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SaturdaySeptember 10, 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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Three Latino Leadership Authors Call for Mainstream Media to End Negative Latino Stereotypes NOW

Three Latino Leadership Authors Call for Mainstream Media to End Negative Latino Stereotypes NOW

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Three Latino entrepreneurs and authors of Latino leadership books are stepping forward to demand changes in the mostly negative images of Latinos that mainstream media shows America today, by offering positive images. As communities prepare to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, Frank Carbajal, Laura Contreras-Rowe and Graciela Tiscareño-Sato, who collectively have written many compelling profiles of extraordinary Latino leaders and achievers, join forces to declare that it’s time for mainstream media to show us the real faces of educated, innovative, courageous and accomplished Latinos in leadership roles across the nation.

“The future isn’t tomorrow; the future is now. It’s time for Latinos to lead into the 21st Century and it’s time to be seen”,” offers Carbajal, author of Building the Latino Future: Success Stories for the Next Generation and its translated counterpart El Futuro Latino.  Carbajal is an entrepreneur, founder and President of Es Tiempo LLC, a business consulting firm in San Jose, California. Together with Tiscareño-Sato and venture capital firm Hispanic-Net, Carbajal produces the annual Silicon Valley Latino Leadership Summit at Stanford University.

“Looking at Latino youth statistics in America, you have to wonder where the positive role models are in the mainstream media. The stereotyping must end; in reality we are doctors, lawyers, educators, mayors of major cities, authors, chefs, entrepreneurs and very successful professionals around the country. We need these stories to be told and seen to change the stereotype. Latino youth are critical to the future of America.” states Contreras-Rowe, author of Aim High: Extraordinary Stories of Hispanic and Latina Women.

Graciela Tiscareño-Sato is the author of the recently launched book titled Latinnovating: Green American Jobs and the Latinos Creating Them, the first book showcasing Latino-led innovation and entrepreneurship in the green economy. Dr. Federico Subervi, Professor & Director, Center for the Study of Latino Media & Markets, Texas State University—San Marcos, provided an endorsement for Tiscareño-Sato’s book.


“In the midst of a landscape of public opinion that is saturated with weeds—that is, negative stereotypes about Hispanics, this book offers instead radiant flowers: the positive, creative, brilliant and extraordinary contributions that Latinos are making for the improvement of our society as a whole. The innovative entrepreneurs featured in Latinnovating are role models for all: Latinos and non-Latinos, young and old.”

“We know mainstream media will not come looking for our success stories; we must create them and actively showcase them in the mainstream, until we kill the stereotypes. That’s exactly what Frank, Laura and I are doing by providing the stories that can be shown immediately,” says Tiscareño-Sato.

All three authors are sought-after speakers at professional association events, corporate employee resource groups, universities, business schools and K-12 classrooms across the nation. Their contact information is below and all are on Facebook.

About Gracefully Global Group, LLC

Graciela speaks regularly to students, professionals and career changers, sharing innovation case studies and resources from the green economy. She’s the Chief Creative Officer of her marketing and communications excellence firm in the San Francisco area.

About Laura Contreras-Rowe

Ms. Contreras-Rowe is an award-winning author and motivational speaker to women and youth across the country. Her message is one of hope, inspiring Latinos to aim high and dream big.

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Pope Benedict XVI has Expressed his Support of the United States on the 10th Anniversary of 9/11

Pope Benedict XVI has Expressed his Support of the United States on the 10th Anniversary of 9/11

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To my Venerable Brother

The Most Reverend Timothy M. Dolan
President United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

    Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ! 

    On this day my thoughts turn to the somber events of September 11, 2001, when so many innocent lives were lost in the brutal assault on the twin towers of the World Trade Center and the further attacks in Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania. I join you in commending the thousands of victims to the infinite mercy of Almighty God and in asking our heavenly Father to continue to console those who mourn the loss of loved ones.

    The tragedy of that day is compounded by the perpetrators’ claim to be acting in God’s name. Once again, it must be unequivocally stated that no circumstances can ever justify acts of terrorism. Every human life is precious in God’s sight and no effort should be spared in the attempt to promote throughout the world a genuine respect for the inalienable rights and dignity of individuals and peoples everywhere.

    The American people are to be commended for the courage and generosity that they showed in the rescue operations and for their resilience in moving forward with hope and confidence. It is my fervent prayer that a firm commitment to justice and a global culture of solidarity will help rid the world of the grievances that so often give rise to acts of violence and will create the conditions for greater peace and prosperity, offering a brighter and more secure future.

    With these sentiments, I extend my most affectionate greetings to you, your brother Bishops and all those entrusted to your pastoral care, and I gladly impart my Apostolic Blessing as a pledge of peace and serenity in the Lord.


From the Vatican, September 11,2011
                       

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Brazilian Indians Demand Shell Oil Leave their Land (VIDEO)

Brazilian Indians Demand Shell Oil Leave their Land (VIDEO)

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Indians of the Guarani tribe in Brazil have demanded that energy giant Shell stop using their ancestral land for ethanol production.

Ambrosio Vilhalva, a Guarani man from one of the communities affected, told Survival, ‘Shell must leave our land… the companies must stop using indigenous land. We want justice, we want our land to be mapped out and protected for us’.

Shell is united with Brazilian ethanol company Cosan, in a joint venture company called Raizen. Some of Raizen’s ethanol, sold as a biofuel, is produced from sugarcane grown on the Guarani’s ancestral land.

In a letter to the companies, the Indians warn that, ‘Since the factory began to operate, all our health has deteriorated – children, adults and animals’.

The chemicals used on the sugarcane plantations are thought to be causing acute diarrhea amongst Guarani children, and killing fish and plants.

The Guarani state, ‘We can no longer find many of the medicines which used to grow in the forest… the plants have died because of the poison’.

They continue, ‘The growers never asked our permission or consulted us before planting on our land’.


The Brazilian government’s failure to uphold its own laws and map out and protect the Guarani’s land for their exclusive use has left it vulnerable to exploitation by sugarcane plantations.

Meanwhile, many Guarani live in appalling conditions, in overcrowded reserves or camped on roadsides.

Dozens of Guarani have been assassinated after trying to reoccupy their ancestral land, and many more subjected to violence. The Guarani of Pyelito Kuê are the latest to suffer attacks, since they reoccupied their land last month.

Survival’s Director, Stephen Corry, said today, ‘It’s a sad irony that people buy Shell’s ethanol as an ‘ethical’ alternative to fossil fuels: there’s certainly nothing ethical about its horrendous treatment of the Guarani. The Brazilian government needs to enforce its laws, and stop the wholesale destruction of the Indians’ land’.

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See ‘Latina Magazine’  15 Hottest Latinas (VIDEO)

See ‘Latina Magazine’  15 Hottest Latinas (VIDEO)

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“Latina Magazine” celebrates its fifteenth anniversary by featuring some of the year’s most beautiful Latinas.


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Students Continue Protests in Chile (VIDEO)

Students Continue Protests in Chile (VIDEO)

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Thousands of students clash with Police in Chile as protesters march through the streets of Santiago Chile demanding the government improve the education system.

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

 

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“More than one in four Latinos, 28 percent, is at Risk of Hunger”  Response to USDA Report

“More than one in four Latinos, 28 percent, is at Risk of Hunger”  Response to USDA Report

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A new report issued this week by The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) found alarming rates of food insecurity among minorities.

In the general population, 1 in 6 Americans, 49 million, are currently living in households that are identified as food insecure, but the rates are much higher for Latinos and African Americans.

“The new USDA findings are disturbing. It is very upsetting that so many Americans struggle on a daily basis to find enough nutritious food to feed themselves and their families. But it is also particularly of concern that Latinos and African Americans are so disproportionately affected,” said Vicki Escarra, president and CEO of Feeding America. “Our nation must do everything possible to help end these inequities. We must make sure that all American, especially our children, are properly nourished, so that they can lead healthy, happy and productive lives.”

LATINO

Rates of food insecurity were much higher among Latino households than the national average: more than 26 percent of Latino households versus nearly 15 percent of all households.

More than one in four Latinos, 28 percent, or 13 million, is at risk of hunger.

Nearly one-third of Latino children, 32 percent, or 5 million, are living in food insecure households.

“Hispanic families continue to be among the Americans most likely to grapple with food insecurity and hunger,” said Janet Murguia, president and CEO of the National Council of La Raza, the largest national Latino civil rights and advocacy organization in the U.S.  “It is vital that we improve access to healthy foods and strengthen nutrition assistance programs such as SNAP and WIC.  However, over the long term, we also need comprehensive policies that address the economic and environmental factors that cause food insecurity in the Latino community.”

AFRICAN AMERICAN

Rates of food insecurity among Black, non-Hispanic households is nearly as high as in the Latino population, at approximately 25 percent, about the same rate reported last year.
More than one in four African-Americans, 27 percent, or 10 million is at risk of hunger.
More than one-third of African-American children, 3.7 million, are living in food insecure households.

“The report released by the USDA this week show that a disturbing number of African Americans don’t have consistent access to three square meals a day. This is a situation which must change.

We cannot allow so many people in our nation to live without enough food to lead healthy, productive lives,” said Tavis Smiley, the broadcaster and philanthropist.

The new USDA report leads us to note another inequity borne by African-Americans and Latinos in the current economy.

Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap study, released in March 2011, found that unemployment is a strong driver of food insecurity. In December 2010 (the time of data collection for the USDA report), the unemployment rate for African Americans (15.8 percent) and Latinos (13 percent) was dramatically higher than that of whites (8.5 percent).

Since the USDA data was collected, the unemployment rates for whites and Latinos have decreased slightly, to 8 percent and 11.3 percent, respectively, in August, but the African American unemployment rate has increased to 16.7 percent. These findings suggest that food insecurity rates will remain disproportionately high for Latinos, and may actually increase for African Americans.

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The Latinas of Miss Universe 2011

The Latinas of Miss Universe 2011

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Image Miss Universe 2011 : Argentina – Natalia Rodriguez


ImageMiss Universe 2011 : Bolivia – Olivia Pinheiro


ImageMiss Universe 2011 : Brazil – Priscila Machado


ImageMiss Universe 2011 : Chile – Vanessa Ceruti


ImageMiss Universe 2011 : Colombia – Catalina Robayo


ImageMiss Universe 2011 : Costa Rica – Johanna Solano


ImageMiss Universe 2011 : Dominican Republic – Dalia Fernandez

ImageMiss Universe 2011 : Ecuador – Claudia Schiess

ImageMiss Universe 2011 : El Salvador – Mayra Aldana

ImageMiss Universe 2011 : Guatemala – Alejandra Barillas


ImageMiss Universe 2011 : Honduras – Keilyn Gomez

ImageMiss Universe 2011 : Mexico – Karin Ontiveros

ImageMiss Universe 2011 : Nicaragua – Adriana Dorn

ImageMiss Universe 2011 : Panama – Sheldry Saez

ImageMiss Universe 2011 : Paraguay – Alba Riquelme

ImageMiss Universe 2011 : Peru – Natalie Vertiz

ImageMiss Universe 2011 : Puerto Rico – Viviana Ortiz

ImageMiss Universe 2011 : Spain – Paula Guillo

ImageMiss Universe 2011 : Uruguay – Fernanda Semino

ImageMiss Universe 2011 : USA – Alyssa Campanella

ImageMiss Universe 2011 : Venezuela – Vanessa Goncalves

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Approaching the Anniversary of 9/11, Alabama set to pass the “Nation’s Cruelest Immigration Law”

Approaching the Anniversary of 9/11, Alabama set to pass the “Nation’s Cruelest Immigration Law”

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It’s been in the works for over three months, but the debate surrounding Alabama’s threatening new anti-immigration law just got louder and more serious. Just when we thought Arizona’s SB 1070 law was the worst hit to the nation’s crumbling immigration policy, Alabama has managed to deliver perhaps an even bigger shock. Enacted back in June by the Alabama House and Senate, H.B. 56 had also been signed by Governor Robert Bentley. Now, with the stamp of approval from the entire Alabama state government, the law was set to take effect on September 1. However, a federal judge has stepped in to temporarily block it. U.S. District Judge Sharon Blackburn has blocked the implementation of the law until September 29 while she deliberates on the constitutional consequences of such a law.

The law’s extremely harsh stipulations state the following:

It would be a state crime to be an undocumented immigrant in Alabama.

Law enforcement would be given the powers to detain those they have “reasonable suspicion” of being in the country illegally.

Businesses would be subject to non-criminal sanctions for knowingly hiring undocumented immigrants.

It would also be a crime to harbor or transport undocumented immigrants, including giving them rides to workplaces.

All contracts made with undocumented immigrants will be made null and void.

Renting property to undocumented immigrants will be forbidden.

The law’s details are inhumane to say the least, essentially restricting those with undocumented status from living freely at all. Judge Blackburn’s block was the result of various groups and organizations suing the state of Alabama over the passage of this law. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), together with other advocacy groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Immigrants’ Rights Project, filed a suit against the Alabama state government on July 8. The law is facing opposition on several other fronts as well. The Department of Justice, with the support of the Obama administration, has also filed a lawsuit against the state claiming states cannot interfere to this extent in federal policy. A New York Times editorial scathingly labeled HB 56 as the “nation’s cruelest immigration law.” The editorial discusses the reaction to the law from the religious community in Alabama.

In a surprising first for reactions to stringent anti-immigration laws, four church leaders from across Alabama have joined forces to sue the state (see full lawsuit here) for passing a law that criminalizes the church’s duty to be show compassion to everyone. The church leaders – an Episcopal bishop, a Methodist bishop and a Roman Catholic archbishop and bishop – call the law inhumane and that it would terrorize undocumented immigrants and make criminalize those who show kindness to them. Archbishop Thomas Rodi of Mobile added that “the law attacks our core understanding of what it means to be a church.”

The news of this law getting close to enforcement has also triggered a flurry of debate among the public, especially in online forums as comments on the various news articles reporting the story. One such comment on the editorial published in The New York Times, is by a reader named ‘MT’:

…we are ALL immigrants or have descended from them. by these xenophobic definitions, unless you are a native american descended from those who had their land stolen from columbus, then maybe you are not a “real American.” immigrants, legal or illegal, don’t take people’s jobs away. plus, i doubt that “real americans” would want to work the wages in the conditions that undocumented workers face daily. i doubt that “real americans” are prepared to pay more for the food that undocumented workers pick for them. has anyone ever stopped to think that one reason so many “unskilled” americans find themselves without the jobs is a symptom of our failing educational system and a product of our anti-intellectual culture?

Another reader, going by the name of “toomuchcoffeeguy” commented further on an article in the Montgomery Advertiser:

This idea that these people are somehow taking jobs relies on a false premise, which is that there is a finite number of jobs in Alabama, but the labor market doesn’t actually work that way. Cheap labor can only strengthen an economy, by making job creation more accessible to small businesses, thus expanding both jobs and our GDP. A good example would be Texas & California, who have the highest illegal immigrant populations and also have the highest GDP’s….

As we approach the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, it is even clearer that the ill-fated day tested our nation’s ability to respond to the situation in a meaningful way. Unfortunately, the immigration reform that was on the horizon before 9/11 was quickly dismissed for harsh, punitive measures to clamp down on undocumented immigration. The physical damage of the 9/11 attacks may have been repaired, but the massive effect the day had on security policy, law enforcement and our national attitudes towards tolerance and freedom has left our country at a tricky crossroads. America’s biggest issues are now no longer international. We face serious situations at home, where short-sighted and rushed “solutions” to the issue of undocumented immigration is in fact sawing away at our future, an attitude that further hurts the economy, standard of living and most of all, socio-cultural fabric of this country.

We urge the federal government and Judge Blackburn to recognize the tremendously damaging consequences of Alabama’s HB 56 and stop the law completely. Such laws make the need for comprehensive immigration reform even more dire than ever before. Immigrants form the backbone of this country and criminalizing them as a blanket policy will hurt the country in ways that perhaps these officials and politicians fail to foresee.

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Mark Sanchez’s Behind the Scene Interview During Pepsi Shoot (VIDEO)

Jets Quarterback Mark Sanchez takes a break during filming of his new Pepsi Max commercial to answer a few questions. Mark dishes on being Latino as well as the new season.

 


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‘The Washington Times’ Fun With Photoshop

The Washington Times published an illustration of President Obama’s face on late singer Amy Winehouse’s body to illustrate a column by Jeffrey Kuhner that claimed Obama is “injecting the heroin of class warfare and socialism into our national bloodstream,” which will lead to “insanity and death.” This is just the latest outrageous Photoshopped image or illustration published by the Times to attack Obama.

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U.S. Sentencing Commission Data Reveals Dysfunction of U.S. Immigration System

U.S. Sentencing Commission Data Reveals Dysfunction of U.S. Immigration System

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Federal courts and prisons are being overwhelmed by the broken U.S. immigration system. That is one of the central points to emerge from data contained in a new report from the U.S. Sentencing Commission. It is also a point that is easily missed if you are looking at the wrong numbers. For instance, the numbers of Latinos and non-U.S. citizens who are sent to federal prison are startling. But even more startling is how many of them are going to federal prison because of non-violent immigration offenses. In defiance of common sense, they may be in federal prison even though they have not committed a violent crime or even a property crime. Their only crime might be entering the country without permission.

According to the report, Latinos (both native-born and foreign-born) accounted for half (50 percent) of all individuals sent to federal prison during the first nine months of Fiscal Year 2011. Of these 28,468 Latinos, 16,964 (or 60 percent) were sentenced for immigration violations. Non-U.S. citizens (of any ethnicity or race) accounted for just under half (48 percent) of people sent to federal prison. Of these 28,648 non-citizens, 20,303 (or 71 percent) were sentenced for immigration violations. Overall, immigration offenses accounted for one third (33 percent) of all sentences handed down.

As the report describes, a wide range of immigration offenses are lumped together in these numbers: “trafficking in U.S. passports; trafficking in entry documents; failure to surrender naturalization certificate; fraudulently acquiring U.S. passports; smuggling, etc.; unlawful alien; fraudulently acquiring entry documents; and unlawfully entering U.S.” Data from other sources suggest that most of these immigration cases involve unauthorized presence in the United States and nothing more. Statistics compiled by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University reveal that immigration offenses now account for the majority of federal prosecutions, and that illegal entry and illegal reentry account for the majority of immigration offenses.


In short, both our immigration system and our criminal justice system are in dire need of reform. The Bush and Obama administrations have chosen to prosecute more and more unauthorized immigrants for “unlawful entry” rather than deporting them, which means that they end up in federal prison along with murderers and drug traffickers. This is pointless and inhumane. Unauthorized immigration will not be stopped by further criminalizing unauthorized immigrants. It will be stopped when we have flexible limits on legal immigration, and when we deal honestly with the fact that the 11 million unauthorized immigrants already living in the United States are not going away.

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NM Governor Martinez Pushes Immigration Crackdown Despite Family’s Undocumented Past

NM Governor Martinez Pushes Immigration Crackdown Despite Family’s Undocumented Past

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Frank Sharry: “It’s a Good Thing She Wasn’t Governor During Her Grandfather’s Day”

Already facing protests against her attempted crackdown on undocumented workers, Governor Susana Martinez (R-NM) faces new scrutiny with the revelation that her grandfather was an undocumented immigrant from Mexico. 

Said Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice, “Wait a minute, Governor Martinez’ grandfather was undocumented, and now she’s leading a crackdown against undocumented workers in New Mexico?  It’s a good thing she wasn’t governor during her grandfather’s day.”

As Lisa Y. Ramos, a professor of history at Texas A&M University told the Associated Press, most multigenerational Mexican-Americans have “at least one family member with an undocumented past…She wouldn’t be there if her grandfather, who was undocumented, hadn’t come.”  Of course, most multigenerational Mexican-Americans are not elected officeholders who are now pushing politically-motivated immigration crackdowns.

In an upcoming special session of the state legislature, Governor Martinez wants to repeal a long-standing state policy that issues driver’s licenses to New Mexico residents regardless of immigration status.  She ran for election as a hard-liner on illegal immigration and has been touted by some in the GOP as an attractive Vice Presidential candidate in 2012 because of her Latina background.  But according to election eve polling of Hispanic voters in New Mexico by Latino Decisions, Martinez lost the Latino vote by a 61%-38% margin to Lt. Gov Dianne Denish.  Governor Martinez’ efforts to advance a crackdown on immigrants certainly won’t rally Latino voters to her side.

Added Sharry, “This revelation is yet another example of why the GOP strategy of promoting Latino candidates while maintaining a hard line on immigration just won’t work.  Latino voters care about issue stands more than last names, and bullying folks who look like your grandfather simply will not play well.”

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Las Vegas Honors Mexican Independence Day with Month-Long Celebrations Featuring Top Latin Performer

Las Vegas Honors Mexican Independence Day with Month-Long Celebrations Featuring Top Latin Performer

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The world’s hottest Latin artists and entertainers will soon be arriving in Las Vegas to celebrate Mexican Independence Day. Each year, thousands of visitors make their way to Las Vegas to enjoy its internationally famous entertainment and to take part in the cultural festivities surrounding the month-long celebration.


A line up of A-list talent will perform at the Strip’s world-class resorts all month, including:


—Famous Mexican recording artist and actor Pedro Fernandez will perform in concert at The Cosmopolitan’s Boulevard Pool, Friday, Sept. 16.

—Latin music superstar Luis Miguel will perform at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Sept. 15-18 at 9 p.m. The four-night engagement is presented jointly by AEG Live and Caesars Palace.

—At Mandalay Bay Events Center, international Latin superstars Marco Antonio Solis and Ana Gabriel will bring their legendary talent to the resort Friday, Sept. 16 at 9 p.m.

—Leading Latin pop star Alejandro Fernandez will bring his DOS MUNDOS tour to MGM Grand Garden Arena for a Mexican Independence Day celebration Thursday, Sept. 15 at 8:30 p.m.

—MARIACHI USA, one of the most popular mariachi reviews in the U.S., will bring its fast paced, cutting edge show to the newly transformed Tropicana Las Vegas. The show mixes traditional mariachi tunes with a sprinkle of Cuban and Central American influence in a 90-minute performance. The show will take place at Nikki Beach Club starting at 8 p.m. on Saturday, September 17.


The celebration doesn’t end there! One of boxing’s biggest stars, undefeated Floyd “Money” Mayweather, and its newest star, WBC Welterweight World Champion “Vicious” Victor Ortiz, will align their super powers when they meet in “STAR POWER: Mayweather vs. Ortiz.” The mega-fight, which will be contested for Ortiz’s WBC Welterweight World Championship, will take place Saturday, Sept. 17 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and will be produced and distributed live by HBO.

“Mexican Independence Day gives Las Vegas and its visitors the opportunity to honor and celebrate Mexican heritage in a vibrant and exciting way,” says Cathy Tull, senior vice president of marketing for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitor Authority. “The countless events and concerts being hosted throughout the week proves Las Vegas is the premiere destination to celebrate this special occasion.”

In addition to entertainment, Las Vegas has truly redefined the culinary experience by offering world-class restaurants, more Master Sommeliers than any other city in the world, and the most comprehensive collection of celebrity chefs. As the dining and nightclub scenes evolve in Las Vegas, new restaurants continue to open nearly every month, providing unique experiences for repeat visitors, including many dedicated to Latin culinary arts:

—One of the most popular of these new restaurants is Diego at MGM Grand. The restaurant turns into a high energy club later in the evening with Vida!, a Latin flavored dance party combining the best in Latin music and modern flair featuring top Latin DJs spinning the latest in Reggaeton, Spanish pop and rock beats.

—Fiery Brazilian SUSHISAMBA at The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino offers diners a unique tasting experience into Latin cuisine.

—Trattoria del Lupo at Mandalay Bay features well-known celebrity chef, Guatemalan native Eduardo Perez, who worked his way up within the renowned Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group family, and now serves as the executive chef.

—Tacos & Tequila at the Luxor is home to Executive Chef Saul Ortiz, originally from Mexico City. T&T features a weekly Mariachi Sunday Brunch with a live mariachi band with fabulous, authentic Mexican food from Chef Ortiz.

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RELAX this weekend with a Latin American Natural Wonder

RELAX this weekend with a Latin American Natural Wonder Guess What and Where this is?

Juan Laverde, Latin American Natural Wonder

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