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FridayJuly 23, 2010

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To reflect the dynamic interests of our audience, Latino Daily News is an online daily news source and virtual cultural center for and about Latinos. We offer the latest news headlines, as well as innovative and insightful Hispanic current events stories, photos, videos, and commentaries from a Latino perspective, 24/7.

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Entrevista con Agatha Ruiz de la Prada

Agatha Ruiz de la Prada va por el mundo regando color y alegría, y regalando besos, “en teoría sí, luego en la práctica, menos”, aclara risueña. Es simpática y amena, energética y gregaria: “Me encanta la gente”. Se crió en medio de artistas y de la élite cultural. Su padre Juan Manuel Ruiz de la Prada es un reconocido arquitecto y parte de ese mundo. “Eso me cambió la vida. Influyó muchísimo en mí, sobre todo, porque en esa época en España era algo excepcional. Yo he hecho lo que he podido para que mis hijos puedan disfrutar del mundo del arte, el mundo de la cultura”. 

A través de los años, Agatha se ha mantenido conectada a esos mundos, tanto por interés personal como porque la vida se los ha puesto en el camino: “A mí me parece muy importante conocer a la gente que está creando, y como tengo la suerte de vivir con un periodista… es prácticamente imposible que haya una persona que sobresalga en algo en España que yo no conozca, y eso me ha divertido mucho. Creo que ha sido un lujo para mí y para mis hijos. Estás en casa y la gente va pasando por ahí”.

Read more at Vanidades →

Fully Bilingual and Bi-literate Predominantly Immigrant School Ranked Tops in the Nation

Fully Bilingual and Bi-literate Predominantly Immigrant School Ranked Tops in the Nation


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A duel immersion publically chartered school where children are fully bilingual by fourth grade has proven to be one of the best in the country. With a population of more than 95% Hispanic, 71% of the students qualify for free or reduced lunches, El Sol in Santa Ana California is beating all the odds.
Through a unique program that focuses on the family, the school’s family and children learning center offers aid for medical issues, unemployment, citizenship classes as well as legal aid.  All are at El Sol.
First and foremost, we’re a school but the fact that we do all of these other things is based in our belief that a healthy family and a healthy community is an important component of a strong educational experience for the student,” Monique Daviss, the schools executive director said. “We’re looking out for the whole child.”
Each parent is asked to donate a minimum of 20 hours of volunteer time to the school, most parents gladly exceed this.
The school opened in 2001 and spent several years trying to find its groove. Through a network of devoted parents, philanthropists and faculty, these children with limited opportunities are celebrating their achievement as being listed one of the best schools in America.

Read more at The Orange County Register →

Nevada Highest Unemployment Rate in U.S.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released its State unemployment rates today for the trailing month of June 2010 and Nevada once again reported the highest unemployment rate among the 50 states with a 14.2% rate.  The national average for unemployment is 9.5% with many states reporting lower than average rates. 

Not only is Nevada’s unemployment rate the highest it is trending upwards; its rate of unemployment went up 2.3% from same time last year.  Approximately 25% of the Nevada population is Hispanic and they have been hardest hit by unemployment.  As of 2009 Hispanic Nevadan’s had an unemployment rate of 16.4% now over 17%.  The loss of construction jobs and the crash of the housing market are related causes to the large unemployment in the state and those sectors have not recovered thus far.

Read more at Bureau of Labor Statistics →

Registration Prerequisites May Discourage Undocumented Students from Enrolling in NY Schools

One in five school districts in New York State is routinely asking for student’s immigration papers as a prerequisite to enrollment. The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) compiled a list of 139 districts and although they have not yet found any children turned away they fear many undocumented students may be discouraged from enrolling due to fear of being reported to immigration authorities.

In its 9 month investigation the NYCLU identified some practices that it considers “unintentional barriers” like requiring a social security number, to those considered “blatantly discriminatory,” like the regulation demanding noncitizen children to show a resident alien card.

The states education law which mandates free public education for all residents ages 5 to 21 permits districts to require documents that prove age and residency but does not have any additional requirements. 30-year-old Supreme Court ruling mandates that immigration status cannot be used to deny children access to a public education.

The NYCLU has contacted the identified school districts to advise them that their registration policies are discriminatory and unconstitutional.

Read more at New York Times →

Selena Gomez Reaching Adulthood

The singer song writer actress born to Mexican-American and Italian parents is officially an adult, turning 18 on Thursday. You won’t find her partying it up however, she will be too busy promoting her new film “Ramona and Beezus,” which opens on Friday.

The young Disney actress delighted fans when she began filming, “Wizards of Waverly Place” four years ago portraying a girl with magical powers.

These days the she has become her own brand with a clothing line, she’s on the cusp of releasing her second album, and is an ambassador to UNICEF.

Read more at Los Angeles Times →

6 Women who had Abortions in Mexico Serving Time for Homicide

Six women are currently serving prison terms in Guanajuato for having an abortion, a procedure that is legal in Mexico City. The six women have all served between three and eight years of their 25-30 year sentences for Homicide.
“We’re going to put in direct appeals to the federal judiciary,” Veronica Cruz, the director of the Centro Las Libres, which provides assistance to the women and to another 160 Guanajuato women facing abortion-related charges, told Efe.
Abortion is treated vastly different through out the 32 separate jurisdictions in Mexico. Conservative led central Mexican state Guanajuato treats abortion as a criminal offense while in Mexico City it is legal.
“The government always has denied that it imprisoned people for the crime of abortion. We had to go from prison to prison to verify it,” said the Centro Las Libres director. Of the six cases being appealed, two are the result of rape and four were accidental pregnancies.

Read more at Latin American Herald Tribune →

Divers Find Ancient Monkey Fossils in the Dominican Republic

The recent Discovery of the ‘Stout little monkey’ fossil from an underwater cave in the Dominican Republic could make it possible to understand what caused it to disappear from Hispaniola.

Researchers say the fossil could be around 3,000 years old, but the species itself could be very ancient, well over 10 million years old.

The discovery included an almost complete skull and surprisingly stout legs. This was an unexpected occurrence since there are no current living examples of New World monkeys with stout legs like that.

Dr. Rosenberger from Brooklyn College in New York, led the examination and suggests the primate could have behaved similarly to a koala, clinging to the trunks of trees, rather than leaping from branch to branch.

The “Stout little monkey’ fossil adds to evidence that several lineages of primates existed in the Caribbean, instead of one ancestor from which all modern species evolved. This recent discovery is only the second specimen of the species Antillothrix bernensis ever found.

Read more at BBC →

Guillermo del Toro to Remake “Haunted Mansion” the Movie

The creative force behind “Pan’s Labyrinth” and “Hellboy”, Guillermo del Toro, has united with Disney to pay homage to the popular “Mansion” ride, which opened at Disneyland in 1969.

“It’s going to be a thrill ride for the whole family but it’s definitely going to be scary,” Del Toro confessed of the new movie project. “(Walt) Disney is one of the creators of some of the scariest images in my childhood. People forget that he not only made sweet images but also images of nightmare. We need to honor that side of the legacy.”

He made a deal with Disney to co-write the script with Matthew Robbins whom he collaborated with in 1997 on the film “Mimic” and the upcoming “Don’t be Afraid of the Dark,” as well as to produce the film. The new movie will not be linked to Disney’s earlier attempt to turn the ride into a movie in 2003 with Eddie Murphy. For his part Del Toro is thrilled about the project, the ride is one of his childhood obsessions and even rides it as a form of therapy to this day.

Eager fans will have to wait as Del Toro creates yet another movie masterpiece, he concluded, “We want to make a movie for the 21st century,” he said.


Read more at The Hollywood Reporter →

Tenofovir, Seguro en Prevención de VIH: Estudio

VIENA, 23 de julio.- El fármaco para el sida tenofovir, de Gilead, es seguro como una medida preventiva para los hombres en alto riesgo de contraer el virus, dijeron científicos este viernes, pero se necesitan nuevos ensayos para comprobar su eficacia.

Investigadores de los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC por su sigla en inglés) de Estados Unidos estudiaron la seguridad del fármaco en hombres homosexuales y bisexuales que no tenían el virus de inmunodeficiencia humana (VIH) que causa el sida y dijeron que los resultados no generaron preocupación.

“No hallamos mayor riesgo de daño en términos médicos y, en cuanto a la conducta, el trabajo preliminar que hemos hecho también sugiere que no hay un mayor riesgo”, dijo Lisa Grohskopf, que dirigió el estudio y presentó sus conclusiones en la Conferencia Internacional del Sida en Viena.

El enfoque que consiste en tomar un fármaco antirretroviral diario para intentar prevenir la infección del VIH se conoce como profilaxis previo a la exposición, o PrEP. Científicos de todo el mundo lo están probando para ver si puede ser efectivo en grupos de alto riesgo, incluyendo los hombres homosexuales.

Read more at Excelsior →


• CRIME: The government of President Alvaro Colom announced the use of soldiers in fighting street crime.  The country’s defense ministry will now work with local police forces on combating violent gangs.  Initially 500 soldiers will be deployed.  The President is responding to the upsurge in violent crime that has put fear in most of Guatemala, where on average 17 people are killed daily from a violent crime.

• NATURAL DISASTER:  At least five people perished outside of the capital city of Guatemala City due to a landslide.  The victims all residents of Tierra Nueva were killed when loose ground gave way to foot traffic in the area after heavy rain.

• ENVIRONMENTAL:  More than 30 sea turtles have been found on the southern coast of the country most were asphysiated from illegal fishing nets.  By law fishing nets must meet certain standards to ensure the safety of the endangered sea turtles.  The turtles are under siege due to poaching and over-harvesting of their eggs.

Read more by HS News Staff →


• ACCIDENTS: Thirteen people and one adult were injured in Ensenada, Mexico when a church collapsed

• CRIME:  Fifteen people were killed in Chihuahua, eight of which were gunmen fighting federal police during a surprise raid on a drug-trafficking hub.  More than 100 troops raided the drug operation in El Cable de la Simona, a rural part of this northern state in Mexico

• CRIME:  Three charred bodies were located on a highway in Chihuahua.  No identifications are available at this time.

• CRIME:  Four people were found dead in Ciudad Juarez in separate incidents.  In the most horrific, a woman was thrown from a moving vehicle and shot to death, the incident was tied to rival drug cartel activities.  More than 5,000 people alone have died in Juarez this year.

Read more by HS News Staff →

El Salvador to Spend $84M to Upgrade its Public Health Care System

The country of El Salvador will spend $84Million to expand and upgrade its public health care system for its 7 million residents.  The government of El Salvador is seeking to more effectively treat and manage the growing incidence of chronic diseases as well as infectious diseases and other types of illnesses related to poverty.  Most of the expansion in the health care system will be in rural areas where approximately 40% of the population lives in poverty with limited access to preventive health care. 

Upon completion of the project there will be more primary health care centers, more health care personnel and modern information systems to better serve patients.  The program, known as “Comunidades Solidarias Urbanas”, seeks to reduce the mortality rate amongst the poorest in the country for years to come. 

Read more at IDB →

FridayJuly 23, 2010