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SundayJuly 3, 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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A New Dream (VIDEO)

A New Dream (VIDEO)

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Immigration is a hot topic right now. But if all you see are the stories in the news, its easy to presume that those represent the majority of immigrants. Its when you actually have personal relationships with immigrants, that you begin to realize some of those stereotypes might not actually be accurate.

A NEW DREAM from UnDocumented.tv on Vimeo.

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This Week 114 Individuals in Puerto Rico Indicted for Drug Trafficking & Money Laundering

This Week 114 Individuals in Puerto Rico Indicted for Drug Trafficking & Money Laundering

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One hundred fourteen individuals were indicted for drug trafficking by a federal grand jury on Monday as a result of a joint investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Puerto Rico Police Department (PRPD), and San Juan Municipal Police.

The individuals are charged in a nine-count indictment with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin, cocaine, marijuana, oxycodone (commonly known as “Percocet”) and alprazolam (commonly known as “Xanax”). Thirty are charged with using and carrying firearms during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime. One of those, José Herrera-Rodríguez, aka Cascote, is also facing two charges of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, a convicted felon.

The object of the conspiracy was to distribute and supply controlled substances within the La Perla Ward housing project and to supply heroin to numerous public housing projects, municipalities and towns in Puerto Rico for significant financial gain. The defendants and their co-conspirators would purchase wholesale quantities of heroin, cocaine, marijuana, Xanax and Percocet in order to distribute the same in street quantity amounts at their drug distribution points. The leaders would routinely give out samples of new batches of heroin or cocaine to users in order to test the quality of the drug and promote the sale of the product.

The drug owners would often receive proceeds from the sale of specific controlled substances. These controlled substances were sold in distinctive baggies, vials or packaging, using stickers or brands, in order to identify and maintain control of the drugs disseminated at the drug distribution points. They would use their homes or rent “chalets” in La Perla Ward to process kilogram quantities of narcotics for street level sales. The members of the drug trafficking organization would use force, violence and intimidation in order to gain and maintain control of their drug points and in order to intimidate rival drug trafficking organizations and/or expand their drug trafficking activities.

The 114 co-conspirators had many roles in order to further the goals of the conspiracy, including: 17 leaders or “bichotes,” 16 drug point owners or “magnates,” enforcers, suppliers, runners, sellers, drug processors, facilitators and lookouts.

The indictment includes various forfeiture allegations. The narcotics forfeiture allegation includes $20 million and 50 properties located in La Perla Ward. The forfeiture allegations for the money laundering conspiracies include six properties located in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico. The firearms forfeiture allegation includes 17 firearms: 12 handguns, four rifles, one shotgun and ammunition.

If convicted, the defendants face a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison, with fines of up to $8 million.

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Violence Against Indigenous People of Brazil are Increasing a Recent Study Shows

Violence Against Indigenous People of Brazil are Increasing a Recent Study Shows

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Murder, death threats, lack of health care and education, delays in the regularization of land, exploitation of natural resources: this is the picture of the violence the indigenous people of Brazil are subjected to, according to the Report of the Indigenous Missionary Council (IMIC), which was presented yesterday at the headquarters of the Episcopal Conference of Brazil (CNBB).

Each year the IMIC collects information on violence against indigenous people and the violations of human rights, threats to indigenous communities and against the isolated population. The editors of the Report note that unfortunately the situation of violence against these populations continues as or even worse than in the past when thousands of natives were decimated.

According to information received by the Agenzia Fides, during the presentation of the 2010 Report the anthropologist Lucia Rangel, who coordinated the work, pointed out some significant facts related to last year: 60 Indians were killed (it is the same figure that is repeated for the third consecutive year), 152 others were threatened with death, 15 were subjected to discrimination, racism and ethno-cultural acts, 27 were victims of attempted murder. 33 cases of invasions and illegal exploitation of natural resources on indigenous lands and damage to property were recorded, in addition to 49 cases of delays or omissions in the regularization of land. Also in 2010, 92 children under 5 years of age died due to lack of health care, whereas in 2009 they were 15.

According to the Coordinator of the 2010 Report “violence against indigenous people exists, but not much importance is given. It is clear that violence is a fact, and our goal is to denounce and inform the authorities”.

The Secretary General of IMIC, His Exc. Mgr. Leonardo Ulrich Steiner, Bishop of the Prelature of São Félix, in Mato Grosso, who attended the presentation of the Report, highlighted the importance of the Church’s commitment for indigenous people “Our indigenous brothers and sisters deserve our respect and our admiration. They are the original people of this land, we are ‘invaders’, not them. I come from Mato Grosso, and it is inadmissible that the natives are discarded or excluded from our society as it is today, for this reason we will fight and we will always support IMIC and the indigenous cause in this country”.

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Georgia’s New Immigration Law Brings Thousands of Protesters to Street

Georgia’s New Immigration Law Brings Thousands of Protesters to Street

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Yesterday, Georgia saw thousands of people protesting against the newly enacted immigration laws, in spite of some aspects of those laws being challenged in court.

The Georgia capital was the scene of pro-immigration, anti-House Bill 87 protesters rallying for immigration reform.  The crowd estimated between 8,000 to 14,000 is standing up against the new immigration law that took effect Friday authorizing police to check the immigration status of any one they stop, similar to Arizona’s SB1070.  Early last week a judge blocked key parts of this law.

Georgia’s Bill 87 also authorizes police to detain illegal immigrants which is usually the preview of federal agents.  Also in Georgia it is now a felony to use false documents to obtain a job and an immigration review board has been created to make sure government officials crack down on illegal aliens.

Saturday’s protest came on the heels of Friday’s ‘Day without Immigrants’ organized by immigrant human rights organizations.  Georgia like Arizona and other states continue to argue it is their right to establish immigration law which is typically a federal mandate.

In the past the state has faced calls for a national boycott and boycott of the state’s famous vidalia onion.  Meanwhile the farm industry is facing a farm-worker shortage crisis as more documented and undocumented immigrants leave the state - the Governor has called on the state to use convicted criminals to work the fields

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Comprehensive Initiative to Engage Latino Voters for 2012 Elections is Created

Comprehensive Initiative to Engage Latino Voters for 2012 Elections is Created

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With the goal of expanding the size and influence of the nation’s fastest-growing electorate—Latino voters—NCLR (National Council of La Raza) and Democracia U.S.A. (DUSA), the nation’s largest Hispanic voter registration organization, announce the formal integration of DUSA into NCLR.

“The growing Hispanic voting bloc is poised to determine the outcome in crucial electoral states in the upcoming presidential election. Integrating NCLR and DUSA’s efforts will allow us to create a long-term, sustainable Latino civic engagement program,” stated Janet Murguía, NCLR President and CEO. “If we are going to change public policy affecting the Hispanic community in the country, we must grow the Latino vote and increase our political influence.”

Since its inception in 2004, DUSA has registered nearly half a million Hispanics to vote, expanding the size and power of the Latino electorate. Meanwhile, NCLR’s public policy component, which includes six issue-based policy-focused areas, has worked on issues ranging from immigration and health care reform to education, housing, and wealth-building. Throughout their existence, both organizations have worked not only to increase the Latino community’s participation within the country’s political process, but also to ensure that those issues important to Hispanics—such as job creation, safe communities, affordable housing, health care, education reform, and most importantly, immigration reform—are achieved.

“We are excited about the opportunity to grow NCLR’s civic engagement work by integrating DUSA into our ongoing advocacy work, so that we can register more Latino voters and help connect more Hispanics to the urgent public policy debates of our time,” said Eric Rodriguez, Vice President of NCLR’s Office of Research, Advocacy, and Legislation, where the new effort will be housed.

Rodriguez will assume all management, operational, and fiscal oversight responsibilities over DUSA. Former DUSA President Jorge Mursuli will continue as a strategic consultant, advising NCLR’s leadership in developing a new strategy for the 2012 election cycle.

Over the coming weeks, NCLR and DUSA will work together to develop a voter registration, engagement, and mobilization strategy for the 2012 elections while developing and carrying out current work that includes timely issue campaigns in key states.

“We firmly believe that integration of the DUSA project is an important step forward,” Murguía said. “Together, we will be able to engage the Latino voters and translate the benefits of our community’s demographic growth into influence at decision-making tables.”

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Why is a Chihuahua Dancing Flamenco Instead of El Jarabe Tapatio?  (VIDEO)

Why is a Chihuahua Dancing Flamenco Instead of El Jarabe Tapatio?  (VIDEO)

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Why is a Chihuahua dancing the Spanish Flamenco instead of the Mexican Jarabe Tapatio?  Ask and she might tell you.


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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, priscila moreno

Introducing:

From Panamá:

Artist:Priscila Moreno
Song: No es Cuestión de Ganar

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At Least 10 Dead in Mexico Due to Tropical Storm Arlene

At Least 10 Dead in Mexico Due to Tropical Storm Arlene

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The weather system that brought Tropical storm Arlene to Mexico is quieting down but not before claiming at least 10 lives.  The system arrived on June 25 as scattered rains and soon gained power to develop into a tropical storm on Tuesday, in the eastern region of the country.

On Thursday Arlene made landfall in the Mexican state of Veracruz bringing 20 feet waves.  However, Tamulipas, Hidalgo, Queretaro, Puebla, Oaxaca and San Luis Potosi were also affected by heavy rains that remain – thousands have been evacuated.

Five of the dead toll count came from Hidalgo where landslides caused the deaths and many injuries.  The others deaths were throughout the country attributed to the heavy rains and flooding.

Currently the storm is in Baja California in the form of showers and thunderstorms.  The country has opened up at least 350 shelters and monitoring regions where flooding might occur and other calls for evacuation needed.  Last year Mexico experienced the ‘wettest rain season’ on record. 

Arlene is the first named storm of the hurricane season which runs from June 1 through November 30th.  At least 11 major storms are expected this season with 6 becoming hurricanes. 

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STUDY:  Obese Mexican-Americans Lack Diet, Exercise Advice from Doctors

Only half of obese Mexican-American adults receive diet and exercise advice from their physicians, although obesity is on the rise for this group.

“Among this obese population, not seeing 100 percent of people receiving advice is discouraging. There is a much higher risk of having negative health consequences,” said Ha Nguyen, Ph.D., an assistant professor of family and community medicine at the Wake Forest School of Medicine.

In the study, which appears in the July/August issue of the American Journal of Health Promotion, lead author Nguyen and colleagues examined data from a survey conducted by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. A group of 1,787 obese Mexican-American adults noted whether a doctor or health care professional ever advised them to exercise more or eat fewer high-fat and high-cholesterol foods.

Overall, 45 percent of participants reported their doctor never provided recommendations to increase exercise, and 52 percent said a health care professional never advised them to make dietary improvements.

“The rate of about 50 percent receiving advice is generally the same as previous reports in the general population,” Nguyen said. “To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study to look at a specific Hispanic subgroup,” she said.

The researchers also discovered that patients who had medical conditions in addition to obesity, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, proved much more likely to receive counseling on exercise and nutrition. For example, 79 percent of patients with obesity and diabetes said they received advice to exercise more, compared to 43 percent of patients whose only diagnosis was obesity.

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International Tourism Continues to Improve Led by a 17% Increase in Travel to South America

International Tourism Continues to Improve Led by a 17% Increase in Travel to South America

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International tourism continues to rise around the world, with only the Middle East and North Africa lagging, and even those regions expected to improve later this year, according to the latest United Nations figures.

The World Tourism Barometer, released yesterday by the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) at its headquarters in Madrid, shows that international tourist arrivals rose by 4.5 per cent in the first four months of this year compared to the same period of 2010.

About 268 million tourists traveled between January and April, up from 256 million last year, which was affected by the closure of much of European airspace because of the ash cloud resulting from the eruption of an Icelandic volcano.

Regions around the world recorded strong year-on-year growth, led by South America (up 17 per cent), South Asia (up 14 per cent) and South-East Asia (up 10 per cent).  But the political and social unrest in the Middle East and North Africa led to falls of seven per cent and 11 per cent respectively in those regions.

UNWTO’s Secretary-General Taleb Rifai said those regions, and other destinations facing difficulties, such as Japan in the wake of the deadly earthquake and tsunami in March, should see demand recover towards the end of the year.

“It is time to support those destinations and help their tourism sectors to rebound, contributing to overall economic and social stability and progress,” Mr. Rifai said.

He warned that high rates of unemployment and the introduction of austerity measures in some countries could have a dampening effect on international tourism.

Mr. Rifai said that tourist operators and industry experts were nevertheless upbeat about the short-term outlook for international tourism, particularly in the Northern Hemisphere, where the peak summer season has started.

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EXTREME TRAFFICKING:  Mexican Woman Convicted of Smuggling Cash-Stuffed Teddy Bears

EXTREME TRAFFICKING:  Mexican Woman Convicted of Smuggling Cash-Stuffed Teddy Bears

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A Mexican woman was convicted on Thursday of bulk-cash smuggling after stuffing more than $270,000 inside teddy bears and pillows, and trying to enter Mexico by bus. The conviction was announced by U.S. Attorney José Angel Moreno, Southern District of Texas. The investigation was conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) in conjunction with U.S Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

Jeanette Barraza-Galindo, 33, of Monterrey, Mexico, pleaded guilty June 30 before U.S. District Judge Randy Crane for attempting to smuggle into Mexico $277,556 in U.S. currency concealed in two teddy bears and two pillows.

At Thursday’s court hearing, Barraza admitted that on March 1 she tried to evade currency-reporting requirements under the law by smuggling currency into Mexico. She admitted that she concealed $277,556 in cash inside two teddy bears and two pillows.

On March 1, Barraza was a passenger aboard a bus stopped by CBP at the Hidalgo, Texas, Port of Entry. The bus was heading southbound toward Mexico. CBP explained the currency-reporting requirements to all passengers. When CBP asked Barraza if she had more than $10,000 in cash to declare, Barraza gave a negative declaration even though she knew that she was carrying more than $10,000 in cash. However, CBP officers searched her teddy bears and pillows and found a total of $277,556 in cash in the stuffed toys.

As part of a plea agreement announced in court Thursday, Barraza is forfeiting to the United States the $277,556 in currency.

A federal criminal complaint was filed after Barraza’s arrest, and a federal grand jury in McAllen, Texas, then indicted her for bulk-cash smuggling. Barraza has been held with no bond since her arrest. She will remain in custody pending her sentencing hearing scheduled for Sept. 8 before U.S. District Judge Randy Crane. Barraza faces a maximum of five years in prison without parole and a $250,000 fine.

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US Army Reserve Renews Partnership with LULAC Reinforcing its Education Committment to Hispanics

US Army Reserve Renews Partnership with LULAC Reinforcing its Education Committment to Hispanics

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The U.S. Army and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) have renewed their mutual commitment to helping prepare today’s youth to become tomorrow’s leaders. Through its sponsorship of LULAC’s 82nd Annual Convention and Exposition that just concluded in Cincinnati, Ohio – the Army collaborated with LULAC representatives to develop strategies and help prepare U.S. Hispanics – the nation’s fastest growing ethnicity – for personal and professional success.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, approximately 56 percent of Hispanic students successfully complete high school. Moreover, while 30 percent of the overall U.S. population over the age of 25 have a post-secondary degree, only 14 percent of Hispanics over 25 graduate from college. These statistics impact the nation’s ability to develop a skilled workforce – particularly in science, technology and engineering – and to remain a competitive global economy.

The Army has a long history of collaborating with community organizations to improve student academic achievement and develop leadership skills. Through programs such as Army Junior ROTC, March2Success, National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program and ROTC, Army helps foster motivation to stay in school, improve test scores and graduation rates and provide tuition assistance for those seeking a college degree.

Throughout the LULAC national convention, Army representatives participated in various activities with youth and civic leaders to highlight the broad range of career and academic resources and options the Army provides. The Army’s exhibit booth at the Career Expo and Job Fair presented information about the more than 150 career paths available within the Army and featured the U.S. Army Latin Ensemble Band and a Drill Sergeant.

Maj. Gen. James McDonald, Commanding General, U.S. Army Cadet Command, addressed convention attendees on the importance of forming partnerships to ensure the educational success of the nation’s youth. The Army offers more scholarships for higher education than any other organization in the U.S., including providing full tuition and monthly stipends for students interested in pursuing medical careers.

The Army’s partnership with LULAC extends beyond its support of the organization’s annual convention and includes continued support of critical youth development programs such as LULAC’s National Education and Service Centers (LNESC) and the Washington Youth Leadership Seminar (WYLS). Through its support of LNESC, the Army provides educational resources and leadership development training to youth at the organization’s locally-based centers across the country.

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SundayJuly 3, 2011