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SundayMarch 27, 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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Global Online Travel Leader Shows Rising Demand for Travel into Mexico

Global Online Travel Leader Shows Rising Demand for Travel into Mexico

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Expedia, Inc., the world’s largest online travel company, released booking data from its global websites showing rising demand for travel into Mexico.  Travel bookings to Mexico made on the more than 90 Expedia and Hotels.com travel sites worldwide have risen nearly 25 percent over the past 12 months, with the majority of international demand coming from travelers in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. 

“Year after year Mexico continues to be a preferred destination for Expedia customers, consistently ranking as one of the top three destinations for Expedia in terms of traveler feedback.  In fact, this past year more than 120 Mexico properties were named to the Expedia Insiders’ Select list, a designation given only to a small percentage of Expedia’s top-ranked hotels,” said Marco Tagliatti, Vice President of Market Management, Latin America, Expedia, Inc. 

The number of Mexico hotels that have partnered with Expedia has grown more than 30 percent over the past year.  For these hotels, becoming a part of Expedia’s global online travel marketplace means exposure to over 50 million travelers that visit Expedia and Hotels.com sites each month, including Expedia.com.mx and Hoteles.com in Mexico – a number that is expected to increase as a growing population of domestic and international consumers choose to use the internet to research and book their travel. 

“Expedia’s extensive reach makes us an effective marketing channel for our Mexico hotel partners looking to attract an entirely new audience of travelers,” added Pablo Castro, Director of Market Management, Mexico and Central America, Expedia, Inc.  “Our global scale and wealth of data gives us insights into travel trends and consumer booking behaviors that, when shared with our hotel partners are instrumental in helping them develop online distribution strategies to achieve maximum revenue and occupancy rates.” 

Today Expedia’s Latin America market management team is comprised of nearly 40 revenue managers whose focus is on developing relationships with local hoteliers and counseling those partners on creating effective strategies to drive incremental demand using the numerous merchandising and promotional opportunities Expedia offers.  Expedia plans to expand this team in 2011 in order to assist an even larger number of Mexico hotel partners interested in extending their reach to an ever-increasing global audience of travelers.

“Our partnership with Expedia has afforded us exposure to travelers on practically every continent across the globe, generating increased bookings and consumer awareness for our properties through their innovative marketing and promotional campaigns,” said Mr. Robert Chapur, CEO of Palace Resorts.  “In fact, by actively participating in marketing and promotional initiatives with the Expedia and Hotels.com sites, we were able to grow revenue by more than 50% over the course of a year.” 

The Expedia Latin America market management team is in Acapulco this week attending the annual Tianguis Turistico event.  Earlier in the week, Expedia hosted an e-commerce seminar for approximately 100 members of the Acapulco hotel industry, where Expedia hotel revenue management specialists were on hand to present on the 2011 industry outlook, emerging online travel trends, and strategies for hotels to maximize revenue and occupancy using online distribution channels.  Expedia routinely hosts educational events like this for hotel partners throughout Mexico.

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Annual Financing in Latin America’s Private Sector Expected to Exceed $3 Billion by 2015

The Inter-American Development Bank Group (IDB) expects to more than double its annual financing to companies in Latin America and the Caribbean over the next four years, a move that will help the Group fulfill its mission to promote development though the private sector in the region.

The IDB is the largest source of development financing for the Latin American and Caribbean region.  Their mission is to support efforts by Latin American countries to reduce poverty and inequality.

Private sector financing by the IDB Group—including loans and grants—is expected to exceed $3.0 billion per year by 2015 from $1.4 billion in 2010. The Group is comprised by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC) and the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF).

The IDB is expected to increase its operations without a sovereign guarantee in small and vulnerable countries in the region and boost lending to private sector projects that will help promote greater social inclusion and poverty reduction, as well as help the region mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change and improve its competitiveness with better infrastructure.

Under the capital increase, the IDB is expected to boost total lending to small and vulnerable countries to 35 percent of its total lending by the end of 2015. Lending in support of climate change adaptation initiatives as well as projects in renewable energy and environmental sustainability is expected to reach 25 percent of total lending by 2015, from an average of 5 percent over the 2006 to 2009 period.

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Rebecca Black’s Friday Reggaeton Remix (VIDEO)

Rebecca Black’s Friday Reggaeton Remix (VIDEO)

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You knew it was only a matter of time before somebody set the screech tone’s of Rebecca Black’s Friday to a reggaeton beat.  We aren’t sure if someone just wanted to add some Latin spice to the Youtube hit (57.4 million hits and counting) or they just wanted to make it sound better.

Black’s limited voice and screeching is a little more tolerable with the reggaeton remix.  What do you think?


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Antonio Banderas Sizzling in Trailer for His New Movie ‘The Big Bang’ (VIDEO)

Antonio Banderas Sizzling in Trailer for His New Movie ‘The Big Bang’ (VIDEO)

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Spanish actor, Antonio Banderas, also known as husband of Melanie Griffith is ready to take his rightful place as lead actor in the soon-to-be released movie ‘The Big Bang’.

Anchor Bay Films has just released the movie trailer for our enjoyment.  Tony Krantz directed Banderas in this film noir drama where Banderas plays Los Angeles detective Ned Cruz, who is working on a very convoluted case involving a missing stripper. 

You know its going to be good when Snoop Dogg has a role donning a new hair do.  The movie will be out in theaters on May 13th. 

The actor has been busy with four movies projects out in 2011:  Puss in Boots where he provides the voice, Haywire, The Skin I Live In and reviving his role as Gregorio Cortez in Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World


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On National Medal of Honor Day Country Urged to Remember 700 Recipients Were Immigrants

On National Medal of Honor Day Country Urged to Remember 700 Recipients Were Immigrants

Photo: Silvestre Santana Herrera, Medal of Honor Winner

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March 25 was National Medal of Honor Day, a date set aside each year to pay tribute to the recipients of our nation’s highest award for valor. Since the first Medals of Honor were presented during the Civil War, more than 700 recipients of the award have been immigrants who distinguished themselves by their gallantry during military action.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recognized the extraordinary heroism of this select group of heroes by dedicating space in 18 of their facilities to recognize their gallantry and tremendous courage.

Their bravery serves as an enduring reminder that immigrant recipients of the Medal of Honor embody the best of American values and continues to inspire us today.  Here are some of the Hispanic recipients; for a complete list click here:

• Army Private First Class Silvestre Santana Herrera - World War II Army Private First Class Silvestre Santana Herrera - World War II

• Army Private Macario Garcia - World War II

• Army Staff Sergeant Laszlo Rabel - Vietnam

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Most Americans Support U.S. Helping Only Certain Countries Militarily – Mexico & Panama on List

Most Americans Support U.S. Helping Only Certain Countries Militarily – Mexico & Panama on List

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The United States has defense treaties with a number of nations around the globe, and Rasmussen Reports is asking Americans periodically how they feel about going to bat for these countries if they’re attacked. On the latest list of nine countries, most Americans support the United States helping to defend just two of them militarily, Panama and the Bahamas.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 58% of American Adults support the United States offering military assistance to Panama if it is attacked. Only 29% oppose helping Panama, while 13% are undecided. 

The same number (58%) supports sending military aid to the Bahamas if that country is attacked. Thirty percent (30%) oppose helping to defend the Bahamas, and 12% are undecided.

In September of last year, a majority of adults favored defending militarily only five of 18 countries regularly in the news – Canada, Great Britain, Israel, Germany and Mexico, in that order. Then in January, five more countries including Australia and Italy - were added to that list. 

Nearly half of Americans (49%) are opposed to providing defense aid to Argentina, but 30% are in favor of helping the Latin American nation defend itself. Another 22% are undecided.

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Star Power at Balenciaga and Spain Exhibit Opening:  Gwyneth Paltrow, Orlando Bloom and Others

Star Power at Balenciaga and Spain Exhibit Opening:  Gwyneth Paltrow, Orlando Bloom and Others

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The M.H. de Young Museum in San Francisco was celebrating the opening of the Balenciaga and Spain exhibit with a lot of star power over the weekend with the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Orlando Bloom and others.

The opening gala was to honor the exhibit that examines the profound and enduring influence of Spain on the work of haute couture master Cristobal Balenciaga.  The exhibit that runs from today through July 4, 2001,  highlights Spanish culture, history and traditions through the designs of Balenciaga. 

The opening nigh bash also included fashion icon Anna Wintour of Vogue, Miranda Kerr (who is married to Orlando Bloom), and many members of the Getty family

A six piece-flamenco band flew in from Seville for the occasion and many of the exhibits pieces were on loan from different Spanish museums and private collections. 

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Did Miss Dominican Republic Pay to Win her Crown?

Did Miss Dominican Republic Pay to Win her Crown?

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Some say its rough to be beautiful and the envy of others, but try being the New Miss Dominican Republic, Dalia Fernandez – who believes envy is destroying her win.

Several contestants from the beauty pageant, where the winner goes to Miss Universe 2011, are making claims Fernandez’ camp paid in excess of $100,000 to pageant officials in order to secure her the crown.  Contestant Gabriela Ferreiras, like others, commented that pageant officials were always with Fernandez, favoring her and going as far as dining with her.  The claims are unsubstantiated and all officials have denied any wrongdoing.

Things weren’t looking good for 21 year-old Dalia when she won in early March.  She was representing Santiago and the first finalist Katherine Cruz was representing Santo Dominigo and was the crowd favorite – poor Dalia was booed as she was being crowned. 

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Dept of Justice and Education Reach Settlement with AZ to Ensure English Learners Get Services

The Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division and the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights today entered into a settlement agreement with the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) to ensure that Arizona’s English Language Learner (ELL) students receive the educational services that they need. 

“Proper identification of ELLs is the essential first step in ensuring that students receive the services they need to help them overcome language barriers and participate equally in the instructional process,” said Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice.

Since July 1, 2009, ADE has allowed only a one-question HLS that asks, “What is the primary language of the student?”  If a student answered English to this one question, ADE prohibited school districts from assessing the student’s English language proficiency unless and until a teacher documented specific language problems on a form prescribed by ADE, and met with the parents in person to obtain their permission to assess the student. 
 
The settlement agreement will ensure that all ELL students who attend Arizona public schools will be identified and served in a timely manner.

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Baby Jessica is Now Jessica Morales, Age 25 and Ready to Inherit Donation Trust Fund

Baby Jessica is Now Jessica Morales, Age 25 and Ready to Inherit Donation Trust Fund

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For anyone that is at least 30 years old or older you know her simply as Baby Jessica the 18-month old Texas toddler that fell down a well.  The rescue of Jessica McClure of Midland Texas back in 1987 captivated a nation for 2 ½ days much like the Chilean miners rescue did recently.

She just turned 25 years old, is known as Jessica Morales mother of two and lives less than two miles from the very spot that made her famous.  McClure Morales is now of age to gain access to a trust fund valued close to $800,000 that was made up of donations from kind and sympathetic strangers.

Though her rescue was televised from start to finish for 58 hours and she had to endure 15 operations for the injuries she received from the fall and entrapment – she remembers nothing.  The only visible sign of her ordeal is a lost toe from gangrene.  The iconic photo of her coming up from the 22 foot drop, bandaged and bruised was taken by Scott Shaw who won a Pulitzer Prize for it.

McClure Morales has spoken only three times publicly about the ordeal and lives a quiet life in Texas operating a truck washing business with husband Daniel Morales.
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Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez Perspective on Immigration Debate & ‘Humanitarian Crisis’

Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez Perspective on Immigration Debate & ‘Humanitarian Crisis’

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Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez recently addressed the Catholic University of America and spoke about the Catholic approach to the issue of U.S.-Mexico migration.  He acknowledged he was not a politician and his role was to ‘promote the dignity of the human person.’  In addition he pointed out that he himself was an immigrant being born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico.

Archbishop Gomez is head of the one of the largest Catholic archdiocese in the U.S with an estimated 5 million followers and the largest Hispanic archdiocese in the country.

He identified the root of the immigrant problem as economic globalization that did not provide a standard for movement of labor just goods.  Noting that the current policies of enforcement, detentions and deportations are a ‘humanitarian tragedy.”

On immigration, the Church he noted has formed three basic principles:  the human family is one and God did not create good things on earth just for a privileged few.  Second point the universal right of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness implies the right to emigrate to seek a better life. 

The final point Archbishop Gomez noted government has right to control their borders and immigrants must respect the laws of the countries they migrate to. 

In closing he concluded “No country can deny this basic human right to migrate out of exaggerated fears for national security or selfish concerns about threats to domestic jobs or standards of living.”

 

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Border Tragedies:  Report of Migrant Woman Assaulted & Two Border Crossers Found Dead

The Arizona Sheriff’s office and U.S. Border patrol are investigating the assault of a El Salvadoran female migrant and the remains of two suspected border crossers.

Earlier in the week a hiker in the Santa Cruz county of Arizona reported finding skeletal remains.  Upon investigation officers reported finding skeletal remains of two undocumented border crossers.  The two deceased individuals remain unidentified and once details are confirmed they are expected to be the fifth and sixth migrant deaths in Santa Cruz county in 2011.

Authorities are also investigating the alleged sexual attack of a 38 year-old illegal alien, Haydee Alvardo-Rodriguez, of El Salvador.

She was found laying on the road in the Tres Bellotas Ranch area, near the Arizona-Mexico border.  She was allegedly sexually assaulted and hit with a heavy rock by the guide who took her across the border illegally. 

All incidents are under investigation by U.S. Border patrol. 

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SundayMarch 27, 2011