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TuesdaySeptember 7, 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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“Most of all, I love the people. “ Chicago Mayor Daley Announces his Retirement

Chicago Mayor Daley announced today he would not be running for re-election. Daley has been mayor since 1989. The mayor made the announcement at a City Hall press conference.
“The truth is I have been thinking about this for the past several months,” Daley said at a City Hall news conference. “In the end this is a personal decision, no more, no less.”

Daley (68) will surpass his father’s 21-year tenure this year.

Daley’s speech:
I’m here today to say what I hope you already know: I love Chicago. I love the ‘I will’ spirit of the place, and most of all, I love the people. Throughout this great city, in every neighborhood, on every block, there are people who give unselfishly, unbending in their determination, bold in the belief that they can make a difference. And they have. Together as a city, we have moved past our differences to make real progress. We are Chicago, in my view, the greatest city on Earth. For 38 years I’ve been a public servant, and for the last 21 years, as mayor. From the beginning, I’ve been guided by one belief: that every day I could do better for the people of Chicago. I’ve always known that people want you to work hard for them.

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Anuncia Alcalde de Morelia que no Habrá Festejos por el Bicentenario

Como medida de seguridad y para evitar cualquier incidente, el Ayuntamiento de Morelia canceló la tradicional verbena popular en el centro histórico de Morelia durante las celebraciones patrias.

El alcalde Fausto Vallejo Figueroa señaló que sólo se llevará a cabo un espectáculo de juegos pirotécnicos y el tradicional desfile cívico-militar.  Recordó que el Ayuntamiento ha preparado más de 120 actividades culturales y recreativas para celebrar el Bicentenario de la Independencia y Centenario de la Revolución.  Sin embargo, mencionó que la verbena que año tras año se llevaba a cabo en el centro de la ciudad, que incluía la presentación de grupos musicales, la venta de antojitos mexicanos y otras, no se llevará a cabo.  Dijo que el objetivo es que estas celebraciones los morelianos las vivan con fervor patrio y no patriotero.

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Researchers Have Put a Price on Felicidad– It’s $75,000

If you are making $75,000 you should be content and any dollar more you struggle to earn will not add to that contentment.  Princeton University has found that indeed happiness has a price and it’s at $75,000. 

The felicidad that a $75,000 income brings is not to be confused with a jovial disposition.  The $75,000 is not a magic potion it cannot change your mood or mental stability but it can make you feel overall satisfied with the ways things are going in your life.  The downside of the findings is that anyone making less than $75,000 is more stressed and unhappier with life.  Not surprising the belief that people’s view of life is tied to money was proved once again.   

This happiness benchmark is going to be a problem with many U.S. Hispanic individuals, which according to 2007 census figures have a median income of $24,451 for men and $16,748 for women. 

Read more at Time Magazine - U.S. Census →

PEMEX Reporting Massive Explosion, Multiple Deaths Feared

Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX) is reporting an accidental explosion at one of its largest refinery’s located outside of Monterrey, Mexico.  Spanish language news is reporting at least seven dead and many injured.  PEMEX has not confirmed any fatalities per its company policy.  The Cadereyta refinery accounts for close to 17% of PEMEX’s total refinery output.  This explosion follows the July 29 explosion at the Madero refinery resulting in 2,000 nearby residents being evacuated.

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Immigrant Shooting Death in L.A. Ignites Rioting

On Sunday evening Los Angeles police were confronted by a knife wielded man tentatively identified as Manuel Jamines, a Guatemalan immigrant who worked as a day laborer.  Police claim Jamines was asked in Spanish and English to put the knife down and was shot when he lunged at police. 

Local residents felt he was “assassinated” and “provoked.”  The locals response to the yet to be investigated shooting was swift and violent.

Protesters started congregating near the shooting, throwing objects and setting garbage cans on fire.  By late Monday the city declared the group “an unlawful assembly” and ordered the group to disband.  Four people were arrested and three police officers were injured.

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Peru to Accept US Aid in Drug War

Peruvian President Alan Garcia said during a CNN interview that he is willing to accept military aid from the US to help fight the drug war in Peru.

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime announced in June that Peru had passed Colombia to become the worlds leading source of coca. Coca is the raw material for cocaine of which the community produces 119,000 metric tons per year.

“On all matters that are humane and universal, I don’t have any disagreement over sovereignty and patriotism. That is, if the Americans would like to put training troops (here), as they have helicopters, as they have satellite trainers here, it’s just at the right time,” Garcia said. Garcia went on to criticize the US funding of the effort to fight the drug trade in Colombia while sending “zero” to Peru.

The National Commission for Development and Life without Drugs, or Devida, Romulo Puzarro, has said that the U.S. economic aid has been declining year by year, since Washington has calculated that the Peruvian-produced drug is being smuggled mainly to Europe and not to the United States.

“What is necessary is not being done to close the new European and Asian markets that are demanding more drug,” Garcia said in the interview.

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40% of all TV’s on Tonight will be in Hispanic Households

There are approximately 116 million U.S. households with at least one television set in that house, clearly we are a TV-loving nation.  However, the rate of growth amongst all American households becoming couch potato, television loving zombies is moderate but not so amongst Hispanic American households. 

Latino households according to Nielsen, the television measurement company, are expected to contribute 400,000 new Hispanic TV homes to the nation this year.  In simple terms 40% of U.S. television homes are Hispanic households.  These households will join the ranks of average American’s that watch TV for more than 4 hours a day and spend approximately 9 years of their life in front of the tube.

We can hear a collective thank you coming from Hollywood and the cable networks.  Nielsen estimates this increase of 3.07% to far surpass the anticipated new TV homes amongst the African American and Asian communities.

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Chavez Introduces Food Card

Chavez introduces “Good Life Card” as a tool to make shopping for food easier but critics fear it could easily become a tool to control the population. Some fear it could be used to limit the citizen’s purchases in order to address the problem of inadequate supply levels.

``We see that in short-term this could become a rationing card probably similar to the one used in Cuba,’’ Roberto León Parilli, president of the National Association of Users and Consumers, told El Nuevo Herald. ``It would use more advanced technological means [than those used in Cuba], but when they tell you where to buy and what the limits of what you can buy are, they are conditioning your purchases.’’

Chavez said Tuesday that the card should be used to buy supplies at the government chain of markets and suppliers. The intent is to keep a better track of inventory and make it easier for the shoppers.

Critics point out the similarity of when Cuba began using a rationing card. ``The card emerged when goods began to become scarce,’’ Jaime Suchlicki, director of the University of Miami’s Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies. ``The government had seized many companies that did not work because the government managed them poorly. Then they decided to distribute groceries through those cards.’’  “Although the cards were introduced as a mechanism to deal with scarcities, “Suchlicki said, “they later became an instrument of control.”

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Se Rescató a 180 Migrantes la Semana Pasada

La semana anterior, la Policía Federal (PF) aseguró en operativos diversos a 180 migrantes procedentes de varios países de Centroamérica, informó ayer la Secretaría de Seguridad Pública federal (SSP).

En medio de las recientes críticas que hizo la Iglesia católica a las autoridades mexicanas por el problema de los indocumentados y los presuntos actos de corrupción dentro del Instituto Nacional de Migración (INM), la dependencia que encabeza Genaro García Luna reveló que apenas el pasado domingo, en el municipio de Nanchitán, Veracruz, un grupo de 80 indocumentados centroamericanos fue detectado por agentes federales.  En un comunicado, la SSP federal refirió que los migrantes fueron descubiertos cuando permanecían ocultos en la caja de un tractocamión bordeado con desechos de construcción.

Destacó que el grupo estaba conformado por 52 guatemaltecos, 18 hondureños y 10 de El Salvador, entre los que se encuentran seis menores de edad.

Los policías federales marcaron el alto al tractocamión en el kilómetro 5 de la carretera 180-D, tramo Nueva Teapa-La Verónica. Carlos Arrieta Gómez, conductor del vehículo, carecía de la licencia de conducir y la documentación oficial, y tras que fueron ubicados los migrantes “ocultos en condiciones infrahumanas”, fue remitido a las instalaciones de la Procuraduría General de la República (PGR).

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Mexico and Several Latin American Countries Recognzied for Innovation in Water Accessibility

Service operators and public officials from Mexico, Nicaragua, Brazil and Colombia were recognized for innovative contributions to water and sanitation by the Inter-American Development Bank and FEMSA Foundation today, in the context of World Water Week congress taking place in the Swedish capital.

Federico Basañes, chief the IDB’s Water and Sanitation Division, and Genaro Borrego Estrada, Director of Corporate Affairs for FEMSA, awarded the Water and Sanitation Prize, which was inaugurated last year with the goal of recognizing outstanding contributions to the challenge of providing sustainable and accessible water and sanitation services in the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Servicios de Agua y Drenaje de Monterrey, Mexico, received the award for water management in recognition of its successful strategy to voluntarily reduce consumption and encourage conservation of water over the last 20 years.

The Government of the State of Amazonas, Brazil, received the award for sanitation management in recognition of the results of the Programa Socioambiental dos Igarapés de Manaus (PROSAMIM),  which implemented an integrated solution to water, sanitation and housing problems in low-income communities in the city of Manaos.  Aguas de Cartagena, Colombia, received a special mention for its success in the commercial management of accounts in low-income districts.  Empresa Nicaraguense de Aqueductos y Alcantarillados also received a special mention for the construction and operation of a waste-water treatment plant in the city of Managua.

Representatives from each of the four awardees gave presentations describing the recognized project or initiative as part of “Latin America Day” at World Water Week, considered the largest international congress specializing in this sector.  The winners, as well as the recipients of special mentions, will receive scholarships financed by the FEMSA Foundation send water and sanitation professionals to the Centro del Agua para América Latina y el Caribe (CAALCA), a specialized training and research institution jointly created by the IDB, FEMSA and Tecnológico de Monterrey.

Read more at FEMSA →

¡Felicidades! Brazil on Your 188th Year of Independence

Today, all of Brazil is celebrating and rejoicing its 188-year old independence from the Portuguese. The Portuguese arrived in 1532 and stayed for close to 300 years as it colonized the region and colonized native populations.  The fight for independence started in 1820 when Dom Pedro stood up against the Portuguese who wanted Brazil to remain a colony.  On September 7, 1822 after receiving orders from the Portuguese parliament limiting his powers in Brazil, Pedro declared Brazil’s independence near the Ipiranga River.  Declaring “By my blood, by my honor and by God: I will make Brazil free.” 

Brazil enjoys acclaim as the 8th largest economy in the world and the largest country in size in South America.  The country is becoming a world leader with its booming economy and stable government and it is also founder of the United Nations and Mercosul.  The country also known as the Federative Republic of Brazil is home to 195 million people that will be celebrating today with fireworks, parades and concerts that will take place throughout the country.

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TuesdaySeptember 7, 2010