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SaturdayOctober 1, 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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Hispanically Speaking News Named 2011’s Top Content Provider for Hispanic Audiences

Hispanically Speaking News Named 2011’s Top Content Provider for Hispanic Audiences

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Hispanically Speaking News (HS-News) has won the award for the Top Content Provider for the Hispanic Audience for 2011 at Portada’s 5th Annual Hispanic Digital and Print Media Conference that was held in New York City.  The Portada awards for achievement and innovation in marketing to U.S. Hispanics are determined through a nomination and voting process that is managed and overseen by the market research company. 

The digital media category is particularly meaningful because Hispanics are the fastest growing group of Internet users in the country.

“We are honored and humbled by this recognition, especially with the fact that we have just celebrated our first year anniversary and are just getting started,” said Estelle Gonzales Walgreen, HS-News co-founder and its Editor-in-Chief.  “By continuing to deliver interesting and pertinent news 24/7 for and about Latinos, we are confident that HS News is uniquely positioned to grow its influence and market share in this space.”


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Catholic Church-Run Programs for Men help Stem Violence Against Nicaraguan Women

Catholic Church-Run Programs for Men help Stem Violence Against Nicaraguan Women

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Women in Nicaragua, often too timid to speak for themselves, have been beaten and sometimes killed by their partners or husbands who were unable or unwilling to see this as a crime, as unacceptable, as a way of life that needed to be changed.

The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees reports that nongovernmental organizations “estimate that up to 60 percent of (Nicaraguan) women have been physically abused by a partner at least once.”

Enter Catholic Relief Services and its partner agency, Caritas Nicaragua, which joined forces to reduce the violence against women by providing programming for men. The agencies’ officials said they saw the potential to reduce the violence, save women’ lives and promote healthy families in the process.

Women do not need to be convinced that using violence in their homes can hurt or kill them. They already know all too well what can happen when machismo takes over, said Hugh Aprile, CRS country representative for Nicaragua.

Operating from the machismo concept, men have an exaggerated sense of masculinity that promotes their courage, their virility, their dominance of women and their aggressiveness, Aprile added. When that “cocktail” is stirred, women can become the object of dissatisfaction or rage.

The two church agencies began 12 pilot programs in three areas in the central part of the country near Matiguas.

There, training began for the programs to convince men to change their behavior toward the women in their lives, especially their wives or partners.

It takes more than a village to change men’s behaviors, especially when women may not be assertive enough to protect themselves or protest against violent behavior. For them, the changes were uncomfortable at first, one woman said.

Not only were the families poor and living in remote communities, they have also survived for generations by working and living in a machismo culture with a distinct distribution of responsibilities. To change behaviors, communication about the programs began with the male community leaders at meetings and spread from house to house.

The program “is a benefit for the whole community,” said Ariel Andrades, one of the men recruited for the program.

Andrades said he had been “rough” with his wife, had no desire to hold or care for his son and never helped his wife in the house.

“I didn’t feel like that was part of my job,” he said.

After going through the program, he said, he sees the value for his family.

“This is a whole new idea, and I would not have thought about before,” he said.

While reducing violence in families produced immediate and noticeable changes, other deeper, more subtle changes occurred as well. For instance, health workers noted that pregnant women making trips to the doctor were accompanied by their husbands.

For those living in remote areas, CRS and Caritas also support Casa Materna, homes for women in Matiguas and several other areas. About 20 such homes are scattered throughout the country. Mothers-to-be generally arrive at these houses about two weeks prior to their delivery dates.

CRS and Caritas offer technical support with equipment and supplies, said Dr. Julio Valerio.

“People at Casa Materna work very hard and do much good work with very little funding because they do it from their hearts,” he added.

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Calle 13- New “Latinoamerica” Video- See it Here

Calle 13- New  “Latinoamerica” Video- See it Here

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Calle 13 has released a new video of their single “ Latinoamerica”.

We think it is a fantastic video…What do you think?

Calle 13 - Latinoamérica
Directores Jorge Carmona y Milovan Radovic
Productor Alejandro Noriega
Patria Producciones

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Peru Juice Bar Sells Fresh Frog Juice- “The Peruvian Viagra”  (VIDEO)

Peru Juice Bar Sells Fresh Frog Juice- “The Peruvian Viagra”    (VIDEO)

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A Peru bar in Lima, adds frogs to their juice (VIDEO). Actually, it’s a fresh juice bar and the owner says frog juice restores vigor and keeps a body strong.
And that’s not all.

In fact, they call it ‘The Peruvian Viagra’ and they say it’s great for you if you have a low sex drive. It is a great aphrodisiac.

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10 Reasons Why Immigration Reform Is Important to Everyones Fiscal Health

All eyes in Washington these days are on the new congressional super committee. The 12 members from both parties in both chambers of Congress have been assigned the task of developing a plan to reduce the federal deficit by $1.5 trillion over the next decade or risk setting off deficit-cutting triggers that will force sharp cuts to both defense and domestic spending.

There are many ways the members of this committee can reach the $1.5 trillion target between now and their Thanksgiving week deadline. We at the Center for American Progress understand that comprehensive immigration reform is not among the deficit reduction options on the table but want to urge the super committee to consider it. Comprehensive immigration reform is one key to boosting economic growth and thus helping to solve our nation’s fiscal problems.

Here are the top 10 reasons why immigration reform, or the lack thereof, affects our economy.

Additions to the U.S. economy
1. $1.5 trillion—The amount of money that would be added to America’s cumulative gross domestic product—the largest measure of economic growth—over 10 years with a comprehensive immigration reform plan that includes legalization for all undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States.

2. 3.4 percent—The potential GDP growth rate over the past two years if comprehensive immigration reform had gone into effect two years ago, in mid-2009. (see Figure 1)Image

3. 309,000—The number of jobs that would have been gained if comprehensive immigration reform had gone into effect two years ago, in mid-2009. A GDP growth rate of 0.2 percent above the actual growth rate translates into, based on the relationship between economic growth and unemployment, a decrease in unemployment by 0.1 percent, or 154,400 jobs, per year.

4. $4.5 billion to $5.4 billion—The amount of additional net tax revenue that would accrue to the federal government over three years if all undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States were legalized.

Revenue generated by immigrants
5. $4.2 trillion—The amount of revenue generated by Fortune 500 companies founded by immigrants and their children, representing 40 percent of all Fortune 500 companies.

6. $67 billion—The amount of money that immigrant business owners generated in the 2000 census, 12 percent of all business income. In addition, engineering and technology companies with at least one key immigrant founder generated $52 billion between 1995 and 2005 and created roughly 450,000 jobs.

Taxes generated by immigrants
7. $11.2 billion—The amount of tax revenue that states alone collected from undocumented immigrants in 2010.

Negative consequences of mass deportation
8. $2.6 trillion—The amount of money that would evaporate from cumulative U.S. GDP over 10 years if all undocumented immigrants in the country were deported.

9. 618,000—The number of jobs that would have been lost had a program of mass deportation gone into effect two years ago, in mid-2009. A mass deportation program would have caused GDP to decrease by 0.5 percent per year, which, based on the relationship between economic growth and unemployment, translates to an increase in unemployment by 0.2 percent, or 309,000 jobs, per year.

10. $285 billion—The amount of money it would cost to deport all undocumented immigrants in the United States over five years.

The upshot
Most Americans and their elected representatives in Congress would be pleasantly surprised to learn about the substantial benefits of comprehensive immigration reform to our nation’s broad-based economic growth and prosperity, and thus our ability to reduce our federal budget deficit over the next 10 years. Given how difficult a challenge the super committee faces, we cannot afford to ignore any viable options for strengthening our economy. We hope the super committee takes these top 10 economic reasons into account as they move forward with their deliberations.

Angela M. Kelley is Vice President for Immigration Policy and Advocacy and Philip E. Wolgin is Immigration Policy Analyst at the Center for American Progress. The authors would like to thank Adam Hersh, Economist at the Center for American Progress, for his help in calculating the economic projections.

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Man Suffers Having Both his Legs Cut Off- Claims Mistaken Identity- HS News Narco Blog

Man Suffers Having Both his Legs Cut Off- Claims Mistaken Identity- HS News Narco Blog

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Last night, a man along with several friends was enjoying the Presa El Region, in Chihuahua.  The evening was interrupted when the men were attacked by a group of armed criminals.  The gunman singled out one man and forced him into their Ford Explorer truck.  The criminals told the young man ,” You screwed up” and started cutting his legs off then retreated.

Friends of the maimed man were horrified and shocked by what had happened. They immediately went to a nearby hospital so that their friend could receive medical attention. The authorities said the man is 32 years old and has both legs amputated also said he did not know the offenders, saying that all this had been a misunderstanding.

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Sesame Street- Juanes and Sofia Vergara Celebrate Hispanic Heritage(VIDEO)

Sesame Street- Juanes and Sofia Vergara Celebrate Hispanic Heritage(VIDEO)

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On the October 4th show of Sesame Street Colombia’s very own Juanes and Sofia Vergara will join Elmo and Rosita.

They will sing, dance and teach kids some Spanish words.

The special episode, called “The Latinization of Marco,” centers on host Gina acquainting her adopted Guatemalan-born son with his culture.


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To Control Drugs- We Must Revisit Border Control (VIDEO)

To Control Drugs- We Must Revisit Border Control  (VIDEO)

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Former DEA Supervisor Anthony Coulson says the supply of drugs from Mexico is increasing.

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After AL Immigration Ruling at Foley School with Hispanic Population, Students Cry, Withdraw,No-Show

After AL Immigration Ruling at Foley School with Hispanic Population, Students Cry, Withdraw,No-Show

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After the Alabama Immigration Ruling, many students came to school Thursday crying and afraid said Foley School Principal Bill Lawrence.

“Nineteen of them withdrew, and another 39 were absent,” Lawrence said, the day after a federal judge upheld much of Alabama’s strict new immigration law, which authorizes law enforcement to detain people suspected of not being U.S. citizens and requires schools to ask new enrollees for a copy of their birth certificate.

Even more of the students—who are U.S. citizens by birth, but their parents may not be—were expected to leave the state over the weekend, Lawrence said.

“It’s been a challenging day, an emotional day. My children have been in tears today. They’re afraid,” he said. “We have been in crisis-management mode, trying to help our children get over this.”
Foley Elementary has the area’s largest percentage of Hispanic students, about 20 percent of its student body.

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“Capulina “(85) Passes Away in Mexico City- Enjoy Video of His Comedy

“Capulina “(85) Passes Away in Mexico City- Enjoy Video of His Comedy

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A spokesman for Mexico’s National Actors Association says comic actor Gaspar Henaine Perez “Capulina” died at a Mexico City hospital. The cause of death hasn’t been released. Henaine Perez had suffered pneumonia and ulcers.

Capulina acted in nearly 100 films, often appearing as a bumbling but good-natured sidekick wearing an old hat with no crown. He later appeared in children’s TV series and movies.

Actors Association spokesman Gustavo de Anda said a memorial service was being held Friday night.

Born on Jan. 6, 1926, Henaine Perez is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter.

Here is an example why people loved him so much: his always present humor reminded us of how important is to travel light, no matter how hard things seem.

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Follow the Money to New Adelanto Detention Facility

Follow the Money to New Adelanto Detention Facility

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A detention center to house immigrant detainees set to open in Adelanto raises many important concerns for immigrants and their advocates in the community. While the facility could potentially keep detainees closer to their families and legal counsel, the so-called public-private partnership that produced this facility shows that immigration law isn’t just a divisive political issue - it’s big business.

The expansion of for-profit prisons to incarcerate non-citizens held under the government’s civil, not criminal, authority is both a symptom and a cause of an increasingly criminalized and dehumanized immigration process. Immigrants who have broken no criminal laws are being held in prison-like conditions that have themselves come under scrutiny by nonprofit groups and federal agencies over the past two years.

The Detention Watch Network cites that in 2009 the Obama administration “acknowledged that the immigration detention system was sprawling and too punitive in nature for immigrants in civil immigration proceeding.” However, at the same time, the federal administration is expanding the detention system and awarding contracts to private billion-dollar companies that are not bound to the same supervision and oversight as would be a public agency.

The GEO Group, the second largest contractor with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and one of the largest private prison corporations, made over $1.17 billion in its contracts with the federal government last year. GEO is expected to earn $42 million per year by detaining immigrants in Adelanto. The for-profit nature of the facility provides an incentive to fill beds instead of using “alternatives to detention,” where individuals with no criminal records and long ties to the community can be supervised outside a prison setting. The alternatives to detention cost less and are more effective and humane than the prison-like detention system.

Another concern is whether the number of non-criminal detainees and immigration enforcement in general will increase in the Inland Empire as a result of having more space to house them. We have already seen a record 5,136 deportations last year under the administration’s controversial jail-based immigration enforcement programs, the majority of whom committed either only a misdemeanor or no crime at all.

GEO Group has been found to be heavily involved in lobbying the federal government and different states throughout the country in order to increase immigration enforcement to benefit its bottom line. The prison contractors hire lobbyists and finance candidates who promise to be “tough on crime” and “tough on immigrants,” preying on the fears of those destabilized by the economic downturn and eager for security.

It is a closed system that perpetuates itself for profit. According to an analysis by Detention Watch Network, the five corporations with the biggest contracts with ICE have spent as much as $20 million lobbying legislators over the past 10 years. Moreover, Julie Myers, the assistant secretary of homeland security and director of ICE under President George W. Bush, now serves as a lobbyist for the GEO Group.

In Arizona, the private prison industry was a main proponent of the contentious anti-immigrant law Senate Bill 1070. The prison industry needs prisoners and immigration legislation like S.B. 1070 promises filled beds. Regardless of whether the law could be considered a solution to the immigration quandary, it had a decidedly destabilizing social impact. This climate is already sowing tensions in our area and is something we should be loath to embrace.

It goes without saying that an enforcement-only approach to immigration reform is doomed to failure, even it wins elections for tough-on-crime candidates and lines the pockets of big business. This problem can only be solved through a comprehensive approach that includes providing hard-working immigrants with an earned path to legal residency, special consideration to families of mixed immigration status, a fair and accurate worker verification system and a more timely process for those wishing to legally immigrate to the United States.

In the meantime, more transparency and oversight of for-profit detention facilities is needed in order to ensure that detainees have access to medical care, legal counsel and regular family visits. Finally, the link between private prison corporations and federal and state immigration enforcement policy should be further investigated and dismantled. Immigrants are human beings with families, not commodities that increase value for shareholders.

This was co-authored by ICUC organizer Benjamin Wood.

Suzanne Foster and Benjamin Wood are members of the Justice for Immigrants Coalition of Inland Southern California, consisting of more than 20 groups from all sectors of the community.

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CELEBRATE this weekend with a Latin American Natural Wonder

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


Juan Laverde, Latin American Natural Wonder


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