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SaturdayAugust 21, 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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Business Organizations Conducting Survey on U.S.-Mexican Border Views

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American Chamber of Commerce are conducting a joint survey to obtain feedback from U.S. and Mexican companies and organizations whose businesses are impacted by the security and efficiency of the U.S.-Mexico border.

The goal is to provide key recommendations regarding pragmatic measures designed to increase border security while facilitating trade and travel flows, in essence a private-sector vision of the U.S.-Mexico border.

If your business is impacted by issues of border security please fill out the survey.  All survey responses are confidential.  No information will be released without the expressed consent of the submitting party.  If you prefer to respond by phone, you may do so by calling (202) 463-5485.

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Armed Gang Storms Popular Brazil Hotel (Video)

The popular Intercontinental Hotel in Rio De Janerio, Brazil was the scene of an armed confrontation between police and armed criminals earlier today.  The shoot out happened as police stopped suspicious vehicles in the Sao Conrado neighborhood, one of Brazil’s more affluent areas and where the Intercontinental is located.

Armed ganged started fleeing from the vehicles and began shooting at police and attempted to hide out at the hotel.  Witnesses describe the masked gunmen as heavily armed all wearing black bullet-proof vests armed with guns and grenades.

A shootout followed between the masked gang thought to be drug cartel members and police.  Some of the gunmen commandeered the hotel for two hours after which police rescued 35 hostages and released over 400 hotel guests trapped in their rooms.  One innocent passerby was killed, two police officer and three gunmen were injured before the incident concluded.   

RJTV Brazil captured footage of some of the armed gunmen while they shot at police hidden behind a nearby garbage truck.  Video is in Portuguese.

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Turner Classic Movies Marks Anniversary of the Mexican Revolution With Special Film Presentation

In 1910, a wealthy young Mexican named Francisco Madero challenged the dictatorship of Porfirio Diaz and kicked off a decades-long struggle that would become known as the Mexican Revolution. Throughout September, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will commemorate the 100th anniversary of this pivotal event with a collection of films about the Mexican Revolution and its most intriguing figures, from Pancho Villa to Emiliano Zapata.

The offerings are highlighted by the TCM premieres of seven Spanish-language films by acclaimed Mexican director Ismael Rodriguez, including his 1957-60 trilogy about the life of revolutionary hero Pancho Villa. Four of the Rodriguez’s films will be presented late-night Sundays as part of TCM Imports, the networks international cinema showcase.

Elia Kazan’s epic Viva Zapata! (1952), making its first appearance on TCM, starring Marlon Brando as revolutionary Emiliano Zapata and Mexican-born Anthony Quinn in an Oscar-winning performance as his brother, Eufemio. TCM will also present the highly entertaining Viva Villa (1934), with Wallace Beery in one of his best roles as Pancho Villa.

“The Mexican Revolution is a fascinating period in history, full of memorable people and exciting stories,” said TCM host Robert Osborne. “TCMs commemoration offers viewers a chance to learn more about that country’s long struggle against dictatorship and corruption, while also enjoying the exciting work of some of the top film talent in Mexico.”

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Million Dollar Heroin Seizure at Border Checkpoint

U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Yuma Sector seized more than $1 million dollars of heroin at a Border Patrol checkpoint on Highway 95, north of Yuma, Arizona on Thursday.

Border Patrol agents assigned to the Blythe station encountered an 18-year-old woman driving a convertible at the primary inspection area of the checkpoint. A canine team conducted a cursory inspection and alerted to the vehicle. Agents investigated and discovered a false compartment in the vehicle that contained 11 bundles of heroin.  The 11 bundles of heroin, with a combined weight of 30 pounds, have an estimated street value of $1,024,500. The heroin, the subject and the vehicle were all turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Yuma is seven miles from Los Algodones, Mexico’s northernmost town and a popular destination to buy Mexican crafts and find inexpensive pharmacies.  Yuma is also the birth place of civil rights leader Cesar Chavez and home to 45,000 Hispanics, representing 50% of the town’s populations.  Yuma continues to face high-levels of crime and illegal immigration though those rates are lower than last year.  Yuma is most concerned about an isolated 450 acre region called Hunter’s Hole, a haven for drug smugglers and illegal immigrant crossings. The town is seeking permission to build a natural water barrier or moat between it and Mexico to deter the drug smuggling that occurred this week.  The concept is endorsed by the federal Bureau of Land Management and the Mexican government.

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La Crisis en Mexicana Afectará Viajes Todo Pagado a Cancún

La situación de Mexicana de Aviación y sus filiales Link y Click sí afectará los Viajes Todo Incluido (VTP) con los cuales trabajan entre el 65 y 70 por ciento de los hoteles de este destino, declaró el presidente de la Asociación de Hoteles, Rodrigo de la Peña Seguro.

Explicó que ante la posibilidad del cierre de la aerolínea, que incluiría a Click y Link, es probable que los hoteles limiten o corten el crédito de los VTP, lo cual es lamentable pues muchos centros de hospedaje operan de esa manera.

Esta compañía cubre una plaza muy importante, por lo que el 65 y 70 por ciento de los hoteles se maneja con VTP (hotel y avión incluidos), apuntó.

Aunque, aclaró que Quintana Roo no quedará incomunicado con la suspensión de vuelos nacionales e internacionales de la Compañía Mexicana de Aviación, porque hay otras aerolíneas que prestan el servicio.

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How to Become a U.S. Citizen

Naturalization is the process a foreign citizen goes through to become a citizen of the United States. Certain requirements must be fulfilled in order to gain U.S. citizenship.

It is important to note that immigration is a highly individualized process, and approvals are granted on a case-by-case basis. You may have a special case that does not follow the general naturalization requirements, but may be considered with special exceptions or waivers. A good immigration attorney can be a great resource if you have a special case. Also, highly skilled workers, investors and entrepreneurs can immigrate under special circumstances. Foreign residents also can come here legally if they have refugee or asylum status or in some cases are sponsored by humanitarian programs.

• Before becoming a citizen, applicants must be legal immigrants. Individuals in the country illegally are not eligible for permanent resident or citizenship status. According to the U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services - illegal immigrants wishing to gain citizenship must first go back to their home country and apply for legal permanent residency and file for naturalization.

Age You must be 18 years of age. Applicants less than 18 years old must follow procedures outlined for Naturalized Citizen’s children.

First apply for permanent resident status-

• Individuals can attain permanent resident status after living here continuously for five years, or by living here while being married to a U.S. citizen for three years or by having served in the U.S. Armed Forces for one year. You must be a permanent resident (obtained your green card) to be approved for citizenship.

• Individuals at least 18 years of age can become legal permanent residents by applying for a green card, which grants them authorization to permanently live and work in the U.S. After obtaining a green card on their way to citizenship, immigrants are then referred to as “lawful permanent residents.”


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Six Men Caught with 3,756 Protected Sea Turtle Eggs in Mexico

Police have arrested six men for illegally harvesting sea turtle eggs near Acapulco.  The 3,756 eggs were being smuggled in sacks and intended for sale or consumption.
The Olive Ridley turtle is endangered and protected under Mexican law.

The collection of marine turtle eggs from beach nests is a common practice by coastal communities throughout the world and contributes to the decline of turtle populations across the globe. All seven species of sea turtles have been designated endangered. The collection of the eggs has been responsible for the greatest part of the decline of the past few decades, and many nesting beaches are now empty of sea turtles.

The crime of illegally harvesting sea turtle eggs is punishable by prison terms of one to nine years.

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Major Drug Kingpin Nabbed in Columbia

Venezuelan Walid Makled Garcia, branded a “Major Kingpin” by the US government last year was arrested in Columbia on Friday. Makled is said to have accumulated a fortune by working with the Columbian rebels FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia)

Due to Makled’s alliance with the FARC, “they managed to introduce more than 10 tons of drugs a month into the United States and Europe,” Colombian national police director Gen. Oscar Naranjo said.

At the news conference, Naranjo noted that Makled is eventually to be extradited to the US for appearance in a New York court. Venezuelan prosecutors were quick to announce that they are also seeking extradition of Makled for charges in two murder investigations.

An angry Makled proclaimed his innocence and said the accusations are a plot against him. When asked about killings in which he is implicated, he said: “Do I have the face of a killer?”

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Changes Approved for Catholic Mass

On August 20 it was announced that Cardinal Francis George, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, received the final English text of the third edition of the Roman Missal.

As expected, implementation of the English translation in the United States of America will take place on November 27, 2011, the first Sunday of Advent.

As of August 20,  the final version of the Order of Mass can be viewed on the website of the BCDW .

Among other things, you may notice:


The Memorial Acclamation, “Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again,” has not been approved for inclusion in the Missal for the United States.

    The words of concluding the Penitential Act have been modified (they remain the same as in the current Sacramentary).

    “Lord, I am not worthy to receive you,” which will change to “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof.”

      The addition of “I believe” at three additional points in the Profession of faith

The Bishops Committee on Divine Worship, along with the International Committee on English in the Liturgy (ICEL), will be working the coming weeks to prepare the texts for distribution to publishers in the U.S.

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SaturdayAugust 21, 2010