviendo en Baltimore por un tiempo y tuve que regresar hace cosa de cuatro años, conocí al amigo Beltrán Navarro (Q.E.P.D.) personalmente y a pesar de lo que dicen muchos para mi fue una excelente persona y un gran apoyo. Solo me queda felicitarlo por su website y por mantenerme informado de lo que pasa en Baltimore que aunque por muy poco tiempo, fue mi hogar, muchos saludos y siga adelante!.
José Rafael Zambrano
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Hello Javier,
I want you to be one of the first to know and would like for you to publish in coloquio the following story: Open Tech Systems will soon be moving their software development office to 1813 Aliceanna Street in Baltimore City, we are excited to bring a new Hispanic business to Baltimore.
Open Tech Systems is a Hispanic owned software development and integration company with over 10 years of experience in systems and application development, high quality web design and business software solutions. We analyze, consult, design, implement and provide support services that satisfies the needs of the customer. We have developed a new portal that we believe with your support can contribute to Baltimore's technology economy. We welcome you and your wonderful online magazine, this is your portal.
Thanks,
Raymond Perales, President
Open Tech Systems
www.opentechsystems.net
ray@opentechsystems.net
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Hola Javier!
Me encanta tu website! Especialmente el parte sobre Iraq... Que horror!
Thanks for keeping us updated. I hope to see you soon. You are a great guy and a good singer. ;-)
Ramín Rad
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Hola tio:
En primer lugar decirte que estamos profundamente doloridos. Hemos sufrido el ataque más tremendo que hemos conocido muchas generaciones de este país. Nos han robado de cuajo 200 vidas, 1500 personas heridas por dentro y por fuera y casi 45 millones de personas desoladas y llorando sin consuelo. Estamos muy muy tristes tío, esto ha sido tremendo, nos hemos dado cuenta de lo frágiles que somos.
Bien en medio de todo ese dolor, este país ha votado y Dios mio ¡como ha votado!. Ha castigado "la mentira", la "prepotencia", la "soberbia", pero no solo ha castigado, también ha premiado la "mesura", el "estoicismo" (Dios santo vaya cantidad de palos ha recibido Zapatero en estos 3 años en los que ha intentado hacerse un líder y desacerse de todos los "san benitos" que le dejaron sus mayores, algunos de ellos unos auténticos sinvergüenzas).
Por eso tío, no creas a los que digan que Zapatero ha ganado gracias a los muertos. Los que dicen eso son unos miserables y unos canallas y te aseguro que ya lo insinúan en algunos periódicos y emisoras de este país.
Zapatero ha ganado (y es mi humilde análisis, aunque de algo me tiene que servir mi licenciatura en Sociología Política), porque ha demostrado que ha sabido "parar" con dignididad y señorío los ataques inhumanos que ha recibido, sobre todo en los últimos meses (desde el tripartito catalán, esto ha sido increíble). Pero sobre todo ha ganado porque ha sido capaz de movilizar a un electorado cercano al millón y medio de personas que son votantes naturales del "centro-izquierda" y que les habían castigado a ellos en el 96 y en 2000 sobre todo y que ahora castigan al PP, y además a ese electorado lo tengo en casa; tu sobrino en el 2000 votó PP porque estaba avergonzado del comportamiento ético del PSOE, yo lo siento tío, pero desde que me salieron los dientes tengo claro qué opciones políticas quiero para mi país y siempre he votado socialista.
Y que conste que a mí me han hecho llorar y gritar de rabia toda su "mierda", pero no puedo, ni he podido, ni podré apoyar a la Derecha. Se me "abren las carnes". Lo único que le pido al PSOE es que no se le ocurra volver a decepcionarme, que no se lo pienso permitir, y creo que como yo pensamos más del 90% de los que les hemos votado.
Y por supuesto le pido, que no mienta, que intente cumplir la mayoría de sus promesas, que no entre en el gobierno como un "elefante en una cacharreria", que respete lo que está bien hecho y rectifique lo que está mal hecho, que mejore nuestra política exterior, que se "arrime" a los paises de nuestro entorno, que luche por la desaparición de la injusticias en España y en el resto del mundo, que anime a todos los paises a que luchemos contra el hambre, la miseria, el sida, etc. Que por favor contribuya a no crear más fanáticos en el mundo que quieran matarnos a todos porque sus vidas no valen nada. Tenemos entre todos que hacer que este mundo encuentre la justicia y por tanto la paz. Sin justicia social, sin reparto equitativo de la riqueza, sin cultura, sin educación estaremos "cultivando" fanatismos. En fin después de este rollo, darte un beso muy fuerte, decirte que me ha encantado recibir tu mail, y desearos a tí y tu familia que tengais salud y amor que es lo más importante del mundo. BESOTES de parte de Nacho, Macarena y Jorge, y por supuesto mío.
Tu sobrino
Nacho
(Nota del editor: Nacho, hijo de mi hermano Ignacio, es Cirujano Cardiovascular en Madrid)
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Dear Javier,
On behalf of Centro's Board of Directors, staff, volunteers, and especially the people we serve, my deepest sympathy to you and your countrymen, both here and in Spain. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to
help. Sincerely,
Carmen Nieves
Centro de la Comunidad
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Querido Javier: Quiero darte mi más sentido pésame at ti y a toda la comunidad Española en Maryland por la gran tragedia en Madrid. También estoy pensando en que forma nosotros, que estamos aqui, como podemos en ayudar con contribuciones a los sobrevivientes y damnificados de este horroroso acto contra hermanos Hispananos y nuestra "madre patria." Tu amigo
Bill Stagg
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Javier, espero que no tengais familia en residencia en Madrid- afortunadamente mis amistades y parientes también están lejos, sin embargo esta matanza humana nos llena de dolor a todos y nos unimos a la voz suplicante del mundo que clama paz y ora por que los ciudadanos de este mundo recuperen sus cualidades humanas y la madre patria vuelva a ser la España de charanga y panderetas.
Eva-Angela Adan
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Hola Javier, thanks for the updates! What sad times we're in! Here's hoping you and your's are all ok! Till soon,
Ana Zigel
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Javier:
Es con inmenso pesar que Ana María y yo hemos recibido la atrocidad en Madrid, señal de cuán confundidos estamos en este mundo que, al parecer, se ha vuelto inhóspito. Lo sentimos por las inocentes víctimas, sus familiares, por Madrid, por España, por tanta gente de múltiples países latinoamericanos y de otro origen que murieron o fueron heridos en tan cruel acto. Pero lo sentimos por el género humano todo que está llamado a reflexionar sobre los caminos andados hasta hoy para corregir los errores que, de algún modo, pueden ayudar a comprender - si ello es posible - tanto desprecio de la vida humana. Creo que este horror como otros anteriores son un llamado no sólo a la justicia sino también a una manera de vivir más justa, más pacífica, más digna de nuestra hoy herida condición humana.
Nuestro abrazo a tí es también para España toda y para el mundo.
Enrique y Ana María Codas
ecodas@ssw.umaryland.edu
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Javier,
Although I get 200 messages a day, I always read Coloquio. It's interesting.
Regards,
Charles Stansfield
N. Bethesda, MD
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To all members of the Baltimore Hispanic Chamber of Commerce:
By now we have all heard of the 3/11 terrorist attack in Madrid, Spain. Below is a message that unfortunately got to me a bit too late about a silent demonstration outside the Spanish Embassy in DC. It is too late to join that demonstration, which is currently underway. Let us not forget, however, that we have Spaniards in the BHCC community whose families and loved ones are suffering personally from this tragedy. Particularly those from Madrid who feel this in the same way the New Yorkers felt about 9/11. As many of you know, Cristina Mosby and Javier Bustamante are Spaniards, and we extend our deepest condolences to Cristina, Javier and the people close to them in Spain. I believe Javier is from another part of Spain, but Cristina's family is in Madrid. Cristina met her husband Anthony in Madrid, and they lived there for some time.
This tragedy touches the Mosbys and the Bustamantes in a profound way. Please join me in taking a moment from our busy lives today to silently acknowledge the 3/11 tragedy and join me in in our message of solidarity with these folks and their families.
Roberto N. Allen
President, Baltimore Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

The editor responds:
Roberto,
I, and I'm sure Cristina, deeply appreciate your thoughful comments and show of solidarity with us, our families and the Spanish population as a whole. The terrorist blow was horrible and it has affected Spain deeply. See www.coloquio.com where I have compiled some of the incredibly graphical evidence of the catastrophe. But among those wrenching photographs there are letters of hope, human understanding and faith in humanity. Spaniards answered the horror with strength, solidarity and hope.
Thanks to you and all members of the chamber who have us in their thoughts
Javier
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Querido Javier:
Nos apena profundamente la tragedia de España.
Es para mi también un dolor personal, porque mi padre adoptivo nació en Madrid. Puedan las víctimas hacerle frente a la tragedia con resignación y valentía y pueda la justicia castigar a los culpables
Un abrazo,
Pepe Herrera
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Estimado Javier:
I must point out an editorial oversight on your part which comes from your obvious pro Kerry stance. While Hispanic Republicans of Maryland (HRM) appreciate your "inclusiveness" in the reporting of Republican events in Coloquio.com I must point out the left handed reporting of the Bush-Cheney event has not gone unnoticed.
Your glowing report of Kerry's support by Hispanics, and I quote:
"Senator John Kerry is endorsed by Hispanics in Maryland.
The Small Hispanic Business Women and their leader Maria Welch have taken the initiave to gather the Hispanic community behind Senator John Kerry (highlight mine). Behind them, the community is rallying to support the senator and bring about the defeat of the Republican administration of George Bush. "
was marginalized by your reporting critique of the Bush-Cheney event, and I quote:
"The Maryland Republican Party begins the 2004 campaign
With the presence of the Lieutenant Governor Steele, the Chairman of the MD Republican Party, John Kane and national, state and local representatives, the MD GOP began to excite the faithful with harangues by various party leaders among which was our own Luis Borunda "(highlight mine).
My concern is obvious when compared side by side that while Democrats "take initiative" you describe Republican initiative as "harangues". Mr. Bustamante, you are bigger than this and you are fairer than this type of reporting style would indicate. So it is without apology that I write this to help adjust your style, no I take that back...I am writing this to "harangue" you.
Luis E. Borunda
601 Alluvion Street
Baltimore, MD 21230
p 410.685.3700 f 410.685.3706

Editor's Note: Touché. It is, of course very difficult to adjust one's style. Good, constructive criticism however, is always we welcome at coloquio.com. So, please keep those cards and letters coming in, folks. We'll strive to do better. And to prove it we are pleased to link to this very positive article on Maryland Hispanics and the GOP. Keep reading
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Javier,
Gracias! I'm glad to see this newsletter! I just wish my Spanish were better so I can answer back en Espanol. Tony is in my district and I'm doing the sign thing for him at the polling places. Please keep me on your list!
Mary Tung, President
Howard County Professional Republican Association
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Mr. Bustamante:
I enjoy keeping up with what's happening in Maryland. I thought you might be interested in linking to my article on grassroots advocacy printed in English and Spanish in The Latino Messenger (pdf file attached) and available online at www.cg2consulting.com,
http://www.cg2consulting.com/article_diez_consejos.html. Although it is
written for Virginia, the ten tips on how to be an effective advocate for
Latinos are equally applicable in Maryland. Also, as the Richmond lobbyist for the Virginia Coalition for Latino Organizations, I routinely write updates on legislation pending in Virginia. If you'd like to be on the distribution list, let me know.
Thanks. Claire
Claire Guthrie Gastañaga
Principal
501 East Franklin Street
Richmond, VA 23219
P: 804.521.4067
F: 804.521.4175
E: cgg@c... <mailto:cgg@c...>
W: www.cg2consulting.com
2003 SBA Virginia Women in Business Advocate of the Year
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Hi Javier,
I get your weekly emails and wanted to introduce myself. I am the executive director of the Live Baltimore Home Center, a non-profit that markets Baltimore City living. We have been in operation since 1997, you can read more at www.LiveBaltimore.com
We are working on developing a city living marketing campaign targeted to the Hispanic community in the coming year and I wanted to talk to you about a few things. We have already raised funding for this and are waiting to hear on one more proposal next month. We would like to conduct a couple of focus groups to get feedback on living and doing business in the city so that we can begin a strong dialogue as we develop this campaign. We will also be in search of a new staff person to head up this effort, with strong marketing abilities and that is fluent in Spanish. I was hoping that you could partner with us on some of these efforts and in helping to get the word out so that we have active participation. Please let me know what is the best way to contact you or you can call me on my cell phone at 443-829-9674. Look forward to talking with you soon. Thank you,
Tracy Gosson
Live Baltimore Home Center
410-637-3750 (f) 410-637-3751
www.LiveBaltimore.com

Corresponsales

Coloquio no se responsabiliza de las opiniones de nuestros corresponsales.
Coloquio is not responsible for the opinion of our correspondents.

Emilio Labrada
Emilio Bernal Labrada
, miembro de la Academia Norteamericana de la Lengua Española, es autor de La prensa liEbre o Los crímenes del idioma. Pedidos a emiliolabrada@msn.com

Language, Our Daily Fiesta

Arizona Bar and Grill«PUERTAS, VENTANAS Y RÉCORDS»
Emilio Bernal Labrada
de la Academia Norteamericana de la Lengua Española

Según la noticia, la policía «tiró la puerta para abajo». ¿Sería que tiraron la puerta desde un piso superior hacia la calle? Debe ser, porque lo que se hace con las puertas es derribarlas, tumbarlas, o acaso «echarlas abajo» (pero no «para abajo»). Y es que claro, pensaban en inglés: «knocked the door down». Luego del incidente, nos cuentan que el presunto delincuente preguntó si «podía ir a la cárcel». A lo que el policía, ni corto ni perezoso, en seguida le contestó: «Si así lo pide usted, ¡pues venga conmigo » Mal hecha la pregunta, pues lo que tenía que haber dicho era: «¿Acaso me meterían en la cárcel [si me condenan]?» Cosas del idioma, pero importantes en caso de castigos de semejante categoría que, por decir lo menos, limitan un poco la libertad individual.
Ahí nos vinieron –menos mal, pensamos– con otra «historia». Creímos que acaso nos distraerían con un cuento de camino, pero no: «historia» no era sino su transliteración de «story», o sea otra noticia o hecho noticiable. No se habían agotado, ni por asomo, los espanglicismos del día. En seguida nos informaron que estaban examinando «los récords militares del presidente Bush». Bueno, ¿qué clase de «récords» son esos? ¿Estableció nuevas marcas mundiales de algún tipo? ¿Fue plusmarquista en horas de vuelo consecutivas? No, amigos, nada de eso. Se trataba tan solo del expediente militar del presidente. Pero, eso sí, haremos constar esta falla en el EXPEDIENTE profesional del periodista. Que seguramente ha establecido un nuevo récord (o sea, «marca») en desatinos.
En el segmento de «otras noticias» (transliteración de «other news», cuyo equivalente español sería más bien «noticias [o notas] breves») nos contaron que «se perdieron» varias ventanas en una tormenta. Nos preguntamos, naturalmente, si se fueron volando con el vendaval –o acaso a dar una vuelta por el barrio– por lo que, si las buscaban, las encontrarían tarde o temprano allá donde aterrizaran. Pero no, nos equivocábamos. Lo que pasó no fue que se «perdieron» (transliteración de «lost») ni material ni literalmente, sino que quedaron DESTROZADAS o DESTRUIDAS. Estamos, eso sí, ante una grave PÉRDIDA del sentido idiomático por parte de profesionales de la noticia, totalmente PERDIDOS en lo que toca al uso pulcro –o más o menos correcto– del español.
Por último nos dijeron que había que «urgir» a los comerciantes a reforzar las ventanas para que no se siguieran «perdiendo» esas descarriadas. Pero, claro, era cuestión de INSTAR, de EXHORTAR a ese refuerzo.
En resumen, lo que URGE es que los periodistas dejen de copiar el inglés y respeten las PUERTAS del idioma español. No se justifica, ni en caso de URGENCIA, pensar –ni menos hablar y escribir- en espanglés. Porque así se establecen nuevos RÉCORDS que alargan mucho la pobre HISTORIA de esta mala costumbre.


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TILTING AT WINDMILLS

The Madness Continues: An Update on Mad Cow Disease and the Pushers Who Peddle It

by Larry DeWitt

Since we last considered the circus surrounding Mad Cow disease (see "It's Not the Cows Who Are Mad," January 2, 2004) there have been, shall we say, developments. We might be tempted to call some of it progress, but the record is too mixed for such a simple verdict.

You recall that in my January 2nd column I argued that is was a virtual certainty there are more infected cows already in the American food supply, and that there are only two rational ways to deal with this ongoing threat: either inspect 100% of the cattle going to slaughter, or ban entirely the practice of feeding animals parts to cattle to fatten them up. Keep reading


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TRAVEL - VIAJES

Vodka in the Sun VIII: A Religious Experience in St. Petersburg

By Eric D. Goodman

We visited more ancient cathedrals than I can remember in St. Petersburg, all of them during our walks along and around Nevsky Prospect. You can't go to the city and miss St. Issac's Cathedral, a massive church of marble with an interior of icons, paintings, mosaics and sculptures. The Armenian Orthodox Cathedral was as beautiful as many of the Russian ones I've seen. But of all the churches in Russia, the one that hits the spot is the Savior on the Blood Church.

The official name of the church is the Church of the Resurrection of Christ, but the more popular name offers double meaning. The church was built on the spot where Tsar Alexander II was assassinated by a revolutionary on March 1, 1881. Construction of the Savior on the Blood began in 1883 as a memorial to the fallen tsar.

I've visited the Savior on the Blood Church many times during my travels to St. Petersburg. While St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow is the most recognized church of the nation, this one is, in my opinion, more impressive, even if newer. It's eye candy, with Technicolor onion domes each of a unique design, a beautiful brick exterior decorated all around with intricate mosaics of the Stations of the Cross, and countless crests. To see such mosaic mastery on the exterior of a church is impressive.

But for all my visits to this church, I had never been allowed inside; it had always been closed to the public. It wasn't until this visit that I came to know that the intricate exterior is only a taste of the mosaic paradise waiting within.

And inside, I stood in awe. We spent a couple hours marveling at the mastery. Almost the entire interior was mosaic-pictures of Christ, the disciples and the saints as detailed as any icons or paintings-all put together with small metallic pieces. Even the arches inside the window panes were mosaic. The floor was a design of mosaic stone.

I took pictures and I bought picture books. But they do not reveal the true nature of the interior. If you can only tour one Russian Church, this would certainly be the one.

The Versailles of Russia

Not far from St. Petersburg is Petergof, often called the "Russian Versailles." Built for Tsar Peter the Great in the early 1700s, Petergof features a long palace, complete with a towering cathedral at each end. But Petergof is more than just a palace along the shore of the Gulf of Finland. It is a kingdom of fountains.

The grand palace faces the Baltic sea, although most visitors approach from behind-impressive enough an entrance that it wasn't until this particular visit that I realized we were entering through the back yard. We were greeted by a long stretch of cultivated land, small stones covering the walkways through the grass. Between the sets of walkways were several beautiful fountains. But this was only a tease compared to what was to come.

Inside the palace is an impressive museum, displaying beautiful works of art and a multitude of differently-decorated rooms. But it is in the front yard that the real magic begins.

A breathtaking cascade of water and fountains flow down from the porch of the palace, the living water destined for a long canal that stretches through the lower garden and into the Baltic Sea. An orchestra played classical music on the porch, adding a dramatic effect of the scene.

During this visit, I accompanied an old friend and professor, retracing the steps we took during my first visit to Petergof when I was her student. And again, I felt myself her student as she told me about all about this, one of her favorite places in the world.

We descended the stairs like the water of the fountains alongside us and entered the lower park, a collection of trees, flowers and nature, artistic fountains and cottages.

Although this entire estate was but one of several Peter the Great knew as home-and although they were enormous-we found three additional palaces hidden within the trees of the lower garden.

One of them, the Marly, seemed almost a stately playhouse. A dining room was the main room on the second floor, with two smaller studies off of it. Because Peter didn't like to wait long for his dinner to be served, the dining room included a long wooden table that could be lowered from the second floor into the first floor kitchen. The table could be served, and then hoisted up to the second floor dining room.

The Hermitage-not to be confused with the downtown Winter Palace which houses the Hermitage Museum-is also located in the wooded land of Petergof. The nice cottage appears more like a mansion, unless placed next to the larger palace overseeing the lower garden.

Monplazier Palace, or the "Dutch House," was right on the shore across from Finland. It is a long, narrow palace. This, like the other palaces, was filled with furnishings and artwork from Peter the Great's time.

But even with all of the palaces in the lower garden, the true attraction was the collection of elaborate fountains outside. In one area, a trick fountain sprayed water at us from the stone floor when we stepped in the wrong place. In another area, what appeared to be genuine trees turned out to be trick fountains. Water sprayed from their branches, also getting us wet.

Other fountains were less threatening, but much more fun to look at. Some relied on their structure to dazzle, like the Golden Fountain, the sculpted Adam and Eve fountains and the Chess Fountain. Others played tricks with the water, creating designs and patters, one of them forming a pyramid out of water.

With so much to see, one could easily loose a day at Petergof. Or rather, find it. And we did.


Montenegro, corresponsal de deportes
DEPORTES

por Montenegro

Toda la felicidad y satisfacción de haber estado con familia y amigos, y listo para volver y poder escribir mis experiencias deportivas, se derrumbaron este 11 de Marzo, cuando nuevamente, la maldad de ciertos seres humanos (si se los puede llamar humanos) se hizo realidad en otro atentado terrorista que cobró la vida de tantos hermanos españoles. No sé como expresarles mis sentimientos sino decirles "Que somos todos Madrileños". Todo eso me hizo pensar cual es el valor de los deportes, si las realidades de la vida son, muchas veces tan tristes. Me tomó unos cuantos días de recapacitar que sin deportes, películas, teatros, música, y todo lo que nos distrae, estaríamos en un estado de depresión y tristeza constante.. Siga leyendo


CRÍTICA DE TEATRO

Por: Hainess Egas

“LA DAMA DUENDE”

De: Pedro Calderón de la Barca

!GALA TIENE DUENDE! Duende, se dice en España cuando un espectáculo deslumbra por su alma y fuerza escénica. Nuevamente el “Gala Hispanic Theater” nos deleita con una magistral puesta en escena; “La Dama Duende” de Pedro Calderón de la Barca, una joya cómica del Siglo de Oro español. En esta historia de amor e intriga, Doña Angela, la protagonista, busca inmiscuirse en la vida del capitán don Manuel quien está de visita en la casa que comparten ella y sus celosos hermanos. Siga leyendo


Jose Vicente Martin
TRAVEL - VIAJES

Mi Aventura con Cristóbal Colón

Miré al reloj de a bordo y luego al altímetro; son las 11:40 de la mañana y el avión está volando a 11,000 pies de altura. Presto atención al sistema de navegación que me dice que Bimini, la primera isla que se encuentra entre La Florida y las Bahamas deberá de pasar bajo las alas del avión en aproximadamente ocho minutos. Estoy empezando mis esperadas vacaciones. Yo no espero encontrar barcos llenos de turistas y tiendas para comprar recuerdos. Estoy dirigiéndome a la parte de las islas Bahamas que solamente los que tienen acceso a aviones o yates pueden visitar. Siga leyendo


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