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SundayAugust 15, 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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Fog Catchers of Peru - One of Mother Nature’s Wonders

If finding water in the desert is a blessing, then Atiquipa really is blessed! Located in the middle of Peru’s coastal desert, the lomas of Atiquipa bloom every year between July and November. Lomas are isolated, oasis-like pockets of vegetation sprinkled throughout the Peruvian desert.  How do plants in lomas find enough water to survive? During the Peruvian winter and spring, a dense fog that comes in from the Pacific Ocean blankets the rolling hills along the coast of Atiquipa, where it condenses and provides moisture that nurtures these patches of lush, green vegetation. This fog also sustains the local community members who capture it in nets to collect water they can drink, and also use to nourish their crops.

As the fog comes in, its moisture is naturally captured by small hills and trees in the arid landscape.  Natives also create their own fog catchers-huge mist nets strung between large wooden poles-that are an unlikely sight in this rugged landscape.  As the wind blows the fog through, the tiny droplets cling to the net that are eventually captured in storage tanks.  This moisture, from Mother Nature and man-made then create the lomas, a lush, green forest brimming with more than 350 plant species and nearly 80 bird species - a true oasis in the desert and a wonder of Mother Nature and man’s ingenuity.

Read more at The Nature Conservancy →

NCLR Calls for End to State Level Immigration Policy

NCLR (National Council of La Raza) has released a report – The Impact of Section 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act on the Latino Community. See the full report here in the HSN Library.

The recent signing of Arizona SB 1070 and subsequent reactions to the law have brought significant attention to the dangers of state-level immigration enforcement and the urgent need for comprehensive federal immigration reform. One antecedent of the law is the federal law known as section 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act

The nations largest Hispanic advocacy organization calls for the end of Davidson County TN 287(g) program because it is divisive between minorities and law enforcement. The program calls for the checking of a person’s immigration status once they are have been arrested by police.  A majority of Hispanics responding to the survey said they do hesitate to report crimes due to the act.

‘The real significant finding is the undermining (of safety) because of this program,’ said Stephen Fotopulos, the coalition’s executive director.

These actions erode the trust a community has in law enforcement, said Art Venegas, former police chief in Sacramento, Calif., who went over the report in a telephone briefing.  ‘Sometimes (officers) allow their biases and bigotry and their misbehavior to come through,’ he said. ‘When you have that, you can’t secure a community.’


Read more at The Tennessean →

Chihuahua Officials Report 23 deaths in 24 hrs in Drug Related Violence

Chihuahua State Prosecutors report that there have been 23 deaths in 24 hours in drug related violence throughout the state.

13 people were killed this weekend in the border city of Ciudad Juarez, while 10 more deaths occurred n various parts of the state. A couple was killed at a shopping mall during an attempt to steal their car.  Ciudad Juarez, located just across from the US city of El Paso, is at the center of growing drug violence in Mexico.

Violence between warring drug gangs has left 28,000 dead since 2006. The majority of those killings are being attributed to the ongoing turf wars between Juarez and Sinaloa gangs. Both gangs wanting control of the lucrative drug trafficking routes into the United States.

Thousands of troops have been deployed to Ciudad Juarez to stem the violence, but the killing continues.

Read more at PRESS TV →

Mexico Continues to Ban Popular Musical Group Los Tucanes de Tijuana

The popular norteno musical group Los Tucanes de Tijuana continues to be banned from playing to their hometown audience in Tijuana, Mexico for their ‘narcocorrido’ music.  The band has been barred from Tijuana for over a year without a welcome mat arriving any time soon. 

The narcocorridos are distinctive accordion laded ballads paying homage to the life of drug cartels or their leaders.  As a result of the Tucanes musical homage to crime bosses ‘El Teo’ and ‘Muletas’, both responsible for killing 45 Tijuana police, they were barred from performing in Mexico. Some of their song lyrics are even being investigated for containing a hidden death threat to the head of police in Tijuana.

The Mexican government in an effort to curb the overwhelming drug-related violence is placing restrictions on narcocorridos being played in radio, nightclubs and even public transportation.  The government sees this as a public safety measure, performers like the Tucanes see it as censorship.  Some groups are even being detained and interrogated when drug raids occur and groups are present as paid performers. 

Here for your listening pleasure is a Los Tucanes musical video with over 1 million You Tube viewers, that glorifies the drug lords and the bounty they put on their enemies heads. 


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Read more at LA Times →

Guatemala’s Former Interior Minister and a One-Time Presidential Candidate Wanted for Murder

Some say Alejandro Giammattei, former Presidential candidate of Guatemala and Carlos Vielmann, the country’s former Interior Minister were just doing their job to curb violence in the country – the United Nations and Guatemalan prosecutors see it differently. 

As Guatemala struggles with its high crime rate, one of the highest in Latin America, the country is reeled with the news that Giammattei, during his tenor as head of prisons and Vielman are charged with organizing the execution of inmates during a prison raid back in 2006.  The Pavon prison was known for its lawlessness and for being controlled by the inmates.  There were drug labs, restaurants and even video arcades built and managed by the prisoners.  Giammattei wanted to change all that and carried out a massive raid with the assistance of the Interior Minister. 

After the approximate 1,000 police and soldiers commandeered the prison back to lawfulness and after a massive shoot out, many prisoners were dead.  The UN and Guatemalan prosecutors, in the course of an investigation, say 7 prisoners were singled out for execution and did not die in the course of the raid.  Giamettei has now been arrested and Vielmann is being sought.


Read more at World News →

Repeated Ear Infections Seem to Plague Children Living in Poverty

White children and those in poor families are more likely to have repeated ear infections than other children, U.S. researchers have found.

Ear infection (also called otitis media) is one of the most common health problems in children. By the age of 3, more than 80 percent of children have had at least one ear infection. The cost of medical and surgical treatment of these infections is $3 billion to $5 billion a year in the United States.

About 4.65 million U.S. children suffer frequent ear infections each year, defined as more than three infections over 12 months, according to background information in the study by University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Harvard University researchers.

The research team analyzed 1997-2006 data from the U.S. National Health Interview Survey and found that the rates of frequent ear infections were 7 percent for white children, 6.2 percent for Hispanic children, 5 percent for black children, and 4.5 percent for children of other racial or ethnic groups. The average age of the children in the study was 8.5 years.

The study authors also found that the rate of frequent ear infections among children in households below the poverty line was higher (8 percent) than that for those in families above the poverty line.

“The racial and ethnic disparity was somewhat surprising,” study co-author Dr. Nina Shapiro, director of pediatric otolaryngology at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA, said in a UCLA news release.

“We are not certain why these gaps exist, but possible explanations could include anatomic differences, cultural factors or disparate access to health care. It could also be that white children are overdiagnosed and non-white children are underdiagnosed,” she said.

Read more at Department of Health & Human Services →

SundayAugust 15, 2010