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SaturdaySeptember 4, 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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2010 Unity Awards: Spanish Song of the Year (VIDEO)

Fantastic New CD from Santiago Fernandez Ignites Contemporary Christian Music.
Santiago Fernandez’s second album is lighting up the world of contemporary Catholic music. Un Canto Nuevo (A New Song) combines Latin rhythms and Spanish lyrics.

“As always, my inspiration continues to be writing music for the worshiping assembly,” says Fernandez, who has three Unity Awards and one World Youth Day on his resume already. “My songs are for God and the Church and my biggest joy and reward is to hear the people of God singing them.”

International in flavor, the album includes a number of well-known Latin rhythms: the complex, Flamenco-style rhumba, Colombia’s famous cumbia, the Cuban bolero, and the lively and joyful merengue, with origins in the Dominican Republic.


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$5 Million Dollars found Buried in Barrel in El Salvador

El Salvador’s national police have found over 5.2 Million dollars in cash buried on a farm 56 kilometers (35 miles) from the capital of San Salvador. The sum may grow, as there are still 25 % of the 300 packets to be counted.

The Security and Justice Minister Manuel Melgar believes that the money is linked to drug trafficking.

“This would be the biggest blow to organized crime in the history of this country” if the money turns out to be the proceeds of illicit activity, the minister told Channel 12 television.

Read more at Latin American Herald Tribune →

Puerto Rican Women Changing the Future of the Island

Women’s new role in Puerto Rico is being held responsible for the fact that fewer Puerto Ricans are getting married and family size is dwindling.
Every region on the island reports fewer births with the largest decline occurring in greater San Juan where births are down 16% over the past 6 years.

Experts believe that both the decrease in number of marriages and the decline in births is explained by the changing role of women in Puerto Rico. There is also a new trend in Puerto Rico of increasing “informal unions”. These unions are unofficial and not recorded in any official statistics.

“The woman works more and is much better educated, which encourages her to delay getting married until after 30,” demographer Raul Figueroa said.

Economic conditions on the island have also had a role in these declining numbers. The recession now in its fourth year makes families consider more carefully how many children they can afford to have. Between 2000 and 2007 migration records show that 190,000 Puerto Ricans left the island. These are typically young professionals, which affect both the marriage and birth rates.

In addition, 80% of the students attending university in Puerto Rico are female. This often requires women to postpone getting married and having children to complete their education. This is a very new phenomenon in Puerto Rico.

This years US Census is expected to see a decrease of 52,000 inhabitants on the island, leaving the population at approximately 3.75 Million.

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Vocalista de Alacranes Musical Perdona a Asesino de su Madre (VIDEO)

Una semana después del asesinato de la madre de Omar Sánchez, vocalista de Alacranes musical, el cantante negó que su muerte se haya tratado de un ajuste de cuentas contra él, como algunos medios han insinuado y afirmó que aunque el asesino le produjo un inmenso dolor, ya lo perdonó.

“A mi mamá no me la podrás robar y aunque acabaste con su vida seguirá siendo mi madre”, declaró el mexicano en el programa El gordo y la flaca. “Te perdono y dejo todo en manos de la ley divina pero tienes mamá, tienes familia y no te hubiera gustado que le hubieran hecho a alguien lo mismo. No puedo tomarme la justicia en las manos porque me volvería un asesino como tú”.

El mexicano, quien reside en Chicago, comentó también que aún no sabe cuáles fueron los móviles del crimen de su mammá, Mayra Azucena Millán, de 55 años, quien fue encontrada sin vida en su casa de Puebla con señales de asfixia.

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University of Texas of El Paso Named Top MBA School for Hispanics

Based on the percentage of Hispanic enrollment in graduate business schools, Hispanic Business Magazine has once again identified the top schools for Hispanics and this year the honor went to the University of Texas at El Paso followed by New York University and the University of Texas at Austin.

The ranking not only takes into consideration Hispanic enrollment but looks at the percentage of Hispanic faculty in place and outreach programs to enroll more Hispanic students in graduate programs.  The University of Texas at El Paso’s MBA program has 390 Hispanic students which represent 88% of all students enrolled.  In 2009 the University only had 78 Hispanic students enrolled in its graduate business program.

“It represents another giant step in the right direction as we continue to progress toward becoming the first national research university with a 21st-century student demographic,” said University President Diana Natalicio.

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Bolivia Seeks to Improve Employment Opportunities in the Country

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a $20 million loan to help Bolivia expand the coverage and effectiveness of its programs for job seekers.  The employment programs, implemented by the country’s Ministry seeks to better incorporate job seekers into the labor market and potentially benefits thousands of job seekers. 

The project is made up of three components: expansion of the Employment Service; a pilot project to support employment for adults; and planning, analysis of employment policies and evaluation.  Employment services in Latin America and the Caribbean are a recent innovation and have the potential to become real assets for the labor market by matching employers and job seekers in a timely, effective and relevant manner.  However, most employment services in the region, including Bolivia, have limited coverage, essentially providing job banks for brick and mortar operations.

The first component of the project will focus on development and implementation of systems that facilitate job training and job counseling including personalized services, internet and a call center that job seekers may access from anywhere in the country.  The employment support for adults will link training with internships. It primarily targets professional adults who have graduated from technical schools and universities but do not have an access to employment opportunitie.

Another component of the project will evaluate the effectiveness of job placement programs currently in place in the country.  Bolivia’s is one of the poorest country in South America with 60% of the country living in poverty.  The country’s unemployment rate is 7.5% and has continuously gone down over the last decade but many Bolivians are not educated enough to seek employment opportunities.


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Virtually all El Salvadorans Oppose Legalization of Abortion

Ninety-three percent of El Salvadorans are opposed to the legalization of abortion in their country, according to a new poll.

To the question: “Do you agree with modifying the Constitution of the Republic, and that abortion be permitted?”, 93% answered that they were not in agreement, and seven percent said they were, according to the El Salvador newspaper.

Among the reasons given for their rejection of the idea were: “All of us have the right to life” (33%), “It’s something only God can decide” (20%), and abortion is the murder of “a defenseless person” (18%). Twelve percent described it as a crime.  Smaller percentages of respondents called abortion “an inhuman act,” “unconstitutional,” and “not a good solution.”  Others reportedly pointed to the availability of contraceptives.

According to El Salvador, the poll was prompted by the government’s Salvadoran Institute for the Development of Women (ISDEMU), which recently endorsed the legalization of abortion in response to the “Brasilia Consensus,” a legally non-binding document issued at a recent meeting in Brazil of the Eleventh Regional Conference on Latin American and Caribbean Women (CEPAL).  The “Consensus” urges governments to “review laws that punish women who have undergone abortions,” and cites the Committee against Torture of the United Nations, implying that prohibiting abortion is equal to “torture” under international law.

However, President Mauricio Funes responded to the outcry last week indicating that he would not seek to implement the pro-abortion provision in the document. Poll respondents indicated their strong agreement with the president’s decision.

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SaturdaySeptember 4, 2010