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WednesdayOctober 27, 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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Jaguar Attacks and Kills U.S. Citizen in Belize

A four-year-old jaguar male called Max, escaped from its cage at a Belize animal rescue center when a tree fell on his cage on Sunday, as Hurricane Richard slammed the country with brutal gusts, rain and hale. Max, is allegedly to blame in the mauling death of a U.S. citizen whose body was found on Tuesday.

Authorities found the victim’s body near the animal center on Tuesday. It had bite marks on the forearm and neck, and it seemed to have been attacked the day before and dragged by the jungle cat into some nearby bushes.

The victim was identified as Bruce Cullerton by Belize’s national police force Cullerton held citizenship in both the U.S. and Belize.

Officials of the Belize Forest Department are still trying to recapture Max using steel-mesh cage traps baited with meat.

The 130-pound jaguar had been taken to the rescue and research center two years ago; the center’s operators, Richard and Carol Foster, rescue animals and attempt to return many of them to the wild. The couple has declined however, to make comments on whether or not Max would be allowed to roam free again if he is recaptured.


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Six Grenades and 1,000 Bullets Later Entire Mexican Town’s Police Force Quits

The 14-man police force of the tiny town of Los Ramones was celebrating their new police headquarters when they were met with a hale of gunfire and tossed grenades, Monday night.  Incredibly no one was reported injured but everyone was beyond startled and frightened. 

The entire police force shortly thereafter quit in unison yesterday, leaving Los Ramones in the state of Nuevo Leon, Mexico without any law enforcement.  This was the second such attack on a Nuevo Leon police force.  Last week two grenades were thrown at the police station in Sabinas Hidalgo.

The attack lasted no more than 20 minutes and did not come completely as a surprise.  Police officers had observed some suspicious surveillance of the building earlier in the week and had lined up their patrol vehicles to act as a barricade, just in case. 

Read more at Noroeste.com →

Spanish Law Orders Prostitutes to Wear Fluorescent Vests

Women practicing the oldest profession in the world on a rural highway outside Els Alamús, a 678 inhabitant Spanish town situated in the county of Segrià in Lleida, Catalonia,  have been told to wear yellow fluorescent bibs, or pay fines of 40 euros ($55).

Police claim the sex workers on the LL-11 road are not being targeted because of what they do but because they posed a danger to drivers by not adhering to the road traffic laws.

The sex workers are in defiance of a 2004 law that says pedestrians on major highways and berms must wear the high visibility vests.

A spokesman for the local police force said: “In the past couple of months the prostitutes have been fined for two reasons: for not wearing the reflective jacket and for creating danger on the public highway.”

Fining follows recent laws introduced by Els Alamús town hall to ban prostitutes from soliciting in public urban areas. The mayor Josep Maria Bea has been accused of mounting a campaign to drive the sex workers out of the area.

Prostitution is not illegal in Spain (it is illegal to make profit out of sexually exploiting somebody), and is the main and often only source of income of over 300,000 women.  A recent survey found one in four Spanish men admitted to having paid for sex.

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We Need the Recently Departed Paul the Octopus to Predict the Nevada Race

Paul is dead, and this time we’re not talking about the left handed Beatle death hoax. HS-News believes the oracle mollusk died of sheer stress upon being asked his opinion on the outcome of the midterm elections in Nevada. Do you concur?


Partake of all our humor in Amigo ó Enemigo

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ELECTION:  Brian “My Kids Don’t Look Hispanic” Sandoval Poised to be Nevada’s Next Governor

The Rasmussen polls are showing Republican gubernatorial candidate, Brian Sandoval, with a 20-point lead with one week to go to election time.  Brian Sandoval who enjoys 95% of the Tea Party vote is running against Democrat Rory Reid.

Sandoval is one of three notable Hispanic Republicans running for office that have strong anti-immigrant stances in spite of the majority of Hispanics supporting immigration reform.  The other candidates are Marco Rubio for Florida Senator and Susana Martinez running for New Mexico’s governor.

Sandoval who is a staunch supporter of English-only for Nevada also supports Arizona’s controversial SB 1070.  He has received a lot of criticism from Hispanic organizations for his stance as well as his alleged statement claiming his children didn’t look Hispanic.  He made this statement when he was being interviewed by Univision on what he would feel if his children were ‘racially profiled’ and stopped under the SB1070 law. 

It is believed Sandoval is benefiting from the favorable opinion most Nevadan’s have of the former Governor Jim Gibbons; whose is also a Republican.

Read more at Rasmussen Reports →

ELECTION:  Meg Whitman Continues Outreach to Latino Community with Confusing Messages (VIDEO)

Meg Whitman, candidate for Governor of California continues to reach out to the 17 million Latino voters in California with new ads this week – the problem is that the message is in direct opposition to what she is saying in her campaign and in her English language election ads.  ¿Que Pasa?

The Spanish language Whitman ad touts Whitman as being ‘with the Hispanic community’ and as someone who stood up against SB 1070.  And it is those assertions that have leaders in the Hispanic community upset.  She is on record supporting Arizona’s right to legislate immigration issues and “decide what is right for their state.”  In addition she is opposed to the DREAM Act that is highly popular in the Hispanic community.

Current polls show Whitman trailing Brown in most polls and trailing Brown with a large margin amongst Latino voters.

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Madonna Chooses Mexico City as the First Location for her New Fitness Center Chain

Madonna is launching her own global chain of gyms and fitness centers, and the place where the queen of pop will start her exercise venture, is Mexico City.

Not a stranger to the world of fitness, the timeless sex-symbol will reportedly be opening a number of gyms with the name “Hard Candy” in several cities around the world.

Possibly as the most successful female artist of all time, the 52 year old singer, actress, model, fashion designer and film director has partnered with her manger, Guy Oseary, and Mark Mastrov (founder and CEO of 24 Hour Fitness), to open a chain of gyms called the “Hard Candy Fitness Centers, named after her 2008 album, the chain, the artist hopes, will spice fitness with a dash of entertainment.

Madonna is expected to attend the opening of Mexico City fitness center on November 29; she will subsequently open ten more locations spread about in Russia, Brazil, Argentina, Europe and Asia.

“Our goal is to create an environment inspired by Madonna’s vision and high standards of what the ideal gym would be,” said Mark Mastrov, chairman of New Evolution Ventures, which is launching the clubs in partnership with Madonna and her manager Guy Oseary. “Hard Candy Fitness will be a reflection of Madonna’s point of view and will reflect her input on every detail, including music space, light and other design cues,” he added. “Madonna’s touch will be everywhere.”

Madonna has also recently launched a teen clothing line exclusively for Macy’s department stores called “Material Girl” in partnership with her teenage daughter Lourdes.


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Nobel Peace Prize Website Comes Under Cyberattack

The Nobel Peace Prize Web site came under cyber attack from Taiwan, Norwegian telecoms operator Telenor stated yesterday, less than 3 weeks after jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo won the award.

“The site was compromised, or as is more commonly said, ‘hacked,’ ” the computer security director at Telenor told AFP, confirming other reports.  Visitors to the Web site risked infection by a ‘Trojan horse’ virus that are difficult to detect. 

The Nobel Institute in Oslo said it had heard of the attack, but said the Web site was now back to normal.

Read more at Straits Times →

Brazilian Pro-Life Bishops Receive Death Threats

Three Brazilian bishops—Bishop Luiz Gonzaga Bergonzini of Guarulhos, Bishop Benedito Beni Dos Santos of Lorena, and Bishop Nelson Westrupp of Santo André—have received anonymous death threats after urging Catholics not to vote for Dilma Rousseff, the frontrunner in the October 31 presidential election. In 2007, Rousseff called for the legalization of abortion in the world’s largest Catholic nation.

The three bishops have urged their priests to urge their Catholics congregations not to vote for Rousseff, prompting a remarkable reaction from the justice and peace commission of Brazil. 

“The CNBB does not suggest any candidate, and recalls that the choice is a free and conscious act of each citizen,” the commission stated two weeks ago. “Faced with this great responsibility, we urge Catholics to consider ethical criteria, especially unconditional respect for life, family, religious freedom, and human dignity.”

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For the 19th Year-in-a-Row UN Calls for Lifting of U.S. Embargo of Cuba

For the 19th straight year, the General Assembly today adopted a resolution calling for the lifting of the decades-old economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States against Cuba in the aftermath of the Cold War.

The 192-member United Nations body voiced concern about the “adverse effects” of such measures on the Cuban people and on Cuban nationals living in other countries in the non-binding resolution.

The text received 187 votes in favor to 2 against (United States and Israel), with 3 abstentions (Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands and Palau).

It reiterated previous calls on countries “to refrain from promulgating and applying laws and measures” that do not conform to their obligations to reaffirm freedom of trade and navigation.  In addition, the resolution urged States to repeal or invalidate any such laws as soon as possible

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WednesdayOctober 27, 2010