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SaturdaySeptember 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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Brazilian Court Convicts Man Behind Murder of U.S. Nun, Environmental Activist

Brazilian Court Convicts Man Behind Murder of U.S. Nun, Environmental Activist

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A court in the northern Brazilian state of Para imposed a 30-year sentence on the man behind the 2005 murder of U.S. nun and environmental activist Dorothy Stang.

The verdict was announced Thursday night by Judge Raimundo Moises Alves Flexa, following the fourth trial of land baron Vitalmiro Bastos de Moura for the nearly 9-year-old crime.

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Peru to Advance Climate Change Program with 25 Million Loan

Peru to Advance Climate Change Program with 25 Million Loan

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The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) approved a loan of $25 million to help Peru consolidate its climate change program. The programmatic loan will support policy for the reduction of Greenhouse gas emissions, the reduction of vulnerabilities and adaptation to the effects of climate change.

The program is expected to consolidate the institutional and regulatory framework, to mainstream climate change in development planning and investment, to build capacity in the lead institutions and develop standardized management tools.

An example is Peru’s Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation Plan in the Agricultural Sector 2012-2021 (PLANGRACC-A), which will channel $704 million for climate research and information, emergency response, risk reduction, planning, and capacity building projects throughout the country.

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Casa de Esperanza Releases Landmark Domestic Violence Report

Casa de Esperanza Releases Landmark Domestic Violence Report

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In coordination with Casa de Esperanza’s Inaugural National Latin@ Network Policy Summit on Domestic Violence, Casa de Esperanza and the National Domestic Violence Hotline released a ground breaking study that revealed language barriers and accessibility issues for Latin@ victims experiencing violence, in addition to the negative impact of law enforcement involvement with federal immigration enforcement.

The report, “Realidades Latinas: A National Survey on the Impact of Immigration and Language Access,” was released during Casa de Esperanza’s Inaugural Policy Summit on September 19th in Washington, DC.

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Diego Luna Hopes “Chavez” Film Will Encourage Border Dialogue

Diego Luna Hopes “Chavez” Film Will Encourage Border Dialogue

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Mexican actor and filmmaker Diego Luna, who in his next film will recall the work of U.S. labor leader and civil rights activist Cesar Chavez, says the United States may strengthen it border with Mexico, but it cannot eliminate people’s need to survive.

And it is precisely the survival of the Mexican community living in the United States, and the prejudice that ignorance inflicts upon it, that will be the story told in “Chavez,” a feature film directed by Luna that relates the union leader’s fight to raise an entire country’s awareness of a previously forgotten community.

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Oscar de la Renta, Eva Mendes Honored At Vanidades Style Awards

Oscar de la Renta, Eva Mendes Honored At Vanidades Style Awards

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Designer Oscar de la Renta and actress Eva Mendes took top honors at the 2013 Vanidades Icons Of Style Awards in New York.

The gala affair at the Mandarin Oriental hotel was largely a tribute to the 50-year career of the famous couturier who has dressed the rich and famous, from first ladies to Hollywood celebs.

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Border Patrol Seizes Marijuana Worth $2.15 Million in Arizona

Border Patrol Seizes Marijuana Worth $2.15 Million in Arizona

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Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized more than 4,311 pounds of marijuana Tuesday west of Sells, Ariz., worth an estimated $2.15 million.

CBP agents and air assets discovered three vehicles hidden under tarps concealed in the dense brush with multiple bundles of marijuana inside.

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Gutiérrez Calls on Community to Continue Pressure for Bipartisan Immigration Reform

Gutiérrez Calls on Community to Continue Pressure for Bipartisan Immigration Reform

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Two Texas Republicans, John Carter and Sam Johnson, Members of the House “Gang of Seven” negotiating a bipartisan immigration reform deal, announced Friday that they were withdrawing from the group, as expected.

Congressman Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL), also a Member of the group, in an interview with Washington Post Plum Line blogger Greg Sargent posted Friday, predicted the announcement and indicated “The bipartisan group just wasn’t getting support from Republican House leadership…It’s just not gonna happen now.” 

Rep. Gutiérrez remains optimistic that a bipartisan way can be found to move legislation forward, and feels it is now more important than ever for supporters of immigration reform to make their voices heard.

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Dominican Sentenced to 3.5 Years in Prison for Puerto Rican Identity Fraud Scheme

Dominican Sentenced to 3.5 Years in Prison for Puerto Rican Identity Fraud Scheme

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A Dominican national was sentenced Friday to serve 42 months in prison for her role in trafficking the identities of Puerto Rican U.S. citizens and corresponding identity documents, announced the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; U.S. Attorney of the District of Puerto Rico; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE); U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS); the U.S. State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service (DSS); and Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI).

Arelis Abreu-Ramos, formerly of Philadelphia, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gustavo A. Gelpí in the District of Puerto Rico.  In addition to Abreu-Ramos’s prison term, Judge Gelpí ordered her removal from the United States to the Dominican Republic after the completion of her sentence.

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This is Not an “Hispanic Heritage Month” Article

This is Not an “Hispanic Heritage Month” Article

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By Victor Landa, NewsTaco

If this were an official “Hispanic Heritage Month” (HHM) article it would be sanctioned by some municipality, organization, agency or group. It would be festooned with colored ribbons and confetti.

If this were an official HHM article there’d be a quote or somesuch line that would add legitimacy to the piece and gravitas to the festivity: Maybe this article would point to a cultural event, a reading, or a play, or a conference in a hall at some University where we’d be invited to frown intelligently and learn collectively.

If this were an official HHM article there’d be beer, and folklorico dancers, and tacos and pupusas and mariachis and salsa; there’d be churros and sombreros … and gritos.

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Growing Number of Latinos Are Following American Football

Hispanics are known to love fútbol AKA soccer in the US. There is an assumption that fútbol is the only sport Latinos play and watch.

As a Latino I would not blame those who assume this, since in Latin America fútbol is our number one sport,- we watch, eat and breathe this sport.

Don’t get me wrong, we have other sports, but they are just not as big.

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Mexican Rocker Johnny Laboriel Dies, Age 71

Mexican Rocker Johnny Laboriel Dies, Age 71

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Johnny Laboriel, a popular singer during Mexico’s 1960s rock and roll era, died in this capital of prostate cancer. He was 71.

Juan Jose Laboriel Lopez recently underwent surgery at the National Cancer Institute and he was allowed to go home a few days ago, the National Auditorium announced in a communique.

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Ecuador’s Correa Sets Aside Chevron Controversy on Arrival in Argentina

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa expressed his full support here Thursday for Argentine counterpart Cristina Fernandez despite her government’s decision to partner with U.S. oil supermajor Chevron Corp, which has been locked in a long-running legal spat with Ecuadorian plaintiffs.

“We completely trust Cristina Fernandez. If Cristina had been president of Ecuador at the time when Texaco (acquired by Chevron in 2001) destroyed the Ecuadorian jungle, she never would’ve allowed it to happen,” Correa said upon his arrival in Buenos Aires.

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Defense Contractors See Possible Gold Mine in Immigration Reform

Defense Contractors See Possible Gold Mine in Immigration Reform

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Security and defense contractors are preparing to take advantage of the hundreds of millions of dollars that approval of a new immigration law that will increase security along the border with Mexico will bring.

An amendment to the immigration reform the Senate passed in June calls for spending about $38 billion on border security personnel and equipment.

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Mexican Storms’ Death Toll Climbs to 97

Mexican Storms’ Death Toll Climbs to 97

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The twin tropical storms that have ravaged a good part of Mexico since last weekend have killed at least 97 people and forced the evacuation of thousands, Mexican authorities said Thursday.

The latest count of fatalities was provided by national Civil Protection chief Luis Felipe Puente, who said that of the dead, 65 perished in the southern state of Guerrero and the rest in 10 other states around the country.

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SaturdaySeptember 21, 2013