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FridayMarch 9, 2012

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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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Top 25 Colleges and Universities Graduating Latinos

Top 25 Colleges and Universities Graduating Latinos

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A Washington D.C. based nonprofit advocate for the educational success of Latinos, Excelencia in Education, announced Thursday its list of the to 25 higher education institutions graduating Latinos.  The report entitled, “Finding Your Workforce: The Top 25 Institutions Graduating Latinos,” focused on students during the 2009 -2010 school year that completed degrees at 2 year and 4 year institutions.

According to the report, public colleges lead the way in granting Latino students the most Bachelor’s degrees.  Students studying at the Master’s level were equally at both private and public institutions while doctoral students were found mainly at public universities.  The study also found that for profit institutions were the most common among Latino students as well.

The vice president for policy and research at Excelencia in Education Deborah Santiago, stated that in order to meet national goals Latino students will need to earn 5.5 million degrees by the year 2020.  According to this study, they are ahead of this target, as 360,000 students graduated in 2010.  Santiago expressed her satisfaction with this finding by stating, “We think that’s something to note of value and merit.  We need to celebrate the progress, but know that more needs to be done.”

Of the top schools listed in the report, the Univesity of Puerto Rico in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico was awarded the top school for doctoral students.  Florida International University achieved the top spot on the list in both the Masters and Bachelors categories.  For Associate Degrees the award was given to Miami Dade College in Florida. 

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Narco Blog: Attack on Military Leaves 13 Criminals Dead (WARNING: Graphic Photo)

Narco Blog: Attack on Military Leaves 13 Criminals Dead (WARNING: Graphic Photo)

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This week a Military confrontation lead to the death of 13 criminal gunmen, as military elements repelled an armed attack in the city of Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas.
In an official statement said that military forces were carrying out surveillance and logistics, when suddenly they were attacked by a group of assassins attacked by gunfire.

For a long time, the state of Tamaulipas shootings have become commonplace. Primarily due to the two The Drug Cartel’s turf wars that keep members of the Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas fighting each other. The end result is that the population is terrorized, and those who have had the chance to leave the country have done so.
So far the identities of 13 dead gunmen remain unknown. There were three soldiers who were injured and were taken to a nearby hospital.

The military seized 12 rifles, a rocket launcher, a missile, a grenade launcher attachment, a 40 mm caliber grenade, cartridges, and three vehicles, one of them with shield, boots, a package of cocaine devices radio, among other things.

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Parents of KIlled Suspect File Lawsuit Against Los Angeles Police

Parents of KIlled Suspect File Lawsuit Against Los Angeles Police

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The parents of a Hispanic member of a street gang who was gunned down by police when he tried to evade arrest announced Friday that they are suing the Los Angeles Police Department.

The attorney representing the family of Frank Martinez argued that cops shot at the suspect, who was unarmed at the time, without justified cause.

“Officers said they shot at him first (before he could shoot at them) - that turned out to be a lie” since agents found no weapon at the scene of the incident nor on the suspect, said Frederico Sayre, who represented Rodney King in a famous case against the LAPD.

According to police, Martinez, 27, was wanted in relation to a double-murder that occurred in November 2011 and they tried to serve him with an arrest warrant on March 1 at the house where they knew he was staying.

As police asked for him at the front door, Martinez went out the back of the house and climbed on the garage roof, according to the authorities’ report.

Once on the roof, the unarmed suspect refused to obey police orders and with his hand inside a pocket pretended to aim a gun at the officers, the police report said.

It was then that three LAPD officers and an FBI agent shot him.

Authorities said they would continue investigating the circumstances of Martinez’s death.

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Marc Anthony Helping Orphans in Dominican Republic

Marc Anthony Helping Orphans in Dominican Republic

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Maestro Cares Foundation Co-Founders, singing sensation Marc Anthony and entrepreneur Henry Cardenas, announced this week that the Foundation has received a land donation by the Dominican-based company Central Romana Corporation.

The land will serve to house 43 boys currently living in the Orfanato Ninos de Cristo, an orphanage located in La Romana.

The Dominican orphanage will be the first to directly benefit from the Maestro Cares Foundation, a not-for-profit corporation established in November 2011 to support the housing and educational needs of orphaned and underprivileged children in developing Latin American countries

“The donation of this land is invaluable,” said Marc Anthony. “It will change the lives of these children and bring a great, positive energy to their environment. We would like to thank Central Romana Corporation for their enormous support and contribution.”

According to the Economic Commission for Latin America (ECLAC), between 1990 and 2010, the poverty rate in Latin America dropped by 17 percentage points (from 48.4% to 31.4%). In 2007, 49.3% of children in the Dominican Republic lived in poverty, while 7.7% lived in extreme poverty.

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Michael Peña to Star as Cesar Chavez in ‘Chavez’ Directed by Diego Luna

Michael Peña to Star as Cesar Chavez in ‘Chavez’ Directed by Diego Luna

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Variety is reporting that Mexican-American Michael Peña, 36, has been cast as Cesar E. Chavez in the new film about the civil rights leader’s life.

The movie, titled Chavez, will be directed by fellow actor Diego Luna and will also star America Ferrera as Chavez’s wife Helen, and Rosario Dawson as his friend Dolores Huerta. Luna’s close friend Gael Garcia Bernal has signed on to produce, as well as John Malkovich.

The biopic, which will reportedly hit theaters next year, has Luna excited to spread Chavez’s message to the world, telling Variety, “This man inspired an entire community to see themselves as deserving of basic rights and to rise up against injustice. The film will send the message that change is in our hands—Chavez did something everyone thought impossible with a fearless grace that magnetized an entire country.”

Peña grew up in Chicago before moving to Los Angeles to pursue his acting career. He recently appeared in “Tower Heist” and has been seen in movies such as “Crash”, “Million Dollar Baby”, “Battle Los Angeles”, “World Trade Center”, and “Babel”, and has also appeared on television in Felicity, The Shield and Eastbound & Down.

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Jose Romero-Valenzuela Racks Up 3 Speeding Tickets En Route to Meth Possession Court Date

Jose Romero-Valenzuela Racks Up 3 Speeding Tickets En Route to Meth Possession Court Date

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Let’s just say this week was not Jose Romero-Valenzuela’s best week between a court date for meth possession to the three speeding tickets acquired in an hour trying to get to court.

The 34-year-old Las Vegas resident clearly didn’t want to piss off the judge in Oregon City, Oregon hearing his drug case so he was caught speeding on Interstate 84 three different times.  His first offense was clocked at 105 mph, the second at 98 mph and the final at 68 mph – at least we can say he was trying to go slower!

Romero-Valenzuela now faces nearly $2,000 in fines and his license could be suspended for the first charge of driving over 100 mph. 

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American Idol Judges Say Adios to Jeremy Rosado

American Idol Judges Say Adios to Jeremy Rosado

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It was the first time American Idol judges got to vote some one off the American Idol island and it was Latino singer Jeremy Rosado who got the boot.

It was between him and Elise Testone, who gets to stay and be part of the final 13.

The 19-year-old Florida crooner came into Idol as an alternative and there was a lot of hope for him to continue, especially since he appeared to be one of J Lo’s faves.  However, his limitations as well as many others were evident after Jessica Sanchez belted out Whitney Houston’s ‘I Will Always Love You.’

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Man and Girlfriend Attack His Mom For Using His Salsa, Taco Sauce

Man and Girlfriend Attack His Mom For Using His Salsa, Taco Sauce

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In a bizarre and unsettling incident, 23-year-old Florida resident Christopher Phillips allegedly attacked his mother because she used his condiments.

Police say Phillips attacked his 55-year-old mother Rebecca because she used his taco sauce and salsa on her dinner. He reportedly began screaming at her and put her in a headlock, which caused both pain and broke her eyeglasses.

The mother eventually got away from her son, who then went to his room where his live-in girlfriend was. Lisa Tyre, his girlfriend, then came out of the room and began yelling at the mother as well. The police report says the 27-year-old slapped Rebecca four time and caused a small cut in her mouth.

The report says, “Rebecca then asked Christopher for her car keys (she gave them to him before the incident so he could use the car) so she could leave which he refused. Rebecca then left the house and walked to her husband’s work.”

Tyre was arrested and charged with misdemeanor domestic battery, but was released on her own recognizance, while her boyfriend was charged and held in county jail in lieu of $750 bond.

Read more at The Smoking Gun →

Steven Seagal, Maricopa Sheriff’s Office Being Sued for Over-the-Top Arrest That Included a Tank

Steven Seagal, Maricopa Sheriff’s Office Being Sued for Over-the-Top Arrest That Included a Tank

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Arizona’s now-famous Sheriff Joe Arpaio has once again gotten himself in trouble, but this time he has Steven Seagal to share the spotlight with.

In March 2011, Seagal and his show “Steven Seagal: Lawman” were filming his exploits as a deputized man of the law in Maricopa County, when he showed up with a tank, bomb robot, and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team outside Jesus Llovera’s home in the middle of the night.

Authorities believed Llovera, 43, had violated his probation by training the roosters in his possession for cockfighting, and Seagal and the SWAT team were there to serve a warrant and search the home.

When a tank slammed into the side of his home, Llovera says he was awoken suddenly only to be so frightened he grabbed his jeans and a phone to call 911. As he did so a window in his bedroom was shattered and SWAT team members came through the door in full riot gear and yelled for him to get on the floor. He also claims his 11-month-old puppy was shot and killed by the team.

Llovera’s lawsuit claims that the raid was so over-the-top to make for better television and fits Sheriff Arpaio’s pattern of “arresting and prosecuting individuals without probable cause solely for the selfish and improper purposes of achieving personal and political gain through publicity.”

Prior to the event, the Sheriff’s Office contacted the media.

Though the episode of the Seagal’s show was initially intended to air January 4 on the A&E network, it has since been pulled from the schedule.

Llovera says producers asked him multiple times to sign a release to allow them to use the footage from that day, but he refused.

The suit is asking that any evidence collected from that raid be thrown out, as the warrant was not properly served.

The Arizona Republic wrote:

The Sheriff’s Office insists in court documents that the use of a tank, a bomb robot and 40 deputies was part of its normal course of duties.

Read more at The Arizona Republic →

Livin’ La Vida Kazakhstan? Ricky Martin Song Plays Instead of Kazakhstan’s National Anthem (VIDEO)

Livin’ La Vida Kazakhstan? Ricky Martin Song Plays Instead of Kazakhstan’s National Anthem (VIDEO)

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Though we’re not sure how or why it happened, officials at a recent skiing event in Kazakhstan were rather surprised when Ricky Martin’s “Livin’ La Vida Loca” began blasting from the speakers.

The problem? It was supposed to be the Republic of Kazakhstan’s national anthem, “Menin Qazaqstanim” (“My Kazakhstan”).

Though it was quickly replaced with the correct song, you can’t help but giggle at the bewildered faces of the officials.

Guess somebody in the sound booth is a fan of Puerto Rican crooner.


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Jury Rules Undocumented Immigrant is Rightful Owner of $750K Lottery Ticket, Not His Boss

Jury Rules Undocumented Immigrant is Rightful Owner of $750K Lottery Ticket, Not His Boss

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An undocumented immigrant has been allowed to collect the $750,000 he won when he purchased a lottery ticket in 2010.

On November 17, 2010, Guatemalan-born Jose Antonio Cua-Toc purchased a lottery ticket that turned out to a big winner. However, after confirming with a clerk that he had indeed won, he gave the ticket to his boss, as he was afraid his immigration status would prevent him from collecting. His employer, Erick Cervantes, would turn around and claim the ticket as his and try to keep the lottery winnings. Knowing he had been scammed, Cua-Toc contacted a lawyer.

In court, Cervantes claimed that he asked Cua-Toc to buy the $20 ticket for him, making him the rightful owner of the Jingle Jumbo Bucks prize money, not Cua-Toc.

After collecting the winnings, the Cervantes family is said to have spent about $223,000 before the lottery funds were frozen by the court in Dec 31, 2010.

Thursday, a Houston County Superior Court jury ruled in just 35 minutes that Cua-Toc, 27, was indeed the owner of the ticket and was owed the lottery winnings, which his lawyer says come out to $517,500 after taxes. The jury also awarded him $207,000 in lawyer fees and $25,000 in punitive damages.

A member of the jury told Macon’s Sun News that their decision was based on surveillance footage of Cua-Toc at the store where he confirmed it was a winning ticket.

While showing footage to the jury of a very excited Cua-Toc raising his hands in celebration, his attorney said, “Is this the reaction of somebody who bought a ticket for someone else and is going to have to give it to his boss tomorrow?”

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2nd Year in a Row Texas Advises Spring Breakers to Avoid Travel to Mexico

2nd Year in a Row Texas Advises Spring Breakers to Avoid Travel to Mexico

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The Texas Department of Public Safety is again urging Spring Breakers to avoid traveling to Mexico as a result of continued violence throughout the country.

“The Mexican government has made great strides battling the cartels, and we commend their continued commitment to making Mexico a safer place to live and visit,” said DPS Director Steven C. McCraw.  “However, drug cartel violence and other criminal activity represent a significant safety threat, even in some resort areas.”

According to published information from the U.S. Department of State:

• 12,903 narcotics-related homicides were reported the first nine months of 2011 alone.
• The number of U.S. citizens reported as murdered in Mexico increased from 35 in 2007 to 120 in 2011. 
• U.S. citizens have fallen victim to transnational criminal activity, including homicide, gun battles,
kidnapping, carjacking and highway robbery.
• Rape and sexual assault continue to be serious problems in resort areas.
• Some bars and nightclubs, especially in resort cities such as Cancun, Acapulco, Mazatlan, Cabo San
Lucas, and Tijuana can be havens for drug dealers and petty criminals.
• Crime and violence are serious problems throughout the country and can occur anywhere.
• The State Department now urges U.S. travelers to defer non-essential travel to all or parts of 14 Mexican
states, four more than 2011.

“The situation in Mexico today is significantly different than it was just a decade ago,” said McCraw. “Many crimes against Americans in Mexico go unpunished, and we have a responsibility to inform the public about safety and travel risks and threats. Based on the unpredictable nature of cartel violence and other criminal elements, we are urging individuals to avoid travel to Mexico at this time.”

DPS acknowledges that many travel to Mexico without incident, but the risks cannot be ignored. Travelers are encouraged to carefully research any planned trips.

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Eric García’s ‘Finishing School for Boys’ Soon to be seen on MTV

Eric García’s ‘Finishing School for Boys’ Soon to be seen on MTV

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Eric García’s book, ‘Finishing School for Boys’ is now coming to TV after MTV ordered the pilot. 

García, the writer of the book and series is also co-producer with actress Krysten Ritter.  This is the first television project she has sold as a producer. 

The book and soon to be series centers on the main character, Cassie French.  She seems to have it all at just 22 years old.  As an overachiever, she’s working as a lawyer for a big Hollywood studio, her dream job.  Yet she can’t seem to find a boyfriend.  After a disastrous date, Cassie decides to lock the guy in her basement so she can teach him how to be a gentleman. 

García is also well known for his novel, “Matchstick Men” and the 2010 film “Repo Man”. 

He is currently writing “Wheel of Time” for Universal as well as the “Prize of Peril” for Sony.

Read more at Deadline Hollywood →

Could Brazil’s 20-Year-Old Soccer Star, Neymar, be the Next Messi? (VIDEO)

Could Brazil’s 20-Year-Old Soccer Star, Neymar, be the Next Messi? (VIDEO)

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Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, more commonly known as just Neymar, may be barely 20 but that hasn’t stopped some from comparing him to Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.

The 5’9 forward from Brazil plays for Santos as well as the Brazilian national football team.

With impressive performances like his recent 3 goals against Internacional (for which he was named Copa Libertadores Player of the Week), and the 2011 FIFA Puskás Award for best goal of the season, Neymar is already being compared to the 24-year-old Barça player Lionel Messi.

What do you think?


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Remittances to Latin America and Caribbean Rose to $61 Billion in 2011

Remittances to Latin America and Caribbean Rose to $61 Billion in 2011

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Latin American and Caribbean migrants sent $61 billion in remittances to their home countries last year, up 6 percent from $57.6 billion in 2010, according to a report released today by the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF).

Last year’s increase confirmed the upward trend in migrants’ money transfers that started in mid-2010, after the double digit drop in remittances recorded in 2009 as a result of the economic crisis. In 2011, nearly every country in this region received a greater dollar amount in remittances than the previous year.

Most of the money continued to be sent from traditional host countries such as the United States and Western Europe. In the United States, source of about three-quarters of remittances to Latin America and the Caribbean, foreign workers saw improving employment and wage levels. As a consequence, migrants made more transfers for higher amounts than the previous year.

In contrast, uncertain employment prospects in Europe resulted in drops in remittance flows to Latin America in the fourth quarter of 2011. In the case of Spain, the migrant population shrank by as much as 2 percent last year, as foreign workers (particularly men who lost jobs in the construction industry) left that country.

Brazil was the only Latin American country that registered a drop in remittances received in 2011, measured in nominal terms. These flows dipped nearly 5 percent to about $2.0 billion.

In contrast migrant transfers to Brazil – typically one-off transactions made when foreign workers decide to return to their countries of origin – jumped 51 percent to $2.1 billion, and for the first time exceeded workers’ remittances to that country.

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Check Out Demi Lovato Talking about Spanish Album and her MTV Special ‘Stay Strong’

Check Out Demi Lovato Talking about Spanish Album and her MTV Special ‘Stay Strong’

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Check out the video of Demi Lovato on NYC’s Z100 talking about her MTV Special ‘Stay Strong’ and about her love of trash, trashing hotel rooms that is.

She was also asked when she will do a Spanish-language song - she did not completely rule out.  She is predicting a Spanish album some day.

Check it out.

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Hispanic Hero: 6-Year-Old Kindergartner Jasiah Rubalcava Saves Choking Friend

Hispanic Hero: 6-Year-Old Kindergartner Jasiah Rubalcava Saves Choking Friend

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Last week Jasiah Rubalcava and his friend Nicholas Carvajal were having lunch at West Avenue Elementary in San Antonio, TX when Carvajal began choking on a Cheeto.

Noticing his friend’s red face, 6-year-old Rubalcava acted quickly and wrapped his arms around his Carvajal and performed the Heimlich maneuver.

Rubalcava said he didn’t want to wait for a cafeteria worker to come help and new his friend was in trouble. He was ultimately successful in dislodging the snack from his friend’s throat, saving his life. Just to be safe, Carvajal was taken to the nurses office, but it was determined that he was okay. The boy’s parent’s were told what happened after school.

When asked where he learned the maneuver Rubalcava says he may have seen it on an episode of Disney’s “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody”. His mother told local news station KENS5 that this incident is the perfect reminder of why it is important to teach first aid to children.

And Carvajal’s father said his son has learned the importance of eating slower, saying his son is notorious for eating way too quickly.

During an interview, Carvajal hugged his friend saying, “Thank you for saving my life, buddy.”

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Stolen iPads Lead to Largest Meth Seizure in U.S. History

Stolen iPads Lead to Largest Meth Seizure in U.S. History

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Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced one of the largest domestic methamphetamine seizures in history.

On March 1, 2012, detectives from the Palo Alto Police Department Investigative Services Division were following up on a case involving stolen iPads. Their investigation led them to an apartment located on the 4400 block of the Woods Drive in San Jose, California. Detectives conducted a preliminary search of the residence for the stolen property and observed a large quantity of methamphetamine.

A state search warrant was obtained for the location. As law enforcement began to conduct an initial search of the residence they found what they believed was a methamphetamine conversion laboratory, where methamphetamine was being converted to an “ice” or crystal form.

As a result of the investigation officers seized approximately 750 pounds of methamphetamine, with a street value of $34 million. Multiple items believed to be stolen from Palo Alto were recovered from the location as well. Three individuals were arrested on state drug violations. All aspects of the investigation are ongoing.

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Incredible Dolphin Rescue in Arraial do Cabo, Brazil (VIDEO)

Incredible Dolphin Rescue in Arraial do Cabo, Brazil (VIDEO)

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A beach at Arraial do Cabo in Brazil was the sight of a worrisome and extraordinary scene this week when a pod of dolphins beached themselves.

It appears that about 30 dolphins were seen swimming close to the beach when someone with a camera began filming. Less than a minute into the video, the dolphins are seen getting stuck in the sand and the waves rush over them.

A number of people on the beach quickly run to help the dolphins back to sea, and in a matter of minutes all dolphins were back in deeper water and hopefully safe.

The event is believed to have happened on March 5 at around 8 a.m. in Arraial do Cabo, about 100 miles north of Rio de Janeiro.

With all dolphins returned to the sea, cheers and applause erupt on the beach, and the remarkable video has since gone viral.


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Year-Long Relationship Between Eva Longoria and Eduardo Cruz Ends

Year-Long Relationship Between Eva Longoria and Eduardo Cruz Ends

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Amidst the salacious slapping trial that pits Nicollette Sheridan and the rest of the Desperate Housewives we hear the sad news that Eva Longoria is solo once again.

Numerous reports are coming out that 36-year-old Longoria and 26-year-old Eduardo Cruz have ended their yearlong romance. 

Cruz’ other claim to fame, beside dating the lovely petite Latina, is being the younger brother of Oscar-winner Penelope Cruz and brother-in-law to Oscar-winner Javier Bardem.

US Weekly is claiming they called it quits but as always will remain friends.  It was last January that Longoria ended her four-year marriage to basketballer Tony Parker.

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The Blimp Coming to Border for Narco Surveillance

The Blimp Coming to Border for Narco Surveillance

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Tethered close to 2,000 feet above Nogales, flies a new beluga whale blimp being tested by the United States Border Patrol.  The blimp is equipped with a wide area surveillance system that operates 24 hours a day.  Previous surveillance equipment used by Border Patrol only worked during the day, thus leaving it ineffective at monitoring the borders. 

The blimp may not be a permanent fixture in Nogales, however, as Border Patrol will still analyze the results and decide if they are satisfactory.  If officials are satisfied with the new system, they will then begin a bidding process to purchase more blimps and surveillance equipment. 

The surveillance equipment uses a 360 degree persistent camera which has the capabilities to scan a city sized area at one time making it nearly impossible to enter the area without being noticed.  Yet it’s capabilities at night are what really sets this system apart from previous surveillance. 

This is one of many efforts the U.S. government is using to secure the border.

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Outsource Jobs Increasingly Heading to Mexico

Outsource Jobs Increasingly Heading to Mexico

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Offering their United States customers closer proximity to home, Mexico is increasingly being chosen for IT services over companies in India or China. 

Typically many companies in the United States outsource their IT services to India.  While the market in India is still ranked the highest, México is starting to get noticed.  Business owners are attracted to the ‘near shore’ idea of working with their neighbors to the south.  In addition to location, México shares the same time zones as the United States and has a closer connection culturally.  This is especially true in the southwest region of the U.S. 

The shift from India began as labor costs rose, workforce began to decline, and the infrastructure began to weaken.  As a result, companies in the U.S. turned their eyes toward Mexico as well as other Latin American countries to fulfill their outsourcing needs.  This move was attractive to many business owners since Mexico and the United States already have a business agreement in place after the 1994 signing of NAFTA.

Although Mexico has seen growth in this field, India is still leading the pack.  Yet, with a projected growth in the U.S. market between 4 and 6% through 2014, the future is looking bright for Neoris and similar outsourcing companies in Latin America. 

Read more at Smart Planet →

U.S. Veterans Fight to Obtain Legal Status for Their Families

U.S. Veterans Fight to Obtain Legal Status for Their Families

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While many veterans of current U.S. wars wrestle with physical and emotional wounds and the challenges of getting a job, some must also contend with obstacles to obtaining legal residence for their loved ones.

Former members of the Armed Forces who find themselves in that situation spoke out Thursday during a press conference at the offices of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles.

“These men and women have nearly given their lives to be able to serve this nation and protect our rights. However, when it comes to wanting to be with their parents or spouses, the U.S. turns its back on them,” CHIRLA Communications Director Jorge-Mario Cabrera told Efe.

“All I want to do today is support my spouse and obtain the same process that serving members of the Army receive,” said Guadalupe Acosta, who spent eight years in the military.

Immigration attorney Jessica Dominguez cited an official memorandum to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services that calls for making the naturalization process more flexible for family members of active-duty members of the Armed Forces.

That memo exempts undocumented spouses of military personnel from the usual requirement that they leave the United States for 10 years before applying for naturalization, she said.

But the exemption does not apply to the kin of veterans, even though many of them - suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome or permanent injury - need the care of a spouse or parents.

And even for active-duty military, the exemption does not extend to undocumented parents.

“In my case it seems a little unfair because I’m not married and the person who has always supported me in my life is my mother,” 25-year-old Army member Sandra Garcia said.

She and brother Mario Garcia, who retired from the U.S. Navy four months ago, issued a plea Thursday for authorities to show some flexibility in the legalization process for their mother, Humbertina Carranza, who illegally entered the United States in 1978 to be with the father of her children only to later find herself raising five kids alone.

Also at Thursday’s press conference was Rodolfo Torrentos, a Navy veteran who recently wed the undocumented mother of his 3-year-old son.

“They are the main reason why I’m here in front of you: I would like to get the same benefits received by those who are serving now,” he said. “I served during my time and fought for the same cause as they do, defending our country.”

“These military personnel have received recognition and distinctions for their service, certificates and medals, but now they can’t receive the most important recognition which is the benefit that their spouses or their parents can have legal status to accompany them in their lives as veterans,” CHIRLA’s Cabrera said.

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