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SundayApril 14, 2013

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

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BREAKING NEWS:  Nicolas Maduro Wins Venezuelan Presidential Election

BREAKING NEWS:  Nicolas Maduro Wins Venezuelan Presidential Election

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Hugo Chavez’ former Vice President and hand-picked successor, Nicolas Maduro, has just been elected Venezeula’s newest President.  Maduro defeated Henrique Capriles by winning 50.6% of the votes, while Capriles captured 49.07% of the votes.

Late Sunday night Maduro accepted his election win as the will of the people and an homage to the memory of Hugo Chavez who died last month after a two-year battle with cancer.  Chavez had been in power for 14 years with Maduro, 50, at his side most of that time. 

Latin America press is reporting nearly 19 million Venezuelans cast ballots in this presidential election.  Maduro won by about 200,000 votes.  Maduro campaigned on Chavez’ legacy and a vow to continue his socialist revolution that is popular amongst the poorer Venezuelans.

Capriles, 40, is a lawyer and governor of the state of Miaranda.  This is his second bid for the Venezuelan presidency, once having been defeated by Chavez. 

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Immigrants Living, Working Together Less Likely to Learn English

Immigrants Living, Working Together Less Likely to Learn English

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Adult immigrants living and working in places where they are surrounded by others who share their ethnic backgrounds are less likely to learn or be proficient in the English language, say two Purdue University researchers.

In a study of Chinese and Mexican immigrants age 25 and older who came to the United States for reasons other than attending school, Purdue agricultural economists Brigitte Waldorf and Raymond Florax and three research collaborators found that residing and working in ethnic “enclaves” made it easier for immigrants to continue speaking their native language and put off - or avoid altogether - learning English.

Failing to know English hurts an immigrant’s ability to integrate into American society and could limit their occupational opportunities, Waldorf and Florax said. Integration, including the ability to speak English, is at the center of the national debate on immigration reform and “pathway to citizenship” proposals offered by President Obama and Congress.

Living and working among a diverse group of people motivates immigrants to become English speakers, Waldorf and Florax said.

The Purdue study, “Living and Working in Ethnic Enclaves: English Language Proficiency of Immigrants in U.S. Metropolitan Areas,” measured the effects of residential and occupational segregation on immigrants’ ability to speak English and the effects of living with family members who were fluent in English.

Researchers looked at U.S. Census data and previous immigrant studies to produce English proficiency snapshots of non-student Chinese and Mexicans who moved to the United States. Chinese and Mexicans are among the largest immigrant groups.

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Virtual College Fair for Latino Students Taking Place on Tuesday April 16

Virtual College Fair for Latino Students Taking Place on Tuesday April 16

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The College Board and CollegeWeekLive invite Latino high school students and their families to Destino: Universidad (Destination: College) — a free bilingual virtual event on Tuesday, April 16 from 5 to 8 p.m. EDT.

WHO:      High school students, parents, guidance counselors
WHAT:    Destino: Universidad Online College Fair for Latino students & families
WHERE:  www.CollegeWeekLive.com. Free.
WHEN:    Tuesday, April 16 from 5 to 8 p.m. EDT
WHY:      Watch live video presentations, get your questions answered, chat with admissions reps and college students.

    5–6 p.m.            Comparing Aid Awards
    Myra Smith, Executive Director, Financial Aid Services, The College Board
    5–6 p.m.            Taller de DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)
    Luis Pérez, Gerente del Programa Manager
    6–7 p.m.            Making the Right Choice: Selecting a College
    Emma Rutland, College Counselor, Uplift Education
    6–7 p.m.            Como Elejir una Universidad
    Denise Castaneda, Director of College Admissions, Uplift Education
    7–8 p.m.            DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) Workshop
    Luis Pérez, DACA Program Manager
    7–8 p.m.            Comparando Ofertas de Ayuda Financiera
    Alex Paredes, Project STEPS, Van Nuys Middle School


    Thursday, May 2, 2013
    Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Destino: Universidad is a collaborative effort among universities, colleges, school districts and community-based organizations to provide Latino families with college planning resources.

To register for free for Destino: Universidad, go to CollegeWeekLive. If you have questions, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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JUST IN:  Argentine Angel Cabrera Falls Short in The 2013 Masters, Adam Scott Wins

JUST IN:  Argentine Angel Cabrera Falls Short in The 2013 Masters, Adam Scott Wins

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Argentine golfer Angel Cabrera fell short in a 2-hole sudden death playoff with Australian Adam Scott, who has won The Masters 2013.  Tiger Woods tyed for fourth place.  Both golfers made par on the first playoff hole before Scott sunk a 12-foot birdie to win the green champions jacket. 

Scott, 32, becomes the first Australian champion at Augusta National. 

Cabrera, 43, was one of only four Hispanics players invited to the prestigious PGA tournament.  Cabrera also known as “El Pato” was the first Latin American to win the Masters in 2009 and in 2013 he had a very strong showing throughout ending -9 under par.

In 2009 Cabrera was also involved in a three-way sudden-death playoff, with Chad Campbell and Kenny Perry.  Cabrera two-putted for par and won the green champions jacket, making Latin American sports history. 

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Mexico Looking to Create More Secure Border with Guatemala

Mexico Looking to Create More Secure Border with Guatemala

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Mexico wants its border with Guatemala to be “properous and secure,” Foreign Relations Secretary Jose Antonio Meade said.

Meade inspected the Mexican-Guatemalan border region on Saturday with SAT tax agency chief Aristoteles Nuñez Sanchez.

He later met with Chiapas Gov. Manuel Velasco in the city of Comitan de Dominguez.

“This was about taking a direct approach” in developing “a precise analysis of the current conditions in the zone in the social, economic and infrastructure areas, and in the presence of authorities at the different border crossings,” Meade said in a statement.

The approximately 1,000-kilometer (621-mile) border is of strategic importance to Mexico, the foreign relations secretary said.

The eight official border crossings handle about 1.8 million people annually, the Foreign Relations Secretariat said.

Tens of thousands of migrants, the majority of them Central Americans, cross the Mexican-Guatemalan border each year on their way to the United States.

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Salvadorian Police Recover 4-year-old Girl Abducted in Mexico

Salvadorian Police Recover 4-year-old Girl Abducted in Mexico

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A 4-year-old girl who disappeared on April 1 in the city of Texcoco has been found in El Salvador and is “in perfect health,” the Mexican Foreign Relations Secretariat said.

Valeria Hernandez de Jesus was lured away from her mother, a vendor in Texcoco’s Plaza Bicentenario, by a man, media reports said.

The little girl was found wandering the streets of the Salvadoran city of Sonsonate by police.

Mexican officials received information on Friday that the little girl had been spotted in the streets of Sonsonate, located about 90 kilometers (55 miles) from San Salvador, the Foreign Relations Secretariat said in a statement.

“Instructions were given to the Mexican Embassy, which proceeded to take action to find the minor, who was located with the assistance of the National Civilian Police (PNC),” the secretariat said.

Valeria was taken by police to the immigration service office in the port city of Acajutla and later handed over to the CONNA child welfare agency, the secretariat said.

Nelson Vladimir Valencia Masin, a 43-year-old Salvadoran citizen, was arrested Saturday on kidnapping charges, police said.

Investigators are trying to determine how the little girl reached El Salvador, officials said.

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Raphael Brings International Tour to Mexico City

Spanish singer Raphael took his “Mi Gran Noche Tour” to Mexico City, where more than 9,000 of fans joined him for a concert that showed he has not lost a step.

The 69-year-old singer showed the same energy that first helped him make a name for himself in the 1960s.

Raphael opened the show Saturday night at Mexico City’s National Auditorium with “Si ha de ser asi.”

He followed that up with “Mi gran noche,” the title cut from his latest album, which features 14 of his standards with a new “Big Band” sound.

“Can you believe that being in Mexico once again is really important for me? I remember ‘67, ‘68, ‘69 ... Marvelous to be here again with you,” the singer told his fans.

The audience, mostly women in the over 50 age group, gave the singer a warm welcome.

Mexico City is the first stop on a tour that will take Raphael to five other cities in Mexico, as well as the United States, Canada and Spain.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Violence Against Women in Latin America

INFOGRAPHIC: Violence Against Women in Latin America

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Violence against women is a human rights violation with important public health ramifications. Evidence from across the globe documents that such violence is widespread and that women and girls bear the overwhelming burden of violence by intimate partners and sexual violence by any perpetrator.

The Pan American Health Organization has looked into violence against women in Latin America, specifically, in Bolivia, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Paraguay, and Peru.

Check out Hispanically Speaking News’ infographic covering violence against women in Latin America.


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Cat Zingano gets TKO Win in UFC Debut

Cat Zingano gets TKO Win in UFC Debut

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Cat Zingano’s UFC debut was a big time win for her via a TKO in the third round of fighting against Meisha Tate.  No worries that being the first mom to compete in a UFC match was going to be an issue. 

Zingano, who is the wife of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Mauricicio Zingano, became a pro MMA fighter in 2008 and has proceeded to win all of her seven matches, three from knockouts. 

In her debut fight for UFC she started out weak but in the third round gained the advantage over Tate.  Zingano was able to place several knee hits and finished Tate with an elbow hit.

Zingano now faces the league’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.  Rousey also holds the Olympic bronze for judo. 

The fight was the second UFC women’s fight, the first being UFC 157 fight featuring Rousey and Liz Carmouche. 


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CHECK OUT:  R&B Singer Miguel Rocking on His First SNL Performance (VIDEO)

CHECK OUT:  R&B Singer Miguel Rocking on His First SNL Performance  (VIDEO)

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Check out the debut performance by R&B Singer Miguel on Saturday Night Live last night with guest host Chicago’s own Vince Vaughn.

The Grammy-winning singer performed ‘Adorn’ and ‘How Many Drinks’, songs that are prominently featured in his second album ‘Kaleidoscope Dream’.  Miguel took time off from his touring with Alicia Keys.  The duo will finish their North America tour on April 18, 2013 at Chicago’s United Center. 



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REPORT:  Troubled Jenna Jameson Twins Now in Sole Care Of Daddy Tito Ortiz

REPORT:   Troubled Jenna Jameson Twins Now in Sole Care Of Daddy Tito Ortiz

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TMZ is reporting exclusively that former adult movie star and porn entrepreneur, Jenna Jameson is no longer taking care of her four-year-old twin boys, Jesse Jameson and Journey Jette.  Apparently their baby daddy and UFC champ Tito Ortiz is taking care of the boys and she has moved out of the Huntington home they all share.

The news should be no surprise in light of last week’s citizen’s arrest of Jameson in Newport Beach.  Jameson, who is on out on probation for a DUI arrest, was charged with hitting her assistant with brass knuckles.  The now former assistant has a restraining order out on Jameson.

Ortiz, 38, in the past has accused Jameson of being physically and verbally abusive and a pill addict.  It is not known if Ortiz will formally petition the court to have sole legal custody of the twins. 

The Mexican American mixed marital artist and UFC Light Heavyweight Champion retired from the sport last year.  Since his retirement we have seen Ortiz on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ and he has started a sports management company focused on UFC talent. 

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How Walmart, ExxonMobil, and Coke Buy Latino Friends in Congress

How Walmart, ExxonMobil, and Coke Buy Latino Friends in Congress

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By Victor Landa, NewsTaco

Here’s a biting piece published this week by Mother Jones that takes a chomp at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. It accuses the CHCI of influence peddling to raise funds:

Housed in an ivory-colored brick office building a few blocks north of the US Capitol, the CHCI hosts dozens of events each year. Its public policy conference and awards gala, held duringNational Hispanic Heritage Month, “represent the largest and most prestigious gathering of Hispanic leaders in the nation,” the institute’s website boasts. Corporate or union sponsorship packages for CHCI events range from a few thousand dollars to $300,000. The more you give, the more you get to hobnob with CHCI’s network of legislators and other Latino leaders.

Yet, the piece, written by Andy Kroll, can’t take it’s shot without first setting up the target.

For a company wanting to endear itself to the Latino community’s political leaders, now is an especially smart time to give. As the nation’s Latino population grows, so, too, does the clout of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, described by one expert as “the vanguard of this growing [Latino] power” in America.

The article draws the obvious line: The Congressional Hispanic Caucus has the power, but because of new ethics rules, lobbyists must go through the non-profit CHCI to donate and hob-nob – “trading on it’s ties to congress,” as the article puts it.Image

The balance comes from the CHCI’s CEO, Esther Aguilera who defends the practice by saying that her organization doesn’t work on policy but instead provides scholarships and job opportunities.

And as for the money, “Thank god for the private sector for supporting this community and other communities. Certainly, the charitable and philanthropic foundations are pitiful right now,” she said.

You can read the full story HERE.

This article was first published in NewsTaco.

NewsTaco provides you with innovative and insightful news, critique, analysis and opinion from a Latino perspective in a 24-hour world.

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Venezuela Holds Election to Fill Chavez’s Position

Venezuela Holds Election to Fill Chavez’s Position

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Venezuelans are heading to the polls Sunday to elect a successor to President Hugo Chavez, who died last month after a nearly two-year battle with cancer.

Ruling-party presidential candidate Nicolas Maduro, opposition presidential hopeful Henrique Capriles and five other candidates are vying to serve out the 2013-2019 term of Chavez, who died March 5.

The polls opened at 6:00 a.m. and will remain open until 6:00 p.m.

Delays in opening precincts were reported in some states.

About 60 percent of polling places were open by 6:30 a.m., with precincts in Vargas and Aragua states experiencing the most problems opening, National Electoral Council, or CNE, president Tibisay Lucena said.

“We are very happy with the national average and expect that in the next few minutes we will be able to announce that 100 percent (of the polling places) are open in the country,” Lucena said.

Defense Minister Adm. Diego Molero was one of the first to cast his ballot in Caracas.

“I took a look around the metropolitan area early and everything is calm, the people are calmly going to the election precincts to exercise this right like me,” Molero told reporters.

The government has deployed 141,000 members of the armed forces under “Plan Republica” to maintain order, the defense minister said.

Nearly 19 million Venezuelans are eligible to vote for the man who will be their president for the next six years.

The 50-year-old Maduro, a former labor leader who served as vice president under Chavez, has vowed to continue the late president’s socialist legacy.

The presidential candiate surprised Venezuelans during the campaing by saying that Chavez had appeared to him in the form of a small bird, a comment that made him the target of ridicule from opposition politicians and the butt of jokes on social-networking sites.

The 40-year-old Capriles, an attorney who is the governor of the central state of Miranda, called on Venezuelans throughout the campaign to end the socialist system imposed by Chavez.

Chavez defeated Capriles 55.5 percent to 44.39 percent in the Oct. 7 presidential election.

The CNE said election results could be available about three hours after the polls close.

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Mexican Hopes to Kayak From Spain to Mexico

Mexican Hopes to Kayak From Spain to Mexico

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Mexican adventurer Abraham Levy, who in 2008 kayaked 11,000 kilometers (6,800 miles) along the coasts of his country, will try to row it alone from Spain to Mexico in a boat equipped with the latest in 21st-century navigation technology.

“I want to do what the great explorers did and set out from the Old World, leaving Puerto de Palos en route to Mexican lands,” Levy said.

The adventure of rowing across the Atlantic will begin on Oct. 12, 2013 at Puerto de Palos, Spain, and will end six months later, in March 2013 in Cancun, Mexico, Levy told Efe.

“More people have been in outer space than have crossed the ocean under their own steam,” Levy said, adding that with his feat he hopes to recall the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas.

“It’s not a caravel, I’m not sailing into the unknown, but it’s the modern way to relive a similar expedition, alone and self-propelled,” Levy said, speaking of the Oceanic Rowing Boat constructed at an English shipyard.

The boat is a lengthened egg shape and will be equipped with navigation gear, GPS, satellite phone, a desalinization plant, a stove, and solar panels to charge the lithium batteries.

The carbon fiber boat weighs 180 kilos (400 pounds), measures 24 feet (7.3 meters) long and 5 feet (1.6 meters) abeam, has a hermetic cabin and 3-meter (10-foot) oars of the same material.

The trip across the Atlantic is planned “not to leave a trace” because all waste will be collected and recycled.

Levy will make use of the progress made in food supplies for astronauts and mountain climbers who eat dehydrated meals, which in his case will be hydrated with purified sea water, and other products with elements that heat them without the need for fire.

His diet will have a surprisingly wide variety, with such meals as bacon, lasagna with salmon, beef stew with potatoes and vegetables, cheesecake with raspberries, and, for some really fresh food, he will take along a fishing pole to make something like sashimi with his catch, he said.

“The trip will take about four months, but I’m going prepared to spend six months at sea,” said Levy, who will set out on his journey in October because at that point hurricane season is over on his route, which follows the trade winds to the Canary Islands, continues on to the Caribbean, then changes course to Mexico.

Levy will have land-based support from a group of doctors and trainers as well as meteorological experts who will keep him posted on the weather so he can make the corresponding decisions during the crossing.

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SundayApril 14, 2013