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FridaySeptember 7, 2012

Latino Daily News: Bringing You the Latest Hispanic Current Events and News Stories 24/7

To reflect the dynamic interests of our audience, Latino Daily News is an online daily news source and virtual cultural center for and about Latinos. We offer the latest news headlines, as well as innovative and insightful Hispanic current events stories, photos, videos, and commentaries from a Latino perspective, 24/7.

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Mexico Investing $35 M in First Oceanographic Research Vessel

Mexico Investing $35 M in First Oceanographic Research Vessel

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Spanish shipmaker Astilleros Armon Vigo is building Mexico’s first deep-water fisheries and oceanographic research vessel at a cost of roughly 460 million pesos ($35 million), the agriculture secretary said.

The ship will be used to conduct research in the country’s territorial waters with the aim of identifying new fisheries, Francisco Mayorga said.

He made the announcement during a ceremony to mark the 50th anniversary of the National Fisheries Institute, or INAPESCA.

The research ship, Mayorga said, will allow new fisheries to be detected with the goal of increasing the availability of seafood products by more than 40 percent.

INAPESCA spokespersons told Efe that Astilleros Armon Vigo has already begun building the vessel in Spain and expects to deliver the finished product in late 2013.

The ship will be used in Mexico’s more than 2.1 million sq. kilometers (810,000 sq. miles) of territorial waters in the Pacific.

Mexico launched an international bidding round this year for the project and Astilleros Armon Vigo emerged as the winner.

The ship will have the capacity to transport up to 20 researchers in addition to the vessel’s crew. It will have a displacement of up to 2,500 tons and travel at a velocity of 14 knots.

The vessel will be equipped with powerful motors, modern navigation equipment, a satellite system, platforms and derricks and a lighting system, among other features.

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Spanish-Language Sports Coverage Expanding in U.S. Media

Spanish-Language Sports Coverage Expanding in U.S. Media

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Spanish-language sports programming expands its presence starting Friday with the launch of a new radio station in New York and an online platform for transmitting sports events live, both part of the ESPN network.

One of these projects - ESPN Deportes Radio - will be the only station in New York offering sports programming in Spanish 24 hours a day, so that “Latino fans can sound off about their passion in their own language,” General Manager Oscar Ramos told Efe.

The radio station joins 45 others around the country to form the only network specializing in sports reporting and commentary entirely in Spanish and which can now reach 80 percent of the U.S. Latino population.

Programming for the new radio station will include 300 hours per year of sports events live, as well as news and discussion programs “so all the ardent fans can express themselves, because if you can’t it’s very frustrating,” Ramos said.

He said that this element of interaction is what will chiefly contribute to its success, since “the discussion, the participation, being able to spill your feelings is wonderful on subjects as controversial as sports.”

Ramos said the station will focus on local teams, like the NFL’s New York Jets, with which it has signed an agreement to cover all its games for the next three seasons, but it will also put special emphasis on sports in the countries of origin of its Hispanic listeners.

“At the same time we’ll give a lot of attention to European soccer, because it has grown enormously. It’s incredible. A lot of people who never liked soccer are fans today because of the success of Real Madrid and Barcelona,” Ramos said, adding that they will also cover other sports such as baseball.

The other novelty that ESPN debuts Friday is the digital platform ESPN Deportes+, calculated to reach 7.7 million Spanish-speakers in the United States with more than 200 exclusive sports events live over multiple platforms like computers, tablets and cell phones.

“This fantastic digital expansion strengthens our position as the Spanish-language sports destination for fans on the best screen they have available, and is an extension of our television channel, allowing us to offer more live programming,” the general manager of ESPN Deportes, Lino Garcia, said.

Among events to be aired on this platform are World Cup soccer qualifiers plus baseball, basketball and American football championships.

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Importance of the Latino Vote Highlighted at DNC

Importance of the Latino Vote Highlighted at DNC

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Hispanics have been in the spotlight more than ever at this week’s Democratic National Convention, a sign that the Barack Obama campaign must attract more Latinos to the polls in November.

However, and against the predictions of many Hispanics who were at the convention in Charlotte this week, Obama made no mention in his speech about immigration reform, a promise of his 2008 campaign that has yet to be fulfilled.

Speaking at the convention were not only rising stars of the party like San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro but also ordinary citizens like Johanny Adames, an undocumented immigrant who became a U.S. citizen last year.

The event was notable for a number of firsts: Castro was the first Hispanic keynote speaker at a U.S. major party convention, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was the first Latino chair of a convention, and Benita Veliz became the first undocumented immigrant ever to speak at such an event.

And more Spanish was heard than ever before, from the “si, se puede” (yes we can) of 2008, which was repeated by many including actress Eva Longoria and talk show queen Cristina Saralegui, to the words “dime con quien andas y te dire quien eres” (tell me with whom you hang out and I will tell you who you are), cited by Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.

Even first lady Michelle Obama ventured to say “si, se puede” during a visit to the Hispanic Caucus on Tuesday.

The big topic with Hispanic speakers - and even Vice President Joe Biden - was the DREAM Act, a bill that would offer a path to legalization for qualified undocumented youth but which stalled in the Senate in late 2010.

In such an atmosphere Obama was expected to commit himself in his acceptance speech for the nomination to promoting immigration reform, a point included in the party platform approved on Tuesday.

Delegates like Katherine Mejia Alexander awaited impatiently for it to be mentioned, but it never was. “The president has to explain to the nation, and particularly to members of our community, the reasons why he did not fulfill his immigration promise,” she told Efe Friday.

The absence of the subject in the main speech took some of the impact away from the big Hispanic showing at the convention, which took pains to spur Latino presence at the polls on Nov. 6.

Obama has around 65 percent of voter preference among Hispanics, but another 14 percent are undecided, according to a recent survey by the Zogby research firm.

In key states with a Hispanic presence like Colorado, Nevada and Florida, the campaign has to mobilize that segment of the population if it wants to equal the number of Latinos who voted for him in 2008, which with 10.2 million was the highest in history.

Many of the almost 800 Hispanic delegates who were in Charlotte this week are continuing their efforts to make that happen, as in the case of Elena McCullough.

“Obama is like a Hispanic, he shares our values, and has opened the way for there to be a Hispanic president of the United States,” the delegate from Florida said Friday, adding that she feels “part of the campaign” and sees an “enormous enthusiasm” among Hispanics.

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FARC Seek An Immediate Bilateral Ceasefire in Colombian Peace Talks

Representatives of Colombia’s FARC rebel group said here Thursday they will immediately propose a bilateral ceasefire once peace talks get underway with the government.

“We’re going to propose it, we’re going to fight for it” as one of the “first points” in the discussions, the FARC’s Mauricio Jaramillo said in response to a reporter’s question during a press conference in Havana.

The accord establishing a framework for the peace process was signed on Aug. 26 in the Cuban capital after six months of secret exploratory discussions on the communist-ruled island under the auspices of the Cuban and Norwegian governments.

The text of the so-called “General Agreement to End the Conflict” includes a point calling for “a bilateral and definitive cease fire and an end to hostilities,” and the complete demobilization of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.

Havana will be the main venue for the peace negotiations between the FARC and President Juan Manuel Santos’ administration, though the talks will be formally inaugurated on Oct. 8 in Oslo.

The FARC’s negotiating team will be led by Ivan Marquez, a member of the group’s political leadership, and Jesus Santrich, who is part of the guerrilla military command, Jaramillo said, adding that additional participants would be named later.

He said the FARC will also ask that a senior rebel now jailed in the United States be permitted to take part in the negotiating process.

Simon Trinidad was extradited to the United States in 2004 and sentenced to 60 years in prison in connection with the capture of three U.S. military contractors held captive by the FARC.

Jaramillo seemed to imply that the guerrillas were open to some arrangement short of Trinidad’s actually being present in Havana for the discussions.

Former Vice President Humberto de la Calle will head the government’s negotiating team, unveiled on Wednesday.

The team also will comprise retired Gens. Jorge Enrique Mora and Oscar Naranjo, erstwhile commanders of the army and police, respectively; business leader Luis Carlos Villegas; security advisor Sergio Jaramillo; and former presidential peace commissioner Frank Pearl.

Prior to the press conference, the guerrillas played a video in which their top leader, Rodrigo Londoño Echeverri, better known as “Timochenko,” referred to the upcoming peace talks.

Peace negotiations with an attitude of “complete sincerity ennoble whomever participates,” while those who oppose the process bring “dishonor” upon themselves, Timochenko said, adding that he is convinced the Colombian people will accompany the parties “in dismantling the internal conflict.”

But the FARC’s call for Trinidad to take part in the peace talks poses a dilemma for Santos and puts the White House on the spot a day after President Barack Obama said his country will provide full support to the negotiations.

Shortly after the press conference in Havana, Santos said in Bogota that “the process must be realistic” because “there are things that can be done and other that can’t. That’s important to understand in this process.”

The president must approve the guerrillas’ negotiating team so prosecutors can lift their arrest warrants issued for those who will represent the FARC in the peace talks.

The rebels’ call for an immediate ceasefire may also complicate the negotiations.

Santos said Tuesday in a nationally broadcast address that his government would make no “military concessions” to the FARC and not cede any territory during the talks. He also pledged that the security forces would react decisively to any violent action by the guerrillas.

He said the forthcoming negotiations will focus on rural development and improved access to land; security guarantees for the political opposition and activists; an end to armed conflict and the full demobilization of the guerrillas; the problem of drug trafficking; and the rights of victims of both the rebels and the security forces.

The new peace process differs from earlier failed attempts, according to the president, in that it will unfold outside Colombia, initially in Oslo and then in Havana.

The most recent negotiations, during the 1998-2002 government of President Andres Pastrana, took place in a demilitarized area of southern Colombia - dubbed “Farclandia” - and collapsed amid mutual recriminations.

Santos’ decision to talk peace with the FARC is supported by 60 percent of Colombians, according to a Gallup poll released Sunday, while the smaller ELN insurgency has expressed an interest in joining the process.

The loudest criticism of the venture has come from Santos’ predecessor, Alvaro Uribe, who called the peace process “a slap in the face to democracy.”

The FARC has battled a succession of Colombian governments since 1964. The insurgency swelled to nearly 20,000 fighters in the early 2000s, but now numbers around 8,500 combatants.

Colombia’s armed forces, bolstered by billions of dollars of aid from the United States, have scored dramatic successes against the FARC in recent years, but the rebels remain capable of inflicting significant damage on the military and on vulnerable infrastructure.

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Deforestation in the Amazon Basin Could Cause a Severe Drop in Rainfall

Deforestation in the Amazon Basin Could Cause a Severe Drop in Rainfall

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A researcher from the University of Leeds and his team recently used satellite data of rainfall patterns and satellite data to create a computer model to show how deforestation may cause a disastrous drop in rainfall at the Amazonian basin.

Researcher Dominick Spracklen and his team found rainfall across the basin could drop by 12 percent in the wet season and an even more startling 21 percent in the dry seasons by 2050 “due to less-efficient moisture recycling” caused by deforestation.

To put it simply, trees release moisture into the air by a process called evapotranspiration, which is the transport of water into the atmosphere from surfaces which include soil and vegetation. This process is what keeps the air over forests more moist than other areas.

On Wednesday, the study was published in Nature an international weekly science journal.

The study explains:

Vegetation affects precipitation patterns by mediating moisture, energy and trace-gas fluxes between the surface and atmosphere1. When forests are replaced by pasture or crops, evapotranspiration of moisture from soil and vegetation is often diminished, leading to reduced atmospheric humidity and potentially suppressing precipitation. Climate models predict that large-scale tropical deforestation causes reduced precipitation.

Such a reduction in precipitation may have consequences for the future of remaining Amazonian forests and for rainfall-reliant industries both within and outside the Amazon basin, including agriculture and hydroelectric power generation, which contribute substantially to South American economies.

The full study can be found here.

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Paralympics: Brazilian Swimmer Daniel Dias Winning Gold and Setting World Records

Paralympics: Brazilian Swimmer Daniel Dias Winning Gold and Setting World Records

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Brazil’s Daniel Dias has now won four gold medals in the 2012 Paralympic games.

Dias, 24, was born in Campinas with malformed upper and lower limbs. However, at the age of 16, he decided to take up swimming to after he was inspired by Clodoaldo Silva at the 2004 Summer Paralympics.

In 2008, at the age of 20, Dias competed in his first Paralympic games in Beijing. At its close, Dias had won four gold medals – 100m freestyle, 200m freestyle, 50m backstroke, and 200m medley – four silver, and one bronze. Winning nine medals, he won more medals than any other athlete.

At this year’s Paralympic games, Dias has won four gold medals and all individual competitions he entered. He has also set three world records and one Paralympic record.

Check out his world record setting swim in the Men’s 50m Backstroke-S5.

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Latino Designer Cesar Galindo Showcases Spring/Summer Collection at Fashion Week

Latino Designer Cesar Galindo Showcases Spring/Summer Collection at Fashion Week

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Designer Cesar Galindo presented Friday his colorful spring and summer creations on the official runway of New York Fashion Week, featuring once more his comfortable, feminine style of clothing.

Czar is the name of the new line Galindo launched Friday, “inspired by a visual third dimension, a third dimension of color,” the couturier told Efe.

“I’m Mexican and the colors I have within me. New York is a very dark city (in winter) and we have to give it color,” he said.

Galindo unveiled a rainbow on the Lincoln Center runway with shades of green, blue, rose, orange, purple and yellow, some in gradated tones, without neglecting the always elegant black, as well as prints appropriate for spring and summer.


“The collection is made for a businesswoman who goes from the office to a cocktail party. They’re pieces that can be worn day and night,” said Galindo, who this year for the first time is presenting two collections, the Czar on the official runway and the Cesar Galindo collection outside the official circuit.

Galindo, whose mother was a dressmaker, will present on Sept. 13 the second collection, inspired by Art Deco.


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LATINO BLOTTER: Wedding Guest Steals Gifts, Gets Chased Down by Newlyweds

LATINO BLOTTER: Wedding Guest Steals Gifts, Gets Chased Down by Newlyweds

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Two newlyweds are furious and hurt after one of their wedding guests tried to steal their wedding gifts.

Larry, 53, and Joanna Williamson, 51, were enjoying one of the greatest days of their lives Saturday night, when they discovered 18-year-old Omar Santiago, their niece’s date, was attempting to steal a box of envelopes containing cards and monetary wedding gifts.

A maître d’ at the New York country club where the reception was being held alerted the bride that she saw a young man carrying a box full of envelopes into the coat room.

Joanna Williamson quickly grabbed a group of people to chase down Santiago. The teen attempted to leave the club with the envelopes after he stuffed them into his pants in a bathroom.

The bride, groom, and one of their guests managed to back Santiago into the bathroom, but he somehow got past them and ran out into a nearby wooded area.

The couple and a number of their guests gave chase and were able to pin Santiago down while they waited for police.

Santiago was found with more than a dozen envelopes in his pants. He has been charged with grand larceny in the fourth degree.

The envelopes were returned to the couple, who have since left for their honeymoon in Florida to, where else, Disney World.

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STUDY:  U.S. Becoming More Diverse Due to Surge in Hispanic and Asian Populations

STUDY:  U.S. Becoming More Diverse Due to Surge in Hispanic and Asian Populations

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During the last three decades, the United States has become more racially and ethnically diverse.  Brown University examined this trend using data spanning the 1980-2010 period which determined: (a) the pervasiveness of diversity across America, focusing on metropolitan, micropolitan, and rural areas and places, and (b) the community characteristics that correlate with diversity.

Researchers found that almost all communities—whether large immigrant gateways or small towns—have grown more diverse. However, the data show a wide range of diversity pro¬files, from predominantly white communities (a shrinking number) to minority-majority and no-majority ones (an increasing number).

While surging Hispanic and Asian populations often drive these patterns, other groups, including African immigrants, Native Americans, and multi-racial
individuals, contribute to the distinctive mixes evident from one community to the next.

As for the drivers of diversity, communities with large populations, abundant rental housing, and a range of jobs are more diverse. So are those where the government and/or the military is a key employer. Locationally, diversity tends to be higher in coastal regions and along the southern border.

In short, the researchers concluded a growing number of Americans now live in communities where multiple groups—Hispanics, blacks, and Asians as well as whites—are present in significant proportions.

Click here to read the entire study “American Communities Project of Brown University.” 

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MTV Video Music Awards: Congrats to Demi Lovato, Video Director John Urbano

MTV Video Music Awards: Congrats to Demi Lovato, Video Director John Urbano

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Thursday night, Demi Lovato took home the award for Best Video with a Message at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards.

Demi shows us it’s possible to overcome harrowing obstacles and come back stronger than ever.

Fellow Latino Selena Gomez was not as lucky, and was not able to nab the award for Best Female Video for “Love You Like a Love Song.” The award went to Nicki Minaj and her video for “Starships.”

Director, cinematographer, and photographer John Urbano was the director for One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful” video which won two VMAs – Best Pop Video and Best New Artist.

View the full list of winners here.

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South America’s Patagonia Region Losing Ice Glaciers 50 Percent Faster than Before

South America’s Patagonia Region Losing Ice Glaciers 50 Percent Faster than Before

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A little-studied mass of ice in South America is undergoing some big changes: The Southern Patagonian Ice Field lost ice volume at a 50 percent faster rate between 2000-2012 than it did between 1975-2000, according to new analysis of digital elevation models performed by Cornell researchers.

The researchers from Cornell’s Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences developed a new way of using digital topography maps obtained from a stereo camera on a NASA satellite to draw their conclusions. T

Their study has been accepted for publication in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, published by the American Geophysical Union.

Between 2000 and 2012, they said, the ice field, which is about three times the size of Rhode Island and is located in the southern Patagonia Andes of Chile and Argentina, was rapidly losing volume at many of its largest outlet glaciers. In most cases, the thinning extended to the highest elevations of the ice field. Overall, the ice field is showing significant mass loss—about 1.5 times the loss rate recorded between 1975 and 2000 in previous studies.

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Elderly Puerto Rican Woman at DNC Tells Reporter She “Would Like to Kill” Romney (VIDEO)

Elderly Puerto Rican Woman at DNC Tells Reporter She “Would Like to Kill” Romney (VIDEO)

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While we can appreciate one being passionate about politics, when someone blurts out a death threat against a presidential candidate that’s not exactly the passion to be applauded.

An elderly Puerto Rican woman named Julia Rodriguez was interviewed by The Blaze at the Democratic National Convention the week.

During the interview, a fired up Rodriguez says Mitt Romney “will destroy this country, if he [becomes] President of the United States.”

However, she goes on to say, “I don’t believe him. If I see him I would like to kill him.”

While it is unlikely Ms. Rodriguez, who has lived in New York’s Bronx neighborhood for 40 years, has any intention of actually hurting the Republican candidate, it has been brought to the attention of the Secret Service.

Oh Thursday, Secret Service spokesman George Ogilvie told The Blaze, ‘We are aware of it and we will conduct the appropriate follow-up.’

So what do you think about Julia Rodriguez’s comments?

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2011 Immigration Enforcement Actions Reach All-Time High, 91% of Detainees are from Latin America

2011 Immigration Enforcement Actions Reach All-Time High, 91% of Detainees are from Latin America

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Each year, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) undertakes immigration enforcement actions involving hundreds of thousands of foreign nationals. These actions include the apprehension or arrest, detention, return, and removal from the United States of foreign nationals who are removable under U.S. immigration law.

The Office of Immigration Statistics (OIS) Annual Report presents information on the enforcement action taken in 2011 and key findings in this report include:

• DHS made 642,000 apprehensions of foreign nationals; 76 percent were natives of Mexico.
• ICE detained approximately 429,000 foreign nationals, an all-time high.
• DHS returned 392,000 foreign nationals from the U.S.  The leading countries of origin of those removed were Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.  These four countries represent 91 percent of all apprehensions.
• ICE removed 188,000 known criminal aliens from the U.S., an all-time high.

The U.S. Border Patrol was responsible for 53 percent of all immigration apprehensions and 96 percent of Border Patrol apprehensions happened along the Southwest border.

To read the entire DHS report click here.

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Google Building Data Center in Chile

Google Building Data Center in Chile

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Google recently announced their plans to build a data center near Santiago, Chile.

Construction is already underway in the municipality of Quilicura, and Google says they plans to have the facility online by the end of 2013.

“Building this data center in Chile is an exciting step for us,” the announcement from Google read. “As Internet usage in Latin America grows, people are looking for information and entertainment, new business opportunities and better ways to connect with friends and family near and far. We’re building this data center to make sure that our users across Latin America and the world have the fastest and most reliable access possible to all of Google’s services.”

With the new building comes a new community outreach program. Once the center is up and running, Google says they will launch a formal community grant program in Quilicura that will support organizations and initiatives that focus on four issues we’re passionate about, including: technology literacy, renewable energy innovation and new economy entrepreneurship.

The center will also bring more job opportunities to the area.

“We estimate that our long-term investment in this data center will reach $150 million USD and will be one of the most efficient and environmentally friendly in Latin America, built to the same high standards we use around the world. Once operational, the data center will employ up to 20 people in a variety of full-time and contractor roles, including computer technicians, engineers and catering and security staff.”

You can view the upcoming center’s job opportunities here.

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U.S. Cargo Ship Seized in Venezuela Accused of Trafficking Weapons, American Consulate Investigating

U.S. Cargo Ship Seized in Venezuela Accused of Trafficking Weapons, American Consulate Investigating

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Venezuelan authorities are holding a U.S.-flagged cargo vessel in the port city of Maracaibo and have arrested the ship’s captain, an American diplomatic source told Efe on Friday.

“The captain (a U.S. citizen) is detained and the crew is still aboard” the Ocean Atlas, the source said, adding that Venezuelan authorities have offered no official explanation.

U.S. consular officials were sent to Maracaibo to look into the matter.

Asked about media accounts linking the ship to arms smuggling, the source pointed out that vessels transiting dangerous areas often carry weapons for self-defense.

The skipper of the Ocean Atlas was taken to the headquarters of Venezuela’s Sebin intelligence service, Maracaibo newspaper Panorama said Friday on its Web site.

The Venezuelan government has issued no official statement on the incident and an Interior Ministry source consulted by Efe had no information.

The case of the Ocean Atlas comes a month after Venezuela detained a U.S. citizen who, according to President Hugo Chavez, admitted to having served with the Marines and appeared “to be a mercenary.”

That individual remains in Venezuelan custody, the U.S. diplomatic source said.

“We don’t have more information. We have consular access, we have access to him and he is detained in Caracas,” the source told Efe, explaining that the individual has withheld permission to release his name or any other personal details.

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Jobless Rate Creeps Down to 8.1%, Hispanic Unemployment Relatively Unchanged at 10.2%

Jobless Rate Creeps Down to 8.1%, Hispanic Unemployment Relatively Unchanged at 10.2%

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The August jobless rate according to the Bureau for Labor Statistics creeped down to 8.1 percent from 8.3 percent in July. 

On the surface though that may appear as good news, economists point out the decrease was due in part to more unemployed people discouraged from seeking work. .  Some 368,000 people dropped out of the American labor force in August, a clear indicator that the economy has not recovered.  The number of Americans working or searching for a job hit its lowest level in more than 30 years.

New job growth for August was a tepid 96,000, 125,000 new jobs were anticipated for August.

The Hispanic unemployment remained almost the same moving to 10.2 percent in August from 10.3 percent in July, while the 18-29 year old Hispanic unemployment rate came in at 13.7 percent.

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¡Felicidades! Brazil on Your 190th Year of Independence

¡Felicidades! Brazil on Your 190th Year of Independence

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Today, all of Brazil is celebrating and rejoicing its 190-year-old independence from the Portuguese and is often called Sete de Setemebro. The Portuguese arrived in 1532 and stayed for close to 300 years, as it colonized the region and colonized native populations.  The fight for independence started in 1820, when Dom Pedro stood up against the Portuguese who wanted Brazil to remain a colony. 

On September 7, 1822, after receiving orders from the Portuguese parliament limiting his powers in Brazil, Pedro declared Brazil’s independence, near the Ipiranga River by declaring “By my blood, by my honor and by God: I will make Brazil free.” 

There will be numerous military parades throughout the country and almost everyone is given the day off from work. 

President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent their regards to Brazil and its people:

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the people of Brazil as you celebrate your Independence Day this September 7.

The relationship between our two countries is grounded in common values and a shared history of family and friends. When Brazil gained its independence in the 19th century, the United States was the first country that formally recognized its statehood. Today, we are continuing to strengthen our relationship as we work together to promote open, accountable governance, equality, social inclusion, and respect for the environment and human rights for countries around the world.

As you enjoy your national parade on the Esplanade, watch the aerobatics of the “Esquadrilha da Fumaça,” or mark the occasion at one of countless other celebrations across Brazil, know that the United States is a partner and friend. We look forward to strengthening our close relationship in the coming years as we work together toward a more prosperous and peaceful world.

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Shakira Honors Her Father’s 81st Birthday With Touching Tribute (VIDEO)

Shakira Honors Her Father’s 81st Birthday With Touching Tribute (VIDEO)

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Shakira on Thursday released a video in which she sings together with her father a song from the original soundtrack of “Love in the Time of Cholera,” and which served as her congratulatory greeting to him on his 81st birthday.

“Happy birthday, Daddy!” said the singer, who signs herself Shak, in presenting the video, which is posted on her Web site and on YouTube, and on which she also includes family pictures.

The singer appears with her father, William Mebarak, rehearsing and singing hand in hand in the studios of the Spanish group Estopa in Barcelona “Hay amores,” the song she wrote for the film.

“I hoped for a boy, but when she was born I saw how pretty and how precious she was and said, ‘OK, I’m going to be satisfied with this girl,’” Shakira’s father said jokingly at another point in the video.

Also, elsewhere in the video Shakira’s mother, Nidia del Carmen Ripoll, appears answering a question and saying: “In a few words, my daughter is love and sincerity.”

Also appearing on the video are family photos in a brightly lit yard in Miami, the Latin Grammys gala in Las Vegas where Shakira was presented with the Person of the Year award, and a trip to Guatemala.

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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to Build Geothermal Plant in Mexico

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to Build Geothermal Plant in Mexico

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Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. said Thursday it reached an agreement with Mexico’s Federal Electricity Commission, or CFE, to build a 50 MW geothermal power plant in the western Mexican state of Michoacan.

The facility, which will be completed in December 2014, will be the twelfth geothermal power plant delivered by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to Mexico, the Japanese company said in a statement.

The power plant is part of the Los Azufres III project, which the Japanese company has provided with engineering, manufacturing, acquisition and installation services.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries will be supplying a steam turbine for the power plant that will be manufactured by subsidiary Mitsubishi Electric.

The deal will help expand Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ business in Mexico, which is No. 5 in the world in terms of geothermal resources.

The new plant, which is the fifth built by Mitsubishi in the Los Azufres III complex, will allow the CFE to meet rising demand for electricity due to economic growth.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of geothermal power systems.

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Mexico Apprehends 12 Acapulco Cartel Members, Including Suspected Boss

Mexico Apprehends 12 Acapulco Cartel Members, Including Suspected Boss

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Twelve suspected Cartel Independiente de Acapulco members wanted for the killings of at least 18 people in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero were arrested, state officials said Thursday.

Jose Alberto Quiroz Perez, one of the cartel’s suspected bosses, was among those captured, the Guerrero Public Safety Secretariat said.

Quiroz allegedly was in charge of merging the gangs left leaderless by the arrests of the bosses of the La Barredora drug trafficking organization.

La Barredora fought the Cartel Independiente de Acapulco for control of drug sales, kidnappings and extortion rackets in Acapulco, a resort city on Mexico’s Pacific coast.

The two gangs were formed after the break-up of the organization led by Edgar Valdez Villarreal, who was arrested by the Federal Police on Aug. 30, 2010.

The arrest of Valdez Villarreal, known as “La Barbie,” unleashed a war for control of Acapulco, one of Mexico’s top tourist destinations, sending the crime rate soaring in the port city.

Quiroz Perez and his associates kidnapped members of rival gangs, murdered them and dumped their bodies in public areas along with threatening messages, the secretariat said.

The Cartel Independiente de Acapulco is suspected of being behind extortion rackets targeting businesses in Acapulco.

Acapulco, a favorite among Mexican and foreign tourists for decades, has lost business to other destinations due to the violence.

The cartel operates in Acapulco and cities in Guerrero’s Costa Chica region that were previously controlled by La Barredora, whose members were recruited by Quiroz Perez, the secretariat said.

Police seized three vehicles, six rifles, four handguns, 150 bags of a substance that appears to be cocaine and communications equipment.

Guerrero Gov. Angel Aguirre Rivero launched a security operation last year with the support of the federal government to step up law enforcement in areas frequented by foreign and domestic tourists.

“Operation Safe Guerrero” was launched on Oct. 6, 2011, in an effort to reduce the soaring crime rate in the state.

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FridaySeptember 7, 2012