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WednesdaySeptember 25, 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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“15 Años y un Dia” Chosen to Represent Spain at Oscars

“15 Años y un Dia” Chosen to Represent Spain at Oscars

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Spain’s Film Academy on Wednesday chose “15 años y un dia” as the Iberian nation’s Oscar entry in the category of best non-English language picture.

Director Gracia Querejeta’s story about the relationship between a troubled teen and his grandfather will also represent Spain at the Ariels, Mexico’s equivalent of the Oscars.

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Starz Developing “Gringo” Drama Series about Immigration Agent and Mexican Narcos

Starz Developing “Gringo” Drama Series about Immigration Agent and Mexican Narcos

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The Starz cable network is said to be developing a drama series “Gringo” that tells the story of an immigration agent who infiltrates one of Mexico’s vicious narco cartels.  The one-hour drama, according to Deadline, is loosely based on the 2007 book “The Shadow Catcher” by Hipolito Acosta.

Acosta was a U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agent who went undercover during his 30 years in immigration enforcement and public service.  The Mexican-American author is an expert on immigration law and was the head of immigration services at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City.

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El Viejo Luis: Premium Tequila Maker and Money Launderer for Narcos

Yesterday the U.S. government through the Treasury Department designated several individuals and businesses associated with Mexican narcos Los Gueros. On that list was tequila maker El Viejo Luis from Jalisco, Mexico.

Based in Guadalajara, Mexico, Los Gueros are responsible for smuggling tons of coke from Colombia and Peru to the U.S. and Europe.  Reports estimate the cartel shipped more than 100 tons of coke into the U.S. between 1996 through 2008.  They were once aligned with the Sinaloa cartel but now allied with the ruthless Los Zetas. In March, 2011 Los Gueros leader Esteban Rodriguez-Olivera, 47, was extradited from Mexico to the U.S.

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Latin America’s Top Environmentally Sustainable Countries

Latin America’s Top Environmentally Sustainable Countries

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Recently, the World Energy Council (WEC) launched its 2013 World Energy Trilemma report with the annual Environmental Sustainability Index.

The WEC measured 129 countries’ environmental sustainability as the achievement of supply and demand-side energy efficiencies and the development of energy supply from renewable and other low-carbon sources.

Internationally, the top ranking country is Switzerland and the lowest ranked country for environmental sustainability was Mongolia.

Check out where Latin America ranked on the WEC index below.

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FARC, Army Clash in Colombia Killing 9 Rebels

FARC, Army Clash in Colombia Killing 9 Rebels

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Nine presumed FARC rebels died in a clash with the Colombian army in the southern province of Caqueta on Tuesday, the Defense Ministry announced.

“Six men and three women belonging to the Teofilo Forero (column) of the FARC lost their lives in the operation,” said the ministry on its Twitter account.

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FC Barcelona Ties Personal Record for Best La Liga Start

FC Barcelona Ties Personal Record for Best La Liga Start

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FC Barcelona has tied a record for the best league start in the club’s history with its latest victory under new coach Gerardo “Tata” Martino.

With his perfect 6-0 record in La Liga as manager of the Blaugrana, the Argentine has equaled the best club starts achieved under former coaches Johan Cruyff, Louis van Gaal, Josep Guardiola and Tito Vilanova, as well as Jim Bellamy in 1929.

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More Demian Bichir:  FX Renews ‘The Bridge’ for 2nd Season

Good news for all you Demian Bichir fans, FX has renewed “The Bridge,” where he stars with Diane Kruger, for a second season.

The U.S.-Mexico border drama was renewed for 13-episodes.  This season’s finale will air next week on October 2.  The show has been well received, averaging 3.65 million viewers with half of them from the coveted 18-49 demographic, according to TheWrap.

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Blog del Narco: Murder Statistics are in for Pena Nieto First Six Months

Blog del Narco: Murder Statistics are in for Pena Nieto First Six Months

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The Executive Secretariat of the National System of Public Security reports the following statistics during the first six months of the administration of Enrique Peña Nieto.

According to this report from December 2012 to May 2013 executions break down as follows:  89.7% were male, 6% female and 4.3% unspecified gender. Of the intended homicides; 82% were men with a firearm, knife killed 3.3%, 14.5% is unspecified, and 0.2% used other weapon.

Regarding the murders of women- 74% of murders of women were killed with a firearm, unspecified 19.6%, and 6.3% were stabbed. 

The 10 states with the most homicides represent 72.5% of murders are related to organized crime. These are the figures in the country since the Institutional Revolutionary Party regained the presidency of Mexico. 

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Meow! Centuries Old Peru Festival Under Attack for Serving Cat Meat

Written by Contributor:  Jonathan Stroshine

Animal rights activists are once again protesting the consumption of cat meat at this past weekend’s century-old Santa Efigenia Festival in La Quebrada, Peru. Every year protesters hope there will not be another cat-eating festival.

The festival involves fireworks, drinking, and cat races, as well as the grilling and eating of felines. Approximately the meat of 100 felines was served at the festival. 

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Backlash Growing Against Immigration Screening in Jails

Backlash Growing Against Immigration Screening in Jails

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Advocates for immigrants have gained ground in the last six months in their long fight against a U.S. policy allowing federal immigration officials to screen suspects in local jails. Now they are close to notching their biggest victory yet. 

In California, the home of nearly 2.5 million unauthorized immigrants, lawmakers this month once again passed the so-called Trust Act, which would block local police from holding suspects for immigration agents when they would otherwise be free to go.

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Billionaire John Paulson Invests in Puerto Rico’s Tourism Sector

Billionaire John Paulson Invests in Puerto Rico’s Tourism Sector

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Hedge fund billionaire John Paulson’s company has acquired a majority interest in an exclusive beachfront complex near San Juan, a major bet on Puerto Rico’s tourism sector.

The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort and Bahia Beach Resort & Golf Club, located on Puerto Rico’s north coast about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from San Juan, were acquired by Paulson & Co.‘s Recovery Fund.

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Coca Cultivation in Peru Dropped 3.4 Percent Last Year

Coca Cultivation in Peru Dropped 3.4 Percent Last Year

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The extent of coca cultivation in Peru fell by 3.4 percent last year to 60,400 hectares (about 151,000 acres), according to a joint Peruvian-U.N. report released here Tuesday.

The study, carried out by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and Peru’s Devida counternarcotics agency, found that the Peruvian government managed to eradicate a total of 14,234 hectares (about 35,585 acres) of illegal coca fields.

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Spain’s King Juan Carlos Recovering from Hip Surgery

Spain’s King Juan Carlos Recovering from Hip Surgery

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Spain’s King Juan Carlos is recovering from successful hip surgery at the Quiron Madrid Hospital, the Royal Palace said Tuesday.

During the three-hour operation, Dr. Miguel Cabanela worked with his regular colleague, U.S. surgeon Robert Trousdale of the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, to replace the prosthesis in Juan Carlos’ left hip.

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Enrique Peña Nieto Grants Tax Break to Storm Victims

Enrique Peña Nieto Grants Tax Break to Storm Victims

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Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto issued a decree awarding tax benefits to citizens in areas affected by tropical storms Manuel and Ingrid, which left 123 people dead, the government said Tuesday.

Among the benefits is the elimination of estimated income- and business-tax payments for August, September and October, the treasury said in a statement.

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WednesdaySeptember 25, 2013