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TuesdayOctober 5, 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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Nueva entrega de Supermán empezaría a rodarse antes de final de año

Zack Snyder el director de ‘300’  ‘Watchmen’, ha sido elegido por la Warner Bros. para darle vida a la nueva encarnación de ‘Superman’, informó  la revista The Hollywood Reporter en su edición digital.

Christopher Nolan, director y guionista de películas como ‘Inception’ y ‘Memento’, asi como de las dos últimas entregas del hombre murciélago ‘Batman Begins’ y ‘The Dark Knight’ será el productor de esta nueva aventura del hombre de acero, para la que aún es un misterio quién será el actor que dé vida a Clark Kent y a su alter ego del planeta Kriptón.

El guión está a cargo de David Goyer, director de ‘Blade: Trinity’ (2004) y ‘The Unborn’ (2009)

La Warner busca poner a andar el proyecto antes del año entrante, o de lo contrario tendrá que pagar considerables sumas de dinero a los herederos Jerry Siegel y Joe Shuster—creador y cocreador del personaje,  quienes se convertirán en propietarios de los derechos de ‘Superman’ a partir de 2013.


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Televisa Buys Large Stake in Univision

Mexico’s Televisa said on Monday it will acquire a 5 percent stake in rival U.S. broadcaster Univision for $1.2 billion, as it takes a bet on the lucrative Hispanic television market in the United States.

The acquisition will include a 5 percent stake and debt that can be converted into a stake of as much as 30 percent of Univision, the Mexico City-based company said last night on its program “Newscast with Joaquin Lopez Doriga.” Televisa said it also has an option to buy an additional 5 percent holding in the U.S. broadcaster after three years.

Privately-held Univision was not immediately available for comment.

Both companies want a bigger slice of the lucrative Hispanic television market in the United States. Hispanics make up about 15 percent of the U.S. population and that could grow to 25 percent by 2050, according to census forecasts.

Televisa’s U.S. expansion was long hampered by the legal battle with Univision as the Mexican company tried to get more money from its shows aired in the United States, while the U.S. company tried to keep the programs that generated the bulk of its prime-time ratings.

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Pew Report: Latinos 2010- Strong Support for Democrats;  Weak Voter Motivation

In a year when support for Democratic candidates has eroded, the party’s standing among one key voting group-Latinos-appears as strong as ever. Two-thirds (65%) of Latino registered voters say they plan to support the Democratic candidate in their local congressional district, while just 22% support the Republican candidate, according to a nationwide survey of Latinos.

However, Hispanic registered voters appear to be less motivated than other voters to go to the polls. Just one-third (32%) of all Latino registered voters say they have given this year’s election “quite a lot” of thought. In contrast, half (50%) of all registered voters say the same. And when it comes to their intent to vote, half (51%) of Latino registered voters say they are absolutely certain they will vote in this year’s midterm election, while seven-in-ten (70%) of all registered voters say the same.

The survey finds that among Latino registered voters, Republicans may be more likely to turn out and vote than Democrats. Some 44% of Latino Republicans say they have given the election quite a lot of thought compared with 28% of Latino Democrats. This partisan gap is consistent with survey findings of the full population of registered voters.

These and many other findings emerge from a new nationwide survey of 1,375 Latinos ages 18 and older, including 618 registered voters, conducted August 17 through September 19, 2010 by the Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center.

The report, “Latinos and the 2010 Elections: Strong Support for Democrats; Weak Voter Motivation,” authored by Mark Hugo Lopez, Associate Director, Pew Hispanic Center, is available at the HS News Library.

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Permanent Resident Visa Lottery Starts Today

The Congressionally mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program makes available 50,000 diversity visas (DV) annually, drawn from random selection among all entries to persons who meet strict eligibility requirements from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States.  This program allows selected individuals to receive a U.S. permanent resident card also known as the Green Card.

The Congressionally mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program is administered annually by the Department of State allowing for up to 55,000 Visas.

Continuing this effort toward a more efficient and secure program, the Department of State is introducing an entirely online process to notify lottery entrants of their selection and to provide information about the immigrant visa application and interview.

For detailed information about entry requirements, along with frequently asked questions about the DV lottery, please see the instructions for the DV-2012 Diversity Visa.

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What is Evo Better At? Running the Country or Playing Soccer? (VIDEO)


Bolivian President Evo Morales was involved in a soccer scuffle in La Paz Sunday.

The match was supposed to be a friendly one between the president’s team and that of the La Paz mayor though political overtones were apparent.

An act caught on video; the president kneed an opponent in the groin after the man aggressively fouled him. For his unsportsmanlike conduct, Morales was not ejected, but his opponent was removed for his foul against the president.

The state-run ABI news agency did not mention Morales’ action but detailed the foul against him that led to the president’s blow.

During the game, the opposing player apparently kicked Morales in the right leg leaving cleat marks in the president’s leg that caused bruising and pain severity at a “7 out of 10,” reported a doctor.

With rest and ice, President Morales will be fine, but the incident has many thinking, “Mr. President, you can’t do that.”

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Colombia Wags their Dogs in Mass Celebration for “World Animal Day”  (BILINGUAL)

Citizens of Bogotá, Colombia and their pets took to the busy downtown streets with a colorful parade involving pets of all sizes, colors, breeds and species. Image
More than 500 people marched with their pets through the 7th avenue—one of the main in the capital, with the intention of making a statement and setting a precedent against animal abuse.

Carrying coffins, crippled pets and signs protesting animal abuse, the activists demonstrated Sunday against such practices as bullfighting and manifested their discontent with the lack of initiative by the government in assigning a budget for educational campaigns about keeping and caring for animals, as well as spaying and neutering. Image

Ganhdi once said “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way the nation treats its animals.” 

What did you do this World Animal Day?

The World Animal Day was created in 1929 by a congress of the World Organization for Animal Protection held in Vienna.  Click here for Español

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HS News brings you some “Conventional Wisdom” courtesy of recently fired CNN anchor Rick Sánchez

Come visit our Amigo ó Enemigo section as we analyze and dissect what is said by and about Hispanics. 

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More Federal Contracting Opportunities for Women-Owned Small Business

The U.S. Small Business Administration today will begin implementation of its women-owned small business (WOSB) contracting program and expects the program to be available in early 2011.

This initiative is part of the Obama Administration’s overall commitment to expanding opportunities for small businesses to compete for federal contracts, in particular those owned by women, socially and economically disadvantaged persons and veterans.  The government has identified some 83 industries in which WOSBs are under-represented in the federal contract
marketplace.  In addition to opening up more opportunities for WOSBs, this is also another tool to help achieve the statutory goal that 5 percent of federal contracting dollars go to women-owned small businesses.

The creation of a rule to increase federal contracting opportunities for WOSBs was authorized by Congress in 2000. 

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Ecuador Increases Wages for Police and Army

The Ecuadorian government has increased army and police pay for several ranks. Thursday’s unrest was spurred by a law that was set to take effect on Monday , eliminating police bonuses. Several people died and soldiers had to rescue President Rafael Correa from a Quito Hospital where he had taken refuge.

Officials insist the raise is not linked to the unrest last week.

The pay increase is between $400-$570 and will be backdated to January.
An army captain in Ecuador now ill make makes $ 2140, while a major will make $2280.

On average Ecuadorean police officers earn about $700 a month; the minimum salary in Ecuador is about $240 a month.

Read more at BBC →

Some Good and Bad News for Spain

As the country received the news that nearly 4 million people are unemployed in the country or 20 percent of its population it also heard that Spaniards live longer than anyone else on average in the European Union.

Spain has the highest unemployment rate in Europe and it climbed again last month by 1.2 percent as the country continues to feel the negative effect of the global recession and its deteriorated construction sector.  The outlook continues to look grim as the government expects only a slight decrease in the unemployment rate to 19.3 percent by 2011.

On the health side of news coming from Spain things looked a bit more positive.  Spaniards have a life expectancy of 81.1 years making it the highest average for all of Europe.  Spanish women appear to live longer than men but both genders are plagued by poor health as they age. 

Read more at La Prensa →

TuesdayOctober 5, 2010