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MondayMay 9, 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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Latinos and Latino Businesses Are Hit Hard by High Gas Prices

Latinos and Latino Businesses Are Hit Hard by High Gas Prices

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One rapidly growing segment of our country’s population is suffering disproportionately as the price of gas continues to soar. Latino families and businesses are bearing a heavier financial burden than most as fuel costs tick upward. This fact is compounded by high unemployment rates and fiscal year 2011 budget decisions that disinvest in alternative transportation options.

According to a poll conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California, or PPIC, 83 percent of Latinos in that heavily car-dependent state name gas prices as a source of financial hardship. This comes despite their willingness to carpool and purchase fuel-efficient vehicles.

The PPIC poll results show that California Latinos are the least likely to report commuting alone to work. This finding is reflected on a national scale by both the 2000 and 2010 U.S. Census. And at 81 percent, Latinos are also more likely than African Americans, Asians, and whites to have considered buying a more fuel-efficient car as a result of gas prices.

Rising fuel costs have hurt all American families. But while many are being forced to reevaluate their driving habits, the 2009 Consumer Expenditure Survey shows that Latinos on average spent a full percentage more of their income on gasoline and motor oil than the rest of the population that year. This is consistent with a 2008 Center for American Progress analysis, which found that overall, “minority families spend disproportionate shares of their income on gasoline and fuel.” The authors explain that in 2006, “Hispanics and Latinos were the hardest hit, devoting 5.4 percent of their income before taxes to gasoline and motor oil expenditures.”

And that’s before the Great Recession cut 3.1 million jobs between the first quarters of 2007 and 2008. Unemployment shot up by 44.3 percent according to a Pew Research Center study, severely cramping the finances of these newly jobless Americans. The same study found that Latinos were singularly affected: “[The percentage increase in unemployment] was highest among foreign-born Latinos [at] 58.3 percent, or 348,000 persons. Unemployment among native-born Latinos increased by 49.1 percent, [or] 329,000 persons.”

What’s more, job loss among Latinos began earlier than for other groups, suggesting more long-term unemployment. And high gasoline prices make it more difficult for them to reenter the labor market since it is increasingly more expensive to drive to multiple job interviews.

Read more at Ameircan Progress →

Nevada DMV Employee Charged with Selling Driver’s Licenses to Illegal Aliens

An employee with the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has been charged with bribery for accepting thousands of dollars to provide driver’s licenses to illegal aliens who were not entitled to them following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Nevada DMV.

Nancy Brown, 28, of Las Vegas, is charged in a criminal complaint with federal program bribery. Brown was arrested May 5 in Las Vegas and appeared Friday before U.S. Magistrate Judge George Foley, Jr., who released her on a personal recognizance bond.

The complaint was filed April 29 and unsealed Friday.

According to the complaint, in September 2010 the Chief of Nevada DMV’s Compliance Enforcement Division received information from an unnamed individual that two persons had fraudulently received Nevada driver’s licenses through a suspected DMV employee. Federal and state authorities began an investigation and determined that Brown, a DMV technician, allegedly sold authentic Nevada driver’s licenses to individuals who were not entitled to the licenses, primarily illegal aliens. The individuals paid between $1,700 and $3,000 for the licenses.

The illegal aliens were instructed to go to the DMV on E. Sahara and sit in the lobby area near Brown’s application station. Brown would then motion the customers to her station and complete the fraudulent paperwork. The customers did not provide or produce any identity documents or proof of eligibility to Brown. Brown processed the transactions and collected the required DMV fees, then directed the customers to the camera station where they received their temporary licenses. The complaint alleges Brown processed 187 fraudulent Nevada driver’s license applications.

This ongoing investigation is being conducted by ICE HSI and the Nevada DMV. The charges are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicholas Dickinson.

The public is reminded that a criminal complaint contains only charges and is not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Sen. Feinstein’s Bills Save a Number of Immigrants From Deportation

Sen. Dianne Feinstein has once again introduced a so-called private bill to stop the deportation of a young undocumented immigrant.

The Democratic senator has introduced 13 private bills to block deportations, which is more than any other member of Congress. Recorded show that these 13 are among only a total of 64 that have been introduced in the entire House and Senate. Often, the bills are to halt the deportation of exceptional students without criminal records, those like Nayely Arreola, who was recently saved by the senator again, at the age of 25. The first time she was saved was in 2003 when she was a junior in high school. She is grateful for the help, but still has anxiety about “not knowing what happens if Senator Feinstein is no longer in office.”

Feinstein has continually introduced bills such as these since 2003, and she has drawn some critics for it. Critics like the executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, Mark Krikorian.

“Private bills should only be used for very extraordinary circumstances,” Krikorian said, “Not just because someone is a good student.”

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Bella Gonzalez roots for her man With her Giant Assets (VIDEO)

Bella Gonzalez roots for her man With her Giant Assets (VIDEO)

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Sugar Shane Mosley’s wife got a little upset as the Pac-man beat her man to a pulp.

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LEAKED 30 Second Trailer for the New Almodóvar Film (VIDEO)

LEAKED 30 Second Trailer for the New Almodóvar Film (VIDEO)

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30 seconds of the trailer for Pedro Almodóvar’s “La Piel Que Habito” have been leaked to internet audiences; Watch the insanely creepy footage below!

 

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Thousands March for Pot Legalization in Medellín, Colombia

Thousands March for Pot Legalization in Medellín, Colombia

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Thousands march for pot legalization in Medellín, Colombia.

ImageOrganizers of the march also encouraged participants to bring non-perishables and hygiene utensils for victims of the rain season in the region.

Thousands marched through the streets of the second most important city in Colombia, waving flags and pacifically chanting for the legalization of marijuana, and the right to develop their personalities freely.

“Like in past marches, we are demanding respect, so people realize that we are not a nuisance, but we contribute to society” said marcher Juan Uribe.

Medellín was not the only place where pro-legalization marches took place; Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Montevideo, Santiago, Ciudad de México and Toronto also saw smokers go into the streets and manifest their discontent with the current policy on the herb.

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Saving Money: Cuba Adds Peas to Coffee Once Again

Saving Money: Cuba Adds Peas to Coffee Once Again

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In response to the global increase in the cost of coffee, Cuba has once again begun adding peas to their blends.

The roasted peas have been added before, and the special blend is used a less expensive alternative to the ever-rising price of coffee.

Communist party newspaper, Granma, received a trade ministry note that read, “It has been decided to once again produce coffee mixed with peas for the rationed quota.”

While the cost of both peas and coffee have risen over the last year, Robusto coffee prices jumped 69 percent to $2,904 per ton, with peas only rising 30 percent to $500 a ton.

The roasted pea/coffee mix was common following the 1959 revolution when coffee production dropped, then collapsed.

In the 1940s, Cuba was the world’s top exporter of beans, at 60,000 tons a year, but after plantations were nationalized, the island’s output diminished.

Cubans tend to drink the blend with a lot of sugar, as it is more bitter than pure coffee. It is also less potent, but as Cuban Isa Moreno said, “[It’s] that or nothing.”

Others like Juan Hernandez Pedroso, however, prefer the roasted pea blend. So when the pure coffee returned to the ration list in 2005, he was one of many that complained.

“I like it better with peas,” he told the Associated Press. “I don’t know, maybe it’s because it’s what I’m used to.”

In addition to mixing the roasted peas with the coffee in order to save money, “the rationed quota issued to consumers up to six years of age will be terminated. These measures will be applied as of this month.”

Read more at The Guardian →

New Mammogram Guildlines May Put Minorities and Younger Women At Risk

New Mammogram Guildlines May Put Minorities and Younger Women At Risk

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Changes in the U.S.’s guidelines for mammography breast cancer screening has many worried that younger women and minorities may now be at risk, say two studies.

In response to the new guidelines, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force no longer advises women in their 40s to have routine screening mammograms.

One of the studies points to the fact that mammograms detected smaller tumors, with less spreading to the lymph nodes, in women in their 40s than a manual exam could.

For some women, the recent changes to the guidelines may put them at greater risk, as “some Asian women and other minorities, the peak incidence (of breast cancer) is a decade earlier,” said the chief of breast surgery at Columbia University Medical Center in New York, Sheldon Feldman.

“That’s an important point. Whether or not you agree with the general recommendations for average groups, then certainly for minorities and certain subgroups, those recommendations need to be altered.”

A separate study stated that minority women make up a large amount of those diagnosed with breast cancer at a younger age.

“The implementation of the… guidelines would disproportionately impact non-white women and potentially lead to more advanced presentation at diagnosis,” Sharon Lum, and a team at Loma Linda University, wrote.

Using the California Cancer Registry to find 46,691 patients between the ages of 40 and 74 with certain kinds of breast cancer, Lum and her Loma Linda team found that among the women in their 40s, Hispanics were the most likely to have cancer diagnoses, followed by Asians and Pacific Islanders.

Each year, breast cancer kills roughly 500,000 people around the world, with nearly 1.3 million people diagnosed.

Read more at Reuters →

Arizona Tries to Raise Even More Money, This Time For Additional Border Fencing

Arizona Tries to Raise Even More Money, This Time For Additional Border Fencing

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Arizona officials are looking for donations to build additional fencing along its border with Mexico, despite the federal government’s opinion that more is unnecessary.

The state’s plan includes online donations and prison labor, and if enough money is raised, they only need land owners’ cooperation to begin construction. It is estimated that the project could start as early as this year.

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has already signed a bill that begins the process, which begins with launching the website on which money can be donated.

The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Steve Smith (R- Maricopa), said, “We’re going to build this site as fast as we can, and promote it, and market the heck out of it.”

It should be noted that Arizona is already hurting as far as funds are concerned, and in fact, public donations are already being used to pay for the state’s legal defense as it fights for the controversial immigration law known as SB 1070.

Along the nearly, 2,000-mile border between the U.S. and Mexico, about 650 miles are fenced, with nearly half of that in Arizona. The state shares a 376-mile with Mexico, and it is one of the most frequently used sections amongst immigrants and smugglers.

“My constituents want this thing fixed, and fixed once and for all, and we’re going to do it,” Republican Sen. Al Melvin of Tucson said back in February. “People should not be dying in the desert.”

In opposition to the recently signed bill is Rep. Catherine Miranda (D-Phoenix) who questions the feasibility of the construction and joins others in claiming it is simply a distraction for those unwilling to legitimately discuss true immigration reform or other related issues.

“If we are here to pass symbolic legislation and not really address border security, SB1406 does the job. But people don’t benefit from symbolic legislation,” Miranda said.

Read more at MSNBC →

Octopus That Predicted Spain Would Win The World Cup Gets Own Movie (VIDEO)

Octopus That Predicted Spain Would Win The World Cup Gets Own Movie (VIDEO)

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“The Life And Times of Paul The Psychic Octopus” is set to hit theaters this fall.

The Makers of the documentary “The People vs. George Lucas” have released the trailer for their new documentary about Paul, the German octopus in the Sea Life Center in Oberhausen who predicted the outcomes of soccer matches with an almost infallible success rate.

The biopic will tell the story of the late “world’s most beloved and scorned cephalopod, whose remarkable string of eight correct ‘predictions’ during the 2010 soccer world Cup made him a worldwide superstar”

Visit the film’s homepage to learn more about this “biopic of tentacular proportions”!

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Education Advocates Ask Government for Plan to Keep Hispanics in School While Working

Education Advocates Ask Government for Plan to Keep Hispanics in School While Working

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Thursday, education leaders and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis were asked to create new education policies that would help Hispanic students balance school and work in order to lower the rate of those prematurely ending their studies.

“We have before us a great obstacle: that of convincing the United States that the future of the Hispanic youth is the country’s future,” said Charlie Gonzalez, head of the Hispanic Caucus in Congress.

Educational organizations, including university and education program leaders, from all across the country met and debated with lawmakers and government education officials on the how to get more Hispanics to earn university and college degrees.

Gonzalez, a Democratic lawyer from Texas, told the group that it is imperative “to identify the careers that are relevant for our country” then pique the interest of students hopefully leading them to those careers.

He noted that currently, only 3.4 percent of engineering and science jobs are held by Hispanics, and said it is “vital” to encourage Hispanics to aspire to these positions, adding, “We must challenge the traditional notions and keep in mind how learning and communication are today in the real world.”

At the meeting, Jeanine LaPrad, president of the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce pointed out, “We need to emphasize that the important thing for many Latinos is to be able to learn without having to leave their job. That’s going to be one of the keys to success of Hispanics in the future, and we’re not seeing sufficient examples.”

Read more at LAHT →

Chile Finds Traces of Radioactivity in Cars Imported from Korea

Chile Finds Traces of Radioactivity in Cars Imported from Korea

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In Chile, about 20 cars have shown radiation levels close to five on the radioactive index, though officials claim it is not high enough to cause immediate worry.

The used vehicles were part of a shipment of 2,500 cars arriving in Chile from South Korea; the ship sailed from South Korea and then docked at the Japanese ports of Osaka and Yokohama, 300 miles from the nuclear reactor in Fukushima, heavily affected by the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on March 11.

Concerned Chilean port workers asked authorities to test the cargo, as well as 83 men who came in contact with the cars. Tests showed no signs of toxicity and workers were told that despite the presence of some radioactivity in the shipment, there was not enough to raise an alarm.

The customs director for the Chilean port city of Iquique, Mr. Raúl Barria said the radioactivity didn’t pose any immediate danger, as it is well below the radioactive index level of nine, needed for an alert.

Chilean officials have also said the cargo will undergo a heavy cleanup before they are sold in Chile.

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Buenos Aires mayor Decides Against Presidential Run

Buenos Aires mayor Decides Against Presidential Run

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“After much reflection and debate, I feel and I’m convinced that the best place from where I can serve is the city of Buenos Aires,” said Mayor Mauricio Macri, a former president of the Boca Juniors soccer team.

Mayor Macri and Argentinas President Cristina Fernandez are bitter foes. Although Fernandez lacks majority support, it appears Macri lacks the support he would need to unseat Fernandez.

The presidential election is Oct. 23, but a primary vote Aug. 14 has taken on more importance for those who hope to change the government for the first time since Fernandez’s predecessor and husband, the late Nestor Kirchner, took office in 2003.

By law, all candidates must run in the unified primary election, where Argentine voters can choose any candidate they like irrespective of party affiliation. That means the primary will show better than any poll which opponent has the best chance of unseating Fernandez. And that will increase pressure on the others to drop out.

Read more at Yahoo News →



MondayMay 9, 2011