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ThursdayOctober 28, 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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One of Latin America’s Largest Energy Efficiency Projects Underway in Venezuela

Venezuela will increase power output from its largest hydroelectric complex by 795 megawatts—enough to supply almost one million Venezuelans—through a modernization program financed with a $700 million loan approved by the Inter-American Development Bank.

The project will replace six of the 20 turbogenerator units at the Guri plant which is currently the world’s third largest hydroelectric complex.  Guri supplies nearly 45 percent of Venezuela’s total electricity demand.

The six turbogenerators units were installed decades ago in the 1960s and 1970s.  The project, part of Venezuelan Government´s broader Guri Modernization Program, will conclude in 2016. The project will enable Guri to offer additional power, equivalent to more than 3 percent of Venezuela’s total electricity generation capacity. It will also extend the plant’s service life by around 25 years.

“This is the largest energy efficiency project the IDB has ever financed,” said Alejandro Melandri, the IDB team leader for the Guri loan. “It may also be one of the cleanest and most cost-effective ways of generating additional power. By upgrading equipment in an existing facility, we avoid many of the initial construction costs and nearly all the environmental impacts associated with new power plants. It’s a bit like changing an old incandescent light-bulb for a new compact fluorescent one—but on a massive scale.”

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Latinos Divided Over What to do About Undocumented, Most Advocate for a Fine but not Deportation

The national political backlash against illegal immigration has created new divisions among Latinos and heightened their concerns about discrimination against members of their ethnic group-including those who were born in the United States or who immigrated legally.

About four-in-five of the nation’s estimated 11.1 million unauthorized immigrants are of Hispanic origin. A new national survey by the Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center, finds that Latinos are divided over what to do with these immigrants.Image A small majority (53%) says they should pay a fine but not be deported. A small minority (13%) says they should be deported, and a larger minority (28%) says they should not be punished.

Hispanics are also divided about the impact of illegal immigration on Hispanics already living in the U.S. Roughly equal shares say the impact has been positive (29%), negative (31%) or made no difference (30%).  Today, more than six-in-ten (61%) Latinos say that discrimination against Hispanics is a “major problem,” up from 54% who said that in 2007. 

These and many other findings emerge from a new national survey of 1,375 Latino adults conducted by landline and cellular telephone, in English and Spanish, from August 17 through September 19, 2010. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.3 percentage points for the full sample and larger for subgroups. For a complete copy of the study visit our HSN Library

Read more at Pew Hispanic Center →

Election Year Highlights Hispanic Media’s Influence

Election Year Highlights Hispanic Media’s Influence

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This election season, Spanish-language networks are playing an important role as many are hosting many debates with major candidates and seeing their political coverage received by mainstream media, and such a point should not be ignored or forgotten.

Recent examples of Loretta Sanchez and Meg Whitman were made after they each appeared on the Spanish-language Univision Network.

In an interview with anchor Jorge Ramos, U.S. Representative Loretta Sanchez told viewers that her Republican opponent Van Tran was anti-immigrant and anti-Hispanic. After the comments were picked up by a blogger, posted on YouTube, and seen by Republican Party leaders, the influence and importance of Hispanic media could no longer be overlooked.

California’s Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman was attempting to attract Hispanic voters during her Univision sponsored debate with Jerry Brown, but when she was put on the defensive due to accusations she should have known her long-time housekeeper was unlawfully in the U.S., the exchange went viral.

Even strong supporters of harsh immigration reform are looking to make their cases using Hispanic media outlets as they recognize that it is now necessary to, at the very least, attempt to sway the nine percent of voters that are Hispanic, and it is also in their best interests to recognize that immigration is not these voters’ sole concern.

Read more at The Washington Post →

South Carolina holds Hearings to Discuss Immigration Reform Bill

An immigration subcommittee in South Carolina addressed an Arizona-style bill during the last legislative session but time ran out for it to get approval. A new bill is being planned to be filed for the 2011 session, and pre-filing begins in December. Currently statewide hearings are being held on the proposed bill.

Opponents to the Arizona style immigration bill spoke load and clearly last night asking senators to drop the idea.

“This law is advocating for the persecution of people because of the color of their skin,” said Julie Smithwick-Leone, a West Columbia resident. “That’s not a community I would be proud to live in.”

Several people mentioned the states budget crisis and pointed out that the state is not able to pay for new jails, training for the officers and other expenses the law would create.
“Our budget is busted,” said Barbara Coleman of Columbia. “We cannot fund some of the mandates we already have in our immigration law.”

“I would also like to say undocumented immigrants are not all criminals as other people have stated,” said Maria Smoak, who works with immigrant families at St. Peter’s Catholic Church on Assembly Street. “They are not all here to rape or steal or pillage or do drugs. Our stand is they are all children of God.”

Both sides of the debate spoke passionately about their views, with many of those who support the bill blaming illegal immigrants for economic problems and crime.

 

 

Read more at The State →

Cuba to Open First Religious Building in 50 Years

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will travel to Cuba next month, to witness history will take place as the island will be opening the new National Seminary,  the first religious structure built in the communist country in over half a century.

The Catholic News Agency reported that the late pope John Paul II blessed the cornerstone of the seminary when he visited Cuba in 1998. International organizations including the Knights of Columbus contributed to the financing of the seminary, located about 30 miles from the capital, Havana.

Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami will lead the delegation to Cuba on Nov. 3-6. Clergymen from the Archdiocese of Miami will be in attendance, as well as Father Andrew Small who is the National Collections Office director for the Church of Latin America and Thomas Quigley, counselor to the subcommittee.

While in Cuba, the group will also visit parishes and missions in Havana. Every year, dioceses across America collect funds that support pastoral projects throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.

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15 Dead in Mexico Car Wash Massacre

15 Dead in Mexico Car Wash Massacre

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Fifteen people were killed Wednesday in Tepic Mexico at a car wash.  This is the third such massacre in less than a week in Mexico.

The authorities in the state of Nayarit where Tepic is located, report that a group of armed attackers arrived at the Gamboa car wash and opened fire on workers and customers. The 15 killed include workers and two street vendors while two additional people were injured.

The state attorney general’s office said: “The workers were all men; they were washing cars when the gunmen, probably members of organized crime, drove up in SUVs and started opening fire”.

It is not known why the workers were attacked. The State prosecutor’s office has denied reports the victims were recovering drug addicts.

Friday gunman killed 14 people and injured a nine-year-old boy at a party in Ciudad Juarez across the border from El Paso, Texas.

On Sunday, gunman killed 14 people at a rehabilitation centre in Tijuana.

Read more at News 24 →



ThursdayOctober 28, 2010