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FridayNovember 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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Two Latinos Make the Newsweek Top 50 Power List

Is there a correlation between the amount of money a political or media figure makes a year, and how influential they are? Newsweek magazine seems to think there is, and asked Wealth-X, a research firm, to compile a list of the 50 highest-earning figures of 2010. They did, and published it, despite representatives for most individuals avowing that Wealth-X’s estimates were inaccurate.

Omitting the disturbing fact that if paychecks define the level of influence of a politician or political pundit, we are in fact living in a plutocracy, HS-News is pleased to report that not one but two Latinos have made it to Newsweek’s list this year!
With a whooping $4 million of approximate earnings last year,  leading newsman at Univision Jorge Ramos, who reaches more than 45 million Hispanic Americans daily, tied at position nineteen with talk show host Bill Maher, and—wait for it—The president of the nation, Barack Obama! Ramos, likely earns six figures for his syndicated weekly column (published by more than 30 newspapers), has published 10 books in 10 years, and officially, has become the most influential Latino.

The other Latino on the list, is rumored to have made one million dollars last year. He hosts the most listened to radio show in the United States “Piolín por la Mañana,” and it’s quite likely that if Eduardo Sotelo doesn’t ring a bell, it’s because he does all his influencing through his pseudonym, “Piolín.”  A Univision representative suggested Eduardo Sotelo “uses this platform to ensure Hispanics are well informed and empowered to have their voices heard through their civic participation.”

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DIVE INTO DEEP RELAXATION This Weekend with a Latin American Natural Wonder

DIVE INTO DEEP RELAXATION this weekend with a Latin American natural wonder.  Guess What and Where this is?


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Hispanic Unemployment Rate Unchanged at 12.6% versus National Rate of 9.6%

The economy added 151,000 jobs which is the most in 5 months; but not enough to change the unemployment rate which remained at 9.6%.

There are 14.8 million Americans still out of work much like October with 6.2 million of those considered as long-term unemployed - someone unemployed for more than 27 weeks.  American teenagers remain the largest unemployed sector at 27.1 percent followed by African-Americans at 15.7 percent.

The Hispanic unemployment rate is at 12.6 percent and also remained relatively unchanged since last month.

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Chilean Miners Odyssey, Soon to be a XXX Film (BILINGUAL)

Chilean Miners Odyssey, Soon to be a XXX Film (BILINGUAL)

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It is not uncommon in the southern most tip of South America, to hear men use the word “mina” (mine) to refer colloquially to young girls. So it comes as no surprise that in celebration of the ten years of the most lucrative industry in the world reaching Chile, director Leonardo Barrera plans to produce a film titled “La Mina Swallowed the 33”

“We like to make films with a plot” said the director when explaining the movie will include anecdotes that relate to the October 12-13 rescue, like the story of Yonni Barrios, the miner that became infamous, when the media found out he asked both wife and mistress to be there at the time of rescue. This will be the pornographic debut of 20 year old Ana Karenina, former Chilean model, who was quoted saying she has wanted to do pornography since age 13.

The director Barrera clarified to radio sources in Chile that the idea “is not to show a tremendous orgy on the screen” but to “do something comical,” with loads of shafts and tunnels and filthy gold digging action (we assume), and to top it all off, political commentary: “We don’t see the miners as heroes, but as victims of a faulty system that provoked it all.”

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Mexico Tourism Board Launches Visit Mexico iPhone app

The Mexico Tourism Board has recently launched the Visit Mexico iPhone application—the first iPhone travel application to provide nationwide coverage. Users can select to receive information from six regions and all 32 states, in addition to receiving in-depth information about 27 top tourist destinations.

One of the best features of the application is the “Activities” section located on the home screen.  By tapping into this section, users can learn more about Mexico’s wide range of activities. From beaches to camping to entertainment, users can see their favorite activities in a multitude of Mexican destinations, such as Tijuana, Cancun, Riviera Nayarit and Queretaro, among others. By using the application, users can also learn more about Mexico’s numerous World Heritage sites. 

The Visit Mexico application is available in both English and Spanish and is compatible with most IPhone products.

Read more at Visit Mexico →

New International Border Crossing Opens between Arizona and Sonora, Mexico

Further implementing Presidents Obama and Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon’s commitment to build a 21st century border that promotes economic competitiveness while enhancing security, the United States and Mexico began operating a new border crossing called “San Luis II” in San Luis, Arizona and San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora.

This new commercial border crossing will greatly improve traffic flows in both cities and lessen citizens’ exposure to diesel fumes from idling trucks, while expediting the safe processing of commercial cargo.

This January, the United States and Mexico opened the Anzalduas International Bridge between McAllen, Texas and Reynosa, Tamaulipas, the first new US-Mexico bridge in 10 years. These openings, along with multi-million dollar expansion and renovation projects at several other critical border crossings, will improve the flow of trade and enhance the safety, security, and environment of our border with Mexico.

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Immigration Raids and Heartache at the Center of a MO Supreme Court Case

The Missouri Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in the case of a Guatemalan woman who says she never consented to the adoption of her son by a Missouri couple, while incarcerated for violating immigration law.

Encarnacion M. Bail Romero was arrested in May 2007 for immigration violations during a sweep at the poultry plant where she worked.  In 2008, while the mother was still incarcerated, Carthage, Missouri parents Seth and Melinda Moser adopted her son, though Romero says she never agreed to the adoption.  The Moser’s countered that they stepped in to take care of the infant when no provisions were made for him when the mother was put into immigration detention.  Now having served her sentence, Romero is seeking custody.

Prior to the adoption hearing, an attorney (paid for by the Mosers) was hired to represent Romero in absentia. At the hearing, no evidence was presented on her behalf except a letter stating she wanted to be reunited with the boy and asking the child be sent to live with her family in Guatemala though apparently no resources were available for either scenario.  Court files contained two additional letters from the mother saying she did not want her child adopted.  Why these appeals were ignored by her attorney or the court is unknown and at the heart of this case. 

Earlier this year, a state appellate court ruled that Missouri’s Jasper County Circuit Court lacked the authority to transfer custody of the child to the Moser’s, though currently, the Mosers still have custody of the now nearly 4-year-old boy they call Carlos Jamison.  It is this ruling that the adoptive parents of Carlos want overturned by the State Supreme Court. 

Since the adoption controversy has gone public, Romero has been given support from a number of groups that advocate for immigrant and woman’s rights. So far, groups filing briefs on the mother’s behalf include the American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri, the ACLU of Kansas and Western Missouri, Immigrant Child Advocacy Project, Legal Momentum, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, the Washington University School of Law, and the Women’s Refugee Commission.

The Supreme Court will hear arguments in the case starting next Tuesday.

Read more at The Joplin Globe →

Hispanics Nationwide Voted Differently than White non-Hispanic Voters

Tuesday’s midterm elections were historic for Hispanics. For the first time ever, three Latino candidates—all of them Republicans—won top statewide offices. In New Mexico, voters elected the nation’s first Latina governor, Republican Susana Martinez. In Nevada, Republican Brian Sandoval won the governor’s race and became Nevada’s first Hispanic governor. And in Florida, Republican Marco Rubio won the U.S. Senate race.

Despite these big top-of-the-ticket wins for Republican Hispanic candidates, Latino voters continued their strong support for Democratic candidates nationwide. National House exit poll results show that Democrats had a nearly two-to-one advantage—64% versus 34%—over Republicans in U.S. House races among Latino voters.

This strong support for Democratic candidates continues a pattern among Latino voters.  According to the national House exit poll, Latinos represented the same share of all voters this year that they did in 2006—8%. Overall, more than 19 million Latinos were eligible to vote.

Just as in previous elections, Hispanics nationwide voted differently than white non-Hispanic voters. According to the national exit polls, white non-Hispanics supported Republican congressional candidates over Democratic candidates 60% to 37%.

To view a complete copy of this Pew Hispanic Center election study visit the HSN Library.

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BREAKING NEWS: No Survivors Found at Cuban Plane Crash Site

Rescuers found no survivors when they reached the site of the Cuban passenger plane that crashed shortly after 6:00pm Cuban time on Thursday, killing all 68 people on board, Cuba’s Civil Aviation Authority said.

The state-run Aerocaribbean aircraft had been flying from the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba to Havana.

The passengers included 40 locals and 28 foreigners of eleven different nationalities; nine Argentines, seven Mexicans, three Dutch, two Austrians, a Japanese passenger, one French, one Spanish, one Italian, and a Venezuelan. Many of the 61 passengers are believed to have been tourists. The crew members were all Cuban.

There is no word on the cause of the crash.

The twice-weekly flight 883 had originated in Port-au-Prince in Haiti and stopped over in Santiago, before heading to the capital, Havana. The pilot reported an emergency before losing contact.

Cuban media reported that while trying to reach the crash scene, emergency crews and local volunteers were forced to used bulldozers in order to get through the thick vegetation.

Crews have recovered a dozen bodies from the wreckage so far, but reported no survivors. A local rural worker described the episode as “a ball of flames in the middle of the mountain”. Other witnesses reported to have seen the plane jolt and jerk aggressively before plummeting to the ground.
Argentine government officials informed that president Cristina Kirchner instructed the nation’s Minister of Foreign Relations, Héctor Timerman to prepare an aircraft to retrieve the Argentina-born victims.

The website cubadebate.cu has published the passenger list, while extending their condolences to the families of the victims.

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Peru Reclaims Lost Treasures from U.S. Collector

Two rare ceramic pieces can now be returned to the Government of Peru following an agreement by the United States and a New York-based collector of Peruvian pre-Columbian antiquities.  The Peruvian government considers the items part of the country’s cultural patrimony and believes they were unlawfully exported.

Acting on information from Peru, U.S. agents seized the two antiquities, and several other pieces, at John F. Kennedy International Airport as they entered the United States back in 2009.

Working closely with leading experts in Peruvian pre-Columbian ceramics, law enforcement established that the two items had likely originated from the Jequetepeque Valley in Peru from La Mina or another archaeological site nearby in the Lambayeque area. The ceramics experts date the two pieces from between 300 and 360 A.D. These sites were looted in the late 1970s.

The seized items are described as original pre-Hispanic pieces of Peruvian origin in the Dos Cabezas (formerly La Mina) sub-style.

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Ecuador to Transform Its Healthcare System

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a loan of $100 million to support the transformation of the health sector in Ecuador. The program will focus on improving health care and social protection with special emphasis on the most vulnerable.

The project will help Ecuador provide more preventive care to a greater number of children under age 5 and will increase coverage to pregnant women for prenatal care. The initiative will also increase the number of births that take place in health institutions versus at home and increase the coverage of vaccines administration.

It is expected that the results of the program will contribute to the reduction of hospitalizations for acute respiratory diseases, reduce infant mortality and chronic malnutrition in children under five years.

In Ecuador, more than 11 percent of the population is indigenous or Afro-Ecuadorian, but health indicators of the indigenous population are lower than the rest of the population. The prevalence of chronic malnutrition among children under 5 years is 23 percent nationwide, but reached 31 percent in the rural sector and 47 percent in indigenous areas.

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FridayNovember 5, 2010