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ThursdayFebruary 6, 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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Panama Canal Looks to Restart Expansion Project

Panama Canal Looks to Restart Expansion Project

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The Panama Canal Authority, or ACP, said Wednesday it will not yield to “blackmail” and is looking for ways to restart work on a third set of locks for the inter-oceanic waterway, accusing the consortium tasked with the expansion of breaching its contract by making a unilateral decision to halt construction.

The GUPC consortium, led by Spain’s Sacyr and Italy’s Impregilo, “carried out its threat” to suspend the project after the ACP refused meet its demand for more than $1.6 billion to cover cost overruns, said canal administrator Jorge Quijano, who termed the demand “exorbitant and unsubstantiated.”

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Argentina Mourns Deaths of 9 Firefighters in Warehouse Fire

Argentina Mourns Deaths of 9 Firefighters in Warehouse Fire

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The Argentine government declared two national days of mourning Wednesday following a warehouse fire in the southern section of Buenos Aires that left nine emergency services workers dead and seven others seriously injured, officials said.

Six members of the Federal Police’s firefighting unit, two emergency management office workers and a volunteer firefighter died in the blaze, Security Secretary Sergio Berni said.

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Mexico Shares Plans to Protect Wetlands Across Country

Mexico Shares Plans to Protect Wetlands Across Country

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The National Protected Natural Areas Commission, or Conanp, has released a plan to protect the 139 wetlands in Mexico, the country with the second-largest number of protected wetlands in the world.

“The national wetlands policy comes from a recognition that these ecosystems are extremely vulnerable to climate change,” Conanp director Luis Fueyo said during the plan’s presentation Tuesday in the Igh-Haa Lol Xaan region of the southeastern state of Campeche.

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David Beckham to Recruit the Best Players for Miami Soccer Team

David Beckham to Recruit the Best Players for Miami Soccer Team

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David Beckham said Wednesday that he aims to recruit some of “the best football players in the world” for his new Major League Soccer franchise in Miami.

Following months of rumors, the 38-year-old former England captain confirmed his intention to acquire an MLS franchise for the Magic City.

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Blog del Narco: Fed Up with Violence , Residents of Sinaloa Rise Up

Blog del Narco: Fed Up with Violence , Residents of Sinaloa Rise Up

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Fed up with the violence of the drug cartels, including the burning and looting of houses in the village, citizens of Santa Rosa Campos, in Culiacan, Sinaloa, have warned that they intend to build a self-defense group if the authority does not address their demands for security.

They intend to contact the local vigilante paramilitary leaders of Michoacan.

According to the newspaper El Debate, the residents of the southern part of the capital of Sinaloa asked to meet with the state attorney Marco Antonio Higuera Gomez to discuss the situation. However, only the attorney general attended, Jesus Martin Robles Armenta.

According to Jaime Caro Gaxiola, legal representative of the affected area, many times the people have witnessed the burning and looting of houses in the village. “People are afraid ” he said.

These acts of vandalism, said the residents of Santa Rosa Campos, are not a new problem in the village, as they have already reported before, but neither the state nor local authorities have acted to combat it.

So we plan to hold a meeting to discuss if the people want to create self-defense groups, as has occurred in several municipalities of Michoacán.
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British Government Hopes to Spur Scientific Innovation in Mexico With Investment

British Government Hopes to Spur Scientific Innovation in Mexico With Investment

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The British government is providing $6.5 million to Mexico to bolster bilateral efforts to promote scientific innovation, British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said.

Britain and Mexico share “a history of very positive relations, a long and very strong friendship,” Clegg said Tuesday, the first day of his two-day visit to Mexico City.

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New Video Illustrates How Vital Immigrants Are to the Future Workforce

Today, the Center for American Progress released a new video and several interactive tools that detail the vital role immigrants will play in our future workforce. Drawing from the conclusions of the groundbreaking “Our Future, Together” report, this multimedia project illustrates what a critical role immigrants will play in our long-term economic strength and sustainability.

As Americans wait for the House of Representatives to move forward on immigration reform, the new video and interactives from CAP examine what reform would mean for our country’s future. The “Our Future, Together” initiative looks at the long-term impact that immigration will have on our labor force and economic future. The report’s findings show that immigrants are essential for our growth as a nation and that we are currently at a critical moment for reforming immigration. The aging and retirement of the Baby Boomer generation is set to create a need for new workers in the labor market—a role that immigrants, their children, and their grandchildren will help fill. The report finds the following workforce trends in the coming years:

Baby Boomers currently comprise more than 38 percent of the total workforce, and by 2030, 45 million of them will have retired.

From 2010 to 2030, there will be 83 million workforce entrants. Two-thirds of these people will replace retiring workers, and one-third will be employed due to economic growth.

Of the 83 million workforce entrants, more than 31 million will be immigrants and their children.

The retirement of the Baby Boomer generation will create millions of replacement job openings, even as economic growth creates the need for additional workers to fill newly created jobs. At the same time, our nation is becoming more demographically diverse, and immigrants and their children make up a growing share of the population that will be entering their prime working years over the next two decades.

 

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Christie’s Cancels $47 Million Miro Auction Over Legal Concerns

Christie’s Cancels $47 Million Miro Auction Over Legal Concerns

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Auction house Christie’s indefinitely cancelled the sale in London of 85 works by Spanish artist Joan Miro owned by Portugal due to the legal “uncertainty” surrounding the works.

A Portuguese court approved the sale of the works, whose value is estimated at around $47 million, but the auction house cancelled the sale on Tuesday.

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Buena Vista Social Club’s Omara Portuondo Prepares for Concert in Mexico

Buena Vista Social Club’s Omara Portuondo Prepares for Concert in Mexico

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Cuban singer Omara Portuondo, the diva of the Buena Vista Social Club, said she is looking forward to her upcoming concert here with Mexico’s Regina Orozco.

“I feel very good, very happy and optimistic about being able to deliver a tribute to love,” the 84-year-old artist said. “For me, it is great that I can do it now in Mexico, where they also know how to sing of love, and so much the better alongside Regina Orozco, who I admire very much.”

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CNN Latino Shuts Down 1 Year After Debut

CNN Latino Shuts Down 1 Year After Debut

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CNN has decided to shut down its CNN Latino venture this month due to disappointing business results, sources inside the company confirmed to Efe on Wednesday.

The move does not affect CNN en Español, which “will continue being an important element of the CNN portfolio at the global level,” one source said.

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ThursdayFebruary 6, 2014