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SundayAugust 4, 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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Veracruz Celebrates 3-2 Victory Over Cruz Azul

Veracruz Celebrates 3-2 Victory Over Cruz Azul

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Angel Reyna scored two goals and Jehu Chiapas added another one to lead Veracruz to a 3-2 victory over Cruz Azul on the weekend and take the lead spot in the Mexican Apertura soccer tourney.

Cruz Azul got on the board first on a goal by Pablo Barrera in the 30th minute, but Reyna answered back in the 59th minute on a penalty kick.

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Teen Mom Prepares to Deliver Twins, Has Triplets in Honduras

Teen Mom Prepares to Deliver Twins, Has Triplets in Honduras

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An 18-year-old woman who was expecting twins got a big surprise when she gave birth to triplets instead at a hospital in Tegucigalpa, Honduran media reported.

Saira Lopez is back home and resting after giving birth last Thursday via C-section to Meibelin, Alejandra and Elizabeth at the public Hospital Materno Infantil, a hospital spokesman told media outlets.

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Spain’s Beaches are a Treasure Trove of Biodiversity

Spain’s Beaches are a Treasure Trove of Biodiversity

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Almost half of the 3,500 or so beaches along the Spanish coast form part of the Natura 2000 network, the main conservation, management and sustainable development instrument for biodiversity in the European Union.

On its 10,000 kilometers (about 6,200 miles) of coastline, Spain has 3,458 beaches, of which approximately 1,557 - or 44.74 percent - are part of Natura 2000, the Environment Ministry said.

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Yaritza Reyes Named 2013 Miss Dominican Republic

Yaritza Reyes Named 2013 Miss Dominican Republic

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The representative of the western Dominican province of Elias Piña was elected Miss Dominican Republic 2013 on the weekend.

Yaritza Reyes was chosen from a total of 31 beauties at a ceremony on Saturday in the eastern resort of Punta Cana.

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Telemundo Offers Students Educational Information At Events Across the U.S.

Telemundo Offers Students Educational Information At Events Across the U.S.

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As part of Telemundo’s signature multiplatform education initiative, El Poder de Saber (The Power of Knowing), Telemundo Station Group is participating in a series of events this summer to help Hispanic students and parents prepare for the new school year with free health screenings, immunizations, tips for college and more.

In addition, thousands of “El Poder de Saber” backpacks will be distributed in Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Chicago, Dallas and Houston.

Through “El Poder de Saber,” celebrating its 10th year in 2013, Telemundo promotes the educational advancement of young Latinos with an emphasis on preventing high school drop-outs.

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Scientists Helping Orinoco Crocodile Fight Extinction in Colombia

Scientists Helping Orinoco Crocodile Fight Extinction in Colombia

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Scientists are working to help the Orinoco crocodile, the first species officially listed as being in danger of extinction in Colombia, to recover in the wild.

Researchers from the Universidad Nacional in Villavicencio, a city in the central province of Meta, plan to release two males and two females in the Duda and Guayabero rivers in Sierra de La Macarena National Park at the end of this month.

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U.S. Closes 22 Embassies Amidst Terror Threat

U.S. Closes 22 Embassies Amidst Terror Threat

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The United States is preparing to close 22 of its embassies and consulates in a number of Arab countries on Sunday due to the “significant” threat of a possible terrorist attack, discovered thanks to the interception of communications among leaders of the terrorist organization al-Qaeda.

“There is a significant threat stream and we’re reacting to it,” the Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, Gen. Martin Dempsey, said in an interview with ABC television that will air this Sunday, though some extracts from it have already been broadcast.

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Head-on Bus, Truck Collision Kills 5 in Mexico

Head-on Bus, Truck Collision Kills 5 in Mexico

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Five people died and 13 more were injured when a bus full of passengers ran head-on into a truck in the eastern Mexican state of Veracruz, emergency management services said.

The report noted that a bus of the Autobuses Unidos company on its way from Cordoba to the Port of Veracruz collided with a semi-trailer truck at 6:58 a.m. (1158 GMT) on the Cordoba-Veracruz federal highway in an area known as El Resplandor.

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OPINION:  Latin America Social Media vs. The World

OPINION:  Latin America Social Media vs. The World

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Since 2010, Facebook has been the worst nightmare for almost every dictator in the Arab world.  The former dictator of Egypt, Hosni Mubarak, the former dictator of Libya, Muammar Gaddafi, and former dictator of Tunisia, Zine El Abidene Ben Ali, can credit Facebook and Twitter for helping them lose their power.  Mubarak and Gaddafi had served as rulers of their respective countries for over thirty years. 

Prior to 2010 Facebook and Twitter have only been open to the general public for about three years.  Yet, the democratic and free speech nature of these social networks have changed the entire political climate of the Arab world.  With the exception of Israel, the citizens of the Middle-East and North Africa were not allowed access to free speech.  Through Facebook and Twitter, angry citizens expressed their thoughts online which led them to gather, unite and take their outrage to the streets spurring more angry citizens of Egypt and Libya to overthrow their governments in the same way the Shah was overthrown in Iran during the 1970s. 

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No More Hunting for Spanish Treasures Says Florida

No More Hunting for Spanish Treasures Says Florida

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Florida should be a treasure hunter’s dream come true. Except it’s not.

Its sand and sea hide riches of the past, thanks to the state’s Spanish colonizers of the 1500s and treasure-laden ships that sank off shores.

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Multiple Companies Interested in Interoceanic Train Construction in Honduras

Multiple Companies Interested in Interoceanic Train Construction in Honduras

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At least three foreign companies are interested in taking part in the construction of an interoceanic train line running across Honduras from the Caribbean to the Pacific Ocean, officials said.

The head of the Honduran Congress’ Public Works Committee, Miguel Angel Gamez, said on Radio America Friday that the interested firms are from Canada, China and Italy.

Gamez added that one of the companies is China’s Harbour Engineering Company, whose executives on July 10 signed an agreement with the Public Works, Transportation and Housing Secretariat for the project’s feasibility study.

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Latino Representation in Federal Workforce: Dismal

Latino Representation in Federal Workforce: Dismal

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By Jorge Ponce, NewsTaco

In June, the Office of Personnel Management released the Federal Equal Opportunity Recruitment Program report for fiscal year 2011.

As the acronym implies, the report painted a “FEO” or “ugly” picture of the representation of Hispanics in the federal government.

After three years of no growth from 2008 through 2010, the latest report showed that the Hispanic representation in the federal workforce increased by only 0.1% from FY 2010 to FY 2011.

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“Queen of the Pacific” Lady Narco Returning to Mexico after U.S. Deports Her

“Queen of the Pacific” Lady Narco Returning to Mexico after U.S. Deports Her

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Reportedly on Friday Sandra Avila Beltran, Mexico’s “Queen of the Pacific” was quietly deported after escaping a jail sentence for narcotic trafficking here in the U.S.

Yet she is not completely scott free once she returns to Mexico, as she had hoped.

Mexican officials are reporting they plan to detain her for her links to the Sinaloa cartel, once the deportation process is complete.  It is believed she was transported on a private flight out of Miami to Toluca, Mexico.

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1,300 Year-Old Pre-Incan Feathered Shield Discovered in Peru Temple

1,300 Year-Old Pre-Incan Feathered Shield Discovered in Peru Temple

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University of California, Berkeley archaeologists have discovered a Moche shield in a sealed portion of the ancient painted temples of Pañamarca, Peru dating back some 1,300 years.

The 10 inch shield was found on a ceremonial altar in between two ancient murals and thought to have been used by the ancient culture for ceremonial purposes versus for battle.

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Mexican President is Released from Hospital Following Thyroid Surgery

Mexican President is Released from Hospital Following Thyroid Surgery

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Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto left hospital on Saturday after undergoing surgery earlier this week to have a thyroid nodule removed, and expressed his thanks to the medical staff who looked after him.

In a brief statement to the press as he was leaving the Central Military Hospital, Peña Nieto also thanked the people who, “through the different media, have expressed their interest and above all their concern” for the state of his health.

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Eva Longoria Says You Don’t Have To Be Rich and Famous to Help the Poor

Eva Longoria Says You Don’t Have To Be Rich and Famous to Help the Poor

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U.S. actress Eva Longoria, who is celebrating her Philanthropic Weekend in the southern Spanish city of Marbella, said that to help people you don’t have to be rich and famous, though she believes the great fortunes have the responsibility of contributing to projects that help those in need.

Longoria, que took part Saturday in the beneficent Global Gift Celebrity Golf Tournament, said in an interview with Efe that this is a fun sport and a good way to collect funds, while admitting she doesn’t play “all that well.”

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Yacht Used by Ernest Hemingway is Restored in Peru

Yacht Used by Ernest Hemingway is Restored in Peru

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The yacht famed American novelist Ernest Hemingway used off Peru’s northern coast has been restored in a bid to raise awareness about the importance of marine conservation.

Hemingway (1899-1961) used the Miss Texas to fish off Peru’s Cabo Blanco beach in 1956, catching a 700-pound (317-kilo) marlin with just rod and reel, according to Peruvian eco-luxury hotel organization Inkaterra, which was in charge of the restoration project.

“(The boat) is a symbol of the crusade for the recovery of the sea,” an Inkaterra spokesman told Efe.

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10 Tech Projects Featured at Mexico’s Campus Party Are Heading to Silicon Valley

10 Tech Projects Featured at Mexico’s Campus Party Are Heading to Silicon Valley

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Ten projects participating in the 4th Campus Party held in the Mexican capital will soon make it to Silicon Valley, the California home of such high-tech enterprises as Apple and Google.

Of a total 440 ideas, 10 projects in the fields of information technology and communications will receive legal and financial consultancy and sales support to turn the ideas into companies.

“We’re trying to link these projects with Mexico’s entrepreneurial system and also with investment funds so they can get financing,” the director of Wayra Mexico, Marcus Dantus, told Efe.

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Spain Mulls Measures Amid Flare-up of Tensions with Gibraltar

Spain Mulls Measures Amid Flare-up of Tensions with Gibraltar

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Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s government is considering adopting different measures in response to recent complaints and actions by Gibraltar, which sent the European Commission a report about border checks that have caused motorists lengthy delays.

Government sources informed Efe about a series of measures that Spain is contemplating.

The plan, drawn up with input from various government ministries, reviews the events leading up the dispute and refers to the border controls that Spain has adopted in recent days and which the British overseas territory maintains are interfering with the “right to freedom of movement of EU citizens.”

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Methane, Vapors From Solvents Responsible for Pemex Blast

Methane, Vapors From Solvents Responsible for Pemex Blast

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Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office said the deadly January explosion at state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos’ headquarters in this capital was caused by a mix of methane gas of biological origin and vapors from solvents.

Among the factors triggering the blast in Building B2’s basement that killed more than three-dozen people, the AG’s office pointed to the accumulation of methane over time and vapors from solvents used for maintenance.

The investigation found “electrical elements for igniting the material: a light cable extension, a lamp and a plug,” it added.

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SundayAugust 4, 2013