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SundayJanuary 16, 2011

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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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NFL Stunner:  Jets Win Against Patriots, New York Says Gracias to Quarterback Mark Sanchez

In the NFL upset of the year if not the decade, the New York Jets have defeated the New England Patriots, 28-21 in order to advance to the AFC Championship game against the Steelers. 

Jet’s quarterback is Mark Sanchez, the Mexican-American darling of the University of Southern California (his alma mater) and now of New York.

The Jets took a lead on a touchdown pass from Mark Sanchez to LaDainian Tomlinson in the second quarter, then another Sanchez touchdown pass occurred with 33 seconds left to play in the first half.  Then with a mere three-point lead Sanchez threw a 7-yard pass to seal their unexpected victory.

As they say down south in Zacetas and Jalisco, Mexico where Sanchez’ family is from:  Adios Tom Brady, Hola Mark Sanchez. 

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House Repeal of Health Care Reform Scheduled for this Week-Poll Shows Support Decreasing

House Repeal of Health Care Reform Scheduled for this Week-Poll Shows Support Decreasing

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With Republican House members scheduled to continue their efforts to repeal Obama’s health care reform this week, the intensity seems to be easing.

Right after the November congressional elections, opposition to the bill was at 47% with support at 38%. This week however, opposition was polled at only 41% with only 30% saying that they strongly oppose it.


The latest poll shows:

-40% Favor the Health Care Reform Law
-41% Oppose the Health Care Reform Law

-25% would like to repeal the law in its entirety.

-Among Republicans polled support for repeal has fallen from 61% post election to 49% now.

-43% say they would like to see the law changed so it does more to restructure the health care system. Less than 20% feel our current Health care system should not be changed at all.

The House is expected to pass the repeal measure, but Senate Democrats say they will block it from passing the Senate. Even if the bill were to pass both chambers of Congress, Obama has said he will veto it.

House Republicans say they will try to withhold funding for implementing parts of the overhaul, and then if the Republicans gain control of the Senate and White House in the 2012 election, they will have the opportunity to repeal the bill before the major provisions take effect in 2014.

The AP-GfK Poll was conducted Jan. 5-10 by GfK Roper Public Affairs and Corporate Communications. It involved landline and cell phone interviews with 1,001 adults nationwide, and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4.2 percentage points.

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UFC Champ Cain Velazquez Undergoes Surgery

UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez is recovering from surgery this weekend after having a 90 percent tear in his shoulder repaired.  Velasquez underwent surgery on Thursday in Las Vegas.

The undefeated heavyweight champion is expected to be back in the ring in the fall, but is awaiting his actual rehabilitation schedule from the doctors. 

The Mexican-American is a mixed marital artists expert and as of October, 2010 has been ranked the #1 heavyweight in the world.  Cain’s father was an illegal immigrant and became a U.S. citizen upon married Cain’s mother Isabel. 

Read more at ESPN →

Venezuela, Iran and Libya See No Problem with $100+ a barrel for Oil, So Gas Prices Expected to Rise

Iran has joined fellow OPEC members Venezuela and Libya saying they see no need to raise oil supplies to rein in crude price that are nearly $100 a barrel, so U.S. consumers can expect to feel more pain at the pump.

Iran doesn’t see the need to call for an emergency meeting of OPEC, as some are demanding even if crude barrel prices reaches $110 to $120.

Venezuela was one of the first OPEC member to note that the $100 was a “fair value”, a sentiment that was supported by Libya. The current price hovering around $99 is the highest price in these last 27-months. 

Read more at Reuters →

UPDATE: Bears beat Seahawks 35-24, Patriots Loose, No Clear Super Bowl FavoriteToday!

UPDATE: Bears beat Seahawks 35-24, Patriots  Loose, No Clear Super Bowl  FavoriteToday!

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The Chicago Bears just beat the Seattle Seahawks, 35-24 which places them in the NFC Championship facing neighboring rival Green Bay Packers.  The two team haven’t faced each other in a post season game since 1941.

While The New York Jets battle it out with the New England Patriots and are up by 7-3 at the start of the 2nd quarter, polls continue to show Patriots are favored to win the Super Bowl.

The latest Rasmussen national survey of NFL fans shows that 37 percent believe the Patriots will take it all.  The next choice is a far second place and tied between the Steelers and Packers getting 12 percent of the vote.

Only six percent of NFL fans think the Chicago Bears will bring home the Super Bowl trophy this year. 

Read more at Rasmussen Reports →

NARCO BLOG: Second Decapitation of the Year in Nuevo Leon

NARCO BLOG: Second Decapitation of the Year in Nuevo Leon

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On Saturday residents from the colony Altamira, located in the city of Monterrey, area reported the presence of body on their streets . Authorities went to the site immediately.

The body of a man clad in only underwear and decapitated was left in streets Santos Cantu Salinas and its junction with Pipila. Image

Reports indicate that the victim had several shots in the body and clear signs of torture.

The head was less than a meter body , Along with a card with a narcomensaje.

Moments after the investigators arrived at the site, three women and two men, visibly affected, in tears, approached the decapitated body. They wanted to see if it was the body of one of their family.

One of the group commented that it was possibly a man named Humberto, who had been living in close proximity to the discovery.

One woman said that Humberto was driving his car in Street Rio Panuco of colony Mexico, when armed men blocked his way and took him by force.

Read in Spanish Here

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Actor James Franco Set to Portray Richard Ramirez ‘The Night Stalker’ Serial Killer

The very busy actor James Franco is set to star and make his directorial debut with the movie version of ‘The Night Stalker’. 

The movie is based on author Phillip Carlo’s book on Richard Ramirez who was found guilt in California of 13 murders, 5 attempted murders and 11 sexual assaults, though authorities believe there were many more victims.

During the mid-80’s Ramirez left southern California in a virtual lock-down due to the fear he instilled in the community with his ritualistic murders and satanic messages.  Ramirez is currently on death row.

Read more at Huffington Post →

Study Results: How Many Friends Does the Avg. Student Have? How many Twitter Contacts?

Study Results: How Many Friends Does the Avg. Student Have? How many Twitter Contacts?

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At least it doesn’t have to be.  Because according to just-released preliminary results of an ongoing experiment by the World Mind Network, when the capabilities of these popular technologies are pushed to their limits, and efficiently used in combination with each other, social movements, online research programs, cultural preservation projects, and global discussion groups can be created and popularized in a few hours.

The Wiki Geeks project involves turbo-charging the abilities of social networking, blogging, Smart Phone apps, Google, Skype, and other popular technologies to address social, scientific, educational, cultural, and environmental problems.  This week the program completed its first phase, which was a resounding success.  For one thing, it raised $3.2 million for development work in India, Rwanda, and Bolivia, in less than 35 minutes.  But more importantly, it showcased the immense power of Net and cell phone programs to pool expert guidance, raise community awareness, generate new Cloud-sourced ideas, and to instantly and effectively direct innovative thinking from where it is generated to where it is needed.

Student participants came from Harvard, Rutgers, the University of Witwatersrand, Caltech, Oxford, Union College, Harvey Mudd College, and the University of Parana, among others.
Researchers concluded that though the potential of the New Web for solving problems is vast, most people are not ready to grasp this.  For most, it just doesn’t seem logical that theories can be refined at the speed of light, experiments can be mounted instantly and inexpensively on a worldwide basis, social movements can be initiated, and questions of global import can be discussed by scholars and investigators spread over vast distances.  And all at minimal cost compared to traditional methods.

An example of a Wiki Geeks discovery is this formula:
  1s = 140fb, 80tw, 30on, &  10,000 = 850nw, 75vi, 55ft, 40sp, 30$, 3vol.

This means that the average student between 16 and 24 has 140 Facebook friends, 80 Twitter contacts, and 30 acquaintances from other online and offline networks. For every 10,000 people reached via social networking about a sustainability or environmental issue in Africa, Asia, the Middle East or Latin America, 850 will pass on the information to others via their own networks, 75 will contribute valuable ideas for improving the project, 55 will purchase Fair Trade goods, 40 will be inspired to start a similar program of their own, 30 will donate funds, and 3 will actually want to volunteer to help in person.  Refining this general formula for every country and situation is one of the goals of this program.

And the lessons learned are applicable to business, government, education, and research of all kinds.

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Portuguese Writer Ashes Dumped in NYC Subway by Family After Castration Murder

Portuguese Writer Ashes Dumped in NYC Subway by Family After Castration Murder

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While police continue to question Renato Seabra, the alleged killer of renowned Portuguese writer, Carlos Castro his family said their final good-byes.

Castro was visiting New York for the New Year’s holiday with the 20-year old Portuguese model Seabra when he was murdered.  The 65 year-old Castro was bludgeoned to death at the Time Square Intercontinental on January 6th where his body was found choked, stomped, eyes removed by a corkscrew and castrated.  Seabra has confessed to the crime and explained he was just trying to ‘cure’ Castro of his homosexuality. 

Castro’s funeral was held in Newark, New Jersey and was attended by 120 people with many coming in from Portugal.  The writer’s sisters Ferenanda Castro and Amelia Castro then proceeded to pour his ashes into the subway grate at 44th St as New Yorker’s looked on.  The family obtained permission from the city and supposedly was following his instruction as left in his biography.

Read more at NY Daily News →

97th World Day of Migrants and Refugees Celebrated Today Through the World’s Catholic Churches

Today the Church will observe the 97th World Day of Migrants and Refugees, a commemoration instituted by St. Pius X. Pope Benedict’s brief message for the day is entitled “One Human Family.”

In 1914 the a Catholic Church Decree dealt for the first time with the question of clergy involved in the care of migrants. It stressed the responsibility of the local Church to assist immigrants and suggested that the local clergy be given specific preparation for this, linguistically, culturally and pastorally.

The Church will remind its followers to seek and honor a more multiethnic and intercultural world and that migrants and refugees be granted an equal place in society. 

Read more at Catholic Culture →

Bishops Welcome New Obama Policies on Cuba, Express Hope

Bishops Welcome New Obama Policies on Cuba, Express Hope

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The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) welcomed an Executive Order by President Obama broadening the scope of travel allowed to Cuba and allowing non-family remittances to Cuba.

“The U.S. bishops welcome President Obama’s Executive Order permitting and broadening purposeful and people-to-people travel to Cuba and allowing all Americans to send financial support to the Cuban people,” said Bishop Howard J. Hubbard of Albany, New York, chairman of the USCCB Committee on International Justice and Peace. “These needed new policies are modest but important steps towards advancing our hopes for a better relationship between our people and the people of Cuba, a relationship which holds great promise of fostering positive and real change in Cuba.”

Bishop Hubbard’s remarks came after the announcement by a senior White House Official explaining the changes, which will expand purposeful and people-to-people travel to Cuba and will allow all Americans to send assistance to the Cuban people. The White House designed these changes to support a more vibrant civil society and to help the Cuban people depend less on the Cuban State at a time when changes in the Cuban economy are anticipated.

The Catholic Church, both in Cuba and in the United States, has repeatedly called for an end to the 50-year-old embargo that has prevented the engagement between the Cuban and American peoples.
“The Church sees the changes as useful, positive and important steps forward towards the goal of greater engagement,” Bishop Hubbard said. “We hope and pray that these needed measures to remove unnecessary restrictions on purposeful travel to Cuba and to offer greater people-to-people assistance to Cubans will be another step toward supporting the people of Cuba in achieving greater freedom, human rights, and religious liberty.”

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Death Toll in Rio Storms above 600, Fear of Disease Outbreaks also Rise

Death Toll in Rio Storms above 600, Fear of Disease Outbreaks also Rise

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Brazil’s Civil Defense agency has raised the death toll to 611 as fears mount of more storms and disease outbreaks.

Five days after rains lead to massive landslides rescuers are still digging up bodies buried by rivers of mud. Efforts have been hampered by rain on Saturday and more predicted for Sunday.

Dilma Rousseff, Brazil’s new president visited the region on Thursday and pledged a swift relief effort but that has yet to pan out in some of the hardest-hit areas. Anger from survivors so far has been directed mostly at state and local authorities. The federal government has earmarked 780 million reais ($463.5 million) in emergency aid and Rousseff declared three days of mourning.

State health authorities have warned the population about diseases that could be contracted by drinking or other contact with contaminated rainwater. The Civil Defense agency has also distributed vaccines against tetanus and diphtheria, according to its website.

Read more at Yahoo News →

Hispanic? Latino? Is There a Preference?

Hispanic? Latino? Is There a Preference?

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Do People prefer Hispanic or Latino?

Roberto R. Ramirez, head of the ethnicity and ancestry branch of the U.S. Census Bureau’s Population Division, says, “They are considered interchangeable,” by the Census.

Sen. Juan Pichardo, 44, who was born in the Dominican Republic and came here as a teenager, says that for him, the two words have become interchangeable enough that people don’t think about them as much.
“Latino and Hispanic are pretty much the same. Early on, about 10 or 15 years ago, that used to be the question. ‘Are you Hispanic or Latino?’ As people did soul searching, we see that we are descendents of Spanish-speaking people. The conclusion is that they are interchangeable. You could identify with both. I think we put it to bed.”

For Juan Garcia, 59, of Providence, an organizer with Immigrants in Action who was born in Guatemala, Latino or Latin American is the preferred name. “Hispanic infers some kind of dependence on Spain,” Garcia says. “I prefer Latino, because I was born in Latin America. Latino most represents what I am.”

Heiny Maldonado, community organizer for the workers’ rights group Fuerza Laboral, in Central Falls, who was born in Colombia, said the word Hispanic classifies people by the language they speak, whereas Latino refers more to Latin America, the geographical location where they came from.

Read more at The Providence Journal →

Disney Cruise Comes to Costa Rica for the First Time

On Friday Costa Rica greeted Mickey and Minnie Mouse aboard the Disney cruise ship the Disney Wonder.  This was the first time a Disney cruise ship docked in Costa Rica.

The Costa Rican Tourism Bureau hopes this is the first of many stops for all the Disney cruise boats, there are two.  The Disney Wonder carried 1,800 passengers that embarked in Florida and made several stops before coming to visit Costa Rica’s nature parks and reserves. 

It is unknown if the Disney company will make the Costa Rican stop a permanent part of its cruise line itinerary.  Tourism is one of the largest sources of revenue for this Central American country and is currently the most visited country in the region. 

Read more at Latin American Herald Tribune →

Tucson Shooting Victim Arrested For Threatening Tea Party Spokesman-“You’re Dead”

Tucson Shooting Victim Arrested For Threatening Tea Party Spokesman-“You’re Dead”

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J. Eric Fuller, 63, who was shot at the Tucson mass shooting last week was taken into custody yesterday for yelling “You’re Dead” at a Tea Party Spokesman. Fuller was attending the taping of an ABC-TV town hall event hosted by Christianne Amanpour.

The gathering for “After the Tragedy: An American Conversation Continued,” to be shown as a special edition of “This Week” Sunday, included witnesses, first responders, victims and heroes of the Jan. 8 mass shooting that killed six and wounded 13 others, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz.

Fuller was in the front row and apparently became upset when Humphries suggested that any conversations about gun control should be delayed until all the dead were buried, KGUN reported.

Fuller took a picture of Humphries and shouted, “You’re dead.”

Some media reports said Fuller kept booing and making other remarks before deputies escorted him from the church.

The Pima County Sheriff’s Office said J. Eric Fuller, 63, was involuntarily committed to an undisclosed medical facility, NBC News reported. The Associated Press said he was undergoing a psychiatric evaluation.

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Grief: Top 10 Best and Worst Things to Say to Someone Grieving, Says Grief Expert Aurora Winter

Grief: Top 10 Best and Worst Things to Say to Someone Grieving, Says Grief Expert Aurora Winter

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In the wake of the shootings in Arizona, our nation is struggling with grief - and struggling with what to say to someone who is grieving.

“People are very uncomfortable when they try to comfort someone who is grieving. If you say the wrong thing, you can actually make matters worse,” said Aurora Winter, Founder of the Grief Coach Academy, and author of “From Heartbreak to Happiness.”

Here are some tips on what to say at a funeral or wake to comfort people in bereavement:
Do say:
You’re not alone - I’m here.
I can’t imagine how painful this must be for you.
My heart goes out to you.
What specifically can I do to support you?
Grief is a normal and natural reaction to loss.

Don’t say:
Don’t feel bad.
Be grateful you had her so long.
At least you have other children.
You’re young. You can get another husband/wife/child.
It just takes time.

“Time alone does not heal,” says Winter, who founded the Grief Coach Academy after the death of her husband. She is passionate about helping grieving people. “The right actions heal. Get support and talk to someone, such as a certified grief coach.”

It is a relief to a grieving person to talk about their loss. Here are 3 steps to supporting someone who is in bereavement:
Acknowledge (their feelings and the situation)
Listen without fixing
Give hope and encouragement

If you are at a loss for words, there is nothing wrong with being authentic and simply stating, “I don’t know what to say.” “Healing is a process, and there is a light at the end of the tunnel,” says Aurora.
Aurora’s book “From Heartbreak to Happiness” is her intimate diary of healing after her husband died suddenly at the age of 33, leaving her widowed with a 4-year-old son. “If I can go from heartbreak to happiness, you can, too,” says Aurora.

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Top Education Officials Critical of North Carolina Ending Busing for Diversity Program

Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education, joined others in criticizing North Carolina’s largest school district, located in Wake County, for ending its busing for diversity program.  Hispanics are the second largest minority in the county after African-Americans. 

The decades-old program was instituted to allow children in more distressed community access to a better education by busing them to schools not in their district and to provide those school with racial diversity.  Under this program some 140,000 students were bused and a greater socio-economic balance was being achieved throughout the district. 

The Office for Civil Rights is investigating the decision urged in great part by the NCAAP and other minority organizations.

Read more at Educaton Week →

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Napolitano Cancels Troubled Virtual Fence

Napolitano Cancels Troubled Virtual Fence

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Secretary Janet Napolitano has canceled the high-tech surveillance system on the U.S- Mexican border, because it has become too expensive.

The government has spent more than $1 billion to cover just over 50 miles in Arizona, while the entire border stretches for more than 2,000 miles.

Instead of the “virtual fence,” Napolitano said the government will use technology more flexibly, with everything from unmanned aircraft to mobile surveillance stations.
“There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution to meet our border technology needs,” Napolitano said.

Sen. Joe Lieberman, Ind-Conn., praised Napolitano’s decision.
“The secretary’s decision to terminate SBInet ends a long-troubled program that spent far too much of the taxpayers’ money for the results it delivered,” Lieberman said. “From the start, SBInet’s one-size-fits-all approach was unrealistic.”


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Japan Set to Help Latin America Lessen Climate Change Effect in the Region

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to support renewable energy and energy efficiency for the mitigation of climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean.

One of the key priorities of the JICA is to increase assistance and strengthen climate change operations in Latin America and the Caribbean. The region’s global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions rate is currently 12 percent, which is relatively small but is expected to grow. In addition, the region contributes more to the green house emissions per capita compared with other developing countries, such as China and India.

In this context,  this new co-financing framework proactively supports renewable energy and energy efficiency promotion programs and projects in Central America and the Caribbean. The framework includes Japan’s long-term loans of up to $300 million for the next five years.

This agreement will further strengthen the enduring and successful relationship between the IDB and Japan. Japan joined the IDB in 1976 as the first Asian member and has already contributed over $5 billion to the Bank’s financial resources. Japan has recently pledged additional $3.5 billion to the IDB’s Ninth General Capital Increase.

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SundayJanuary 16, 2011