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MondayOctober 17, 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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Costa Rica’s Main Airport Completes 3-Yr Restructure, Ready to Double Passenger Capacity

Costa Rica’s Main Airport Completes 3-Yr Restructure, Ready to Double Passenger Capacity

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Costa Rica’s Juan Santamaría International Airport in San José has successfully completed a three-year restructuring and is preparing to more than double its passenger capacity after partnering with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC).

Last month, the IDB and OPIC disbursed $100 million in loans to Aeris Holding S.A., the airport’s operating company, owned by sponsors Brazil’s Andrade Gutierrez Concessões and ADC & HAS Finance Ltd.

Juan Santamaría International airport, Central America’s second biggest airport, receives 85 percent of all international arrivals in Costa Rica and 80 percent of all tourists that arrive into the country.

The restructuring and financing is the result of close work between the IDB, OPIC, the sponsors and the Costa Rican government to revamp the airport operations, complete all pending construction works under the first two phases of the expansion program, restructure existing debt and obtain additional financing to complete new expansion phases.

“This project has provided the financial structure and contractual stability for the airport to continue to expand and meet rising demand,’’ said Gian Franco Carassale, the project team leader at the IDB’s Structured and Corporate Finance Department. “With the completion of the first two phases of the expansion plan, the airport now has the capacity to better serve its passengers and airlines and become an important transportation hub in Central America.”

These works included a terminal extension to permanently house security, immigration and customs processing, additional hold rooms, renovation of existing and new boarding bridges, remote stands for buses and an additional remote parking positions, and reconstruction of the apron and one of the taxiways, among other investments.

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J Lo and Bradley Cooper Spotted Together AGAIN!

Photos show a woman that looks just like J Lo hiding behind her hands, sitting in the passenger seat of an SUV driven by Bradley Cooper.

TMZ says a source told them Cooper and López are not yet a couple, but have been “casually dating” since they were seen having dinner together in New York City last month.

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#OccupyWallStreet Movement Inspires Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Spain to Stand Up as the 99%

#OccupyWallStreet Movement Inspires Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Spain to Stand Up as the 99%

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Thanks in large part to social media sites like Twitter and Facebook, cities around the world stood together against capitalism and failed economic policies Saturday.

October 15 was designated an international day of protest, many in to show support for the Occupy Wall Street movement that has spread to a number of U.S. cities, but also to stand up for themselves in their own countries and cities.

In Costa Rica, around 200 people marched in San Jose. In Barcelona, Spain, thousands protested as part of “Movimiento de los Indignados” or “Movement of the Outraged.” And the protestors of Puerto Rico included students, teachers, housewives, and even the president of the island province’s Association of Physicians and Surgeons.

A spokesperson for the marchers of Puerto Rico said additional events are likely in the future, with some already camping out in a public park with no plan to leave anytime soon.

ImageThe #OccupyWallStreet protest has already become the U.S.’s largest protest to date, with those involved tired demanding corporations no longer be allowed to run this government.

At the dedication of the new Martin Luther King Jr. national memorial, the civil rights leader’s daughter, Rev. Bernice King, said that her father would have definitely supported the Occupy Wall Street movement.

She added that her father would have told Americans to never adjust to certain social ills, adding, “We should never adjust to the one percent controlling more than 40 percent of the wealth.”

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32 People Infected With H1N1 in Nicaragua Last Week

32 People Infected With H1N1 in Nicaragua Last Week

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According to the Nicaraguan Health Ministry, at least 32 cases of H1N1 virus were reported in the last week.

The outbreak of swine flu was concentrated in the capital city of Managua, as well as the neighboring department of León.

Authorities have assured citizens that the outbreak is under control and they shouldn’t be alarmed. Every individual affected by H1N1 is in a stable condition, or has already been discharged.

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By 2015 U.S.-Born Hispanics Expected to Make Up 65% of 18- to 29-Year-Olds

By 2015 U.S.-Born Hispanics Expected to Make Up 65% of 18- to 29-Year-Olds

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Tr3s: MTV, Musica y Mas presents an in depth research study on the rapid rise and distinctive behaviors of the new Hispanic Millennial generation

Tr3s: MTV, Musica y Mas, the bilingual/bicultural network for Latinos in the U.S., unveils a new comprehensive research study coined Death of the Hispanic Adult Demo as We Know It, as part of the brand’s mission to continue providing insight on the rapidly growing Hispanic Millennial generation. Since 2007, Tr3s has been leading the market’s knowledge bank on this segment, surveying nearly 10,000 Latinos 14-34 to date. The latest study reveals the implications of US-born Hispanics now dominating the 18-29 adult demographic, which are estimated to make up 65% of this demo by 2015, revolutionizing the Hispanic adult demo as we know it. Key findings were presented by Nancy Tellet, SVP of Research for Tr3s at the 2011 AHAA conference in Miami.

“This research helps us understand the massive changes taking place within the Hispanic adult segments, especially 18-34s, as US-born Hispanic Millennials begin to dominate the 18-29 segment,” said Nancy Tellet, SVP of Research for Viacom International Media Networks. “We need to develop strategies that consider this demo, to better serve the Hispanic market and deliver results.”

METHODOLOGY

The Death of the Hispanic Adult Demo as We Know It study reflects a comprehensive, hybrid approach to the methodology that includes traditional, non-traditional and social media techniques. Resources include national online surveys, texting and Facebook interaction, as well as local focus groups and in-home studies in Los Angeles, New York and Houston.

KEY FINDINGS

- Hispanic Millennials respect parental authority, unlike many of their non-Hispanic Millennial counterparts. And they anticipate doing the same with their children (although maybe a little less strict).

- Hispanic Millennials are living at home even longer: Large majorities of 2nd generation Hispanic Millennials live at home. A combination of the recession, the “American” delayed marriage and kids life-cycle mentality, and already having a tendency as young Hispanics to live at home longer is a recipe for a long extended stay at home… which includes collaborative sharing among many of the responsibilities and purchasing dynamics of the household.

- Hispanic Millennials have adopted American open-mindedness They can partner up on their own terms, when they want to, how they want to and with whom they want to (even partners of the same gender). Old rules no longer apply.

- Hispanic Millennials are stressed for success. They know they will get there, but it comes with a lot of stress.  The stress comes from their parents who have told them it’s their duty to succeed, from non-Hispanics who tell them they can’t succeed, from the economy which isn’t providing the jobs they have worked for and finally, for most of them, they are often the first in their family to take this path and there is no roadmap for success.

- Hispanic Millennials try to be and expect others to be authentic and “real”. To them, ‘authentic and real’ is rooted in a rejection of elitist and hierarchical culture in favor of embracing working-class values.  They appreciate straight talk, “warm” interacting over “cool” and many are choosing career paths that they describe as being healers, heroes and rescuers i.e. doctors, nurses, medical lab techs, police, soldiers, firemen, small business owners, animal rescuers, teachers, social workers, etc.

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Antonio Banderas Dances on “Mira Quién Baila” While Promoting “Puss in Boots” (VIDEO)

Antonio Banderas Dances on “Mira Quién Baila” While Promoting “Puss in Boots” (VIDEO)

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Spanish actor Antonio Banderas was on Univisión’s “Mira Quien Baila,” promoting “Puss in Boots.” Check out the dance routine, and the latest trailer below!



 

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The Feud Continues. Lindsay Lohan Allegedly Orders Club Not to Play Pitbull’s Music

The Feud Continues. Lindsay Lohan Allegedly Orders Club Not to Play Pitbull’s Music

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These days, it seems starlet Lindsay Lohan is no longer in the media due to her talents, but more so due to her party-hard lifestyle and constant feuding, and Saturday, she landed herself in The New York Times for ordering clubs not to play songs by Cuban-American rapper Pitbull.

In the song “Give Me Your Everything”, Lindsay’s name and seemingly-constant legal troubles are mentioned and the singer/actress is suing the performer for “defamatory statements…destined to do irreparable harm.”

A source at a Wednesday party reported that Lindsay’s people told the club that if a Pitbull song came on she would leave immediately.

However, a representative for Lohan stated that he asked the club not to play Pitbull’s music, but that he did not do this at the behest of Lohan, as he says she did not know he was making the request. He added that if a Pitbull song had come on, he’s sure Lindsay would not have left.

Lohan took issue with the “Give Me…” lyric, ‘I got it locked up like Lindsay Lohan’, though Pitbull has defended the song saying, “I don’t understand how this could happen when the song is positive. I support Lindsay Lohan and those who the media raises to the roof and, once up there, throws them to the ground and does what they want with the artist’s life. And that’s what the song says.”

Despite the rapper’s attempt to clear the air however, it appears to not have swayed Lohan, whose suit against him remains.


Watch the video for Pitbull’s “Give Me Everything” feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer.


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Juanes Only Latino Performer at Bill Clinton’s 65th Birthday (VIDEO)

Colombian crooner Juanes was the only Latino performer in “A Decade of Difference: Celebrating Ten Years of the William J. Clinton Foundation,” a star studded event held Saturday night at the iconic Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

Juanes was the sole Latino performer in a concert-celebration event held Saturday in honor of former president Bill Clinton.

Stars like Stevie Wonder, Bono and The Edge, Usher and Lady Gaga, paid tribute to Clinton on his birthday, coinciding with the tenth anniversary of completion of his last term in office.

Juanes, played a high energy set of four songs: “Me Enamora,” “A Dios Le Pido,” “La Camisa Negra,” and “La Noche.”

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WATCH South Park’s “Butters” as Mexican Worker “Mantequilla” (VIDEO)

WATCH South Park’s “Butters” as Mexican Worker “Mantequilla” (VIDEO)

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Take a peek into South Park’s latest episode “The Last of the Meheecans,” mocking America’s declining illegal immigration.

 

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Porn Star/Skydive Instructor Alex Torres Sex Stunt Sparks FAA Investigation

Porn Star/Skydive Instructor Alex Torres Sex Stunt Sparks FAA Investigation

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Skydiving instructor by day, porn-star by night Alex Torres, is under investigation by the FAA after publishing a video of himself on his personal website having sex with a coworker while skydiving.

“Skydive Taft” owner David Chrouch said he learned of the incident after officers visited his office and asked him about the video that somehow was leaked and went viral after airing. 

Torres allegedly told the pilot he had been authorized to perform the sex stunt.  Chrouch said that is a lie Torres made up in order to capture the attention of radio personality Howard Stern.

Alex Torres has been fired from “Taft,” and his female co-worker, Hope Howell reprimanded. They do not face criminal charges, as everyone involved was of age, and engaging in sexual intercourse on a plane and midair is not a crime, unless someone complains about public indecency, something Torres was able to avoid by jumping early in the morning.

Chrouch asserted that the pilot was focused on flying the entire time, and at no point seemed to lose control of the plane, so there were no violations of Federal Aviation regulations.

The FAA however, is concerned that the foreplay in Alex Torres shenanigans—which happened while Torres and “Skydive Taft” receptionist Hope Howell were still onboard the small aircraft, might have distracted, jostled or bumped the pilot flying the vessel, which is a violation of Federal Aviation regulations.

Toward the beginning of the video, Torres and Howell are seen getting jiggy with it in a jump seat next to the pilot, just prior to jumping off, and then continue the act in midair.

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Bachmann Becomes First Presidential Candidate to Sign Pledge to Complete U.S.-Mexico Border Fence

Bachmann Becomes First Presidential Candidate to Sign Pledge to Complete U.S.-Mexico Border Fence

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Attempting to win over voters after polls show her support waning, GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann has signed a pledge stating she vows to finish the border fence at the U.S.-Mexico border.

“That will be job number one,” Bachmann said of finishing the fence. “And it will be every mile, it will be every yard, it will be every foot, it will be every inch of that border, because that portion you fail to secure is the highway into the United States.”

The pledge, which she signed Saturday, comes from an advocacy group calling itself Americans for Securing the Border (ASB), which says it is “dedicated to stopping the flow of illegal immigration and enhancing U.S. security along the US-Mexican border” by aligning itself with candidates willing to “support the construction of a date-certain, double fence across the entire US border with Mexico prior to the end of 2013.”

Bachmann was the first presidential candidate to sign the pledge, and ASB’s National Chairman Van D. Hipp said the Iowa Congresswoman is “no stranger when it comes to border security.”

She told her audience in Perry, IA that they have to have discussions about immigration, and told them that talking about it does not make the racist, adding that ‘illegal’ immigration is a drain on the American society.

And though she made claims that federal, state, and local governments incur billion dollar fees due to undocumented immigrants, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office found that only “modest” fees were likely incurred by state and local governments as a result of so-called illegal immigration, though they did say there was no consensus on how to determine the cost on a national level.

Bachmann went on to claim that undocumented immigrants were more likely to be high school drop-outs, adding that households led by those without high school diplomas are likely on welfare and drain U.S. tax payers.

When she was later asked by a local man why, if she claims undocumented household heads lack high school diplomas, she would deny those that have graduated the chance to attend college because they have to pay out-of-state tuition, she said, “People who come into the country break the law. That’s an indisputable fact. When someone comes into the country illegally, that is breaking the law,” adding that special treatment should not be given to undocumented students even if they had no say in being brought to the U.S.

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Latino Taskforce on Jobs & Small Businesses Address Capital Hill

Latino Taskforce on Jobs & Small Businesses Address Capital Hill

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This week, the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL) convened its Broadband En Accion Taskforce in Washington, for a two-day series of meetings on Capitol Hill, with key Obama administration officials, and with private sector thought leaders, to discuss the issues surrounding jobs, small business, and full digital participation for Latinos.

A key topic of the meetings focused on the ways in which expanded broadband access and digital literacy can spur new economic opportunity for Latinos. “NHCSL’s Washington meetings with members of Senator Menendez’ Senate Democratic Hispanic Taskforce, and key thought leaders brings our constituents’ interests and needs directly to the conversation in Washington,” said Senator Iris Y. Martinez (IL), NHCSL President.

“Meeting in Washington with those developing plans for major investment and reforms – including the critical reforms developing to bring high speed Internet to every American, are critical for Latinos, and all of our constituents,” said Senator Juan M. Pichardo (RI), Chair, NHCSL Business and Economic Development Taskforce, and Co-Chair, Broadband En Accion Taskforce. 

“Opportunities abound for Latinos to be a part of jobs-creating innovation – we must ensure that every one of our community institutions are connected, and that our families focus on bringing those opportunities to our children. These issues are nonpartisan, practical and key to the future,” said Representative Nora Espinoza (NM).

Meetings included participation in a half-day long summit on small business and jobs hosted by Senator Robert M. Menendez, as well as meeting with key Senate and House offices, administration officials and members of the private sector. NHCSL will use these meetings to develop policy proposals that will be released in a forthcoming whitepaper focused on broadband and digital literacy.

NHCSL members participating in the meetings included: Senator Juan M. Pichardo (RI), Co-Chair, Broadband En Accion Taskforce; Representative Minnie Gonzalez (CT); Representative Mara Candelaria Reardon (IN); Representative Nora Espinoza (NM); Senator Eduardo Bhatia (PR); and Representative Joseph E. Miro (DE), Co-Chair, Broadband En Accion Task Force.

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LATINO BLOTTER: Cupcake Combat! Woman Attacks Husband With Pastry

LATINO BLOTTER: Cupcake Combat! Woman Attacks Husband With Pastry

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A Chicago woman has been ordered to wear an electric monitoring device after being arrested for assaulting her husband with cupcakes.

After a verbal altercation escalated, Arturo Montesdeoca called the police alleging that his wife Dawn was attacking him. When officers arrived at the couple’s Brighton Park home, they saw Arturo covered in frosting.

He claims that when the argument turned physical, his wife began beating him over the head, before throwing cupcakes at her husband. According to the police report, Mrs. Montesdeoca managed to land a few of the tasty torpedoes, as her husband had frosting on his head and chest.

The husband reportedly told the officers he feared for his life, and after she verbally assaulted the officers, she was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor count of domestic battery.

Sunday morning, Dawn Montesdeoca was ordered by Cook County Circuit Judge Adam D. Bourgeois Jr. to be electronically monitored and held on $10,000 bond.

The couple, who reportedly live on the 4700 block of South Western Ave., have had interactions with police before. On three separate occasions since 2003, Arturo Montesdeoca has been arrested on domestic battery or battery charges, though charges in all three cases were dropped.

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Narco Blog:  At least 20 Dead in Mexican Prison Near Border, Housing Rival Cartel Members

Narco Blog:  At least 20 Dead in Mexican Prison Near Border, Housing Rival Cartel Members

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Mexico’s Ministry of Security is reporting that at least 20 inmates are dead and 12 wounded at a border prison in Matamoros, Mexico after rioting broke out Saturday.  Matamoros is right across the border from Brownsville, Texas.

The rioting appeared to have started after two inmates started fighting and many others joined in.  Prison officials called in for additional support from the Mexican Navy and federal security officials.

Fights of this kind are not uncommon due to overcrowded conditions and rival narco gang members being housed in the same prisons.  Just last week a fight broke out in a Monterrey, Mexico prison that left 7 prisoners dead and in July a riot inside a Juarez prison left 17 inmates dead.

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Hugo Chávez Travels to Cuba For More Treatment, His Former MD Says He Has 2 Years to Live

Hugo Chávez Travels to Cuba For More Treatment, His Former MD Says He Has 2 Years to Live

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The Venezuelan president’s most recent Cuba trip comes just after his former personal surgeon told the press he gives Chávez two years to live.

President Hugo Chávez was greeted by Cuban head of State Raúl Castro at the José Martí International Airport last night; the Venezuelan leader traveled to Cuba accompanied by Venezuela’s health, agriculture, and science and technology ministers, to undergo rigorous medical examinations following the four cycles of chemotherapy he had this past summer.

According to a presidential press release, Chávez said to have faith in that the medical exams would be satisfactory, and told the Venezuelan people he’d be back mid-week with good news.

Mexican weekly publication “Milenio” however,  published Sunday an interview with Salvador Navarrete, a former personal surgeon of the Venezuelan leader who says the president’s health is quite precarious, and gave the president two years to live.

According to Navarrete, he met with other Chávez family doctors and concluded the president has a form of pelvic cancer called “sarcoma,” and not prostatic cancer, as widely speculated.

“This is why they [Cuban Doctors] have given him four rounds of chemo,” Navarrete said, “If it had prostatic cancer, you would treat it with hormones, and you wouldn’t be able to tell he was on treatment.”

If Navarrete is correct, and the treatment that the Venezuelan president is undergoing is for a sarcoma, his life expectancy would be close to 2 years.  Navarrete concluded “That explains the decision of having elections ahead of schedule.”

 

 

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MondayOctober 17, 2011