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SundayMarch 20, 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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POLL:  Overwhelming Majority of Americans Believe U.S. Economy Is In a Recession

The Rasmussen Consumer Index, which measures the economic confidence of consumers on a daily basis, held relatively steady on Sunday at 76.7. That’s down a point from a week ago, seven points from a month ago and down 16 from the highest mark of 2011.

Sixty-seven percent (67%) of Americans believe the U.S. economy is in a recession.

After rising steadily from the summer of 2010 to reach a two-year high in January, 2011, consumer confidence began to slip in February. So far in March, every single daily reading of the Consumer Index has been lower than the February average.

After rebounding four points yesterday, the Rasmussen Investor Index gained another point today. At 89.8, investor confidence is 16 points below the high-water mark for 2011. Still, 58% of investors say that their investment portfolio is worth more today than it was a year ago.

The housing market continues to struggle. Just 19% of homeowners believe the value of their home will increase over the next year. Thirty percent (30%) expect their home value to decline. Pessimism is growing about the longer-term outlook as well. Fewer than half of all homeowners believe their home value will improve over the next five years.

Sixty percent (60%) of Americans believe that recent events in Japan will have a negative impact on the U.S. economy.

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Spanish Government Working with UN and Other World Leaders on Libya and Other Middle East Issues

Spanish Government Working with UN and Other World Leaders on Libya and Other Middle East Issues

Photo: Libyan Airstrike and Spains Cooperation

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The latest developments in the Middle East and North Africa topped the agenda during meetings between Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Spanish leaders when the United Nations chief visited the European country this weekend.

He met with Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero and Foreign Minister Trinidad Jiménez, and had an audience with King Juan Carlos on Friday.

The Secretary-General stressed that Libya must cease all hostilities against its people immediately and that those responsible for human rights violations will be held accountable.

Mr. Ban expressed his gratitude for Spain’s contributions to the work of the UN in its core mandates – peace and security, development and human rights.

He traveled on Saturday to Paris for meetings with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, as well as other European, Arab and African leaders. “We will discuss ways to move forward to protect the people of Libya, in accordance with [Security Council] Resolution 1973,” Mr. Ban told reporters in Madrid.  From those meeting world leaders including the Spanish government agreed to use military force against Libya.  Tonight is the second night of air strikes against Libya conducted by the international coalition. 

“I trust that the Government and people of Spain will also stand in solidarity with Tunisia and Egypt as they seek to chart a prosperous and democratic future,” Mr. Ban said.

His discussions with the Spanish leaders also touched on situation in other areas, including Western Sahara. “I know I can count on the continued support of Spain for the efforts of my Special Envoy towards finding a solution” to the dispute in Western Sahara, he said.

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Salsa Dog Dances to “I’m an Illegal Alien” and It’s FUN (VIDEO)

This pooch is just plain cute and talented and speaks Spanish – well actually understands it.  Watch him dance to a salsa song and kick it up a bit when he hears “I’m an illegal alien”.

Watch the salsa dogs two dead beat partners who clearly are unimpressed. 


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Tecate Beer to Advertise in English for the First Time

Tecate Beer, for the first time, will advertise in English in a new marketing effort to reach all Hispanic males, not just Mexican male immigrants in the U.S..

The company’s new “Celebration” campaign has a party theme and leaves behind the serious tones of its prior ad campaigns targeting the hard-working Mexican male immigrant in the U.S.  The new outreach says have fun, lets party and according to Tecate humorously portrays the “ingenuity, valor and determination” of all Hispanic men.

Tecate’s decision to broaden its consumer base comes from the fact that Mexican male immigrants represent less than 10% of the entire Hispanic U.S. population.  Whereas most of the growth in the Hispanic demographic is expected to come from second-and third-generation Latinos, who prefer English. 

Nonetheless, the majority of ‘Celebration’ ads will be in Spanish and on Spanish-language media sites.  The English version will be tested in select markets that reflect more acculturated, bilingual Hispanic locales like San Antonio.  If the English-language ads are successful the company will roll more out.

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New Pirates of the Caribbean Poster Highlights Penelope Cruz’ Assets

New Pirates of the Caribbean Poster Highlights Penelope Cruz’ Assets

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We are two months away from the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie that introduces Penelope Cruz as the mysterious Angelica, and possible love interest of Captain Jack Sparrow.

The On Stranger Tides comes to local theaters on May 20th but this week movie posters were introduced by Disney to get us all excited about the movie. 

There are two versions, one featuring Johnny Depp and the other with Cruz.  Of course our fave is the one starring Penelope Cruz, her beauty and all her other assets.

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WikiLeaks Fallout:  U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Forced to Resign

WikiLeaks Fallout:  U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Forced to Resign

Photo: Ambassador Carlos Pascual and Hillary Clinton

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The U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, Carlos Pascual, stepped down late last night amid open criticism and pressure from Mexican President Felipe Calderon.  Calderon has not been timid in voicing his displeasure of Pascual’s comments, that came to light through WikiLeaks, about his administration.

In confidential diplomatic emails and cables Pascual described the Mexican army ‘risk averse’ in terms of how they were fighting drug cartels.  The cable leaks also exposed how inept some of the Mexican law enforcement agencies are and that they are incapable of working together.  All the commentary clearly indicated that the U.S. felt Mexico was unable to really win the war with the violent drug cartels.  Publicly of course President Obama and his administration has had nothing but praise for Calderon and his anti-drug cartel initiative.

Upon Pascual’s resignation, the first high-ranking U.S. diplomatic WikiLeak casualty, Secretary Hillary Clinton offered these comments:

Carlos has relayed his decision to return to Washington based upon his personal desire to ensure the strong relationship between our two countries and to avert issues raised by President Calderon that could distract from the important business of advancing our bilateral interests.

Carlos partnered with his counterparts to reach beyond the Merida Initiative’s initial focus on disrupting cartels to building institutions for the rule of law in Mexico and engaging Mexican civil society in advancing their security.

 

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Paulina Rael Jaramillo:  Immigration and How it Benefits the U.S.

Paulina Rael Jaramillo:  Immigration and How it Benefits the U.S.

Photo: American Southwest: Pride, Prejudice and Perseverance by Paulina Rael Jaramillo

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Immigrants from various countries come to America seeking an opportunity to improve their lives and create a foundation of success for their children to build upon. Along with their dreams they bring their skills and a willingness to work hard to make their dreams a reality. During the latter half of the 20th century a large influx of immigrants came to the United States from Mexico and other Spanish-speaking countries.

Their impact, however, goes far beyond sheer numbers and ranges from soldiers and heroes to agriculture and factory workers, from labor union to mutual aid organizers and civil rights activists. Their achievements in the fine arts have earned them Academy, Emmy and Grammy Awards as well as the Pulitzer and Nobel Prize.  Many are well regarded as intellectuals in such fields as education, medicine, science and philosophy. They have been active in local, state and national politics—ranging from Senators to Ambassadors to Supreme Court Justice and have excelled in nearly every athletic sport in both the Olympic and professional levels.

However, by taking a closer look at just one of those areas, the economic sector, we can clearly see that legal and illegal immigrants continue to augment the United States treasury by providing low cost labor, tax revenue and by their participation as consumers, investors and entrepreneurs. The amount of money factory owners save by using immigrant labor has in some cases made the difference between keeping their factories operational or shutting them down.  Without the availability of local cheap labor, owners often resort to the alternative means of keeping costs down—outsourcing, which in the long run hurts the national economy even more.  The cost of produce and services will also rise significantly without immigrant labor.

Most immigrants, after they have been in the labor force for a few years, either move up the ladder or start their own business.  Current research shows that Hispanic-owned businesses continue to outpace the national average by a 3:1 ratio, while the number of Asian-owned businesses have grown at twice the national average.

An article titled, Hispanic-Owned Businesses Booming, written by Liz Marlantes for ABC News, states that “Between 1997 and 2002, the number of businesses owned by Hispanics grew by 31 percent—three times the national average for all businesses—hitting 1.6 million in 2002 and generating some $222 billion in revenue.”  She continues by commenting that, “Many of these businesses are cropping up in unexpected places.  While most are still in California, Texas, Florida and New York, the states where Hispanic-owned firms are growing at the fastest rate, after New York, are Rhode Island and Georgia, followed by Nevada and South Carolina.”

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What?  Lada GaGa Working With Jennifer Lopez’ on New Song: Invading My Mind – Check it Out Here

What?  Lada GaGa Working With Jennifer Lopez’ on New Song: Invading My Mind – Check it Out Here

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Tell us what you think about the new collaboration by Lady GaGa and American Idol’s very own Jennifer Lopez.  JLo just released her new song “Invading My Mind” which was produced by GaGa and Red One.

This song amongst others will be features in Lopez’ upcoming album Love?

We think it’s a little too techno and a lot of repetitive lyrics – tell us what you think.  Either way J Lo and Lady GaGa make for an interesting collaborative duo. 


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Six Fireman Perish in Spanish Helicopter Crash

Yesterday six Spanish firefighters died when their helicopter crashed near the city of Teruel, Spain as they were trying to extinguish a wildfire.

Spanish officials are reporting one survivor, who is badly injured, from the crash that occurred in the afternoon in a remote area in the Aragon region of the country.

This is the biggest accident of its kind in the country in the last 20 years, motiving the Spanish President, Jose Luis Rodriguez to issue his condolences from France. 

President Rodriguez was in France with other world leaders to participate in the international Libya summit that resulted in air strikes and other military offensives in Libya.

Read more at Wire Update →

Selena Gomez Dissing On Bieber’s Facial Hair (VIDEO)

Selena Gomez was visiting Sirius XM’s satellite radio when the odd subject matter of male facial hair came up.  She was asked about her now official boyfriend, Justin Bieber’s, attempt to grow out his facial hair for the month of March – check out what she had to say.

Clearly, nuestra amiga, does not like facial hair let alone anyone who tries to do it half-ass.  Justin Bieber had announced via Twitter that he was planning to grow facial hair for the entire month, maybe this was before he knew Selena is not a facial hair fan.  Nonetheless, Selena appears skeptical that the Bieber can grow any facial hair or anything that is manly looking. 

NO it’s not a slow news day with the President in Latin America and all but we just wanted some mindless distraction from all the world’s problem so decided to bring you this important man-hair news.


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U.S. Signs ‘Peaceful’ Nuclear Agreement with Chile

As the President makes his way through Latin America his diplomatic team is putting the finishing touches on several trade, diplomatic and political agreements.  One such agreement was just signed between Chile and the U.S. for cooperation in peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

The agreement had been in the works for sometime and was not a reaction to the nuclear crisis in Japan.  The Memorandum of Understanding lays out both country’s agreement to exchange knowledge and experience on the peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

While Chile is seeking to establish nuclear plants for energy purposes the agreement does not extend for them to obtain or develop a nuclear reactor.  Whereas the U.S. is seeking to have the effects of greenhouse gases reduced by the use of nuclear energy in Chile and globally.

Chile is also offering to help the U.S. stop the proliferation of nuclear weapons and help promote nuclear safety and security, which is timely in light of the Japanese nuclear accident. 

Both countrys are expected to also sign other agreements on trade, security, and education amongst other things, all while the President is visiting.

Read more at Wire Update →

Brazil and European Union Sign Historic Aviation Agreement

Brazil and European Union Sign Historic Aviation Agreement

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As President Obama visits Brazil and attempts to garner jobs for the U.S. through trade, Brazil and the European Union (EU) announced a breakthrough agreement on aviation.

As a result of negotiations that started in 2007, all European Union airlines will have the ability to operate flights directly from the EU to Brazil with all restrictions on routes, pricing and number of flights lifted.

In addition both countries have agreed to work together in the areas of air traffic control, environmental issues and aviation safety.  All of this is good news for the flying public that will see more flights and more ease in flying from the EU to Brazil and vice versa.

Approximately 4.5 million passengers annually fly between the EU and Brazil and Brazil is considered the fastest growing aviation market in the world.  The agreement comes at a perfect time for Brazil that is getting ready to host the FIFA World Cup in 2014 and the Olympic Games in 2016 and are anticipating many Europeans travelers to those events. 

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Hispanic National Bar Association Denounces Kansas Representative’s Comments

During an Appropriations Committee meeting in the Kansas State House of Representatives this past week, Kansas State Representative Virgil Peck stated on the record, “It looks to me that if shooting these immigrating feral hogs works, maybe we have found a solution to our illegal immigration problem.”

HNBA National President Diana S. Sen condemned Peck’s damaging and dangerous statements. “As the national voice for the Hispanic legal community, the HNBA condemns Representative Peck’s comments. We are appalled that a sitting Representative would crassly offend, insult and attack our hard working immigrant communities, referring to them as ‘wild hogs,’ and condoning murder as acceptable conduct.” Sen added, “That Mr. Peck would urge such criminal behavior is plainly unacceptable. His hateful and intolerable remarks, and his willful call on U.S. citizens to engage in criminal conduct, poisons, polarizes and damages irreparably the social fabric of our communities. Peck’s statements present a clear and present danger to all and have no business in the halls of a state legislature.”

The HNBA is an incorporated, not-for-profit, national membership organization that represents the interests of the more than 100,000 attorneys, judges, law professors, legal professionals, and law students of Hispanic descent in the United States, and its territories.

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Alleged Mexican Drug Kingpin Extradited to U.S. on Drug and Money Laundering Charges

Alleged Mexican Drug Kingpin Extradited to U.S. on Drug and Money Laundering Charges

Photo: Esteban Rodriguez-Olivera with DEA Agents

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A Mexican national believed to be one of the leaders of the “Los Gueros” international drug organization appeared in federal court this week to face drug trafficking charges, following an investigation by federal law enforcement agencies including U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

Esteban Rodriguez-Olivera, 47, was extradited from Mexico to the United States in March, 2011.

The U.S. government designated the defendant and his brother Luis Rodriguez-Olivera “drug kingpins,” adding them to the list of the world’s most significant narcotics traffickers and money launderers. “Los Gueros” is part of the Sinaloa Cartel and is believed to be responsible for shipping more than 100 tons of cocaine into the United States between 1996 and 2008.

The Los Gueros’ supply route originated in Mexico, stretched into Texas, and branched off to various points within the United States, including the New York metropolitan area. The organization received multi-ton shipments of cocaine from Colombia along the Gulf coast of Mexico, and transported drug shipments into the United States through Laredo and McAllen, Texas.

As detailed in the government’s detention letter, to minimize the chance of his detection and arrest, Rodriguez-Olivera frequently relied on his associates to communicate with other coconspirators by telephone and rarely spoke on the telephone himself. He also avoided being photographed.

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SundayMarch 20, 2011