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WednesdayJanuary 29, 2014

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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Mexican Computer Programmers Bring Start-Up to Silicon Valley

Mexican Computer Programmers Bring Start-Up to Silicon Valley

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Mexican programmers Edgar Hernandez, Jose Alberto Garcia and Abraham Cornejo quit their jobs and bet everything on a dream called Hostspot that has taken them to Silicon Valley.

Hostspot was born at a “hackathon” in Mexico City, where the team won a programming contest by developing a functioning program, which could gauge consumer behavior at stores and restaurants, in less than 24 hours.

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Top 5 Places to Retire in Latin America, Spain

Top 5 Places to Retire in Latin America, Spain

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According to InternationalLiving.com, Latin America is a highly coveted location for retirees in 2014.

In the Annual Global Retirement Index 2014, InternationalLiving.com takes a look at various categories such as ease of integration, entertainment and amenities, as well as the cost of living.

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Latino Artist Uses Whimsy While Looking at Ordinary Objects

Latino Artist Uses Whimsy While Looking at Ordinary Objects

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Latino artist Victor Nunes has the unique ability to re-imagine everyday objects. 

Using random items such as pencil shavings to cashews and some simple illustrations, Nunes is able to open anyone’s eyes to the endless possibilities.

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Raul Castro, Nicolas Maduro Aim For Economic Cooperation

Raul Castro, Nicolas Maduro Aim For Economic Cooperation

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Cuban President Raul Castro and Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro reaffirmed their interest in consolidating bilateral economic cooperation during a meeting in Havana, Cuba’s official media said.

The meeting took place a few hours before the start here of the second summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, or CELAC, in which Maduro and more than two-dozen other heads of government and senior officials will participate.

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Argentine Tennis Star Del Potro Seeks Treatment of Wrist Injury in U.S.

Argentine Tennis Star Del Potro Seeks Treatment of Wrist Injury in U.S.

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Argentine tennis star Juan Martin del Potro traveled to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, to consult Dr. Richard Berger about the recurring pain in his left wrist, the tennis player’s press chief, Jorge Viale, said.

The 25-year-old Del Potro began experiencing pain in his left wrist at the start of the Australian Open and it got worse as matches dragged on, Viale told Efe.

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NALEO Responds to President Barack Obama’s 2014 State of the Union Address

NALEO Responds to President Barack Obama’s  2014 State of the Union Address

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The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) issued the following statement regarding President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address:

“We applaud the President for outlining his legislative plan for ensuring everyone has the ‘opportunity to succeed’ in this country if you ‘work hard and take responsibility’.  Following the Great Recession, the Latino community has found it increasingly difficult to make ends meet—experiencing higher rates of unemployment, foreclosure, and loss of household wealth.  By implementing policies that grow the economy, spur job creation and make college more accessible for all Americans, more Latinos will be able to pursue their piece of the American Dream, resulting in a more skilled work force and an expanded middle class. 

“We urge Congress and the President to work together on bipartisan measures, such as early learning and college readiness programs that will foster educational and economic opportunity for this increasingly significant sector of the population and all Americans in the coming year.

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Mexico’s Economic Activity Sees Slight Growth

Mexico’s Global Economic Activity Index, or IGAE, inched up 0.39 percent in November, compared to the previous month, the National Statistics Institute, or INEGI, said.

The IGAE was unchanged in real terms in November, compared to the same month in 2012, the statistics agency said in a statement.

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Blog del Narco: Univision to Broadcast Series on life of El Chapo Guzman

Blog del Narco: Univision to Broadcast Series on life of  El Chapo Guzman

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The adventures of the Mexican drug trafficker Joaquin El Chapo Guzman, leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, will be brought to television screens in the United States.

UNIMAS, one of the major broadcast networks in Spanish and owned by Univision, has acquired the exclusive broadcast rights to the Narco series bearing the name of “The Man of Drugs.” which will air in the coming October. The Colombian writer Andrés López wrote the series. López wrote and directed the successful telenovelas El Cartel and Mafia Dolls.

The former member of the Cartel del Valle North and author said it was written during his confinement in jail. He said that it is the most challenging project that he has had so far. Speaking to the Associated Press, the author said: ” It’s risky because we are telling a reality that affects a society in the present and is the story of a character who has a name. “

The series is inspired by the activities of El Chapo, the drug trafficker wanted by Mexican authorities and U.S. and whose fame landed him on the pages of Forbes magazine, calling him “the world’s most powerful drug trafficker.” In the “Man of the Drug”, Andrés López promises to explore even deeper, complicated and extremely dangerous life a major drug lord, going beyond the “business” to illustrate the consequences of their illegal activities on his personal life and the people around them. “Today’s announcement is a further demonstration of our commitment to present the best alternative programming in the U.S., “said Alberto Ciurana, President of Programming and Content Univision Networks, the company that is associated with Televisa. “And to have Andrew with us as a writer, we can offer our audience an experience unprecedented in terms of authenticity and realism. ” “I am extremely excited that ‘The Man of Drugs’ will be brought to the small screen by UNIMAS” said in turn the writer Andrés López. 

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Colombian Artist Botero’s Vacation Home Partially Destroyed in Fire

Colombian Artist Botero’s Vacation Home Partially Destroyed in Fire

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A fire destroyed half of painter and sculptor Fernando Botero’s vacation home in Rionegro, a city in the northwestern province of Antioquia, without any personal injuries to the painter or his wife, fire department spokesmen told Efe.

At the time of the blaze, which occurred Sunday night, the painter and his wife, Sophia Vari, were in the house, but were able to get out unharmed, fire department Lt. Elson Zuluaga said.

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Truck Hits Pedestrian Bridge Killing 4 in Brazil

At least four people were killed and four others injured when a truck hit a pedestrian bridge Tuesday on a major highway in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the fire department said.

The accident occurred around 9:15 a.m. on the Linea Amarilla, a highway that links the northern and western sections of Rio de Janeiro.

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WednesdayJanuary 29, 2014