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viernes, 28 de noviembre de 2014

Diez cosas que quizá no sabía del "viernes negro"


Uno de los días más esperados por comerciantes y consumidores, el "viernes negro", Black Friday, tiene su origen en Estados Unidos, pero en la actualidad se celebra en varios países del mundo, como Brasil, España o México. En Estados Unidos, el "viernes negro" sigue al Día de Acción de Gracias con largas colas de gente esperando que abran los comercios a tempranas horas. Todos los que aguardan para entrar en las tiendas tienen un único objetivo: encontrar productos con descuentos que pueden llegar hasta el 90% del precio original. Pero, ¿cuándo nació el "viernes negro"? ¿Por qué recibió ese nombre? Conozca diez curiosidades de uno de los días más famosos del año. 1. El término Black Friday, "viernes negro", hacía referencia a la crisis de la Bolsa de Valores del siglo XIX Aunque hoy se asocie al mayor día de compras en Estados Unidos, el término "viernes negro" se refería originalmente a situaciones muy diferentes. "El adjetivo 'negro' se usó durante muchos siglos para retratar diversos tipos de calamidades", explica el lingüista Benjamin Zimmer, editor ejecutivo del sitio web vocabulary.com. En Estados Unidos, la primera vez que se usó el término fue el 24 de septiembre de 1860, cuando Jay Gould y James Fisk intentaron tomar el mercado del oro en la Bolsa de Valores de Nueva York. Cuando el gobierno fue obligado a intervenir para corregir la distorsión mediante el aumento de la oferta de la materia prima en el mercado, los precios cayeron y muchos inversores perdieron grandes fortunas. 2. Los desfiles de Papá Noel fueron un antecesor del "viernes negro" Para muchos estadounidenses, el desfile del Día de Acción de Gracias, organizado por la tienda por departamentos Macy's, se convirtió en parte del ritual de este día de fiesta. Pero el evento, en realidad, fue inspirado por los vecinos del norte. El comercio canadiense Eaton's realizó el primer desfile de Papá Noel el 2 de diciembre de 1905. Cuando Papá Noel aparecía al final del desfile, era una señal de que había comenzado la temporada de fiestas y, a su vez, la carrera de las compras. Obviamente, se animaba a los consumidores a hacer compras en Eaton's. Otros centros comerciales, como Macy's, inspirándose en el desfile, empezaron a patrocinar eventos semejantes en EE.UU. Así, en 1924, Nueva York vio por primera vez el desfile de Macy's con animales del zoológico de Central Park totalmente organizado por los trabajadores de la tienda. Vea también: Los 90 años el Desfile de Acción de Gracias de Macy's 3. La fecha en que se celebra el Día de Acción de Gracias fue, indirectamente, determinada por los clientes Desde mediados del siglo XIX hasta comienzos del siglo XX, en una costumbre iniciada por Abraham Lincoln, el entonces presidente fijó el "Día de Acción de Gracias" en el último jueves de noviembre. Pero en 1939 ocurrió algo inusual: el último jueves coincidió con el 30 de noviembre. Comerciantes preocupados por el corto período de compras que quedaba entre ese día y las fiestas de final de año enviaron una petición a Franklin Roosevelt para que el presidente declarara el inicio de las fiestas una semana antes, lo que fue autorizado. Los siguientes tres años, el Día de Acción de Gracias, que recibió el sobrenombre de "Franksgiving" (una mezcla de Franklin con Thanksgiving, como se conoce este día festivo en inglés), fue celebrado en días distintos en diferentes partes del país. Finalmente, a finales de 1941, una resolución conjunta del Congreso solucionó el problema. De ahí en adelante, el Día de Acción de Gracias sería conmemorado el cuarto jueves de noviembre, garantizando así una semana adicional de compras hasta navidad. 4. El síndrome del viernes después del Día de Acción de Gracias Según Bonnie Taylor-Blake, investigador de la Universidad de Carolina del Norte, el Factory Management and Maintenance, un boletín del mercado laboral, reivindica la autoría de este término asociado con el período de fiestas. En 1951, una circular llamó la atención sobre la cantidad de trabajadores que estaban de baja aquel día. "El síndrome del viernes después del Día de Acción de Gracias es una dolencia cuyos efectos adversos sólo son superados por los de la peste bubónica. Por lo menos así se sienten aquellos que tienen que trabajar cuando llega el 'viernes negro'. El almacén o establecimiento podía estar medio vacío y los que estaban ausentes era por baja médica", escribió el boletín. 5. ¿Un "gran viernes"? El término "viernes negro" ganó popularidad por primera vez en Filadelfia. Policías frustrados por el tráfico causado por los consumidores en esa fecha empezaron a llamarlo así. A los comerciantes, evidentemente, no les gusta ser relacionados con el tráfico y la polución. Así que decidieron rebautizar el día como "viernes grande", según un periódico local de 1961. Está claro que la invención no cuajó. 6. Con el tiempo, el viernes negro pasó a significar "volver al negro" Los comerciantes lograron de esta manera dar una interpretación positiva al término, al hacer referencia al momento en que los establecimientos volvían a tener números negros, es decir, a obtener beneficios. No hay pruebas de que eso fuera realmente así, si bien es verdad que el período de fiestas es la parte del año en la que hay mayor consumo. El año pasado, se calcula que los consumidores se gastaron más de US$59.000 millones el "viernes negro", según la federación nacional del comercio de EE.UU. (NRF, por sus siglas en inglés). Pero cuántos de esos ingresos realmente se convierten en beneficio no está claro, dado que los comerciantes acostumbran a trabajar con márgenes más limitados porque ofrecen grandes descuentos. 7. El viernes negro no se volvió una referencia nacional hasta la década de los 90 El término "viernes negro" permaneció limitado a Filadelfia durante un tiempo sorprendentemente largo. "Usted podía ver que se usaba de manera moderada en Trenton, Nueva Jersey, pero no traspasó las fronteras de Filadelfia hasta los años 80", dice el lingüista Zimmer. "El término sólo se expandió a partir de mediados de los años 90". 8. El "viernes negro" se convirtió en el mayor día de compras del año en 2001. Aunque el viernes negro se considera el mayor día de compras del año, la fecha no ganó esa reputación hasta los años 2000. Eso fue porque, por muchos años, la regla no era que los estadounidenses adoraran las rebajas sino que adoraban postergar. O sea, hasta ese momento, era el sábado y no el viernes el día que las carteras se quedaban más vacías. 9. El "viernes negro" se ganó el mundo Por mucho tiempo, los comerciantes canadienses se morían de la envidia de sus colegas estadounidenses, especialmente cuando sus fieles clientes ponían pie en tierra para viajar al sur en busca de buenas ofertas. Pero ahora ellos comenzaron a ofrecer sus propias liquidaciones, pese a que el Día de Acción de Gracias se celebra en Canadá un mes antes. En México, el "viernes negro" recibió otro nombre: el "Buen Fin". La conmemoración se asocia con el aniversario de la revolución de 1910 en México, que a veces coincide con el Día de Acción de Gracias en Estados Unidos (la revolución inició el 20 de noviembre de 1910). Como el propio nombre indica, el evento dura todo un fin de semana. En Brasil, donde el feriado de Acción de Gracias no existe, el "viernes negro" pasó a incluirse en el calendario comercial del país cuando los comerciantes se dieron cuenta del potencial de ventas del día. 10. ¿Está el "viernes negro" en vías de extinción? Wal-Mart, la mayor cadena de tiendas minoristas del mundo, rompió la tradición del "viernes negro" en 2011, cuando abrió sus establecimientos a los clientes la noche del feriado de Acción de Gracias. Desde entonces, comerciantes de todo el país echaron el ojo a millones de estadounidenses ávidos de hacer compras después de llenarse comiendo pavo. Pero no se preocupe, los comerciantes ya inventaron un nombre para bautizar ese día adicional de compras: "jueves gris". Ver Mas en: http://www.bbc.co.uk/mundo/noticias/2014/11/141127_economia_curiosidades_viernes_negro_compras_bd

Sluggish start to sales season as more shoppers stay home


New Yorkers weren’t gobbling up Thanksgiving Day steals Thursday morning — ditching door-busting deals to stay home with their families and enjoy the holiday. Kmart’s early opening Thursday was a bust, with shelves overflowing with sale items and empty aisles. Its stores across the country started their Black Friday weekend at 6 a.m. and will stay open for 42 straight hours. Most shoppers hitting Old Navy, Gap and Express — which opened between 9 and 10 a.m. — were out-of-towners and tourists. “If the stores weren’t open, there’d be no reason to come out,” said a father from Albany who was shopping with his family in Herald Square. Some customers perusing the sales in Midtown admitted that if they weren’t on vacation, they would be eating instead of shopping. “If we were home, we’d probably be having dinner with the family,” said Katie Plante, 24, of Albany. But the early-bird specials weren’t sweeter than pumpkin pie, with many of Thursday morning’s deals going to waste despite the increase in stores opening their doors on Turkey Day. “We opened at 10, and it was pretty slow,” said a Forever 21 employee. “We had a few customers, but it was slow until the parade got out.” Still, hard-core shopaholics were thankful for an early start to Black Friday. Bargain hunter Judith Bruno, a Manhattan hospital administrator, said she doesn’t feel bad shopping on Thanksgiving and Black Friday because she stays “disciplined the rest of the year.’’ “And then I go crazy,’’ she said, adding she’d spent more than $700 by Thursday afternoon on “retail therapy.’’ Maria Melo, 63, who had put her turkey in the oven and run off for a day of shopping, said she’d settle for “a late Thanksgiving dinner with my family.” “This early start gives me better deals,” she said as she sifted through the sales at Lord & Taylor, adding she plans to head back out after dinner to hit Macy’s and JCPenney. “It is worth it.’’ She wasn’t the only one planning a post-dinner shopping expedition. Macy’s CEO Terry Lundgren said more than 15,000 shoppers — likely a record — were on hand for the store’s 6 p.m. opening. “This year, it’s definitely taking people much longer to get through the front doors,’’ he told USA Today. Ver Mas en: http://nypost.com/2014/11/27/sluggish-start-to-sales-season-as-more-shoppers-stay-home/

jueves, 27 de noviembre de 2014

Thanksgiving shoppers get a Jump on Black Friday sales


NEW YORK -- It's quickly becoming a new holiday tradition: Americans get up from the Thanksgiving table and go shopping. In the Chicago suburb of Naperville, Illinois, the parking lot of a Wal-Mart store was full roughly 30 minutes before Thanksgiving deals started at 6 p.m., including $199 iPad minis. In New York City, there were 500 people in line by the time a Target store in the East Harlem neighborhood opened at 6 p.m. And 200 people rushed at the Toys R Us in New York City's Times Square when it opened at 5 p.m. Mary Smalls, 40, was at Target trying to get all her shopping done on Thanksgiving because she wanted to avoid going out on the day after the holiday, known as Black Friday. "I'm going to try to avoid the crowds," said Smalls, who plans to spend $300 to $400 on gifts this year. Thanksgiving shopping has come a long way. Just a few years ago, when a few stores started opened late on the holiday, the move was met with resistance from workers and shoppers who believed the day should be sacred. But last year, more than dozen major retailers opened at some point on Thanksgiving evening. And this year, at least half of them -- including Target, Macy's, Staples and J.C. Penney -- opened earlier in the evening on the holiday. The Thanksgiving openings are one way retailers are trying to compete for Americans' holiday dollars. Used to be that Black Friday was when they'd focus their sales promotions. But increasingly, they've been pushing those promotions earlier on Friday - and eventually into the holiday itself - to grab deal-hungry shoppers' attention. Bill Martin, co-founder of ShopperTrak, which tracks data at 70,000 stores globally, is expecting a sales increase of 3 percent to 5 percent to $2.57 billion to $2.62 billion on Thanksgiving. Last year's figure grew two-fold from the year before. The National Retail Federation expects 25.6 million shoppers to take advantage of the Thanksgiving openings, down slightly down from last year. Kathy Grannis, a spokeswoman at the retail trade group, said that earlier promotions in the month and shoppers' uncertainty about when they can get the best deals are factors that could lead to fewer shoppers coming out on the holiday. Nevertheless, Thanksgiving is starting to take a bite out of Black Friday business. Indeed, sales dropped 13.2 percent to $9.74 billion on Black Friday last year. Analysts said Thanksgiving sales were in part responsible for the decline. And Gerald Storch, who runs a retail consultancy called Storch Advisors, said stores that open on Thanksgiving get more of their share for the weekend than others who open on Friday. "That's why they keep doing it," he said. "You have to be first." Being first can lure shoppers like Raquila Wilkinson, 34, who arrived at the Target in New York at 2 a.m. -- a full 15.5 hours before its 6 p.m. opening. She has been deal hunting on Thanksgiving for a few years now. "It's a tradition," said Wilkinson. "I look forward to it." On Wilkinson's shopping list? A 40-inch TV for $119 and headphones for $97 and pajamas for $5. "I made a map in my brain," she said. Not every shopper is happy about stores opening on the holiday. A number of petitions have been circulating on change.org targeting Wal-Mart, Target and other retailers for opening their stores on Thanksgiving, or starting their sales that day. Most of Wal-Mart's stores already open around the clock. Even some shoppers who were out on Thanksgiving felt a tinge of guilt. "I'd prefer to spend the whole day with my family," said Hector Huayamade, 34, who was shopping at the Toys R Us in New York while visiting from Florida with his family. "But the stores are open so we do it." Not every store was open on Thanksgiving, though. Some, including GameStop, Costco and Ikea, said they wouldn't open because they want their workers to enjoy the holiday. Read More: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/early-bird-shoppers-turn-out-on-thanksgiving/

martes, 25 de noviembre de 2014

This may be the last thing saving DVDs from Apple


In the digital era, there's not much left to prop up DVDs, aside from Redbox kiosks. Can anything prevent them from tipping over? Perhaps surprisingly, physical DVDs still account for the majority of U.S. home-video entertainment spending, with an estimated $7.3 billion in sales and $4.2 billion in rentals in 2014, according to research and analysis firm IHS Global. The combined $11.5 billion is more than the $8.6 billion from all digital subscription services like Netflix and on-demand services like Apple's iTunes, IHS estimates. Those figures don't include pay-TV channels like Time Warner's HBO and Starz.
The physical category has been in decline for nearly a decade as consumers embraced a variety of digital alternatives. The only growing segment within the DVD category has been revenue at kiosks, namely those operated by market leader Redbox, a unit of Outerwall. Now, even kiosks appear to be in trouble. After reporting two consecutive quarters of Redbox revenue declines, Outerwall announced Monday it would raise prices. For regular DVDs, the daily rate will be raised to $1.50 from $1.20; for Blu-ray, the price will rise to $2 from $1.50.
Outerwall is convinced the move will work. In an interview with CNBC Digital, CEO Scott Di Valerio said the company had run test price increases over a period of several months earlier this year to determine whether the move made sense. While volumes may decline as a result of the price hike, the net impact is expected to be higher revenues. He also pointed out that box office results have been weak in 2014, and a better slate in 2015 could give Redbox a boost as well. The big question is how many customers will forgo Redbox rental and instead choose video-on-demand services. According to IHS, the typical on-demand movie sold through a set-top box costs $6.46. A digital rental through an Internet service like iTunes is a bit cheaper at $4.19, IHS said. While those options appear to be far more expensive than a one-day rental from Redbox, consumers tend to keep movies for a couple of days. At $1.50 or $2 per day, the price of a Redbox rental will generally be cheaper so long as a DVD is returned within three days. Redbox probably made the right move this time. Given that many costs are fixed, much of the new revenue from the price hikes will flow through to higher earnings. Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter estimates the price increase will lead to a 21 percent increase in Outerwall's operating income. That helps explain the 10 percent rise in Outerwall shares since Monday.
Will customers stick with Redbox in the longer term? Certainly, there are some people who don't have cable or Internet-connected TVs. Redbox DVDs can be watched multiple times if consumers decide to hang onto them. And DVDs have other benefits, like being shared easily with friends. But digital competition is only getting tougher. The most precise replacement for new releases on Redbox are on-demand rentals and purchases, which are available in roughly the same time window a few months after theatrical release. Digital purchases, which are more expensive, are sometimes even available slightly sooner. Studios love digital purchases because the margins are extremely high—even better than DVD sales. While the absolute numbers remain low, digital sales appear to have traction. In the first nine months of 2014, electronic sales of movies and TV shows rose 33 percent, according to The Digital Entertainment Group, which reports figures collected from studios. Among the Internet players, competition will likely remain fierce. While Apple has been in the game for a long time, others have come in aggressively. Anthony DiClemente, an analyst with Nomura, points out that Amazon's movie catalog is as deep as any Internet rival. The e-commerce giant is known for keeping prices as low as possible so it's hard to imagine a significant hike anytime soon. For movie lovers who can wait a bit longer, there are even more alternatives. The likes of HBO and Starz get movies from major studios about six months after DVD release. HBO also plans to launch a standalone service in 2015 and Starz has signaled similar plans. CBS's Showtime may also launch a similar service next year, though it focuses more on original series than new films. Even Netflix, which tends to focus on older movies, has some relatively new releases from Viacom's Paramount, MGM, and Lionsgate through a deal with premium TV network Epix. It will also pick up Disney titles for theatrical titles beginning sometime in 2016. Disney titles currently go to Starz. Outerwall has become a serious battleground stock. Some 35 percent of the company's shares outstanding are sold short by investors betting against it, according to FactSet. At the same time, Outerwall is buying back shares aggressively. In the third quarter, for instance, the company spent $71 million on share repurchases. During the period, it generated $30 million in free cash flow. While Outerwall has likely bought itself some time with a smart price increase, its longer-term problems show no sign of fading. Read More: http://www.cnbc.com/id/102214223

Cuidado, Whatsapp: WeChat quiere comerse el mundo


¿Son las llamadas gratuitas? ¿O la posibilidad de crear tus propios emojis animados? Whatsapp tiene unos cuantos problemas y el mayor de ellos viene de China: WeChat. La app lleva en activo desde 2011, y a lo mejor os suena por ser aquel competidor de Whatsapp que anunciaba Messi por la tele hace un tiempo. Pero, tras esta torpeza -¿un futbolista introvertido para anunciar una app de mensajería social?- se escondía un servicio del gigante de Internet asiático Tencent (cuyos tentáculos van desde las redes sociales hasta juegos con decenas de millones de usuarios como League of Legends). Uno que, si bien todavía no estaba listo para comerse Occidente, veía como China caía día a día a sus pies, construyendo una base de usuarios capaz de plantar cara a Whatsapp. La situación actual es que Whatsapp tiene unos 600 millones de usuarios y WeChat supera los 400 (dos tercios de ellos en su región de origen, donde la app se llama Weixin). Ahora, Tencent ha anunciado que WeChat, que supera los 400 millones de usuarios reales (más de dos tercios de ellos en China), va a centrarse en mejorar un servicio que ya ofrecía: llamadas de voz gratuitas. Tanto dentro de la plataforma como a través de una app destinada exclusivamente a ello: Lightalk. Pero es sólo la punta de un iceberg -y de una larga batalla con las operadoras de móvil: las chinas ya odiaban la app de Tencent- desmesurado. Mientras Facebook todavía no sabe cómo integrar Whatsapp con su plataforma -sigue manteniendo Facebook Messenger compitiendo consigo mismo-, WeChat ha tirado por la dirección contraria: convertir una aplicación de chat en el epicentro de un todo a cien de redes sociales, desde un pseudoInstagram hasta una función para ligar con desconocidos, pasando por una especie de Twitter -puedes suscribirte a cuentas que lanzan mensajes cada día-. Incluso quieren que se pueda comprar directamente desde la aplicación. ¿Abarcan demasiado? Puede parecer que sí, pero la idea de fondo es interesante: que cada usuario personalice su WeChat según el uso que le quiera dar. Y no sólo en servicios, sino dentro de las conversaciones. Si Line nos gustaba, por ejemplo, era por su surtido de stickers, que dejaban a los emojis de la flamenca a la altura del betún. En Tencent también se han fijado en los japoneses, pero llevando el tema más allá: cada usuario puede crear sus propios stickers o emojis, incluso a partir de gifs animados, e incorporarlos a sus conversaciones: la berenjena no tiene (casi) nada que hacer frente a la posibilidad de incorporar a Mazinger Z a tu repertorio de caritas. La batalla es más interesante ahora que Whatsapp quiere entrar en Asia. Han empezado por India (1.250 millones de habitantes es un bocado muy apetitoso), donde la app es gratuita -y sin publicidad-. Pero, en el momento en el que Tencent solucione sus problemas en su país de origen -y ciertos problemas de estabilidad-, a Whatsapp le tocará ponerse las pilas con todas las funciones que sus rivales asiáticos lucen desde hace años. Especialmente las de WeChat. Si Facebook no se atreve a que Whatsapp dé el salto a las llamadas de voz y las videollamadas en tiempo real -Google Plus lo hizo excepcionalmente bien con Hangouts-, en unos meses es posible que Tencent consiga en el mundo de las apps lo que marcas como Lenovo y Samsung están haciendo en el de la electrónica: que todos nos pasemos a servicios nacidos a un océano de distancia de Silicon Valley. Ver Mas en: http://www.msn.com/es-es/noticias/tecnologia/cuidado-whatsapp-wechat-quiere-comerse-el-mundo/ar-BBfEhnO

Teens punished for prank on autistic classmate


CLEVELAND — Three teens who admitted to dumping urine, tobacco and spit on a 15-year-old autistic classmate during an ice bucket prank were ordered Monday to do community service and write apology letters to the victim and his family. The teens admitted to charges of assault and disorderly conduct in juvenile court, said Joseph Frolik, a spokesman for the Cuyahoga County prosecutor's office. The autistic teen thought he was participating in the ice bucket challenge for charity when the boys dumped the bucket on him in August. The prank attracted nationwide attention after the autistic teen's mother found a video of it on his cellphone and allowed media outlets to publicize it. The teens all live in the Cleveland suburb of Bay Village. The autistic teen and his family weren't in court Monday. But their attorney read statements from the boy and his mother, The Plain Dealer in Cleveland reported. "Why would you do that to me? I trusted you," the boy's statement said. "How dare you?" The mother said in her statement that her son remained silent about what happened for two weeks because he was embarrassed and afraid to lose what he thought were friendships with the other boys. She said what was done to him was not "appropriate human behavior." An attorney for one of the teens said later Monday that his client was sorry and has said he let down his family, himself and his "friend." Attorney Robert Gray said his client would like to do community service in a center serving those with autism. Another teen's attorney said his client's parents have put severe restrictions on him and has apologized. "When you are a teenager and the focus of international media coverage, it makes you grow up pretty quickly," attorney John Lawson said. A message left for the third teen's attorney wasn't immediately returned. Read More: http://www.whio.com/ap/ap/ohio/teens-to-do-community-service-for-ice-bucket-prank/njFKD/

viernes, 21 de noviembre de 2014

Martín Lasarte: Tengo un grupo lindo para soñar con el título del Apertura


En la previa del trascendental partido ante Barnechea, válido por la decimoquinta fecha, el técnico de Universidad de Chile, Martín Lasarte, manifestó su plena confianza en el plantel, argumentando que está contento por dirigir un "grupo lindo para soñar" con el título del Torneo de Apertura 2014-15. "Estoy muy contento con el grupo que tenemos, a tal punto que no sé si es que vamos a traer a alguien (paras reforzarse de cara a 2015). Pienso que tenemos un grupo muy firme, muy fuerte, muy lindo para soñar", sostuvo el adiestrador uruguayo. En esa misma línea, destacó: "Es un grupo que siempre se ha manejado con mucha sencillez, modestia y mesura... Vamos a seguir en la misma línea, pero porque entendemos que tiene que ser así, no porque nos convenga". Asimismo, reconoció que pese a realizar un campeonato sólido, en el cual han sido líderes durante gran parte de su desarrollo, la corona se la llevará el que safronte mejor las tres últimas fechas y "se lo merezca". "Hemos hecho un muy buen campeonato, esa es una realidad, pero después, a la hora de la verdad se verá, porque también hay otros equipos -Colo Colo y Santiago Wanderers- que han hecho un buen trabajo... El premio se lo llevará el que se lo merezca", argumentó. Además, Lasarte sostuvo que es normal que la ansiedad asome como un factor en este tipo de definiciones: "Uno tiene que llegar al encuentro, al partido, con cierta dosis de 'maripositas que te estén dando vueltas' y está bueno eso, el tema es tratar de controlarlo, a veces se controla bien y otras mal". Respecto a Barnechea, dijo que es un elenco que "ya está instalado -en Primera- y eso se debe a la capacidad de sus futbolistas", junto con destacar que su técnico, Francisco Bozán posee "una capacidad por muy encima de la media". Un recado para Colo Colo por su visita a San Carlos Junto con ratificar los retornos de Gonzalo Espinoza y Gustavo Canales, anticipar la baja de Osvaldo González -lesión muscular- , Lasarte advirtió en relación al cruce que tendrá Colo Colo ante Universidad Católica que "nunca es fácil" jugar con los cruzados en el Estadio San Carlos, aún cuando, lo más importante es que la U gane su compromiso de este sábado. "Más allá de las circunstancias puntuales o momentáneas, nunca es fácil jugar contra U. Católica en San Carlos, para nadie, pero no puedo decir si -Colo Colo- va a enredar o no (puntos)... Nosotros lo primero que tenemos que pensar es en hacer bien nuestro trabajo; si lo hacemos bien, lo que ocurra afuera es relativo", finalizó. Read More: http://cooperativa.cl/noticias/deportes/futbol/universidad-de-chile/martin-lasarte-tengo-un-grupo-lindo-para-sonar-con-el-titulo-del-apertura/2014-11-21/125244.html

El kirchnerismo denunció por "sedición" a un grupo de senadores opositores


La jueza federal María Romilda Servini de Cubría quedó a cargo de una denuncia presentada hoy contra los senadores opositores que firmaron un compromiso para rechazar el tratamiento de "cualquier solicitud de acuerdo para la designación de jueces de la Corte Suprema de Justicia" hasta después de las elecciones presidenciales del año próximo. La denuncia fue presentada por el abogado Eduardo Barcesat y por sorteo recayó en el juzgado Criminal y Correccional Federal Nro. 1, a cargo de Servini, según informaron a LA NACION fuentes judiciales. Barcesat, abogado personal de la titular de Madres de Plaza de Mayo Hebe de Bonafini , denunció por "sedición" a los senadores Juan Carlos Romero, Gerardo Morales, Carlos Reutemann, Fernando Solanas, Diego Santilli, Gabriela Michetti, Ernesto Sanz y Luis Juez. Esta mañana, en línea con la denuncia de Barcesat, el jefe de Gabinete, Jorge Capitanich , dijo que "la oposición política mantiene una actitud violatoria de la Constitución Nacional y una perspectiva sediciosa al negarse al tratamiento de la designación de un nuevo miembro de la Corte". Según Capitanich, esa actitud "forma parte de un golpismo activo". Qué pasó. Anteayer, por escrito, 28 senadores resolvieron no facilitar el acuerdo para cubrir la vacante del juez Eugenio Raúl Zaffaroni en el alto tribunal: quieren que la designación se haga con el próximo gobierno. El autor ideológico de la jugada fue el socialista Rubén Giustiniani (FAP-Santa Fe), quien inició contactos con el jefe del bloque radical, Gerardo Morales (Jujuy), para salir a la búsqueda de firmas. El texto del compromiso es breve y replica, aunque con mayor número de adherentes, el que firmaron 25 senadores en noviembre de 2012 para comprometerse a rechazar cualquier intento de reforma constitucional de parte del kirchnerismo. El documento lleva la firma de senadores de la UCR, el FAP, el peronismo disidente, Pro y partidos provinciales, y fue presentado justo cuando la Casa Rosada tendrá la posibilidad de designar un miembro en el máximo tribunal. La Corte. Tras la muerte de Enrique Petracchi , la Corte quedó con cinco miembros, tal como lo establece la ley sancionada en 2006 que redujo el número de integrantes. Pero el 30 de octubre Zaffaroni presentó su renuncia, que la presidenta Cristina Kirchner aceptó cuatro días después y que se hará efectiva el 1° de enero. Textual. "Los abajo firmantes, senadores de la Nación comprometidos con la defensa de la necesaria independencia del Poder Judicial, suscribimos el presente instrumento comprometiéndonos a rechazar el tratamiento de cualquier solicitud de acuerdo para la designación de jueces de la Corte Suprema de Justicia de la Nación hasta tanto finalice el próximo proceso electoral en virtud del cual se elegirá el nuevo presidente de la Nación y se renovarán parcialmente ambas cámaras del Congreso", sostiene el documento. Quiénes. Los senadores que firmaron el compromiso son los radicales Gerardo Morales (Jujuy); Blanca Monllau y Oscar Castillo (Catamarca); Ernesto Sanz y Laura Montero (Mendoza); Eugenio "Nito" Artaza (Corrientes); Marta Borello (Córdoba); Silvia Elías de Pérez (Tucumán); Mario Cimadevilla (Chubut); Alfredo Martínez (Santa Cruz); Ángel Rozas (Chaco); Luis Naidenoff (Formosa), y Juan Carlos Marino (La Pampa). Por el FAP se sumaron Giustiniani (PS-Santa Fe); Jaime Linares (GEN-Buenos Aires); Luis Juez y Norma Morandini (Frente Cívico-Córdoba); Fernando Solanas (UNEN-Capital), y Magdalena Odarda (CC-Río Negro). Se sumaron también los tres representantes de Pro: Gabriela Michetti y Diego Santilli (Capital), y Alfredo De Ángeli (Entre Ríos). El Interbloque Federal, que reúne a peronistas disidentes y provinciales, apoyó casi en pleno. Pusieron su firma Liliana Negre de Alonso (PJ-San Luis), Jorge Garramuño (Mopof-Tierra del Fuego), Graciela Di Perna (PJ-Chubut), Carlos Reutemann (PJ-Santa Fe) y Juan Carlos Romero (PJ-Salta).. Read More: http://www.lanacion.com.ar/1745831-servini-compromiso-oposicion-reemplazante-corte

What Obama's Immigration Announcement Was Really About


President Obama spent about 12 minutes Thursday night arguing an emotional case for why he's making the most sweeping changes to the nation's immigration laws in more than a generation -- acting, of course, without the assent of Congress. At its most basic level, President Obama is offering his opponents in Congress a giant dare. He's daring Republicans to offer their sharpest reactions. Everything from government shutdowns to lawsuits to, yes, impeachment will be in the mix, with the driving consensus that the party needs to do something to register its extreme disapproval. "Congress certainly shouldn't shut down our government again just because we disagree on this," the president said, anticipating those reactions and reviving painful memories for the GOP. He's daring them to offer and pass a different set of policies. The fact that the substance of the executive order won't take effect for six months gives the new GOP majority in Congress another half year to do what Congress hasn't been able to do over the decade immigration reform has been on the agenda.
"To those members of Congress who question my authority to make our immigration system work better, or question the wisdom of me acting where Congress has failed, I have one answer: Pass a bill," the president said. Looming over everything in Republicans' responses are memories of the last presidential campaign, where "self-deportation" came to define Mitt Romney’s response to immigration. Long-term demographic challenges for the GOP weren't fixed by midterm victories. Gathered in Florida this week for what was supposed to be a post-election celebration, Republican governors mostly wanted to talk about anything other than immigration. The president is daring his opponents to capitalize on this month's election results in questioning his power -- up to and including his power to mobilize the public behind a brash move. The president's action is filled with contradictions, starting with his long-ago promises to roll back President George W. Bush's executive expansions. They roll right through his specific protestations that only a "king" or an "emperor" would be able to act broadly to effectively legalize the status of undocumented immigrants without congressional action.
Then there’s the contradiction in the president’s own style. He rose to prominence on the expectation that he’d be an antidote to the polarizing Bush years. He even harbored hopes of bipartisan immigration reform being the crowning achievement of his second term, until just months ago. Republicans have dismissed the president’s actions as those of everything from a dictator to a toddler. Sen. Ted Cruz is likening him to a monarch; Gov. Bobby Jindal said he's having a "temper tantrum." Though the president is clearly frustrated, this is not an act of petulance. His move has been telegraphed for months, and is calculated to transfer the frustrations he’s felt so acutely to another side of the aisle. The onus will now be on Republicans to respond. They will have to balance the competing demands of the party base and the future GOP leaders hope to have. Republicans have labeled the move "amnesty." The president’s response: "Amnesty is the immigration system we have today -- millions of people who live here without paying their taxes or playing by the rules, while politicians use the issue to scare people and whip up votes at election time." In the end, the president is making a grand gamble that's more remarkable for the fact that it's coming just weeks after he took an electoral drubbing. He’s calculating that, even at this stage of his presidency, it's his vision and his coalition that can win a passionate national debate he has just reinvigorated.
Read More: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/obamas-big-dare-presidents-immigration-announcement/story?id=27068204

miércoles, 19 de noviembre de 2014

Bill Cosby's The Cosby Show Material Pulled From TV Land Amid Sexual Assault Allegations

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Bill Cosby is taking another hit -- TV Land has decided to remove anything related to The Cosby Show and the actor off their website, TMZ reports. The move comes following numerous sexual assault allegations against the actor.
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TMZ reports that if you click any "Cosby" links on the network's website, you will be redirected to an error page.




Netflix and Comedy Central have also pulled any Cosby related material from their platforms. In a statement to Us Weekly, Netflix said: "At this time we are postponing the launch of the new stand-up comedy special Bill Cosby 77." NBC, who was also working on a project with the 77-year-old actor has reportedly also cut
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PHOTOS: '80s TV stars Janice Dickinson is the latest woman to come forward this week and accuse Cosby of rape. In an exclusive interview with Entertainment Tonight, the supermodel claimed Cosby drugged and raped her back in 1982.
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"Janice [Dickinson's] story accusing Bill Cosby of rape is a complete lie," Marty Singer, Cosby's attorney, said in a statement to NBC News. "There is documentary proof that Janice Dickinson is fabricating and lying about Bill Cosby."

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'Cristela': TV Review: A woman struggles to get through law school and then catches a break getting an unpaid internship


ABC premieres its latest comedy, Cristela, tonight, and there’s a silver lining sticking out of the black cloud. The show isn’t good at all, but its star, stand-up comedian Cristela Alonzo, has a bright future.
Then again, maybe that future is this show. ABC has propped up other duds for a season or two, so Alonzo may be employed longer than it would seem likely. But it’s hard to imagine that Cristela is the zenith of that aforementioned future. Alonzo is simply too good and too likable for the material that she’s trapped in here. If it’s any consolation to her or her fans, Alonzo is — let’s just check the numbers — the 3,874th good comedian and likable presence to be wasted in her very first show. Hi, Margaret Cho. That is, Alonzo will get past this. Somewhere there’s a network plotting the right way to package her. Over at ABC, the wrong idea was to put her in a multicamera show and have the casting of her family feel way, way off — there is not one moment of chemistry when she’s at home and only an ounce more when she’s at work. Alonzo plays, well, Cristela, a woman who has been in law school for six years, taking the slow route because she has to pay her way through it and thus must work. She lives with her sister, Daniela (Maria Canals-Barrera), her sister’s husband, Felix (Carlos Ponce), their two kids and Cristela’s mother, Natalia (Terri Hoyos). Felix’s cousin Alberto (Gabriel Iglesias) is the sitcom dude who walks through open doors all the time and has an unrequited crush on Cristela. This whole situation is entirely predictable, with the most predictable jokes arising from it. Felix is annoyed by Cristela’s constant presence and the two natter back and forth and drop unfunny jokes. Natalia is so old-school all she does is talk about cleaning houses and worries that Cristela will never find a husband. Oy. In the fourth episode (ABC made it available along with the pilot), Natalia worries Cristela is a lesbian. “Are you the gay?” she asks. Her revulsion is palpable, which short-circuits whatever feel-good vibe ABC was after by being proactive with its pro-diversity casting and shows this fall (for a much better sitcom, see Black-ish). And that’s another problem with Cristela — whatever cultural message it’s trying to send about being Mexican and struggling seems a decade or two behind the times. Also, and crucially, the show just isn't funny. No doubt a more solid Latino comedy will come along and avoid the easy cliches. With any luck, maybe Alonzo will be the star of that one, too, kind of as a do-over. It wouldn’t be a problem since nobody will remember her current show for very long after tonight.

Read More: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/cristela-tv-review-740051

Police: Clerk punched in checkout line

Dayton police cruiser. (WDTN Photo/Jarod Thrush)
DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A grocery store clerk says she is the victim of an angry customer. A Dayton Police Department police report says officers were called to the Estridge Market in the 4200 block of Hoover Avenue Tuesday afternoon. The report says the victim told them she was punched by a customer in the checkout line. She told officers that he became angry when she turned her attention to another checkout line. The grocery clerk says he pushed her in the chest so hard that it felt like a punch. He then hit her in the face. The report indicates that officers know who they are looking for to question. They just have to find him.

Ver Mas en: http://wdtn.com/2014/11/19/police-clerk-punched-in-checkout-line/

NBC, Netflix scrap Bill Cosby plans as rape allegations escalate (w/video)



NEW YORK — NBC says it has scrapped a Bill Cosby comedy that was under development, the second outlet within a day to put off or abandon a Cosby project after another sexual assault allegation against the comic emerged. NBC spokeswoman Rebecca Marks said Wednesday the project "is no longer under development," and had no further comment. Netflix announced late Tuesday that it was postponing the Nov. 27 premiere of a new Cosby standup comedy special, giving no hint about whether it ever will be aired. Hours earlier in an interview with Entertainment Tonight, actress Janice Dickinson became the third woman in recent weeks to allege she had been assaulted by Cosby — charges strongly denied by the comedian's lawyer. Dickinson told Entertainment Tonight that Cosby had given her red wine and a pill when they were together in a Lake Tahoe, Calif., hotel room in 1982. When she woke up the next morning, "I wasn't wearing my pajamas and I remembered before I passed out I had been sexually assaulted by this man." Cosby's lawyer, Martin Singer, said in a letter to the Associated Press that Dickinson's charges were "false and outlandish" and were contradicted by Dickinson herself in a published autobiography. Cosby's spokesman, David Brokaw, has not returned calls for comment. The spiraling scandal has threatened the 77-year-old comedian's reputation as America's TV dad at a time when he was launching a comeback. He has at least 35 performances scheduled throughout the U.S. and Canada through May of 2015. None of the performances has been canceled.

Read More: http://www.tampabay.com/features/media/netflix-postpones-bill-cosby-special-as-rape-allegations-escalate-wvideo/2207081

lunes, 17 de noviembre de 2014

Fiscalía de Brasil: Venezuela adoctrina a menores brasileños desde 2011 Read more here: http://www.elnuevoherald.com/noticias/mundo/america-latina/venezuela-es/article3982528.html#storylink=cpy


BRASIL El Ministerio Público Federal (fiscalía) de Brasil pidió explicaciones al gobierno sobre la supuesta participación de niños y adolescentes brasileños en brigadas de comunicación de Venezuela, informaron fuentes oficiales. Según la Fiscalía, que cita documentos del gobierno de Venezuela, 26 menores brasileños participan en las brigadas de comunicación en el estado venezolano de Sucre, donde fueron llevados “con el objetivo de ser adoctrinados en la revolución bolivariana”, según un comunicado. El fiscal Ailton Benedito, de la oficina del estado de Goiás del Ministerio Público, consideró que el envío de esos menores a Venezuela puede incurrir en una “violación a los derechos humanos”, según la nota. El comunicado cita una noticia de prensa según la cual el ministro venezolano de Comunas y Movimientos Sociales, Elías Jaua, “recluta” a niños brasileños desde el 2011 con el fin de que participen en las brigadas de comunicación. La fiscalía dio un plazo de 10 días para que la cancillería de Brasil ofrezca informaciones sobre las condiciones de los menores brasileños que han sido llevados a Venezuela y si estos han participado en actividades de “adoctrinamiento”. Jaua realizó una visita a Brasil el mes pasado, sin aviso previo al gobierno brasileño, para firmar un acuerdo de colaboración con el Movimiento de los Trabajadores Sin Tierra (MST), una importante asociación campesina de izquierdas. El canciller brasileño, Luiz Alberto Figueiredo, manifestó su malestar al gobierno de Venezuela por el viaje sin aviso de Jaua y por la firma de los acuerdos que pudieran constituir una “injerencia en asuntos internos”. Tanto la oposición brasileña como la venezolana han exigido explicaciones a sus respectivos gobiernos para conocer las actividades de Jaua en Brasil.

Ver Mas en: http://www.elnuevoherald.com/noticias/mundo/america-latina/venezuela-es/article3982528.html

Confirman condena de O'Reilly: cumplirá cuatro años de libertad vigilada


Hoy todas las partes involucradas en el juicio contra el sacerdote John O'Reilly, condenado por abusos sexuales reiterados contra una menor de edad, coincidieron en no presentar un recurso de nulidad. Con esto, el religioso deberá cumplir los cuatro años de libertad vigilada a los que fue condenado el pasado 11 de noviembre. El abogado querellante, José Ignacio Escobar, dijo a Radio ADN, que "la familia ha entendido que se obtuvo un resultado satisfactorio". El religioso quedó además, en el registro nacional de pedófilos, por lo que no podrá ocupar cargos públicos ni funciones que lo mantengan en contacto con menores de edad. Read More: http://www.latercera.com/noticia/nacional/2014/11/680-604918-9-confirman-condena-de-oreilly-cumplira-cuatro-anos-de-libertad-vigilada.shtml

State Department email attack 'fits pattern' of Russian hackers, says expert


The State Department has shut down its email system after it was reportedly hacked. The department’s entire unclassified email system was closed down to repair possible damage. A senior US official said that the department detected “activity of concern” in its system, but added that the classified systems had not been compromised. The official also said that a similar security breach at the White House in October was probably part of the same attack. It is still unclear who might have been responsible for the attacks on the State Department, though the earlier White House attack was blamed on hackers affiliated with the Russian government. This is the latest in a series of security breaches at US government departments. In October, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported that four of its websites suffered security breaches, cutting weather satellite data off for more than a week. The same month, the internal systems belonging to USIS, a government contractor providing background checks for the Department of Homeland Security, were breached. Officials said at the time that the attackers – whom they believed to be state-sponsored, possibly by China – might have stolen information about DHS personnel. Another hack, which targeted the US Postal Service in October, exposed the personal details and social security numbers of as many as 800,000 employees. Peter Singer, an expert on cyber-security and the former director of the Brookings Institution’s Center For 21st Century Security and Intelligence, told the Guardian that while it is often impossible to know who is responsible for attacks like this, the attack “fits a pattern of known behaviour” for Russian cyber-criminals acting with the backing and support of the Russian government. He said that the US needs to be ready for such attacks, and be prepared to be resilient to their effects, rather than hoping to prevent them altogether. “Sorry to let you know, but you’re never going to have 100% security,” he said. “Anyone who tells you otherwise is up to no good.” “There is no wall high enough to keep the bad guys out.” Ver Mas en: http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2014/nov/17/state-department-email-attack-shutdown

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