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SundayJune 5, 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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Massive Caravan of Peace Kicks off in Mexico Against Government Ineptness in the Drug Wars (VIDEO)

Massive Caravan of Peace Kicks off in Mexico Against Government Ineptness in the Drug Wars (VIDEO)

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Civil disobedience is not out of order and a ‘legitimate’ response to the unprecedented drug-related violence in Mexico says Mexican poet Javier Sicilia.  Sicilia also happens to be the father of slain student Juan Francisco that was a random victim of violence in Cuernavaca.  His tortured body was found in a car along with five other victims. 

The poet is now on a anti-violence crusade and has organized the first caravan of peace that will visit at least eight Mexican states including Ciudad Juarez, by the time it is all done.  The caravan includes 14 buses and 30 cars and kicked off Saturday in Cuernavaca.  Sicilia planned this unprecedented effort after a very successful anti-violence march on May 8th in Mexico City - thousands upon thousands showed up to march. 

Sicilia says this is not a anti-government initiative but a statement against the way government is run and done in the name of the 35,000 people that have died from drug-related violence. 


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EXTREME TRAFFICKING:  $131 Million Worth of Cocaine Seized in Paraguay – Largest Seizure Ever

EXTREME TRAFFICKING:  $131 Million Worth of Cocaine Seized in Paraguay – Largest Seizure Ever

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This one is for the record books of Paraguay – a $131 million worth of cocaine seized at a river port this week.

Employees became suspicious about the rice bags that were due to be shipped to Mozambique from the private Phoenix river port – located at the border zone of Paraguay/Brazil/Argentina.  Upon further inspection officials found 1,900 pound of cocaine with a street value of $131 million.

This tri-border region is a popular smuggling route used by traffickers.  Nonetheless Paraguay is not considered a major drug producing center and this seizure represents almost half of all the drugs seized in 2010.

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Hayden Panettiere and QB Mark Sanchez – Hanging Out but Not Dating So They Say

Hayden Panettiere and QB Mark Sanchez – Hanging Out but Not Dating So They Say

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Several tabloids have spotted the very perky Hayden Panettiere and the very hot Latin Jets QB Mark Sanchez hanging out in Laguna Beach.  Of course as things go some have them dating, others have pronounced them a couple and Hayden says “I swear I’m not dating Mark Sanchez!” 

The most recent rumors started over the weekend when Panettiere was in NYC at an event and then hung out with Sanchez.  He had no comment but she noted “I’m a huge Jets fan and became very good friends with him and his buddies.  There’s genuinely, absolutely nothing going on.” 

Let’s keep in mind the petite blonde likes athletes having just broken up with boxer Wladmir Kiltschko.  She did acknowledge that the Mexican-American quarterback was a “great dude and he’s a great football player and he’s a Jet player, which I love.”

Sanchez for his part is also denying any relationship just not as adamantly as Hayden, telling TMZ “No, I am not dating Hayden, I promise.” 

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Tragedy in Costa Rica:  American Teen Fatally Shot by Hotel Security Guard

Tragedy in Costa Rica:  American Teen Fatally Shot by Hotel Security Guard

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A tragic accident has occurred this week in Costa Rica where a 16-year old Kansas teenager was fatally shot by the hotel security guard where his school group was staying.

Justin Johnston was shot in the chest after being mistaken for a prowler on the grounds of the very popular La Cangreja Lodge, after sneaking out of his room after curfew on a Spanish class, school sponsored trip.

Costa Rica is deemed one of Latin America’s safest vacation destinations and a favorite of many school groups for its rich flora and fauna.  Apparently Johnston and another teen sneaked out of their rooms and went to an adjoining building where other students were staying.

Upon returning at 4:00 a.m. they were approached by the security guard who shouted at them to identify themselves and fired a warning shot, this prompted the students to run toward their room which in turn prompted the guard to shoot at them.

The last tragic incident involving a student in Costa Rica occurred in 2001 when a 23-year old exchange student was murdered while walking home from a nightclub. 

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Rafael Nadal Makes Spain Proud Once Again – Winning 6th French Open Title

Rafael Nadal Makes Spain Proud Once Again – Winning 6th French Open Title

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The 25-year old tennis superstar has just added another accomplishment to his tennis resume – winning his sixth French Open title today.

After a nearly three hour match the Spaniard met 29-year old Roger Federer at Roland Garros stadium for the men’s final of the French Open.  Nadel beat Federer, who he hadn’t competed against since the 2009 Australian Open, by winning three sets to one.

Federer was the underdog and surprised many by beating Serbian Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals.  Djokovic is number 2 in the world to Federer’s number 3.  Nadal had always been the bookies favorite and of course all of Spain’s and is currently the number one player in the world.

Nonetheless, Federer’s still has Nadel beat in terms of earnings, career titles and Grand Slam titles.  Nadel has career earnings of $40,052,402 vs $62,497,310 for Federer.  And Federer has 16 Grand Slam titles to Nadal’s 9 – of course Nadel is 4 years younger.

¡Felicidades Rafa!

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Why Latinos Love Nueva York: Male Pole Dancer with High Heels on Subway (VIDEO)

Why Latinos Love Nueva York: Male Pole Dancer with High Heels on Subway (VIDEO)

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There are many reasons why Latinos love Nueva York but they have just added another reason to that list.  Male dancer in high heels pole dancing on the L train - where else but in New York.  Enjoy the view and thank God its not the usual rodent-on-NYC-subway-video. 


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Billionaire Carlos Slim Offers Pacquiao $65 Million to Fight in Mexico with ????

Billionaire Carlos Slim Offers Pacquiao $65 Million to Fight in Mexico with ????

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The World’s Richest Man, Mexican Carlos Slim Helu, apparently doesn’t want to limit his power to mining and telecommunications, he apparently now wants to get into the fight business.

Filipino fighting superstar Manny Pacquiao’s confidante, llocos Sur Gov. Gluis “Chavit” Singson has just confirmed that his fighter friend has been guaranteed $65 million by Slim to fight in Mexico.

But who??? 

Slim’s motives are apparently not financial but altruistic and for the love of Mexico.  He wants to give his countrymen what they have been yearning for: a Pacquiao fight on Mexican soil with one of Mexico’s up and coming fighters.  Slim would pick the fighter.

Singson said Pacquiao is intrigued by the offer especially the ‘guarantee’ win or lose of the $65 million.  It is reported that a likely candidate would be the WBC light middle weight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.

Pacquiao has fought numerous Mexican and Mexican-American fighters, most notably Oscar De La Hoya, but never in Mexico.

Read more at Sports Inquirer →

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

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

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Juan Laverde, Open Mic, kchiporros

Introducing:

From Paraguay:

Artist: Kchiporros
Song: No Está Bien
Band Members:
 
  Roberto Ruiz Díaz (Vocals)
  Julio Troche (Vocals and Guiro)
  Mario Halley (Guitar)
  Fernando Peyrat (Drums)
  Rodrigo Ojeda (Vocals and Guitar)
  Edgar Aquino (Bass)
  Pedro Fadul (Vocals and Octapad)
  Eugenio Barath (Keyboards)
  Gustavo Gómez (Percussion)

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Senator Dick Durbin’s Message to DREAMers and DREAM Act Supporters

Senator Dick Durbin’s Message to DREAMers and DREAM Act Supporters

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Help send the word out to other DREAM Act supporters to sign up to support the new DREAM Act bill in the Senate.  Here are some words from the co-author of the new DREAM Act Democratic Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois: 

Over the past two weeks, more than 22,000 people from all walks of life and all 50 states have signed on as citizen co-sponsors of the DREAM Act at DickDurbin.com.

It’s a great start — but I need your help, right now, to build even more public support for this important bill.

These young people have been raised in America. They have sat in the classrooms of our schools and stood up every morning to give the Pledge of Allegiance to the only flag they’ve ever known. They have worked hard and played by the rules.

They deserve a chance to be legal, contributing members of our society—and it’s up to you and me to give them that shot.

Click here to sign on as a citizen co-sponsor of the DREAM Act that I just re-introduced in the Senate— to give a select group of bright immigrant students the chance to contribute more fully to America.

I’ve always known that giving these great kids a fair shake is the right thing to do. And so do a majority of Americans, according to recent polls. Unfortunately, too many of my colleagues on Capitol Hill still aren’t on board.

That’s where you come in: The large and growing list of citizen co-sponsors at DickDurbin.com helps bring this issue into the public square, showing each one of my colleagues that the American people support the DREAM Act — and will be watching when it comes up for a vote.

Thank you for continuing this fight to keep the American Dream alive for our young people.

Sincerely,

Dick Durbin
U.S. Senator

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Chile Begins Evacuations After Puyehue Volcano Erupts, 230 Earthquakes Per Hour Ensue (VIDEO)

Chile Begins Evacuations After Puyehue Volcano Erupts, 230 Earthquakes Per Hour Ensue  (VIDEO)

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Forty years later the residents that live by the Puyehue volcano are seeing its fury once again.  The chain of Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcanos located in southern Chile in the Ranco Province area are 500 miles from the capital city of Santiago.

The Chilean government has evacuated 3,500 residents that live nearby due to the eruption, the 6.2 mile-high gas column and a flurry of earthquakes that have resulted.  The Interior Ministry is estimating that an average of 230 earthquakes per hour were occurring with a magnitude of 4.0 or less.

The volcano ash has headed toward Argentina and some Chile-to-Argentina border routes have been closed due to blinding ash.  Puyeheu last erupted in 1960 and did so for 38 hours with a 9.5 massive earthquake then striking Chile. 


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20 Immigrant Employees Unlawfully Fired After Refusing to Sign Away Union Rights

An NLRB administrative law judge has found that parts supplier Supply Technologies LLC unlawfully required employees to sign up for a comprehensive grievance and arbitration system that would eliminate their rights under the National Labor Relations Act, and then discharged 20 employees when they refused to do so.

Eighteen of the discharged employees were Hmong refugees and two were Spanish-speaking immigrants, all employed at the Ohio-based company’s Minneapolis warehouse. Four testified, some through translators, at the administrative law hearing that they did not fully understand the documents explaining the new system and were concerned that they were signing away rights. All four said they were escorted out of the building or told to leave immediately after refusing to sign the documents.

In his May 31 decision, Administrative Law Judge George Alemán wrote that three documents describing the program, given to employees at the Minnesota warehouse and three other facilities, were confusing and inconsistent, at one point making “patently clear that the only claims expressly exempted from the TSM procedure are those involving workers compensation claims, unemployment claims, and criminal claims,” and at another point assuring employees they could file other claims with government agencies, but would waive any rights to remedies that might result.

The company’s new system, called Total Solution Management, created an internal process that began with an investigation, went to mediation, and then on to a final arbitration if necessary. It was introduced three days after an NLRB-conducted election in which employees split 22-to-22 on the question of joining the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. In the event of a tie, the union does not prevail, and so the employees were not represented at the time of the discharges. Nevertheless, the union filed charges with the NLRB alleging that the new grievance policy and the firings constituted unfair labor practices.

Judge Alemán ordered Supply Technologies to discontinue its new grievance system at all four locations - in Minneapolis, Memphis, Des Plaines and Lenexa, Kansas, and to offer reinstatement to the 20 discharged employees, with full back pay. The company may appeal the decision to the Board in Washington.

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U.S. Government Pledges Another $2 Million for Puerto Rico’s Clean Up of 2010 Storm

U.S. Government Pledges Another $2 Million for Puerto Rico’s Clean Up of 2010 Storm

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The U.S. Department of Labor announced a $2 million National Emergency Grant increment to continue cleanup and recovery efforts that began in October 2010 following destruction in Puerto Rico caused by Tropical Storm Otto.

“Even after months have passed, Puerto Rico is still dealing with the aftermath of Tropical Storm Otto,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. “The funding being made available today will continue support efforts to restore the island and help its people get back on their feet.”

This increment is being awarded to the Puerto Rico Department of Labor and Human Resources.

On Oct. 26, 2010, the Federal Emergency Management Agency declared 21 municipalities in the commonwealth of Puerto Rico eligible for FEMA’s Public Assistance Program, which was subsequently amended to include four additional municipalities.

A National Emergency Grant was approved on Nov. 23, 2010, for up to $4 million. An initial $1 million was released to create temporary jobs for eligible dislocated workers to assist in the cleanup and recovery efforts, and an additional $1 million increment was awarded in April 2011. This latest increment represents the remaining funding available under the original grant.

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Management at Popular Seafood Restaurant Chain in Houston Indicted for Hiring 33 Illegal Aliens

Management at Popular Seafood Restaurant Chain in Houston Indicted for Hiring 33 Illegal Aliens

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Two current managers and three former managers or supervisors of Mambo Seafood were indicted on Wednesday on various charges related to harboring illegal aliens. These indictments were announced by U.S. Attorney Jose Angel Moreno, and acting Special Agent in Charge John Connelly with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Houston.

Mambo Seafood is the assumed business name for Connie’s Seafood Kitchen Inc. with eight seafood restaurant locations located within the greater Houston metropolitan area, and is headquartered on the 6100 block of Airline Drive in Houston.

A federal grand jury returned a five-count indictment under seal on June 1 and charged the following individuals with conspiracy to encourage and induce aliens to illegally reside in the United States and to harbor the aliens beginning in April 2009 to the present: Operations Manager Joel Moreno, 36; former restaurant managers Alfredo Aguilar Gonzalez, 43, and Alejandro Aguilar Gonzalez, aka Eduardo Martinez, 27; former supervisor Victor Batz, 49; and current supervisor Romelia Lopez, 26. Each defendant is also charged with one count each of making false statements on employment documents during the existence of the conspiracy.

Following the return of the indictment, arrest warrants were issued for all five defendants. Moreno, Alfredo Gonzalez and Batz were arrested on Wednesday; Lopez was arrested Thursday morning. A warrant for the arrest of Alejandro Gonzalez remains outstanding. With the exception of Alejandro Aguilar Gonzalez, who is an illegal alien from Mexico, all of the other defendants are natural or naturalized U.S. citizens. The indictment was unsealed June 2 regarding all the defendants following the initial appearance of Moreno, Gonzalez and Batz before a U.S. Magistrate Judge. Lopez is expected to make her initial appearance later Thursday or Friday. The court has ordered Moreno, Gonzalez and Batz released on bond pending trial which has been set for Aug. 9 before U.S. District Judge David Hittner.

According to allegation in the indictment, on Dec. 2, 2009, ICE HSI agents conducted a worksite enforcement action at Mambo Seafood’s corporate headquarters and two restaurants, one located at on the 6100 block of Airline Drive, and the second on the 10000 block of Long Point Road. Thirty-three illegal alien employees were found and detained by ICE HSI agents, and numerous immigration documents were seized.

The indictment alleges that as part of the conspiracy the defendants, as Mambo Seafood managers and supervisors, knowingly sought to employ illegal aliens with little or no regard to the legal status of the workers; they hired many unauthorized non-U.S. citizen aliens for jobs by accepting fraudulently completed 1-9 forms; and they allowed alien workers to use multiple social security numbers and identities during the course of employment.

A conviction for conspiring to induce aliens to remain in the country illegally and harboring illegal carries a maximum punishment of 10 years incarceration without parole. Making false statements on employment forms carries a maximum punishment of five years incarceration. Each of the five counts of the indictment are also punishable by maximum fines of $250,000.

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SundayJune 5, 2011