1. Skip to navigation
  2. Skip to content
  3. Skip to secondary content



MondayMay 30, 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.

Read More


National Puerto Rican Coalition Supports At&T-Mobile Deal, Seen as Benefical to Island Residents

National Puerto Rican Coalition Supports At&T-Mobile Deal, Seen as Benefical to Island Residents

Photo: Puerto Rico Supports AT&t-Mobile Merger

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

The National Puerto Rican Coalition (NPRC) asked the Federal Communications Commission in a letter to support the proposed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile because it will help better meet the wireless needs of the Puerto Rican community not only in Puerto Rico, but also in every state in the U.S.

Rafael A. Fantauzzi, President & CEO of NPRC, has issued the following statement:

“AT&T’s presence in Puerto Rico has already brought significant social and economic benefits to the island, and the proposed merger will enable this company to continue to do so. From 2007 to 2009, AT&T provided employment for more than 2,000 residents, and the investment in broadband of more than $150 million. For Puerto Ricans, this has resulted in better healthcare options, increased economic opportunities and the ability to access critical news and government documents. 

“By approving the proposed merger, the Commission will not only help residents in Puerto Rico, but also those throughout the United States, providing them with quick and affordable broadband access to improve their everyday lives.

“For 34 years, NPRC’s mission has been strengthening the social and economic well-being of Puerto Ricans. As such, NPRC urges the FCC to approve the merger between AT&T and T-Mobile to bring economic, health and societal benefits to our Puerto Ricans, in both the United States and in Puerto Rico.”

Read more by HS News Staff →

Committee Will File Petitions for Recall Election Against Arizona’s Russell Pearce on Tuesday

Committee Will File Petitions for Recall Election Against Arizona’s Russell Pearce on Tuesday

Photo: Mesa, Arizona - Senate President Russell Pearce faces recall election

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

One of Arizona’s now-famous lawmen who has garnered media attention for his views on undocumented immigrants, Senate President Russell Pearce is now facing a recall election, and the committee pushing for it says it will file petitions Tuesday.

If the group, Citizens for a Better Arizona, receives enough signatures from voters in the Mesa Republican’s legislative district, the recall election will be held in November or March, depending on how long it takes to check the petitions and make the required certifications.

If the recall election takes place, it will be the first time an Arizona legislator has been recalled in nearly 100-year history, and it will also be the first recall of a Senate President in U.S. history.

Read more at Daily Journal →

“Fish Pedicures” Bring Out Health and Animal Welfare Concerns

“Fish Pedicures” Bring Out Health and Animal Welfare Concerns

Photo: Fish Pedicures, Full Body Immersion

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

The number of salons in England offering pedicures with Garra rufa, fish that lifts off hard skin and, through an enzyme in their saliva, diathanol, is thought to heal conditions such as psoriasis and eczema – is growing rapidly. As the popularity grows, some beauty salons are already moving on to full body immersion tanks.

But the treatment is not without controversy.

More than a dozen states in the US have banned the fish pedicures for fear of spreading infections and disease.

Animal rights groups have also voiced alarm over the conditions in which the fish are kept. “We do have concerns about the welfare of any fish involved in this practice,” a spokeswoman for the RSPCA told the Observer.

The practice of using Garra rufa fish – often called “doctor fish” – to heal skin dates back over 400 years in their native southern Turkish river basins.

Turkey’s government has now made the Garra rufa protected species over concerns about over-exploitation by spas, which has led to some outlets in the US using the chin chin, which masquerades as a Garra rufa but doesn’t do the job as well and often dies in the process.

Read more at Merco Press →

Finish the Holiday with a Good Laugh and the “People of Walmart” (VIDEO)

Finish the Holiday with a Good Laugh and the “People of Walmart” (VIDEO)

Photo: People of Walmart video

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

If you have enjoyed the photos (frighteningly the real thing) from the “People of Walmart” then you will enjoy the video paying homage to the beauties who shop and show off at the retailer.  We of coursed checked it out to make sure our abuelita, tio or tia was not featured in the video.  Check it out. 


Related Videos

Read more by HS News Staff →

Certain Latin American Treasures Are to be Preserved & Have Been Deemed Valuable to World History

Certain Latin American Treasures Are to be Preserved & Have Been Deemed Valuable to World History

Photo: Treasures from Latin America

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with preserving the world’s cultural heritage endorsed recommendations to inscribe 45 new documents and documentary collections – ranging from Leo Tolstoy’s personal manuscripts to the collections of Jean-Jacques Rousseau to several treasures from Latin America.

The Memory of the World Register covers all types of materials, including stone, celluloid, parchment, audio recordings, among others.  Eleven countries have items entered in the register for the first time – Bulgaria, Fiji, Guyana, Ireland, Japan, Mongolia, Morocco, Panama, Suriname, Switzerland and Tunisia.  UNESCO launched the Memory of the World Program in 1992 to guard against collective amnesia by through the preservation of the valuable archive holdings and library collections all over the world and ensuring their wide dissemination.

New items from Latin America and the Americas include: 

# Barbados, Jamaica, Panama, Saint Lucia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America
Silver Men: West Indian Labourers at the Panama Canal

# Bolivia: Documentary Fonds of Royal Audiencia Court of La Plata (RALP)

# Brazil: Fonds of the Network of information and counter information of the military regime in Brazil

# Mexico: Sixteenth to eighteenth century pictographs from the record group “Maps, drawings and illustrations

 

 

Read more by HS News Staff →

Drivers License Information to be added to Mississippi E-Verify

Drivers License Information to be added to Mississippi E-Verify

Photo: E-Verify

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

The Obama administration is about to add more personal information to E-Verify, an immigration enforcement tool that is vulnerable to fake, stolen or borrowed documents.

The administration is confirming that it will add drivers license data from the state of Mississippi to the E-Verify data base this week. 80% of job applicants use a drivers license to establish their identity when filling out I-9 Forms.

Citizenship and Immigration Services, part of the Department of Homeland Security, has been under attack for the deficiencies in the program. They have tried to enhance the program by adding photos from U.S. passports, green cards given to legal permanent residents and work permits. But those only cover a small amount of workers.

“This initiative is a major step forward in allowing (Citizenship and Immigration Services) to more effectively combat identity theft and protect against fraud in the employment verification process,” Wright said. Only data such as birth dates and driver’s license numbers will be shared by Mississippi, not photos.

Read more at Forbes →

Narco Blog:15 La Familia Michoacana Cartel Members Killed by Federal Police

Narco Blog:15 La Familia Michoacana Cartel Members Killed by Federal Police

Photo: La Familia Michoacana Cartel

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

Last Friday a confrontation occurred at the border of Jalisco and Michoacan. 36 gunmen were arrested and 11 gunmen were killed, all belonging to the Cartel La Familia Michoacana.

The Federal Police, however during the day said the death toll rose to 15.

It was further reported that the bodies remain on the premises of the Medical Examiner Guadalajara, and so far have not been identified.

The Police report that this action was a major blow to Family Michoacana. La Familia Michoacana also has been facing a cruel and intense battle with fellow cartel, The Knights Templar.

Read in Spanish Here


See More Narco Blog Here

Read more by HS News Staff →

POLL:  49% of Americans Think Memorial Day Is One of Our Most Important Holidays

POLL:  49% of Americans Think Memorial Day Is One of Our Most Important Holidays

Photo: Memorial Day Important Holiday

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

Forty-nine percent (49%) of Americans view Memorial Day as one of the nation’s most important holidays. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just seven percent (7%) consider it one of the least important holidays, while 43% rate it somewhere in between.

Sixty percent (60%) of Adults plan on doing something special to celebrate Memorial Day which honors the sacrifice of those who died in military service. That includes 27% who will watch or participate in a parade and 20% who will attend a memorial service.

Forty-four percent (44%) have a relative or close friend who gave their life while serving in the military.  Eighty-two percent (82%) have a favorable opinion of the U.S. military.

These figures are little changed from previous years.

Read more at Rasmussen Reports →

Peru, Colombia, and Chile Merge Stock Markets

Peru, Colombia, and Chile Merge Stock Markets

Photo: stock exchange

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

Peru, Colombia, and Chile will formally merge their stock markets Today.  This action will create the second-largest bourse in Latin America after Brazil and promising to increase liquidity in the mineral-rich Andean region.


“There’s a clear difference in policy organization in this group of countries,” says economic analyst Sebastian Guevara of Apoyo Consultaría, a Lima-based research company. “There’s a conscious effort to encourage integration between these like-minded countries.”

For Peru, the launch of the regional bourse, named the Mercado Integrado Latino Americano (MILA), has special significance, coming days ahead of a presidential run-off that pits right-leaning Keiko Fujimori against left-leaning Ollanta Humala, who has in the past campaigned with Mr. Chávez.

Read more at Yahoo News →

Dominican Expatriates Will Get to Vote for 2012 President of Dominican Republic

Dominican Expatriates Will Get to Vote for 2012 President of Dominican Republic

Photo: Dominican Expats to Vote in U.S.

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

A new bill establishes that expatriate Dominicans can vote in the 2012 presidential elections abroad and will elect seven overseas legislators. Two of these will represent the Caribbean Basin and Latin America, three will be elected for Canada and the United States and two for Europe.

The bill was prepared by the Central Electoral Board (JCE) in compliance with Article 96 of the 2010 Constitution.

The Dominican Congress approved the bill on February 11, 2011 but its implementation was delayed, after President Leonel Fernandez returned it to the chamber with observations that he later revoked.

Registration is open at voting centers abroad until December 2011 for the May 20, 2012 election. An estimated 200,000 Dominicans have registered to vote abroad.

Read more at DR1 →

Honoring Our Troops and The Many Hispanics in the Military (VIDEO)

Honoring Our Troops and The Many Hispanics in the Military (VIDEO)

Photo: HIspanics in the Military

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

The following is a poignant message from Reform Immigration FOR America that honors our troops and the many Hispanics in the military on this Memorial Day:

Francisco Montano was only 7 years old when he was brought to the United States. Mexican-American, Francisco grew up to be a Navy SEAL, willing to protect his fellow Americans and even die for the country he loves.

“My name is Francisco Montano. I’m an Navy SEAL Senior Chief in the United States Navy and I am from Calipatria, CA….I love my country…I.’m working for the greatest country on Earth and I’ll defend it and I’ll die for it if I have too.”

Watch Francisco explain why he does what he does for his adopted country in this video from SiTV.

This Memorial Day we give thanks to all the men and women—past and present, immigrant and non-immigrant alike—serving in our armed forces.


Related Videos

Read more by HS News Staff →

FOX’s Special Report’s Bret Baier Uses Loaded Term “Illegals”(VIDEO)

FOX’s Special Report’s Bret Baier Uses Loaded Term “Illegals”(VIDEO)

Photo: Bret Baier

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

Fox News’ Bret Baier, using the word “illegals” to describe undocumented immigrants in the United States, said that a U.S. Supreme Court decision would have the effect of “penalizing businesses for hiring illegals.” However, prominent media outlets and journalists’ associations have denounced the use of the term “illegals,” noting that it “skew[s] the public debate on immigration issues.”

Baier Uses Term “Illegals” In Special Report Segment About Recent Supreme Court Decision

Baier: “Law Penaliz[es] Businesses For Hiring Illegals.” From the May 26th episode of Special Report:

BAIER: [T]he U.S. Supreme Court has upheld Arizona’s law, penalizing businesses for hiring illegals. The vote was 5-3 with one abstention. The justices rejected arguments that the states have no role in immigration matters, which could open the door to other challenges. [Fox News, Special Report with Bret Baier, 5/26/2011]
AP Style Book Explicitly Instructs Journalists Not To Use “Illegal Or Illegals”

Associated Press Style Book: “Do Not Use The Shortened Term An Illegal Or Illegals.” In its definition of “illegal immigrant,” the AP Style Book specifically instructs readers not to shorten the phrase to exclude the word “immigrant.” From their official definition of the term “illegal immigrant”:

Used to describe someone who has entered the country illegally or who resides in the country illegally. It is the preferred term, not illegal alien or undocumented worker. Do not use the shortened term an illegal or illegals. [AP Style Book, accessed 5/26/2011]

Read more at Media Matters →

The National Ballet of Cuba is Making its First United States Tour in Eight Years

The National Ballet of Cuba is Making its First United States Tour in Eight Years

Photo: Alicia Alonso

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

The National Ballet of Cuba plans to deliver a “message of peace” when it starts its first United States tour in eight years, said renowned director, Alicia Alonso.

“It will be wonderful to visit again… and bring to the United States our art, and a message of peace and love,” the dance legend told reporters. Alonso, who is 90 years old, continues to direct the troupe even though she is nearly blind and has trouble walking.

The group will begin its tour on Tuesday with six performances in Washington; followed by New York, Costa Mesa, California and Los Angeles. The National Ballet also plans to visit Russia in late summer and Spain before the end of the year.

”Actually, dancers belong to the world. The artist is the best thing for humanity; he has no frontier. He has only one (goal)—happiness of the people,“ Alonso said. She added “governments… that is another thing”.

Read more at Merco Press →

Beloved Tijuana Priest that Was Kidnapped is Found Brutally Murdered

Beloved Tijuana Priest that Was Kidnapped is Found Brutally Murdered

Photo: Divino Rostro Church in Tijuana

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

The Mexican priest Salvador Ruiz Enciso, who disappeared from his parish in the city of Tijuana, northern Mexico, near the border with the United States, was killed as informed by the Archbishop of Tijuana, Archbishop Rafael Romo Muñoz.

The funeral was celebrated on Saturday, May 28 in the parish where he was pastor, dedicated to the “Divine Rostro de Jesus. ” “We condemn the brutal manner in which he was killed and we have confidence in the authorities that those responsible will be brought to justice, ” said the Archbishop of Tijuana in a statement sent to Fides, the Catholic Church news agency.

Father Salvador Ruiz Enciso had disappeared last weekend from his parish. On Monday, May 23 the police had found in a neighborhood near Tijuana a body with hands and feet tied, unrecognizable. It was thought that it could be the dead body of the priest, so the DNA test was carried out.

On Friday, May 27 Archbishop Romo Muñoz confirmed that it was him, and the statement underlined that the “Chava father, as he was affectionately called, was a simple person and dedicated to his ministry. ” In communities where he exercised his priestly ministry “he is remembered with affection and as a man of God, always correct in his behavior. ” He had become popular for promoting the “Mass of the family”, during which he used some puppets, which he handled with skill, to explain the Gospel in an understandable way to children.

Parishioners at Divino Rostro church grew concerned when Ruiz Enciso did not show on a Monday to officiate at Mass.  When they went to the priest’s residence, they found a mess and no sign of Ruiz Enciso.  Reports indicated that money was missing from the church collection and a 2000 Ford Explorer owned by the parish.  In addition authorities found child pornography in the residence.

Many believe the pornography was planted. 

Read more at Agencia Fides →

Barcelona Celebrates Champions League Victory

Barcelona Celebrates Champions League Victory

Photo: Barcelona Celebrates

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

Thousands lined the streets of Barcelona to welcome home the Champions League winners after they defeated Manchester United 3-1 on Saturday.

Barcelona also paraded the La Liga trophy as they celebrated a league and cup double.


Related Videos

Read more by HS News Staff →

Tequila Party Events Scheduled in Nearly 20 States in Preparation for 2012

Tequila Party Events Scheduled in Nearly 20 States in Preparation for 2012

Photo: Tequila Party

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

Through Rallies and concerts, The Tequila Party wants to organize a record Latino Vote in 2012. With events scheduled in nearly 20 states, the kickoff will be in Tucson on June 4.

“We want to motivate Latinos to vote,” says Belinda “DeeDee” Blase, spokeswoman for the fledgling National Tequila Party Movement, which has adopted a nonpartisan stance. “[Democrats and Republicans] don’t take us seriously because we don’t vote consistently.”

The number of Latinos eligible to vote went from 13 million in 2000 to 21 million in 2010. But just 31 percent of Latinos cast a ballot in the recent midterm elections, compared with nearly 49 percent of whites and 44 percent of blacks, according to a Pew Hispanic Center survey.

Given the rapid growth of the Latino population, which rose from 35.3 million in 2000 to 50.5 million in 2010, the Latino vote is significant, says Lonna Atkeson, a political science professor at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

“It’s a voting group that’s up for grabs,” Atkeson says. “It’s really important for the Republicans to figure out what is it they need to do to attract, to take away these Democratic Latinos to their camp.”

“We can blame Obama and Republicans and Democrats all we want, but the only way that the Latino community is going to get respect is if we become consistent primary-election voters as well as general-election voters,” Blase says. “So our respect comes from our vote, and that’s what we have to do still.”

Read more at Christian Science Monitor →

Honoring Our Heroes

Honoring Our Heroes

Photo: Memorial Day

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

This Memorial Day, we honor our nation’s service members who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Today, we pause to reflect on the service of the brave men and women who left their homes and their families, some never to return, in order to protect their country and advance the pursuit of security and prosperity the world over.

The demise of Osama bin Laden earlier this month represents the end of a chapter in American history. Since the attacks of September 11, 2001, more than 1,500 servicemen and women have been killed in Afghanistan. As we observe this grim milestone, we are also humbled by the remembrance of the 4,400 service members who have fallen in operations in Iraq. These figures do not include the more than 11,000 service members wounded in Afghanistan and more than 30,000 wounded in Iraq.

As we begin winding down our military involvement in Afghanistan this summer and complete the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq by the end of the year, it is appropriate to take this opportunity as a country to reflect on all that our troops and their families have sacrificed over the past 10 years.

Americans are united across class, gender, race, and politics by their sincere wish for the swift and safe return of our men and women in uniform. Our active duty and reserve soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and coast guardsmen honor their fallen comrades’ legacies by continuing to serve their country both domestically and internationally in many capacities. This year, our troops not only continued to serve with distinction in both Iraq and Afghanistan but also worked to protect civilians in Libya and provide humanitarian relief in the wake of Japan’s March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

For their sacrifice, these men and women deserve more than our respect; they deserve to be supported by programs and policies that improve their quality of life both during and after service.

Read more at Center for American Progress →



MondayMay 30, 2011