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SundayMarch 6, 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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Border Patrol Rescues 8 Illegal Aliens During San Diego’s Cold Snap, One Dies from Exposure

Border Patrol Rescues 8 Illegal Aliens During San Diego’s Cold Snap, One Dies from Exposure

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A harsh winter storm hit east San Diego County, delivering freezing rain and up to four feet of snow in some areas. Border Patrol agents responded to the storm this past week and rendered life-saving assistance to a group of seven illegal aliens. Additionally, agents recovered the body of an eighth member of the group who had succumbed to the harsh elements.

The U.S. Border Patrol is working with the Government of Mexico to publicize the danger of attempted illegal entry through the east San Diego County mountainous region during winter storms. Also in anticipation of this winter storm, the Border Patrol conducted several interviews with Spanish speaking media to message the dangers of illegally entering through the mountainous region this past weekend.

At approximately 8 p.m. last Saturday, agents assigned to the Border Patrol Search Trauma and Rescue Team (BORSTAR) were pre-deployed to Pine Valley in anticipation of a winter snow storm. Shortly thereafter, agents responded to a report of eight Mexican nationals lost in a snow storm who had illegally crossed into the United States from Mexico. Agents utilized GPS coordinates produced from a cell phone after one of the distressed individuals called 911.

BORSTAR agents were able to establish communication with the group via cell phone. The caller reported that a member of the group had died since their initial 911 call. At approximately 10:30 p.m., BORSTAR agents located the seven Mexican nationals who were all suffering from hypothermia near the 18 mile marker on Sunrise Highway. BORSTAR agents provided life-saving medical treatment to each member of the group, and extracted them to the highway where they were turned over to local EMS for transport to local hosptials.

On Sunday, February 27th, BORSTAR resumed their search for the eighth individual and located him at around 3:30 a.m. utilizing a search and rescue Border Patrol K-9. Agents assessed the individual and found no signs of life. BORSTAR agents extracted the deceased man’s body to the highway and turned it over to the local authorities around 5 a.m. Last week, agents assisted in the recovery of two illegal aliens who had succumbed to winter elements in the east San Diego mountainous region of Descanso, Calif.

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USHLI Joins with 19 Latino Organizations in Opposition to Attacks on Collective Bargaining

The United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI) joined with 19 national organizations in calling for all workers to unite against the efforts of governors and legislators to abolish collective bargaining while putting public safety at risk, disrupting the educational process, and punishing teachers for exercising their rights in opposing this approach to fiscal stability. 

Dr. Juan Andrade, Jr., USHLI President, said “Collective bargaining is the centerpiece of worker rights.  These attacks against collective bargaining strike at the very heart of the right workers have to protect themselves against unfair wages, unsafe working conditions, and employer intimidation.  Collective bargaining is the one right workers have to ensure access to adequate quality healthcare as well as employment and economic security.  Without collective bargaining workers will be unable to protect themselves against employers whose reprehensible tactics and methods of negotiating would be identical to those we are seeing in these governors and legislators today.”

Governors and legislators who are clearly anti-worker and anti-union are trying to blame today’s fiscal crisis on hard working public employees, including law enforcement officers, teachers and firefighters.  Their irresponsible solution to today’s fiscal crisis is to attack public employees, drive down wages and cut benefits, increase employee contributions to healthcare and pension plans, terminate current contracts, do away with binding arbitration, and make it more difficult for employees to pay their union dues - in short, bust their unions.  The general public is being deliberately misinformed and being led to believe that employee pension plans are funded entirely by taxpayers, hoping to turn taxpayers against trade unionists and the unions to which they belong.  Nothing could be further from the truth and these governors and legislators know it.

USHLI wholeheartedly endorses the collective statement below which was recently released by 19 other national organizations.       

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Annual Pastoral Report Shows 23 Religious Personnel Killed in 2010, Majority in Latin America

In an annual list produced by Agenzia Fides, the pontifical mission society, 23 religious personnel were killed in 2010 the included one Bishop and 15 priests.

The region that experienced the highest level of death for religious personnel was Latin America were 15 of the 23 killings occurred. 

In the region there were (5) killings in Brazil, (3) in Colombia, (2) in Mexico and Peru, and (1) each in Venezuela, Haiti and Ecuador. 

In Brazil, the greatest number of pastoral care workers were killed, the deaths of Father Dejair Gonçalves de Almeida and the lay person Epaminondas Marques da Silva were discovered, attacked in the rectory by robbers in search of money; Father Rubens Almeida Gonçalves, assassinated in his parish probably for a disagreement with a person whom he denied rental of one of the parish rooms; Seminarian Mario Dayvit Pinheiro Reis, killed by murderers who wanted to take possession of his car; Father Bernardo Muniz Rabelo Amaral,  killed by a man who he gave a lift to.

In Colombia they discovered the death of Father Román de Jesús Zapata, killed during the night in the rectory of his parish; Father Herminio Calero Alumia, killed during a discussion at a police blockade; Luis Enrique Pineda, Salesian Coadjutor, who was robbed and knifed to death.

In Mexico, Father José Luis Parra Puerto died, killed after having been robbed of the car which he was driving; Father Carlos Salvador Wotto, found in his parish gagged and bound, with cigarette burns to his arms and cut marks all over his body.

In Peru there were various victims when thieves entered the convent to rob Father Linán Ruiz Morales, OFM, and his colleague, Ananias Aguila: the body of the former was found in his bedroom, turned upside down, the second was found in the kitchen next to the church, where there is a canteen for the poor.

In Venezuela the death of Father Esteban Robert Wood was discovered: the murder is attributed to a theft perpetrated by strangers and finally he was killed. In Ecuador the body of Polish missionary Father Miroslaw Karczewski was found in the rectory of his parish, with wounds to his neck and to other parts of his body. After he was killed, by hitting him with a great crucifix, the thieves stole his mobile telephone and computer.

In Haiti Caritas worker, Julien Kénord, was killed following an attempted robbery. He had in fact just received a check in a local bank when he was attacked with blows from a firearm by strangers. 

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Assistant Secretary of State Brownfield to Travel to Mexico to Discuss Judicial Reform in Country

Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) William R. Brownfield will travel to Mexico, March 7, 2011.

Assistant Secretary Brownfield’s visit will demonstrate U.S. commitment to maintaining and encouraging the continued partnership between the United States and the government of Mexico to support citizen security in the region.

On March 7, Assistant Secretary Brownfield will meet with Foreign Minister Patricia Espinosa, Undersecretary for North American Affairs Julian Ventura, Merida Coordinator Minister Enrique Rojo, Procurador General Chavez Chavez, Secretary of Public Security Garcia Luna, and Undersecretary for Latin America and the Caribbean Ruben Beltran to review Merida Initiative implementation, Central American security cooperation, and state and local initiatives.

Assistant Secretary Brownfield also will meet with Attorney General Arturo Chavez to discuss judicial reforms in Mexico.

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Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa Plans for 1,680-Mile Bike Path System

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa likes to plan big and with a long-term view, case in point, his 1,680-mile bikeway system that will sextuplet the current bike paths and take 30 years to complete.

The Mayor, in collaboration with city planners and bike lovers, has just signed a plan to take the city’s current patchwork of bikeways from 378 miles to 1,680 and interconnect them all throughout the city.  At least 200 miles of the project will be completed in 5 years the rest will be phased in over time.

The Mayor commented as he signed the plan: “We’re excited about making the city cleaner and greener. Bicycling is zero-emission and it’s free, and for every car trip replaced by a bicycle, carbon emissions are eliminated from L.A.‘s air.”

The ambitious bikeway plan will be funding partially from a half-cent tax and federal funds from the Transportation Development Act.

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Bruno Mars Releases Video for ‘Liquor Store Blues’ featuring Damian Marley (VIDEO)

Bruno Mars, a.k.a. Peter Hernandez, has just released a new video for his song “Liquor Store Blues” featuring a lot of reggae tones from Damian Marley.

The song is part of this Grammy winnings artist’s album Doo-Wops & Hooligans.  The album peaked at the No. 3 spot on Billboard.  Mars won the Best Male Pop Vocal Performance at this year’s award ceremony. 

The next song coming out from this album will be “The Lazy Song”.  ¡Felicidades! Bruno.


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Jennifer Lopez #1 on iTunes with ‘One the Floor’ Edging Out Lady GaGa’s ‘Born This Way’ (VIDEO)

Jennifer Lopez #1 on iTunes with ‘One the Floor’ Edging Out Lady GaGa’s ‘Born This Way’ (VIDEO)

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Our girl, Jennifer Lopez, from the Bronx knows how to make an entrance.  Lopez’ single “On The Floor” has just reached the top iTunes spot after just being released on Friday.  The song debuted in the top ten on this week’s Hot 100 chart

The Puerto Rican singer performed her new song to the American Idol audience also on Thursday to a rousing reception.  J Lo and everyone involved with the new release were thrilled with the song’ reception and have been tweeting about it. 

She tweeted: “You did it!! #onthefloor is #1 on @itunes!! #thankyou #thankyou #iloveyou guys so much.”  The song will be part of her new album due out in April titled “Love?” 

Here is another peak at the number iTunes song.


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Bible is Translated into K’iché, Most Popular of Mayan Languages Spoken

During the study of the post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Verbum Domini, Bishop Julio Cabrera, presented the recent publication of the Bible translated into K’iché, the most popular of the 22 Mayan languages spoken in the Guatemala.

The translation of the Bible in K’iché is the result of 23 years of work by a coordinated group.

Bishop Cabrera explained that the work of digitisation of the document began last year in Bilbao, Spain, and then continued in China for the printing, from where this Bible will be delivered to the people of Guatemala.

The translation of the Scriptures was not completed from Spanish, but from the original language, through a process of constant review by K’iché catechists, to reach the final text of a modern Bible, which allows the reading of the text without the help of other languages.

The translation of the Bible into K’iché marks a historic moment for the Church in Guatemala, which now offers the Holy Book to many catechists in their language.

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National GOP Group & Latino Caucus United Against Nebraska’s Anti-Immigrant Bills

Somos Republicans, America’s largest Hispanic Republican organization, has joined forces with the Nebraska Democratic Latino Caucus in opposition to an Arizona-style enforcement bill for Nebraska (LB48) and in support of the legislative resolution (LR39), which embraces the guidelines of the Utah Compact, also known as the Nebraska Compact, first proposed by Somos Republicans in December 2010.

A statement in support of LR39 was read to the Nebraska legislature judiciary committee, and another statement was provided as written testimony in opposition to LB48. These unusual joint bipartisan statements are intended to send a message to Congress that it’s time to end partisan gridlock in Congress and get to work overhauling the legal immigration system.

The Nebraska Compact resolution, LR39, was introduced by 11 state senators from both major political parties. Nebraska’s legislature is the first in the nation to consider embracing the guidelines of the Utah Compact. Compact movements are spreading across the nation in response to the tsunami of extreme enforcement and birthright bills.

About Somos Republicans:

Somos Republicans is a national watchdog group and the largest Hispanic Republican grassroots organization in the nation because of our leadership that is pro immigration reform. The Mission of Somos Republicans is to promote political education and information needed to make more informed political decisions. To inspire the Hispanic people to make a difference in their lives and the lives of their neighbors through collaborative political education, volunteer commitment and responsible participation in society. Our vision is to increase the Latino Republican voting block by 100% within two years. To increase voter registration, precinct committeemen recruitment, campaign volunteering, fundraising and events to reflect quality of future Latino leadership.

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Major Accident During Carnival in Brazil Leaves 26 Dead

A major accident occurred in Santa Catarina in Brazil during Carnival celebrations, when a truck crashed into a bus with Carnival passengers leaving half of them dead.

The accident occurred Saturday morning around 3:30 am local time when a truck carrying 37 tons of construction material overturned and went into oncoming traffic hitting a tour bus carrying 43 passengers.  The accident resulted in 26 fatalities.

In other unrelated traffic incidents 8 young people were killed, 5 in Minas Gerais, 3 in Parana and 8 people injured in Sao Paulo – all incidents occurring as people were traveling to Carnival celebrations being held throughout the country. 

The country has deployed 9,000 traffic officers just for the Carnival season. 

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One in Three U.S. Consumers have Already cut Spending Because of Rising Gas Prices

One in Three U.S. Consumers have Already cut  Spending Because of  Rising Gas Prices

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One-in-three U.S. consumers (32 percent) has already significantly reduced discretionary spending because of the increase of rising gas prices, according to the monthly RBC Consumer Outlook Index. With the national average price at approximately $3.20 per gallon at the time this survey was conducted (February 25-28, 2011) another one-in-five (18 percent) say they would reduce spending if gas prices climb to $3.75 per gallon. Four-in-10 (41 percent) place their pain threshold at $4.00 per gallon or more.

“There has been quite a lot of debate about the impact of rising gasoline prices on consumption in general,” said RBC Capital Markets chief U.S. economist Tom Porcelli. “Specifically, the conversation focuses on what particular price level of gasoline would lead to a shift away from discretionary spending. The RBC survey finds that this level has already been breached for 32 percent of consumers, and is within range for another 18 percent. Somewhat encouragingly, however, is that 40 percent of Americans place their threshold at or north of $4 per gallon.”

Consumer confidence for March sank for a third straight month, with the RBC Consumer Outlook Index sliding to 42.5, down 2 points from February’s 44.5. The March decline followed smaller decreases the two preceding months, as consumers were further affected by climbing fuel and food prices, instability in the Middle East and budget battles in Washington, D.C.

“What really stands out to us is worry about the future,” said Porcelli. “The geopolitical issues of recent weeks are seeping into expectations about markets and respondents’ financial position. The number of people who expect the value of their investments to ‘get worse’ rose to the highest level in four months. The erosion in personal finances has translated into people thinking they will have less to spend on discretionary items, and that number rose to the highest level in at least a year.”

The survey found growing concern about inflation, with consumers expecting that higher raw material costs will drive even greater price increases in the sectors already giving them the most trouble. Nine-in-10 consumers (93 percent) expect to see higher oil and gasoline prices and 90 percent expect to see higher food and grocery costs. Consumers had lower inflation expectations for durable goods, with 66 percent expecting higher prices for clothing, 56 percent for automobiles and 52 percent for appliances.

“Aside from geopolitical fears, we believe these results also reflect increased concern about rising prices,” said Porcelli. “While the overwhelming majority expects prices will rise for energy and food, these are not the only areas of concern. Our survey suggests significant worry about prices exists in clothing, autos and appliances. This phenomenon is not limited to the here-and-now, either. Indeed, those expecting prices will go up over the next five years also jumped significantly.”

This month’s decline in the RBC Consumer Outlook Index was reflected in weakening across all five of the sub-indexes. The deteriorating sentiment is driven primarily by the Current Conditions Sub-Index, which dropped to 32.4 in March from 34.4 last month. Nearly half (47 percent) of Americans think their current financial situation is weak, the highest level since July 2010.

In line with the Current Conditions Sub-Index, the Expectations Sub-Index showed the biggest drop, falling to 53.6 in March from 56.8 in February, after having actually improved in January, and the Investment Confidence Sub-Index, which had held steady the past couple of months, declined to 36.3 from 39.0 last month. Nearly two-in-five Americans (39 percent) think the next month will be a bad time to invest in the stock market, up sharply from 29 percent last month, and half of Americans (51 percent) are now less confident of their ability to invest in the future.

Although the official unemployment numbers have declined recently, consumers continue to be concerned about the job market. The Jobs Sub-Index edged down this month to 50.1 from February’s 50.9.

The decline in consumer confidence was mirrored by broader worries, with two-thirds of Americans (67 percent) saying the country is on the wrong track, up from 60 percent last month, the 11th-consecutive month at or above the 60 percent mark. Underscoring consumer anxiety about the future, nearly one in three Americans (31 percent) think that the U.S. economy and their own financial situation will get worse in the next year or so, the highest negative sentiment expressed by consumers in more than a year.

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Laugh Out Loud This and Every Sunday With HS-NEWS SUNDAY COMICS

Laugh Out Loud This and Every Sunday With HS-NEWS SUNDAY COMICS

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Mexico’s President Speaks Out About the Safety of Retirees and Tourists in His Country

Mexico’s President Speaks Out About the Safety of Retirees and Tourists in His Country

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Mexican President Calderon speaks candidly with Gabriela Zabalua-Goddard, vice president and editor of AARP VIVA, the organization’s bilingual publication for Hispanics, about safety for tourists and retirees in Mexico, the graying of his nation and how U.S. retirees in Mexico are having an impact in his country. Zabalua-Goddard also delves into the Calderon’s family life and how the president himself is preparing for aging and retirement.


After a tumultuous year of being in the headlines for the violence and drug trafficking running rampant throughout the country, and at a time when the U.S. continues to warn its citizens against traveling to Mexico, the country’s leader offers his views on hot-button issues. In this rare interview, he insists that Mexico is not a dangerous country.

Translated Excerpts from the Interview:

His Personal Message to Tourists

“They shouldn’t worry. Obviously, there are problems, but these are associated with certain places and to conflicts within criminal elements. Over 2.5 million U.S. citizens live in Mexico—half of them retired—and they live very peacefully. For them, Mexico is a safe country, and we are always very alert to any incidents that may occur.”

“Mexico welcomed over 20 million international tourists last year, 49 million tourists from across the border, 6 million tourists by cruise ships, and there were no real major incidents. I can assure you that Mexico is a peaceful, safe and pleasant country. We have lovely retirement communities: San Miguel de Allende, Chapala, Morelia, Vallarta; we’re very happy with them. Mexico is a great place to live and enjoy, so, come with peace of mind, feel safe. We’re also working to improve the living conditions of our people in Mexico.”

Changes Taking Place In Mexico

“In Mexico, we are carrying out a very important transformation of our infrastructure, of its economic, social, educational and health areas. Mexico is a vibrant democracy where people live within the law. Where human rights are respected; a society where there’s freedom, you can have your opinions and vote in absolute freedom.”

On Financial Security and Poverty in Mexico

“In 1997/96, there were nearly 40 million people in Mexico still living in extreme poverty. And that figure has decreased considerably, to approximately 18 million now, even with the severe economic crisis we had. And we’re doing even more. Mexico has a program, Oportunidades, that has been copied by many countries, especially in Latin America, where we provide financial support to mothers with the condition that they take their children to school and to the doctor. This is a way of breaking the cycle of poverty. This program has been able to get millions and millions of Mexican families out of poverty.”

On His Retirement

“Once I leave the presidency, the first thing, obviously, will be to work quite awhile to prepare for my retirement. In Mexico, as you know, we have a retirement savings system where workers have individual accounts that are carefully monitored. This, we hope, will allow people to live with dignity when they retire.”

“Once I leave the presidency, I would like to concentrate in the fields of analysis and consulting. Obviously, I’ll be writing a lot and will be connected to the academic world and universities.”

On His Children’s Education

“More than teaching them a language or encouraging them to study abroad, etc., my wife and I have tried to instill in them something a lot more important: freedom. And we want them to feel confident in what they want to do and that whatever they choose, they will have their parents’ support.”

On Education and Older Adults

“I believe that they have a lot of talent that often isn’t used and that, like any other human being, older adults have a great capacity for achievement that we have to provide opportunities for.”

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National GOP Group and Latino Caucus United Against Anti-Immigrant Bills

National GOP Group and Latino Caucus United Against Anti-Immigrant Bills

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Somos Republicans, America’s largest Hispanic Republican organization, has joined forces with the Nebraska Democratic Latino Caucus in opposition to an Arizona-style enforcement bill for Nebraska (LB48) and in support of the legislative resolution (LR39), which embraces the guidelines of the Utah Compact, also known as the Nebraska Compact, first proposed by Somos Republicans in December 2010.

The following statement in support of LR39 was read to the Nebraska legislature judiciary committee today, and the other statement was provided as written testimony in opposition to LB48. These unusual joint bipartisan statements are intended to send a message to Congress that it’s time to end partisan gridlock in Congress and get to work overhauling our legal immigration system.

The Nebraska Compact resolution, LR39, was introduced by 11 state senators from both major political parties. Nebraska’s legislature is the first in the nation to consider embracing the guidelines of the Utah Compact. Compact movements are spreading across the nation in response to the tsunami of extreme enforcement and birthright bills.

A joint press conference will follow the hearing conclusion outside the hearing room.

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SundayMarch 6, 2011