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FridayMay 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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U.S. Immigration Director Honored by Colombian President Santos

U.S. Immigration Director Honored by Colombian President Santos

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During a graduation ceremony of 106 Colombian National Police (CNP) officers on Thursday, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and the Director General of the Colombian National Police, General Oscar Naranjo, honored U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton.

Director Morton was honored during the graduation ceremony of 97th (CNP) Officer Academy, which occurred at the General Santander War College in Bogotá.

According to the Colombian government, Morton received the “Extraordinary Distinguished Service Medal,” a distinction that underscores the bravery and successful results of officials involved in combating transnational crime, especially drug trafficking and money laundering.

During the ceremony, President Santos stated that due to the efforts led by Director Morton and the CNP, the most powerful and sophisticated drug trafficking and money laundering network in the world was dismantled. From 2003 to 2009, the ‘Pacific Rim’ cartel was responsible for approximately half of drug trafficking activities between Colombia, the United States, Mexico, Morocco and the Netherlands. So far, Operation Pacific Rim has netted seizures of more than 3.8 tons of cocaine, $170 million in cash and $179 million in property.

ICE has 70 offices in 48 countries, including in Colombia.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon Region Increases 400% in One Year

Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon Region Increases 400% in One Year

Photo: Braizil deforestation in its Amazon region up 400 percent

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Brazil is reporting a dramatic increase in deforestation in the Amazon that has the country’s environmental protectionists and some government officials troubled.

In just one year – March/April of 2010 -2011 – Brazil’s Amazon has seen a 400 percent increase in the amount of acres that have undergone deforestation – 25,451 acres to 146,533, according to satellite images from the Brazilian space research institute.

Environmental protectionists believe the increased demand for cattle and soy are behind the decision to clear so many acres, while other blame the government for not being hesitant in regards to laws to regulate deforestation.

The country’s Environmental Minister Izabella Teixeira said she was troubled to see the satellite images, and said the government would establishing a special panel to address the matter.

Currently, Brazilian law states that 80 percent of the land in the Amazon region must remain forested, and that has been in place since 1934.

Still, deforestation advocates claim additional clearing is needed. In the state of Mato Grosso, deforestation occurs in large part to make room for soybean production.

Read more at http://www.upi.com/Business_News/Energy-Resources/2011/05/20/Brazilian-forests-cleared/UPI-89311305898428/

EXTREME TRAFFICKING: Modified Hang Gliders Becoming Increasingly Popular for Drug Smuggling

EXTREME TRAFFICKING: Modified Hang Gliders Becoming Increasingly Popular for Drug Smuggling

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We’ve seen makeshift ramps used to help drug-carrying trucks over the U.S.-Mexico border wall/fence, submersibles full of drugs, women sticking drugs in their *ahem* lady parts, tunnels dug right under the border, and pot hidden in jalapeños, but now, a new mode of transportation is being used to smuggle drugs across the U.S.-Mexico border: souped-up hang gliders.

The ever increasing inventiveness of drug smugglers has led to an increase in the number of ultra light, often motorized, aircraft flights. These aircraft have all-terrain wheels for bumpy landings, and carry from 150 to 250 pounds of drugs – depending on the weight of the pilot. Some are painted black and may have dark tarps covering the cargo, which usually hanging in metal baskets attached to the bottom of the framing, to make for a more stealthy landing.

Arizona sees the majority of these flights and authorities have arrested 36 people in connection with this method of smuggling. Since the pilots tend to make their return flights as quickly as possible, those arrested are mostly members of the ground crews who load the drugs – mostly marijuana – into trucks.

The pilots also face the possibility of death, like one pilot who died after only one side of his load released and he spiraled out of control and crashed into a lettuce field in Yuma, AZ.

This type of smuggling has become a common enough problem, that now well-known Democratic Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords introduced a bill last year to stiffen prison terms for these smugglers.

Read more at LA Times →

Half Puerto Rican Scotty McCreery Finalist for American Idol

Half Puerto Rican Scotty McCreery Finalist for American Idol

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The 17 year-old crooner will be facing Lauren Alaina in the Finale.

“I had so many emotions going through my head. There have been so many thoughts coming through my head this whole competition. It’s just been a crazy ride.” Said Scotty.

“All those memories of the first audition and thinking I was getting cut in Hollywood Week, all those memories were just flying through my head,” he added. “It was a wild moment.”

“It’s been a wild ride for me and her both and for everybody on this show,” Scotty said. “We’re both glad to be here and humbled to be still in the running and humbled that America keeps us around. It’s two youngsters in it this year. It’s a minor country finale.”

Best of luck to him!

Read more by HS News Staff →

Coming to a Movie Theater Near You: Queso Jalapeño and Salsa Flavored Popcorn

Coming to a Movie Theater Near You: Queso Jalapeño and Salsa Flavored Popcorn

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Popcorn maker, ACT II, is bringing its popcorn consumers ‘popular south-of-the-border’ flavors to its microwave popcorn.  The queso jalapeño and salsa valentina flavored popcorn is coming here after being the company’s two top-selling flavors in Mexico.

Valentina is actually a snack sauce that Mexicans use to flavor their popcorn and other snacks. ACT II will now makes it easier for US consumers to enjoy the Salsa Valentina taste by providing a pour-over packet of Salsa Valentina flavor with their popcorn.

“The Hispanic consumer base is the fastest growing in the U.S., so it makes sense for us to bring these top-selling flavors to our consumers here,” said Jeff Caswell, brand director, ConAgra Foods.

ACT II is owned by ConAgra Foods

 

Read more by HS News Staff →

Hispanics Expected to Account For Majority of Population Increase in the US Over Next 4 Decades

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Experts from the Pew Hispanic Center say that Hispanics will account for the majority of the U.S. population’s increase over the next four decades, and will need at least a generation or two to reach the same education level.

Assistant director of research at Pew, Rakesh Kochhar, cited U.S. Census data and Pew statistics when he spoke of the future Hispanic majority at the annual convention of the Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

The Census data from 2010 indicates that since 2000, there has been a 43 percent increase in the number of Hispanics in the U.S., jumping to 50.5 million – 1.5 million more than anticipated.

Kochhar told the Utah convention that “Utah is one of the states in which the Hispanic community has grown more rapidly, at a rate of 78 percent during the last decade.” Adding that the state, “along with the rest of the nation, will be increasingly more Hispanic in the future.”

He believes there is cause for concern however, as the data suggests that the education levels of Hispanics are not keeping up with the growth increase, despite the increase in the number of U.S.-born children of immigrants attending U.S. schools speaking fluent English and going to college.

“For now, although more Latinos go to the centers of higher education, there is still a gap present due to the fact that some are not setting high expectations, the numbers of school dropouts are high, and they are subject to economic pressures,” he said. “Minorities suffer in these situations because many have to work to maintain their families, but for following generations, things will be different.”

Despite the caution expressed, Kochhar believes “the future of the labor force is in the hands of immigrants,” and suggests they could be the key to economic recovery in America.”

An increase is education levels is necessary, he cites, but with that education, Hispanics will gain a stronger presence in the government and “will be able to have their voice here.”

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Read more at Deseret News →

Homeland Security Asking for $30 Million to Keep National Guard At Border

Homeland Security Asking for $30 Million to Keep National Guard At Border

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The Department of Homeland Security is asking Congress’ permission to have the 1,200 National Guard troops remain along the U.S.-Mexico border for a few more months.

DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano’s request asks for $30 million to keep the troops at the border until September of this year. The request comes after President Obama pronounced that the border was more secure than ever and has been pushing lawmakers to relaunch the immigration debate on Capitol Hill.

Despite the president saying the border is secure, Republicans maintain that drugs, money and people are still being trafficked over the border. They say that until the border is secured, no talks or negotiations will be made.

The National Guardsmen’s’ deployment is set to expire in June, and Napolitano is asking for the additional $30 million to keep them in the area until border patrol officials can be trained to take their place.

Republicans also claim that according to the Government Accountability Office, only 44 percent of the U.S.-Mexico border is under “operational control.”

The president has already said the Guard will stay at the border, but they guardsmen say they have yet to receive the order to stay, so they are making preparations to leave on June 30.

Read more at The Hill →

OMG! We Hope This Isn’t a Latina! (VIDEO)

OMG! We Hope This Isn’t a Latina! (VIDEO)

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Drunk Woman Vs. The Ocean

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Anxiety Disorders Appear to Precede the Onset of Diabetes in Latinos

Anxiety Disorders Appear to Precede the Onset of Diabetes in Latinos

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In a new study authored by University of California and being presented this week to the American Psychiatric Association, found that diabetes and mood disorders appear together in high rates amongst the Latino population.

Latinos have a higher rates of diabetes than any other ethnic group and it also appears that they have a higher rate of both a mood disorder and diabetes.  A mood order typically refers to anxiety or depression.

45 percent of Latino men develop a mood disorder first and then get diabetes.  For women 39 percent develop a mood disorder followed by diabetes.  In both male and females there is a very high rate of having both medical ailments at the same time.

Why? 

“Poor motivation, poor eating habits, and lack of impulse control in patients with mood and anxiety symptoms could be considered as contributing factors for the development of metabolic syndrome and diabetes,” wrote the study authors.

 

Read more at Sun Sentinental →

Hispanic Man Sends Request to His Florida Church to Pray For Osama bin Laden (VIDEO)

Hispanic Man Sends Request to His Florida Church to Pray For Osama bin Laden (VIDEO)

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The Holy Name of Jesus Catholic church in West Palm Beach, Florida has drawn some attention after a parishioner made a prayer request for Osama bin Laden.

The church secretary that took the Mass intention admits that she thought it was a joke at first.

In reality, Henry Borja, 50, paid his $10 like everyone else with a prayer request, his was just less popular.

“I’m not a sympathizer or admirer of the deceased man (bin Laden),” said the Palm Springs, Fla. Resident. “The only thing that I did was to host a mass for the forgiveness, mercy and compassion of that miserable criminal.”

Borja proved his sincerity when he spoke with Holy Name’s Reverend Gavin Badway, and the reverend and church accepted the prayer request for Mass.

Congregation members are split in their feelings on the prayer request.

Catholics like Beth Keller and Aaron Wormus say they can understand Borja’s reasoning, and both spoke of love. Keller saying, “Reconciliation is the foundation of our faith. When you can feel reconciliation, your heart is more open to love.”

Wormus agrees and said, “I can see why they’d want to do that since the Bible does say to love your enemy and pray for those who hate you

But others like Lois Pizzano, a Catholic Church member, say such a prayer is “unconscionable” and “sacrilegious.”

“I think it’s totally wrong, he doesn’t belong in the Catholic religion. For what he did to Americans, he doesn’t belong anywhere.”

“At first I thought it was strange that somebody would do that,” Badway said. “Then I thought, ‘This is exactly what Jesus tells us, to love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.’

“Are those just empty words or do we take them seriously? If you’re a Christian, you have to take them seriously.”

Reverend Badway intends to lead his congregation in prayer for the 5 people on the list Sunday, and that will include bin Laden.

Read more at WPTV-ABC 5 →

STUDY: No Apparent Negative Effect by Providing In-State Tuition for Non-Citizen Students

STUDY: No Apparent Negative Effect by Providing In-State Tuition for Non-Citizen Students

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The Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University is presented a report entitled “The Effects of In-State Tuition for Non-Citizens: A Systematic Review of the Evidence”.

This report resulted from a rigorous systematic review on original research examining the effects of in-state tuition legislation on implementing states.

The Institute’s goal was to provide state legislatures “timely and much needed evidence” as they debate whether to eliminate in-state tuition benefits to undocumented ‘DREAMers’ students.

You can find the complete study by visiting the HS-News Library under Academic Research, but some of the highlights are:

*  In-state tuition results in a 31% increase in non-citizen enrollment in institutes of higher education.

*  In-state tuition is correlated with a 14% decrease in high school dropouts among non-citizen Latinos.

•  The benefits associated with in-state tuition do not appear to come at a financial cost to the U.S. taxpayer.

Read more by HS News Staff →

7 Year-old Latino Designs Doodle of the Year for Google (VIDEO)

7 Year-old Latino Designs Doodle of the Year for Google (VIDEO)

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Matteo López is the 7 year-old winner of the second “Doodle 4 Google” contest.

The San Francisco boy drew a picture with markers and colored pencils, creatively depicting the Google letters, in the shapes of a green alien, Earth, an astronaut in a space suit, a lunar landing vehicle, a rocket ship, and a meteor. The logo is featured on Google’s homepage today.

For his victory, Matteo earned a $15,000 college scholarship, a netbook computer, and his school will receive a $25,000 grant.

The Monte Verde Elementary School second-grader, whose inspiration is astronaut Neil Armstrong, told TODAY that his dream is to “meet other people in different planets and go to other planets I haven’t been to ... I’ve only been to Earth.”

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Brazilian Woman Legally Allowed to Watch Porn, Masturbate at Work

Brazilian Woman Legally Allowed to Watch Porn, Masturbate at Work

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A 36 year-old Brazilian woman has apparently won a court battle to be allowed to masturbate to porn for 15 minutes every 2 hours!

Ana Catarina Silvares Bezerra is an accountant analyst in Vila Velha, Espírito Santo, Brazil. She’s divorced, and a mother of three.

A condition called ‘compulsion orgasmic’ causes a chemical imbalance in her cerebral cortex which triggers hyper-sexuality, or an unavoidable need to achieve an orgasm.

These powerful urges are so severe, that not being able to relieving them causes Ana Catarina severe levels of stress, headaches and dizziness.

Dr. Carlos Howert Jr., a specialist in Sexual Neurology who treated Ana Caterina said she’s the only Brazilian woman diagnosed with that disorder “there’s probably many other women suffering the same disorder, but it’s difficult to tackle”

Ana Catarina fought a two year battle that ended earlier this month, when the Ministry of Labor granted her the right to masturbate for 15 minutes every 2 hours.

Justice Antonio Jurenski Garcia, the Vila Velha judge in charge of the case also allowed Ana Caterina to use the company’s computer and internet access to look for material that can speed up the process, and allows her to resume her job functions as soon as possible.

Ana Caterina is currently in treatment, and takes medication that has helped inhibit her urges from 47 a day, to a mere 18.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Major Mexican Drug Smuggling Operation Working Out of Indian Reservation Dismantled

Major Mexican Drug Smuggling Operation Working Out of Indian Reservation Dismantled

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The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Arizona’s Attorney General Tom Horne, and Tohono O’Odham Nation Police Chief Joseph Delgado today announced the arrests of 27 of 46 suspected members of the Jesus Valencia Rodriguez drug trafficking organization, who work on behalf of the Mexican Sinaloa Cartel, on charges of running a drug enterprise, money laundering and human smuggling, amongst other charges. 

Since 2008, Jesus Valencia Rodriguez has been identified as the Mexico-based gate keeper working for the Sinaloa Cartel. Valencia-Rodriguez is responsible for coordinating importation of multi-ton quantities of marijuana and illegal aliens from Mexico into the United States through the San Miguel Gate area, located on the Tohono Indian Reservation and the smuggling of bulk drug proceeds and assault weapons back into Mexico.

The Tohono O’Odham Indian Reservation allows tribal members to pass freely between the United States and Mexico.

Read more at U.S. Justice Department →

Immigration Reform: “Pay to Stay” Program Better than Deportation

Immigration Reform: “Pay to Stay” Program Better than Deportation

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A Missouri immigration lawyer is proposing that illegal immigrants who haven’t committed serious crimes should be able to a fee to live and work in the United States. Andrea C. Martinez contends in an Op-Ed in the Kansas City Star that a “pay-to-stay” plan would increase federal revenues, boost the economy with needed immigrant labor, and reduce the high cost of deportation.

With 4.5 Billion being spent a year to deport immigrants who have not committed a crime, the American taxpayers would see relief.

“Instead of making the American taxpayer shell out $23,000 per immigrant deported, I propose that we give immigrants with no serious criminal history the opportunity to pay us to live legally in the United States,” writes Martinez.

Martinez advocates “pay to stay” as part of an overhaul requiring “comprehensive immigration reform, not open borders.”

“Visa numbers must be increased to meet the market’s current demands,” she writes. “Employers shouldn’t have to wait 10 years to hire a foreign worker.”

Martinez maintains that immigration reform that incorporates “pay to stay” could also help reunite families more quickly, and create a smoother, more predictable process that would reduce the temptation for people to enter the United States illegally.

The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office confirms that this type of reform of U.S. immigration laws could inject up to $1.5 trillion into the U.S. economy over 10 years. A deportation-only policy, in contrast, would result in a loss of $2.6 trillion in GDP over 10 years.

Read more at Kansas City Star →

Border Arrests down 58% for Undocumented in Past 5 Years

Border Arrests down 58% for Undocumented in Past 5 Years

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US Customs and Border Protection recently released data showing the number of those arrested trying to cross the US-Mexico border is down sharply. There were 447,731 undocumented immigrants arrested in fiscal year 2010. That is a 58 percent decrease from fiscal year 2006.

It is believed that the global economic downturn played a large role in decreasing available jobs. Another component is that violence in Mexico is deterring many who would have to travel thru Mexico to get the US border.

According to the Pew Hispanic Center, 11.2 million “unauthorized” immigrants live in the United States, equal to 3.7% of the nation’s population.

The figure follows a two-year decline from the peak of 12 million reached in 2007.

Read more at CNN →



FridayMay 20, 2011