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TuesdayAugust 30, 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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Telemundo Remains Only Spanish-Language Broadcaster to Air “Sunday Night Football”

Telemundo Remains Only Spanish-Language Broadcaster to Air “Sunday Night Football”

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Telemundo and the National Football League announced today that they have extended their six-year partnership through the 2013 NFL season and, together with NBC Sports, will offer season-long, special Spanish-language coverage of the NFL. This unprecedented partnership establishes Telemundo as the only Spanish-language broadcaster to air “Sunday Night Football,” with award-winning broadcasting announcer, Jessi Losada hosting the games and René Giraldo and Edgar López calling the play-by-play action in Spanish.

“Telemundo’s continued partnership with the NFL is one that our viewers and advertisers expect and have embraced. Deportes Telemundo is committed to lead and innovate in our industry and this expanded relationship with the NFL and NBC Sports is another example of that commitment,” said Jorge Hidalgo, senior executive vice president of Telemundo Sports.

“With the support of NBC Sports, we are excited to expand our partnership with Telemundo to offer our Hispanic fans more NFL programming in Spanish,” said Peter O’Reilly, NFL vice president of fan strategy and marketing. “More than 32 million Hispanics watched the 2010 NFL season. It’s an exciting time for our fans as Telemundo expands NFL programming throughout the next three years.”

 

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Mexico Working Towards Helping U.S. Conservationists Protect and Preserve National Parks

Mexico Working Towards Helping U.S. Conservationists Protect and Preserve National Parks

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According to a report from the National Parks Conservation Association (NCPA), thanks to assistance from Mexico, crucial funding for U.S. national parks will not be cut, allowing for their continued preservation, and in some cases, revitalization.

Resting partially in Mexico along Texas’ border, Big Bend National Park was in dire need of help, as its ecosystem was in shambles. Since 2003, however, wildlife, plant life, and other aspects of the region have seen a great improvement, thanks in large part to a joint effort between Mexico and the U.S. to restore it.

Recently, the call for a bi-national park with our neighbors to the south has been brought up again by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, having been discussed since Teddy Roosevelt was President.

And hopefully improvements and preservation of the U.S. parks will continue with continued funding from Congress. And just last week the NPCA announced that it had collected more than 105,000 signatures from people urging that funding not be cut.

“As we approach the Centennial of the National Park Service, we must ensure our national parks receive adequate funding for our children and grandchildren to enjoy,” said NPCA President Tom Kiernan. “This is by far the most successful petition drive we’ve ever had – in nearly 100 years of operations – and it’s time for Congress to take notice of how many people have joined this effort.”

Adding, “The federal government has a responsibility to keep our national parks adequately funded,” said Kiernan. “The National Parks Protection Project is our effort to explain why and I am grateful to the more than 105,000 people across the country who joined our effort.”

Read more at Reuters →

WANTED: Chihuahua, Only Eye Witness to NM Trooper Having Public Sex With Uniform On!!

WANTED: Chihuahua, Only Eye Witness to NM Trooper Having Public Sex With Uniform On!!

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Chihuahua, marmota, ardilla, whatever that furry mammal is, it’s sitting on an exclusive story.

New México is home of the Road Runner, the Coyote and now an unidentified small mammal (could be a Chihuahua, a baby marmot, or a giant squirrel…) who witnessed a State Trooper make whoopee with a civilian on the hood of a car, possible an undercover patrol vehicle, in broad daylight in Santa Fe.

Stills taken from a surveillance video clearly show the officer (who has not been identified, despite the fact that the video quality is pristine) engaged in standing-missionary style love making, while still in uniform and with his ‘utility belt’ on, with an unidentified woman in ripped up jeans and ballet shoes.  You will note the furry mammal is just hanging out and watching.

Details of the encounter are hazy, despite happening at approximately noon, when the sun is high and things cast no shadows.  Please help us identify the furry creature we want to interview it - we have no hope of interviewing the officer since he’s probably in fear of losing his job and any sense of decency he has left.  As far as the woman we love that she is wearing dainty ballet slippers to f**k on top of a car out in public.

Several media outlets are investigating the incident and obtained the video from local authorities under the Freedom of Information Act and are attempting to identify the officer and hold him accountable for his actions.  More details to come as they become available.


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Number of Deaths Drop at Arizona-Mexico Border as Apprehensions Drop as Well

Number of Deaths Drop at Arizona-Mexico Border as Apprehensions Drop as Well

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According to information from Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector, both migrant deaths along Arizona’s border with Mexico and apprehensions are down from last year.

Compared to the same 10-month period last year, there has been a 38 percent drop in the number of deaths in Arizona’s Tucson Sector and a 44 percent drop in apprehensions.

Officials are hesitant to draw conclusions between the two, and say “the Sonoran Desert remains a very dangerous place to cross illegally.”

The sector made 108,900 apprehensions through July 31, compared to 194,065 during the same period last year.

Read more at USA TODAY →

What?  Ecuador Government to Buy $400k Worth of Bad Booze

What?  Ecuador Government to Buy $400k Worth of Bad Booze

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Half of the alcoholic beverages consumed in Ecuador, were produced illegally, so the government is being forced to buy them back to prevent a health crisis.  Ecuadorian Public Health Minister David Chiriboga said that half of the alcoholic beverages consumed in Ecuador, are produced in small provincial factories that lack the proper sanitation permits, and seem to have been adding methyl alcohol to at least 14 widely distributed brands of liquor.

The Minister said 48 people have died and 243 others were left blind, or with permanent brain damage and other lesions as a result of drinking adulterated alcohol.

Before this week, authorities have seized more than 25,000 gallons of adulterated alcohol and launched a campaign called “Give up a Bottle of Alcohol and Save a Life,” hoping to retrieve at least half a million bottles of poisonous alcohol.

On Monday, the government announced they have set apart $400,000 from their national budget to purchase back bad booze from retailers, at a rate of $0.80 per bottle.

From August 29 to Sunday, September 4th, citizens, and retailers have been invited to bring sealed bottles and tetra-pak containers of alcohol corresponding to the last two months worth of production of 14 brands of liquor (mostly domestic fruit wines) identified as poisonous.

President Rafael Correa said that after Sunday, the government will stop paying .80 cents to whoever brings an alcohol bottle, and instead prosecute whoever is found to have adulterated liquor.

Ecuadorian law punishes with up to 5 years in jail those found to be selling products that threaten the life of people.

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Steven Seagal and Arizona’s Sheriff Arpaio Being Sued for the Death of 11-Month-Old Puppy

Steven Seagal and Arizona’s Sheriff Arpaio Being Sued for the Death of 11-Month-Old Puppy

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TMZ is reporting that actor turned lawman Steven Seagal and Arizona’s Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio are being sued by a man who says his home was damaged, his puppy was shot, and his roosters were killed when the two men, along with a tactical unit entered his home violently to perform what he says was an “unfounded” raid.

ImageJesus Sanchez Llovera says more than 100 of his roosters, which he says he only kept for show, were killed when Seagal, Arpaio, and a Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Operations Unit, armed with two armored vehicles, rammed the gate of his property and stormed the house. They believed Llovera was running a cockfighting ring.

The whole ordeal, which was filmed for the Seagal’s show, “Steven Seagal Lawman,” ended with more than 100 roosters being euthanized, ad Llovera says his children’s 11-month-old puppy was shot and killed. The home’s windows were broken, and the gate knocked down by Seagal and Arpaio’s men.

The notice of claim, which is the first step towards a lawsuit says Lliovera is asking for $100,000 for the damage and an apology to his kids for killing their dog.

Read more at TMZ →

Mario Lopez Celebrates Daughter’s 1st Birthday in A Unique & Charitable Way

Mario Lopez Celebrates Daughter’s 1st Birthday in A Unique & Charitable Way

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Mario Lopez and girlfriend Courtney Mazza are celebrating their daughter Gia Francesca’s first birthday by asking friends, family and fans to give back.  Gia’s first birthday is actually on September 11th.

Lopez created a birthday registry on MyRegistry.com, letting friends and family know what to purchase for the toddler’s big day.  Additionally, Lopez is asking friends, family as well as the public to make contributions to the Community Youth Athletic Center of Chula Vista, which benefits troubled youth in and around his hometown of San Diego, California.  The former ‘Save by the Bell’ star and current guest host of ‘Extra’ and MTV’s ‘America’s Best Dance Crew’ is also going to celebrate Gia’s 1st birthday by debuting a new children’s book titled ‘Mario and Baby Gia’.

You can visit Gia’s MyRegistry.com account—the donation part is now open to the public – here

“Gia and I are so thankful to be able to work with MyRegistry.com to donate to the Community Youth Center of Chula Vista – a wonderful organization that deserves tremendous support,” said Mario Lopez. “We are most excited to celebrate her birthday in this extra special way.”

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What Are U Visas, and Who Are They For?

What Are U Visas, and Who Are They For?

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In October 2000, Congress created the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Prevention Act in October 2000. However, it did not publish official regulations for what would become known as the U Visas until 2007, with many immigrants only learning about its existence This is likely due to those that fear it may be abused by those just wishing to legally remain in the U.S.

The U Visa is intended undocumented immigrants who are the victims of certain serious crimes and who have cooperated with authorities in the prosecution of the perpetrator.

The process however, is not as simple as being a victim of a crime. An application for a U Visa must include a certificate from federal, state or local law enforcement stating that the applicant cooperated with the investigation of the crime, and a prosecutor or a judge must also attest to this. And U visa status cannot exceed four years. After three years, an immigrant in U visa status can apply for an adjustment of status (green card).

Another special visa is the T Visa which is intended for undocumented immigrants who are victims of a “severe form of trafficking in persons” and their families. T Visas also require the same cooperation with law enforcement.

When the T Visa was announced in 2002, Immigration and Naturalization Service Commissioner James Ziglar said, “The T visa is a powerful new tool to protect the most vulnerable victims and prevent future trafficking. It will help INS put the criminals responsible for these horrific acts out of business and behind bars.”

Applicants for the T visa will be granted expanded access to government benefits regardless of their immigration status.  To qualify, a trafficking victim must either be under 18 years old or obtain certification from the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) that she is willing to assist in every reasonable way in the investigation and prosecution of trafficking perpetrators (neither actual cooperation nor even the existence of an investigation is required; the victim must merely show willingness to cooperate); and she has made a bona fide application for a T visa that has not been denied (or she has been granted permission by the attorney general to stay in the U.S. to assist in a prosecution of traffickers).

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Get to Know ‘Dancing With the Stars’ J. R. Martinez (VIDEO)

Get to Know ‘Dancing With the Stars’ J. R. Martinez (VIDEO)

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Meet J.R. Martínez, “All My Children” actor, war hero, and the newest addition to “Dancing With the Stars.”  Jose Rene Martinez was born on June 14, 1983 in Shreveport, Louisiana, but grew up in Hope, Arkansas. His family hails from El Salvador.

Right before his senior year of high school, he and his mother moved to Dalton Georgia, where J.R. played strong safety on the Catamounts, the Dalton High School football team, and went to the Georgia State Championships.

After graduating, J.R. decided to join the army, to serve the nation that “had already given so much to him and his family,” as he puts it in his website.

In March of 2003, J.R. was deployed to Iraq, and on April 5, less than a month into his deployment, he was serving as a driver of a Humvee in Karbala, when his left front tire hit a land-mine. Three other soldiers with J.R. were ejected from the burning vehicle, but Martinez was trapped inside. J.R. suffered smoke inhalation and severe burns to more than 40 percent of his body. Martinez claims that while he was fighting for his life and awaiting medical help in Iraq, his sister Anabel, who passed away when J.R. was a child, appeared to him, giving him the strength to stay alive.

After he was pulled out of the Humvee, J.R. was evacuated to a local medic station in Iraq and then Landstuhl, Germany, for immediate care. He was eventually sent to Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) in San Antonio, Texas. J.R. spent 34 months in recovery at BAMC and underwent 33 different surgeries including skin grafts and cosmetic surgery.

While still in recovery, a nurse asked J.R. to have a word with patient who had became withdrawn after seeing himself for the first time after being severely burned.

After an approximate 45-minute visit, the patient opened the curtain letting light in his room and his heart. J.R. then understood the impact he had on this patient and decided to use his experience to help others, visiting with several of the patients in the hospital, sharing his story and listening to theirs.

In October of 2008, J.R. joined the cast of ABC’s Emmy® Award-winning daytime drama “All My Children” as combat veteran Brot Monroe.

J.R will be joining the cast of the upcoming Dancing With the Stars 13. DWTSGossip published on their twitter account

“Exclusive!
Here are your celebs:

nancy grace, kristin cavalleri, riki lake, chynna phillips, hope solis, elizabetta canalis. david arquette,rob kardashian,ryan oneal, Jr. martinez, chaz bono, ron artest

Here are your pros:

Tony, Derek, Mark, Val, Tristan, Maks, Cheryl, Kym, PETA, Karina,Lacey,Anna.”

Take a look at the video below for more J.R, and don’t miss him in Dancing With the Stars 13!

Read more at KnowJR.com →

12 Pounds of Cocaine Found Inside Plane at JFK Arriving from Colombia

12 Pounds of Cocaine Found Inside Plane at JFK Arriving from Colombia

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This flight was not showing the film “Snakes on a Plane”, but rather had cocaine hidden within the aircraft frame.

On July 27, 2011, CBP Officers at John F. Kennedy International Airport conducted an aircraft search on a flight arriving from Bogota, Colombia and found five brick packages within the left-side wall in the aft cargo hold area.  The CBP office has just released reports on this seizure.

CBP Officers were conducting an enforcement examination of the arriving aircraft when they discovered an anomaly within the wall of the aft cargo hold. Upon removing the panel they discovered five brick shaped packages that were tested positive for cocaine. CBP has officers that are FAA certified aircraft mechanics who conduct physical searches of the aircraft.

A total of 5.58 kilograms (12.32 pounds) of cocaine was seized; the estimated street value for this seizure is approximately $500,000.

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Migrant Workers Given Shelter During Hurricane Irene

Migrant Workers Given Shelter During Hurricane Irene

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Though many have complained that law enforcement and government officials overreacted to Hurricane Irene, the threat it possessed was very real, and sent a number of the East Coast’s migrant workers to shelters.

Shelters were having trouble accommodating the bus loads of migrants being brought to shelters prior to and during the storm, requiring some shelters to bring in translators to be sure safety instructions were understood.

Many of the migrants work as seafood pickers along the coast, and subsequently, many of their homes were at risk of being flooded or other-wise damaged by the storm.

Each year, migrants head to the coast to pick up well-paying jobs with a six-month contract with companies like Captain Charlie’s Seafood Inc. in North Carolina.

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POLL:  ‘Tea Party’ Label Viewed as Negative by More Americans

POLL:  ‘Tea Party’ Label Viewed as Negative by More Americans

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Looks like it’s a little more popular to be a liberal or a progressive these days, although conservative remains the best political label you can put on a candidate for public office. Being linked to the Tea Party is the biggest negative.

Rasmussen Reports periodically asks Likely U.S. Voters to rate political labels, and the latest national telephone survey finds that 38% consider it a positive when a political candidate is described as “conservative.” That’s consistent with surveys for several years but down slightly from 42% in January. Twenty-seven percent (27%) see conservative as a negative political label, up six points from the prior survey. Thirty percent (30%) rate it somewhere in between.

“Tea Party” has suffered much worse. Considered a positive political label by 29%, 43% now think Tea Party is a negative description for a candidate. That’s a net rating of negative 14, making it the worst thing you can call a candidate. Twenty-three percent (23%) put it somewhere in between.

Last September, 32% viewed Tea Party as a positive label and 38% a negative one. That was the previous low point for the grassroots smaller government movement. But that negative finding fell to 32% in January.

The partisan divided on the Tea Party label is perhaps predictable: 56% of Republicans see it as a positive, while 70% of Democrats think it’s a negative.  Voters not affiliated with either party also now regard Tea Party as a negative label by a 42% to 25% margin.

Fifty-six percent (56%) of non-Tea party members see the label as a negative.

Read more at Rasmussen Report →

Olsen Twins Visit Honduras To Give Shoes To Children (VIDEO)

Olsen Twins Visit Honduras To Give Shoes To Children (VIDEO)

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Earlier this summer, the Olsen twins visited Honduras with a group of volunteers to give away a pair of shoes to a child in need for every pair their company “The Row” sold on the TOMS site.

The actresses and “The Row” designers visited three different communities in the outskirts of Tegucigalpa, visited elementary schools and played soccer with kids wearing brand new shoes.

Check out the video below and share your thoughts in the forums section!

 

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Longest Living Brazilian Indian Celebrates 121st Birthday, Eats Natural Food Only

Survival International has located a Brazilian Indian, believed to be the oldest living person in the world, as she prepares to celebrate her 121st birthday.

Maria Lucimar Pereira is one of the Kaxinawá tribe, and lives in the western Brazilian Amazon. She says she will spend her birthday, on September 3rd, with her family.

Maria has never lived in a city and puts her longevity of life down to a healthy lifestyle. She only eats natural foods from the forest: grilled meat, monkey, fish, manioc (a root vegetable), and banana porridge.  She does not eat salt, sugar, or any processed foods. 

Survival International’s Director Stephen Corry says this must have contributed to her length of life.  He says, ‘All too often we witness the negative effects forced change can have on indigenous peoples. It is refreshing to see a community that has retained strong links to its ancestral land and enjoyed the undeniable benefits of this.’

Despite being nearly 121 years old, Maria remains healthy and relatively active. Community leader Carlos told Survival how she walks around the village sharing stories, and readily visits her grandchildren in neighboring areas. She only speaks Kaxinawá (not Portuguese), and occasionally travels to the nearest town, Feijó. 

Her birth certificate was approved in 1985 (pdf, 1 MB), showing she was born in 1890. But old age does not appear uncommon in her village. Carlos says out of its 80 inhabitants, four are over 90 years old. They eat natural foods, and do not use soap or any artificial products from the city.

Maria’s life has spanned over a century that has witnessed dramatic changes.  Most notably, the Indians suffered the effects of the rubber boom, which swept through the region at the end of the 19th Century, wiping out 90% of the indigenous population in a horrific wave of enslavement and appalling brutality.

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Labor Secretary Signs Agreements with Dominican & El Salvador to Protect Migrant Workers Rights

Labor Secretary Signs Agreements with Dominican & El Salvador to Protect Migrant Workers Rights

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Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis signed joint declarations and letters of arrangement with Ambassador Aníbal de Castro of the Dominican Republic, Ambassador Muni Figueres Boggs of Costa Rica and Ambassador Francisco Altschul of El Salvador to protect the labor rights of migrant workers from those countries who are employed in the United States. The ambassadors of Mexico, Nicaragua and Guatemala, who previously signed agreements with the Labor Department, also participated in the ceremony.

The event was held on the first day of Labor Rights Week, during which the Labor Department and a network of 50 Mexican consulates across the country work together to educate migrant workers and their employers.

“Our goal is to help workers and employers understand that labor laws are enforced and enforceable, giving everyone the opportunity to comply with the U.S. laws that cover all workers,” said Secretary Solis. “Most employers take seriously their obligation to abide by the basic labor laws of this country. Today’s signing ceremony will ensure that important information on wages, health and safety rights are available to more workers, enabling them to be more knowledgeable and ultimately more productive, with a vested interest in the success of their employers.”

Under the declarations, the embassies and consulates of the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica and El Salvador will cooperate with the regional enforcement offices of the Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration and its Wage and Hour Division to distribute information about U.S. health, safety and wage laws.

In conjunction with the declarations, letters of agreement were signed stating that the Wage and Hour Division will protect the rights of migrant workers in low-wage industries such as hospitality and agriculture, while OSHA will continue efforts to improve workplace safety and health conditions as well as provide outreach and assistance to Spanish-speaking workers and employers.

A weeklong series of training events, workshops and information-sharing on the rights and responsibilities of workers will be held across the country.

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TuesdayAugust 30, 2011