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LATINO LOOP for the week of February 16, 2018

Lin-Manuel Miranda recently released a Salsa-remix of "Almost Like Praying." Proceeds from the song, which features an all-star cast of collaborators, will head to the Hispanic Federation's Unidos Disaster Relief Fund assisting relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

Univision will celebrate the 30th edition of its Premio Lo Nuestro a la Musica Latina with a tribute to Emilio and Gloria Estefan. Wisin & Yandel will also make their reunion television debut.

The Chilean government has taken drastic steps to curb the obesity epidemic. Food laws enacted two years ago have attempted to alter, for the better, the dietary habits of nearly 20 million people with marketing restrictions, mandatory packaging redesigns, and labeling rules.

STARZ network have unveiled the teaser trailer for its latest series, "Vida." The half-hour drama stars two sisters from East L.A. and is scheduled to debut next month at SXSW. Watch it here

Telemundo has teamed up with British futbol media company Copa90 for bilingual initiative "El 12." The joint effort will celebrate the upcoming World Cup in Russia by highlighting passionate soccer fandoms within the US.

Noisey En Español has shared its list of its 20 Most Anticipated "Hispanoamericano" Albums of 2018. Artists who made the cut include Los Nastys, La Mala Rodriguez, Kali Uchis, Jesse Baez, Javiera Mena, and Buscabulla.   Check out the list here.

Former Guatemalan president Alvaro Colom was arrested by Guatemalan authorities on Tuesday on charges related to graft in the country’s public transportation system. Nine ministers of his 2008 - 2012 government were also arrested.

The Univision Creator Network has added numerous influencers to its roster. Andrea Espada, LGNDFRVR, Nury Jimenez, UDY, Emily Tosta, Franny Arrieta and This Is L&S will add their talents to Univision's in-house network for digital creators.

Esteban Loaiza was arrested last week in California on various drug charges. Police discovered the former MLB pitcher and ex-husband of deceased Ranchera star Jenni Rivera in possession of 40 pounds of cocaine.

Ricardo Querales is fearing for his life after receiving deportation orders. The hairstylist, who has lived in Miami over the past 15 years, worries he may not have access to HIV medication in his native Venezuela.

Democratic Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia has taken an unpaid leave of absence following allegations she made inappropriate advances towards two men. Garcia is considered one of the faces of the #MeToo movement.

Carolina Herrera will step down from her namesake brand after 37 years in charge. She has appointed Wes Gordon as her company's creative director and she will remain with the company as a global brand ambassador.

The mother of Pirates pitcher Elias Diaz was rescued three days after she was kidnapped from her home in Venezuela. State police are investigating an anti-drug police unit over possible involvement in the kidnapping.

Cable network Fusion revealed a new look in anticipation of the company's carriage expansion deal with Spectrum.

Spanish singer Isabel Pantoja will have to cancel concerts in Miami and San Juan after being denied a US visa. The rejection stems from a prior conviction for money laundering.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi broke a record last week when she spoke for over eight hours in support of young immigrants known as Dreamers. Pelosi took the podium at 10am and finished after 6pm.

Carlos Cordeiro has been elected as the new president of the United States Soccer Federation. He is the first Latino (his mother is Colombian) to hold that post.

The Consumer Investigative Units involved with NBC and Telemundo have saved consumers over $20 million dollars since inception in 2014. "NBC Response/Telemundo Responde" have answered over 250,000 consumer inquiries which include anything from withheld wages to insurance fraud.

Eight people have died and 40 were injured during carnaval celebrations in Oruro, Bolivia after a street vendor's gas canister exploded unexpectedly.

South Korean ice skaters Yura Min and Alexander Gamelin competed their set with the help of Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee. The duo skated to their hit song "Despacito" following the rule change that allows songs with lyrics.

Enrique Iglesias has inked a publishing deal with Kobalt Music that includes his catalog and future works.

Los Angeles-based artist Juan Marcos Montes is suing Live Nation and C3 Presents in federal court for copyright infringement. His suit claims that the companies’ used his art for the Lollapalooza events in Chicago and Santiago,Chile “outside of the scope, and beyond temporal period” of the original contract.

Discovery en Español will premiere “Confesiones De Mujeres Traficantes” on February 25th. The one-hour documentary is the company’s newest original production that tells the stories of four Hispanic women drug smugglers.

The BMI Foundation has extended the deadline for the Peermusic Latin Scholarship competition through April 1, 2018. The $5,000 award for Best Song or Instrumental is open to student songwriters and composers of original Latin music.

Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc. has appointed Maire Mason as Vice President, General Manager of the New York market.

Eva Longoria will executive produce an American remake of popular Spanish drama “Grand Hotel.” ABC has picked up the pilot.

LBI Media has appointed Nick Valls as GM of its station WGEN in Miami.  Valls was previously SVP of ad sales at MundoMax.

Six journalists representing six Latin American countries each received accolades from the 2018 King of Spain International Journalism Awards. Winners include Alexander Rivera Gonzalez of Costa Rica for his TV reports on the effects of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti and Julio Batista Rodriguez of Cuba for his report titled "Las Aguas Muertas del Havana Club.”

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