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FridayDecember 3, 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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President Obama Grants His First Pardons - Illinois Woman Among Them

Today, the Department of Justice announced that President Barack Obama has granted pardons to nine individuals. Among them an Illinois woman.

  * James Bernard Banks - Liberty, Utah

Offense: Illegal possession of government property; 18 U.S.C. § 641.
Sentence: Oct. 31, 1972; District of Utah; two years of probation.

  * Russell James Dixon - Clayton, Ga.

Offense: Felony liquor law violation; 26 U.S.C. § 5604(a)(1).
Sentence: June 23, 1960; Northern District of Georgia; two years of probation.

  * Laurens Dorsey - Syracuse, N.Y.

Offense: Conspiracy to defraud the United States by making false statements to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration; 18 U.S.C. §§ 371, 1001.

Sentence: Aug. 31, 1998; District of New Jersey; five years of probation and $71,000 restitution.

  * Ronald Lee Foster - Beaver Falls, Penn.

Offense: Mutilation of coins; 18 U.S.C. § 331.
Sentence: Oct. 4, 1963; Eastern District of North Carolina; one year of probation and $20 fine.

  * Timothy James Gallagher - Navasota, Texas

Offense: Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine; 21 U.S.C. § 846.
Sentence: Oct. 18, 1982; District of Arizona; three years of probation.

  * Roxane Kay Hettinger - Powder Springs, Ga.

Offense: Conspiracy to distribute cocaine; 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1) and 846.
Sentence: March 31, 1986; Northern District of Iowa; 30 days in jail followed by three years of probation.

Read more by HS News Staff →

BREAKING NEWS:  Airspace Over Spain Closed Due to Strikers Walkout

The Spanish government has just closed all the air space in the country because striking air controllers en masse did not show up for work. 

The coordinated action has left more than 100,000 passengers stranded and no flights planned for the immediate future.

The strike started around 4 pm Spanish time today with 90 percent of all air controllers not showing up or calling in sick.  Last reports had three air traffic controllers at Madrid’s major airport in Barajas.

The country’s air controller’s have been protesting work hour changes and the possibility that the country’s airport authority will be privatized in a austerity measure. 

Read more at News Sky UK →

Unemployment Rate for Nation Increases as Does Hispanic Unemployment Rate, Now at 13.2%

The unemployment rate edged up to 9.8 percent in November, and nonfarm payroll employment was little changed (+39,000), the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.

Temporary help services and health care continued to add jobs over the month, while employment fell in retail trade. There were 15.1 million people unemployed in November. 

The employment rate for Hispanics also increased in November.  The Hispanic unemployment rate is now 13.2% while the rate of unemployment amongst blacks stayed the same at 16%. The rate for teenage unemployment, at 24.6%, representing the largest unemployed sector in the country, declined slightly thanks in great part to seasonal hiring. 

Read more at Bureau of Labor Statistics →

Gutierrez on DREAM Act Vote This Week: “We Ran Out of Time”

Gutierrez on DREAM Act Vote This Week: “We Ran Out of Time”

Photo: Rep. Gutierrez at DREAM Act rally

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U.S. Representative Luis Gutierrez announced that the House will take up the DREAM Act next week.

The bill, which is an attempt to create a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrant students brought to the country as children, was hoped to have been pushed through and brought to a vote by today, but with no voting scheduled for today, it is being pushed to next week.

In a statement, Gutierrez said, “We are still on track to pass the DREAM Act in the House, but we ran out of time to have a vote this week, so it looks like we will have it next week. We have to follow certain rules in the House and do things in a certain order to call bills to the floor and we ran out of time for the DREAM Act this week.”

Read more at The Hill →

Future Growth in Digital Population Will be Driven by Hispanics

A new report coming out of eMarketer predicts that the Hispanic online population will grow by nearly 10 million people over the next four years.  Next year, the report forecasts, 62.9% of Hispanics, or 32.2 million people, will be on line. 

All this adds up to the U.S. Hispanic demographic being the driving force behind future digital use growth.  As a result the Association of National Advertisers see more and more U.S. marketers increasing their spend on multicultural campaigns to capture this digitally booming market.

Read more at Hispanic Business →

Jalapeño Peppers no Longer the Hottest Pepper in Town

Mexican spicy food, and more specifically their peppers, Jalapeños, Chipotle, Habaneros, (you know, the kind of peppers real men like Pancho Villa ate like peanuts, but will effectively ruin your day and parts of the next one) seem silly and bland when put next to the pepper that has just beat the record for the hottest pepper in the world.

Experts at Warwick University carried out tests on “The Naga Viper chilli,” and reported it scored a 1,359,000 on the Scoville scale, which measures heat by the presence of the chemical compound capsaicin.

Now, if you have ever put a habanero pepper in your mouth, surely within 10 seconds you regretted its 100,000 to 350,000 Scovilles putting blisters on your tongue. That’s right, the most fierce habanero pepper is not even half as hot as the new spawn from the depths of hell’s pits.

But where exactly are these hell’s deep deep pits?


Believe it or not, Creator, Gerald Fowler, a full-time chilli farmer for five years grew this thing by mixing the three hottest peppers in his greenhouse in Cumbria, UK.

‘It’s painful to eat,’ said Mr Fowler, 52, who runs the Chilli Pepper Company, in Cark-in-Cartmel, near Grange-Over-Sands. ‘It’s hot enough to strip paint.” It is so hot weapons experts plan to use a couple in a spice bomb to incapacitate enemy soldiers on the battlefield.

‘It numbs your tongue, then burns all the way down. It can last an hour, and you just don’t want to talk to anyone or do anything. But it’s a marvellous endorphin rush. It makes you feel great.’ Yes, he did say “great.” And he has science to back him up:

‘Chef Heston Blumenthal gave a volunteer our chilli oil and monitored their brain activity on a CAT scan. It showed the part of the brain which registers heat was right next to the part of the brain which makes us feel happy.’


Read more by HS News Staff →

Utah Bill Looking to Create Work Permits for Undocumented

With help from the conservative Sutherland Institute, Utah State Senator Luz Robles has begin work on a new bill that would offer the state’s undocumented immigration population the chance to legally work.

Robles definitively states that the bill will in no way grant amnesty or a path to citizenship, but rather, it is a work program in which undocumented immigrants would be given permit cards to work legally providing their criminal background passes inspection, they pay taxes, and enroll in English and civics classes.

The Sutherland Institute’s president, Paul Mero, says this bill will hold undocumented immigrants accountable with a conservative approach.

“Immigration is a federal issue and we all recognize that, but the federal government has failed to take care of this issue and it has been an issue for at least decades,” said Robles. “The state have been working on reactionary and proactive solution and we believe this is a Utah solution.”

Read more at Fox News Latino →

Pope Praises Costa Rica as “Beacon for Peace”

Pope Benedict XVI in meeting with Costa Rica’s new ambassador to the Vatican, Fernando F. Sanchez Campos, expressed praise and his contentment for the country’s peace seeking nature and its environmental conservation.

The Pope referred to Costa Ricans as “a people who centuries ago welcomed the evangelical seed, to see how it would sprout forth in countless educational, healthcare and humanitarian initiatives.”  Whereby he recalled the country’s Pact of San Jose that was signed to recognize the value of human life from conception. 

The Pope concluded his comments on Costa Rica by praising their role in the world:  “I also asked God that the nation may continue to follow the paths that make her a beacon for peace in the international community.”  The pope equated the country’s vast conservation programs a key aspect of the country’s peace seeking role - finding peace between man and nature. 

Read more by HS News Staff →

Television Networks Fail Latinos in Diversity

The National Latino Media Council (NLMC) in anticipation of releasing its annual Network Television Report card next week appears very disappointed with the diversity of the networks.

The National Hispanic Media Coalition is a non-profit, media advocacy organization established in 1986 in Los Angeles. Its mission is to improve the image of American Latinos as portrayed by the media, increase the number of American Latinos employed in all facets of the media industry, and advocate for media and telecommunications policies that benefit the Latino community.

The report cards are part of a national movement to change the face of television in this country.  In 1999 - 2000, the Multi-Ethnic Media Coalition, a group comprised of the National Latino Media Council, the National Asian/Pacific American Media Coalition, the NAACP and the American Indians in Film and Television, signed Memoranda of Understanding with the four major television networks, ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC.

The Memoranda serves to diversify the networks’ workforce both in front and behind the camera and to open up procurement opportunities for people of color. 

Read more by HS News Staff →

Are Latinos in the US Moving From Fútbol to Football?

Viewership of football among Latinos increased 31 percent in 2009 from the previous year, according to the NFL. This year, hispanic viewership of the NFL is up nearly 12 percent over last years figures, according to the Nielsen Company. Last year’s Super Bowl between the Cardinals and the Steelers averaged 7.84 million Latino viewers in the U.S., 2 million more viewers than the 2006 World Cup final drew.

In all, there are about 28.5 million Hispanic fans of the sport.

It seems that Spanish speakers are moving from fútbol, to football., can that really be possible?

“It’s just been a consistent message,” said Anthony Eros, director of Eros Consulting, a firm involved for 16 years with Hispanic Marketing and sports.

Eros, a former consultant in the area of Hispanic marketing for the San Diego Chargers, said he has seen the league branch out to Latin American countries since the 1990s, affirming that the NFL has promoted football in Latin America through player visits and events. “It has exposed them to the sport, so that if you’re coming as an immigrant, you’re not completely foreign to the sport.”

During 14 of the 17 regular-season weeks, NFL games were the highest-rated English-language program in U.S. Latino households, tying a record set last season.  The end of season game between the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles on Jan. 3 drew a Latino audience of 2.3 million, the largest ever for a regular-season game.

Fifteen NFL teams have Spanish-language content on their websites and 14 broadcast their games on Spanish-language radio, including the Cardinals and Cowboys, who also broadcast their games into Mexico; Mexican network Univision airs through radio 32 games nationally, including the playoffs, Super Bowl and Pro Bowl; they’re not the only Spanish network featuring football content: Telemundo, ESPN Deportes and Fox Sports en Español all broadcast NFL oriented shows.

Footballers with a Latin heritage are very popular with the fans and include Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, Bears offensive lineman Roberto Garza and Lions guard Manny Ramirez, (all Mexican American) and San Diego Chargers defensive lineman Luis Castillo, (whose parents are Dominican).  All these players were born in the U.S.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Florida Lawmaker Seeks Hispanic Support for Arizona-style Immigration Bill

State Rep. Will Snyder (R), is attempting to gain support from Florida’s Hispanic community, which is predominantly Cuban,  in order to get an Arizona-style immigration bill passed in the state. Snyder also claims that he’s hoping to quell the community’s fears on such bill.

Snyder’s bill, much like Arizona’s SB 1070, would call for police (during a lawful stop) to check the status of immigrants suspected of being undocumented, require businesses to use a federal database to check the immigration status of new hires, and under the new law, undocumented immigrants would be subject to more harsh punishment than legal immigrants for committing crimes.

Though Snyder’s bill has not been filed Senator Mike Bennett has filed a similar proposal, and says he already believes he has the support of the state’s Cuban community. Bennett stated that the goal of his bill is to deal with the “criminal element” of undocumented immigration that tends to lead to gang violence and drug trafficking.

Referring to the support he is expecting from the Cuban population in the state, Bennett said, “Most of them are in agreement because their families are in agreement and they went to get rid of the bad element.”

Attorney General-elect Pam Bondi said he will only support Snyder’s bill if substantial changes are made to avoid the risk of racial profiling. Bondi sites the backlash in Arizona as the perfect example of why worries of immigrant rights violations in the Hispanic community should be addressed prior to the passage of such a law.

Republican Gov.-elect Rick Scott has already said he will give the bill his support.

Read more at The Ledger →

WikiLeaks on Mexico:  Mexicans Paying High Price for Drug War and U.S. not Confident it Can be Won

WikiLeaks has released more cables as they relate to Mexico and its ongoing drug war.  The cables show the U.S. not as positive as it publicly states, that Mexico is winning its war against the cartels and lays the blame for this on the country’s ineptitude, corruption, weak judicial and the enormity of the problem. 

In addition, the U.S. fears that the Mexican citizens are losing their appetite for the battle and as a result the crack down on cartels probably will not be a priority for the next Mexican President.

“We have 18 months,” Geronimo Gutierrez, former Mexico’s under-secretary of the interior, wrote, “And if we do not produce a tangible success that is recognizable to the Mexican people, it will be difficult to sustain this confrontation into the next administration.”

In contrast, at least two cables praise the Mexican government for its “unprecedented commitment” to take on the drugs gangs; one cable dated January of this year and a second from October 2009, praise president Felipe Calderón’s tenacity in his campaign to face “head on” the powerful cartels that move most of the cocaine, heroin and marijuana that reaches the U.S.

President Caderon’s office said it had seen the leaked cables, but State Department cables in general “reflect the day-to-day” analysis of their neighbor and accurately portray the damage the drug war is having:

“It is damaging Mexico’s reputation, hurting foreign investment, and leading to a sense of government impotence.”

Read more at LA Times →

14-Year Old Mexican Assassin Captured While Fleeing to U.S.

The Mexican government is announcing the capture of a 14-year old unidentified assassin that is alleged to have murdered four victims via decapitation while working for a drug cartel.  Other reports set the killers age at 12.

The 14-year who is only known by his cartel nick name, “El Ponchis” “The Cloaked One” was enroute with his 16 year old sister to the U.S. via an international flight.  His only response to his heinous crimes was “They Made Me Do It.”

El Ponchis’ crimes have been captured on video showing him torturing and executing his enemies, affiliated with rival drug cartels.  He is believed to work for the South Pacific Cartel which operates in Morelios, Mexico.  Reports reflect that this cartel favors recruiting members between the ages of 12 and 23 and on average they kill 50 people a day. 

Read more at Daily Mail UK →

Honduras Set to Modernize Central America’s Largest Port

Honduras will expand and modernize Central America’s biggest port, the Puerto Cortes, with $135 million of loans from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

Puerto Cortés is the main port of Honduras, handling almost 90% of maritime traffic. Located on the northeast coast of the country, on the Caribbean Sea, it is the biggest and deepest port in Central America handling a large portion of the region’s containerized exports. It is the main point of entry for imports of grains and fertilizers, among other goods essential to the Honduran economy.

The expansion and modernization will include the dredging of the port basin and slips; and works to reclaim land from sea by depositing the material dredged from the harbor. The new space reclaimed from the sea will accommodate a new container terminal, and serve as a future expansion area, and an area for the future organic bulk terminal.

Construction works financed by the project will reduce operating costs and delays in vessel and cargo handling, and enable the development of logistics operations typical of specialized container terminals.

This is the second IDB project approved for Puerto Cortés this week. The Bank also approved loans totaling $10 million to improve control, security and customs services at the port.


Read more at IADB →

Setting the Record Straight on Cost of DREAM Act

In a new report, the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) paints a misleading financial portrait of the DREAM Act.  The report, entitled Estimating the Impact of the DREAM Act, claims that the bill would be a burden on U.S. taxpayers and would “crowd out” native-born students in the classroom.  However, the available evidence does not support either of these dire predictions.  In fact:

  * Institutions of higher education overwhelmingly support the DREAM Act, which would likely increase school revenues as students who would not normally attend college start to pay tuition.
  * The 10 states which, since 2001, have passed laws allowing undocumented students to qualify for in-state tuition have not experienced a large influx of new immigrant students that displaces native-born students.
  * Most DREAM Act students would likely enroll in community colleges, most of which have open enrollment, based on a philosophy that all qualified students should have the opportunity to learn.  Historically, more than 80% of community college students hold full or part-time jobs, thus contributing to their own educations (and the tax base) even as they attend school. The American Association of Community Colleges estimates that state and local governments receive a 16% return on every dollar they invest in community colleges due to the increased earnings of college graduates.
  * Legalizing DREAM Act students would increase beneficiaries’ earnings potential, as well as the U.S. tax base.  A 2010 study by the UCLA North American Integration and Development Center estimates that the total earnings of DREAM Act beneficiaries over the course of their working lives would be between $1.4 trillion and $3.6 trillion.

CIS’s mischaracterization of the DREAM Act is not only inaccurate, but hypocritical as well.  CIS frequently laments that so many immigrants to the United States have low levels of education, yet opposes a measure that would allow some of these immigrants to become more educated.  What alternative to the DREAM Act does CIS propose?  According to the Center for American Progress the cost to deport more than two million children and young adults who were raised in the United States would be $48.6 billion.

According to a recent report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, “not enough Americans are completing college… by 2018, we will need 22 million new college degrees-but will fall short of that number by at least 3 million postsecondary degrees, Associate’s or better.” The DREAM Act would help meet this need.

Read more at USHLI →

FridayDecember 3, 2010