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SundayAugust 21, 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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Hurricane Irene Warnings for Dominic Republic and Puerto Rico, Then Heading to Florida

Hurricane Irene Warnings for Dominic Republic and Puerto Rico, Then Heading to Florida

Photo: Tropical Storm Irene Hits Puerto Rico

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The Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico are bracing themselves for what might be the first hurricane of the season, if Tropical Storm Irene continues gaining strength.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Florida is predicting that the tropical storm could become a hurricane by Friday and reach the U.S. by Friday.

Currently Irene is some 90 miles southeast of Ponce, Puerto Rico and had sustained winds of 50 mph while moving 20 mph.  It is expected to arrive in Puerto Rico late tonight, then move toward the Dominican Republic and portions of Haiti.  Currently 4,000 people in Puerto Rico are without power and some 13,000 without water due to the heavy rains and wind.

Once a tropical storm has sustained winds of 74 mph or more it is considered a hurricane. 

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One Million Safety Violations Found on Mexican Trucks Entering U.S. over Last 4 Years

One Million Safety Violations Found on Mexican Trucks Entering U.S. over Last 4 Years

Photo: Mexican Trucks Charged with Safety Violations

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Between 2007 through the first six months of 2011, Texas state inspectors have found one million safety violations on trucks coming in from Mexico and entering the U.S.

Mexican trucks that are entering the U.S. at the Texas-Mexico border are inspected at the Bridge of Americas and the Zaragonza International Bridge – both border bridges.  At those locations state inspectors conducted 1.2 million inspections in which 1 million violations were found.

The safety violations range from broken tail lights to bad brakes to flat tires.  The most severe violators resulted in trucks and drivers being taken out of service.  In that four year period 31,519 Mexican trucks and 625 drivers were taken off the road and not allowed to entered the U.S. 

Earlier this month the Department of Transportation approved a new cross-border deal allowing Mexican freight trucks onto U.S. highways after 15 years of dispute and a lingering issue of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).  The safety violation records in the 2007-11 report pertains to short-freight hauling which only allows Mexican trucks to travel 25 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Bringing Emily Home – After 3 1/2 Year Battle Unification and Visitation Now Possible

Bringing Emily Home – After 3 1/2 Year Battle Unification and Visitation Now Possible

Photo: Emily and her Dad Michael Sanchez

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UPDATE:  Michael Sanchez, the elated father, is now disclosing terms of a custody agreement that will assure him that Emily will always be a part of his life and he part of hers.  In the agreement entered into by Nigia, Emily’s mother, and Michael, Emily will remain in Brazil until she turns 12 years old where Michael gets to visit her twice a year.  Those visits will last for up to 14 days and Michael is allowed to stay at Nigia’s house to facilitate the visits.  Meanwhile Michael can communicate with Emily on a regular basis without deterrent from her mother either by phone, email, Skype of any other means possible.

When Emily turns 12 years old she will be allowed to travel to the U.S. twice a year to visit her father for a maximum 30-day visitation. 

The photo was provided by Michael of his visit with Emily in Brazil several days ago. 

UPDATE:  Michael notified HS News that after a 10 hour mediation session yesterday with Nigia (his daughter Emily’s mother) and Brazilian officials a reunification was possible.  So yesterday approximately at 7:00pm CST Michael saw his daughter for the first time in 3 1/2 years in Brazil.  At this point few details are known about the agreement reached between mother and father and when Emily gets to see her dad again.  As soon as we know those details we will be bringing them to you. 

However, in accordance with the agreement that is being drafted in Brazil, all pictures of Emily are being removed from the website “Bring Emily Home Campaign”


ORIGINAL STORY:  We could call Michael Sanchez a Hispanic hero, but that just wouldn’t be enough to represent his herculean efforts to bring his now 5 year-old daughter Emily home from Brazil. 

After fighting for 2-½ year since the day she was born to be a part of his daughter’s life the hope to “always be there for her” was snatched when her mother Nigia Machado left to Brazil where she is from.  The pair never married and since Nijia was undocumented the fear of getting deported finally overtook her and she fled with Emily.

Michael has faced many challenges before from his father abandoning the family when he was 16 to his mother dying in front of him from a heart attack.  He describes himself as having a ‘intellectual deficient range’, yet none of that has stopped his quest to see his daughter and have her call him dad.

With help from politicians, courts, organizations like Child Watch and Interpol, Emily’s case is now considered an international kidnapping playing out in Brazil.  After numerous attempts to negotiate an agreement with Nigia, Michael is heading back to court next week in Brazil to see if authorities there will grant him the right to be a part of the child’s life.

But this Hispanic hero isn’t content with just getting his daughter back; he wants to make sure this never happens to another parent.  So he has created a website offering helpful tips to other parents in the same situation and chronicles his incredible efforts.  More importantly Michael has crafted ‘Emily’s Law’ that would mandate that any parental agreement be part of all intelligence computers which in turn would flag when a parent is leaving the country without the other parent’s consent.

If you are interesting in helping there is a petition you can sign urging elected officials to mandate that all custody orders get put in our national crime intelligence computer. 

We asked him on the eve of his travels to Brazil what keeps him going,

“Growing up without a father, who walked out on me, I don’t want that for daughter.  She has called me dad and I want to hear that again.”

In closing Michael wants us to know that international kidnappings are happening all the time even to Hispanic families. 

 

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Dominican Republic Cultural Artifacts are Returned After Being Illegally Imported into U.S.

Dominican Republic Cultural Artifacts are Returned After Being Illegally Imported into U.S.

Photo: Dominican Republic Artifacts Returned After Being Stolen

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A collection of 67 artifacts illegally imported into the United States were returned to the Dominican Republic during a joint repatriation ceremony in Santo Domingo. The repatriation of these artifacts is the result of a series of seizures and several investigations conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

In May 2008, 66 artifacts were seized in three locations pursuant to an investigation that began in Jacksonville, Fla. In the first case, CBP officers in Orlando, Fla., seized 11 boxes arriving from the Dominican Republic manifested as “stone figurines” destined for an individual in Jacksonville.

In the second case, ICE HSI agents in Jacksonville identified and seized a shipment consigned to the same individual receiving artifacts in Jacksonville. A curator from the University of Florida determined the artifacts seized in Orlando and Jacksonville date from the periods of Chicoid A.D. 1200 to 1500; Archaic or later 2000 B.C. to A.D. 1200; or Ostionoid A.D. 1000 to 1500.

In the third case, a relative of the importer of the artifacts in the first two cases was encountered and detained by CBP officers at the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico as he returned from the Dominican Republic. He was carrying pre-Columbian artifacts.

CBP seized the artifacts, which were then sent for authentication by the Puerto Rico Institute of Culture. Two of the artifacts in this seizure date from the 19th or 20th Century, three from the 19th Century and two from the Taino culture, A.D. 1200 to 1500.

The individual encountered was the subject of an INTERPOL arrest warrant theft of protected antiquities in Mexico. He was arrested and turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

The second investigation took place in February 2011, when a CBP officer in Memphis, Tenn., selected a shipping container said to contain a “House Ornament Made of Stone.” After CBP inspected the artifact, it was held for investigation by HSI. Experts from Vanderbilt University and the University of Pennsylvania determined the artifact to be an owl-headed pestle, from the Taino culture, A.D. 700 to 1500.

Since 2007, ICE HSI has repatriated more than 2,500 items to more than 21 countries including paintings from France, Germany and Austria; an 18th century manuscript from Italy; and a bookmark belonging to Hitler as well as cultural artifacts from Iraq including Babylonian, Sumerian and neo-Assyrian items.

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World’s Largest Food Fight, La Tomatina, Launches in Buñol, Spain (VIDEO)

The tourist office in Spain bills this as the world’s largest food fight but for the thousands that attend the La Tomatina in Buñol, Spain its just plain fun.

Where else would you get to throw, slide in, get smeared with and live amongst 250,000 pounds of overripe tomatoes.  The most fun apparently is throwing the tomatoes, without fear of reprisal, at other Tomatina festival goers or anything else you might see.  The festival has been around since the 1940’s but no one is sure why it even originated.  The only disruption was nasty Franco who banned the festival thinking it had religious implications.

The raucus lasts for about an hour but before the throwing starts everyone is invited to squash tomatoes and slip and slide in them.  The event is always held on the last Wednesday in August and can only start once an agile festival goer climbs up a greasy poll and pulls a hanging ham. 

There is even a website dedicated to the festival with tips on how to throw a mean tomatoe.  Watch the video on the art form.


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Rapper Pitbull Being Sued by Lindsay Lohan for ‘Disparaging’ Lyric (VIDEO)

Rapper Pitbull Being Sued by Lindsay Lohan for ‘Disparaging’ Lyric (VIDEO)

Photo: Lindsay Lohan Sues Pitbull Over "Give me Everything"

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Armando Christian Perez, better known as Pitbull the Cuban-American rapper, is known for being a tough guy so Lindsay Lohan better know what she’s getting herself into engaging him in a legal battle.

Apparently Lindsay isn’t happy with one line from the rapper’s popular song “Give Me Everything” which she claims defames her.  Stop the snickers its hard to allege someone else is disparaging you when you have done such a good job at it yourself.  Also you would think she is sick of being in court but apparently not. 

However, the lawsuit Lohan filed claims “condemnation, excoriation, disparaging or defamatory statements” in the lyrics are “destined to do irreparable harm to [her].”  Apparently the lyric “Hustlers move aside, so I’m tiptoein’ , keep flown’/ I got it locked up like Lindsay Lohan” set her off.

The lawsuit also names the song other writers Ne-Yo and Afrojack and is seeking unspecified damages and for the song to not be played. 


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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

Photo: Introducing This Week, From Colombia: La 33

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Juan Laverde, Open Mic, la 33

Introducing:

From Colombia:
Artist: La 33
Song:Roxanne
Band Members: Sergio Mejia (musical director, bass), Santiago Mejia (piano), Cipriano Rojas (congas), Diego Sánchez (bongoes), Juan David Fernández (percussion), Roland Nieto (trumpet), Juan Felipe Cárdenas (saxophone), José miguel Vega (trombone), Vladimir Romero (trombone), David Cantillo (voice), Guillermo León Celis (voice).

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First Ever Premiere Soccer Game Suspended Due to Gunfight in Mexico (VIDEO)

First Ever Premiere Soccer Game Suspended Due to Gunfight in Mexico (VIDEO)

Photo: Soccer Fans and Players Flee Gunbattle in Torreon, Mexico

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Forty minutes into a first division soccer match in Torreon, Mexico the game was suspended when rapid gunfire was heard outside the stadium.  This is the first time ever that a premiere soccer game was suspended due to the violence in Mexico.

The local clubs of Santos and Morelia were playing a televised game when gunfire was heard outside the Torreon TSM stadium.  Fans, players and officials were seen running for cover, many doing so on the field away from where the shooting was occurring.  Televised reports show Santos’ forward Emanuel Luduena running with his child in his arms.

Apparently the police patrol unit stationed outside the stadium was ambushed by unidentified gunmen resulting in one officer being injured.  The city of Torreon, located in the state of Coahuila, has been the scene of drug cartel turf fighting between the Zetas and Sinaloa narcos.

Watch the players as they flee the field as television reports pick up the audible rapid gunfire.  The announcers are so stunned they stop reporting.  Santos team officials announced the game was suspended when the gunfire subsided. 


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Google Street View is Heading to the Amazon Rainforest

Google Street View is Heading to the Amazon Rainforest

Photo: Google Street View Coming to Amazon River

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Google is taking its technology to the depths of the Amazon in Brazil and Peru to map the great Amazonian rainforest and river.  The Amazon river is vast especially when you include its tributaries so Google’s Street View is starting with a 50km portion in Manus, Brazil known as the Rio Negro.

The company posted this announcement in their blog post stating:

A few members of our Brazil and U.S. Street View and Google Earth Outreach teams are currently in the Amazon rainforest using our Street View technology to capture images of the river, surrounding forests and adjacent river communities. In partnership with the Foundation for a Sustainable Amazon (FAS), the local non-profit conservation organization that invited us to the area, we’re training some of FAS’s representatives on the imagery collection process and leaving some of our equipment behind for them to continue the work. By teaching locals how to operate these tools, they can continue sharing their points of view, culture and ways of life with audiences across the globe.

The goal is to share the wonders of the Amazon with those who haven’t experienced it, while also helping preserve it. 

 

 

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NARCO NEWS: Decapitated Bodies and Multiple Body Parts Found Outside of Sam’s Club in Acapulco

NARCO NEWS: Decapitated Bodies and Multiple Body Parts Found Outside of Sam’s Club in Acapulco

Photo: Acapulco Scene of More Violence in Mexico

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Mexican authorities are reporting a gruesome find outside the Sam’s Club in Acapulco this weekend.  Authorities found more than 20 body parts allegedly belonging to two individuals who were decapitated and scalped.  The Sam’s Club is located near the main tourist area of the city.

In addition, Mexican police in Acapulco found another three decapitated bodies in a car yesterday not too far from the Sam’s Club.  This finding was at a local gas station near the Sam’s Club and it is not known if the killings or victims are related.  The victims heads, one which was female, have not been located.

The violence in Acapulco which is located in the state of Guerrero is escalating to the point that gas station owners staged a work strike on Friday to protest the violence.

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U.S. Conference of Bishops Urge Priests to Pray & Preach About DREAM Act

U.S. Conference of Bishops Urge Priests to Pray & Preach About DREAM Act

Photo: Catholic Church to Advocate for DREAM Act in Homilies

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The U.S. Conference of Bishops through their “Justice for Immigrants” campaign is urging all Catholic priests to pray, preach and advocate for passage of the DREAM Act.

The DREAM Act would grant a path to citizenship for children of undocumented parents that came to the U.S. at an early age and are either students or in the military.  DREAM Act legislation has existed in one form or another for approximately 10 years and was most recently defeated in the Senate last year.  It was reintroduced by Senator Dick Durbin and Senator Robert Menendez this year in hopes of passing once again.

The Catholic Church prayer campaign will be formally launched September 18 and runs through October 9th where there is an invitation to “ plan a vigil or public event” to show support for the actual DREAM Act students and immigrant advocates. 

On September 25th Catholic Churches will introduce the topic in the homily and prayer petitions read at U.S. Catholic churches.

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Hispanic Hero Who Thwarted NM Kidnapping Honored While Disclosing He is Undocumented

Hispanic Hero Who Thwarted NM Kidnapping Honored While Disclosing He is Undocumented

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Friday, Albuquerque honored one of its locals, Antonio Diaz Chacon, as a true hero for thwarting the kidnapping of a 6-year old in his neighborhood earlier in the week.  Little did he know that in doing what he claimed “anyone would do”  his undocumented status would be made an issue and place him center stage of the immigration reform debate.

None of this entered his mind when he witnessed the 6-year old being snatched off a play ground by suspect Phillip Garcia into his van.  Quick thinking Diaz Chacon had his wife call police while he pursued the suspect in his car.  When the suspect crashed the van he was driving Diaz Chacon ran, without thought to his own safety, to the van and took the little girl out and brought her home.

His undocumented status was revealed by him in a Univision interview which put a different spin on this heroic tale.  He readily acknowledged giving up trying to seek legal residence knowing it takes an average of 20 years to accomplish that and not being able to afford the process.  He is married to an American citizen and has been in the country for four years.

Both sides of the debate took to his story, one side wanting him to be the face of what is wrong with deportations of non-criminal aliens the other calling anyone even a hero a law breaker.  None of this seemed to matter Friday when Diaz Chacon received a plaque written in Spanish with the Mayor and other dignitaries present.

Diaz Chacon, appears unfazed by the attention or fearful that this unwanted attention can get him deported, he just knows he would do it all over again. 

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SundayAugust 21, 2011