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SaturdayJuly 9, 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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House Votes to Uphold DOMA-and Ban Same-Sex Weddings on Navy Bases

Family Research Council (FRC) praised yesterdays bipartisan majority approval in the U.S. House of Representatives of Rep. Tim Huelskamp’s (R-KS) amendment to the 2012 defense appropriations bill that would block same-sex weddings on Navy bases, since this would be a direct violation of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman for all federal purposes.

Of the vote FRC President Tony Perkins, a Marine Corps veteran, said:

“Opening the military to same-sex weddings would not only violate federal law but also seriously threaten the religious liberty of military chaplains.  Military chaplains would fall into jeopardy if the Navy decides to enforce its referral policy in which any chaplain declining to perform a same-sex wedding would be required to find someone who would perform the wedding.  A referral order of this kind could very well drive many chaplains out of the military altogether.

“I applaud U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp and the bipartisan majority for voting to protect religious liberty while reinforcing federal law that defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman.”

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A First: Flying Car Cleared for Road from Massachusetts-based Terrafugia(VIDEO)

A First: Flying Car Cleared for Road from Massachusetts-based Terrafugia(VIDEO)

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The U.S. Department of Transportation gave Massachusetts-based Terrafugia two important exemptions which would allow the company to offer its flying car—the Transition—to customers next year; the exemptions allow the company to use different tires and different laminated protective glass, and come on top of a 110 lb. allowance the FAA gave the company last year; these allowance and exemptions mean the flying car will not be treated as a plane by the FAA, and those who fly it will not have to obtain a pilot license

The Transition® by Terrafugia: simply land at the airport, fold your wings up and drive home.
Learn more about this amazing vehicle.

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Mexico Advances to Under-17 World Cup Final on Goal in 90th Minute against Germany (VIDEO)

Mexico Advances to Under-17 World Cup Final on Goal in 90th Minute against Germany (VIDEO)

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Mexico, taking full advantage as host nation, defeated Germany, 3-2, and will face Uruguay in Sunday’s final at Azteca Stadium (6:30 p.m. ET, ESPNU, Galavision, ESPN3.com). Mexico’s goalkeeper is Richard Sanchez, a California native who graduated from the FC Dallas youth academy and signed a homegrown contract with the MLS club early this year.


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Three Sent to Prison for Holding Three Illegal Immigrants Captive for Ransom

Three Sent to Prison for Holding Three Illegal Immigrants Captive for Ransom

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Three Mexican citizens were sentenced to three years in California state prison after pleading no contest to charges that they held three illegal immigrants captive for ransom.

The men were sentenced by Judge Raymond P. Van Stockum on June 30 in West Valley Superior Court after pleading no contest to false imprisonment.

Jose DeJesus Horta Gutterrez, 34, Leonardo Rios Sanchez, 24, and Alvaro Barajas, 38, were arrested June 17 after San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies found them with the captives at a home in Rancho Cucamonga.

One of the captives had managed to call the local Police station. Police arrived to find the Mexican citizens, whom had all paid $2000-$3000 for assistance to cross the border being held in lieu of an addition $1000. Officials state that the captives will likely be deported.

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Growing Demand for Chilean Wine Causes Experts to Take Notice

Growing Demand for Chilean Wine Causes Experts to Take Notice

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This month’s issue of the U.K.-based Decanter magazine focused on the growing wine culture in Chile. They refer to Chile as a “grape growing and wine producing paradise” due its geographical diversity.

According to the magazine’s top oenologist, the 15 most prestigious vineyards in Chile include Altair, Errázuriz, Concha y Toro, Cono Sur and San Pedro, as well as lesser-known vineyards like Aristos, Calyptra, Polkura, Falernia and O. Fournier.

Rapidly growing demand for wines produced in Chile of more than 10% annually has been seen in many European countries as well as China and Japan.

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Puckering Up for Education Reform in Chile (VIDEO)

Puckering Up for Education Reform in Chile (VIDEO)

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Thousands of university students in Chile stage a kissing rally rather than continuing with violent demonstrations in their efforts demanding reform in education standards and costs.

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Mexico’s Economic, Demographic and Social Advances Resulting in Illegal Immigration Decline

Mexico’s Economic, Demographic and Social Advances Resulting in Illegal Immigration Decline

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In a recent article by The New York Times, Mexico’s impressive advances in education, economy and democracy are making Mexican citizens choose to stay in Mexico rather than migrate north to the United States. MexicoToday’s video on YouTube and blog on its website illustrate the story.

Some of the findings in the article come from Douglas S. Massey, co-director of the Mexican Migration Project at Princeton, who conducted an extensive, long-term study which found that, “For the first time in 60 years, the net traffic [from Mexico to the United States] has gone to zero and is probably a little bit negative.”

Another expert, Roberto Newell, a prominent economist, is referenced in a recent blog that per capita gross domestic product and family income have each jumped more than 45 percent over the past ten years. Despite all the depictions of Mexico as “nearly a failed state,” Newell argued, “the conventional wisdom is wrong.”

Confirming the value of socio-economic progress, some experts like Jeffery S. Passel, a demographer at the Pew Hispanic Center, believe that, “if you have a college degree you’re much more likely to stay in Mexico because that is surely more valuable in Mexico.”

The decline of immigration from Mexico to the United States has gained much attention since The New York Times story ran, including coverage by Fox News, The Washington Examiner, and The San Diego Union-Tribune..

MexicoToday is a project of Marca Pais - Imagen de Mexico, a joint public-private sector initiative to help promote Mexico as a global business partner and unrivaled tourist destination.

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Designer to the Stars, Nick Verreos Shares his Fashion Tips To Get Red Carpet Ready

Designer to the Stars, Nick Verreos Shares his Fashion Tips To Get Red Carpet Ready

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The red carpet offers celebrities the opportunity to shine and show off their star-powered style. Stylists and fashion designers to the stars work behind the scenes to help celebrities look their best, no matter what!

Nick Verreos spent his early childhood in Caracas, Venezuela after his father, a U.S. State Department diplomat in Panama, met his mother, whose great uncle had been the president of that country. Today, Nick is designer to the stars, he believes that everyone should have their red carpet style moment and offers his tips to help you feel fabulous and ready for every occasion.

“Fashion is about personal expression and is a great way to have fun. Your choices transform your look - from the foundation pieces like a great pant or dress, to the accessories that help you finish your outfit,” said Nick Verreos. “Everyone should experience the glamour of the spotlight, but you don’t need to look like an A-list celebrity or even have a formal red carpet. Take advantage of the great moments in your life to let yourself shine, whether you are going to a party, school/work, or making a trip to the market!”

Your individual style tells a story which can change from day to day, occasion to occasion. Here are some of Nick Verreos’ top tips to help you bring your personal story to life and feel fabulous:

Vibrant personalities shine with bold colors – Color adds life and excitement to any outfit. If you want to bring your basic black or brown foundation pieces to life, layer on brightly-colored accessories, making a statement with bold bags, jewelry, scarves, belts or a new shade of lipstick.

Own your shape – Your body is fabulous! Whether you are a size four, ten or eighteen, healthy is all that matters. Show off your individual shape with cuts that are right for you. If you are more voluptuous choose pieces that are open around your neck – a sweetheart is a must.The wrap blouse or wrap dress are essential pieces that will hug you in all the right places.

Pash-prepared – Ladies and gentlemen, one of the best accent pieces you can have handy is a pashmina! Keep one in your office to dress up your daytime look for surprise events. It is such a versatile fashion piece that can be worn in different ways to look amazing.

Strike a pose – Get ready for your personal paparazzi with a pose of confidence: pull your shoulders back, lift your head and show off your clean and brilliant smile!

Most importantly, Nick Verreos recommends that you stay true to yourself: “You don’t have to conform to the latest trends, especially if you are not comfortable in them. Who needs the six-figure budget and glam squad? Savvy fashionistas will always look stunning with pieces that inspire them and accessories that build confidence. Simply put: make your life your own red carpet and use every moment as a reason to get fabulous!”

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Women in the Workforce- After Walmart by Labor Secretary Hilda Solis

Women in the Workforce- After Walmart by Labor Secretary Hilda Solis

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The Supreme Court’s recent decision in the case of Walmart v. Duke has reignited the national debate about unequal pay that many women face in the American workplace.

Today in America, women are paid on average of 80 cents for every dollar paid to men. For African-American women, it’s 70 cents on the dollar. For Latina women, it’s 60 cents on the dollar.

This means that each time the average woman starts a new job, she starts from a lower base salary. Over time, that pay gap becomes wider and wider. From the start of her career to the end, the average woman stands to lose $380,000 over her lifetime. That means $150 less in her weekly paycheck. It means nearly $8,000 less at the end of the year. When women start at a disadvantage, they stay at a disadvantage. And we all lose.

The Court’s decision in the Walmart lawsuit made no ruling on whether America’s largest employer engaged in unlawful pay discrimination. Instead, the justices focused their ruling on the specific legal issue of whether the large group of women plaintiffs could pursue their complaint through a class action lawsuit.

The 5-4 ruling against the plaintiffs on the class-action issue will not affect the Labor Department’s strong commitment to pursue back wages for groups of women who are victims of employer-wide pay discrimination. DOL does not file class action lawsuits; instead, we enforce an executive order that says federal contractors can’t discriminate based on gender when setting compensation levels for their employees.

DOL has oversight over any company doing at least $10,000 of government business a year. When we seek a remedy for pay discrimination, we automatically seek back wages for all affected employees at a company. We feel this is an important way to level the playing field and curb pay disparities affecting women.

As Labor Secretary, I believe it is my responsibility to use my authority to close the pay gap so women can earn their fair share and provide the income support their families rely upon. After all, unequal pay doesn’t just affect women. It affects families, too. It’s 20 percent less food mothers can put on the table, 20 percent less they can spend on their kids’ education, 20 percent less to pay the gas bill.

Over the past year, my Office of Federal Contract Compliance has substantially shifted its enforcement priorities. Last year, 14 percent of their investigations involved compensation cases. This year, that number will rise to between 20 and 40 percent.

Last year, the Paycheck Fairness Act was just two votes short of passing in Congress. The Obama administration remains committed to this legislation.

We need to close loopholes that give employers unjustified defenses to discrimination. We need to strengthen the ban on retaliation against those who complain about unequal pay. We need to rescind the Bush-era guidelines that prevent effective enforcement of equal pay laws.

We also need to create more flexible workplaces so women don’t have to choose between motherhood and a fulfilling career. To that end, my Wage & Hour division has begun enforcing a new provision in the Affordable Care Act that guarantees break time for nursing mothers. For the first year of a baby’s life, employers covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act—regardless of the size of their business—are required to provide reasonable break time and a place shielded from view and free from intrusion, for a mother to express breast milk for her nursing child.

We’re living in the year 2011—not 1911. Women who are running companies, saving patients, making products and providing vital services deserve to be compensated based on their job responsibilities and their performance—not on outdated gender roles.

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OOIDA Files Suit to Halt Mexican Truck Pilot Program

OOIDA Files Suit to Halt Mexican Truck Pilot Program

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Within hours of the announcement that the U.S. and Mexico had officially signed an agreement for a new cross-border trucking pilot program, opponents of the deal fired back, including the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Assn. (OOIDA), which filed a petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Washington D.C. Circuit seeking to halt the program.


OOIDA is asking the court to “enjoin, set-aside, suspend (in whole or in part) or determine the validity of the implementation of this program.” Filed by the Cullen Law Firm of Washington, DC, on behalf of OOIDA, the petition states that the “implementation of the pilot program is arbitrary, capricious, and abuse of discretion, and otherwise not in accordance with law.”

Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood signed the binational agreement Wednesday that will allow Mexican motor carriers to have operating authority beyond the border commercial zone inside the U.S. The agreement is designed to end a long battle over cross-border trucking dating back to 1994 and the signing of the NAFTA treaty. A similar pilot program was cancelled in 2009.

“If the agreement is good for the U.S. why the hell is [LaHood] sneaking down there to sign it?” said Jim Johnston, president of OOIDA, in a statement. “So much for their supposed transparency. Why not let the public see the details before signing the agreement? Seems like the administration is dead set on caving to Mexico’s shakedown regardless of the costs to the American public and our tax coffers.”

According to the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) reached between the U.S. Dept. of Transportation (DOT) and the Secretaria de Communicaciones y Transportes of Mexico, the pilot program is not to exceed three years, but could run as short as 18 months.

Once a Mexican carrier successfully passes the “pilot” period, it could be granted full operating authority as long as it maintains a satisfactory safety rating, according to FMCSA.

While the focus here is tightly on Mexican carriers operating in the U.S., the MOU also grants the same privileges to U.S. carriers wanting to operate inside Mexico.

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Fox Hypes Photo Of One Man Climbing Border Fence To Fearmonger Over Border Security

Fox Hypes Photo Of One Man Climbing Border Fence To Fearmonger Over Border Security

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Fox & Friends repeatedly aired a photo of a man climbing a fence on the Mexican border to fearmonger over border security. However, illegal border crossings have reportedly “sputtered to a trickle,” and the Obama administration has taken measures to increase border security; moreover, according to Fox’s own reporting, the man shown in the picture was captured by Border Patrol agents.

Fox & Friends Airs Single Picture Of Man Climbing Fence To Fearmonger Over Border Security
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Carlson: “Our Borders Are More Secure Than Ever Before? Better Check Again.” On the July 7 edition of Fox News’ Fox & Friends, co-host Gretchen Carlson said: “[O]ur borders are more secure than ever before? Better check again. That’s an illegal making a run for freedom.” During the segment, Fox & Friends aired the following image, which Carlson said was taken by a “Fox News viewer”:allowscriptaccess=‘always’ allowfullscreen=‘true’ width=‘320’ height=‘240’>

[Fox News, Fox & Friends, 7/7/11]

Doocy: “Who Said Our Borders Were More Secure Than Ever Before?” Later, Fox & Friends again aired the image while co-host Steve Doocy claimed: “Who said our borders were more secure than ever before? Take a close look. That fella in the spot shadow—an illegal alien hopping the fence for freedom.” [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 7/7/11]

But Fox & Friends Itself Reported That The Man Was “Nabbed” By Border Patrol

Carlson: The Man “Tried To Get Away On A Bike, But U.S. Border Patrol Agents Nabbed Him.” In another segment on the July 7 edition of Fox & Friends, Carlson again showed the image but noted that the man “tried to get away on a bike, but U.S. Border Patrol agents nabbed him.” [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 7/7/11]

NY Times: Illegal Border Crossings Have “Sputtered To A Trickle”

NY Times: “Mexican Migration That Delivered Millions Of Illegal Immigrants To The United States Over The Past 30 Years Has Sputtered To A Trickle.” A July 6 New York Times article reported:

The extraordinary Mexican migration that delivered millions of illegal immigrants to the United States over the past 30 years has sputtered to a trickle, and research points to a surprising cause: unheralded changes in Mexico that have made staying home more attractive.

A growing body of evidence suggests that a mix of developments—expanding economic and educational opportunities, rising border crime and shrinking families—are suppressing illegal traffic as much as economic slowdowns or immigrant crackdowns in the United States. [The New York Times, 7/6/11]


Immigration Expert: “The Flow” Of Immigrants “Has Already Stopped.”
In the July 6 New York Times article, Douglas S. Massey, the co-director of Princeton University’s Mexican Migration Project, noted that “the flow” of immigrants from Mexico into America “has already stopped” and that “the net traffic has gone to zero and is probably a little bit negative.” From The New York Times:

 

 

 

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Ariz. Border Patrol Canine Team Seizes 10 Pounds of Heroin

Ariz. Border Patrol Canine Team Seizes 10 Pounds of Heroin

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Approximately 10 pounds of heroin, with an estimated street value of $136,000, was seized Wednesday by Border Patrol agents and Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Interstate 19 Border Patrol Checkpoint.

The seizure occurred after a detection canine team alerted to a vehicle during primary inspection. The driver, an 18-year-old U.S. citizen female, was referred to secondary where agents discovered seven packages of heroin concealed inside her purse and one additional package taped to her leg. The subject, vehicle, and narcotics were transported to the Nogales Border Patrol station for processing.

Since launching the Southwest Border Initiative in March 2009, the Department of Homeland Security has made significant investments toward establishing a secure, safe border environment and improving the quality of life throughout Arizona communities.

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CELEBRATE this weekend with a Latin American Natural Wonder

CELEBRATE this weekend with a Latin American natural wonder.  Guess What and Where this is?

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SaturdayJuly 9, 2011