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TuesdayNovember 16, 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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BREAKING NEWS: 33 Chilean Women Lock Themselves In 9,000 ft Deep Mine

A group of 33 women has taken over the coal mine “Chiflón del Diablo” in Lota, close to Santiago de Chile.

The group is protesting massive layoffs from the Military Job Corps, and have threatened to start a hunger strike 3000 feet below ground, if their jobs are not restored.

The women descended this morning, and locked themselves at the heart of the mine, currently a tourist attraction. They decided to come down as a group of 33, seeking to pressure the government into responding to them the same way they responded to the miners of San José.

Reports indicate there are hundreds of supporters and sympathizers protesting and rallying outside the mine.

Javier Matamala, who is in charge of the mine said “this act must end in a pacific way, to avoid damages to this historic location”

More than 8,000 people have lost their jobs since the end of the employment stimulus program implemented by the government following February’s Earthquake.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Florida Cuban American Republicans Support DREAM Act

Cuban American Republicans from Miami are standing up to say they support the DREAM Act. Going agaist the current conservative trending of their party, these Republicans are backing a bill that would give a break to children of illegal immigrants. Comments by Republican U.S. Reps. Lincoln Diaz-Balart and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Cuban-Americans from Miami, in support of the proposed DREAM Act have encouraged reform advocates.

Diaz-Balart—who refused to sign the Republican Contract with America in the 1990s because he thought it embraced anti-immigrant policies—called upon House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to bring the DREAM Act to a vote during the lame-duck session.

America’s Voice – a Washington advocacy group pushing hard for broader reforms that include a path to citizenship for millions of illegal residents – also cited support for the DREAM Act from Republican congressman-elect David Rivera of Miami.

“The drumbeat is getting louder,” said Frank Sharry, executive director of America’s Voice. “Now is the time for Congress to step up to the plate and secure America’s future with the extremely popular, bipartisan DREAM Act.”

Cuban-Americans are not directly affected by most immigration legislation because they are given legal status once they set foot in this country. The Cuban-Americans in Congress, nonetheless, represent large numbers of immigrants from other countries and often express solidarity with their causes.

The Cuban-Americans typically vote the same as their Republican colleagues on most issues but often follow a different path on immigration matters. Diaz-Balart, who is retiring from Congress, represents a district that includes parts of Miami-Dade and Broward counties.

Read more at Mexico Portal →

HS-News Wishes to Congratulate Prince William on his Engagement

A propos the recently announced royal wedding, HS-News wants to suggest the prince an exciting venue for a truly memorable (and hispanic!) nuptial ceremony. The Palma Aquarium in Mallorca offers a unique way to tie the knot. 

The aquarium offers underwater weddings, in their allegedly largest tank in the continent; a diver minister weds the lovers, with 12 sand tiger sharks as witnesses. They have already hosted several marriages, and offer the service from 400 € to all those who have the basic PADI diving qualification.



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Meet the Spanish Woman who has Spent 29 Years Protesting in Front of the White House

Surrounded by piles of brochures, newspaper clips, banners and picket signs promoting world peace and nuclear disarmament,  Concepción Martín Picciotto lives in front of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave—the White House—since 1981.

With the exception of the occasional stint in jail and/or the ER instigated by those who want her protesting to end, and the few hours a day in which she eats and cleans up, “Connie” or “Conchita” as she’s affectionally known, protests day in and day out against the exploits and backward logic of her across the street neighbors.

So far, Reagan, Bush Sr, W, Clinton and Obama haven’t indulged her pleas, nor made her life any easier—police are constantly harassing her, making sure the size of her banners is up to regulation, and enforcing a no-sleeping-in-the-horizontal-position policy. She’s not allowed to sleep in a sleeping bag either.

Some consider her a heroine with an admirable agenda. Others, dismiss her as a lunatic, a street hoodlum. And is fairly easy to do so, considering she wears a black wig atop a bicyclist helmet 24/7, to “defend myself from police attacks, vandals, and people that don’t agree with me, politically speaking.”

The daughter of a military doctor, Concepción Martín was born in Santiago de Compostela, Spain and grew up in Vigo.

During the sixties, she met and married an American entrepreneur of Italian descent, got her green card, her american citizenship, and worked for the Spanish Commercial Office in New York   from 1965 to 1973, when she got pregnant with her only child, a baby girl.

Her struggle begun back then, as she tried to return to Galicia to raise her daughter following a messy divorce that ended up being sorted in court “My husband managed to convince the judge I wasn’t a proper mother,” says Martín, who hasn’t seen her child since 1975, despite having appealed the decision and seeking support from Human Rights organizations, the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Relations and even the King of Spain and the presidents Felipe Gonzales, and Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero.

Currently, 75 year old “Conchita” supports herself through donations, and the few bucks she makes selling “peace rocks” that she paints herself.

Image “Conchita” has no plans of leaving her spot across the way from the White House; she has come to embrace protesting the absurdities of governments that according to her are ” [every one since I’ve been here has been] corrupted, supports weapons and not peace; peace is not a business, and the money invested in murdering innocent people abroad, should be invested in education and creating jobs. Can’t they see that they’re impoverishing the nation by investing in the so-called “security?” 
Read more about her fascinating story and daily struggles, on her website.

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Kidnapped Migrants from Central America Rescued by Mexican Navy, Local Police Implicated

Ten kidnapped immigrants, enroute to the U.S.. were rescued from a house in Tamaulipas where they were being held for ransom.  The kidnapped individuals were mostly from Central and South America with four coming from Colombia.

The Mexican Navy spearheaded the rescue when it traced a cell phone conversation from a house where the migrants were being held.  In a ironic twist, local police officers arrived on the scene to assist the Navy only to be identified by the migrants as their kidnappers – they were instantly arrested.

Mexican officials are investigating and it is assumed the kidnapping was conducted by drug cartels seeking ransom.  In August, 72 Central American migrants were massacred in this same region. 

Read more at BBC.Co.Uk →

Study Abroad to South America by U.S. Students Increases Substantially

U.S. students studied in significantly greater numbers in less traditional destinations in 2008-2009, according to the new Open Doors survey report released today by the U.S. Department of State.

Over half of the top 25 study destinations for Americans were in countries where English is not a primary language. The number of U.S. students to Africa, for example, increased by 16 percent, those to Asia by 2 percent, those to the Middle East by 9 percent and those to South America by 13 percent.

The number of U.S. students studying abroad, however, saw a modest decrease of 0.8 percent during the academic year 2008-2009, with 260,327 students studying abroad for credit, compared to 262,416 the previous year.

Academic and intellectual exchange between the United States and other nations is crucial to enhancing mutual understanding and promoting U.S. security and economic well being.

Read more at U.S. State Department →

STUDY:  Immigrant Children More Exposed to Environmental Risks for Asthma and Allergies

In a new study by the Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, researchers found that children of immigrant parents are more likely to be exposed to environmental risk factor leading to asthma and atopy- an allergic hypersensitivity reaction.

The authors used community health workers to conduct 250 household surveys of recently immigrated Mexican families including 574 children. Households consisted of at least one foreign born parent, used Spanish as the primary language, and had at least one child. Data collection was done between November 2005 and August 2007, during which time community health workers conducted Spanish surveys and obtained blood lead samples, while inspectors analyzed household conditions and took environmental samples.

The authors found that over 35% of homes were overcrowded and 54% of households had incomes of less than $20,000 a year. Adequate ventilation was found in only 28% of homes while mold and pests were found in 44% and 28% of homes respectively. When the authors performed an exploratory analysis to find the relationship between housing conditions and symptoms of asthma and atopy, they found that the prevalence of wheezing symptoms increased with decreased ventilation. Atopy symptoms were noted in 15.5% of children living in homes with minimal to no ventilation. Household pests also contributed to children’s health as wheezing symptoms were more evident (8.1%) among children living in households with pests than children living in households without pests (2.3%).

The authors noted that children of recent immigrants may be less likely to access medical care and go undiagnosed. Authors suggested that solutions include household-level improvements and access to health care by partnering with public health organizations and clinics to raise awareness of housing and child health needs.

Read more at Hispanic Access →

Haitians Abandoning Children in Dominican Republic Hospitals


So far this year, at least 15 Haitian children, some infected with HIV, have been abandoned at the Arturo Grullon Children’s Hospital in Santiago, Dominican Republic.

Three other infants were abandoned at the Jose Maria Cabral y Baez Regional University Hospital according to health officials quoted in El Caribe, a Dominican publication. The director of the Arturo Grullon Children’s Hospital said that one of the latest cases involved premature twins who remained in the hospital for five months. About three months ago, another five minors from Haiti were abandoned at the hospital and are still there. She told reporters that abandoned children are very common at the hospital.

Read more at DR1 →

Experts Say More Trade and Cooperation Needed between India and Latin America


India and Latin American and the Caribbean can mutually benefit from closer trade ties and must work together to reduce trade costs and eliminate barriers, according to a study presented during an event today organized by the Global Development Network (GDN) and other international organizations.

Both regions can benefit from growing trade and cooperation because their economies have a great level of complementarity and face similar challenges on how to meet demand from their vast low- and middle-income populations, according to the study.

Currently, India represents just 1 percent of this region’s overall trade, compared with China’s 10 percent share.

In order to boost trade, both India and Latin America must lower tariffs and trade barriers, the study concludes. India’s average tariff on Latin American agricultural goods is 65 percent, more than five times China’s 12.5 percent tariff.

Read more at IABD →

Law Banning Immigrants Costs Local Town $2.4 Million in Legal Fees

Law Banning Immigrants Costs Local Town $2.4 Million in Legal Fees

Photo: Hazelton Mayor Lou Barletta

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Hazleton, Pennsylvania is now responsible for at least $2.4 million in plaintiffs’ legal fees resulting from a lawsuit brought against them after the town’s officials passed a law attempting to ban undocumented immigrants from living in the Pennsylvania town.

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling last week affirmed a lower court’s ruling that Hazelton (pop. 22,000) could not pass off the plaintiffs’ legal fees to their insurance company after their Illegal Immigration Relief Act was ruled unconstitutional back in September.

The September ruling itself affirmed an original 2007 district court decision by Judge James Munley. The two courts agreed that Hazleton’s attempt to bar undocumented immigrants from renting or owning property was crossing a line in enforcing federal laws when they had no authority to do so.

Federal law allows plaintiffs who win civil rights complaints to ask the defendant(s) to pay their legal fees, and that’s exactly what Hazleton has to do now.

Kris Kobach, a prominent anti-immigration crusader, helped craft and defend the town’s bill, along with Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta. Barletta is now heading to Washington D.C. after his win last week for a seat in the House, and Kobach, who helped draft Arizona’s SB 1070 became Kansas’ new Secretary of State. The two have all but drained the town’s $430,000 legal defense fund defending the bill.

Read more at COLORLINES →

TuesdayNovember 16, 2010