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I Hope Diego Luna And Chris Hemsworth Are Actual Bros After This Video Because They Make Saving The Oceans Look So Cool Together

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Corona and Parley teamed up to bring you major star power and cleaner oceans. The video below, while presenting perspectives from famous people, also aims to show you the very real effects that humans are having on our oceans, and stressing the importance of making a difference.

Actors Diego Luna, Nashla Bogaert, Chris Hemsworth and pro surfer Ramon Navarro teamed up to shoot this video on what the oceans mean to them to promote the collaboration’s “100 Islands Protected by 2020” campaign. They intend to have cleaner oceans and beaches within the next 3 years.

From Parley’s website, the mission statement for this campaign lays out their dream for a cleaner, plastic free ocean.

“There’s a new alliance in the movement to end marine plastic pollution. Through creative collaboration and the Parley AIR Strategy, together with Corona (global) we will bring change to the beverage industry and protect 100 islands by 2020, starting in six key regions – Mexico, Maldives, Australia, Chile, Italy, and Dominican Republic.”

Dominican actress Nashla Bogaert shared a shortened Spanish-language clip on her Instagram.

 

A post shared by Nashla Bogaert (@nashlabogaert) on May 19, 2017 at 2:44pm PDT

In her captions she writes: “Soy Dominicana. Vivo en un país bordeado por el hermoso océano y me rompe el corazón el daño que le hacemos.” (I’m Dominican. I live in a country bordered by the beautiful ocean and my heart breaks because of the damage we do.)

Chilean surfer Ramon Navarro, showed what the campaign is all about by cleaning up beaches in this picture.

 

A post shared by Ramon Navarro (@surfnavarro) on May 17, 2017 at 9:00am PDT

He captioned the photo “Nací y me críe en Pichilemu. Como mis padres, y sus padres, crecí obsesionado con el océano.” (I was born and raised in Pichilemu. Like my parents, and their parents, I grew obsessed with the ocean.)

Diego Luna isn’t scared to get down in the sand to make the beach a better place.

 

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 “Lo que lastima al océano nos lastima a todos.” (What hurts the ocean hurts us all.)

Chris Hemsworth did his part, all without the help of his Thor powers.

“I’ve spent a large part of my life in and around the ocean, it’s where a lot of my happiest memories came from.”


It seems like this is a great campaign, with a positive message, using star power for the greater good. I’ll drink to that. Anybody got a limón for my cervecita?


[H/T] Junkee

Credit: Corona Extra Australia / Youtube

READ: Here’s How These Huaraches Are Helping Guatemala’s Mayans Fight Pollution


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Republican Rep. Says His New Tax Bill On Immigrants Will Help Pay for The Border Wall

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Republican Rep. Says His New Tax Bill On Immigrants Will Help Pay for The Border Wall

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The Trump Administration, along with many Republican legislators, are still looking for “creative” ways to get funding for the border wall. Even though it appears President Donald Trump has sort of forgotten about it — at least according to his budget outline — there’s still a couple of go-getters who think they have the solution to bring in the big bucks for the big wall.

Remember when Ted Cruz said that El Chapo and the drug cartel in Mexico should cover the bill? Yeah, that was hilarious.

Now, Mike Rogers, a Republican congressman from Alabama, is proposing a bill that would enforce a remittance tax and use those funds towards building the border wall. So, basically, money being sent to other countries via wire transfers from the United States would have an additional tax. Guess who sends the most money from the United States to other countries: LATINOS.

The bill is called The Border Wall Funding Act of 2017” and it was presented by Rogers on March 30. According to NPR, the bill calls for a “2 percent tax on all person-to-person wire transfers to Mexico, the rest of Latin America and the Caribbean.”

Mexico gets the biggest chunk of change from United States citizens, documented and otherwise. The World Bank reports that the remittance flows in 2015 for Mexico was $28.5 billion.

The World Bank has stated that remittance tax is not good for a variety of reasons. One of them is that it affects the poorest communities.

“Since the income of migrants has, in principle, already been taxed in the host country, taxing remittances amounts to double taxation for tax-paying migrants,” Dilip Ratha, lead economist at the World Bank, writes. “Since remittances are usually sent to poor families of migrants, the tax would be born ultimately by them and therefore it is likely to be highly regressive.”

Ratha also states that even if this bill is approved, migrants will find other creative ways to get money back to their people in Mexico.

[VIA] NPR: A Proposed New Tax, Mainly On Latinos, To Pay For Trump’s Border Wall

READ: President Trump Signs Executive Orders For Mexico Border Wall And Defunding Sanctuary Cities

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