1. Skip to navigation
  2. Skip to content
  3. Skip to secondary content



TuesdayOctober 2, 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.

Read More


Mexican Pharmaceuticals to be More Readily Available in Chile

Mexican Pharmaceuticals to be More Readily Available in Chile

Photo: Vaccines

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

Mexico and Chile signed a cooperation agreement “to strengthen bilateral pharmaceutical policies,” opening the way for vaccines and medicines registered in the North American country to be sold in the South American nation, the Mexican Health Secretariat said.

The agreement will allow Mexican pharmaceutical products to “enter Chile directly” as soon as “the health agencies in both nations exchange the necessary technical information,” the secretariat said in a statement.

Mutual recognition will benefit both “consumers and the pharmaceutical industries” in both countries, “marking a milestone” for the domestic pharmaceutical industry, the secretariat said.

The Chilean Public Health Institute and the Mexican Federal Comission for Health Risks Oversight, or Cofepris, will now work together on pharmaceutical registration.

The agreement, which was signed during the 9th Meeting of Medicine Regulators of the Ibero-American Countries, or EAMI, in Santiago, Chile, is the first signed by Mexico since Cofepris was certified in July by the Pan American Health Organization, or PAHO, for a three-year period.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Video Evidence of Mexican Mayor Making Deal with Drug Traffickers (VIDEO)

Video Evidence of Mexican Mayor Making Deal with Drug Traffickers (VIDEO)

Photo: Video May Be Evidence of Mexican Mayor Making Deal with Drug Traffickers

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

A video allegedly shows the new mayor of Teloloapan, a town in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero, cutting a deal with the La Familia Michoacana drug cartel to keep the peace in the town as long as it remains under the control of the criminal organization.

The video, which was posted on YouTube and received coverage in the Mexican press, shows Mayor Ignacio de Jesus Valladares Salgado, who was sworn in on Sept. 29 for a three-year term, agreeing to not interfere with his go-betweens, who apparently are members of a Mexican drug cartel.

“The reason you are here is because we want to keep the peace in the town of Teloloapan and that’s all in your hands,” a person off camera says during the nearly six-minute video.

The mayor, who is shown sitting sideways and appears worried, listens as the individual standing nearby asks him “to agree to put in a (police) director like we agreed.”

Valladares Salgado agrees to appoint a police chief who is “neutral, who is dedicated to working” for the people.

A second person whose face is also not visible asks the mayor who he is making the agreement with and tells him it is with La Familia Michoacana, information that Valladares Salgado appears to be aware of and finds acceptable.

“The reason for this is that we want there to be peace in Teloloapan,” one of the men tells the mayor, who responds “yes, sir.”

“As long as you don’t get mixed up with another (criminal) group, we are going to have it under control,” the man tells the mayor.

Valladares Salgado says he wants to stay “on the margins of everything,” adding that his “big interest is having a festival of peace” and not getting involved “with anyone” during his term in office.

The mayor tells the men that he “loves life” and the lives of his “loved ones.”

The presumed cartel members warn the mayor that “Teloloapan is going to burn” if the police interfere with them.

Efe tried to contact Teloloapan city hall on Tuesday, but several telephone calls went unanswered.

Valladares Salgado, meanwhile, told the Milenio newspaper that he was intercepted near his house by a group on Sept. 14 and taken by force to “the jungle.”

The mayor said the conversation was recorded with a cell phone and it never occurred to him that it would be made public.

Valladares Salgado told the newspaper that he was cooperating with the prosecutors assigned to the case.

I am willing to leave “office for 15 days, a month, the time that is necessary,” the mayor said.

Valladares Salgado said he “feared” for his loved ones, but he said he was willing to remain in office despite having his hands “tied” in doing his work in the town since no one was willing to serve as police chief.

Valladares Salgado is a member of the leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution, or PRD, the party of Guerrero Gov. Angel Aguirre Rivero.

Mexico’s more than 2,400 municipalities and their police forces are some of the institutions most weakened by organized crime groups.

Municipalities have limited resources available for fighting criminal organizations and public corruption, security experts say.


Related Videos

Read more by HS News Staff →

LATINO BLOTTER: Probation Officer Arrested While on Duty with 10 lbs of Pot

LATINO BLOTTER: Probation Officer Arrested While on Duty with 10 lbs of Pot

Photo: LATINO BLOTTER: Probation Officer Arrested with 10 lbs of Pot

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

A state government employee is in federal custody after his arrest Wednesday on a drug charge. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents are investigating the case.

Saul Velasco, 37, of Alamogordo, N.M., is charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana. He was arrested Sept. 26 at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Border Patrol checkpoint on U.S. Highway 70 west of Alamogordo.

According to court documents, Border Patrol agents found 9.7 pounds of marijuana in the state government vehicle Velasco was driving. As New Mexico juvenile probation officer, Velasco was on official duty when he was arrested.

There were 10 bundles of marijuana in a gym bag inside Velasco’s vehicle, according to court documents. He allegedly paid $2,500 for the nearly 10 pounds of marijuana from a man whom he met near a restaurant on U.S. Highway 54, north of El Paso, Texas.

Velasco had his initial appearance in federal court Thursday in Las Cruces and was scheduled to have a preliminary and detention hearing Friday. HSI special agents assigned to the Border Enforcement Security Task Force (BEST) in Las Cruces continue to investigate the case.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Mario Lopez and Khloe Kardashian Set to Join ‘X Factor’ as Hosts

Mario Lopez and Khloe Kardashian Set to Join ‘X Factor’ as Hosts

Photo: Mario Lopez and Khloe Kardashian Set to Join 'X Factor' as Hosts

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

TMZ is reporting that dimpled-faced cutie, Mario Lopez, and Khloe Kardashian are on track to be the new hosts of FOX’s singing competition show X Factor.

According to TMZ, the “final, tiny finishing touches are being put on their deals, but the announcement will be made some time this week.”

Should the contracts be finalized, and it looks like they will, Lopez and Kardashian will begin in November, when the live shows begin.

Earlier this year, Demi Lovato and Britney Spears joined the show as judges, sitting alongside L.A. Reid and Simon Cowell.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Check Out Jennifer Lopez, Eva Longoria and Other Women Rally to Get Out the Vote for Obama

Check Out Jennifer Lopez, Eva Longoria and Other Women Rally to Get Out the Vote for Obama

Photo: Eva Longoria and Jennifer Lopez for Obama

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

Check out Jennifer Lopez, Eva Longoria and other women rally to get out the vote for President Barrack Obama.  The video is titled “Women’s Voices - Join Women for Obama.” 

The video not only includes Latinas like Lopez and Longoria but also includes Beyonce, Juliana Margulies, Ashley Judd, Sheryl Crow, amongst others.

Many of the A-listers in the video agree with Jennifer Lopez’ sentiment in her video clip “this election will be decided by women.”  Most of the stars on the video point out they grew up with abortions as legal and Planned Parenthood as critical to many women - all things they feel the Republicans will put at risk if Mitt Romney is elected. 

Women are being urged to vote and to vote for the candidate that offers the most forward-looking vision for women - Obama.


Related Videos

Read more by HS News Staff →

Who Will be Crowned Brazil’s 2012 ‘Miss Bum Bum’?

Who Will be Crowned Brazil’s 2012 ‘Miss Bum Bum’?

Photo: Who Will be Crowned Brazil's 2012 'Miss Bum Bum'?

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

In the second annual Miss Bum Bum competition, one woman from each Brazil’s states, 27 contestants, competes to win the title of best bum in Brazil.

In 2011, Rosana Ferreira was named Miss Bum Bum, and online voting to determine the 15 finalists is currently underway at www.missbumbumbrasil.com.br.

Check out some of the bums in the running below.

Image

Image

Read more by HS News Staff →

Early Morning Shootout Near U.S.-Mexico Border Leaves One U.S. Agent Dead and Another Wounded

Early Morning Shootout Near U.S.-Mexico Border Leaves One U.S. Agent Dead and Another Wounded

Photo: Border Patrol Agent Killed in Arizona Near Border

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

One U.S. Border Patrol agent was killed and another wounded Tuesday in a shootout with unknown gunmen near the U.S.-Mexican border in Arizona’s Cochise County.

The gunfight took place around 2 a.m. in the town of Naco, the National Border Patrol Council said.

Three agents arrived at the site on horseback after a ground sensor in the border zone was activated.

The Border Patrol, which did not reveal the name of the dead agent, said that it is still investigating who and how many people fired at the federal agents.

The agent who was wounded was transported to a hospital in stable condition, while the third agent was unhurt in the shootout.

The incident in Naco is being investigated by the FBI and the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office.

The agents were assigned to the Border Patrol station in Naco, a post named for Brian Terry, an agent who was killed during a fight with smugglers in December 2010 near Nogales, Arizona.

The Arizona border is considered one of the main crossing corridors for undocumented immigrants and illegal drugs along the border with Mexico.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Enough is Enough: Wealthy Dominican Inmates No Longer Allowed Special Amenities

Enough is Enough: Wealthy Dominican Inmates No Longer Allowed Special Amenities

Photo: Enough is Enough: Wealhy Dominican Inamtes No Longer Allowed Special Amenities

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

A long-standing tradition of allowing inmates in Dominican prisons to purchase special amenities has come to an end.

Prior to Friday, wealthy inmates had been able to purchase air conditioners, TVs and TV antennas, and even laptops, but a the Dominican Republic’s chief prosecutor announced that such perks would no longer be available.

Dominican prisons house roughly 22,000 prisons and few have the funds to buy extra comforts, but some, like Rolando Floria, seemed to make his time in almost pleasant.

After he was killed in jail in May 2009, many were outraged to learn his cell was equipped with an air conditioner, a private kitchen, and an LCD television. It was also discovered he was granted visits from prostitutes, something prison officials claimed they knew nothing about.

According to the Associated Press, Friday’s announcement was the first time Dominican authorities have put a stop to the special treatment of wealthy inmates.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Heading to a Quiceañera, Girl Falls Out of Party Bus Window, Dies

Heading to a Quiceañera, Girl Falls Out of Party Bus Window, Dies

Photo: Heading to a Quiceañera, Angie Hernandez Falls Out of Party Bus Window, Dies

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

Angie Hernandez was celebrating her cousin’s 15th birthday on a party bus rented for the quinceañera in Portland, Oregon Saturday night when she fell out of the vehicle and died.

Hernandez, 11, is believed to have been sitting on top of the seat when she leaned against the bus’ emergency exit window as the bus turned a corner, causing her to fall out of the window. The windows are usually secured with two latches, but authorities are still investigating, and Five Star Limousine, the owner of the bus, says it never had problems with the latches before.

Upon hearing the young girl had died, the bus driver, Martin Brouwer, was said to have burst into tears. Local Fox affiliate KPTV revealed Brouwer did not have a commercial driver’s license, which is required when driving a vehicle which seats 16 or more.  The party bus is said to have been carrying 20 children and teens at the time of the accident.

‘We don’t know exactly how it happened,’ said Rick Lycksell, Five Star’s general manager. ‘It’s a horrible, horrible mistake and it really saddens and hurts all of us that this happened.’

The accident occurred around 6:30 p.m. at the corner of Southwest Harrison and First Street in downtown Portland. A memorial was set up near the accident site and a crisis team and counselors have ben made availible at the girl’s school.

Angie Hernandez was in sixth grade at Rowe Middle School in Milwaukie.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Mexico Receives $1.9 billion in Remittances in August, 11.6% Decrease from Same Time Last Year

Mexico Receives $1.9 billion in Remittances in August, 11.6% Decrease from Same Time Last Year

Photo: Remittances in August, 2012 to Mexico Down

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

Mexico received in August nearly $1.9 billion in remittances, representing an 11.6 percent drop compared with the same month in 2011, the country’s central bank said Monday.

It was the largest interannual decline in remittances in 30 years, according to the Banco de Mexico.

Nonetheless, the accumulated amount of remittances from January to August was $15.61 billion, a figure 2.5 percent higher than in the same period of 2011.

The average remittance in August stood at $303.90, a decrease of 10.6 percent from the $340 that those living abroad sent to Mexico in the same month of 2011.

Some 6.2 million remittances were sent, mostly by means of electronic transfers, a figure slightly lower than the 6.3 million transactions carried out in August of the previous year.

Remittances sent by Mexicans living abroad - mainly in the United States - are the country’s second-largest source of foreign exchange after oil exports and help cover the living expenses of millions of people.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos Has Prostate Cancer

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos Has Prostate Cancer

Photo: President Juan Manuel Santos Has Cancer

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said he has prostate cancer and will be operated on Wednesday, two weeks before the beginning of peace talks with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.

The 61-year-old Santos said in an address broadcast Monday on radio and television that the cancer was detected by means of a biopsy and that, following doctors’ recommendations, he will undergo surgery “to remove the tumor.”

It will be “rather uncomfortable” for several days, but he will remain conscious throughout the procedure, Santos said.

The operation, recommended by his doctor in Bogota, Felipe Gomez, and three specialists in the United States, will not require general anesthesia, the president said.

The surgery will be performed at Bogota’s Santa Fe Foundation “with local anesthesia that will allow me to remain conscious before, during and after the procedure,” Santos said.

Dr. Gomez had advised him “to check with other doctors, other specialists, both the findings of the biopsy and his recommendation to have surgery,” which is what he did last week when he traveled to the United States to take part in the United Nations General Assembly, Santos said.

“In New York I had the opportunity to have an ultrasound, and three specialists in the field - a urologist and two oncologists - studied the result of the ultrasound and of other tests and all confirmed the recommendations of Dr. Felipe Gomez,” the president said.

Santos said that despite certain “physical limitations,” he will continue to exercise his functions as president “at all times.”

The president said he has “a family history of cancer,” a reference to his brother Luis Fernando, who was operated for the same problem and “is in perfect health today.”

The president hopes to be completely recovered for the beginning of peace talks with the FARC, set to begin on Oct. 15, according to an announcement made Monday in Havana by the guerrilla group.

The FARC and the Santos administration reached an agreement on Aug. 26 in Havana to start the peace process after six months of secret negotiations in the Cuban capital.

The two parties will meet in Oslo to kick off their third peace negotiations in almost 50 years of armed conflict, with Cuba and Norway as mediators and with Chile and Venezuela as observers.

Read more by HS News Staff →

HONDURAS: 91% of Those Over 60 Are Without Income

HONDURAS: 91% of Those Over 60 Are Without Income

Photo: HONDURAS: 91% of Those Over 60 Are Without Income

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

Ninety-one percent of Honduras’ 700,000 residents over the age of 60 have no income, the National Association of Elderly Adults, or ANAM, said Monday.

Only 5 percent in that age group have retirement benefits and the remaining 4 percent are cared for by family members, ANAM President Julio Torres told reporters.

Honduras currently has 8.2 million inhabitants, of whom 8.5 percent are over 60.

At a demonstration in Tegucigalpa, hundreds of ANAM members demanded that President Porfirio Lobo’s administration create “policies and programs” that benefit the older Honduran.

“We’ll keep fighting for a better quality of life for older citizens,” said Torres, who last Friday took part in the presentation of the report “Aging in the 21st Century” by the United Nations Population Fund.

According to the report, by the year 2050 the population of people over 60 will have grown to 2 billion worldwide.

“If there’s no pension to cover their basic necessities and they have no access to medical services to treat their illnesses, their quality of life will deteriorate and death will come sooner,” U.N. official Hugo Gonzalez told Efe.

Average life expectancy is 78 years in developed countries and 68 years in developing nations.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Report: By 2050, 25% of Latin America’s Population Will be Made up of People Over 60

Report: By 2050, 25% of Latin America’s Population Will be Made up of People Over 60

Photo: Report: By 2050, 25% of Latin America's Population Will be Made up of People Over 60

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

The populations of Latin America and the Caribbean are aging faster than those of developed countries and a fourth of the region’s population will be over 60 by 2005, according to a report published Monday by the United Nations Population Fund.

The number of over-60s is estimated to triple from 63.1 million now, or 10 percent of the total population, to 187 million in a span of 38 years.

The countries with the highest quotients of over-60s by 2050 will be the Dominican Republic with 39.2 percent, the U.S. commonwealth of Puerto Rico with 31.5 percent, Chile with 30.3 percent, Costa Rica with 29.8 percent, and Brazil with 29 percent.

On the contrary, Guatemala will have only 11.7 percent of its population over 60, while Bolivia, Haiti and Paraguay are projected to have 14.8 percent, 15.3 percent and 17.5 percent, respectively.

With regard to people over 80, it is estimated that by 2050 they will make up 5.5 percent of the region’s total population, compared with 1.6 percent at present.

One of the report’s authors, Vitalija Gaucaite, said that the main reasons for the rapid aging of the Latin American and Caribbean populations are “the drop in fertility, migrations and longer life expectancy.”

If current demographic trends remain stable, the U.N. agency calculates that the elderly will outnumber children in Latin America and the Caribbean by the year 2036.

The report calls it essential to have pension and health-care systems that see to the needs of older people, as well as policies favoring social integration and against age discrimination in the labor market.

In that sense, Gaucaite decried the differences in public policies around the region but hailed Brazil, “where a very well-developed social system exists to care for the elderly.”

The authors of the report regret that, in a large part of Latin American and Caribbean countries, most elderly people have no access to a pension.

He did note, however, the efforts of Brazil, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras and Peru to provide a safety net for older citizens.

The document also mentions that Belize, Guatemala, Bolivia, Panama and more recently Venezuela have begun to offer some kind of allowance - although modest - to the elderly in recent years.

Read more by HS News Staff →



TuesdayOctober 2, 2012