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MondayJuly 4, 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.

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Narco Blog: Routine Army Patrol Ends Up in Chaos in Chilpancingo

A fire fight broke out between a group of gunmen and the Mexican Army, Sunday morning on the Boulevard to Petaquillas in Chilpancingo, Guerrero. The danger caused panic among people in the area.

According to reports, locals reported that the shootout lasted several minutes. It apparently all began when soldiers were conducting a routine surveillance tour and they encountered several armed men traveling in two vans.

The fight resulted in the death of three of the gunmen and three soldiers were wounded.

After the confrontation, the vehicular traffic was closed for more than three hours and hundreds of people were trapped on the Boulevard.

The bodies were taken to the Forensic Medical Service, and were identified as Heriberto Salinas Estrada, 27, Abel Garcia, 21, and Alejandro Lopez Sanchez, 21.

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DHS Program Needs Fundamental Reform to Reverse the Damage Done to Community Policing

DHS Program Needs Fundamental Reform to Reverse the Damage Done to Community Policing

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is preparing to announce the constitution of a new Secure Communities Advisory Committee, a group assembled to analyze growing concerns about the program’s scope and implementation and to recommend improvements. Earlier this week, ICE also re-iterated that all states and localities will be forced to participate in the program, disregarding governors and law enforcement officials in Illinois, New York, Massachusetts, California, and elsewhere who are trying to cancel their participation in the program because of its negative impact on community policing and crime fighting.  When law enforcement leaders reject a “law enforcement” program, and when the federal government tramples over states’ ability to determine their own local policing policies, something is fundamentally wrong. The Secure Communities Advisory Committee could be an important step toward bringing this program in line with its stated goals. But that will only come to pass if DHS is willing to make real, fundamental reforms. 


Read on for background about the Secure Communities program, the impact it is having on the ground, concerns raised by law enforcement leaders, and reforms that are needed to reverse
the damage done to community policing. 

Rhetoric Versus Reality

ICE Director John Morton has repeatedly said he believes federal immigration enforcement should focus on the “worst of the worst,” yet the policies and practices of his agency have failed to meet that standard. Secure Communities was designed to focus on dangerous convicted criminals, but has actually swept up thousands of non-criminal immigrants and hurt the relationship between local police and the immigrant community.

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MLB Teams Pays Multi-Million Dollar Signing Bonuses to Several 16-Year Old Dominican Players

MLB Teams Pays Multi-Million Dollar Signing Bonuses to Several 16-Year Old Dominican Players

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Major League baseball teams have recently given several Dominican Republic teenagers multi-million dollar signing bonuses and multi-million dollar playing contracts during the first days of the international signing period.

First there is Elier Hernandez who obtained a record $3.05 million signing bonus from the Kansas City Royals, he is only 16-years old.  The team is also pursuing 15-year old Dominican Adalberto Mondesi and hope to sign him later this month when he turns age-eligible 16 years old.

While the Texas Rangers signed two Dominican 16-year old outfielders, Nomar Mazara and Ronald Guzman.  Mazara is rumored to have snagged a $5 million playing contract while Guzman’s deal is valued at $3.3 million.

Helsin Martinez, also 16, signed for $2 million with the Seattle Mariners and is considered the ‘best right-handed power hitter in Latin America’.  Then 16-year old catcher Jose Ruiz accepted $1.1 million signing bonus to play for the San Diego Padres.

The international signing period in Major League Baseball began on July 2nd and it is when teams looked to sign up foreign-born players to their rosters.  The Dominican Republic and Venezuela remain the top two markets for top international baseball talent. 

 

 

 

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Discovery Familia Brings Kids the Best of Summertime Fun With Special Episodes of Hi-5

Discovery Familia Brings Kids the Best of Summertime Fun With Special Episodes of Hi-5

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Discovery Familia heats up the summer with special episodes of Hi-5, the network’s classic series that will transport children to a summer filled of adventures. Providing a positive and healthy learning environment, this specially-prepared summer segment begins airing on July 11 from Monday through Friday at 12:30 PM ET/ 9:30 AM PT (the series will continue throughout the year in this same time slot once the special programming has concluded).

Each of the summer episodes will offer kids a world of fun learning escapes based on music, dynamic and playful interactivity, body movements, storytelling and vocabulary/language. Together, along with the show’s lively hosts Casey, Fely, Lauren, Stevie and Tim, kids will make amazing discoveries as they explore the world that surrounds them. 

Created for preschool-aged children, Hi-5 offers important educational lessons that contribute to a child’s individual learning and development including: 

Language and music
Social and emotional skills
Visual, mathematical, spatial concepts
Cooperation and team work
Social responsibility

Following are descriptions of some of the special summertime episodes of Hi-5:
Episode 1 – Monday, July 11: Stevie acts as a guardian for Africa. He hides inside a tree trunk and is on the lookout as he counts the many animals that visit the watering hole.  Fely is also on a similar mission inside a giant rock.

Episode 2 – Tuesday, July 12: The children play with paper dolls, practicing manners and how to make friends. All participate in activities that stimulate relationship and communication building skills.

Episode 3 – Wednesday, July 13: Fely and the children find themselves in a beautiful coral garden where they play and explore in this underwater world as they represent the creatures that inhabit it. They sing and dance the shark dance and help the mermaids fashion clothing made of seaweed. 

Episode 4
– Thursday, July 14: Chats makes a list of her favorite adventures and together with Casey they decide on their next one. Tim is a train and Fely prepares for her first airplane flight.

Episode 5 – Friday, July 15: Casey and Chats travel by a magic gondola, Lauren learns how to eat with sticks, Stevie creates a tropical island and Lauren composes a song, while Tim tries to entertain Fely and Casey on their way to the beach.

Hi-5 is a production of Kids Like Us and Nine Films & Television. The critically-acclaimed show is produced by award-winning producers Helena Harris, the creator of “Bananas in Pyjamas” and Posie Graeme-Evans, who has also produced hundreds of hours of quality children’s television content.

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Conservative Commentator George Will: ‘Deporting All Illegal Immigrants is Never Going to Happen’

Conservative Commentator George Will: ‘Deporting All Illegal Immigrants is Never Going to Happen’

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Renowned conservative commentator and thought leader George Will was doing the Sunday talk show circuit when the subject of immigration and illegal immigrants came up.

When asked, on ABC’s This Week hosted by Christine Amanpour, what is ‘politically possible’ on the issue of immigration, Will went against the political right thinking and asserted that deporting all illegal immigrants was never going to happen.

He offered the following commentary and of course stated that step one is securing the borders: 

“To deport them would require not just police measures we would never tolerate. The majority have been here five years or more, they’ve had children here, and their children are citizens. But to depart them would require a line of buses bumper-to-bumper extending from San Diego to Alaska. Not going to happen. And as soon as people come to terms with that, then we get on to settling it.”

And why are Will’s comments important?  Because he has a huge following, is considered the voice of reason on political and social issues in this country, and does his homework when he speaks.  You may not agree with what the Pultizer Prize winner has to say but you always listen and know that much analysis and reason has gone into his position.

 

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WATCH:  Jessica Alba in New ‘Spy Kids 4’ Trailer (VIDEO)

WATCH:  Jessica Alba in New ‘Spy Kids 4’ Trailer (VIDEO)

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In anticipation of the August 19th movie release date for Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World the movie trailer has been released by Dimension Films.  Watch leading Latina actress Jessica Alba reprise her role as leading spy mommy.  Which is perfect since Alba is expecting her second child with husband Cash Warren.

This Spy Kids movie will be released in 4D Aromascope.  This means the viewer will get a 4-D experience that includes 3-D visuals and smells - interesting.  Director Robert Rodriguez’ Spy Movie franchise embraced 3D early on with its third movie: Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over in 2003.  Spy Kid viewers will get an ‘aromascope’ card with 8 scratch and sniff experiences to accompany the action in the movie. 


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HUD Announces EHLP Program to Assist Distressed Borrowers

Last week, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), in conjunction with NeighborWorks® America, launched the Emergency Homeowners’ Loan Program (EHLP) to help homeowners who are at risk of foreclosure in 27 states across the country and Puerto Rico.

Under HUD’s EHLP guidelines, eligible homeowners can qualify for an interest free loan which pays a portion of their monthly mortgage for up to two years, or up to $50,000, whichever comes first.

The EHLP loan is secured by a junior lien against the approved homeowner’s principal residence, and is forgivable over a 5-year principal reduction period, as long as the assisted borrower remains current in their monthly mortgage payments and meets other program requirements.

“It’s important to remember that applicants must meet strict criteria for this program,” said Kelly Gill-Gordon, VHDA Homeownership Education Program Manager. “These criteria include being at risk of foreclosure due to involuntary unemployment or underemployment, a reduction in income, and being three months behind on your mortgage. Local counseling agencies across Virginia will be administering this program, and qualifying applicants will be placed in a lottery for available funds. All program details can be found at the program’s website, FindEHLP.org.”

HUD’s EHLP funds will pay a portion of an approved applicant’s monthly mortgage including missed mortgage payments or past due charges including principal, interest, taxes and insurance. The HUD program is expected to aid up to 30,000 distressed borrowers nationwide, and approximately 1,200 in Virginia.

The program is now available and the deadline is July 22, 2011. Homeowners are encouraged to submit their information now to find out if they qualify for this new mortgage assistance program, and learn more about other options available to them.

Congress provided $1 billion dollars to HUD, as part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, to implement the program. HUD’s EHLP funding is a complement to the Hardest Hit Fund which makes available $7.6 billion to 18 states and the District of Columbia that were hardest hit by the housing crisis.

Contact information for participating agencies, the Pre-Applicant Screening Worksheet and more information on HUD’s EHLP assistance and its eligibility requirements can be found at www.FindEHLP.org or by calling toll free at 855-FIND-EHLP (346-3345).

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Telenovela Superstars William Levy and Maite Perroni to Host the 25th Hispanic Heritage Awards

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) announced today that superstars William Levy and Maite Perroni, Mexican telenovelas’ sweethearts will host the 25th Hispanic Heritage Awards; the annual celebration of Hispanic excellence and premier event of Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States. William Levy, a Cuban-born actor, and Maite Perroni, a Mexican actress and singer, have agreed to jointly host the awards show which will take place at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C, on September 15, 2011.

The Hispanic Heritage Awards (HHAs) were established in 1987 by President Ronald Reagan and the White House as the official celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, which spans from September 15th to October 15th.  Over the last 25 years, the HHAs have grown into one of the most prestigious awards in the United States, honoring Hispanic excellence, leadership, and accomplishments in the fields of Arts, Education, Leadership, Vision, Business, Math & Science, Sports and Legend. The contributions of these individuals have inspired, empowered ad improved the lives of Hispanics in the United States and the world. Image

“We are delighted and honored that William Levy and Maite Perroni -the most popular and beloved telenovela stars of the moment- have agreed to join us as we celebrate Hispanic excellence and accomplishments.  As embodiments of excellence and accomplishments, both William and Maite have overcome obstacles to achieve great success, while always serving as an inspirational figures, which make them the perfect hosts for this year’s quarter of century celebration,” said María-Esmeralda Paguaga, Executive Producer of the Hispanic Heritage Awards (HHAs).

Paguaga said that the HHAs honorees would be announced soon. The Foundation already has an impressive list of Hispanic leaders nominated in various categories such as arts, vision, science and mathematics, education, leadership, sports and legend. “All of these categories emphasize the quality, breadth, diversity and importance of the contributions of Hispanic Americans, not just in the United States but also worldwide – moving beyond borders and overcoming language barriers,” said Paguaga.

Former honorees of the Hispanic Heritage Awards have included prominent Hispanics, such as Celia Cruz, Oscar de la Renta, Isabel Allende, Carlos Gutierrez, Dolores Huerta, Ellen Ochoa, Ricky Martin, Placido Domingo, Gloria and Emilo Estefan, Jose Feliciano, Tito Puente, Oscar de la Hoya, Cong. Luis V. Gutierrez, Andy Garcia, Edward James Olmos, Mana, Juan Marichal, Cristina Saralegui, Juan Luis Guerra, Alejandro Sanz, Don Francisco, Cuauhtemoc Blanco, and even Dora the Explorer!

The hosts, Levy and Perroni, currently are the stars of the top-rated Mexican telenovela Triunfo del Amor, which first aired last October. The couple had already played the lead characters in the also popular 2008 telenovela entitled Cuidado con el Ángel, which was first broadcasted in Mexico and began airing in the United States in September 2008 on Univision. It averaged 45.7 million viewers per evening.

William Levy Gutierrez was born in Cuba in 1980 and migrated to Miami, Florida, at age 14. He studied business administration on a baseball scholarship, but eventually went into acting and worked as a model.  Since 2005, Levy has started and participated in seven telenovelas.  Levy has won four acting awards and Spanish-language magazines (including People en Español) have listed him several times as the “most beautiful” and “most sexy” man.  He also stars as Jennifer Lopez’s love interest in her latest music video I’m Into You from her album Love?, launching worldwide on May 2, 2011.

Maite Perroni Beorlegui was born in Mexico City in 1983. In addition to being an actress, she is also a singer-songwriter and gained international fame as a member of the pop group RBD (Rebelde).  She has won several recognitions among them a Premios TVyNovelas, “Best Young Actress in a Leading Role” for her performance in Cuidado con el Angel.  In 2009 and 2010, she topped Los 50 Más Bellos (50 Most Beautiful) list from People en Español. In 2010, her fans and Univision Networks named Perroni as the new “Queen of Telenovelas.”

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New Law en El Salvador Threatens Judicial Independence UN Says

New Law en El Salvador Threatens Judicial Independence UN Says

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A United Nations human rights expert warned today that a newly passed Salvadorian law requiring the country’s Supreme Court decisions to be unanimous could undermine the independence of the judiciary.

Gabriela Knaul, the UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, said the legislation – which passed by El Salvador’s national assembly and was promulgated by the executive – could be considered “an affront to the principles of separation of powers and independence of the judiciary, fundamental elements of any democracy and any rule of law.”

“El Salvador, as a country that is consolidating its democracy, should pay particular attention to the full independence of the judiciary and the principle of separation of powers enshrined in international instruments of which it is a party and which are enshrined in the Salvadoran constitution,” said Ms. Knaul.

“The other branches of government can not force the country’s highest court to take judicial decisions unanimously, as the matters that fall within its competence are, by their very nature and complexity, controversial.”

Ms. Knaul said the law, if followed, “would block the activity and the effective functioning of the country’s highest court and therefore substantially limit the rights of Salvadorian citizens to appeal to that court in defence of their fundamental rights.”

The Special Rapporteur urged El Salvador’s Government to repeal the law to prevent the justice system from falling into paralysis.

Ms. Knaul serves in an independent and unpaid capacity and reports to the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

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Breaking News: Chavez Makes Surprise Return to Venezuela

Breaking News: Chavez Makes Surprise Return to Venezuela

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Hugo Chavez returned to Venezuela during the night on Monday in time for the countries bicentennial celebration on Tuesday.

“We are preparing a light rest now in the morning, because you understand that it’s the beginning of my return; it’s a strict medical check-up, medicine, rehabilitation, well, I look like a cadet,” Chavez told VTV state TV station. “I even am wearing the sports clothes from the military academy. Well, I’m very happy.”

Chavez left for a three-country tour last moth only to remain in Cuba. He disclosed this week that he was being treated for Cancer and was uncertain of his return date.

The 200th bicentennial celebration is today and many celebrations were planned through the country. Chavez’s presence was viewed as important.

“I don’t think I can accompany you tomorrow at the official events, but I’m here and will be with you from my command post—from the heart of Caracas, the heart of Venezuela,” he said. “The beginning of my return, until my full return.”

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HS - News Remembers Hispanics Who Fought in the American Revolution

HS - News Remembers Hispanics Who Fought in the American Revolution

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As we begin our Fourth of July celebration’s commemorating the Declaration of Independence HS-News salutes the Hispanic heroes of the American Revolution that earned the U.S. its independence.

Spain had a presence throughout what is now known as the United States of America through its colonies.  Many of those Hispanic’s sided with the colonists, even before Spain formally intervened in the war, during the time of the American Revolution (1775-1783).  Many Hispanics were eager to support the colonists in their struggle against England in whatever way possible.  There were numerous military figures from Spain and the Spanish colonies that fought on behalf of the American colonists, notably Captain Jorge Farragut.  Captain Farragut, who came from Spain, fought on the front lines with the American colonists and later his son David Farragut was a hero of the Civil War.

Others played critical roles supporting the troops:  Bernardo de Gálvez, Governor of the territory of Louisiana provided weapons and rations to the colonies army and organized a militia of American Indians and African-Americans to fight the British.  There was Francisco de Miranda, a Venezuelan, who obtained supplies from the French to assist the colonists to capture Yorktown, Virginia.  We salute Farragut, Galvez and Miranda as well as many others.  Hispanic contributions to the fight for independence is not limited to times past, 13% of enlisted personnel are Hispanic and there are 42 Hispanic Medals of Honor recipients who have passed.  WE SALUTE YOU.

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MondayJuly 4, 2011