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SundayJuly 10, 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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LATINO BLOTTER: Loco Runs Over His Girlfriend With Wife’s Car, Crashes Hours Later

LATINO BLOTTER: Loco Runs Over His Girlfriend With Wife’s Car, Crashes Hours Later

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A woman is in stable condition after she was allegedly run over by her boyfriend and left bleeding in the road.

The man, Ricaury Pena, 28, was driving his wife’s SUV – a 2006 Honda Pilot – when he got angry with his secret lover, and mowed her down around 3:16 a.m. in New York’s Manhattan neighborhood, just outside the bar where the girlfriend worked as a waitress, and he as a bouncer. Pena then drove away and left the 23-year-old woman injured in the street, witnesses say.

Before police could track Pena down however, he crashed his wife’s vehicle near the Harlem River Drive ramp of the George Washington bridge. Pena reportedly smashed and flipped the SUV 8:13 a.m. He was rushed to Bellevue Hospital in serious condition.

The hit-and-run victim and Pena are said to be at the same hospital.

The estranged wife, Rosa Estevez, told New York Daily News that Pena has “issues in his head.” The couple has a three-year-old daughter together.

“He’s my husband. He’s not supposed to be cheating,” she said. “I have no idea what was going on. All I know is they got into a fight - an argument, and he hit her,” she said.

One of Pena’s relatives told the New York Daily News, “He’s doing perfectly fine now. He’s recovering very well,” and said she cannot understand why people are saying he ran the girl over.

“I don’t know why the newspapers were saying he was a maniac who ran over his girlfriend. That wasn’t really what happened,” she said, but would not give any kind of explanation.

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L.A. ‘Carmageddon’ 405 Freeway Closing Features Erik Estrada (VIDEO)

L.A. ‘Carmageddon’ 405 Freeway Closing Features Erik Estrada (VIDEO)

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Worry not my CHiPs - Ponch Poncherello loving fans: Erik Estrada is alive and well.  He is even somewhat reprising his beloved character from the TV show that made him a household name (ok maybe not a household name) some 25 years ago. 

He appears with ‘real’ CHiP’s officers in a public service announcements (PSA’s) for Los Angeles residents to warn them and brace them for the upcoming ‘carmageddon’, better known as the closing of 10-miles of the 405 freeway.

If you are a Los Angeles resident you can watch his PSA’s in English and Spanish on lane closures on I-405.  Who says his career is long over?? 

Yes, he is tackling a bigger foe than speeders its road closures. 

Who else but Ponch can wink at us and sneer while telling us a 10-mile stretch of highway is closed for two days in July.  You gotta love LA – who else would think of using an actor who played a fake traffic cop to talk about real traffic issues while appearing with real traffic cops, all in the name of public service???


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STUDY:  For Many U.S. Latinos Biculturalism is Key to Self-Identity

STUDY:  For Many U.S. Latinos Biculturalism is Key to Self-Identity

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Many U.S. Hispanics feel culturally connected to both, their U.S. and Latino identities, according to Horowitz Associates’ annual FOCUS: Latino report. The study of U.S. Hispanics’ attitudes towards and viewing of TV, broadband, and alternative platform content and services finds that, when asked to rate on a scale of 1-5 whether they identified themselves as “completely Latino” or “completely American,” 18% of Hispanics identify themselves as “completely American,” 43% as completely Latino, and four in ten (39%) feel they are a mix of both.

These data correlate to acculturation markers like language use in the home, as illustrated in this chart (right). Latinos in bilingual homes are, concomitantly, more likely to be bicultural. Importantly, four in ten Hispanics in English-oriented homes (where mostly/only English is spoken) consider themselves both Latino and American, and a full 16% of those heads of household define themselves as “completely Latino.”

At the same time, bicultural Latinos do not necessarily only live in bilingual homes: As illustrated here, almost one-quarter of bicultural Latino heads of household live in Spanish-dominant homes; one-third live in English-oriented homes.

Understanding how cultural affinity impacts media consumption is increasingly essential for advertisers, marketers, and media companies. FOCUS: Latino finds that Latinos identifying themselves as bicultural spend the majority of their TV viewing time– 72%–with English language TV and 28% with Spanish language programming. Yet Spanish language TV remains important: Four in ten (43%) bicultural Latinos watch TV in Spanish at least every other day. And, programming in English targeted to Latinos is quickly gaining ground, with 20% of biculturals watching at least weekly— a number likely to increase as more of this content becomes available.

“The Hispanic market has always been complex and diverse, with a market for both Spanish and English language media, marketing, and advertising” notes Adriana Waterston, Horowitz’ VP of Marketing and Business Development. “It has never been exclusively about language as much as it is about cultural relevance. There is a large and growing opportunity for language-agnostic content and messaging that speaks to the experience of being both American and Latino that will resonate loudly with this bicultural segment.”

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Mexico Plans $2.5 billion Investment in New Wind Farms

Mexico Plans $2.5 billion Investment in New Wind Farms

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The Mexican government recently announced plans for a $2.5 billion investment in new wind farms as part of its plan to expand renewable energy throughout the country.

President Felipe Calderon has stated he wants to see 2000 MW of wind energy being produced by next year when he leaves office.  That would mean an increase of 1500 MW.  In order to accomplish this loftly goal the country is working with U.S. based Cannon Power Group.

As the country sees its oil production decline and its internal energy demands increase the government sees renewable energy as its future. 

The Cannon group is providing the majority of investment and currently has a project in Baja California.  The wind farms are expected to be in the states of Baja California, Zacatecas and Quintana Roo. 

It is expected that the first wind farm will be operational by January, 2012 and that energy is expected to be sold to the Riviera Maya resorts. 

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First Ever National Spanish Spelling Bee has a Winner:  Evelyn Juarez With Word ‘Bizantinismo’

First Ever National Spanish Spelling Bee has a Winner:  Evelyn Juarez With Word ‘Bizantinismo’

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The first ever National Spanish Spelling bee crowned a winner over the weekend: 7th grader Evelyn Juarez and ‘bizantinismo’ was the winning word.

The 7th grader from New Mexico beat out 10 other finalists with this Spanish word.  She beat out the runner up when she successfully spelled the word describing a Paraguayan territory: ‘kanindeyuense’.

The competition was held in Albequerque, New Mexico starting on Saturday with the nationwide finalists, 3 of them from Texas.

The Spanish spelling bee contestants not only had to be proficient in Spanish but the challenging accent marks that are part of the language.  Some Univision affiliates had sponsored local Spanish Spelling Bee contests at different school districts. 

Though this is the first ever national Spanish spelling bee some cities in Texas are on their 19th year of holding local Spanish spelling bee contests.  Some school districts in New Mexico are celebrating their 15th year of local Spanish spelling bees.

The national contest was organized by the New Mexico Association for Bilingual education and the Alliance for Multilingual Multicultural Education and sponsors included Language Magazine.

Felicidades Evelyn.

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The Ultimate Fan:  Christian Lopez Returns Jeter’s 3,000th Base Hit Ball

The Ultimate Fan:  Christian Lopez Returns Jeter’s 3,000th Base Hit Ball

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We know, we know you probably would of sold it or the very least ask for life-time season tickets to the Yankees if you would of caught Derek Jeter’s 3,000th base hit ball.  Yes the very hit that makes him the only Yankee player to reach that milestone.

The very hit that puts Jeter in the rare pantheon of only 28 MLB players to have or surpass 3,000 career base hits.  But the ultimate fan Christian Lopez, 23-years old, said Derek deserved it more than him and handed the ball over.  A ball that some estimate could of earned Lopez a ‘couple of hundred thousand dollars.’

The good deed did get him a photo op meeting with Jeter, a visit to the Steinbrenner family luxury box, four front-row season tickets for the rest of the season, bats, balls and jerseys signed by Jeter. WOW.

The former college linebacker was accompanied by dad Raul Lopez who almost had the ball in hand when it slipped from his grasp and into his sons. 

Not only was it a good day for Lopez who got to meet Jeter but for Jeter who went on to score three more home runs putting his base hitting record now at 3,003.

 

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STUNNER:  U.S. Women Defeat Favored Brazil in World Cup Soccer Penalty Shootout

STUNNER:  U.S. Women Defeat Favored Brazil in World Cup Soccer Penalty Shootout

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What a stunner and nail bitter for women soccer fans when the U.S. defeated Brazil 5-3 in FIFA’s Women’s Soccer World Cup play today.

The game had everything from retaken penalties, players sidelined and a penalty shootout.  Going into extra time with a score of 2-2 and after playing for 55 minutes the U.S. women gave it their all.

After the U.S. team was down to ten players due to penalties and Brazil scored another goal things didn’t look too hopeful for the US team.  However, Abby Wambach scored 122nd minutes into the match which appeared to give the team the morale boost they needed to ride into the semifinals.

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It’s Here:  ‘Juan of the Dead’ - Movie Trailer for Cuba’s First-Ever Horror Film (VIDEO)

Cuba’s newest horror film has finally arrived with the trailer for ‘Juan of the Dead’ now available.  The film highlights a beleaguered Cuba (and not because of decades of communist rule of course) by zombies.  Of course the Cuban commies are convinces it must be an Yankee imperalist plot but its worse than that its flesh eating Cuban zombies.  Hero Juan of the Dead will save the day - we hope. 

Alejandro Bruges made the movie and we are all anxiously awaiting release dates for the movie.  For now enjoy the trailer.


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

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Introducing:

From Brazil:

Artist:Adriana Calcanhotto
Song: Eu vivo a sorrir

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More than $2Million in Microsoft Software Donated to LULAC Education Centers Across the Country

Microsoft announced a $2 million dollar donation in software to LULAC’s 55 technology centers. The commitment was made at the 2011 LULAC National Convention in Cincinnati.

With Microsoft’s support, the centers, which are located in Hispanic communities across the country, will help bridge the Digital Divide, with state-of-the-art computer equipment, software and high-speed internet access as well as computer instruction to students and parents.

“By providing this software we hope to continue bridging the gap for Latinos across the country. We are confident that expanding opportunities for people of all ages will empower them to pursue their passion, forge new frontiers, and contribute to the future of their communities, “said Paul Lancaster Adams to a full room and honored guests that included former President of Mexico and first lady, Vicente and Martha Fox.

“LULAC is excited about the partnership with Microsoft and we look forward to a long friendship of building sustainable communities that will empower people to be well versed with the Internet and technology,” said Brent Wilkes, National Executive Director for LULAC.

Internet access is critical in order for the training programs to facilitate students to do school work, as well as, conduct financial aid and job searches, have access to money management, English language courses, online citizenship and college applications and take GED classes on line.

LULAC has a long tradition of service by providing access to technology centers. At the 2011 National Convention, “Bridging the Gap: Expanding the Latino Agenda into New Frontiers!” LULAC made training workshops, and a job fair available to the residents of the greater Cincinnati area. LULAC has made great advancements in providing access to millions of Hispanics in underserved communities and has stood firm in its commitment to close the Digital Divide in the Latino Community.

Today, LULAC empowers over 200,000 Latinos a year to advance their education, careers and quality of life through a network of 55 community technology centers in 36 states.

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The National Tequila Party Movement Upset with Senator Rubio & His Stance Against the DREAM Act

The National Tequila Party Movement Upset with Senator Rubio & His Stance Against the DREAM Act

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The National Tequila Party Movement, a non-partisan movement seeking to get the Latino vote out, is pissed at the junior Republican Senator from Florida who happens to be Cuban-American.  They recently issued a statement to Marco Rubio regarding the Senator’s wanting no new taxes but rather tax payers.  The National Tequila Party movement feels that Rubio’s vote against the DREAM Act last fall stands in direct opposition to a call for new tax payers.

It reads as follows: 

Recently Tea Partier and Junior Senator Marco Rubio stated that we don’t need new taxes but new taxpayers. However, when the opportunity presented itself for new taxpayers to come into the fold via the DREAM Act, Senator Marco Rubio quashed it. We have the new taxpayers, but he doesn’t want them.  He stated multiple times he was against the DREAM Act and chooses to punish children for the sins of their father.

Marco Rubio’s tax complaints come with no reasonable and sound solutions to offer in return.  If he wants new taxpayers but no new taxes, then he ought to support the DREAM Act that will in essence create new taxpayers into our system. According to the CATO Institute, introducing a legal immigration reform plan would contribute billions towards tax revenues and/or boost incomes across the U.S.

Tea Partiers advocated the complete shutting down of our government, and with Rubio’s policies, he is taking us on that same destructive path again.  If we cannot come to a bipartisan solution via legal immigration reform to acquire new taxpayers, then Tea Partiers will have no choice but to increase taxes or cut entitlement programs like social security.  Which will they choose?

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President Warmly Receives New Dominican Republic Ambassador to U.S.

The new Dominican Republic ambassador to the US, Anibal de Castro, presented his credentials this week to President Barack Obama in the United States. Meanwhile the President lauded the great relations both countries enjoy and the contribution from Dominicans living in the US.

De Castro was at the White House Thursday for his credentials ceremony and was warmly received.  He was previously was ambassador to the United Kingdom and prior to his diplomatic days, De Castro was a newspaper editor in the Dominican.

At the ceremony, President Obama highlighted the close family and cultural bonds and collaboration between both governments. He said one of every 300 Americans will visit the DR on vacation or business every year and 100,000 Americans live and work in the Dominican Republic.

“The United States and the Dominican Republic share a long history of mutually beneficial relations, and I am sure that your arrival here will reinforce the bilateral relations between our nations. Your personal experience as ambassador before the United Kingdom in London, as well as the commitment with freedom of the press and expression during your journalism career will be of much use for the representation of the interests of the Dominican nation here in Washington,” the U.S. chief executive said.

 

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El Salvador Now Being Considered a Preferred Port of Call for Cruises

El Salvador Now Being Considered a Preferred Port of Call for Cruises

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El Salvador’s tourism ministry is celebrating news that the Royal Caribbean cruise liner is considering them as a port of call, they are among a list of other carriers looking to visit this Central American country and amongst others who just started coming.

In spite of its vast cultural treasures many cruise ships do not have El Salvador as a port call.  Currently only Hapag-Lloyd and Europa are visiting and that only started earlier this year.  Minister Jose Napoleon Duarte proudly announced in a local news paper:

“We are very close to achieving the first cruise route to El Salvador in history through the arrival of Royal Caribbean.”

What do you expect to see when you visit this tiny country the size of Massachusetts with a total land mass of 8,124 miles?  Though known for its surfing you can visit much flora and fauna at the Montecristo Cloud Forest and of course many Mayan ruins. 

El Salvador is anticipating that the large cruise ships of Royal Caribbean will start docking sometime in 2012. 

 

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SundayJuly 10, 2011