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TuesdayAugust 10, 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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Two Hispanics Receive Presidential Citizens Medals

President Barack Obama awarded 13 Presidential Citizens Medals at a White House ceremony and among this elite group were two Hispanics.  Roberta Diaz Brinton and Colombian born Jorge Munoz received the Presidential Citizens Medal, the second highest civilian award after the Medal of Freedom, for their work in predominantly Latino communities.

The award is given to a U.S. citizen “who has performed exemplary deeds or services for his or her country or fellow citizens.”  Brinton mentors disadvantaged and minority students in East Los Angeles while working as the Science Director of the University of Southern California.  Jorge Munoz is the founder of An Angel in Queens, a non-profit that delivers free home-cooked meals to the needy on a street corner in Queens, New York. 

Other notable Americans that have received this honor are Colin Powell, Elizabeth Taylor, baseball legend Roberto Clemente and the first Latina President of the American Public Health Association, Dr. Helen Rodriguez-Trias

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La Bala que Mató a Hispano en Tiroteo en Harlem fue Disparada por la Policía

El joven hispano que murió el fin de semana durante un tiroteo en el barrio neoyorquino de Harlem falleció a causa de un disparo realizado por la Policía, según los resultados de la autopsia difundidos hoy por medios locales.

Inicialmente se había supuesto que Luis Soto murió el domingo, de madrugada y durante una fiesta, a manos de otro hispano, Ángel Álvarez, con el que se peleaba cuando la Policía acudió al lugar de los hechos.

El altercado generó un caótico tiroteo en el que se calcula que fueron disparados hasta 60 tiros y seis personas resultaron heridas, entre ellas dos agentes.

Mientras que Álvarez sobrevivió pese a recibir más de 20 impactos de bala, Soto, el otro protagonista de la pelea, murió tras recibir cinco balazos, que se creía procedían de su contrincante, aunque tanto el abogado de éste como testigos presenciales defienden que no portaba arma alguna.

Read more at Noticias Terra →

More Help Arrives for U.S. Border States to Identify Criminal Illegal Aliens

As part of the Obama administration’s ongoing commitment to effective border security, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano today announced that the Secure Communities program has been deployed to all 25 U.S. counties along the Southwest border.

Secure Communities allows U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to identify criminal aliens in state prisons and local jails—part of the Department’s focus on identifying and removing convicted criminal aliens who pose a public safety threat to American communities.

“Over the past year and a half, this administration has pursued a new border security strategy through unprecedented investments in personnel, technology and infrastructure and historic partnerships with Mexico and state and local law enforcement,” said Secretary Napolitano. “Secure Communities gives ICE the ability to work with our state and local law enforcement partners to identify criminal aliens who are already in their custody, expediting their removal and keeping our communities safer.”

The Secure Communities technology, made possible through collaboration between DHS, the Department of Justice, and state and local law enforcement agencies, enables digital fingerprints collected during the booking process to be checked against FBI criminal history records and DHS immigration records. By identifying any immigration record matches in U.S. jails and prisons, ICE can quickly and responsibly begin removal proceedings—ultimately expediting the removal of criminal aliens from the United States without any additional cost or changes to the booking process.

Read more at Homeland Security →

Study Reveals the Stress of Finding a Mate Could Shorten Life Expectancy of Men

A recent study revealed when men reach sexual maturity in a setting where they far outnumber women, they live an average of three months less than males from areas with more equitable gender ratios.

While the researchers didn’t look into the reasons for their findings—or prove that it was related to the struggle to find a mate—they believe a number of social and biological factors play a role. Trying to find a mate is stressful, and stress is a known contributor to health problems.

HS-News wonders if this also applies to Ronaldo, one of the soccer leagues most eligible bachelors, who has been spotted shirtless after his first day of practice for the Real Madrid. There does not appear to be any stress for this single-father returning to Spain’s soccer season after a disastrous World Cup performance.

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Válidas, Bodas Gay en Estados Mexicanos

En la Suprema Corte de Justicia de la Nación (SCJN) avanzó la propuesta que presentó el ministro Sergio Valls para avalar que los matrimonios entre personas del mismo sexo que se realicen en el DF, tengan validez y reconocimiento oficial en el resto del país.

Esta medida no implicaría que el resto de los estados deban permitir que en su territorio se puedan celebrar bodas gay.

En su tercera sesión de análisis en torno a la reforma capitalina, impugnada por el procurador general de la República, una mayoría de siete ministros.

Read more at El Universal →

Mexicana, Click y Link Suspenden Pago de Salarios

Los directivos del Grupo Mexicana aumentaron la presión sobre sus trabajadores al anunciar que hoy no pagarán salarios a los empleados de Compañía Mexicana de Aviación, Click y Link, debido al deterioro de su situación financiera. Afirmaron que usarán ese dinero para mantener operaciones y atender a los pasajeros que están por regresar de viaje.

Ayer por la mañana la empresa informó que suspendería de forma definitiva 15 rutas internacionales. Por la tarde corrigió y dijo que repuso los vuelos a Madrid y Londres. Horas más tarde el director de recursos humanos, Manuel Escobar Lapuente, envió una circular a los trabajadores, en la cual dice lamentar los inconvenientes que estamos viviendo y que afectan nuestra economía familiar, por lo que apelamos a su más amplio sentido de solidaridad y apoyo porque este martes no recibirán su salario.

El directivo señaló que la decisión de no pagar los salarios forma parte de una serie de medidas emergentes orientadas a optimizar al máximo el aprovechamiento y destino de los recursos del grupo, dando prioridad a mantener lo más posible nuestras operaciones y cubrir todos los vuelo de regreso pendientes.

Read more at La Jornada →

Chávez Rejects Newly Nominated US Ambassador

Newly nominated US Ambassador Dr. Larry Palmer will not be allowed to take his post in Venezuela says President Hugo Chávez. Palmer told a US Senator that there were issues of low morale in the Venezuelan military as well as clear ties between the Columbian terrorists and the Chávez government. This comes on the heals of Chávez denying any relationship with the guerillas and breaking ties with Columbia over the accusations.

The US is Venezuela’s top oil buyer, and Caracas is the fifth biggest US supplier after Canada, Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Nigeria.

“He himself ruled himself out, breaking all the rules of diplomacy, having a go at us, even the armed forces” Chávez said of Palmer. “Probably you will withdraw him, Obama. Don’t insist, I’m asking you.”

The US Department of State confirmed Monday that Larry Palmer continues to be their candidate as the next US Ambassador to Venezuela.

Read more at Merco Press →

Some Colleges and Universities Do Better Than Others in Graduating Hispanic Students

There are colleges and universities that are serving Hispanic college students better than others, as evidenced by small or nonexistent graduation-rate gaps between Hispanic and white students.  The Education Trust noted that private institutions graduate higher proportions of Hispanic students on average than public universities.  The top five private universities serving Hispanic students by that standard are:  Woodbury University (CA), University of St. Thomas (TX), University of San Francisco (CA), Biola University (CA) and the University of Miami (FL).

Sixty-two percent of Woodbury University’s large Hispanic student population graduate while other Universities noted by the Education Trust have low Hispanic student populations but high graduation rates as is the case with Duke University, Pepperdine and the University of Notre Dame amongst others.  For a complete lists visit the HSN Library.

Rising college graduation rates amongst Hispanic students is critical for the future of the U.S.  Poised by 2050 to constitute nearly one-third of the workforce, Latinos currently are the least prepared educationally to contribute to and benefit from the rapidly changing and demanding economy. Only 13 percent of young adult Latinos hold bachelor’s degrees, compared with 39 percent of whites, and 21 percent of African-Americans..

Read more at Education Trust →

2010 Census on Time and Under Budget

With a higher than expected mail return rate of 72%, no natural disasters, no flu epidemic or operational issues- The Census Bureau saved 1.6 Billion dollars. The 2010 census nearly complete, the Bureau is till conducting checks on the accuracy of its final data. The final numbers will impact the distribution of House seats as well as 400 billion in Federal aid. There had been concerns that immigrants worried over law enforcement would not participate but it is believed an effective ad campaign helped participation in the head count.

States such as New York, California, Texas, Arizona and Florida had average or below average mail-in participation rates, putting them in danger of either losing or gaining fewer than expected congressional seats

Results will be released beginning in late December. For future census surveys, the bureau will explore the use of Internet questionnaires.

Read more at Huffington Post →

In Need of Some Adventure?  Try Walking the Amazon River for 859 Days - Ed Stafford Just Did

A British man, Ed Stafford with his Peruvian friend, both with a lot of time on their hands, walked the full length of the Amazon River, 4,000 miles, for 859 days.

Stafford and Gadiel Cho Rivera, his expedition partner, started on the Peruvian side of the Amazon and ended their adventure in Belem, Brazil.  Stafford has bragging rights in being the first man to accomplish this feat and have “50,000” mosquito bites to show for it.  In the process he faced death in many shapes and forms.  There were the bows and arrows flung at him by native Indians, the tropical diseases he was exposed to and the deadly snakes, electric eels and scorpions that crossed his path. 

Starting this adventure in 2008, Stafford and Rivera lived on fish they caught and rice and beans offered by village locals.  The goal was to make more people aware of the diminishing rain forest and the plight of poverty many Amazon Indians face.  Stafford walked away from the adventure very positive about the future of the Amazon.

Read more at Euro News →

¡Felicidades! Ecuador on Your 201th Year of Independence

Today, all of Ecuador is celebrating and rejoicing its 201-year old independence from Spain. The Spanish arrived in the 1500’s and stayed for nearly 300 years as it colonized the region and enslaved native populations .  The fight for independence started in 1809 but only lasted for 24 days.  Some 13 years Antonio Jose de Sucre with Simon Bolivar, who lead Venezuela’s and Colombia’s independence movement, made their way to Ecuador and led a two year battle against the Spanish to cement Ecuador’s independence.

Ecuador, part of the former Inca Empire, is home to 14 million people and home to the world ecological treasure the Galapagos Islands. The country will celebrate with military parades, music concerts and cultural exhibitions.

Read more by HS News Staff →

TuesdayAugust 10, 2010