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SundayJuly 21, 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.

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Spanish Philologist Francisco Rico Wins Mexico’s Alfonso Reyes Prize

Spanish Philologist Francisco Rico Wins Mexico’s Alfonso Reyes Prize

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Spanish philologist Francisco Rico has been awarded the 2013 Alfonso Reyes Prize, which is given to outstanding humanities scholars, the Colegio de Mexico said Sunday.

“El Colegio de Mexico announces that Spanish philologist Francisco Rico has been unanimously selected by the jury as the winner of the 2013 El Colegio de Mexico Alfonso Reyes Prize,” the higher education institution said in a statement.

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NCLR Meets in New Orleans as Immigration Reform Winds Through Congress

NCLR Meets in New Orleans as Immigration Reform Winds Through Congress

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Hundreds of U.S. political and community leaders are meeting in New Orleans for the annual conference of the National Council of La Raza, or NCLR, to analyze the course of immigration reform and other matters affecting the Hispanic community.

The annual meeting of the NCLR, one of the country’s oldest and most influential Hispanic organizations, will conclude on Tuesday, when first lady Michelle Obama delivers a speech to the assembled participants focusing on children’s health.

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Vicente Fox Pushes for Research Into Medical Marijuana Use in Mexico

Vicente Fox Pushes for Research Into Medical Marijuana Use in Mexico

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The Centro Fox plans to focus on research into medical marijuana use in Mexico and will seek authorization to set up a distribution network for the drug, former Mexican President Vicente Fox said.

“The problem in Mexico is seeing if an institution like the Centro Fox can do it and can create a network for supplying the product for (medical) use and then researching and learning from it. That is, if we want to take a leadership role and go in that direction, but I have still not been able to find out our chances,” the former president, who governed Mexico from 2000 to 2006, said.

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Eva Longoria Calls for More Access to Education for Latinos, Including Undocumented

Eva Longoria Calls for More Access to Education for Latinos, Including Undocumented

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Actress and activist Eva Longoria called for improved access to higher education for young Latinos in the United States, including undocumented immigrants, saying that it is time to find solutions to this matter because “we already know the barriers.”

“The barriers have not changed in the last 30 or 40 years, and so we have to stop identifying them; we know what the barriers are, whether they be socio-economic status, immigration, language barriers, financial,” Longoria said at a forum in New Orleans.

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Venezuela Ending Effort to Improve Ties with U.S. Over Diplomat’s Remarks

Venezuela Ending Effort to Improve Ties with U.S. Over Diplomat’s Remarks

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Venezuela’s government said it was calling off efforts begun six weeks ago to normalize ties with the United States following remarks by the nominee to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

Venezuela’s Foreign Ministry objected to comments by Samantha Power, who pledged during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that she would contest “the crackdown on civil society being carried out in countries like Cuba, Iran, Russia, and Venezuela.”

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Mexican Cyclist Biking from NYC to Saltillo Advocating for Immigration Reform

Mexican Cyclist Biking from NYC to Saltillo Advocating for Immigration Reform

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Armando Mendou Rosales is no ordinary long-distance cyclist, he is a man on a bike with a mission bringing attention to the issues of immigration reform and the importance of the Latino vote.

Rosales is currently on a 2,200 mile journey on his bike from New York City to his native Saltillo, Mexico.  You can track him via his Facebook that last reported him in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Young Venezuelan Creates Arm to Replace the One He Lost

Young Venezuelan Creates Arm to Replace the One He Lost

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Losing an arm is no reason to stay that way, at least that was the idea of Angel Sanguino, a young Venezuelan electronics technician who decided to make a new limb adapted to his work and other needs after losing one in an accident.

Sanguino, 33, lost his left arm after being hit by a car illegally racing several others down a street in Caracas, and though he was advised to get used to his disability, he has now fashioned two electronic limbs and is not stopping.

His next projects include making another prosthesis, a robotic one this time, and to improve devices for disabled people in order to aid those who, like him, have to substitute some damaged function with an artificial contrivance.

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Spanish Flamenco Dancer Israel Galvan Performs “Solo” Internationally

Spanish Flamenco Dancer Israel Galvan Performs “Solo” Internationally

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To be able to perform for all the audiences and at all the festivals that want him, Spanish flamenco dancer Israel Galvan says he’s had to go it alone, dance without musicians and without fancy sets in order to lower costs.

“I’ve gone 40 minutes solo, without music, to be able to keep dancing. Since it’s cheaper, I dance without music or anything,” the artist said in an interview in Mexico, where he is currently giving one of his shows.

No audio, no lights, no stage sets. “Wherever they dump me,” said the dancer, considered one of the great masters of flamenco of the 21st century, about his show “Solo,” which he has performed in different “odd spaces.”

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Latina Mom’s First Visit to Six-Flags Turns Fatal as “Texas Giant” Flings Her to Death

Latina Mom’s First Visit to Six-Flags Turns Fatal as “Texas Giant” Flings Her to Death

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It was Rosy Esparza’s first visit to Six Flags Over Texas and unfortunately it was her last when she plunged to her death on Friday from the Texas Giant roll coaster ride.

Reportedly the rides restraint came loose as the ride was in full swing and Esparza, 50, was flung from her seat on the tallest steel-hybrid roller coaster in the world. 

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Rallies for Trayvon Martin Take Place in 100 Cities

Rallies for Trayvon Martin Take Place in 100 Cities

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Thousands of people demonstrated Saturday in 100 U.S. cities demanding justice in the case of slain black teenager Trayvon Martin, with the participation of the dead boy’s parents and celebrities like singers Beyonce and Jay-Z.

The “Justice for Trayvon” campaign, organized by the National Action Network, rallied demonstrators across the country, from Los Angeles to Washington to New York, to protest the jury’s decision to acquit neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman for Martin’s death.

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Energy Drink Containing Quinoa, Malt Released in Bolivia

Energy Drink Containing Quinoa, Malt Released in Bolivia

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The private brewery Cervecera Boliviana has launched a new product, Trimalta Quinua, the first mass-market drink combining the properties of malt and quinoa grains to create a natural energizer rich in vitamins, minerals and amino acids.

The drink was unveiled to the media at a press conference and is now being sold at stores in the Bolivian capital of La Paz, company director Sergio Lopez told Efe.

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Colombia’s FARC Claims to Have U.S. Soldier in Custody

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, guerrilla group says it has been holding a U.S. veteran of the war in Afghanistan for a month and offered to release him as a “gesture” to the Colombian government within the framework of peace talks in Cuba.

“Despite the right we possess to hold soldier Kevin Scott Sutay as a prisoner of war, we have taken the political decision to release him,” the FARC said on its Web site.

Colombia’s largest rebel army urged a humanitarian delegation consisting of the International Committee of the Red Cross and former Sen. Piedad Cordoba be formed for the purpose of the release.

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Los Zetas Boss Moved to Maximum-Security Prison in Mexico

Los Zetas Boss Moved to Maximum-Security Prison in Mexico

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The leader of the Los Zetas drug cartel has been transferred to a maximum-security prison in the central state of Mexico and placed at the disposition of a judge, the federal attorney general’s office told Efe.

A source with the AG’s office said Miguel Angel Treviño Morales, alias “Z40,” who was captured Monday in northeastern Mexico, was transferred by navy helicopter at around 1:00 p.m. on Friday.

The suspect is to provide his first statement to the judge in prison, located in the town of Almoloya de Juarez.

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8 Puerto Ricans Arrested for Selling Endangered Sea Turtles Meat

8 Puerto Ricans Arrested for Selling Endangered Sea Turtles Meat

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Agents of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Puerto Rico Police have harrested eight Puerto Ricans for selling meat from endangered sea turtles.

The U.S. Justice Department said Friday in a press release that those in custody - six men and two women - have been accused by a federal Grand Jury for incidents that occurred in 2011 in the southern Puerto Rican cities of Patillas and Arroyo.

The suspects arrested Thursday were identified as Roberto Guzman Herpin, Madeline Montes Santiago, Edwin Alamo Silva, Iris Lebron Montañez, Juan Soto Rodriguez, Jose Javier Rodriguez Sanchez, Ricardo de Jesus Alamo and Miguel Rivera Delgado.

The U.S. agency said that those under arrest face charges of taking, possessing and selling endangered hawksbill sea turtles and green sea turtles and their parts for human consumption.

The charges of selling the meat are serious since it had a value of over $350.

The hawksbill sea turtle is a marine turtle on the list of animals in danger of extinction and has been protected by federal law since 1970.

If convicted, the defendants face a minimum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, the Justice Department said.

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Survey Says Christina Aguilera Sang the Worst Rendition of the National Anthem

Survey Says Christina Aguilera Sang the Worst Rendition of the National Anthem

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The New York singer and actress of Ecuadorian descent, Christina Aguilera, is considered the worst singer of the U.S. National Anthem, according to a recent poll taken by the online station iHeartRadio.

Some 37 percent of the station’s listeners considered her rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the 2011 Super Bowl, a sports event watched by an average of 111 million viewers in the United States, as the worst in history.

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Real Madrid Coach Says Kaka Looks to Improve on Last Year

New Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti, who spoke to reporters Saturday for the first time since being presented to the media late last month, said Brazilian midfielder Kaka was working hard and was determined to improve on last season.

“It’s clear he is very confident and very motivated about this season. We’ll see what happens. He’s a player with a lot of character and wants to do things better than last year,” the Italian manager said of a player he also coached at A.C. Milan.

The coach touched on all aspects of the current club and analyzed his new team’s first few days of training in preparation for the 2013-14 season.

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Cuba’s Havana Airport Terminal Undergoes $10 Million Renovation

Cuba’s Havana Airport Terminal Undergoes $10 Million Renovation

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Cuba is currently carrying out a $10 million project to renovate a terminal at Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport, state television reported.

The work at Terminal 3 will include building new footbridges and increasing the number of check-in desks, as well as making improvements to conserve water and electricity.

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SundayJuly 21, 2013