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



FridayJanuary 25, 2013

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


Miriam Martinez Looking to Become Texas’ First Latino Governor

Miriam Martinez Looking to Become Texas’ First Latino Governor

Photo: Miriam Martinez Looking to Become Texas' First Latino Governor

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

Miriam Martinez, a Mexican-born journalist and activist who became a U.S. citizen barely two years ago, wants to make history in 2014 as the first Latino woman to become governor of Texas.

“Texas needs new blood and that’s what I offer. I’m not intimidated by the millions that other candidates may have or are able to collect, what’s important is who gets the most votes and that’s what I’ll achieve by expressing my ideals to the Texas electorate,” Martinez said in an interview with Efe.

The Republican politician will offer a “political platform that includes everyone, from war veterans without medical care to those who live in poor neighborhoods all along the Mexican border.”

Martinez, 40, said that running for the most important public office in Texas isn’t a stunt but rather the product of the current reality of the state in the absence of an obvious front-runner for the 2014 contest.

“Unfortunately the governor, Rick Perry, made a lot of mistakes during his presidential campaign, from which he bowed out without much luck and pretty humiliated. Nowadays the polls don’t favor him and it’s time for the new generations to take over,” she said.

Perry, who has been governor since 2000, dropped out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination exactly one year ago after faring poorly in the debates.

Martinez, who last year ran unsuccessfully for the state legislature, said her loss last November gave her the experience to correct her mistakes and sharpen her strategy for the coming Republican gubernatorial nomination, she said.

“Here it’s all about offering something of value and playing an honorable role without limitations or obstacles. I’ll let God be my guide and let the electorate see me as I am, a woman with children who has suffered domestic abuse but who went forward to triumph in a number of different fields,” Martinez said.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Check Out Taco Bell’s Super Bowl Ad Teaser (VIDEO)

Check Out Taco Bell’s Super Bowl Ad Teaser (VIDEO)

Photo: Check Out Taco Bell's Super Bowl Ad Teaser

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

“Grandpa Goes Wild” is the title of the teaser leading up to the ad Taco Bell will reveal during the Super Bowl, which is part of its “Live Más” campaign.

Featuring an 87-year-old thrill-seeker, Bernie Goldblatt, Taco Bell’s Super Bowl XLVII teaser also features House of Pain’s “Jump Around.”

The teaser shows Goldblatt sneaking his suped-up motorized scooter into a football stadium to let loose, do some tricks like making “donuts” on the field, knocking over water coolers, yardage signs and a tackling dummy, all while escaping from security. The teaser gives consumers a deeper look into the “Live Más” personality of the Taco Bell’s Super Bowl spot’s main character.

This ad is just a teaser however, as the actual ad will feature Goldblatt along with his friends, taking viewers on an unforgettable night depicting that anyone at any age can “Live Mas.” The commercial will be set to the music of six-time Grammy Award nominee fun.’s “We Are Young,” which will be sung in Spanish.

“Our hope is that our consumers will see themselves in this ad. They tell us that Taco Bell is about memories and experiences, and things they like to share with their friends,” said Brian Niccol, Chief Marketing & Innovation Officer, Taco Bell Corp. “We believe that advertising on the world biggest stage, the Super Bowl, was the ideal way to share these experiences with our fans, while also providing further context into the mindset of Taco Bell and what it means to ‘Live Más.’”

Read more by HS News Staff →

Secretary of State Nominee John Kerry Vows to Strengthen Ties with Mexico

Secretary of State Nominee John Kerry Vows to Strengthen Ties with Mexico

Photo: Secretary of State Nominee Sen. John Kerry

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

Secretary of State nominee, Senator John Kerry, has vowed to strengthen ties with Mexico and assist in that country’s war on drugs.  Kerry made his comments on Mexico during his confirmation hearings yesterday.

He vowed to help Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto fight on drug traffickers and cartels, one that was started by his predecessor Felipe Calderon.  Kerry also voiced approval with Peña Nieto efforts to strengthen Mexico’s judiciary system in his fight against organized crime.  His comments also included continued support for the Merida Initiative that provides funding for the fight against drug trafficking and money laundering here and in Mexico. 

Since 2008 the U.S. has provided Mexico and Central America with over $400 million for the Merida Initiative.  There is fear that budget cutbacks will negatively effect this program – Kerry vows to fight for its existence.

Senator Kerry, 69, also acknowledged the U.S. role in drug trafficking by being the largest global consumer of illegal drugs. 

Read more by HS News Staff →

HISPANIC EDUCATION: Affirmative Action Ban Results in Underrepresentation in Sciences, Engineering

HISPANIC EDUCATION: Affirmative Action Ban Results in Underrepresentation in Sciences, Engineering

Photo: Affect of Affirmative Action Ban

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

Important findings on the impact of banning affirmative action in higher education were just published in the American Educational Research Journal(AERJ).  Affirmative action in university admissions has long been a matter of public debate, and Fisher v. University of Texas, Austin has placed its use in admissions policy as an issue before the U.S. Supreme Court. AERJ is a top-ranked peer-reviewed journal of the American Educational Research Association. 

The article, “Understanding the Impact of Affirmative Action Bans in Different Graduate Fields of Study,” presents the results of a study undertaken by Liliana M. Garces, George Washington University. Garces examines the effects of affirmative action bans on the enrollment of students of color across six fields of graduate study in four states—California, Florida, Texas, and Washington. The six fields of graduate study are the natural sciences, engineering, social sciences, business, education, and humanities.

Garces’ research shows that the impact of affirmative action bans was most pronounced in engineering, natural sciences, and social sciences, fields in which students of color already are underrepresented. She encourages educators to reconsider their admissions practices and consider the benefits of campus diversity for all students, benefits that include enhanced critical thinking skills, cultural awareness, civic engagement, and workforce competencies/leadership skills.

In light of national concerns over underrepresentation of students of color in the fields of science and engineering, Garces says that banning all affirmative action considerations in admissions in graduate fields of study has consequences. “As institutions struggle to increase the representation of students of color in graduate programs, particularly in STEM fields, the findings from this study suggest that bans on affirmative action are inhibiting these efforts.  Graduate education programs will need to rise to the challenge and adopt innovative outreach and recruitment practices and adopt admissions criteria to help reverse this trend.”

Read more by HS News Staff →

Violence in Entertainment is Not Responsible for Mass Shootings, Says J.Lo

Violence in Entertainment is Not Responsible for Mass Shootings, Says J.Lo

Photo: "Parker"

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

Actress and singer Jennifer Lopez, whose latest film “Parker” premieres Friday, is convinced that the violence seen in Hollywood movies is not the only cause of the mass shootings that periodically shock the nation.

“That subject in general is very complex. It’s a tragedy. Blaming it all on one thing is very hard. There are many factors that have to be looked at in the whole world to fix such an enormous problem,” she said in an interview with Efe in Miami.

After the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, there were requests from many quarters asking the Hollywood film industry to tone down movie violence.

The violence in some films, those people say, could be directly influencing the violent behavior of young people in the United States, where access to guns is comparatively easy.

There is a considerable amount of violence in “Parker,” in which the 43-year-old Lopez portrays Leslie, a recently divorced woman who “is going through the worst time of her life.”

Her character is forced to go live with her mother in Florida, until she meets Parker (Jason Statham) there, a man involved in shady business deals for whom she feels “a great attraction.”

“Leslie finds a chance to change her life and goes off with him,” Lopez said.

The singer said she has a lot in common with Leslie, such as her own recent divorce from fellow performer Marc Anthony.

Read more by HS News Staff →

HISPANIC HEALTH: Minority Student’s Grades Do Not Suffer Compared to Others When They Work

HISPANIC HEALTH: Minority Student’s Grades Do Not Suffer Compared to Others When They Work

Photo: Hispanic Student Working

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

African-American and Hispanic students may be less likely than non-Hispanic white students to hold a job during the school year, but when they do, they tend to work somewhat longer hours and seem less likely to see their grades suffer than non-Hispanic white students with jobs, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association.

A study involving nearly 600,000 students from around the country also found that among high school students who work long hours at a part-time job, black and Hispanic students from lower income households may be less inclined to smoke and drink than affluent non-Hispanic white or Asian-American students who work long hours. The study was published online in the APA journal Developmental Psychology.

Overall, white students were more likely than minority students to report working during the school year, according to the study. Among 10th graders, 43 percent of non-Hispanic white students worked compared with 29 percent of African-Americans, 31 percent of Hispanics and 26 percent of Asian-Americans. Among 12th graders, 72 percent of white students worked compared with 57 percent of African-Americans, 59 percent of Hispanics and 53 percent Asian-Americans. However, although white students were more likely than other students to work, African-American and Hispanic students who held jobs were more likely to report working more than 25 hours per week. Specifically, among those 12th graders who were employed, 18 percent of Asian-Americans, 22 percent of whites, 31 percent of African-Americans and 32 percent of Hispanics reported working more than 25 hours a week.

Grade point averages among white and Asian-American students dropped dramatically the more hours they worked, while the GPAs of Hispanics and African-Americans showed less connection with hours worked, the researchers found.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Marc Anthony and Girlfriend of One Year Call it Quits

Marc Anthony and Girlfriend of One Year Call it Quits

Photo: Marc Anthony and Shannon de Lima Split

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

People Magazine is reporting that Latin singer and Jennifer Lopez ex, Marc Anthony has called it quits with his girlfriend, Shannon de Lima.

Anthony rep announced, “Marc is no longer dating model Shannon de Lima.” “The amicable breakup became official right in mid-January.”  The 44-year-old singer was recently seen in Washington D.C. performing at Inauguration events.

The 25-year-old Venezuelan model and Anthony confirmed they were dated last January, 2011. 

Prior to his relationship with de Lima, Anthony was married to Jennifer Lopez for seven year.  The marriage ended in July of 2011.  Anthony, who is a multi-Grammy and Latin Grammy winner, was married to Miss Universe, Dayanara Torres for four years before marrying Lopez.

Read more by HS News Staff →

LATINO BLOTTER: Another Woman Attempts to Smuggle Drugs into US in her “Lady Purse”

LATINO BLOTTER: Another Woman Attempts to Smuggle Drugs into US in her “Lady Purse”

Photo: Woman Attempts to Smuggle Drugs into US in her “Lady Purse”

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

Customs and Border Protection agents at the U.S.-Mexico Border say they arrested a woman attempting to cross into the U.S. with drugs hidden in her vaginal cavity.

CBP officers became aware something was amiss when drug sniffing dogs approached and began barking at 22-year-old Samantha Kurdilla, who had been walking arm-in-arm with James Perry, 44.

As the officers approached Kurdilla, James backed away and said, “I’m not with her.”

The two were detained and questioned, but Kurdilla twice denied bringing anything from Mexico. Asked where she was going in the U.S., Kurdilla said she and Perry were heading to the Best Western Hotel in San Diego after partying in the Tijuana.

Officers remained suspicious of Kurdilla, as she would not make eye contact and appeared to be under the influence of something. Perry told officers he and Kurdilla has been smoking marijuana in Mexico.

Though it is unclear how, agents determined Kurdilla had a condom filled with a white powdery substance in her vaginal cavity. The substance was tested and confirmed to be cocaine. Later when officials checked her phone, a text sent from Kurdilla’s phone read. “I’m smuggling cocaine and heroin in my coochie.”

Only 100 grams of cocaine were recovered, but the text may have been from a previous drug smuggling attempt.

After being read her rights, Kurdilla told officials Perry told her to stuff the drugs in her lady purse in exchange for compensation. The cocaine was worth several thousand dollars.

Kurdilla and Perry were arrested and charged with unlawful importation of a controlled substance and were booked in the Metropolitan Correctional Center in San Diego, California.

Read more at The Smoking Gun →

Spanish Authorities Arrest 4 Suspected Russian Mafia Members

Spanish Authorities Arrest 4 Suspected Russian Mafia Members

Photo: Scene of the arrest

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

Four suspected Russian mafia members, including reputed boss Andrei Petrov, have been arrested in the northeastern Spanish town of Lloret de Mar, sources involved in the investigation said Friday.

The detainees laundered some 50 million euros (roughly $67 million) in organized crime proceeds by investing for more than two years in all kinds of businesses in the Catalonia region, including restaurants, stores, gas stations and real estate, the sources said.

They said the businesses under investigation in the case had ties to Semion Mogilevich, one of the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted, and were used to launder illicit funds from Russia.

The network, according to the same sources, was linked to the major Russian crime gangs Solntsevskaya and Solomonskaya and had companies and associates in the Seychelles, Cyprus, Andorra, Slovakia and the British Virgin Islands.

The defendants are scheduled to be arraigned on Monday before Spanish National Court Judge Eloy Velasco, who is in charge of the ongoing investigation.

Civil Guard officers confiscated a Kalashnikov rifle during a search of the home of the group’s suspected leader.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Green Light for ‘Welcome to the Family’ - Show About Latino and White Familie Merging

Green Light for ‘Welcome to the Family’ - Show About Latino and White Familie Merging

Photo: "Welcome to the Family"- Show About Latino and White Familie Merging

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

NBC has given the go-ahead to a new comedy from the writer/executive producer of Rules of Engagement, Mike Sikowitz.

Sikowitz’s show, which was originally pitched with the title Chuey & Me, is titled Welcome to the Family. The sitcom will follow two families - one Latino and one white – who are brought together when their children fall in love and an unplanned pregnancy follows..

Sony Pictures Television is producing the new show, as Sikowitz is currently under a deal with them.

Welcome to the Family is NBC’s 11th comedy pilot this season.

Sikowitz has also worked on The Class, Grounded for Life, It’s Like, You Know, and In-Laws.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Shakira Had Emotional Childbirth, Says Mother

Shakira Had Emotional Childbirth, Says Mother

Photo: Shakira and Gerard Pique (@Shakira)

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

Shakira “became very emotional and the tears flowed” the first time she held her baby, her mother said Friday at the clinic where the singer gave birth to son Milan.

Milan is a “beautiful boy” who “doesn’t cry a lot,” Nidia Ripoll, accompanied by husband William Mubarak, told the crowd of reporters camped outside the clinic in Barcelona.

She also said Shakira was not in pain after the delivery, which took place by cesarean.

Asked whether Milan resembles his dad, FC Barcelona defender Gerard Pique, Ripoll said it was too soon to say.

Shakira’s mother was also unable to shed any light on when the singer would be leaving the clinic.

“Last night we saw the big goal,” Ripoll said, referring to Pique’s tally in Barcelona’s 4-2 win over Malaga in the Copa del Rey quarterfinals.

Milan Pique Mebarak, the first child of the soccer standout and and the international pop superstar, was born Tuesday night.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Florida Set to Celebrate 500th Anniversary of Spain’s Arrival

Florida Set to Celebrate 500th Anniversary of Spain’s Arrival

Photo: Juan Ponce de Leon, Florida

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

Florida has launched an ambitious program of more than 200 events this year to commemorate the 500th anniversary of its discovery by Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon.

This is a “celebration that not only recalls the arrival of Ponce de Leon in this land, but also reaffirms the value of all who have contributed to the history of Florida and enabled it to become what it is today,” Chris Cate, communications director for Viva Florida 500, told Efe.

Viva Florida 500 has the backing of more than 14,000 organizations involved in the commemorative events that will take place across all of the state’s 67 counties.

The celebration is above all about the “cultural diversity that people have given this state since then, their influence, what we remember and celebrate,” Cate said.

“This is a wonderful chance to talk about Florida’s long history, its diverse cultural heritage, and to increase tourism and attract business to the state,” Rachel Porter, special programs coordinator for the Florida Department of State, told Efe.

The arrival of the first Spanish explorers in 1513 meant the “first documented contact of Europeans with (what is today) the United States,” she pointed out.

Porter confirmed that Florida Gov. Rick Scott has sent an invitation to Spain’s King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia asking them to preside over the anniversary’s principal events.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Dream Action Coalition Denounces the Obama Admin for Defending Detainment of Andiola’s Mother

Dream Action Coalition Denounces the Obama Admin for Defending Detainment of Andiola’s Mother

Photo: Erika Andiola and Mother

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

The Dream Action Coalition denounces the Obama adminstration, and in particular, Secretary Napolitano for making statements in which she is defending the detainment of the mother of prominent immigration activist Erika Andiola. Napolitano told Phoenix NBC affiliate KPNX that Maria Arreola was a priority case because of a previous deportation and traffic ticket.  This all cuts directly against the priorities outlines by the ICE.gov website.

Erika’s mother detainment happened quickly enough that, by the time everyone in the immigrant rights movement found out what was happening, Erika Andiola’s mother and brother was already on her way to Mexico. Fortunately, the community, DREAM and immigrant rights movement responded with efficiency and strength.

If you were to assume that this isn’t the standard practice for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) you’d be correct: this was the result of a political pressure campaign that took place at several different levels where calls were made by Congressmen and social media instantly lit up in response to a tearful plea from Erika, one of the best-known organizers within the immigrant rights community.  This context makes Janet Napolitano’s recent statements difficult to believe, as they are so inconsistent with common sense.

Maria Arreola, a cancer-surviving domestic-violence-surviving Mexican grandmother, is neither a national security risk, nor a risk to the public safety. The worst they have on her, besides her status, is a speeding ticket: she doesn’t fall into any category of the declared priorities.  As the matriarch of her immigrant family, she’s been in the country for over a decade supporting herself and her children, organizing birthday parties for nieces and nephews and working hard to make ends meet. If anything, as the head of her family, ICE would be less inclined to target her because of her extensive ties with the community.

We ask the Obama adminstration, and particular Napolitano, to stop the detainment and separation of families while we fight for immigration reform. No more excuses!

Read more by HS News Staff →

110-Million-Year-Old Fish Species Found in Mexico

110-Million-Year-Old Fish Species Found in Mexico

Photo: 110-Million-Year-Old Fish Species Found in Mexico

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

Mexican scientists have discovered fossils of two fish species that lived some 110 million years ago during the Cretaceous period in what is today the southeastern state of Chiapas, officials said.

The two new fossils were given the scientific names of Pepemkay maya and Zoqueichthys carolinae in honor of the Mayan and Zoque cultures in that southeastern part of the country, Chiapas state’s Environment and Natural History Secretariat said Thursday.

ImageThe director of paleontology of the state agency, Marco Antonio Coutiño, said the fossils were submitted to various studies to determine their characteristics, adding that both belong to the monophylum Acanthomorpha “to which almost a third of vertebrates belong that are living today.”

He added that the specimens were found in the El Chango community in the central Chiapas municipality of Ocozocoautla de Espinosa, where a large number of fossils have been found.

“Pepemkay maya has a skull without spines, a dorsal fin with five spines and eight soft ligaments, while the Zoqueichthys carolinae differs from the other by having a flat crest, and its pelvic and pectoral fins are shaped by 8 and 12 soft ligaments, respectively, Bruno Than Marchese, head of the secretariat’s paleontological collection, said.

ImageHe said that the new discovery of these species, which have also been found in Croatia, Britain, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Morocco and Portugal as well as in the Antarctic, qualifies Chiapas as a “land of megadiversity in prehistoric times.”

Read more by HS News Staff →

Coca-Cola FEMSA Acquires 51 Percent of Bottler in the Philippines

Coca-Cola FEMSA Acquires 51 Percent of Bottler in the Philippines

Photo: Coca-Cola FEMSA

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

Mexico’s Coca-Cola FEMSA said it has finalized the acquisition of a 51 percent stake in Coca-Cola Bottlers Philippines from The Coca-Cola Company for $688.5 million.

The closing of the all-cash transaction became effective on Friday, the Monterrey, Mexico-based company - the world’s biggest franchise bottler of Coca-Cola products - said in a press release.

As part of the deal, the company will have the option of acquiring the remaining 49 percent stake in the Philippine firm during the seven years following the closing, as well as a put option to sell its interest to The Coca-Cola Company at any time during the sixth year.

“Our company has started 2013 on the right foot. We recently announced a merger agreement with Grupo Yoli and its shareholders, one of the oldest family-owned bottlers in the Coca-Cola system in Mexico,” Coca-Cola FEMSA CEO Carlos Salazar Lomelin said.

He added that this latest acquisition marks the company’s fifth transaction in the past 18 months in the Coca-Cola bottling space, representing “an aggregate investment of more than $3.5 billion.”

Salazar said he anticipates a successful relationship with the Philippine government and is certain that Coca-Cola FEMSA’s operators “have the skills and operational capabilities to take on the challenges and capture the opportunities that we have identified in our Philippine operation.”

Coca-Cola FEMSA has 60 bottling facilities, serves nearly 315 million consumers through more than 2.5 million retailers and employs more than 100,000 people worldwide, the press release said.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Two Out of Four Casey Anthony Convictions Thrown Out by Florida Appeals Court

Two Out of Four Casey Anthony Convictions Thrown Out by Florida Appeals Court

Photo: Casey Anthony and Attorney Jose Baez

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

The Florida Appeals Court has overturned two of the four convictions Casey Anthony faced for lying to detectives during the investigation of her then missing 2-year-old daughter, Caylee Anthony.  Caylee was later found dead with her body buried close to her family home.

After deliberating for no more than 10 hours the Casey Anthony jury found her not guilty of killing her daughter, 2-year old Caylee back in July, 2011.  She was found not guilty of aggravated child abuse, aggravated manslaughter and the death penalty charge of first degree murder.

Anthony was however convicted of four misdemeanor counts of lying to police and was sentenced to probation and time served. Her attorney then appealed the convictions. The justices threw out the two convictions on the basis they ‘constituted double jeopardy’ – being convicted for the same crime twice. 

It was alleged Anthony lied when she told investigators she worked at Universal Studios, and that her daughter had been kidnapped by her non-existent Latina babysitter named Zenaida, that she did tell friends about Caylee’s disappearance and that she had talks to Caylee on the phone when in fact she was already dead.

Read more by HS News Staff →

“Chasing the Sun,” Juanes’ First Book, to be Released in April

“Chasing the Sun,” Juanes’ First Book, to be Released in April

Photo: "Chasing the Sun," Juanes' First Book, to be Released in April

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

In his first book, “Chasing the Sun,” to be released on April 2, Colombian singer-songwriter Juanes talks about some of the more intimate aspects of his life that influenced him as a musician and as a person, the publisher Celebra Books said

“My profession is not writing books, far from it. I felt that if I did it, it was really so you would know the truth about who I am, who is behind the songs and concerts you hear. Why I make the music I do and why I think the way I think,” Juanes said in a communique.

Juanes, recent winner of two Latin Grammy Awards for his latest disc, “MTV Unplugged,” said that this work was done out of “pure friendship” and is meant to thank people who have supported him through the years since his musical career began.

“In ‘Chasing the Sun’ (‘Persiguiendo el Sol’ in the Spanish version), Juanes goes beyond music and speaks for the first time about the profound experiences that have shaped him as an artist and as a person,” Raymond Garcia, editor of the publishing house, said.

Juanes, who has sold more than 16 million discs worldwide, writes in the book about his first musical influences, the creation and breaking up of his first band Ekhymosis with which he spent 12 years, as well has his first steps as a soloist and how successfully that turned out.

The book, to be launched simultaneously in English and Spanish, will also contain unpublished personal photos of the Colombian artist.

In this work, the composer of “Es por Ti” (It’s for You), “A Dios Le Pido” (I Ask God) and “La Camisa Negra” (The Black Shirt) also talks about growing up in Medellin, Colombia, the pain that his father’s death caused him, how he fell in love with his wife and the birth of their three children.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Rep. Gutierrez: On Immigration “The President is the Quarterback”

Rep. Gutierrez: On Immigration “The President is the Quarterback”

Photo: Gutierrez on Immigration

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

Today, a delegation from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) met with President Obama at the White House to discuss immigration reform.  The president reiterated that immigration reform would be his top legislative priority and that the principles adopted by the CHC in November are in line with what the President wants in immigration reform.  CHC Chairman Rep. Rubén Hinojosa (D-TX) led the delegation that included the three other officers of the CHC, plus Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Democratic Caucus Chair Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA) and CHC Immigration Task Force Chair Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez.  The following is a statement from Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL):

Immigrants need action now and immigration reform cannot wait.  We have a unique opportunity to finally put our government on the side of hard-working immigrants.  We all need to work together—the President and Congress, Republicans and Democrats—to get something done right away.

The President is the quarterback and he will direct the team, call the play, and be pivotal if we succeed.  I am very optimistic based on conversations with Republicans in the House and Senate that we will do more than just talk about the immigration issue this year.  The President putting his full weight and attention behind getting a bill signed into law is tremendously helpful.  We need the President and the American people all putting pressure on the Congress to act because nothing happens in the Capitol without people pushing from the outside.

For my community is Chicago, the biggest issue is the deportations and keeping families together, not putting kids in foster care or uprooting them when parents are deported.  Family unity is the urgency behind reforming our immigration system.  Every day that passes, another 1,000 people are deported and hundreds of kids, U.S. citizen kids, lose a parent to deportation.  We have got to act and act quickly.

We spend more money on immigration enforcement than all other federal law enforcement combined. The day has to come when the federal government concentrates our resources on removing criminals, murderers, smugglers and kidnappers and not on deporting working men and women raising families and contributing to our economy.

The process or strategy for getting a bill is complicated, but the policy is straight-forward and builds on the bills I co-authored with Ted Kennedy, John McCain, and Jeff Flake.  The problems have not changed in the last six or eight years and the solutions are pretty clear.  We need a secure border and an electronic employment verification system that is combined with a generous and rigorous legalization program to get immigrants already living here on-the-books and in the system.  We also need visas and visa reform for the people waiting decades to come here and a system for the future that people and employers will actually use and not try to go around.  All of this is achievable if Republicans work with Democrats and that work has already begun.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Ricky Martin Prepares for “Evita” to Close on Broadway

Ricky Martin Prepares for “Evita” to Close on Broadway

Photo: Ricky Martin in Evita

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

The revival of the musical “Evita,” which brought pop superstar Ricky Martin back to the Broadway stage, will ring down the curtain for the last time next Saturday.

The play, which debuted at the Marquis Theater in March 2012 and had its official premiere on April 5, brought theater-goers from far and wide to see the singer in the role of “Che,” the voice of the people, and the story of a woman who 70 years after her death continues to spark passion and controversy.

This Saturday Martin, Elena Rogers and Michael Cerveris will wrap up their appearances as Che, Eva Peron and Juan Domingo Peron.

Following an “extensive search” that found no substitutes for the departing cast, the producers decided to ring down the curtain for good.

Martin’s acting in the revival of “Evita” won positive comments from critics and the singer has said he hopes this was just the beginning of a long career on the boards.

After playing Che for the last time, the charismatic artist will travel to Australia to be on the jury for the second season of “The Voice,” together with Seal, Joel Madden and Delta Goodrem.

He also has a project in the works for a television series with the NBC/Universal network and is writing his second book, which this time is for children and should be released halfway through the year.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Spain’s Crown Prince to Serve as Honorary Pres. of Madrid 2020 Summer Olympics Bid

Spain’s Crown Prince to Serve as Honorary Pres. of Madrid 2020 Summer Olympics Bid

Photo: Spain's Crown Prince to Serve as Honorary Pres. of Madrid 2020 Summer Olympics Bid

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

Spain’s Crown Prince Felipe has agreed to serve as honorary president of Madrid’s bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics, the Royal Palace said Thursday.

The Spanish capital is submitting its third consecutive candidacy for the world’s foremost international sporting event, this time with Tokyo and Istanbul as rivals.

The International Olympic Committee will meet to elect the host city for the 2020 Games on Sept. 7 in Buenos Aires.

Last Thursday, Prince Felipe had an audience at the Zarzuela Palace with the Madrid 2010 Foundation Trust, headed by capital Mayor Ana Botella and Spanish Olympic Committee President Alejandro Blanco, who gave him the bid dossier they had presented 10 days earlier to the IOC.

The prince’s acceptance of the honorary presidency continues the royal family’s involvement with Spain’s Olympic candidacies, dating from when Barcelona bid for and later organized the 1992 Summer Olympics, the Royal Palace said.

“This acceptance is a sign of the crown prince’s commitment to Madrid’s Olympic project and his support in ensuring the candidacy is successful,” it added.

Read more by HS News Staff →

San Diego Museum of Art Featuring Work of Mexican Artist Marianela de la Hoz

San Diego Museum of Art Featuring Work of Mexican Artist Marianela de la Hoz

Photo: Heaven and Earth by Marinela de la Hoz

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

Marianela de la Hoz was born in Mexico City and has lived in San Diego for the last 10 years. According to the museum, her detailed painting technique is informed by Surrealism and focuses on representational art. The exhibit will feature Heaven and Earth, the Determined Freedom of an Undetermined Life consists of an altarpiece with 11 individual paintings.

The imagery alludes to well-known biblical narratives, especially the story of Eve. As a part of de la Hoz’s re-contextualized story, a modern Eve, portrayed in the upper region of the central painting, wears an apple on her chest as a type of Scarlet Letter and eats apple pie.

de la Hoz is a Mexican visual artist with over 16 years of experience. She has achieved considerable success in her career in her native Mexico; her artwork has been exhibited in prestigious galleries as well as in several museums, universities and cultural institutes across Mexico. Her paintings have also been exhibited abroad, namely in Canada, Venezuela. Dubai, Japan and presently in the USA.

The exhibit runs through February 24, 2013. 

Read more by HS News Staff →

FC Barcelona, Atletico Madrid Join Real Madrid, Sevilla in Copa del Rey Semis

FC Barcelona, Atletico Madrid Join Real Madrid, Sevilla in Copa del Rey Semis

Photo: FC Barcelona

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

Apparently unbothered by the absence of injured star Radamel Falcao, Atletico Madrid was dominant here Thursday in a 1-1 draw with Real Betis, advancing to the Copa del Rey semifinals by 3-1 on aggregate.

Atletico was both better organized and more aggressive than Betis from the start, but the visitors failed to mount any serious threats.

In the waning moments of the first half, however, a communication failure between Betis goalkeeper Casto and defender Antonio Amaya led to an easy goal for Atletico’s Diego Costa.

He had an opportunity to put the match completely out of reach early in the second period, but Casto deflected the shot outside the right post and Betis missed out on a chance to equalize in the 52nd minute.

Atletico then took firm control of the match and it was only a penalty in the final minutes that allowed Betis to salvage some pride.

Visiting FC Barcelona beat Malaga 4-2 in Thursday’s other quarterfinal after the clubs battled to a 2-2 tie in the first leg.

Barça will face archrival Real Madrid in semis, while Atletico can look forward to a matchup with Sevilla.

Read more by HS News Staff →

False Photo of Venezuelan President Chavez Taken Down by Spanish News

False Photo of Venezuelan President Chavez Taken Down by Spanish News

Photo: False Photo of Venezuelan President Chavez Taken Down by Spanish News

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

Spain’s highest-circulation daily has removed from its Web site and the front page of its Thursday print edition a photo of a man with breathing tubes whom it had wrongly identified as ailing Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

After confirming that the man in the image provided by a news agency was not Chavez, Madrid-based El Pais “immediately halted its print edition and proceeded to send out a new edition to points of sale.”

Chavez, 58, has been hospitalized in Cuba since Dec. 11 after undergoing his fourth cancer surgery since June 2011.

Early morning print editions of El Pais contained a grainy photo said to have been taken “a few days ago” and showing a bald man identified as Chavez lying down in the foreground with breathing tubes in his mouth.

The photo does not have a byline and El Pais said it had been unable to independently verify the “circumstances in which the image was taken, nor the precise moment, nor the place. The political particularities of Cuba and the media restrictions imposed by the regime made it impossible.”

As soon as officials in Caracas became aware of the purported photo of Chavez, Venezuelan Communication Minister Ernesto Villegas said it was false.

The minister identified the image as a still from a video posted on YouTube in August 2008 that shows a bald, round-faced man lying on a stretcher and identified as a “48-year-old acromegalic patient.”

Chavez, a leftist who took office in 1999, was re-elected last Oct. 7 by a comfortable margin and is supposed to serve until 2019.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Carmelo Anthony Leads Knicks to Victory Over Celtics

Carmelo Anthony Leads Knicks to Victory Over Celtics

Photo: Carmelo Anthony

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony secured one of the most satisfying victories of his career against the Boston Celtics, leading his team to an 89-86 road win at the TD Garden.

The Knicks’ 89-86 triumph Thursday night snapped their 11-game losing streak at Boston and also was a measure of revenge for a defeat against the Celtics at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 7, when Anthony jawed both on and off the court with veteran Kevin Garnett and earned himself a one-game suspension.

The teams’ latest meeting was a shenanigan-free, defensive-minded contest that was not decided until late in the fourth quarter, when the Celtics shot themselves in the foot with turnovers on two of their last three possessions.

Anthony led the way for the Knicks with 28 points, his 27th straight game with at least 20 points dating back to Nov. 16. The star forward, who was booed throughout the night by the Celtics’ fans, also hauled down nine rebounds.

In the teams’ previous game, Anthony was so rattled by Garnett’s trash-talking that he waited outside the Celtics’ bus after the contest in a bid to continue his war of words with the power forward, a loss of composure that earned the Knicks’ star a one-game suspension and caused many observers to question his leadership.

But Anthony was on his best behavior Thursday night, even helping Garnett to his feet after one play.

Amar’e Stoudemire, meanwhile, was a big contributor for New York off the bench, scoring seven of his 15 points at the free-throw line and also grabbing nine boards.

Point guard Rajon Rondo led the way for the Celtics, recording a “triple-double” with 23 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds, while Garnett snagged 12 rebounds but scored just eight points.

With the win, the Knicks improved their record to 26-14, while the Celtics fell to 20-22.

In other action Thursday night in the NBA, the Toronto Raptors edged the Orlando Magic 97-95 and the Phoenix Suns surprised the Los Angeles Clippers 93-88.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Salvadoran Quintuplets Continue to Defy Odds, Turn 18

Salvadoran Quintuplets Continue to Defy Odds, Turn 18

Photo: Salvadoran Quintuplets

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

The Salvadoran quintuplets who were given little chance of survival when they were born in 1995 are now 18 and busy planning for their futures.

“I thought they weren’t going to make it. I thought at one point they were going to die; two of them were on the verge of death,” the teens’ father, Jose Abel del Cid, told Efe.

Some of the quintuplets remained hospitalized after their first few days of life due to low birth weight or to bronchial and stomach ailments, the media reported widely at the time.

Now after witnessing his children graduate from high school in December in spite of economic hardships, Del Cid, who accompanied them Wednesday to obtain their identity documents, said “we hope they work ... and can pay to go to the university of their choice.”

Thelma Estefanie, Irvin Norberto, Cristian Israel, Edwin Oswaldo and Milton Oliver del Cid Flores turned 18 last Saturday and celebrated the occasion with “a party in line with our possibilities,” the father said.

The quintuplets’ mother, Gladys Flores, gave birth to them prematurely on Jan. 19, 1995 at San Salvador’s Maternity Hospital after a 32-week pregnancy.

Del Cid said he was working as a prison guard and taking home a salary of less than $200 at the time, but he later boosted his earnings by taking a job with the court system.

He added that his wife “couldn’t get pregnant again” after the birth of their oldest daughter and underwent a fertility treatment that resulted in the multiple births.

“We weren’t expecting five, just one or two, but you don’t decide these things, God does; I thought they weren’t going to make it,” Del Cid said.

Read more by HS News Staff →

NM Governor Susana Martinez Continues to Oppose Licenses for Undocumented

NM Governor Susana Martinez Continues to Oppose Licenses for Undocumented

Photo: New Mexico's Undocumented

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

Governor Susana Martinez has renewed her fight against a law that allows undocumented immigrants in New Mexico to receive driver’s licenses.

“I am once again asking the legislature to repeal the law that gives driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants,” she said this week on her Facebook page. 

The announcement from the Republican, who unsuccessfully pushed for repeal in 2011, comes as more undocumented immigrants are gaining driving privileges. Only New Mexico and Washington issue them unrestricted licenses, but Utah allows those who have lived in the state for more than six months to apply for a “driving privilege card.” A law passed this month in Illinois grants temporary licenses.

Meanwhile, as Stateline has reported, more than a dozen states will offer licenses to young immigrants who qualify for President Obama’s “deferred action” program, which allows some undocumented students, veterans and recent high-school and college graduates to stay in the country.

Proponents say that trend has opened up work opportunities to undocumented immigrants, while increasing road safety by keeping unlicensed and uninsured drivers off the road – those who haven’t had eye or road tests.

But critics of the policy, including Martinez, say it rewards illegal behavior. Additionally, the governor has argued the law has made New Mexico increasingly attractive to illegal immigrants, who come for licenses but don’t stay.

Read more at Jim Malewitz for Pew Stateline →

Spain Doubles Team, Marc Lopez and Marcel Granollers, Out of Aussie Open

Spain Doubles Team, Marc Lopez and Marcel Granollers, Out of Aussie Open

Photo: Spain Doubles Team, Marc Lopez and Marcel Granollers, Out of Aussie Open

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

The Spanish doubles team of Marc Lopez and Marcel Granollers has been bounced out of the Australian Open, falling in the semifinals to unseeded Dutchmen Robin Haase and Igor Sijsling 7-5, 6-4 on Thursday.

Lopez and Granollers, the No. 3 seeds, have enjoyed a strong recent run of form, also reaching the U.S. Open semifinal in September and winning the ATP World Tour Finals in London two months ago.

They also represented their country in last year’s Davis Cup final but lost in four sets to Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic, which went on to win the title.

Haase and Sijsling will take on top seeds Mike and Bob Bryan - 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 winners Thursday over Italy’s Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini - in Saturday night’s final.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Spain Extends Unemployment Benefits for Long-Term Jobless

Spain Extends Unemployment Benefits for Long-Term Jobless

Photo: Spain's Unemployed

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

Spain’s conservative government on Friday approved an extension of a financial aid program for unemployed people whose eligibility for standard jobless benefits has expired and who lack income to pay their bills.

Spanish Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria made the announcement to reporters, saying the measure will help ease the “dramatic” effects of unemployment.

The program, which will provide the long-term jobless up to 450 euros ($605) a month, will be prolonged until the unemployment rate falls below 20 percent.

The decision comes a day after new data showed Spain ended last year with an unemployment rate of 26.02 percent, equivalent to around 5,965,400 people out of work.

The jobless rate in Spain among people under the age of 25 and among foreigners has skyrocketed and finished last year at 55.1 percent and 36.53 percent, respectively.

The number of households in which all members are unemployed rose 16.43 percent last year to 1,833,700.

Labor Minister Fatima Bañez said at the same press conference that last February’s overhaul of Spanish labor law, which made it easier for firms to hire and fire workers, has helped stem the rate of job destruction.

But the Socialist opposition and labor unions blame that overhaul for Spain’s high unemployment rate.

The Spanish economy remains hampered by the fallout from the collapse of a long-building housing bubble, which left many of its banks saddled with toxic assets.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Injured Real Madrid Goalie Iker Casillas to Miss 6-8 Weeks

Injured Real Madrid Goalie Iker Casillas to Miss 6-8 Weeks

Photo: Iker Casillas

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas will miss between six and eight weeks due to a hand injury, sources close to the Spanish international told Efe Thursday.

The keeper had to leave Wednesday’s Copa del Rey quarterfinal with Valencia after teammate Alvaro Arbeloa accidentally struck him in the 17th minute.

While Casillas initially thought he had suffered only a bad bruise, subsequent examinations detected a fracture in his left hand.

The club declined to say how long the keeper would be sidelined, but sources close to Casillas said he expects to return sometime in March, though specialists consulted by Efe said the player could be ready for action again in four weeks.

Real Madrid played to a 1-1 tie with Valencia in the second leg of their quarterfinal and advanced to the Copa del Rey semis by 3-1 on aggregate.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Don’t Be a Victim of Internet Dating Scams

Don’t Be a Victim of Internet Dating Scams

Photo: Catfishing

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

Internet dating and romance scams, commonly called “sweetheart scams,” target people with online dating profiles or through social media networks, and are becoming more common. The Internet makes it easy for people to create fake identities, using other people’s pictures to pretend they are attractive and interested in you.

After a bond has been formed, the scammer will typically ask to borrow money, either for a travel expense to come visit, or because of an “emergency” to one of their family members or even to themselves.

The State Department offers these tips on how to recognize sweetheart scams:

The scammer and the victim meet online – often through Internet dating or employment sites.

The scammer asks for money to get out of a bad situation or to provide a service.

Photographs that the scammer sends of “him/herself” show a very attractive person. The photo appears to have been taken at a professional modeling agency or photographic studio.

The scammer has incredibly bad luck— often getting into car crashes, arrested, mugged, beaten, or hospitalized — usually all within the course of a couple of months. They often claim that their key family members (parents and siblings) are dead.

Sometimes, the scammer claims to have an accompanying child overseas who is very sick or has been in an accident.

The scammer claims to be a native-born American citizen, but uses poor grammar indicative of a non-native English speaker. Sometimes the scammer will use eloquent romantic language that is plagiarized from the Internet.

The FBI also offers additional advice on dealing with sweetheart scams. You can report Internet scams to www.ic3.gov.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Fourth Serious Accident in a Week in Bolivia Leaves 17 Dead

Fourth Serious Accident in a Week in Bolivia Leaves 17 Dead

Photo: Dangerous Roads in Bolivia

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

Seventeen people were killed and 30 others injured in the fourth serious accident on Bolivia’s roads in a week, authorities said Thursday.

Two buses collided head-on late Wednesday night near the village of Taperas, about 310 kilometers (193 miles) east of the eastern metropolis of Santa Cruz, the police chief in Chiquitos district told online publication El Deber.

“Up until now we have counted 17 deceased people, unfortunately,” Col. Rene Calla said. “The injured people that have been transported since last night to the hospital in San Jose are approximately 30.”

Rescue and recovery efforts continued at the accident scene.

The spate of deadly crashes began last Friday, when eight people died in a wreck in Santa Cruz province.

On Monday, a bus ran off a mountain road in La Paz province and fell 400 meters (1,311 feet) into a river, leaving 18 dead, 25 injured. Eleven other people remain missing and witnesses said some bodies were swept away by the current.

More than 20 people were killed Wednesday and 30 others injured when a bus plunged into a ravine in Oruro province.

Bolivia, the poorest nation in South America, suffers an average of 1,000 traffic fatalities every year, many of them attributed to the generally poor quality of roads.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Wealthy Businessman Shoots Brother in Mexico

Wealthy Businessman Shoots Brother in Mexico

Photo: Police responding to the shooting (Ángel Gómez)

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

Mexican businessman Javier Garza Lagüera suffered minor injuries Thursday when his brother Ricardo shot him at the victim’s home in suburban Monterrey, a source in the Nuevo Leon state Attorney General’s Office said.

The shooting was reported to the state AG’s office shortly before 1:00 p.m., the source said.

State police and prosecutors rushed to the Garza Lagüera home in the exclusive Valle de San Angel neighborhood.

Garza Lagüera was not seriously hurt, according to authorities, who did not say whether Ricardo was in custody or had fled before police arrived.

The shooting occurred during the course of a family argument, the source in the Nuevo Leon AG’s office said.

Javier, 53, and Ricardo, 52, are the sons of the late Marcelo Garza Lagüera, founder of Grupo Orion, which designs and manufactures bathroom furniture, ceramic sanitary ware and ceramic tiles for floor and coatings.

Ricardo Garza Lagüera is Orion’s CEO.

Read more by HS News Staff →



FridayJanuary 25, 2013