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TuesdayOctober 19, 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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Nevada Latinos Urged Not to Vote by Republican Special Interest Group on Univision Ads (VIDEO)

Here is the English version of an ad now pulled by Univision television that is telling the Hispanic electorate not to vote to punish the Democrats for not coming through on their promises to take up immigration reform.

The ads are funded by a Republican group is Nevada known as Latinos For Reform.  The group spent $80,000 to buy ad time on the Univision network.  The network is the number one Spanish language network in the U.S.  It is not known what if any is this groups affiliation to the Republican Senatorial candidate Sharon Angle that recently many racially biased remarks to a group of Hispanic students, commenting they “… look a little Asian” to her.

The backlash against Univision was quick and prompt with calls for them to pull the ads.  Univision though non-partisan has been engaged in large public campaigns encouraging Latinos to vote. 


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Sharron Angle has Not Only Offended Hispanic Children but All Hispanic Icons the World Over

As the storm rages around Republican Senatorial candidate Sharron Angle’s comments other Hispanic super stars are joining in on the debate, see below.  The controversy started when Angle visited the Rancho High School that is predominantly Hispanic.  These sharp students questioned Angle on her perceived anti-immigrant rhetoric especially her depiction of a Hispanic man standing before a fence implying all Hispanics had crossed the ‘border fence’ illegally.  She denied that was her intent in the ad and defended herself by saying that man wasn’t necessarily a Latino man.  Clearly implying she can’t distinguish a Latino person from their outwardly appearance to prove her point she made comments that have now gotten her in trouble with some Hispanics. 

She stated to the students “I don’t know if all of you are Latinos, some of you look you know a little more Asian to me .”  We are not sure what a ‘little Asian’ means or if its worse than being a little Latino.  Hispanic super stars like the Frito Bandito, Speedy Gonzales and our iconic Dora the Explorer are revolting and may show up in Nevada and give Harry Reid, the incumbent and Angle’s opponent their vote. 


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Sears Reaches Out to Small Hispanic Businesses with Grants

To recognize the value and importance of small business growth across the country, Sears Holdings is conducting a competition that will award four $5,000 grants to small businesses with the Tu Empresa, Tu Futuro/Your Company, Your Future grant competition starting this October through December 31, 2010.  According to the U.S. Commerce Department’s Minority Business Development Agency and the U.S. Census Bureau, Hispanic-owned firms increased by 43.7 percent, more than twice the national rate, between 2002 and 2007.  With small business representing 99.7 percent of all employer firms, Sears Holdings aims to encourage growth within this segment of the economy.

Business owners can enter by completing an online form and submitting a brief essay on what inspired them to create their businesses.  Entrants also can refer up to four friends to participate.

In a further effort to encourage small business owners, Sears Holdings enlisted the help of well-known Hispanic journalist, talk show host and entrepreneur Cristina Saralegui, who recently launched an exclusive soft home line collection, Casa Cristina™. The bed and bath collections, currently available at Sears and Kmart stores in both the U.S. and Puerto Rico, were created by Saralegui and inspired by her Miami home as well as memories from her childhood.

”I’m very excited about the opportunity Sears is offering small businesses and as Hispanic Heritage Month draws to a close, I want to encourage Latin-owned businesses to participate and keep striving to make their dreams a reality,” said Saralegui.  ”I’m honored to have inspired the company to take on such an effort.  As a business owner, I know firsthand how valuable it is to feel supported and encouraged.  I urge business owners across the country to go online and register for a chance to win a Tu Empresa, Tu Futuro/Your Company, Your Future Grant.”

To participate, business owners can visit Sears on-line to register and view contest rules. 

Read more at Sears Corp. →

Getting Naked in Spain to Garner Votes (VIDEO)

The Citizens party of Catalonia, known as Ciutadans, is trying a ‘fresh’ ‘breezy’ way to promote their party as the rebels choice in Spain – going nude.  Everyday citizens are seen disrobing and basically saying we are fighting big government, corruption with everything we have and want a liberal society.  Tea Party PLEASE do not get any ideas.

We hesitate showing this video frightened that some of own rebel candidates in need of votes might consider this.  Here’s hoping stout Meg Whitman, prunish Harry Reid and burly Tea Partier Joe Miller stay away from the idea.  Por Favor No!

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$340 Million Pot Bust in Mexico

Mexican authorities at the border city of Tijuana seized 105 tons of marijuana, making this the largest pot bust thus far this year.

The marijuana was found almost accidently as Mexican police were investigating a convoy of cars that had shot at the officers.  During the shoot out one police officer and one offender were injured.  The detained individuals that were riding in the convoy led police to several houses in Tijuana.

The Mexican security forces then conducted raids throughout several Tijuana neighborhoods arresting eleven people while discovering 10,000 wrapped packages of marijuana with an estimated street value of $340 million.  All the marijuana was destined to be sold in the U.S.

The Mexican government eradicates approximately 74,130 acres a year of marijuana.

Read more at Fox News →

Record Breaking Attendance to International Film Festival Despite Tensions in Mexico (BILINGUAL)

The 8th annual International Film Festival opened Saturday in the drug-ridden state of Michoacán drawing the largest crowd in its history, illustrating the interesting contrast that defines Mexico today.

The daily news in Mexico as of lately brings to mind the Iraq of the two thousands, the Bosnia of the nineties, the Colombia of the eighties, the Chile of the Seventies, the Vietnam of the sixties… car bombs, beheadings, corrupt politicians…

But as it is often the case with all those countries, hidden amid the senseless violence, Mexico remains haunting and picturesque in parts, colorful, mysterious, certainly inspiring an odd sense of security, even in the hardest-fought territories where the absurd war on drugs spreads its tentacles.

Only blocks from the place where in 2008 a grenade attack killed eight people, hundreds of VIP’s lined the red carpet, and fans elbowed their way to the side lines for a chance to catch a glimpse of Oscar-winning Spanish actor Javier Bardem, and other stars.

Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu, whose film “Biutiful” starring Bardem opened the festival, admitted to a full auditorium in tuxes and cocktail dresses, that his homeland going through a difficult time.

Then, on Sunday he told The Associated Press that even though violence in Mexico appears to be out control, culture and education are the keys to fighting back.

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Vevo and Univision Working Together to Reach Hispanics Music Lovers

Vevo, the popular music site and Univision have signed an agreement whereby Vevo will provide video content to Univision highlighting Latino performing artists. 

Univision plans to feature the Vevo video across all its on-line sites including the new all music site it launched last week – Musicia.  In the agreement Vevo will handle all advertising sales while Univision manages the programming of the content.

Vevo has aggressively been pursuing the U.S. Hispanic market as a source to grow its audience.  Of the 49 million on line users Vevo has 20 percent or 8 million are Hispanic.  The agreement with Univision has already garnered advertising interest from Toyota and Warner Bros that are seeking to sell its products to Vevo’s music loving Hispanic audience.

Read more at Media Week →

White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics

The U.S. Department of Education kicked-off its National Education Summit yesterday with a call to action to raise awareness about the education disparity within the Hispanic community. Administration experts along with Hispanic community leaders from around the country addressed issues ranging from early childhood learning to higher education.

Today President Obama will sign an executive order on the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics in a ceremony in the East Room of the White House. The revised executive order places a high priority on ensuring America’s future global competitiveness by raising Hispanic education attainment at every level.

Watch this historic signing at 12:50 p.m.(CST) here. 

Read more at Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute →

Pope Reflects on Churches Role in Latin America

In separate meetings yesterday with new ambassadors from Colombia and El Salvador to the Holy See, Pope Benedict XVI reflected on the role of the Catholic Church in Latin America, saying that “not only during these last two centuries but from the dawn of the arrival of Spanish in America, the Catholic Church has been present in each of the stages of the historical destiny of your country, always playing a major and decisive role.”

The Church “does not demand any special privileges,” the Pope said to Cesar Mauricio Velasquez Ossa, the new Colombian envoy. Rather, the Church seeks to serve the people—especially those in need—and to promote the dignity of human life. He explained that the promotion of human dignity means “that the legal system should respect natural law in such essential areas as safeguarding human life from conception to natural end, the right to be born and to live in a family founded on marriage between a man and a woman, or the right of parents to give their children an education consistent with their own moral criteria and beliefs.”

In a reference to the long civil war in Colombia, the Holy Father offered his prayers for an end to the violence and, regarding the hostages seized by rebels, “my prayers for those in Colombia who have been unjustly and cruelly deprived of their freedom.”

In his meeting with Manuel Roberto Lopez Becerra, El Salvador’s new ambassador, the Pope spoke said that the work of the Church is essential “in eradicating poverty and is a vigorous incentive to fight against violence, impunity, and drug trafficking, which are wreaking such havoc, especially among youth.” The Church also must respond to the “aggressive presence of sects,” he said.

Read more at Catholic Culture →

U.S. Diplomats Visting Guatemala and Honduras Focusing on Violence in Region

Assistant Secretary of State, David Johnson, and a small U.S. delegation are traveling to Honduras and Guatemala until October 21, 2010.

In Guatemala, Johnson will meet with Minister of Government Carlos Menocal, Attorney General Maria Mejia de Contreras, Police Reform Commissioner Helen Mack, International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) Commissioner Francisco Dall’Anese, and other members of the Guatemalan government to discuss law enforcement reform and pending legislation that will allow further security and justice efforts.

Later in the week, Assistant Secretary Johnson, along with US Ambassador Hugo Llorens, will meet with President Porfirio Lobo, Secretary of State for Security Oscar Alvarez, and convene the U.S.-Honduras Merida-CARSI Task Force. In both countries Assistant Secretary Johnson will have the opportunity to discuss on-going efforts to address crime and violence. In Honduras, he will emphasize law enforcement initiatives for corrections and efforts to dismantle and prosecute criminal organizations.

These meetings are meant to demonstrate U.S. support and shared commitment to addressing rising crime and violence in Guatemala, Honduras, and throughout Central America. The assistant secretary will encourage both governments to leverage their security and justice sector successes where possible in the region. Assistant Secretary Johnson’s visit will encourage continued partnership between the U.S., the governments of Central America, and other international donors to improve citizen security in the region.


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Guatemala’s El Mirador One of the World’s Greatest Cultural Sites Endanger of Disappearing

Twenty-five world experts in conservation and cultural development have identified twelve cultural heritages sites on the verge of disappearing and Guatemala’s El Mirador is on that list.

El Mirador is a vast archaeological site containing over 4,000 pre-Columbian Mayan temples.  There are several pyramids on the site including La Danta pyramid considered one of the largest man-made structures in the world, measuring 230 feet tall.  It is believed many other pyramids exist in the area but locals have looted many before they are studied and preserved. 

Many on the list of endangered sites are in poor and developing nations like Haiti, Kenya and the Philippines.  They face threats from overrunning tourists and lack of proper management. 

Read more at Global Heritage Fund →

UN Visit to Mexico Concludes: “Strong Justice System is Needed”

A strong and independent justice is a prerequisite for effectively fighting growing violence in Mexico, a United Nations human rights expert, who wrapped up a 15-day mission to the country last week, said today.

Gabriela Knaul, the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, noted that the 2008 constitutional reform of the criminal justice system could prove to be major step forward in improving access to and the administration of justice in Mexico.  The reform, the independent expert said, contains important elements guaranteeing the rights of all people coming into contact with the criminal justice system.

“However, it faces difficulties and obstacles in its implementation and does not appear to enjoy the determined, constant and uniform political will in the entire country in order to advance in an appropriate manner,” she noted.  “The reform of the penal system depends on the political leadership and needs strong support by the part of all institutions concerned.”

During her 1-15 October mission, Ms. Knaul analyzed the judiciary’s independence in Mexico, as well as the impartiality of magistrates, judges and lawyers. She also looked into the autonomy of public prosecutors.  She expressed concern over the level of independence of judges, especially at the federal level, emphasizing that the linking of high court magistrates with the Executive of their states is a “real hazard to their independence.”

The expert also found that many Mexicans – especially the poor, indigenous, rural, women and migrants – lack access to justice.

During her visit, Ms. Knaul met with President Felipe Calderón and other top officials, including the foreign minister, public security minister, Senate members, Attorney General, and Supreme Court magistrates.  She visited Mexico City and the states of Chiapas, Mexico, Nuevo Léon, San Luis Potosí and Yucatán.

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TuesdayOctober 19, 2010