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SundayNovember 27, 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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Mexico’s Mariachi Music Deemed One of the World’s Cultural Treasures

Mexico’s Mariachi Music Deemed One of the World’s Cultural Treasures

Photo: Mexico's Maricahi Music, UNESCO List

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Twelve elements, ranging from rice planting rituals in Japan to Mexico’‘s mariachi music to a horseback-riding tradition in France, were added to the United Nations-backed list of the world’‘s outstanding examples of intangible heritage.

A 24-member intergovernmental committee, meeting in Bali, Indonesia, inscribed seven elements on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

From the Latin American region the following cultural riches were added to this important list:

• Mexico’‘s mariachi music, which frequently involves trumpets, violins, the vihuela and the guitarron (or bass guitar).

• Peru’‘s pilgrimage to the sanctuary of the Lord of Qoyllurit’‘i, a 24-hour event in which people from eight indigenous villages travel to a sanctuary 58 days after Easter each year, was included on the list, and so are the cultural practices and expressions linked to the balafon—a pentatonic xylophone—of the Senufo communities of neighboring Burkina Faso and Mali.

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Spanish-Language Rock Pioneers, Mana, Return Triumphantly to Chile

Spanish-Language Rock Pioneers, Mana, Return Triumphantly to Chile

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After four years away from Chilean stages, the Mexican Latino rock band Mana appeared before a delighted crowd in this capital’s La Florida stadium, giving a romantic and electrifying concert in which they reviewed their hits and the new numbers from their “Drama y Luz” album.

Pioneers of the Spanish-language rock genre that was launched in the 1980s by groups such as Mecano, Nacha Pop and Hombres G in Spain and Soda Stereo, Cafe Tacvba and Caifanes in Latin America, the Mexicans demonstrated on Saturday night that they know how to reinvent themselves and - after more than 20 years in the business - are still able to command respect.

The band’s classic songs such as “Rayando el sol,” “Oye mi amor” and “De los pies a la cabeza,” along with melodies from their 2011 album “Drama y Luz” stirred the emotions of the more than 20,000 people who sang along with lead singer Fher Olvera, bassist Juan Calleros, drummer Alex Gonzalez and guitarist Sergio Vallin.

An enormous semi-transparent backdrop on which high-definition images were projected covered the stage when the group came out to perform “Lluvia al corazon,” the first single from “Drama y Luz,” an album loaded with “pain and hope” that emerged after the death of Olvera’s mother and sister in 2010.

The high point of the show came when Olvera and Vallin, the latter playing an acoustic guitar, moved from the main stage to a small dais in the center of the stadium, where they performed a potpourri of romantic numbers, among them “Cachito” and “Te llore un rio.”

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Chicago’s O’Hare Begins Weekly NonStop Flights to Cuba

Chicago’s O’Hare Begins Weekly NonStop Flights to Cuba

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Starting this week Chicago’s O’Hare airport will be offering weekly nonstop flights to Cuba.  The charter C&T will offer one flight to Cuba every Friday and offer one weekly return flight from Cuba.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel was enthusiast about the flights and saw them as keeping in line with the city’s mission to become more globally competitive.  The first flight took off the Friday after Thanksgiving.

Chicago is one of seven U.S. airports to offer direct flights to Cuba once travel restrictions were lifted by the U.S. government.  Early next year O’Hare will offer a weekly nonstop flight on Monday as well.

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First Time in Spain’s History: More People Leaving Country Then Immigrating to It

The economic crisis that broke out in 2008 will result in a net outflow of people from Spain seeking work, the first time since figures have been kept that such an situation has occurred.

In 2011, forecasts are for 450,000 people to come to Spain - with 351,588 of that predicted number having already arrived by September - compared with 580,850 who will leave the country (407,214 by September) seeking better economic opportunities, thus creating a net emigration of 130,850 people.

“In analyzing these figures we all have in mind the economic situation,” National Statitics Institute, or INE, deputy director for population statistics Sixto Muriel told Efe, adding that there will be a net outflow of people from Spain at least until 2020, the last year for which official projections have been made.

Since 2008, the deterioration of the Spanish economy and labor market has been unstoppable, with the unemployment rate rising to 21.52 percent and - expectations are - the peak has not yet come.

The figures are clear and the million or so foreigners who in 2007 came to Spain seeking work have dwindled to less than half that figure over the past three years.

Muriel, however, recalled that it was in 2008 and 2009 that the arrival of immigrants fell by more than 50 percent to stabilize at about 450,000 annual arrivals, a figure that has been maintained since then.

On the other hand, what has been happening in recent years is “a strong increase” in the number of people leaving the country, Muriel said, noting that this year 500,000 people will leave Spain, of whom more than 50,000 will be Spaniards, a figure quite a bit higher than the 34,000 Spaniards who left the country in 2008.

Currently, foreigners represent 10.28 percent of the total people registered with Spain’s Social Security service, where the gross tally is a little over 17,360,000.

By country, of the total number of foreigners in Spain, the largest group is from Romania with 287,225, followed by Morocco with 206,860, Ecuador with 135,126, Colombia with 97,178, China with 86,653 and Bolivia with 82,843.

Currently, according to figures compiled by the Permanent Immigration Observatory, there are 5.14 million “legal” immigrants in the country having either a registration certificate or a valid residence card.

Of those, 2.47 million come from European Union countries and from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, and the rest from other nations such as Morocco, Ecuador, Colombia, China, Bolivia, Peru and others.

Given the lack of job opportunities and the decision to return to their countries, in 2009 the Spanish government presented three types of voluntary return plans of which more than 30,000 people availed themselves.

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Mexico Debuts Bicycle-Powered Lighted Christmas Tree

Mexico Debuts Bicycle-Powered Lighted Christmas Tree

Photo: Navidad Sustentable in Puebla, Mexico

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A Christmas tree whose 8,000 lights get their electricity from the kinetic energy of 15 bicycles has been lighted in the Mexican state of Puebla, officials said Sunday.

The tree is being showcased at the “Navidad Sustentable” (Sustainable Christmas) fair at a park in Puebla city, where visitors can pedal the 15 bicycles surrounding the Christmas tree, charging the batteries that provide electricity for the lights.

“Each bicycle has a generator attached to the rear tire that when it moves generates from 100 to 350 Watts, charging the two batteries, which allow us to light the Christmas tree for 45 straight minutes,” CocoLab representative Rudy Laddaga told Efe.

The bicycles must be pedaled at a speed of between 20 kph (12 mph) and 30 kph (19 mph) for about eight hours to charge the batteries so the tree’s lights will stay on all night, Laddaga said.

The energy produced by people pedaling the 15 bicycles for eight hours is enough to light 60 rooms with 100-Watt bulbs, Laddaga said.

When 15 people pedal the bicycles simultaneously, the Christmas tree plays a song “that conveys the idea that together, if we agree, we can generate savings and benefits for the environment,” Laddaga said.

The LED lights on the tree can remain on for about 4,000 hours, compared to 2,000 hours for conventional bulbs.

The use of clean energy is less costly in the medium term because LED lights can produce savings of from 50 percent to 90 percent, Laddaga said.

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Brazil Kicks Off Holiday Season with World’s Largest Floating Christmas Tree

The world’s largest floating Christmas tree has been lighted in Rio de Janeiro, marking the official start of the holiday season in the Brazilian city.

The lighting of the tree, which is on a platform in Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon, took place Saturday night amid a fireworks display and the music of the Barra Mansa Symphonic Orchestra.

The tree, officially recognized by Guinness World Records as the largest of its kind in the world, is an 85-meter (278-foot) metal cone that weighs 542 tons and is illuminated by 3.3 million Christmas lights.

The floating tree, which has been one of Rio’s top Christmas attractions since 1996, is surrounded by 105 kilometers (65 miles) of lighted hoses that produce special effects, projecting images in the sky that are visible for miles, organizers said.

The lighting ceremony also served to unveil the logo of the 2016 Paralympic Games, which will take place two weeks after the Olympic Games end in the South American city.

About 10,000 people turned out to watch the Christmas tree’s lighting, organizers said.

The tree, which will be lighted every night until Jan. 6, 2012, will be towed to other sites on the lagoon so it can be viewed from different spots in the city.

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Check Out Demi Lovato Lose Hair Extensions While Performing (VIDEO)

No one can deny that Demi Lovato is very much into performing and giving fans her all.  Now we have official proof coming from Kansas City this week.

Lovato was performing “All Night Long” when she tore off some of her hair extensions.  Apparently unphased by it all she continued her performance and flung the weave at one of her backup singers.  We actually aren’t sure if the hair was a weave piece or her real hair.  What do you think???

You go Girl!


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Artists Restore Chicano Park Murals, Symbols of ‘70s Latino Political Struggle

Artists Restore Chicano Park Murals, Symbols of ‘70s Latino Political Struggle

Photo: Chicano Art San Diego-Coronado Bridge

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More than 40 years before Occupy protesters camped in New York’s Zuccotti Park, Oakland’s Frank Ogawa Plaza and elsewhere, Chicano activists in San Diego wielding paint and primer transformed a bleak urban netherworld into an epic work of art.

On April 22, 1970, this turbulent piece of ground in the shadows of the San Diego-Coronado Bridge became a conduit for a displaced community’s rage. That day was the beginning of a 12-day occupation by residents of Barrio Logan, the historic heart of the city’s Mexican American community, which resulted in Chicano Park: a seamy underbelly of massive gray concrete freeway ramps and pylons re-imagined by muralists as dazzling public art.

“Our idea was always to paint this place,” Mario Torero, one of the park’s original muralists, recalled on a recent Saturday. “We told the story of the colors and dreams of our ancestors, painting new faces of our sad and glorious history on the pillars and screaming in full rage.”

But over the decades, the 72 or so murals, created in the heat of political struggle and maintained by volunteers, had begun to show their age. Considered a major example of the Chicano mural movement – which flourished in California between 1969 and 1975 – the park’s concrete canvases were deteriorating, the pillars subject to 40 years of vibrations from five lanes of traffic carrying some 85,000 cars a day across the bridge.

After a decade of dealing with red tape, restoration of 20 murals by their original artists has finally begun, with the first stroke of paint by Torero and other artists applied this past June.

“We’re the only artists in history who come back to restore our own murals,” said Guillermo Rosette, a member with Torero of Los Toltecas en Aztlan, the artists collective that created the park’s first mural in 1973.

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AZ Sheriff Arpaio to Join Perry’s NH Presidential Campaign, Set to Endorse Him

AZ Sheriff Arpaio to Join Perry’s NH Presidential Campaign, Set to Endorse Him

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Apparently “America’s Toughest Sheriff” and foe of many Latino voters, Joe Arpaio is getting ready to endorse Governor Rick Perry for President.  Though many of the Republican contenders have sought this endorsement, some going out to meet with the sheriff personally, apparently Perry has garnered his support.

CNN and other news outlets are also reporting that Arpaio will join Perry’s campaign in New Hampshire next week.  Perry who once said those who opposed educating the undocumented “don’t have a heart” has been trying to distance himself from that statement and Texas’ version of the Dream Act he supported.

An endorsement from Arpaio will probably help assure voters that Perry is tough on immigration.  However, it is not likely to endear Perry to Latino voters who see Sheriff Arpaio as anti-Latino and only know him for his tough stance on illegal immigration.

Perry clearly is not bothered by the numerous federal investigations into abuse of power that Arpaio has undergone nor is he apparently bothered by charges that Arpaio violates the civil rights of the undocumented immigrants he arrests.

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Selena’s Going to be a Big Sis’ Soon

Selena’s Going to be a Big Sis’ Soon

Photo: Selena Gomez' Mother is Pregnant

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The teen star has been busy tweeting the big family news – she is going to be a big sister soon.  Selena announced that her mother, Mandy Teefey and step dad Brian Teefy are expecting a baby.

Her mother has been married to Brian for 5 years and this will be their first child together. Her parents Mandy and Ricardo Gomez, who is from Mexico, split when she was five years-old and she was raised as an only child.

Selena tweeted a picture of her mom and step dad when announcing: 

Momma and Brian are finally letting me share the news…My mommys carrying my baby brother or sister ☺ I’m the happiest girl in the world!

Mandy was 16 years-old when she gave birth to the now 19-year old star.

 

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Check Out: Sofia Vergara and Ellen as New Cover Girls (VIDEO)

Check Out: Sofia Vergara and Ellen as New Cover Girls (VIDEO)

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We can’t keep it all straight as to what Sofia Vergara is trying to sell us, apparently everything from her own clothes to perfume to basic cable services. 

Now we can see her as the New Cover Girl along with Ellen DeGeneres.

The talk show host recently discussed her photo shoot with Vergara and gave us an inside view.  Sofia was interviewed and couldn’t be sweeter, Ellen meanwhile dissed the heavy Colombian accent – all in jest of course.

Ellen didn’t stop there, she claims Sofia is actually 53 and a pain-in-the-ass diva.  The commercial for New Cover Girl will start airing in January, 2012.

Check it out and check out Vergara trying her ‘American’ accent on Ellen. 

 


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Join us This and Every Sunday At HS-News Open Mic

Join us This and Every Sunday At HS-News Open Mic

Photo: Introducing This Week From Bolivia: Desocupados

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Juan Laverde, Open Mic, desocupados

Introducing:

from Bolivia:

Artist: Desocupados
Song: Me Gustas Mucho
Band Members:
Chapu ( guitar & vocals)
Pablo H.(bass y chorus)
Sergio (guitar y harmonica)
Nils (drums)

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Colombian Military Hostages Held 14 Years Executed When Army Attempts to Rescue Them, One Survives

Colombian Military Hostages Held 14 Years Executed When Army Attempts to Rescue Them, One Survives

Photo: FARC Kills Four Hostages

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Colombia’s defense ministry has announced that a rescue mission carried out in the jungle has resulted in four hostages being killed by their FARC captors.

Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon reported that the four military hostages that had been held for 14 years by FARC guerillas were shot in cold blood.  One of the reported victims was identified as Army Sargeant Libio Jose Martinez, Colombia’s longest-held hostage.  A fifth captive hostage was found alive in the same area some time later.  Luis Alberto Erazao Maya, a national police officer, survived because he ran off and hid in the jungle when he heard the gun fire.

The rescue operation started 45 days earlier when Colombian intelligence sources became aware of where certain FARC guerillas were and that they were holding hostages.  The rescue mission was executed on Saturday, and after a brief gun battle the hostages were found with gunshots to the head or back.

Only one rebel FARC was arrested after the rescue mission, many others fled and are being sought by the government. 

FARC is the country’s oldest and largest rebel group.

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Rep. Charlie Gonzalez, Hispanic Caucus Chairman, Set to Retire Will Not Seek Reelection

Rep. Charlie Gonzalez, Hispanic Caucus Chairman, Set to Retire Will Not Seek Reelection

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U.S. Representative Charlie Gonzalez, a Democrat from Texas has announced he will not be seeking re-election after serving Texas’ 20th congressional district for more than 14 years.

The 66-year-old Democratic congressman is also the Congressional Hispanic Caucus chairman and a strong advocate for Latino voting rights.  He was one of several Democratic lawmakers that sued Texas over redistricting issues that would allow for more Latino representation. 

The seven-term congressman will end his career when the current session of Congress ends and not seek re-election in 2012.  Gonzalez succeeded his father Henry Gonzalez who served in congress for over 35 years. 

President Obama upon hearing Gonzalez’ plans to retire issued the following statement:  “Michelle and I wish him and his family the very best and join the people of Texas in thanking him for his many years of service.”

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EXTREME TRAFFICKING:  Truck Seized Near Border with $13 Million in Marijuana

EXTREME TRAFFICKING:  Truck Seized Near Border with $13 Million in Marijuana

Photo: Truck Seized in Otay Mesa with $13 Million in Marijuana

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This week a tractor-trailer truck was seized in California after immigration officials found 1,146 package of marijuana valued at $13 million inside. 

The truck entered the U.S. on Tuesday and was allowed to enter even though U.S. authorities knew via X-ray inspection that it was carrying marijuana.  The truck was followed to a vehicle towing and storage business in Otay Mesa, where the marijuana was getting ready to be relocated. 

Seven people were arrested and charged with drug trafficking.

Six of the seven defendants are from Tijuana, Mexico and claim to have been paid between $500 to $1000 to bring the marijuana in and unload it into another truck. 

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Watch Out for Water in Huarmey, Peru – It Might Make You Gay Says Mayor

Watch Out for Water in Huarmey, Peru – It Might Make You Gay Says Mayor

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If you were worried about drinking the water in Peru when traveling there, this might give you real pause.  The Mayor in the small town of Huarmey, Peru is claiming the abundance of strontium (not to be confused with scrotum) is reducing male hormones and could lead to increase in homosexuality in the region.

Scientists and especially those in Peru claim strontium does indeed alter someone’s health and has been linked to bone cancer, anemia and cardiovascular problems.  However, they emphasize no studies have linked high levels of strontium to homosexuality.

The homo-phobic mayor, Jose Benitez, thinks the tap water that comes from nearby Tabalosos caused that town’s majority-population of gay men.  Some reports put the town population as 14,000 gay-men only.  Incidentally the gay-men only in Tabalosos is a myth. 

Apparently Benitez wants to blame something for the increase in homosexual men residents – could it be that they just like living in the scenic coastal town???

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16 Drug Mules Arrested at Arizona Mexico Border This Week

16 Drug Mules Arrested at Arizona Mexico Border This Week

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Border Patrol agents assigned to the Tucson Sector, a component of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Joint Field Command-Arizona, seized 1,087 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $543,500 and arrested 16 drug smugglers while patrolling in the West Desert Wednesday.

Ajo Station agents operating a mobile surveillance system observed a group of suspected narcotics smugglers west of the Lukeville Port of Entry. Agents responded to the area and apprehended eight subjects and seized 530 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $265,000. The narcotics and subjects were transported to the Ajo Station for further processing. The subjects are now facing federal charges.

In a separate incident, Ajo Station’s All-Terrain Vehicle unit responded to possible smuggling activity observed by agents operating the mobile surveillance system in the West Desert. Upon arrival, eight suspected drug mules were taken into custody along with 557 pounds of marijuana. The narcotics, valued at $278,500, and the subjects were transported to the Ajo Station for processing. The subjects are being held for federal prosecution.

Detection technology, such as the mobile surveillance system, improves situational awareness for Border Patrol agents, allowing them to safely and quickly detect and respond to criminal activity. Agents remain dedicated to detecting smuggling attempts and preventing illegal drugs from entering our country.

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SundayNovember 27, 2011