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SundayApril 17, 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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Spain’s Fiscal Position Improving, Financial Bailout Remains “Out of the Question”

Spain’s Fiscal Position Improving, Financial Bailout Remains “Out of the Question”

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A European Finance Minister has categorized Spain’s fiscal position as ‘improved’ and therefore not in the need of a bailout like Greece, Ireland and Portugal have sought.

Belgian Minister Didier Reynders stated Spain was showing “a very good improvement” and was sure that it was sufficient.  This sentiment is the exact same as the Spanish Finance Minister Elena Salgado who, earlier in the month, said a financial bailout was “completely out of the question.”

Last week Portugal sought an international bailout as had Greece and Ireland earlier in the year. 

Read more at Bloomberg →

Leading Hispanic Organization Urges Georgia Governor to Veto Arizona-Style Immigration Bill

Leading Hispanic Organization Urges Georgia Governor to Veto Arizona-Style Immigration Bill

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The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund issued the following statement regarding Georgia HB 87:

“The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund strongly urges Georgia Governor Nathan Deal to veto HB 87, which yesterday passed the State Senate 37-19 and the State House 112-59. 

“The bill automatically becomes law in 40 days if Gov. Deal does not sign or veto it.

“Georgia’s HB 87 is an unconstitutional and costly measure that will jeopardize the public safety of all Georgians, violate their civil rights and subject Georgia’s Latinos and newcomers to discrimination.

The bill contains several unconstitutional provisions that attempt to supersede federal immigration laws and will likely result in expensive litigation for Georgia, as it has in Arizona with the terribly flawed SB 1070 measure.”

The NALEO Educational Fund is the nation’s leading non-partisan, non-profit organization that facilitates the full participation of Latinos in the American political process, from citizenship to public service.

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American’s Crossing Border for Cheaper Gas in Mexico In Spite of Long Lines & Possible Violence

American’s Crossing Border for Cheaper Gas in Mexico In Spite of Long Lines & Possible Violence

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At $2.94 or less for a gallon of gas in Mexico, U.S. residents are braving long lines and putting fears of violence aside.  According to AAA reports, gas in the U.S. is averaging $3.82 but is much higher in many places, making the Mexico price very attractive.

Therefore U.S. resident’s living in border citites are crossing over routinely just to get gas and not apparently bothered by the long lines that are developing as a result.  Mexico is able to offer anyone cheaper gas because gas prices are subsided thanks to government owned PEMEX.

There is no tax or penalty for bringing gas across the border as long as it’s in your tank.  Apparently U.S. residents are unphased by the rising drug cartel violence and the tightened security at border crossings. 

Read more at Time Magazine →

Miley Cyrus to Tour Latin America for the First Time

Miley Cyrus to Tour Latin America for the First Time

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Miley Cyrus will be touring in Latin America for the first time in her career kicking off her ‘Gypsy Heart’ tour on April 29th in Quito, Ecuador.

She describes her Gypsy Heart tour as “not just a tour for me, but a mission to spread love.”  Though she admits to not being able to speak Spanish, having failed the class in school, she is not worried because she is bringing someone to help her communicate in Spanish.

Apart from Ecuador, Cyrus will visit Peru, Chile, Argentina, and Mexico before heading to the Philippines and Australia.

Read more at UPI/Entertainment News →

Cuba Wants Term Limits and to “Rejuvenate” Communism

Cuba Wants Term Limits and to “Rejuvenate” Communism

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As happens with anyone that is getting older a time of reflection and introspection occurs which is what appears to be happening to President Raul Castro. 

In hindsight the 79-year old realizes Cuba’s communism needs rejuvenation and that mistakes had been made in the name of ‘idealism’.  Better late than ever we suppose.

Castro was speaking at the 1st congress of Cuba’s Community Party – one hadn’t been held in 14 years – were he spoke of limiting his term and those of others to two five-year terms.  Between him and his brother Fidel, they have ruled Cuba for over 50 years.

He urged his fellow Cubans to overcome political inertia and identified the need to ‘rectify errors’ the Cuban revolution had made.  All these comments and proposals were unprecedented. 

Raul Castro also mentioned his continued commitment to reducing the size of government and encouraging private enterprise.  He believes it will only take 5 years to rejuvenate the economy. 

All these comments and proposed changes come as the country marks the 50th anniversary of the Bay of Pigs described by Castro followers as the ‘first great defeat for US imperialism in Latin America.’

Read more at BBC.UK →

Join us This and Every Sunday At HS-News Open Mic

Juan Laverde, Open Mic, proyecto asfalto

Introducing:

Artist: Proyecto Asfalto
Song: Try Love
Written by: Lyrics and Music by: Alejandro Calle
Piano and Backup Vocals: Juan Andrés Ospina
Mixed by: Santiago Camacho
Direction: Juan David Caro

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Killer Storms Wreak Havoc in 6 States, Leaves 39 Dead Most in North Carolina

Emergency crews throughout 6 southeastern states continue to assess the damage from killer storms that brought tornadoes, flash floods and hail.  Thus far the death toll stands at 39.

North Carolina appeared to take the brunt of the storms forces, where 62 tornadoes were reported. State officials are reporting 22 people died and 80 were injured in Saturday’s afternoon storms.  The state’s Governor, Bev Perdue, has already declared a state of emergency.  Some reports are identifying these storms as the worse to hit the state in two decades. 

Meanwhile there were 4 reported deaths in Virgina.  The storms first victims were in Oklahoma when the storm hit on Thursday before moving on to Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia.

Read more at AOL →

House of Horrors in Mexico: 13 bodies, 3 Headless Ones and 4 Severed Heads Found

House of Horrors in Mexico: 13 bodies, 3 Headless Ones and 4 Severed Heads Found

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Mexican authorities were conducting an investigation inside a house in the state of Durango when in a pit they discovered ten complete bodies, three headless corpses and four severed heads.

Authorities are not sure if the four severed heads belong to the headless corpses.  This find comes on the heels of mass graves with over 135 bodies found in numerous burial pits in the state of Tamaulipas. 

Durango has been the center point of turf battles between the Sinaloa Cartel and the ruthless Zeta cartel. 

In Michoacan, yesterday authorities found 8 young people killed with their bodies found near a road.  Police reports indicate the bodies were naked, bound, gagged with visible signs of torture.  All appear to have been shot in the head. 

Read more at Washington Post →

Iowa Civil Rights Commission Reaches Settlement with Police Force Racially Targeting Latinos

Iowa Civil Rights Commission Reaches Settlement with Police Force Racially Targeting Latinos

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In exchange for stopping the practice of racially profiling Latinos in a certain city of Iowa, the state’s Civil Rights Commission will not disclose the identity of that police force.

The commission had received complaints that a police force in a town of 4,000 residents with a high Latino population was routinely stopping those residents and possibly targeting them unfairly.  Before the commission fully investigated they agreed to a settlement according to reports.

The settlement requires the unidentified police department to establish new policies for handling discrimination complaints, train its force on racial profiling and now must analyze each police officer’s arrests and citations.

The Iowa Civil Rights Commission’s Executive Director, Beth Townsend, justified the questionable settlement by saying the commission was “far more interested” in eliminating racial profiling then letting the public know where in Iowa that was occurring.  Nonetheless she assured the Latino community that “citizens of this community can be assured that they have an avenue for reporting complaints of discrimination or racial profiling and that the police department has in place procedures to insure proper investigation of the complaints and accountability of the officers.”

Read more at Chicago Tribune →

“Friday”’s Rebecca Black’s Idol is None Other Than Selena Gomez (VIDEO)

Listen to an interview with Rebecca Black, the nasally voice behind YouTube hit ‘Friday’.  E Entertainment reporter interviews the 13-year old about her ‘career’, her dream to perform with Justin Bieber and of course her aspiration to be like Selena.

Of course, talent always help when talking about Justin and Selena or at least a good manager/agent.  Black admires Selena as many teens and their moms do for her ability to stay on the straight and narrow as a young performer. 

Here is the interview: 


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U.S. Sending Help to Mexico to Fight Border Wildfires

U.S. Sending Help to Mexico to Fight Border Wildfires

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The U.S. government is sending specially equipped Air Force planes to Mexico to help the raging wildfire in the northern part of the country, close to the Texas-Mexico border.

Two C-130 planes will bring 3,000 gallons of fire retardant material with them and another will lend a supporting role.  In addition the U.S. is providing 30 service personnel to assist Mexico combat fires that have already burned 386 square miles near the Texas border.  Mexico requested the aid after deploying 1,000 of its own personnel and numerous helicopters in hopes of containing the fires. 

Massive wildfires have already spread through four counties in Texas burning more than 700,000 acres.  Officials predict they maybe battling them for two more months due to the extreme drought conditions throughout Texas.  Thus far one firefighter has been killed and hundreds of Texans have had to evacuate their homes.

In Texas and in Mexico this is considered one of the worse fire seasons in history.

Read more at Houston Chronicle →



SundayApril 17, 2011