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SundayJune 19, 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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Peru Vows to Protect Uncontacted Tribe’s Reserve

Peru Vows to Protect Uncontacted Tribe’s Reserve

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Peru’s Culture Ministry has promised to protect an uncontacted tribe’s reserve in the Amazon amid fears that it would be shut down.

In a statement released last week, the ministry denied reports that it planned to abolish the Murunahua reserve, and stated that it is fully protected under Peruvian law.

The controversy was sparked by employees of the Indigenous Affairs Department, Indepa, which lies within the Culture Ministry, after they revealed plans to close the reserve in meetings with local organizations.

Luis Lacerna, the director of Indepa’s Indigenous Protection, Economic Development and Territory department, is currently the only employee whose identity has been revealed by the international press.

Indepa has been heavily criticized for failing to prevent widespread illegal logging that is forcing uncontacted tribes to flee from the reserve.

Survival welcomes the ministry’s announcement, and has written to Peru’s newly-elected president Ollanta Humala asking him how his government will protect the country’s vulnerable uncontacted tribes.

Read more at Survival International →

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Travel to Guatemala on Diplomatic Security Mission

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Travel to Guatemala on Diplomatic Security Mission

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On June 22, 2011, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will travel to Guatemala City to participate in the International Conference of Support for the Central American Security Strategy. Central American heads of state and international partners will attend the conference.

The Secretary’s participation in the Conference of Support, following the President’s visit to El Salvador in March, is a clear indication of the United States’ firm commitment to partner with Central American governments and the international community to address the underlying root causes of crime and citizen insecurity and to enhance the impact and effectiveness of our collective efforts in the region.

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Latino Elected Officials to Meet to Get the Hispanic Vote Out Nation Wide

Latino Elected Officials to Meet to Get the Hispanic Vote Out Nation Wide

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With 2010 Census data demonstrating that the Latino community now numbers more than 50 million strong, the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) will assemble more than 1,000 Latino officials to focus on the implications of these changes for the country and ensure that Latinos are able to fairly and fully participate in the political process at all levels of government.

The NALEO 28th Annual Conference will take place in San Antonio, Texas from June 23-25, 2011.

The three-day event, which has long served as the nation’s Latino political convention, will bring together officials from across the nation, at every level of elected office, with leading policy experts from the public, private and non-profit sectors to address a broad public policy agenda, including issues specifically relating to the State of Texas, healthy communities, education and governance and political empowerment (including sessions on redistricting and immigration).

Sessions at the Conference are designed to enhance the governance skills of participants and deepen their understanding of critical policy issues so they are able to translate their knowledge into strategies for building stronger and healthier communities.  Conference participants will be joined by U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Texas Governor Rick Perry, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information Anna G. Gomez, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro and Representatives Charles Gonzalez and Francisco “Quico” Canseco.

Last year’s NALEO conference in Denver, CO featured appearances by U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis, than Mayor of Denver John Hickenlooper, Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Thomas Perez, and Representatives John Salazar and Lucille Roybal-Allard.

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REPORT:  Latinos, 1st Time Homebuyers Key to Housing Recovery

The National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP) has published a report “The State of Hispanic Homeownership” that offers an overview of compelling data on the Hispanic homebuyer market and why it is poised, due to its population size, high desire and buying clout, to drive first-time homebuyer purchases and accelerate the nation’s economic recovery. A digital copy of the report is available for download.

According to the report, minorities and immigrants will drive growth in housing demand due to their population size, age and greater propensity to be married with children. In particular, within the next 15 years, they are expected to drive demand for condominiums, smaller starter homes and first trade-up homes. They are also expected to represent a rapidly growing segment of the middle and middle-upper markets for housing.

“The Latin boom has been forecasted for years but we are now seeing the front edge of it and it has the potential to help the nation’s housing system get back on track if we can create a safe credit environment for new buyers to get into the market,” said Carmen Mercado, president of the 18,000-member trade group. “Our report quotes data from a number of sources that highlight the fact that enthusiasm for homeownership in the Hispanic community remains as strong as ever.”

The report, which was penned by former Housing Fellow, Researcher, Author & Watchdog Alejandro Becerra, asserts that a combination of forces make it likely that Hispanics are poised to reinvigorate the ailing housing market including:

Hispanics are now the largest minority group in the nation and represent a growing portion of the age group 26 to 46 years of age that are involved in most home sales;
More than other population groups, Hispanics can pick up stakes and move to other parts of the country in search of better jobs and more affordable housing; Hispanics continue to attain steady gains in income, education and entrepreneurship and demonstrate a strong work ethic, desire to succeed and purchase power enabling more of them to achieve homeownership.

The current environment of record low interest rates, government-backed loans and less predatory lending are making sustainable homeownership more affordable.

Past national housing surveys also reveal that Hispanics strongly aspire to become homeowners and are more motivated than the general population to buy a home for both emotional and financial reasons. Strong family values, larger family sizes compel this group by a wide margin to yearn for a place to call home. Fifty-seven percent of Hispanics consider owning a home a symbol of success, compared to only 33 percent of all Americans.

While Hispanics have been severely impacted by foreclosure, the larger population of potential homebuyers were unaffected by the crisis and demonstrate an eagerness to become homeowners. The association’s report maintains that tight credit, higher fees, stricter underwriting requirements continue to remain barriers and that down payment assistance and savings programs are crucial to enabling buyers to afford homes even at present historic low prices.

While policy makers, industry leaders and consumer groups are in the midst of an intense debate around Qualified Residential Mortgages (QRM) and other key issues the report advocates for housing policy that protects consumers but allows for an industry that can adequately serve and meet the affordable housing needs of low- and moderate-income households.

“In the climate of crisis, we must resist over reaching with regulations that make homeownership more expensive for millions of responsible consumers who have the buying power to revitalize our fragile housing market. Homeownership remains a cornerstone of family stability and long-term wealth creation,” added Mercado.

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Look for Unprecedented Latino Cultural Experience in NY This Summer

Look for Unprecedented Latino Cultural Experience in NY This Summer

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Trendsetting Latino artists, musicians, DJs, filmmakers and tastemakers will unite under one roof in New York this summer at The Spot by Heineken.

In partnership with Remezcla, a leading creative house and content authority on emerging Latin culture, The Spot by Heineken is a place that inspires and connects everyone to Latin music and culture. The three-week initiative combines all elements of a performance space, art gallery and a local hangout.

Located in the heart of Soho’s Nolita neighborhood, The Spot by Heineken launches on July 13th with over 12 events bringing together a mass audience for live concerts, art exhibits and film screenings, thoughtfully curated by the expertise of Remezcla. Kinky, Tego Calderon, La Mala Rodriguez, Vico C and Carla Morrison, and the New York International Latino Film Festival are just some of the artists and partners who will be part of The Spot by Heineken’s line-up. Content from The Spot by Heineken will also live digitally, a multimedia hub that provides access to events, as well as original videos, music and interviews of performing artists.

“Latin music and culture have revolutionized urban trends, so we’re thrilled to be partnering with Remezcla to offer our audience an enhanced cultural experience this summer,” said Carolyn Concepcion, Brand Manager of Heineken. “The Spot by Heineken offers the community access to some of today’s hottest and more unique Latinos in the music and art world through an engaging platform, all while strengthening Heineken’s support of creative and innovative minds in the Latino community.”

“The Spot by Heineken celebrates the convergence between Latin culture and urban creativity, and is a big testament to the impact that many Latin artists and the creative community have made on US cities. Partnering with Heineken on The Spot supports Remezcla’s vision for building digital and social platforms to discover, celebrate, and experience the diversity of emerging Latin music and culture scenes.  New York City is the perfect place to start telling this story,” said Andrew Herrera, CEO and Founder of Remezcla.

The Spot by Heineken will include the participation of over 30 artists and organizations. Partners and the final line up will be announced in the coming weeks. The public will be able to preview the space and get exclusive information about these events by registering here

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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, los alegres de genoy

Introducing:

From Colombia:

Artist:Los Alegres De Genoy
Song: La Chicha

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Countries Adopt New UN Standards to Improve Conditions for Domestic Workers

Government representatives and delegates representing worker and employer organisations attending a United Nations conference today adopted a set of international standards aimed at improving the working conditions of millions of domestic workers worldwide.

The new Convention on Domestic Workers adopted at the annual conference of the UN International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva states that workers around the world who care for families and households must have the same basic labour rights as those available to other employees.

It calls for reasonable hours of work, weekly rest of at least 24 consecutive hours, a limit on in-kind payment, clear information on terms and conditions of employment, as well as respect of the rights associated with employment, including the freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining.

“We are moving the standards system of the ILO into the informal economy for the first time and this is a breakthrough of great significance,” said Juan Somavia, the ILO Director-General. “History is being made.”

Recent ILO estimates based on national surveys or census in 117 countries place the number of domestic workers at a minimum of 53 million, but experts say they could be as many as 100 million across the world.

In developing countries, they make up at least 4 to 12 per cent of those in wage employment. Around 83 per cent of domestic workers are women or girls. Many are migrant workers.

“Bringing the domestic workers into the fold of our values is a strong move, for them and for all workers who aspire to decent work, but it also has strong implications for migration and of course for gender equality,” said Mr. Somavia.

Manuela Tomei, the Director of the ILO’s Conditions of Work and Employment Programme, said “domestic workers are neither servants nor ‘members of the family.’ After today they can no longer be considered second-class workers.”

The convention will come into force after it has been ratified by two States.

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Harvard’s Partnership to Support Young Latino Leaders Gains Momentum

Harvard’s Partnership to Support Young Latino Leaders Gains Momentum

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The Center for Public Leadership (CPL) at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) has announced that increased support will enable a 40% increase in the number of participants in the second installment of its Latino Leadership Initiative (LLI). Forty college students from seven universities across the country will take part this month in the second LLI, helping prepare the rising generation of Latino leaders for the opportunities and challenges they will face in the coming decades.

The rising seniors who will attend the program were chosen during a highly selective application process. They come from the five universities that participated last year—Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles); University of California, Merced; Texas A&M International University; the University of Houston; and the University of Massachusetts Boston—plus two new additions, the University of Texas–Pan American and Miami Dade College.

The 2011 LLI class will convene in Cambridge on June 25 for a weeklong program that will include classes on negotiation, organizing, public narrative, emotional intelligence, and public speaking. LLI participants will also have opportunities to build relationships with respected Latino mentors from the government, nonprofit, and business sectors.

Faculty for the program will include Andy Zelleke and Marshall Ganz of Harvard Kennedy School; Harvard Divinity School professor Davíd Carrasco; and Georgetown University professor Bob Bies.

Regular teleconferences hosted by CPL will enable LLI participants to continue their leadership development over the ensuing academic year. In addition, the students from each of the seven participating universities will work as a team to design a community service project that will be implemented in collaboration with faculty and/or administration from their home university.

Through the early financial support of Walter Ulloa and Entravision Communications, the LLI successfully launched last year.

“Walter’s courage and vision had everything to do with the success of last year’s inaugural program,” said Andy Zelleke, LLI faculty director and Lecturer in Public Policy at HKS. “That success has attracted the attention of a wider circle of individuals and organizations committed to developing the talents of the next generation of Latino leaders. As a result, we are delighted to be able to make this opportunity available to a larger number of students.”

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Satellite Imagery Helping ID Illegal Forest Clearing in Latin America

Satellite Imagery Helping ID Illegal Forest Clearing in Latin America

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Brazilian beef barons whose illegal clearance of land inhabited by uncontacted Indians in Paraguay was spotted by satellites have now been charged with illegal deforestation.

The charges come after Survival International released satellite images showing 4000 hectares of illegal deforestation on land owned by the ranching companies BBC S.A and River Plate.

The area in northern Paraguay is home to uncontacted Ayoreo Indians who rely entirely on the forest for their survival.

Members of the tribe that have been forced out of the forest in recent years are fighting for entitlement to their ancestral land as the only means to save their uncontacted relatives.

In recent years, satellite imagery has made it increasingly difficult for ranchers to chop down the forest unnoticed. However, the Ayoreo remain under constant threat from the beef industry that has already taken over much of their land. 

Survival International’s Director, Stephen Corry, said, ‘This is fantastic news and a great testament to the powers of new technology. The global public is more aware of the Ayoreo’s struggle than ever before and the tables are turning. Soon these companies will be the ones with nowhere to hide.’ 

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EXTREME TRAFFIKCING:  49 Bricks of Cocaine Valued at $1.5M Seized on Puerto Rican Waters

EXTREME TRAFFIKCING:  49 Bricks of Cocaine Valued at $1.5M Seized on Puerto Rican Waters

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Earlier this week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine assets seized 49 bricks of narcotics on board a boat near the southwest coast of the island.

A CBP surveillance aircraft on a routine patrol detected a vessel 21 nautical miles southwest of Combate beach in Cabo Rojo traveling northeasterly toward the island coast without navigational lights.

CBP air interdiction agents maintained the vessel under surveillance, coordinating an interdiction by a Mayaguez CBP vessel which intercepted the 22-foot “yola” type wooden vessel 10 nautical miles off the coast of Cabo Rojo.

CBP detained the vessel with two individuals, who claimed to be citizens of the Dominican Republic, and found two bales of suspected contraband.

Inside the bales 49 bricks field-tested positive for cocaine.

The detained individuals and the contraband were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Office Homeland Security Investigations special agents for further investigation.

CBP Air and Marine’s mission is to protect the American people and nation’s critical infrastructure through the coordinated use of integrated air and marine forces to detect, interdict and prevent acts of terrorism and the unlawful movement of people, illegal drugs and other contraband toward or across the borders of the United States.

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SundayJune 19, 2011