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FridaySeptember 24, 2010

Latino Daily News: Bringing You the Latest Hispanic Current Events and News Stories 24/7

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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WEEKLY FEATURE:  Coco Loco Latinos of the Week

It’s time to identify our Coco Loco Latinos of the week and our choices range from the delusional to the D-listed to the detained. 

Starting with the delusional, we can start nowhere else but with J-Lo.  Jenny on the Block like the bed bugs in New York keeps resurfacing even when no body wants her to.  She’s the new judge on American Idol and has deluded herself into thinking she’s talented enough to judge talent??  Delusions of grandeur are why we chose Evo Morales as another Coco Loco.  As the President of tiny, poor and can’t find on the map Bolivia, Evo proclaimed to world leaders at the UN that he wants to “create an alliance to save humankind.”  Evo stay home and take care of business there first.

Of course D-listers always make it on this list; this week we had to tolerate Lourdes Leon, Madonna’s daughter, walking the red carpet with her pet raccoon Tencha. Image We don’t want to see your skeletal mother or your pet raccoon.  And of course we always include the detained because they are truly Coco Loco by getting in tangles with the law.

Singer, Bruno Mars, whose original name is Peter Hernandez was found with several grams of cocaine in Las Vegas and arrested.  Bruno you are not only Coco Loco for having drugs you’re a dumb ass for changing your name to a planet that no one can find. Image  Then there was former World Cup referee and Ecuadorian sports commentator Bryon Moreno arrested at a New York airport with bags of heroin hidden in his crouch.  Byron when the crazy Americanos say keep it in your pants they don’t mean the drugs.

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Christina Aguilera to be World Hunger Relief Ambassador

Yum! Brands announced today the launch of World Hunger Relief featuring global spokesperson and new World Food Programme (WFP) Ambassador Against Hunger, Christina Aguilera.  World Hunger Relief is the world’s largest private sector hunger relief effort raising awareness, volunteerism and funds for WFP and other hunger relief agencies.

Aguilera raises awareness of the hunger issue by appearing in new World Hunger Relief posters, including a never-seen-before photo of her in Haiti, with the quote, “Together, we have the power to save lives and go from hunger to hope”. Aguilera also appears in a global PSA where the multi-Grammy Award winning pop superstar sings Beautiful to raise money for hunger relief.  Aguilera was appointed “Ambassador Against Hunger” for WFP this year and traveled with the organization to Haiti where she toured the quake-stricken country with WFP aid workers and spent time with mothers and children after the January earthquake. She visited schools and helped serve meals to children receiving food through WFP school meal programs.

“I saw the faces of hungry children in Haiti and in Guatemala on field trips with the World Food Programme and it was heartbreaking,” said Aguilera. “As a mother, I know how critical the right foods at the right time are for kids and that’s why I am so passionate about fighting hunger and lending my voice to the World Hunger Relief effort.


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Immigrant Smuggler Receives 57 Years Prison Sentence

Paulino Rios Ledesma, 41, of Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico, was sentenced to 57 years in federal prison Wednesday by U.S. District Court Judge Frank R. Zapata.  On April 15, 2010, a federal jury found Rios-Ledesma guilty for his role in holding 31 people hostage at a drop house in Tucson. Following a four-day trial, the jury found Rios-Ledesma guilty on 10 criminal counts.

On March 31, 2009, Tucson Police Department officers responded to a report that 30 to 40 illegal aliens were being held hostage at a suspected drop house by individuals who had an AK-47 assault rifle. Police determined that five of these individuals were responsible for holding the aliens hostage including Rios-Ledesma, Victor Sauceda-Parra, Jaime Figueroa-Lopez, Martin Chavarrin- Serrano, and Jesus Manuel Quinones-Camacho. Individuals inside the drop house stated they had been at the residence between four and 15 days, and when they arrived , their property, identification and shoes were taken from them by the “coyotes.”  Upon further investigation, agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement recovered several items in the house, including a MAK-90 assault rifle and other high-powered weapons and ammunition. The defendants used these weapons to threaten aliens who complained about the increased smuggling fees. 

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RELAX this weekend with a Latin American Natural Wonder

RELAX this weekend with a Latin American natural wonder.  Guess What and Where this is?

 

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Coming To Your Local Bookstore: ‘El Chapo’ Biography

The biography of the most wanted Mexican drug lord, Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, written by journalist Malcolm Beith is now available at your local bookstores.  The biography details El Chapo’s beginnings in Sinaloa to his rise as one of Mexico’s most well known drug lords.

The book titled, “The Last Narco: Hunting El Chapo” was originally published by Penguin in England and is now available in the U.S.  Many know about Guzman’s Sinaloa cartel but little about the brains behind it.  His illegal feats and business empire is impressive for a man that started as an illiterate opium poppy grower.  He is also Forbes’ #41 most powerful person in the world with an estimated net worth of $20 billion. 

The author is a Newsweek investigative journalist based in Mexico City. 

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UPDATE:  Stephen Colbert Testifies at Capital Hill with ‘No Hablo Inglés’ Quip (VIDEO)

UPDATE: Stephen Colbert, host of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, arrived at Capital Hill in character and ready to talk about migrant workers, that is until Rep. John Conyers asked him to leave before the Congressional hearing even got started.  The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship & Border Security met to discuss immigration status on farm laborers in the U.S.  Colbert, according to witnesses that also happen to be his fans, was heard to have replied to Rep. Conyers, “No hablo inglés.”  Colbert proceeded to recite his prepared statement which was brief and laudatory about migrant workers. 

UPDATE: Stephen Colbert, Comedy Central host, is due to testify before Congress tomorrow on the topic of immigration.  Colbert will be joined by the United Farm Workers (WFW) President Arturo Rodriguez.  Colbert will speak about his one day tenure as a farm worker picking vegetables on an upstate New York farm.  Colbert ended up working on the farm after Rodriguez appeared on his show The Colbert Report touting the UFW’s “Take Our Jobs” campaign.  The campaign encouraged people to apply for farm labor work, only seven people have taken the offer and one of them was Colbert.

ORIGINAL STORY:  Arturo Rodriguez, President of United Farm Workers of America (UFW) made a guest appearance on The Colbert Report last night as promised.  With black cowboy boots in tow, he stressed the important work farm workers are doing and laughed at Stephen Colbert’s jabs and demands “to give those jobs back to Americans”. 

The UFW has been pushing for immigration reform and fighting the accusation that its 27,000 workers are taking jobs from Americans by launching www.takeourjobs.org.  The initiative, a bit tongue-in-cheek, challenges American to come work in the fields; since launching the initiative only 4 Americans have signed up including Colbert, signing up last night.  Of course he wanted to make sure he could have air conditioning and enjoy the farmers benefit of eating “all the lettuce they want”. 

Rodriguez really showed his good humor when Colbert asked for his paper and he couldn’t find them. 

See his appearance on The Colbert Report.


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US Hispanic Chamber Introduces Million Dollar Club

The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) today introduced the Million Dollar Club at its 31st Annual National Convention & Business Expo being held in Dallas, Texas.

The Million Dollar Club was created by the USHCC to honor and celebrate the commitment of corporations and their procurement executives who recognize the value of Hispanic Business Enterprises (HBEs). The honorees range from $25 million to over $500 million in spending with Hispanic Suppliers in 2009.  The USHCC will be inducting over 20 top level corporations from across the country into the Million Dollar Club and include such notable companies like AT&T, Ford, IBM and WalMart.

“Wal-Mart believes in the importance of Hispanic Business Enterprises and understands the value that these businesses offer,” said Theresa Barrera, Vice President, Wal-Mart Supplier Diversity. “Our work with minority- and women-owned businesses is a vital part of our commitment to diversity and inclusion and to providing our customers with the most relevant products and services. We are honored to be inducted into this remarkable club. “

The USHCC National Convention & Business Expo which concludes tomorrow is the largest gathering of Hispanic business leaders in America. The convention brings together thousands of Hispanic entrepreneurs, corporate executives, procurement and supplier-diversity professionals from the private and public sectors, as well as Latina leaders and Hispanic Chamber of Commerce leaders from throughout the nation.

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New Kid on The Block: Spanish Language TV Network Telefutura Moving Up in Ratings

TeleFutura, one of the newer Spanish-language networks in the U.S. announced today that it finished the 2009/2010 Season with a record performance in the network’s history during Spanish-language primetime among all key demographics.

In addition, the network generated strong year-over-year audience increases among all key demographics.  This marks the second consecutive season of audience growth for TeleFutura during Spanish-language prime time, as the network continues its heated battle for the #2 spot with Telemundo.  The network delivered more nightly rating wins over Telemundo, owned by NBC, in the 2009/10 season during prime time.  Univision remains in the #1 spot for this market. 

The network, owned by Univision, launched in 2002 with its mostly telenovela content as well as American movies dubbed in English.  The network does not offer any news, television specials or original content. 

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Argentina to Boost its Agricultural Sector

Argentina, one of the world’s top four food exporters, will further boost sustainable growth of its agricultural sector by developing new technologies supporting small- and mid-sized producers, and implementing environmental sustainability improvements. 

Argentina is seeking to maintain high agricultural productivity rates and to adopt technologies aimed at boosting the sustainable use of natural resources.

Some $88 million will be set aside to build up research and development capacity, enhancing and improving technical and scientific production. Another $17 million will be used to promote contacts and integration with other public and private institutions.

A special emphasis will be placed on family-based agriculture in order to promote the use of technologies suitable for different regions, as well as support local extension councils and research networks with civil society participation, including indigenous communities.

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Not Good When Norteños Channel ‘Black Eyed Peas’

When hearing Calor Norteño’s tex-mex, Spanish language version of the Black Eyed Peas “I Got a Feeling” you realize certain things are better off left alone.  The groups rendition titled “Tengo un Sentimiento” is twangy, poorly translated and just plain off key.  The lead singer songs like he is gargaling while singing and to add insult to injury there’s some unrecognizable Spanglish.  What do you think?  More importantly what was Fergie and the rest of the Black Eyed Peas thinking when they gave recording rights to their song to Calor Norteño?


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Contempla México Nuevas Sanciones Contra EU

México no descarta la posibilidad de nuevas sanciones contra Estados Unidos si mantiene su negativa de permitir el ingreso de camiones de carga mexicanos a territorio estadunidense, advirtió hoy el secretario de Economía, Bruno Ferrari.

“No podemos ser grises o temerosos en esto. Tenemos que exigir que se cumpla algo que se acordó”, dijo Ferrari, quien consideró que la imposición de sanciones en el marco del Tratado de Libre Comercio de América del Norte (TLCAN) debió haber pasado mucho antes.

Al término de su visita de trabajo a esta capital, Ferrari dijo en rueda de prensa que resultaba “sorpresivo no haberlo hecho antes. Tenemos todos los derechos (para imponer sanciones)”.

Sin embargo, insistió que este no el camino que el gobierno de México busca, ya que las medidas de este tipo causan daño en ambos lados de la frontera.

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Mexican Mayor Killed While Seven Killed in Acapulco Shootout

The fourth mayor of a Mexican city has been killed in a month, this time in a town outside of Monterrey, Mexico.  Mayor Prisciliano Rodriguez, mayor of Doctor Gonzalez, was shot and killed by gunmen as he drove to his home.  It is not known why the mayor, who was in office for one year, was targeted.

This shooting occurred at the same time authorities reported a shootout between rival gang factions in the resort town of Acapulco.  The gunmen used grenades and automatic weapons on a residence in Acapulco when the gun battle ensued that left seven suspected drug gang members dead. 

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50th Day Spent Trapped in Mine

The 33-trapped miners in Chile have been not only set a record for time underground but they have become national heroes in their own rite.

The event has brought an often-divided population singularly together behind the miners. The miners have been praised for their strength and discipline and typically respond with humble sober notes.

“Thank God that I’ve finally been able to take stock of things here, at the age of 39,” one of the miners, Mario Sepulveda, wrote in one of his letters to his wife. “I think I’ll benefit a lot from this rebirth.”

Homecoming will not be for some time though. The government hopes to bring the miners out in early November.

There are three drills currently running to reach the men. Once the drilling is completed an escape shaft of plastic tubing will need to be installed. A winch will be used to raise the men up one by one in what is expected to take 60-90 minutes apiece.


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FridaySeptember 24, 2010