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SaturdayFebruary 15, 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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Panama’s 1st Solar Power Plant Begins Operating

Panama’s 1st Solar Power Plant Begins Operating

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Panama’s government has put into operation the country’s first solar plant at a cost of approximately $10 million, authorities said.

The 2.4 MW plant, inaugurated Thursday by President Ricardo Martinelli at the Sarigua National Park in central Panama, was built with the support of the Italian government and Rome-based Enel Green Power, which donated $9 million for the project, the presidential press office said in a statement.

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Long-Standing NYC Puerto Rican Day Parade Organizers Implicated in $1.4 Million Rip-off

New York City’s Attorney General has accused the long-standing organizers of the city’s National Puerto Rican Day Parade with “extreme negligence” and one of its board members with financial mismanagement.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has concluded, after a lengthy investigation, that board member Carlos Velasquez mismanaged $1.4 million in corporate donations given to support one of the country’s best-known ethnic parades.

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Brazil’s Economic Activity Falls Slightly in December

Brazil’s Economic Activity Falls Slightly in December

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Brazilian economic activity fell for the second straight month in December, declining 1.35 percent relative to November, the Central Bank said in a report Friday.

The Economic Activity Index, or IBC-Br, considered a reliable predictor of gross domestic product performance, was up 2.57 percent for all of 2013.

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Spain Calls on EU for Greater Cooperation on Immigration

Spain Calls on EU for Greater Cooperation on Immigration

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Spain is analyzing the measures needed to avoid tragedies like the deaths of 12 sub-Saharans last week when they tried to swim from Moroccan territory to the neighboring Spanish city of Ceuta, Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria said Friday.

The government is also calling for improved coordination on the matter within the European Union and for cooperation with migrants’ homelands and the countries they pass through.

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Workers Begin Restoration of Brazil’s Christ the Redeemer

Workers Begin Restoration of Brazil’s Christ the Redeemer

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A team of specialists began working Friday to restore the mountaintop statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s most iconic monument, which was damaged last month by a lightning strike.

Restoration of the giant statue crowning Corcovado mountain began after Catholic Archbishop Orani Tempesta blessed the workers.

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Brazilian Police Rescue Bolivians From Human Trafficker

Brazilian Police Rescue Bolivians From Human Trafficker

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Brazilian police rescued two Bolivian immigrants from a trafficker who intended to sell them into slavery, a pro-migrant activist said Friday.

The trafficker, also from Bolivia, put the pair up for sale last Sunday at a weekly street fair in the Bolivian quarter of Sao Paulo, the Rev. Roque Patussi told CBN radio.

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Cuban Dissident Going on 5th Day of Hunger Strike

Cuban Dissident Going on 5th Day of Hunger Strike

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Cuban dissident Jorge Luis Garcia Perez completed the fourth day of a hunger strike at his home besieged by State Security, wife Iris Perez told Efe.

In a telephone conversation from the central Cuban town of Placetas, Perez said that her husband, commonly known as “Antunez,” is “very frail” and complained that their home remains “surrounded” by authorities.

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STUDY: Half of Immigrants Facing Deportation Have No Criminal Record

STUDY: Half of Immigrants Facing Deportation Have No Criminal Record

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Nearly half of the undocumented immigrants tagged by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in 2012-2013 for possible deportation had no criminal convictions, the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse says.

TRAC, which is based at Syracuse University, analyzed ICE data for the 2012 and 2013 fiscal years and found that only 12 percent of the 436,000 people slapped with ICE detainers, or immigration holds, had been convicted of a serious crime.

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Real Mexican Food Beware: Taco Bell Phone Order App Coming Soon

We are not sure if this is good news or awful news, but for sure its news especially when there isn’t much other news. 

Taco Bell the purveyor of marginal Mexican food is rolling out mobile ordering.

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Argentine Doctors Calls President’s Test Results “Satisfactory”

Argentine Doctors Calls President’s Test Results “Satisfactory”

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Doctors detected no problems during a routine follow-up examination of President Cristina Fernandez four months after she underwent surgery to drain blood from her skull, the Argentine government said Friday.

The results of brain scans and an electrocardiogram were “satisfactory,” the Presidential Medical Unit said in a statement.

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STUDY:  Colorectal Cancer Treatments Not Benefiting Latinos

A new study by the American Cancer Society has found that new and better treatments that tend to benefit later stage colorectal cancer patients are not benefiting Latinos.

The study lead by Dr. Helmneh Sineshaw found that survival rates from metastatic, later stage colorectal cancer are not improving for Hispanic and blacks.  The study found that survival rates for non-Hispanic whites and Asians over a five-year period increased from 9.8% to 15.7% for whites and improved from 11.4% to 17.7% for Asians.  Meanwhile the survival from metastatic colorectal cancer showed no statistical improvement for Latinos and blacks. 

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Group of 60 International Tour Guides Study Spanish in Colombia

Group of 60 International Tour Guides Study Spanish in Colombia

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A group of 60 tourist guides from Asian countries and Brazil on Thursday began a four-month Spanish as a Foreign Language course, the second such course offered at eight Colombian universities.

Colombia’s assistant foreign minister, Patti Londoño, inaugurated the course at San Carlos Palace, the Foreign Ministry headquarters in Bogota.

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Price of Generic Pharmaceuticals in Puerto Rico Skyrocket

Price of Generic Pharmaceuticals in Puerto Rico Skyrocket

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The prices of generic medications have increased markedly in Puerto Rico in recent months due in part to the lack of shipments from the U.S. mainland.

“The greatest impact has been among prescription medications,” pharmacist Juan Martinez, the owner of the Farmacia Luis in the capital’s Santurce district which fills about 300 prescriptions per day, told Efe on Thursday.

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Christina Aguilera Announces Valentine’s Day Engagement on Twitter

Songbird Christina Aguilera has announced her engagement to long time boyfriend, Matt Rutler, via Twitter.

The 33-year-old singer and ‘The Voice’ judge has been dating Rutler for over three years.  The couple met when Aguilera was starring in the movie ‘Burlesque’ and Rutler was a production assistant for the movie. 

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Racist Chants by Peruvian Soccer Fans Sparks Outrage

Racist Chants by Peruvian Soccer Fans Sparks Outrage

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Peru’s president on Thursday joined a growing chorus in condemning racist taunts directed at an Afro-Brazilian soccer player during a Copa Libertadores match between Peruvian club Real Garcilaso and Brazil’s Cruzeiro.

“A country that is as diverse as ours and which bolsters its identity with all its cultures should not accept racist reactions of any kind,” Ollanta Humala wrote on Twitter.

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Latino Voters Back Protection of Environment

Latino Voters Back Protection of Environment

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Hispanic voters in the Rocky Mountain states continue to exercise an important influence on local politics, particularly regarding the protection of the environment on the regional and community level, according to a poll released Thursday by Colorado College.

Eleven years ago, as part of its State of the Rockies Project, the college began surveying attitudes toward the environment in the states of Arizona, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.

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Dominican President Danilo Medina Will Not Seek Reelection in 2016

Dominican President Danilo Medina Will Not Seek Reelection in 2016

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Dominican President Danilo Medina on Thursday ruled out running for a second four-year term in 2016 at a time when some officials of his government and leaders of his party are promoting his reelection.

“I have no interest in getting reelected,” said Medina during the inauguration of construction work on the Monte Grande dam in the southwestern province of Barahona.

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2 Die During Prison Brawl in Brazil

2 Die During Prison Brawl in Brazil

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A brawl among inmates at the Itamaraca prison in the northeastern Brazilian state of Pernambuco left two dead and eight injured, authorities said Thursday.

After the fight, the bodies of two inmates were taken to a first aid center in Igarassu, some 30 kilometers (19 miles) from Recife, the state capital, a prisons service spokeswoman told Efe.

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SaturdayFebruary 15, 2014