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FridayOctober 22, 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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Disappearing Act For the Border’s Invisible Fence

A so-called invisible fence along the U.S.-Mexico border that was intended to keep a high-tech eye on the area is about to be unfunded by the U.S. government.

No decision has been officially made, but with the two-month extension the U.S. government gave Boeing about to run out, several members of Congress expect the Department of Homeland Security to rule soon on the fate of the invisible fence, the high-tech portion of the $4.4-billion Secure Border Initiative.

Homeland Security spokesman Matt Chandler would only say that a new direction for the program “is expected shortly.”

Read more at Chicago Tribune →

First-Ever Class of U.S. Trained Mexican Custom Officials Graduate

U.S. government officials including Secretary Janet Napolitano today joined Mexican Secretary of Finance Ernesto Cordero Arroyo to host the first-ever graduation of Mexican customs officials from a 10-week, U.S. led investigator training course.

“Our efforts to crack down on criminal organizations and others who threaten the safety of our citizens and our economy require close cooperation between the United States and Mexico,” said Secretary Napolitano. “Today’s historic graduation of Mexican customs officials from this U.S.-led investigator training course reflects the unprecedented collaboration between our two nations to better combat transnational crime while facilitating legitimate travel and trade.”  “A well-functioning border is an opportunity for growth—it opens doors to commercial exchange, peace, progress and human development,” said Secretary Cordero.

Twenty-four men and women from Mexico participated in the inaugural session of the Mexican customs investigator training conducted by U.S. immigration agents.  The course included coursework in both Mexican and U.S. customs law, as well as training in a wide variety of investigative techniques, officer safety tactics, and ethics—helping to provide the graduates with the tools and knowledge necessary to combat cross-border crime, including money laundering, customs offenses and weapons and drug trafficking, in close coordination with ICE special agents and other U.S. law enforcement officials.

The United States has appropriated $1.4 billion in aid for Mexico through an initiative that includes resources to provide training and equipment to support law enforcement operations.

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Former Border Patrol Agent Guilty of Abusing Immigrant Detainee

Former U.S. Border Patrol Agent Edward C. Moreno, 41, of Pearsall, Texas, was sentenced yesterday for depriving the civil rights of a Mexican national when Moreno assaulted the victim in a U.S. Border Patrol Facility in Arizona.  Moreno was sentenced to12 months’ supervised release, four months confinement under house arrest and pay restitution of $1,392.25 for medical expenses.

Earlier this year Moreno entered a guilty plea for his actions that took place in 2006, while he was on duty at the U.S. Border Patrol Processing Center at Nogales, Arizona. The defendant admitted that while escorting the victim within the Processing Center, he kicked the victim, struck him in the stomach with a baton, threw him down to ground, and punched him without any legitimate cause.

This case was investigated by FBI agents and the U.S. Immigration and Customs personnel.

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UPDATE: Hundreds of Immigration Cases Being Dismissed

UPDATE: As a result of the high number of dismissals, Republican members on the Senate Judiciary Committee have taken issue written to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano demanding they be given a full report on the dismissals by November 15th.

The senators are especially “disturbed” by the fact that some of the undocumented immigrants whose cases were dismissed had criminal records. DHS requires that the immigrants have no convictions for felonies or certain misdemeanors such as sex crimes, but still allow dismissals for immigrants with lesser crime convictions.

ORIGINAL STORY: A number of Houston immigration cases were dismissed in the month following Homeland Security officials starting reviews of the Houston courts’ docket. This is more than 200 dismissed cases show a 700 percent increase from the month before.

From the 27 dismissals in Houston courts in July, the number jumped to 217 in August according to the data from the Executive Office Review for Immigration (EOIR), the administrators of the nation’s immigration court system. In September, the EOIR reported that 174 cases were dismissed. The majority of the cases involved immigrants who were already out on bond and had cases pending at Houston’s court docket, which is so crowded hearings are being scheduled into 2012.

Overall, in September, about 45 percent of the cases decided in that court resulted in dismissals.

On behalf of undocumented immigrants, federal attorneys in Houston have been filing motions since early August to dismiss cases involving suspected illegal immigrants who have lived in the country for years without committing serious crimes.

A national controversy ensued involving allegations that the Obama administration was allowing a type “backdoor amnesty” though officials deny the claim.

Though motions for dismissal seem to have slowed, immigration attorney Steve Villareal says, “They’re still doing it. They’re just doing it quietly.”

ImageImmigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials declined to discuss the specifics of the docket reviews and dismissals, but in response to the data from Houston, ICE spokeswoman Gillian Brigham noted that immigration judges can terminate cases for reasons other than prosecutorial discretion.

EOIR’s liason with the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Raed Gonzalez has said that government attorneys in Houston were instructed to exercise prosecutorial discretion on a case-by-case basis for illegal immigrants who have lived in the U.S. for at least two years and have no serious criminal history, and to qualify for dismissal, the defendants also must not have a felony record or any misdemeanor convictions (DWI, sex crimes, domestic violence, etc).

Several dismissed cases involved defendants without U.S. citizen relatives, but who had arguments for dismissal on humanitarian grounds, such as those brought to the U.S. as children who have stayed out of trouble and are enrolled in college.

Supporters believe that by moving to dismiss cases for people who have stayed out of trouble, the agency will be better able to use its limited resources to deport those with more serious criminal records.

Essentially, the dismissals mean officials will no longer actively try to remove defendants through the immigration court system, though charges may be refilled at a later date. Also, the dismissals in no way give defendants legal status. They remain undocumented immigrants and still may not legally work in the United States.

Critics like Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies however, believe the dismissals are just proof that the federal government is not enforcing the law saying, “This type of action muddles the message so both the public at large as well as illegal immigrants don’t know what to think.”

Read more at Houston Chronicle →

La Cárcel para Mujeres “El Buen Pastor” de Bogotá Tiene su Propio Reinado de Belleza

Cantantes, actrices y varios personajes de la farándula Colombiana, acompañaron a las reclusas durante la elección de “Miss Simpatía”

Alexandra Amazo, una Bogotana de 31 años que purga dos años de cárcel, fué  seleccionada reina entre las ocho concursantes—una candidata por cada pabellón de la prisión. Amazo representó al pabellón número 4. Para sus desfiles eligió lucir un traje de fantasía dorado y con su vestido de gala, fue la indiscutible ganadora entre las representantes de los demás pabellones.

‘‘Un grupo de compañeras me convenció que asistiera y pues al final accedí’’ dijo Amazo, la reclusa que con su estilo, ojos cafés y cabello castaño, cautivó a los cuatro miembros del jurado, integrado por diseñadores de moda, actrices y presentadores de radio.

Aparte de los aplausos de sus compañeras, la ganadora recibe un pequeño paquete de cosméticos y el título de ‘‘Reina de la simpatía’‘.

La prisión del Buen Pastor, en el oeste de Bogotá, actualmente alberga a 1.276 mujeres, (763 de ellas condenadas y el resto esperando sentencia) permitió que las internas salieran al patio central de la cárcel y allí vitorearan a la candidata de su pabellón con cantos y largas tiras de papel.

En cada uno de los penales femeninos del país, se desarrollan eventos similares, la institución homóloga en la ciudad de Cali, por ejemplo, cuanta con una emisora: La MC Radio.

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Four Soccer Players Victims of Alleged Drug Attack by Opponents


“Hijos de Acosvinchos”  player Juan Luna, managed to stay conscious while three other players succumbed to the sedative properties of barbiturate drugs,  allegedly dissolved in the water handed to them by the opponents during a break in the game.

Five minutes before the end of the game between “Sporting Áncash” and “Hijos de Acosvinchos,” a defense from the latter team,  Andy Salinas, suddenly collapsed in the middle of the field, and was quickly attended to by team physicians.

The game resumed, but before too long, two of Salinas’ teammates—Luis Coelho and Martín Reátegui lost consciousness without warning, in a similar fashion than Salinas.

In a truly pathetic effort to deflect suspicions and accusations, Sport Ancash President José Mallaqui blamed the incident on poultry.

“I was able to find out that the players ate rotisserie chicken and had some energy drinks before the game, which ended up hurting them,” he told generaccion.com.

Incidentally, Sporting Ancash’s Fear and Loathing scheme was not enough to help salvage what was left of their pride. They lost the match 3-0.


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Mexican Beer Lovers be Warned:  ‘Mexican Beer Dermatitis’ Alert

Mexican beer lovers typically only worry about the calories or just focus on the sabor/flavor but now drinkers be warned you can get ‘Mexican beer dermatitis’ from your cerveza fria.

Several dermatologists are warning about the facial distortions that can come from the combination of beer and limejuice hitting your skin.  Basically if you get limejuice on your skin and then are exposed to sun your skin will discolor.  The really bad news is that the discoloration can last for months, long after the buzz of your cerveza is gone.

The unsightly blotches are common amongst bartenders who work outside and boaters who drink cerveza with limes.  The ‘psoralen’ ingredient in limes causes the actual staining of your skin causing redness that turns to brown splotches.

Read more at Orlando Sentinel →

INDULGE YOURSELF this Weekend with a Latin American Natural Wonder

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



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New Ecotourism Website Puts Far-Flung Nature Sites a Mere Mouse Click Away

Planning your next ecological holiday has just become that much easier, with both the most famed and the least known of 150,000 world conservation sites now a mere mouse click away, thanks to a new United Nations-backed interactive social media-based website launched today.

Using the latest satellite images, users can pinpoint individual protected areas, such as national parks or marine reserves, from the breathtaking fjords of western Norway to Australia’s only active volcanoes, and zoom in for information on endangered species, native plant life or types of terrain on ProtectedPlanet.net.

Created by the UN Environment Program and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the site provides in-depth information on both the leading lights and hidden gems of the conservation world, allowing visitors to upload photographs of their trips to protected areas, write travelogues for Wikipedia and recommend places of interest nearby, data that can be shared through social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Flickr.

This in turn might inspire others to make the journey, thus bringing much needed income to communities in often poor and sometimes remote areas of the globe, UNEP said in a news release. The ecotourism industry is growing fast especially in Latin America and currently captures $77 billion of the global tourism market.

As concern about global warming increases, more tourists than ever are opting for eco-friendly holidays, including visits to protected areas. According to Travel Weekly magazine, sustainable tourism could grow to 25 per cent of the world’s travel market by 2012, taking the value of the sector to approximately $473 billion a year.

Alongside familiar names such as the Serengeti in Tanzania or Yellowstone National Park in the United States, there are thousands of lesser-known sites that attract far fewer visitors. Monte Cristi National Park in the Dominican Republic, for example, is described by travel websites as off the tourist radar.

Yet a quick scan on the site reveals diverse habitats of mangroves and beaches with abundance of bird life, including pink-colored spoonbills, pelicans and the magnificent frigatebird, a species renowned for its scarlet throat pouch that inflates like a balloon during mating season.

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Worldwide there are 2.0 Billion People Surfing the Internet - WOW

Worldwide there are 2.0 Billion People Surfing the Internet - WOW

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The number of Internet users worldwide has doubled in the past five years and will surpass the 2 billion mark in 2010, with the majority of the 226 million new users this year coming from developing countries, the United Nations telecommunication agency is reporting.

The number of people with Internet access at home has increased from 1.4 billion in 2009 to almost 1.6 billion in 2010, with 65 per cent of these in developed countries and only 13.5 per cent in developing countries, where access in schools, at work and public locations is critical.

By the end the year, 71 per cent of the population in developed countries will be online, compared to 21 per cent in developing countries. Regional differences are significant: 65 per cent of Europeans are on the Internet, compared to only 9.6 per cent of Africans.

While high-speed Internet is still out of reach for many people in poorer countries, mobile telephony is becoming ubiquitous, with access to networks now available to over 90 per cent of the global population. Data indicate that among the estimated 5.3 billion mobile subscriptions by the end of 2010, 3.8 billion will be in the developing world.

Overall, the price of services is falling, but high-speed Internet access remains prohibitively expensive, especially in low-income developing countries.

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FridayOctober 22, 2010