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SundayNovember 14, 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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Summit of the Americas Competitiveness Begins Today with Heavy Participation from Latin America

Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke and Atlanta’s Mayor Kasim Reed will host the Fourth Americas Competitiveness Forum (ACF) in Atlanta, Georgia, starting today through November 16th.

The ACF, a Summit of the Americas initiative, brings together representatives from the public and private sectors to discuss ways to spark innovation, create jobs, and expand trade among the countries of the Western Hemisphere. This year’s ACF will focus on innovation and green technologies, education and workforce development, entrepreneurship and small business development, and trade facilitation.

Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Arturo Valenzuela; Assistant Secretary for Economic, Energy and Business Affairs Jose Fernandez; Secretary of State’s Special Envoy for International Energy Affairs David Goldwyn; U.S. Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States Carmen Lomellin; and six U.S. Ambassadors will attend the Forum. They will join the President of El Salvador, the Vice Presidents of the Dominican Republic, Colombia, and Panama, and approximately 1,200 participants from 31 countries.

Numerous events and conferences will be held, that include the following:

  * Pathways to Prosperity in the Americas Vice-Ministerial Meeting – Pathways to Prosperity links countries committed to democracy and open markets in an initiative to promote inclusive growth, prosperity, and social justice. Assistant Secretary Valenzuela will participate.

  * U.S.-Central America Renewable Energy Forum (CAREF) – This is a dialogue on opportunities and obstacles to greater use of renewable energy and greater integration among Central American energy systems. Assistant Secretary Fernandez will host the event and Assistant Secretary Valenzuela will participate.

  * Ambassadors’ Forum & Officer Outreach – U.S. Ambassadors will discuss the National Export Initiative at the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. Economic Officers also will participate in outreach and recruiting events for area students at North Atlanta High School, Emory University, and Georgia State University.

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BREAKING NEWS:  Pacquiao vs Margarito Fight Fans Killed in Early Morning Shooting in Juarez

People gathered in Ciudad Juarez at the Desesperados Club to watch the boxing match between Manual Pacquiao and Mexico’s favorite Antonio Margarito.  Things turned violent around 1:00 a.m in the morning when an unidentified woman followed by a group of armed man entered the night club.

The armed group began firing at club patrons leaving five people dead and three injured.  Mexican police are looking at reports that a YouTube video page contained conversations about rivals of the Juarez drug cartel being at the Deseperados night club.  It is not known if the YouTube conversations angered the Juarez cartel and they retaliated with this shooting. 

Read more at El Paso Times →

Mexico Blames US Guns for Aiding the Violence in Mexico

Mexico Blames US Guns for Aiding the Violence in Mexico

Photo: US Guns confiscated in Mexico

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Many Mexican politicians view the current drug war as being driven by the US. Arguing it is US demand for narcotics, US weapons and US cash that keeps the violence going. Mexican Senator Sebastian Calderon Centeno says the United States hasn’t done anything to curb demand for drugs or to diminish the flow of guns into Mexico. He says the drug war is actually increasing weapons trafficking.

This is a growing business in the U.S.,” Calderon says. “They are in the gun sales business and it doesn’t benefit them to stop.”

Mexican Ambassador to Washington, Arturo Sarukhan also said the U.S. could do more to limit the sale of weapons that eventually end up in the hands of the cartels.

“The founding fathers didn’t draft the Second Amendment to allow international organized crime to A: Illicitly buy weapons in gunshops and gunshows; B: Illicitly cross them over an international border; and C: Sell them to individuals of a country where those calibers or types of weapons are prohibited,” Sarukhan said in a speech to the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

“But if we can’t fundamentally … modify the current flow of weapons and bulk cash that are coming from the U.S. into Mexico — and which provide the drug syndicates with their firepower and their ability to corrupt — it will be a very taxing challenge,” Sarukhan says.

Read more at npr →

Top Directors Including Diego Luna Debut Movie about Mexican Revolution and Want to Hear From You

Ten of Mexico’s top directors have come together to commemorate the 100 years of the Mexican Revolution this November 20tn with a movie titled: Revolucion.  The movie is comprised of ten short plots by these different directors that include such notable names as Gael Garcia-Bernal, Amat Esclante and Diego Luna. 

YouTube is hosting the video trailer seen here with an interesting twist.  Viewers can submit questions or comments to the directors today.  Questions deemed most interesting and intriguing will be answered by the fabled directors and presented on November 20th.  Watch the movie trailer here and how to submit your questions or comments to the directors.

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Virtual Games and Mobile Apps with Latino Perspective Coming Soon

Virtual world maker Hip Venture that runs HipChicas.com (a virtual world for tweens with a Latino perspective) is now moving into social and mobile games for Latinos.

The New York-based company is adding new titles, new technology and key advisors to execute on its new strategy and will continue to focus on the US Hispanic, Latin American and Spanish markets.
Its first game, HipChicas, will debut in the first quarter of 2011 and will be followed up with games based on popular Latino toy and book brands such as Homies, Mijoes, Hacienda, Bodeguita, and Hospital.
Hip Venture is betting that a growing US Latino population will become as hopelessly addicted to Facebook and other social networks as everyone else. Although Latinos are a huge part of the population, the content available in social games today doesn’t really cater to them. 

Read more at Hip Venture →

‘Tijuana Tornado’ Lost the Fight to Pacquiao but Wins Big Money Thanks to Latino Fans (VIDEO)

Antonio Margarito, known as “Tijuana Tornado” to his fans faced the fabled Manny Pacquiao (who is a Philippine Congressman and talk show favorite) yesterday for the fight of his life and to gain the super welterweight title.  He lost in terms of the fight but not in terms of financial reward.

Though Pacquiao won by unanimous decision, Margarito was guaranteed $3 million but could make up to $6 million if television sales were good and they were, thank to the millions of Latino boxing fans. 

Margarito who is from Tijuana, Mexico came in the underdog in his first fight in the U.S. after being banned for using illegal gloves in 2009.  Yet he has a huge following amongst Latino boxing fans here and in Mexico.  Whereas Pacquiao is a legend in his native Phillipines and has become a media darling with his rags-to-riches story. 

All this has added up to TV viewing parties from Las Vegas to Mexico, youTube debates, live streaming everywhere and both boxers going home financial winners.

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Mexico and Central America Face Hundreds of Millions in Repairs from Natural Disasters this Year

Mexico and Central America are facing hundreds of millions of dollars in repairs bills, thanks to 19 major storms thus far this year that occurred in the region. 

In Oaxaca, Mexico alone, one of the country’s poorest state, the government faces $163 million to repair public structures, roads and infrastructures from extreme weather in 2010.

The enormous repair bills that this region is facing is also coupled with loss of life and loss of income.  The substantial storms caused landslides, washed away agricultural fields and submerged many crop fields.  The bad news is that climate change models show that temperatures rising which is attributed to many storms the region faces, will continue to wreak havoc and become a bigger portion of Mexico and Central America’s governmental budgets. 

Read more at Reuters →

Catholic Church Has a Shortage of Exorcists to Handle “People Possessed by Demons”

U.S. bishops are looking for a few good men to become exorcists.

In response to growing interest in the rite of exorcism and a shortage of trained exorcists nationwide, the bishops sponsored a two-day conference that just concluded.  Interest was great,  56 bishops and 66 priests had signed up.

Church representative Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki believes there are only five or six exorcists in the U.S. and they are overwhelmed with requests to perform the rite. 

Under canon law—Canon 1172 specifically—only those priests who get permission from their bishops can perform an exorcism after proper training.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains that an exorcism occurs when the church, in the person of an exorcist, asks “publicly and authoritatively” in Christ’s name “that a person or object be protected against the power of the evil one and withdrawn from his dominion.”

Just in case you are wondering if you are possessed by the Devil or just a run of the mill rotten person, check for the following clues”

—Speaking in a language the individual does not know.

—Scratching, cutting, biting of the skin.

—Profound display of strength.


—Lack of appetite.

—Aversion to anything holy, such as mentioning the name of Jesus or Mary, or the act of praying.

—Strong or violent reaction to holy water.

Read more at Catholic News →

SundayNovember 14, 2010