Syria Chemical Weapons Agreement Reached Between United States, Russia

says Assad used chemical weapons in an Aug. 21 attack on the outskirts of Damascus, the capital, killing more than 1,400 civilians. That prompted President Obama to ready American airstrikes on his order until he decided two weeks ago to ask for authorization from Congress . Then came the Russian proposal , and Mr. Obama asked Congress, already largely opposed to military intervention, to delay a vote . Play Video Ex-CIA official fears Syria could become al Qaeda safe haven Mr. Obama said the deal “represents an important, concrete step toward the goal of moving Syria’s chemical weapons under international control so that they may ultimately be destroyed.” “This framework provides the opportunity for the elimination of Syrian chemical weapons in a transparent, expeditious and verifiable manner, which could end the threat these weapons pose not only to the Syrian people but to the region and the world,” he said in a statement. Kerry and Lavrov said they agreed on the size of the chemical weapons inventory, and on a speedy timetable and measures for Assad to do away with the toxic agents. But Syria, a Moscow ally, kept silent on the development, while Mr. Obama made clear that “if diplomacy fails, the United States remains prepared to act.” The deal offers the potential for reviving international peace talks to end a civil war that has claimed more than 100,000 lives and sent 2 million refugees fleeing for safety, and now threatens the stability of the entire Mideast. Play Video Kerry: “No games” from Syria on chemical weapons agreement Kerry and Lavrov, along with the U.N.-Arab League envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, said the chances for a follow-up peace conference in Geneva to the one held in June 2012 would depend largely on the weapons deal.

United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Announces Emmy Award-Winning News Anchor Tsi Tsi Ki Felix as Emcee of 2013 USHCC National Convention

This dynamic, influential, and visionary Emmy Award-winning news anchor and television personality serves as a prominent voice for the Hispanic Community. She is a prolific spokesperson on issues as wide-ranging as politics, finances, health, women and family. In addition to winning an Emmy, Tsi Tsi Ki has been honored with numerous awards for her trustworthy reporting and unwavering pursuit of the truth, including the “Best Spanish News Presentation in Radio,” the Peter Lisagor Award for “Best Foreign Newscast in the Midwest”, and the “Enterprising Woman of the Year Award.” “The USHCC will make headlines this year by convening the largest gathering of Hispanic business leaders, corporate executives, and decision makers to date,” said USHCC President and CEO Javier Palomarez. “Tsi Tsi Ki Felix’s illustrious journalistic career has pushed necessary boundaries, and shed light on the issues most affecting the Hispanic community — and all Americans. Given her courage, professionalism and class, Tsi Tsi Ki is a natural choice for this year’s USHCC National Convention emcee. We are honored that she has joined our organization in this endeavor.” “The Hispanic community is an integral part of the American narrative. Our culture and values are perfectly consistent with the American Dream that has made and continues to make the United States great,” said Ms. Felix. “I’m proud to serve as emcee of the 2013 National Convention of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. I am proud of the assembled leaders who demonstrated the power of our community and the opportunities that lie before us to further bolster the role of Hispanics in America’s future growth and prosperity.” “The USHCC aims to transform American business, by connecting Hispanic small businesses to iconic corporate brands to spur innovation, job creation, and commercial growth. Tsi Tsi Ki Felix is a staunch advocate of our cause, and we are delighted to have her emcee our convention,” said Marc Rodriguez, USHCC Chairman of the Board. About the USHCC Founded in 1979, the USHCC actively promotes the economic growth and development of Hispanic entrepreneurs and represents the interests of over 3 million Hispanic owned businesses across the United States that contribute in excess of $465 billion to the American economy each year. It also serves as the umbrella organization for more than 200 local Hispanic chambers and business associations in the United States and Puerto Rico.