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TuesdaySeptember 17, 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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Mexico’s Tropical Storms Leave Tourists Stranded as Death Toll Rises

The Mexican government confirmed Tuesday that the death toll left by torrential rains, landslides and damage to infrastructures caused by Tropical Storms Ingrid and Manuel has climbed to 47.

The two tropical systems hit Mexico simultaneously last weekend and now, though they have lost strength, heavy downpours continue in several parts of the country.

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STUDY: Central Americans Worry Most About Increasing Cost of Food

More than 80 percent of Central Americans feel that prices of basic goods are constantly rising and 73 percent say that they have a limited budget for making purchases, according to a market study by Consumer Watch 2013 released Tuesday.

The survey carried out by the Kantar WorldPanel company last February and March among 3,000 homes in the six countries on the isthmus found that the issues of greatest concern to the public in the region are inflation and security.

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Jenni Rivera’s Family Hard at Work Preserving Her Legacy

Jenni Rivera’s Family Hard at Work Preserving Her Legacy

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Family members of the late Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera are working to preserve the legacy of the so-called “diva of the band.”

In an interview with Efe, her younger sister Rosie Rivera described the plans and projects the family has been developing to preserve the memory of the diva, who died last December in a plane crash in northern Mexico.

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Zulia, Venezuela Prison Riot Leaves at Least 16 Dead

At least 16 prisoners died in a prison riot in the western state of Zulia, the Cabinet minister in charge of Venezuela’s penitentiaries said Tuesday.

“Fifteen people died .... There is one person, number 16, who also died but in another area not involved in the internal war that there was ... at that time, but also the product of violence,” Iris Varela told reporters at an official event broadcast by state television.

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“Teach for America” Celebrates Largest Teaching Corps of Latinos

Today Teach for America announced that it has more than 600 Latinos serving high-need schools this academic year.  Teach for America develops a diverse corps of outstanding individuals of all academic disciplines to commit two years to teach in high-need schools – this year 600 Hispanics are part of that mission.

These Latino teachers, triple the number the organization was providing to schools just 5 years ago, and represent 11 percent of Teach For America’s total incoming corps of 6,000.  These dedicated Latinos make up the corps of teachers that impact more than 750,000 students in 48 regions and across 35 states. 

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Cuba, U.S. Discuss Pilot Project for Direct Mail Service Suspended in 1963

Cuba, U.S. Discuss Pilot Project for Direct Mail Service Suspended in 1963

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U.S. and Cuban representatives held a second round of talks in Havana on Monday to discuss a pilot project to re-establish direct mail service between the two countries, five decades after it was cancelled amid Cold War tensions.

The U.S. delegation was led by Lea Emerson, executive director for international postal affairs at the U.S. Postal Service, and several State Department officials. A State Department communiqué called the talks “fruitful” and said delegates would tour Cuban mail facilities on Tuesday. Cuba also said in a statement that the discussions were “respectful.” Both sides agreed to meet again in the coming months.

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Spanish Tenor Placido Domingo Honored by Japan

Spanish tenor Placido Domingo was named Tuesday as one of the recipients of the 2013 Praemium Imperiale awards, presented by the Japan Art Association.

The Madrid artist is the third Spaniard to receive the award after painter Antoni Tapies and sculptor Eduardo Chillida were so honored in 1990 and 1991, respectively.

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JUST IN:  Brazil Cancels U.S. Visit, Pissed over NSA Spying Allegations

JUST IN:  Brazil Cancels U.S. Visit, Pissed over NSA Spying Allegations

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Brazil President Dilma Rousseff has canceled an upcoming state visit to the U.S. over allegations of U.S. spying.  The White House announced that Rousseff and President Obama chatted last night and “jointly agreed to postpone” the October 23 visit.

No new date was provided by either administration.

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Florida Universities Make the Case for Immigration Reform

Florida Universities Make the Case for Immigration Reform

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Leadership from eighteen Florida universities are urging Congress to take up immigration reform, where legislation has basically stalled out.  The group sent a letter to their state legislation in Congress urging action.  An estimated 825,000 undocumented immigrants call Florida home.

Click here to read the full text of the letter. 

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Blog del Narco- US Magazine Writes of Life in NarcoSubmarines

US magazine High Times, based in New York, interviewed three members of a semi-submersible vessel carrying cargo weekly for a group based in Colombia. They described very unpleasant conditions on board, trip hazards and volatile employers.
The magazine investigation has gone behind the scenes of a narcosubmarine, shedding light on the risks and challenges faced by the narcotic carriers.

‘Its a very dangerous game and usually the domain of the desperate, “said Jean Paul, a former French naval officer 42-year-old, who is the captain of the boat. After leaving the army he invested in real estate, but was wrapped in a debt and was introduced to the trade through acquaintances.

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REPORT:  29.1% of All Latinos Uninsured in Total 48 Million Americans Uninsured

REPORT:  29.1% of All Latinos Uninsured in Total 48 Million Americans Uninsured

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A Census Bureau report issued today shows that approximately 48 million people in 2012 did not have health insurance.  This report shows an increase in the number of Americans insured,  3 million more Americans were insured in 2012 compared to 2011.

Access to health insurance is a key economic indicator and the current reports shows that 15.4 percent of the population do not have insurance.  This is a slight decrease from 15.7 percent in 2011.  In 2011 48.6 million had no insurance and 260.2 million did.

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NASA Websites Taken Down by Brazilian Hackers with Social Message on Syria

NASA Websites Taken Down by Brazilian Hackers with Social Message on Syria

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Fourteen NASA websites have apparently been targeted by Brazilian hackers with a social message they want to put out there.  Starting last week numerous NASA sites ending in nasa.gov were targeted by individuals opposed to intervention in Syria. 

According to Mashable each defaced web page the hackers hit had the following social message:

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Alicia Alonso, Head of Cuba’s National Ballet, Honored in Spain

Alicia Alonso, Head of Cuba’s National Ballet, Honored in Spain

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The Teatro de Rojas in Toledo, a city in central Spain, granted Tuesday the Special Prize in the 22nd edition of its awards to Alicia Alonso, director of the National Ballet of Cuba.

The Toledo theater chose to honor Alonso as one of the most consequential personalities in the history of dance and one of the leading figures of international classical ballet.

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La Barca’s 2013-14 Budget: $679 Million

La Barca’s 2013-14 Budget: $679 Million

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FC Barcelona will ask delegates at the club’s Oct. 5 annual meeting to approve a budget of 509 million euros ($679.3 million) for the 2013-2014 season, the club said Tuesday.

The addition of new sponsors and the 25 million euros Bayern Munich paid for the transfer of Thiago Alcantara allowed Barça management to draw up the club’s first-ever 500-million-euro-plus spending plan.

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Brazil President Rouseff Deems Anti-Poverty Programs a Success

President Dilma Rousseff said Monday that Brazil’s 10-year-old Bolsa Familia (Family Purse) program, with which the government subsidizes people sunk in poverty, has “forever changed millions of lives in Brazil.”

The president used her weekly program to talk about the plan, considered one of the flagship measures of her government and which was launched in 2003 during the administration of her predecessor and political mentor, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

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TuesdaySeptember 17, 2013