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TuesdayAugust 31, 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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FEDERAL RESERVE: Net Effect of Immigrants on U.S. Economy is Positive

As the unemployment rate hovers around 9.6% and new job creation prospects dim, each and every job taken by an immigrant is cause for concern.  Many in the U.S. view immigrants as ‘job-takers’ and a drain on the struggling U.S. economy.  Not so, says a recent study by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

According to the report immigrants have no significant negative effect on the number of jobs available to U.S. citizens and they actually boost other incomes and productivity over time.  Immigrants who tend to be less educated and lack special skills allow U.S. workers with their same level of job-readiness to shift into low-tech jobs, manufacturing or communication intensive jobs, which pay better.

Mathematically this translates to a .9% wage increase for each 1% increase of immigrant labor found.  Therefore total immigration to the U.S. from 1990 to 2007 was credited with a 6.6% to 9.9% increase in real income per U.S. worker. 

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‘Dunk High Tecate’ Nike’s New Gym Shoe for the Urban Drinker or Urban Athlete?

Nike has just introduced a hi-top sneaker featuring a suede and leather combo in honor of Mexican beer, Cerveza Tecate. The Nike SB Tecate is a sneaker adored with gold side-panels in black leather with an upper red suede and the patented Nike Swoosh.

Though not billing it as an homage to Tecate because it would be irresponsible marketing Nike draws its color scheme from the beer can and the shoes name is the same as the beer.  Now you tell me.

Therefore, we are not sure if these are “high” tops for the urban drinker that needs additional ankle support when tipping back a few cervezitas.  Or is the shoe for the urban athlete that needs to be reminded of his or her favorite beer while engaging in athletic endeavors?  Or did Nike mean to give its young consumer a subliminal message ‘d(r)unk high’ on Tecate while wearing your tecate shoes?  Not sure.  Enjoy the informal comparison on the following video.

The company has gotten itself into trouble before with its questionable use of symbols and messages.  In 1997 it had to apologize to Islamic groups for words resembling “Allah” placed on back of one of its sneakers and had to discontinue the shoes, not before becoming a best seller in great part due to the controversy.  We won’t go into the numerous investigations into child labor practices, violation of minimum wage and overtime laws – but heck they do supply the world with some of the snappiest leisure shoes in the world.

The gym shoes is now available at most Nike retailers for over $100 which is a lot more than a 6-pack of Cerveza Tecate retailing for approximately $4. 

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Leon Mexico to Create “Most Secure City in the World” with Iris Scan System

Leon, Mexico, a city of one million, has began implementing an iris scan biometric system from New York-based Global Rainmakers; the system, rolled out across the city; anyone taking money out of an ATM, paying for items in a store, or simply catching a bus will have their eyes scanned by hi-tech sensors; criminals will automatically be enrolled, their irises scanned once convicted; law-abiding citizens will have the option to opt-in; the company’s CEO believes people will choose to opt-in: “When you get masses of people opting-in, opting out does not help. Opting out actually puts more of a flag on you than just being part of the system. We believe everyone will opt-in”

A biometrics company is set to roll out iris recognition technology across an entire city in a move that would create a Minority Report-like society in which anyone taking a train or shopping in a department store will have their eyes scanned by hi-tech sensors.

New York-based Global Rainmakers Inc. (GRI) has announced that it will use the technology to begin creating what it claims will be “the most secure city in the world” in Leon, one of Mexico’s largest cities.

Fast Company’s Austin Carr reports that the move will see GRI’s eye swipe machines, which come in a variety of different shapes and sizes, hooked up to a huge iris database created in conjunction with Leon law enforcement authorities.

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Border-Wide Drone Aircraft Set to Deploy Providing Surveillance to Entire Southwest Region

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano announced today that Predator Unmanned Aerial System flights, also known as drones, will begin out of Corpus Christi, Texas, beginning on Wednesday, Sept.1. With the deployment of drones in Texas, DHS unmanned aerial capabilities will now cover the Southwest Border—from the El Centro Sector in California all the way to the Gulf of Mexico in Texas—providing critical aerial surveillance assistance to personnel on the ground.

The new, border-wide use of the Predator aircraft, comes on the heels of the recently passed Southwest border security supplemental legislation, which will provide additional drones that will bolster these newly expanded operations.

These efforts are just the latest steps that the President and his Administration have directed to the southwest border since launching the Southwest Border Initiative in March 2009.

Since then, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has doubled the number of personnel assigned to border enforcement security task forces; tripled the number of Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers working along the U.S.-Mexico border; quadrupled deployments of border liaison officers; and begun screening 100 percent of southbound rail shipments for illegal weapons, drugs, and cash.  In addition, the Administration is dedicating $600 million in new funding to enhance security technology at the border, share information and support with state, local, and tribal law enforcement, and increase federal law enforcement activities at the border.

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CRIME: Five bullet-ridden bodies, all male, were found by police near Guadalajara, Mexico.  No one has been implicated in the killings of these men all in their 20’s and 30’s.

ARRESTS:  Mexico federal police are announcing key arrests of a leader in Los Zetas, members of the La Familia Michoacana cartel and drug lord Edgar Valdez.  The Zeta leader, Juan Gallegos is wanted for the killings of two university students killed by stray bullets during a shootout in Monterrey, Mexico early this year.

The five members of La Familia cartel arrested are suspected of running the criminal operations for the cartel in Morelia, Michoacan – a key drug cartel holding.

Edgar Valdez, known as “Barbie” was one of the most wanted men in Mexico with a $2million reward on his head.  He is thought to be the leader of the Beltran Leyva drug cartel running the cocaine distribution business.  Valdez is a U.S. citizen and was captured in Mexico City.

SECURITY:  The Miguel Caballero clothing company is now marketing bulletproof guayaberas, shirts and jackets that are lightweight and fashionable throughout Mexico and Latin America.  The materials used for the bulletproof fashion line is the same used by NASA for spacesuits.  Most of the clothing at first glance does not appear to bulletproof or handcrafted to protect the wearer. 

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Santos Visita Brasil en su Primer Viaje Exterior para Reforzar los Lazos Comerciales

El presidente colombiano, Juan Manuel Santos, viajará los días 1 y 2 de septiembre a Brasil para reunirse con su homólogo Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva y un grupo de empresarios brasileños, en la primera visita oficial del mandatario desde que tomó el relevo de Álvaro Uribe el pasado 7 de agosto.

Santos, que estará acompañado de la canciller colombiana, María Angela Holguín, y el ministro de Comercio, Industria y Turismo, Sergio Díaz-Granados, busca con este viaje reforzar los lazos comerciales y políticos con el país vecino, confirmaron hoy a Efe fuentes de la Presidencia de Colombia.  A su llegada a Brasil el próximo miércoles, el nuevo mandatario colombiano prevé reunirse con el presidente Lula da Silva, además de los dos principales candidatos a sucederle al frente del Gobierno.

Y es que para Colombia, Brasil es un “socio estratégico y muy importante”, por lo que esta visita “de Estado” supondrá “un primer contacto y una primera relación para así incrementar el flujo, no solamente a nivel de diálogo político, sino a nivel comercial, a nivel de inversiones”, dijo la canciller Holguín en un comunicado.  “Creemos que Brasil, por su importancia estratégica regional, es un gran socio para Colombia”, añadió Holguín.

El presidente colombiano también se reunirá con un nutrido grupo de empresarios brasileños, con el objetivo de estrechar las relaciones económicas y evaluar los acuerdos vigentes con este país, añadió el ministro Díaz-Granados.  “Afianzar los lazos de amistad, comerciales, de inversión y turismo con este país sudamericano, que cuenta con una de las economías más dinámicas de la región, es, claramente, uno de los propósitos que perseguimos”, apuntó en una nota de prensa.

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80-year old U.S. Franciscan Priest Murdered in Peru

80-year old U.S. Franciscan Priest Murdered in Peru

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Sadness and bewilderment has followed the violent death of a Puerto Rican Franciscan priest and his young assistant in the Convent of “San Francisco,” located in the heart of the Peruvian capital. According to reports the forensic experts have indicated that in the early morning of Friday, August 27, Father Linan Ruiz Morales, age 80, was found dead in his bedroom on the first floor of the convent, with a series of cuts on his neck. The body of his colleague, Ananias Aguila,age 26, was also found with numerous stab wounds, in the kitchen next to the church, where there is a soup kitchen for the poor.

According to the police report, when the offenders entered the rectory the priest probably noticed their presence. The priests’ room was a mess and the safe was open and empty. The authorities suspect that the crime was carried out by people involved in crime who also frequented the soup kitchen.

Father Ruiz, of Puerto Rican nationality, had begun his religious life at age 27 and had carried out his novitiate in the Franciscan community of Cuzco, where he learned to love Peru. A layman, Hernan Lanzara, friend of the priest interviewed by the local press, reported that the priest had discovered his vocation in New York, where he grew up, and in 1978 he arrived in Peru to promote the Movement “Encuentros de Promoción Juvenil,” a type of youth ministry that made him known and loved by many young people of the Archdiocese of Lima. He had a passion for soccer and was a fan of the team “Alianza Lima.” Once he even went to speak with the players, to encourage them to pray and to remind them to go to church. In recent years, he had devoted himself particularly to the poorest of the poor: the soup kitchen he ran fed 1,200 children and elderly in need who came from all over the city. A few months ago he underwent surgery for stomach problems, but he was always active in his service to the needy.  No one is in custody and the crime remains under investigation.

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Mexico City Prepares for Natural Disaster

About 10,000 civil servants in the Mexican capital will receive specialist training in disaster risk reduction under a United Nations-backed initiative to better protect the city, which is vulnerable to devastating earthquakes.

The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction reported on Friday that its regional office is supporting the training in Mexico City, which is a signatory to the “Making Cities Resilient” campaign, the UN initiative to boost the strength of urban areas against disasters.  The training is designed to ensure that civil servants know their responsibilities and options to consistently help reduce the disaster risks facing their city.

Mexico City is considered a high-risk mega city, with estimates indicating that a population of as many as 21 million people live in the greater metropolitan area. In September 1985 the city was hit by a catastrophic earthquake that killed about 10,000 residents.

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TuesdayAugust 31, 2010