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SaturdayMay 7, 2011

Latino Daily News: Bringing You the Latest Hispanic Current Events and News Stories 24/7

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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FELIZ DIA DE LA MADRE! To Every Mommy, From Your Friends at Hispanically Speaking News

FELIZ DIA DE LA MADRE! To Every Mommy, From Your Friends at Hispanically Speaking News

Photo: Our Best Wishes to Every Mom on This Special Day!

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“A rose is a rose is a rose. A mom is pure love, is a friend, is a nurse”.

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Daring Cliff Jump in The Andes caught on Tape (VIDEO)

Daring Cliff Jump in The Andes caught on Tape (VIDEO)

Photo: Julio Munoz prepares to Jump at the Andes Mountains

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Chilean Base jumper Julio Munoz drove his motorcycle straight off a cliff in the Andes. He free fell over 3000 feet before opening his parachute. Munoz makes a 4000 metre high jump on his motorcycle in Loma Rabona, Chile Last Saturday’s terrifying stunt was captured by many cameras strapped to his body.

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UN Drug Fighting Crew Killed in Plane Crash in Bolivia

UN Drug Fighting Crew Killed in Plane Crash in Bolivia

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All four United Nations staff in Bolivia whose plane disappeared during a flight to monitor coca production northeast of the capital, La Paz, were killed when the aircraft crashed on Thursday, a UN official said today.

Two Bolivian military pilots also died, said Robert Brockmann, the head of the UN Information Centre (UNIC) in La Paz, citing information provided by the Bolivian Air Force. The UN victims were staff from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

The next of kin have been informed, and the bodies of three of those killed are due to arrive in La Paz today, while the other three are expected in the capital tomorrow.

The UN staff, – two men and two women – are all Bolivian nationals. UNODC gave their names as Leonardo Ivan Alfaro Santiago, Stephan Javier Campos Ruiz, Mariela Cinthia Moreno Torreblanco, and Patricia Olga Delgado Rua.

Rescuers reportedly trekked for hours in thick rainforest to reach the burnt wreckage, which lay on a steep hillside deep in the jungle.

UNODC operates in more than 150 countries around the world through a network of field offices. The agency tackles drug trafficking, corruption, money laundering and organized crime, among other issues.

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Jockey John Velazquez Finally Wins One – Animal Kingdom Rides to Victory at Kentucky Derby

Jockey John Velazquez Finally Wins One – Animal Kingdom Rides to Victory at Kentucky Derby

Photo: Animal Kingdom Wins Derby Ridden by John Velazquez

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With a record crowd watching Animal Kingdom wins the 137th running of the Kentucky Derby.  Jockey John Velazquez who was a last minute addition brought the horse in with an exciting win.

Animal Kingdom and Velazquez were 20-to-1 favored in light of Velazquez being the jockey for Uncle Mo all the way up until Friday when the horse was scratched from the race.  Velazquez was quickly snatched up to ride Animal Kingdom when its regular jockey had been injured.

Velazquez was born in Puerto Rico in 1971 and trained under the tutelage of the famous Angel Cordero Jr.  He has won 8 Breeder’s Cup races but today he wins his first Kentucky Derby. 

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Need to Emphasize Multilingualims Says UN

The United Nations body tasked with examining the Organization’s public information policies and promoting a just, effective global information and communications order called on the Department of Public Information (DPI) today to bolster multilingualism, efficiency and local outreach to heighten awareness of critical international issues.

In a resolution unanimously adopted on the last day of its two-week session, the 113-member Committee on Information reaffirmed that the UN voice “must be heard in a clear and effective manner” and reach the “widest possible spectrum of audiences” in all corners of the world.

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the internationally agreed series of social and economic targets, and the impact of climate change and the global economic crisis on sustainable development must remain the focus of communications campaigns, the resolution said.

The committee called for sufficient resources to make DPI truly multilingual, with documents and web pages available in all of the Organization’s six official languages to gain parity with English. The other official languages are Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish.

The committee also asked DPI to work more closely with the Office of Information and Communications Technology to ensure that non-Latin and bidirectional scripts were fully supported technologically.

UN Information Centres (UNICs) around the world, many of which faced budgetary constraints, should be strengthened, especially in Africa, according to the committee. It called on Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to work with Angola to finally set up a UNIC in Luanda, as instructed by the General Assembly in December 2009.

In the text, the committee also expressed concerns over the consequences of the digital and communications gap between the developed and developing world.  To rectify that, it urged countries and the UN to help developing nations improve communications infrastructure and expand Internet use, saying the move would benefit societies and economies.

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It Was Only a Matter of Time: Osama Bin Laden Corrido Featuring President Obama (VIDEO)

It was only a matter of time before some Mexican musicians would put the tale of Osama bin Laden’s killing to a narco corrido and now its done.  Los Piratas del Tamarindo put together a corrido with accordion tune and all a corrido honoring the killing of bin Laden at the heads of President Obama.  Of course it looks like it was made in one of Osama’s caves but that’s beside the point - at least the tune is catchy.


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Border Patrol Working Hard to Ensure a ‘Pest’ Free Dia de Las Madres

Border Patrol Working Hard to Ensure a ‘Pest’ Free Dia de Las Madres

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With Mother’s Day celebrations on the calendar for tomorrow, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agriculture specialists working at U.S. ports of entry are busy making sure that flower imports are free from insects, pests and diseases that could harm the agricultural and floral industries of the United States.

“CBP agriculture specialists will be inspecting cut flowers and plants for any sign of insects, pests or diseases,” said Ana Hinojosa, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Director of Field Operations in El Paso. “It is an important part of the CBP mission to identify and stop pests and diseases at the border before they can be spread elsewhere.”

In advance of this traditionally busy period for floral imports, CBP is reminding border crossers who plan to import flowers and plants from Mexico to advise their florist that the arrangements are destined for U.S. delivery. Some plants commonly found in floral arrangements are prohibited including gladiolas, chrysanthemums and choisya (a green citrus like floral filler).

Along with Mother’s Day; Valentine’s Day and the Easter holiday weekend are times when CBP agriculture specialists are very busy inspecting floral arrangements. At international ports of entry, land borders and international mail facilities, CBP agriculture specialists are the front line in the fight against the introduction of insects, pests and diseases into the United States.

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DON’T FORGET Mother’s Day is Tomorrow!

Not every Latin American country celebrates it on the 8th, so if your mother is Latina, you may still have some time to find those cozy slippers she wants, cut your hair, comb it, and strike a snazzy pose for the last minute picture frame photo! Find out below!

Here is a list of Día de la Madre dates for other Latin/Hispanic Countries:

Spain, Sunday May 1st
El Salvador, Tuesday May 10th
Guatemala, Tuesday May 10th
Mexico, Tuesday May 10th
Bolivia, Friday May 27th
Dominican Republic, Sunday May 29th

Costa Rica, Monday August 15th
Argentina, Sunday October 16th
Panama, Thursday December 8th

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Lady Gaga Takes on Stand on Immigration with her Americano Song (VIDEO)

Lady Gaga Takes on Stand on Immigration with her Americano Song (VIDEO)

Photo: Lady Gaga in Mexico and Against SB 1070

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While in Mexico City for two concerts Lady Gaga brought up the issues of immigration and her opposition to strict anti-immigration laws.  At a news conference yesterday, in the Mexican capital city, she spoke of her opposition to Arizona’s SB 1070.

After speaking about her strong affinity to the Mexican culture she said: ““I don’t stand by many of those unjust immigration laws in my country.”  And as always she finds solace in the music she writes.

The song “Americano” which is in her new album “Born This Way” was in response to the ‘unjust’ immigration laws she noted.  The song has bilingual lyrics, mariachi music and includes the taunting lyrics:  “Don’t you try to catch me/Don’t you try to catch me/NO, no no/Don’t you try to catch me/I’m living on the edge of the law, law, law – in clear reference to illegal immigrants being law breakers and dodging deportation.

On other occasions Lady Gaga has voiced her opposition to anti-immigrant laws like SB 1070 by wearing anti-SB 1070 messages on her body. 


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Reality TV Show Featuring Immigration Arrests Airs Today on A&E

Reality TV Show Featuring Immigration Arrests Airs Today on A&E

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Viewers across the country can catch U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers in action today, Saturday, May 7 during A&E’s “Manhunters” marathon. The network will air four episodes of the series “Manhunters: Fugitive Taskforce” starting at 1 p.m. (EDT).

Two episodes will highlight the work of ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers who serve on New York’s U.S. Marshals Regional Fugitive Task Force. The group takes down elusive, dangerous criminals that threaten our nation’s safety.

“Tommy’s Nightmare” airs at 2 p.m. A removed, convicted criminal alien - an expert in fraud and forgery - sneaks back in the United States. There are several leads, but because of the individual’s history of falsifying documents, he could be living under a variety of aliases.

“The Ruse” airs at 2:30 p.m. After committing attempted murder in the United States, a Mexican gang member is deported back to his country. Soon after, federal authorities learn that he has made his way back to New York. The task force is called in to track down the convicted felon.

A special episode of “Manhunters: Fugitive Task Force” will air on May 26. This episode is dedicated to ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agent Jaime Zapata who was killed in the line of duty in Mexico earlier this year.

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Hispanic and Latino Jockeys Dominant Todays Kentucky Derby

Hispanic and Latino Jockeys Dominant Todays Kentucky Derby

Photo: Victor Espinoza on Midnight Interlude

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A cadre of Hispanic jockeys figure to be a prominent force in today’s Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, inLouisville.  Of the 20 Derby positions there will be 11 Hispanic or Latino jockeys aboard.

There is John Velazquez for example on Animal Kingdom which is a last minute change when his other horse Uncle Mo left the race. There’s Victor Espinoza on the 10-1 favorite Midnight Interlude. 

Some of Derby’s most successful jockeys are Hispanic.  There is Eddie Arcaro the number two most successful jockey in Derby history winning five times in just 12 attempts.  His most famous win was in 1964 with Northern Dancer.  Then there is Angel Cordero with three wins. 

The top earning jockeys according to the Jockey’s Guild are mostly Hispanic:

1.  Joel Rosario $5,513,315
2.  Ramon Dominguez $4,910,598
3.  Rafael Bejarano $4,298,426
4.  Julien Leparoux $4,112,459
5.  John Velazquez $4,036,754
6.  Javier Castellano $3,651,156
7.  Rosie Napravnik $3,462,946
8.  Garrett Gomez $3,374,209
9.  Victor Espinoza $2,830,689
10.  Joe Talamo $2,760,680
As of 05/02/11

Other Famous past jockeys include: Jose Santos, Randy Romero, Jacinto Velasquez, Braulio Baeza, Jorge Velasquez, Ismael Valenzuela, and Manuel Ycaza, among others.

Hispanic Trainers include Hall of Famers Lazaro Sosa Barrera, Horatio Luro, Angel Penna Sr., and Pancho Martin.

 

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3rd HS Students Body Found in Costa Rica, 52 People Have Died from Drowning This Year

3rd HS Students Body Found in Costa Rica, 52 People Have Died from Drowning This Year

Photo: Bejuco Beach, Costa Rica Site of Multiple Drownings

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Authorities have located the body of a U.S high school student that was swept out to sea in Costa Rica, making it the third such find.

A total of eight high school students from Ohio traveled to Costa Rica for a religious mission, in a non-school sponsored trip.  During the trip the students visited the Bejuco beach when a strong undertow swept three of the students into the Pacific Ocean.

The bodies of Caity Jones and James Smith were found earlier in the week and the body of Kai Lamar was found yesterday.  All were students at Patriot Preparatory Academy in Columbus, Ohio in their junior year.

The students visited local orphanages, a drug rehab center and helped fixed up a local church affiliated with their trip sponsor Impulse International Mission Trips.

Costa Rican beaches are considered some of the most dangerous because of the tides and limited life guards, thus far 52 people have drowned this year. 

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Golf Great Spaniard Seve Ballesteros Dies at Age 54

Golf Great Spaniard Seve Ballesteros Dies at Age 54

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Seve Ballesteros lost the battle to what he described as the ‘biggest mulligan of his life’ today at the age of 54 at his home in Pedrena, Spain.

The legendary five-time major title winner was diagnosed with two malignant brain tumors just one year after he retired in 2008.  He quietly went into seclusion while undergoing a series of surgeries and treatments.

The Spaniard who won his last professional title back in 1995, the Spanish Open, is considered a pioneer in golf for Spain and Europe. After becoming a pro at age 16, he went on to become the first Spaniard/European to win a Masters title.  He also won the U.S. Open in 1979, 1984 and 1988. 

Another Ballesteros feat was to play in eight Ryder Cups where he captained the European team.  Many of today’s professional Spanish and European golf pros credit his influence as the reason they are playing golf today.

“I am deeply saddened by the news on the passing of Seve. He had a real impact on me and on my life in this sport. He was a leader; bringing the spotlight to the European Tour, paving the way to European success at the Masters and bringing his relentless passion to the Ryder Cup. Today I would call him, Cirque du Soleil. For golf, he was the greatest show on earth. I was a fan and so fortunate I had front row seat.” — Nick Faldo.

 

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Former Ambassador to Mexico Pascual Now U.S. Special Envoy for Energy Affairs

Former Ambassador to Mexico Pascual Now U.S. Special Envoy for Energy Affairs

Photo: Former Ambassador to Mexico Carlos Pascual

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Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton has appointed Ambassador Carlos Pascual as the Department of State Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs. Ambassador Pascual will assume his duties on May 18. He will advise the Secretary on implementing international energy policy. One of his first tasks will be to design and establish a new Bureau for Energy Resources that will elevate and unify energy diplomacy within the Department of State.

Most recently, Ambassador Pascual served as the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico. As both a diplomat and former vice president of the Brookings Institution, he has more than two decades of diplomatic, public policy, and academic experience in addressing the centrality of energy issues to our national interests and the conduct of U.S. foreign policy.

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SaturdayMay 7, 2011