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MondaySeptember 20, 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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CHEEK IT OUT:  Promo Video for Ines Sainz – Controversial Televisa Sports Reporter

Long before Televisa sport reporter, Ines Sainz came to the attention of a sport crazed U.S. public she already had a promo video out called “Chicas Malas, Muy Malas” – Inez Sainz Bad Girl, Very Bad Girl.  We don’t know if they are referring to her reporting abilities or her always on sexuality, she is considered to be the sexiest reporter in Mexico. 

As the not-so-modest sport reporter she does not disappoint us in the video with little on and lots of T&A.  Stop right there we mean talent and ambition.

Meredith Viera and other ‘real’ journalists have labeled her ‘unprofessional’ for her tight, white jeans and other sexy outfits worn on the field.  Sainz counters back on Twitter “My way of dress is because I feel comfortable [in it].”

Personally most women’s circulation would be cut off with such tight pants and get the chills with half their cheeks out for display.  However, it must be noted it is warmer in Mexico.  Cheek out her assets and you tell us.

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Latin American and Asian Youth More Affected by Discrimination Faced in U.S.

Discrimination experienced by U.S. teens from Latin American and Asian backgrounds can affect their grades and health, and is associated with depression, distress and reduced self-esteem, a new study has found.

University of California, Los Angeles researchers asked 601 high school seniors, who generally range in age from 17 to 19 years, to record any discriminatory events or comments they experienced over two weeks. They were also asked to note any physical symptoms, such as headaches, stomachaches and general pain.  Nearly 60 percent of the teens reported discrimination from other teens, 63 percent reported discrimination from adults, and 12 percent said they experienced discrimination every day.

Latin American teens reported more adult discrimination than Asian American teens, while Asian American teens reported more adult discrimination than white teens of European descent. Both Latin American and Asian American teens reported more discrimination by their peers than the white teens.

Teens who experienced higher levels of peer or adult discrimination reported more aches, pain and other symptoms, and had lower overall grade-point averages, the investigators found.  The study was released online in advance of publication in an upcoming print issue of the Journal of Research on Adolescence.

Discrimination can be especially hard on teens, the study authors noted.  “These are the years when social identity is arguably more salient among teenagers who are struggling with defining who they are. Adding on a ‘layer’ of discrimination is not an easy thing for them to deal with,” one of the study authors, Andrew J. Fuligni, a professor of psychiatry at UCLA’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, said in a university news release.

“Discrimination significantly predicted lower [grade-point averages], higher levels of depression, higher levels of distress, lower self-esteem and more physical complaints,” Fuligni added. “So the bottom line? Discrimination is harmful.”

Read more at MedLine Plus →

Evo Morales: Si No Cambia el Sistema No Se Podrá Combatir Pobreza

El presidente de Bolivia, Evo Morales, remarcó hoy que la lucha contra la pobreza no será posible si no se cambia el actual sistema político y económico: “Si no cambian las condiciones nunca la podremos superar”, dijo el presidente boliviano.

Morales, presente en la cumbre de la ONU de los Objetivos de Desarrollo del Milenio, arremetió contra los países ricos por querer apropiarse de los recursos naturales de los países en desarrollo y les pidió que cumplan con su compromiso de asignar el 0,7 por ciento del producto interior bruto a la ayuda al desarrollo.

“No se trata de hacer un regalo sino que es parte de la deuda que tienen”, apuntó Morales.

El mandatario reclamó que todos los serviciso básicos, desde la energía a las comunicaciones o el agua, sean derechos humanos y no un “negocio privado”.

Read more at CubaDebate →

Last Week Record Amount of Drugs Seized at U.S. Border in Arizona

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the San Luis Port of Entry in Arizona have been extremely busy over the last several days.  A combined seizure of heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine with a record high value of $12.5 million had not been encountered until last week. 

Last Thursday two women with U.S. citizenship were reentering the U.S. in a pick up truck via the San Luis, Arizona entry.  A narcotic detector dog alerted CBP to the rear area of the truck. Upon closer examination, the officers discovered 54 packages of various drugs ranging from heroin, methamphetamine, and cocaine in the walls of the truck bed. The approximate weights of the drugs seized were more than 34 pounds of heroin, more than 20 pounds of methamphetamine, and more than 60 pounds of cocaine. The combined estimated street value of the various drugs is $5,813,000.

Another seizure of hard narcotics occurred on Tuesday, September 14, when a 34-year-old man attempted admission into the U.S. with more than 83 pounds of cocaine. The CBP officers discovered the packages of cocaine concealed in the gas tank of the vehicle he was driving after a narcotic dog alerted them to the area. The estimated street value of the cocaine is $3,795,000.

On the same day, a second man, also 34-years-old attempted to smuggle more than two pounds of cocaine into the country as a pedestrian. The CBP officers noticed a bulge on the man’s body as he attempted to walk through the inspection process. During the search, the officers found one package of cocaine hidden around his waistline. The estimated street value of the cocaine is $110,000.

CBP officers also found marijuana in three separate cases with a combined street value of $2,820,000.  All individuals were turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the drugs were seized.

Read more at CBP.Gov →

Illinois’ Smart Gird Selected as One of Country’s “Innovative Economies”

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced today the support for 10 regional economic development and job creation efforts and amongst those recognized is the Illinois Smart Grid Regional Innovation Cluster (ISG-RIC).

The pilot program supports small businesses participation in regional economic “clusters” – collaborations between small businesses, the public sector, economic development and other organizations.

The 10 “Innovative Economies” awardees were selected from among 173 applicants to participate in the pilot program and represent a wide range of diverse geographic areas and industries.  SBA’s funding will be provided to each cluster to strengthen opportunities for small businesses within the cluster.  The funds can be used to provide services, including mentoring and counseling small businesses, as well as to attract more small business participation.

The ISG-RIC is a collaboration of more than 100 entities (including 70 businesses) in the Chicago region, focused on the acceleration of Smart Grid innovation, deployments, and new market development.  The Smart Grid is a convergence of technological and investment interests across multiple sectors, focused on using advanced technology to improve inefficient and outdated electric transmission infrastructure.

Read more at Small Business Administration Agency →

Tell the Senate to move the DREAM forward! Contact key swing votes - they need to hear from you!

The ICIRR Call to Action:

Tomorrow the Senate will be voting on wether they will debate the Defense Appropriations bill which the DREAM Act is being attached to.

The DREAM Act is a bipartisan bill that would provide a path to citizenship for youth who graduate from US high schools, show good moral character, arrived to the US before the age of 16, and complete at least 2 years of college or serve in the armed forces.

Every year, 65,000 students graduate from a U.S. high school without the realistic possibility of following their dreams.  These students grew up here and want to contribute to this country, either by attending college and growing the economy or serving in the US military.
Help us make 65,000 calls for the DREAM Act, one for every undocumented student graduating from high school this year!

This evening DREAM Students and allies will gather at Federal Plaza, near the Air Force Recruiting Office.

DREAM Act Rally @ Air Force Recruiting Office & Republican Headquarters
4:00pm at Federal Plaza, TODAY, SEPTEMBER 20TH (230 S. Dearborn)

After the rally at Federal Plaza, participants will march over to Republican Headquarters (205 W. Randolph)  to set-up for an overnight vigil until the vote. Please come out and show your support!

Not able to come to the vigil? Show your support by helping us make 65,000 calls in support of the DREAM Act, one email for each student who will be graduating from high school this year. Click here for a list of key swing Senators to email.

Democracy is not a spectator sport!

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U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Convention Set to Open in Dallas for First Time

The U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) is holding its annual convention and expo in Dallas, Texas for the first time.  The convention, which kicks off Wednesday, is expected to bring $4 million in economic benefit with its over 4,500 attendees to the city.

There are over 60,000 Hispanic owned businesses in Dallas most of which are mature businesses and recognized as some of the top revenue earning Hispanic-owned businesses in the country.  In addition, 40 percent of the Dallas population is Hispanic/Latino. 

The convention is billed as the largest gathering of Hispanic business owners, entrepreneurs and corporate executives.  Over the span of four days there will be numerous workshops, chamber training and business sessions for attendees to participate in.  U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner will be one of the key speakers and dozen’s of CEO’s from corporate America are expected to attend.

Read more at Dallas Examiner →

Peruvian Police Take Back Power Plant From Coca Growers

After taking over a power plant in Peru on Sunday, and cutting off electricity to an estimated 430,000 people, 120 Peruvian coca growers were arrested and 30 of the plant’s employees freed.

The coca growers took over the plant in protest after the government’s increase in crop eradication plans. Coca is the central ingredient in cocaine, and its increased production has Peru 2nd only to Colombia.

TThe natural gas-fired power plant in Aguaytia, about 300 miles northeast of Lima, was turned back on, but the authorities said Sunday, that coca growers were still blocking a main highway with disable trucks and buses.

Read more at BBC News →

13 Salvadorans and Their Cult-like Leader Found in California

In Palmdale, California, Reyna Chicas, mother of two and leader of a cult-like religious sect, is being held for further mental evaluation and questioning after she and 12 of her “members” were found Sunday after leaving cryptic notes for family.

Authorities were alerted when family members of the missing women looked in a purse left behind for them, and found cell phones, deeds to property, identification cards, and letters describing their wish to be with Jesus and dead relatives and also mentioned awaiting the Rapture. Officers immediately began the search for the thirteen Salvadoran members, including eight children between the ages of 3 and 17 along with five adult women, for fear the letters were meant as suicide notes.

The search came to end when a jogger spotted Chicas and others praying on a blanket in Jackie Robinson Park with the children playing nearby.

Upon finding the group, Los Angeles County sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore, said, ‘The leader, if you will, seems very confused, so we’re going to send her for further evaluation.’

‘She denies she is who we know she is. We even presented her with documents that say who she is, and she said no that’s not me,’ Whitmore said. ‘Her intent doesn’t seem to be deceiving. She just seems very confused.’

The members, after being reunited with their families, said they meant no harm to anyone, and found it surprising that anyone would think they wanted to harm themselves. However, one of the husbands of the missing women told investigators that his wife and others were part of a cult-like group and were being brainwashed by Chicas.

Whitmore said the authorities feared the worst after reading the letters.

Sheriff’s Captain Mike Parker said, ‘The L.A. County Sheriff’s Office, the news media and the public went to great lengths to find these people with a hope that we would find them safe and sound.’

‘Mission accomplished.’

Members of the group later said they left their possessions behind because it was a sin to have them while they prayed because they bring evil.

Whitmore also stated that the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services was called to conduct follow-up interviews with the children.

Read more at LA Daily News →

El Comercio IIlegal ‘Piratea’ 513 Millones de Dólares a los Ingresos

Si México logra­ra reducir en diez puntos porcen­tuales el uso ilegal de programas de cómputo en los si­guientes dos años, podría incre­mentar sus ingresos fiscales en 513 millones de dólares, conside­ra la Business Software Allian­ce (BSA).

“El país necesita operar cam­bios que lo ayuden a recuperar su posición de liderazgo en la región de América Latina, avanzar con­tra el uso de software ilegal puede ser una oportunidad para gene­rar rápidamente valor en la eco­nomía”, asegura Kiyoshi Tsuru, director general de la BSA en México.

Con base en el estudio El Be­neficio Económico de Reducir la Piratería de Software realizado por IDC para la Business Soft­ware Alliance (BSA), se detalla que de lograr esa meta las ganan­cias totales para el mercado na­cional serían de tres mil 124 mi­llones de dólares.  “El impacto positivo provo­caría que la planta laboral del país generara seis mil 189 nuevos empleos, producto de la derrama económica que genera la indus­tria del software”, detalló.

El estudio, que analiza 42 economías, detalla que la reduc­ción de piratería de software crea un efecto dominó en la economía: genera ingresos por consumo de servicios y distribución relacio­nada con las TI y a su vez impac­ta con nuevos puestos de trabajo y generan más impuestos.  El especialista advierte que mientras más rápida sea la re­ducción de la piratería, más altos serán los retornos para las eco­nomías locales y, extrapola es­tas cifras para cumplirse en los próximos cuatro años.  De reducir la piratería en diez puntos en cuatro años, las ganan­cias totales para el mercado na­cional serían de dos mil 337 mi­llones de dólares, 383 millones de dólares por impuestos, es de­cir, lo que representa una dife­rencial de 34 por ciento contra los logros en dos años.

Read more at Excelsior →

El Diario de Juarez Seeks Truce with Cartels

The largest newspaper in Ciudad Juarez has asked the warring drug cartels for a truce. In a front-page editorial, El Diario de Juarez asked the cartels what they want from the newspaper so it can continue its work without further death, injury or intimidation of its staff.

“Leaders of the different organizations that are fighting for control of Ciudad Juarez: The loss of two reporters from this publishing house in less than two years represents an irreparable breakdown for all of us who work here, and, in particular, for their families,” the editorial said.

“We ask you to explain what you want from us, what we should try to publish or not publish, so we know what to expect.”

Federal police officers stand guard during the burial of Diario de Juarez newspaper photographer Carlos Santiago in the northern border city of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010. Carlos Santiago, a news photographer with the local Diario de Juarez newspaper, was shot and killed on Sept. 16 while another photographer was seriously injured when gunmen in two cars intercepted them and opened fire.

Mexican journalists are being intimidated by the drug cartels that wish to control the flow of information via print, television and radio. Many of the media outlets, especially around the Border States have stopped covering news of the warring drug cartels. Until yesterday, El Diario was not one of them.

Violence, meanwhile, continued in Ciudad Juarez: Gunmen burst into a bar and killed seven men and a woman, said Arturo Sandoval, a spokesman for the Chihuahua state attorney general’s office. One woman was injured.

“In a country where authorities have proven their incompetence, where can we ask for justice? Who can we complain to for the dangers that journalists face every day?” the newspaper said in its editorial.

Read more at The Borderland Beat →

UPDATE:  Kidnapped Mexican Agents Found Dead, One Survived

UPDATE:On Sunday the remaining seven of the nine Mexican agents that went missing on Friday have been found dead.  Six bodies were found in a ravine in Guerrero with two of them found dismembered with warning notes attached to their bodies; amongst the dead was the commander of the unit.  Two other bodies were found Saturday in the town of El Revelado.  It is believed one agent was the lone survivor and has been found - no other details on him are being provided.  The bodies found on Saturday also contained a note warning anyone of a similar fate if they support drug cartel leader Hector Beltran Leyva.  The note alleges Beltran is the “owner” of the state of Guerrero and has their entire support, it is therefore assumed the agents killings were done by rival of the Beltran Leyva cartel.

ORIGINAL STORY:  The Director of State Investigative Police for the Mexican state of Guerrero announced that nine of his agents were on assignment and went missing Friday.  The nine agents were going to the town of El Revelado to investigate a body found in the region.  The director later learned armed gunmen had kidnapped the officers.  As the state police were searching for their comrades they came upon the bodies of two of the officers, the other seven remain missing.

In other parts of Mexico, police detained two alleged leaders of the Aztec gang in Ciudad Juarez and in Monterrey three suspected cartel gunmen were killed as police were freeing a kidnap victim. 

Read more at Associated Press →

MondaySeptember 20, 2010