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SaturdayOctober 12, 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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Venezuela Denies Guyana’s Accusations, Demands Explanation

Venezuela Denies Guyana’s Accusations, Demands Explanation

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Venezuela fired back at Guyana over an incident in disputed Atlantic waters, demanding a “satisfactory explanation” from its neighbor for allowing oil vessels in what it said was its Exclusive Economic Zone.

Venezuela’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement Friday that one of its navy patrol ships detected and intercepted the Panama-flagged Teknik Perdana the day before while it was conducting “illegal” seismic surveying activities in its EEZ, adding that the ship had been hired by the Guyanese authorities to conduct oil-exploration activities.

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Colombia Qualifies for World Cup, First Time in 16 Years

Colombia Qualifies for World Cup, First Time in 16 Years

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Colombia’s national soccer team pulled off an improbable comeback in World Cup qualifying, turning a 0-3 deficit against Chile into a 3-3 draw to book a spot in Brazil in 2014.

It marks the first time since the 1998 World Cup in France that Colombia will be a part of soccer’s biggest competition.

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Wikileaks Founder Says U.S. Monitors LatAm Communications At Will

Wikileaks Founder Says U.S. Monitors LatAm Communications At Will

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The U.S. government is well-placed to blackmail “nearly every significant person in Latin America” because most of the region’s electronic communications are routed through the United States, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said Friday.

“Ninety-eight percent of Latin American telecommunications to the rest of the world - that means SMS, phone, email etc. - passes through the U.S.,” Assange said in an interview with Russia’s RT television.

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Cuban Newspaper Criticizes Teachers Charging for Tutoring

Cuban Newspaper Criticizes Teachers Charging for Tutoring

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Cuban Communist Party daily Granma complained Friday that some salaried teachers are breaking the law by charging fees for individual tutoring.

“Charging for that work is an illicit exercise upon which limits must be imposed,” Granma warned in an article saying that such activities reveal “the lack of professional ethics” and “the loss of the teacher’s role.”

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Family of Deceased Cuban Dissident Granted Citizenship in Spain

Family of Deceased Cuban Dissident Granted Citizenship in Spain

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Spain’s government granted citizenship Friday to the widow and two children of late Cuban dissident Oswaldo Paya.

The beneficiaries of the royal decree are Ofelia Acevedo Maura and Rosa Maria and Oswaldo Jose Paya Acevedo.

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Mexico May Receive $35 Billion in FDI in 2013, Peña Nieto Says

Mexico May Receive $35 Billion in FDI in 2013, Peña Nieto Says

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President Enrique Peña Nieto said Mexico could receive at least $35 billion in foreign direct investment in 2013, based on preliminary data.

“At the close of this year, foreign direct investment could eventually be more than $35 billion,” the head of state said during a ceremony to inaugurate a Chrysler factory in the northern city of Saltillo.

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High School Seniors Can Now Apply for Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards

High School Seniors Can Now Apply for Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards

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Latino high school seniors across the United States can apply to the 15th Annual Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards at www.HispanicHeritage.org by Tuesday, October 15, 2013.  The Youth Awards program is presented by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) and their sponsors (see below for sponsors and for which categories the students can apply).

Once selected, the students will be celebrated at 10 regional ceremonies, receive grants for their education or for an idea or project to impact their communities, and funneled into the award-winning LOFT (Latinos On Fast Track) program as they attend college and enter their careers. Actor/Director Diego Luna, the official spokesperson for the 2013 Youth Awards, will be featured in national public service awareness campaign in English and Spanish.

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Benicio del Toro Striving to Boost Film Industry in Puerto Rico

Benicio del Toro Striving to Boost Film Industry in Puerto Rico

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Actor Benicio del Toro took part in an innovative project in his native Puerto Rico to make it the responsibility of island’s movie sector to take its proposals to the authorities in order to promote and internationalize the industry.

As one of the best-known Puerto Ricans in movies, Del Toro inaugurated Thursday a forum open to the public and organized by the Puerto Rico Cultural Development Commission.

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Authenticity of Leaders

Authenticity of Leaders

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By Jorge E. Ponce, NewsTaco

We are all familiar with the differences between management and leadership.  While both serve an organization well, the leader brings about change more rapidly.  This is because managers get their authority by being selected for their positions, while leaders gather followers through their own choice. 

Managers rule by policies, rules, and regulations, whereas leaders rely on their own intuition.  Thus, managers approach problem solving from a perspective that relies on the way things have been done in the past, while leaders think outside the box.

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INFOGRAPHIC: (Mis)Understanding Hispanics

INFOGRAPHIC: (Mis)Understanding Hispanics

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Alcance Media Group ran a qualitative analysis of Hispanic cultural trends, ranging from food to sports to general Hispanic life.

Check out Alcance’s (un)informative infographic below.

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Robert Rodriguez Celebrates Release of “Machete Kills”

Robert Rodriguez Celebrates Release of “Machete Kills”

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Robert Rodriguez has been filming Latino movies by his own rules for more than 20 years, a formula with which he is having more fun than ever with his new production “Machete Kills” and which he plans to power up with his own television channel, El Rey Network.

“I want to keep giving Latinos the chance to work both in front of and behind the cameras, and to create content through my network,” the 45-year-old moviemaker told Efe. “These newcomers should be able show what they can do without depending on Hollywood, where it’s really hard to get started,” he said.

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Telefonica to Offer 4G Service in Peru

Telefonica to Offer 4G Service in Peru

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Spanish giant Telefonica SA said it signed a 20-year contract with the Peruvian government to provide 4G broadband Internet service in the Andean nation.

Under the terms of the deal, Telefonica subsidiary Movistar Peru is to deliver high-speed Internet to 120 population centers by the end of the second year.

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Brazil Estimates Crime Outfit has Nearly 10,000 Members

Brazil’s largest criminal organization has almost 10,000 members - including 6,000 behind bars - and annual revenues of roughly $54.8 million, O Estado de Sao Paulo newspaper said Friday, citing a report from prosecutors.

The information on the First Command of the Capital, or PCC, was compiled by the organized crime unit of the Sao Paulo state Attorney General’s Office.

The document draws heavily on intercepted telephone conversations between reputed PCC boss Marco Camacho, a.k.a. “Marcola,” and his subordinates.

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Spanish Racecar Driver Maria de Villota Found Dead in Hotel Room, Age 33

Spanish Racecar Driver Maria de Villota Found Dead in Hotel Room, Age 33

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Spanish ex-racing driver Maria de Villota died Friday of natural causes at a hotel in this southern city. She was 33.

De Villota, who worked as a test driver for Anglo-Russian Formula One team Marussia, sustained serious head injuries and lost her right eye in a July 2012 crash during a straight-line exercise in England.

Afterward, she was always seen in public wearing an eye patch.

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SaturdayOctober 12, 2013