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SundayJanuary 26, 2014

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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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Mexican Bolero Singer Armando Manzanero Wins Grammy’s Lifetime Achievement Award

The prolific Mexican bolero singer Armando Manzanero received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 56th annual Grammy Awards presentation Sunday evening.

The 78-year-old entertainer has recorded more than 30 records and written nearly 400 songs in his fifty-year career. The Merida born entertainer is best known for his romantic ballads and Mexican boleros.  Manzanero’s first hit was in 1959 with the Spanish-language song “Voy a Apagar la Luz,” (I’m Going to Turn Off the Lights). 

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Nicaragua Predicts to Generate 54 Percent of Electricity from Renewable Resources

Nicaragua Predicts  to Generate 54 Percent of Electricity from Renewable Resources

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Nicaragua expects to generate an average of 54 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by the end of this year, the Energy and Mines Ministry said.

“By the end of the current year, Nicaragua will have changed its energy mix to some 54 percent in favor of renewable energies,” the ministry said in a statement.

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HISPANIC STANDOUT: Mexican Immigrant Rights Pioneer Adelfa Callejo Dies at 90

Adelfa Botello Callejo, Dallas lawyer and immigrant rights pioneer, has died at the age of 90 according to the Dallas News.

Callejo was critical in the fight for immigrant rights especially those of Mexican immigrants and Mexican-Americans in her native Texas.  In her lifetime she led numerous protests on behalf of immigration reform, police violence against Mexican-Americans and redistricting that did not allow Latino voters to be adequately represented. 

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Directors Guild Names Mexico’s Cuaron Best Director

Directors Guild Names Mexico’s Cuaron Best Director

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Mexico’s Alfonso Cuaron won the 2013 Directors Guild of America Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film Award for “Gravity,” the same category in which he won a Golden Globe.

“Thanks, everyone. Let’s have a drink,” Cuaron said as he was presented with the award Saturday night by Ben Affleck, who won the DGA Award for “Argo” last year.

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Generous Donors Make Cancer Patient’s Quinceañera Dreams Come True

Generous Donors Make Cancer Patient’s Quinceañera Dreams Come True

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Thanks to a group of generous donors 15-year-old Frida Lagunas’ quineañera dreams have come true, this past Saturday.

Lagunas, from Santa Barbara, has been battling brain cancer since she was 12-years-old and never thought she would see this day.  The staff at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, knew this right of passage for Latina girls was very important to Lagunas and her family. 

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Justin Bieber Relaxes in Panama Following DUI, Drag Racing Arrest

Justin Bieber Relaxes in Panama Following DUI, Drag Racing Arrest

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Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber hit the beaches on Panama’s Pacific coast ahead of his appearance before a judge in the United States this week.

The teen idol, who was arrested in Miami Beach for drunk driving and drag racing last Thursday, enjoyed the surf at a luxury hotel in Punta Chame.

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Chilean Government, Unions Reach Agreement to Resolve Strike at Ports

Chilean Government, Unions Reach Agreement to Resolve Strike at Ports

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Chile’s government and the port workers’ unions reached an accord Saturday that can resolve the strike that has shut down a dozen ports up and down the country for more than three weeks, union officials said.

The agreement was reached in the early hours Saturday after a meeting that went on for more than 14 hours at the Labor Ministry, whose head, Juan Carlos Jobet, led the government side of the negotiations to bring companies and workers together.

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MasterCard, IDB Sign Agreement to Promote Economic Inclusion in Latin America

MasterCard, IDB Sign Agreement to Promote Economic Inclusion in Latin America

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MasterCard (NYSE:MA) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) have recently signed a keystone agreement, as announced at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to work together in an effort to improve economic inclusion, transparency and financial formalization through the expansion of electronic payments in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).

The five-year public-private partnership is intended to enhance access to information and promote the transition to electronic payment services in the region, which can help reduce transaction costs and increase the efficiency of financial disbursements. Replacing cash-based systems for electronic ones also can potentially reduce leakages, increasing the likelihood that payments and benefits end up in the hands of intended beneficiaries and recipients, helping to improve the lives of the underserved.

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Mexican Vigilantes Take Control of 8 Communities

Hundreds of armed men belonging to community self-defense groups occupied eight small towns near Chilpancingo, capital of the southern Mexican state of Guerrero, and detained a dozen suspected extortionists, a spokesperson for the vigilantes said.

The action was taken due to the “federal government’s poor response” in ensuring the security of the state’s inhabitants, Gonzalo Torres, a coordinator of the Citizen Safety and Justice System, or SSyJC, organization, said Friday.

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Doctors to Perform Second Round of Tests on Draco Rosa on Monday

Doctors to Perform Second Round of Tests on Draco Rosa on Monday

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Puerto Rican singer-songwriter Draco Rosa will undergo Monday a second test to enable a group of doctors to certify for the second time that he is free of cancer after being treated for the disease.

“Draco is free of cancer, but on Monday they’ll give him a second test to certify it,” Rosa’s representative Angelo Medina told Efe, adding that if the whole recuperation process has gone well, the artist will have a bone-marrow transplant in the next two weeks.

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Ecuadorian Space Company Captures Image of South America, Recovers Lost Satellite Signal

Ecuadorian Space Company Captures Image of South America, Recovers Lost Satellite Signal

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The Ecuadorian Civil Space Company, or EXA, captured Saturday the first images of South America emitted by its Krysaor satellite, which also managed to recover the audio signal from another device - the Pegaso - launched nine months ago and which was considered lost after crashing into some space debris last August.

“The signal is stable,” the Ecuadorian astronaut and director of EXA, Ronnie Nader, announced from the Samborondon space station near the city of Guayaquil in southeastern Ecuador.

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Surgeon Calls Falcao’s Knee Surgery a Success

Surgeon Calls Falcao’s Knee Surgery a Success

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Colombian national team and AS Monaco striker Radamel Falcao underwent successful surgery Saturday in Portugal to repair the torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and now will race against the clock to recover in time for the World Cup, which gets underway on June 12.

The operation “went well,” Portuguese surgeon Jose Carlos Noronha said, although he stressed that the 27-year-old star faces an uphill battle in trying to get back on the field for an official match in less than five months.

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Deaths Caused by Flu Jump 322 Percent in One Week

Deaths Caused by Flu Jump 322 Percent in One Week

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Mexican health authorities said 103 people died of the flu in the week that ended Jan. 23, up 322 percent from the 32 fatalities reported between Jan. 1 and Jan. 16.

“There have been 135 (flu) deaths so far this year,” 123 of which have been caused by the AH1N1 virus, the Health Secretariat said in a statement Friday.

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“Who Killed Pablo Escobar?” to Debut on Infinito TV

“Who Killed Pablo Escobar?” to Debut on Infinito TV

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A documentary with new versions of the death of Medellin drug cartel kingpin Pablo Escobar Gaviria, which questions the official account, premieres Sunday in Latin America on the Infinito TV channel, the studio in Colombia announced.

“Who Killed Pablo Escobar?” will debut this Sunday evening and is a “journalistic production with a high content of investigation,” the Turner Broadcasting System’s Infinito TV channel said in a communique.

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REPORT:  Latin America’s First Pope Expected to Visit U.S. Next Year

Reports are coming out of Vatican circles indicating Pope Francis will be coming to the U.S. sometime next year. 

John Allen of the National Catholic Reporter has indicated that Latin America’s first pope may be coming to Philadelphia in September of 2015 to attend the 8th World Meeting of Families. 

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Mexico Creates All-Female Police Investigative Unit

Mexico Creates All-Female Police Investigative Unit

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The government of the central Mexican state of Morelos has unveiled an all-female police investigative unit created to probe crimes against women.

Morelos Gov. Graco Ramirez swore in and presented the 26 members of the unit, which is made up of women trained to investigate and solve crimes on the basis of forensic evidence, during a ceremony on Friday.

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Audit Shows President Energy’s Resources in Paraguay at 1 Billion Barrels of Oil Equivalent

Audit Shows President Energy’s Resources in Paraguay at 1 Billion Barrels of Oil Equivalent

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An independent audit found potential hydrocarbons reserves totaling more than 1 billion barrels of oil equivalent in President Energy’s exploration areas in Paraguay’s Chaco region, the British company said in a statement.

The auditor, Houston-based RPS, analyzed 2D and 3D seismic studies conducted by President in three zones of the Pirity basin, where the company plans to drill three exploration wells this year, beginning in May.

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