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LATINO LOOP for the week of November 24, 2017

Puerto Rico’s Department of Public Safety issued a statement this week asking local funeral home directors to provide information about potential hurricane-related deaths following a CNN report which found that potentially hundreds of deaths on the island were not reported as related to Hurricane Maria.  The official death toll is 55. 

Caracas mayor Antonio Ledezma arrived in Madrid over the weekend after escaping house arrest in Venezuela, crossing into Colombia by land before heading to Spain. 

U.S. Border Patrol agent Rogelio Martinez was killed last weekend while on patrol in southwest Texas.  His partner was seriously injured as well and the two suffered serious head injuries and broken bones.   An explanation of how and what happened to the officers is still under investigation.  

Search efforts continue to find an Argentine Navy submarine with 44 crew members on board that has been missing for a week, with fears that the sub may run out of oxygen today if it has been unable to surface and refresh its supply.   The sub lost contact with the navy somewhere off of Argentina’s South Atlantic coast on November 15th. 

Pedro Infante was honored last week with a Google Doodle in celebration of what would have been his 100th birthday.   Google also featured an online exhibit about Infante on its Google Arts & Culture site.  Check it out here

The Latin GRAMMY Awards aired live from Las Vegas last week with “Despacito” taking home several awards including Song of the Year.  Other winners include Ruben Blades, Eduardo Cabra, Vicente Garcia, Residente, Juanes, Shakira, Mon Laferte, Flor de Toloache and Natalia Lafourcade, among many others.

Hispanic digital media and production company RAZE, founded by Sofia Vergara, Emiliano Calemzuk and Luis Balaguer, took home the PromaxDBA Latin America “Game Changer Award”. The award recognizes cultural innovators who, through the development of new technologies, applications, or business models, are transforming the business of entertainment marketing.

Walter Kolm’s WK Entertainment announced it will open its Madrid office on December 1st, tapping tour promoter Pascual Egea to run the European operation.   WK Entertainment’s roster includes Maluma, Carlos Vives, Wisin and Silverstre Dangond.

Dayanara Torres was crowned the winner of season five of Univision’s dance competition “Mira Quien Baila”.

Los Angeles’ Conga Room will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a show featuring Gilberto Santa Rosa, Jerry Rivera and Grupo Niche at the Microsoft Theater on February 1st, 2018.  The event kicks off a series of shows celebrating the venue’s anniversary. 

Jose Andres Blanco, aka Blanquito Man, vocalist from King Chang√≥, died last week in a New York City hospital after battling colon cancer for the last three years.  

Mexico City hosted an NFL football game with the New England Patriots winning over the Oakland Raiders last weekend at the Estadio Azteca.  Mexico’s tourism ministry and the NFL announced a deal for three regular season games in 2019-2021 to take place in Mexico.

Former Noma chef de cuisine Jose Luis Hinostroza plans to open Natal, his first solo project, in Tulum, Mexico.  Hinostroza had relocated to Tulum last year for a pop-up of Noma and stayed behind when the pop-up ended. Natal “will focus on pre-colonial Mesoamerican cuisine, techniques, and ingredients”.

Adolfo Lagos, the head of Televisa’s phone and internet platform Izzi, was shot and killed on Sunday in Mexico while riding his bike near the Teotihuacan pyramids.   

Hans Schafer recently joined Live Nation to head up the newly formed Live Nation Latin division. Schafer was formerly director of Latin Talent at AEG.

Spanish attorney general, Jose Manuel Maza died unexpectedly on Saturday in Buenos Aires while attending an international law conference.  The 66-year-old was taken to the hospital after complaining of not feeling well and his death was attributed to a kidney infection. Maza had been leading the prosecution of Catalan separatist leaders.  

Chef Jose Andres’ World Central Kitchen nonprofit will serve 40,000 Thanksgiving meals this week in Puerto Rico.  

According to a recent Harris Poll survey commissioned by Chevrolet, 66% of Hispanic parents say that in-car wi-fi/internet connectivity would make family road trips more enjoyable.  Hispanic parents’ #1 favorite way to pass the time on family road trips is talking (82%),  followed by listening to music (78%), just spending time in the car (43%) and playing classic road trip games (36%).  81% of Hispanic parents answered spending time with family as their favorite part of road trips.

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI opens in U.S. theaters on December 15 and stars Oscar Isaac and Benicio del Toro alongside Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, John Boyega and Daisy Ridley.  A new trailer is now out.

The “Door of Hope” inside Friendship Park, which lies between the U.S./Mexico border between San Diego and Tijuana, was opened this past weekend for the wedding of Evelia Reyes and Bryan Houston.  The metal gate has only been opened six times since 2013.  Reyes, 27, was on the Mexico side of the border while Houston, 26, stayed in the U.S. A judge from Tijuana quickly performed the ceremony.

Venezuelan authorities arrested the president and five executives from Citgo, a U.S.-based refinery subsidiary of Venezuela's state oil company PDVSA, on corruption charges.

Univision will air “Dando Gracias en Familia,” on Thursday, November 23, at 8 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. CT). The two-hour special will feature several Univision TV hosts sharing inspiring stories in celebration of Thanksgiving as well as musical performances by Jesse & Joy and Johann Vera.

Luis Fonsi has reportedly recorded a Mandarin version of “Despacito” with Singaporean singer JJ Lin.

California Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra is facing allegations of sexual harassment from six women. Bocanegra announced that he will resign his seat at the end of the session in September and has suspended his reelection campaign.

AguaLucha, a ready-to-use, bottled agua fresca drink, recently launched in California,  The drinks are all natural and only 100 calories.  The company was started by Nacho and Lucho, entrepreneurs from a Mexican wrestling family. www.agualucha.com.

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