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FridayOctober 28, 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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Fox Again Promotes AZ Sheriff Paul Babeu And His Anti-Immigrant Views

Fox Again Promotes AZ Sheriff Paul Babeu And His Anti-Immigrant Views

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News Corp. chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch has claimed that Fox News is not “anti-immigrant,” a statement seemingly contradicted by near-daily segments on the network portraying immigrants in a negative light. Fox even goes as far as to support politicians with clearly anti-immigrant views.

AND let’s forget the fact that Dupnik and Pima County actually border Mexico which is NOT the case with Babeu and Pinal County.

 

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Check Out the First Images of Ricky Martin in “Evita”  (VIDEO)

Check Out the First Images of Ricky Martin in “Evita”  (VIDEO)

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Ricky Martin is set to play Ché Guevara in a new Broadway run of the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice musical “Evita,” due to open April 5 2012 in New York.

The play will feature Elena Roger in the role of Evita Perón, and Tony award winner Michael Cerveris as Juan Domingo Perón.

This run of the multi-award winning musical will be directed by Michael Grandage, and choreographed by Rob Ashford.

Tickets for the show will start selling next Saturday; though the play will not officially open until April 5th of next year, there will be preview shows beginning March 12.

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Southern Chile in Red Alert for Potential Eruption of Hudson Volcano

Southern Chile in Red Alert for Potential Eruption of Hudson Volcano

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Though Chilean authorities have ruled out an imminent massive eruption,  an area of 25 miles around the Hudson Volcano in the Aysén region has been evacuated.

The Hudson volcano in Southern Chile spewed three columns of steam and ash that fused into a cloud more than 3 miles high today.

119 people from the Hudson Volcano area in the Aysén region have been evacuated, as a major eruption could still take place unexpectedly.

The Hudson volcano has had a tendency to erupt every 20 years, the most recent eruption in August of 1991.  The plume from the ‘91 eruption reached six miles high, and spewed ash 18 inches deep over the nearby fields, killing more than a million sheep on the Argentine side of the mountain. 

The eruption in 1971 killed five people and caused flooding, one of today’s main concerns; the volcano is covered by a glacier, which in case of an eruption would melt causing floods and landslides.

“We are not currently facing an increase in seismic activity,” said Vicente Nuñez, the director of Chile’s National Emergency Office, “we can assume we won’t be facing an immediate eruption, but we’ll continue monitoring the volcano as long as meteorological conditions allow us to.”

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BREAKING NEWS 6.9 Earthquake Rattles Lima, Perú

BREAKING NEWS 6.9 Earthquake Rattles Lima, Perú

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An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.9 was felt in the Peruvian cities of Lima and Arequipa, and across the coastal regions near the city of Ica.

The quake’s epicenter was located 31 miles south of the coastal city Ica, some 178 miles away from Lima. No Tsunami alerts have been issued.

The U.S. Geological Survey reports it was centered just off the coast of Ica at a depth of 9.2 miles.

There are no immediate reports of damages.

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Is South America’s Deadly ‘Kissing Bug’ Parasite Something to be Worried About in Laredo?

Is South America’s Deadly ‘Kissing Bug’ Parasite Something to be Worried About in Laredo?

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After reports of South America’s Chagas disease began spreading throughout the U.S. states that border Mexico, many were worried for their lives.

Though the majority of people infected with the disease, which comes from parasites that live on “kissing bugs”, live in Central and South America, researchers did find cases of the possibly fatal illness in the U.S.

Today, many in Laredo, TX are worried their close proximity to the border has left them vulnerable to the disease.

However, the director of the Laredo Health Department, Hector Gonzalez, has stated, “we have no cases of Chagas disease..The bug is here though. It’s endemic here. It lives here.”

Since kissing bugs are attracted to a person’s breath, bites often occur around the person’s face, and once said bites swell and begin to itch, a person will often scratch. The wounds left by the scratching allow the parasite to enter the person’s skin.

Symptoms of the disease during the acute phase are fever, malaise, swelling of one eye, and a swollen red area where they were bit by the insect, though early on, no symptoms may be present. The disease then tends to go into remission, often times for years, before it presents itself once again, causing constipation, digestive problems, abdominal pain, enlarged lymph nodes, enlarged liver and spleen, irregular heartbeat, rapid heartbeat, and problems with swallowing.

When it returns, which could be as much as 20 years after the initial infection, it can cause cardiomyopathy, enlarge the colon and/or esophagus, heart disease, heart failure, and malnutrition.

To stave off the parasite-carrying kissing bugs, Gonzalez recommends people practice good hygiene and see a doctor if they feel sick.

He says Laredo’s good sanitation system helps provide protection from the bugs, adding that those having read articles about Chagas disease being in the Laredo need not be so alarmed.

“As far as I understand…some biologists at UT PAN-AM who are doing studies and made statements, but we don’t have the disease.”

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Bobby Montoya: The Boy Who Wished to be a Girl Scout

Bobby Montoya: The Boy Who Wished to be a Girl Scout

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Though social norms are changing a little more each day, it can still be hard to grasp the idea of ‘transgenderism’ among the human population, but one child is facing it head on.

Bobby Montoya was born a boy, but at just 7 years old, he says he feels like a girl, so while her mother still refers to her as a he, she does allow Bobby to act as whatever gender she identifies with. Bobby now dresses, and to the public eye, appears to actually be a girl. However, despite how she feels, Bobby was recently denied the opportunity to join a group many girls across the country are apart of.

Earlier this year, Bobby’s mother, Felisha Archuleta, took her son to a local Colorado Girl Scout troop leader. To the despair of both child and mother, the troop leader turned Bobby away saying it didn’t matter how she looked, because she has “boy parts” Archuleta recalled the woman saying.

Since then, Bobby and her family have seen people all across the country stand up in the name of transgender acceptance.

Even the Girl Scouts of Colorado have admitted that a mistake was made, stating that though the troop leader was not familiar with the organization’s policies, Bobby is in fact welcome to join the Girl Scouts.

Still, even if Bobby decides to take the offer and join the Girls Scouts, that will not stop the rest of the world from treating her with understandable confusion, or worse, unfair bias and hate.

In school, Bobby has been bullied for the way she acts and dresses.

‘It’s hurting my heart,’ Bobby told ABC affiliate 9News, ‘It hurts me and my mom both.’

The GLBT Community Center of Colorado’s Corey Barrett said it has begun to see young people exploring gender identity earlier in life.

‘There has definitely been this increase of questioning at an early age. I think it’s all about providing a healthy environment for them for that to happen,’ Barrett said. ‘Everyone needs to be prepared or at least have an idea from a policy and procedure stand point how they’re going to address that. And make sure that the public is aware of that.’

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Happy Halloween From México’s Vampire Woman (VIDEO)

Happy Halloween From México’s Vampire Woman (VIDEO)

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Mexico’s Vampire woman Maria José Cristerna got a whole new bunch of implants and body modifications just in time for Halloween, check them out here !

After being immortalized in wax by Ripley’s, Mexico’s vampire woman changed body artists and got 14 new implants in her head and a handful of other body modifications.

María José proudly sported her new horns and studs during her fifth art show at a Mexico subway station: A thirteen piece self-portrait collection in acrylic, abstract (and not-so-abstract) depictions of some of the toughest moments in her life.

Take a look at the video below for a close look at her art, and don’t miss toward the end the “suspension” show Maria José put out with the help of her 11-year-old son!



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U.S. Drivers Owe Ciudad Juarez $10 Million for Unpaid Traffic Citations

U.S. Drivers Owe Ciudad Juarez $10 Million for Unpaid Traffic Citations

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The northern Mexico town of Ciudad Juarez is looking to collect from U.S. drivers, as more than $10 million dollars worth of tickets remain unpaid by U.S. drivers alone.

Since Juarez is so close to the border, vehicles with U.S. plates are regularly passing through. To date, the city says more than 74,000 U.S. license plates and drivers’ licenses that have been seized sit in numerous government warehouse, where they sit remain until drivers retrieve them. Many will never be picked up, however, as fines need to be paid before they are released.

An employee of the city’s traffic department told the Associated Press that there are so many licenses and plates that the government is thinking about destroying any taken before 2007.

Many U.S. drivers who have their plates confiscated simply go get replacements which cost just $7 in Texas. For those looking for a new license, it’s just $11. Paying for replacements is a much cheaper and less time-consuming fix for drivers than paying their fines. Running a red light is roughly a $45 ticket, while speeding is $40.

When passing back into the U.S., drivers are allowed to re-enter without license plates as long as they can prove to U.S. Customs and Border Protecion officers that they own the vehicle.

With $10 million worth of fines on the line, Ciudad Juarez has said it is considering hiring a collection agency, though it would still be hard to collect, as Mexico has no legal standing to collect on debts it is owed by those living in the U.S.

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Check Out This Incredible Goal by Uruguayan Luis Suárez (VIDEO)

Check Out This Incredible Goal by Uruguayan Luis Suárez (VIDEO)

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Uruguayan Luis Suárez scored two goals for the Liverpool, on Wednesday, bumping the team into the quarter-finals of the Carling Cup. The first goal, is sure to make you go ‘wow!’

 

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Boxer Victor Ortiz to Open V.O Tacos (VIDEO)

Boxer Victor Ortiz to Open V.O Tacos (VIDEO)

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Pugilist Victor Ortiz said he is thinking to invest some of the $2M he got for getting pummeled by Floyd Mayweather in a taco chain. The name: V.O.

In an impromptu street interview, Ortiz told a TMZ reporter he is on the early stages of creating his own chain of taco joints across Los Angeles.

“We’re looking into some locations right now,” the boxer told TMZ standing next to a limo.  “We’re going to keep it close to home, with tacos and such. It should be interesting and good.”

Ortiz said he is thinking of calling his chain V.O, after his own initials.  We think it might be a little too close to K.O, specially for a boxer… or even worse to B.O!

…Hungry after going to the gym? Sounds like you need a V.O. Taco!

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Global Study:  El Salvador World’s Most Dangerous Country

Global Study:  El Salvador World’s Most Dangerous Country

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Using sources from the criminal justice, health, and conflict studies sectors, the Global Burden of Armed Violence’s 2011 database—which covers data on lethal violence perpetrated worldwide from 2004 to 2009—reveals that:

*  At least 526,000 people are killed violently each year. This figure includes an estimated 55,000 direct conflict deaths, 396,000 intentional homicides, 54,000 so-called ‘unintentional’ homicides, and 21,000 killings during legal interventions.

•  One in every ten of all reported violent deaths around the world occurs in conflict settings or during terrorist activities.

The study finds that one-quarter of the world’s countries—comprising some 1.2 billion people or roughly 18 per cent of the global population—exhibit high and very high rates of armed violence and account for almost two-thirds (63 per cent) of all violent deaths. 

Of the 10 countries experiencing extremely high violent death rates five are in Latin America and in first place is El Salvador followed by war-torn IraqHonduras came in as number four, followed by Colombia, Venezuela and Guatemala in seventh place.

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Colombian Dog Interrupts Soccer Game, Gets Own Web-Game (VIDEO)

Colombian Dog Interrupts Soccer Game, Gets Own Web-Game (VIDEO)

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Earlier this week, a soccer match in Bogotá, Colombia was brought to a halt by a local canine fan that we think was just too excited the home team was winning 4-0.

On Tuesday, in Bogotá’s “El Campín” Stadium, a “Copa Suramericana” game between Colombia’s Santa Fé and Brazil’s Botafogo had local fans dancing on the bleachers, because with only 20 minutes left, Santa Fé was up 4-0.  Suddenly, an unexpected visitor made an appearance on the field, prompting referees to immediately stop the game, and players to do their best to corral the invader.

For three minutes, an adorable mutt had players and refs fumble, run and stumble trying to get him off the field, to the roaring sound of stadium goers screaming “Ole, Ole.”

Eventually the pup lost interest, and got off the field on his own.

Take a look at the video below for the exciting chase, and then play the web-game that the Brazilians created out of the hilarious episode. How long do you think you can make the “Cachorro Louco” evade players and ball boys?

Post your best results in out forums section!

 

 

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Halloween Reminder from Hispanic Dental Association

Halloween Reminder from Hispanic Dental Association

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For many families, Halloween is pure, sweet fun.  This year, the Hispanic Dental Association and Oral Health America remind families to think of their teeth while enjoying Halloween treats.

“Halloween presents an opportunity to enlist parents in helping children care for their teeth year-round,” says Dr. Yolanda Bonta, Executive Director, Hispanic Dental Association. “That special brushing time on Halloween night should be a twice-daily activity!  Young children need help in cleaning all the hard-to-reach places where sugars and plaque gather in the mouth.  As kids age, they still need frequent reminders about brushing and flossing.”


A recent survey commissioned by Oral Health America, and sponsored by Plackers and Oral Healthcare Can’t Wait, found that most parents are concerned about caring for children’s teeth.  Sixty-eight percent say teaching children to brush and floss daily is among the most important health concerns for their children. At the same time, our economy is impacting dental visits: more than one-third (35 percent) of respondents, and even more Hispanic respondents (45 percent) who routinely visit the dentist have cut back. Families with younger children cut back more frequently.

“These findings highlight just how important preventive care really is,” said Beth Truett, President and CEO, Oral Health America.  “We have an unwritten agreement with our children that we will keep them healthy and safe.  Without routine dental visits, we put our children at risk for harmful tooth decay.  Communities need to work together to support parents in accessing the dental education and care they need.”

As the leading voice for Hispanic oral health, the Hispanic Dental Association provides service, education, advocacy and leadership for the elimination of oral health disparities in the Hispanic community.

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Border Patrol Thwarts Smuggling of Honduran 8 and 10-Year Old Boys into U.S.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Brownsville Port of Entry intercepted a man and a woman for alleged violations of immigration law. The two adults allegedly presented U. S. birth certificates for two Honduran children in an alleged attempt to bring them into the country.

On Friday, October 21, 2011 at Veterans’ International Bridge a 27-year-old U.S citizen male who resides in Houston, Texas applied for admission to enter the United States as the driver of a 1999 Chevrolet Suburban accompanied by an adult female, identified as a 19-year-old U.S citizen, who also resides in Houston, Texas. The adults were traveling with three minor children. A CBP officer at primary inspection referred the Suburban and its occupants to secondary for further examination after reviewing the U.S. birth certificates presented as entry documents for the minor children. In secondary, CBP officers used a CBP database and discovered that the presented birth certificates had not been issued to the two minors for whom they were being presented. CBP officers’ research revealed that the eight and 10-year-old boys were Honduran citizens with no legal immigration documents to enter or reside in the United States.

CBP officers seized the documents; both adults were taken into custody for alleged violations of immigration law. The two Honduran children were placed in a juvenile facility pending the outcome of the case. The third minor identified as a U.S. citizen was turned over to his grandmother.

“CBP officers working primary stopped this alleged smuggling attempt and prevented the introduction of these minor children into the country with no legal immigration documents to enter the United States. I applaud our officers for their continued enforcement of immigration laws, their service and vigilance on the frontline,” said Michael Freeman, CBP Port Director, Brownsville.

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Mexico’s Alarming Maternal Death Rate Amongst Indigenous Women

Mexico’s Alarming Maternal Death Rate Amongst Indigenous Women

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The celebrations for the International Day of Rural Women has just concluded, with official figures showing that in the Mexican states where most of the indigenous people or peasants live are where there are alarming indicators of maternal deaths.

In fact, while the national average of this phenomenon is 53.3 deaths per 100 000 live births, in the southwestern state of Guerrero, with a high index of rural and indigenous population, the indicator reaches 103.2 for maternal deaths and the same number for births. Although Oaxaca and Chiapas are experiencing a similar situation with respectively 82.7 and 80.6 deaths.

What is making the situation worse is the lack of education of many women, 3 in 10 have no education. 48% of those who speak an indigenous language (from 5 to 29 years) do not attend school. According to the Encuesta Nacional de la Dinámica Demográfica (Inadid) 2009, 5.7% of girls aged 5 and above does not speak any indigenous language. 25% from 15 to 29 years of age, 41.2% from 30 to 59 years of age. More than 60% are in the reproductive age.

In addition, according to the census of 2010, the rural population in the country accounts for 22% of the total population. In Mexico there are 95 men per 100 women. To reduce the maternal mortality rate assisted births by skilled medical personnel should be increased. Until 2008, the national average was 87%, but in Chiapas it reached just 36.1%, 64.4% in Oaxaca and 68.8% in Guerrero. In 2009, 14% of women who died because of pregnancy was less than 19 years old.

This year the average of prenatal consultation rate was 4.7 per pregnant woman, when it should be at least 7. The most important challenge to meet this emergency medical care is to address health care with adequate technology and to have health operators closer to the indigenous culture.

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FridayOctober 28, 2011