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SaturdayMay 3, 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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Whatever Happened to Latino Media?

Whatever Happened to Latino Media?

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Ed. Note: 2014 has been a rough year for English-language Latino media, argues Alfredo Estrada, editor of LATINO Magazine, with two flagship outlets folding and a third signaling it may do the same. The result is a growing Latino population that is, in Estrada’s words increasingly less informed.

They’re folding like cheap card tables. Since the beginning of the year, we’ve seen the demise of NBCLatino.com, an English-language website for Latinos, as well as CNN Latino, Time Warner’s year-long effort to create programming for the U.S. Hispanic market. Now come rumors that Poder, Televisa’s magazine providing “Intelligence for the Business Elite,” may cease publication.

Hold on, amigo. Isn’t the Latino market growing in demographic leaps and bounds? Don’t we have a zillion dollars in purchasing power? Didn’t we decide the election? One would think that Latino media should be thriving.

These are small potatoes for corporate giants like NBC, Time Warner and Televisa. Media outlets have a way of returning from the dead, like zombies, so we may not have seen the last of them. But there’s no denying that times are tough in the world of Latino media. Trust me on this.

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Costa Rican Coffee Growers to Use New Technology to Cut Greenhouse-Gas Emissions

Costa Rican Coffee Growers to Use New Technology to Cut Greenhouse-Gas Emissions

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Costa Rica, relying in part on $1.2 million from the Inter-American Development Bank, will introduce new technology and methods to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases in its coffee industry.

The project, Strengthening Competitiveness and Low-Carbon Performance, is expected to generate economic, environmental and social benefits, the Costa Rican Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock said.

“The application of mitigation actions across the productive process will facilitate greater efficiency in the application of fertilizers ... as well as changes in the system of water treatment and use of renewable energy for the drying process,” Deputy Minister Tania Lopez said in a statement.

Besides reducing the coffee sector’s greenhouse-gas emissions, the initiative aims to help more than 800 small-scale growers and processors.

The first phase will consist of trials to gauge the effectiveness of various technologies in curbing harmful emissions and reducing costs.

The results of those pilot programs will then be used to determine which technologies are best suited for Costa Rica in both economic and environmental terms.

Coffee is one of Costa Rica’s main exports. The Central American nation’s roughly 52,000 growers cultivate the bean on 93,000 hectares (229,629 acres).

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Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna Documentary Film Festival Coming to U.S.

The Ambulante traveling documentary film festival founded by Mexican actors Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna has arrived in the United States with the screening of a movie about late farmworkers’ leader Cesar Chavez.

“Documentaries for the Latino community are completely transforming because when we identify (with what is on screen), whether because of the language or because the people look like us ..., people feel that they’re being given a place,” Christine Davila, Ambulante California’s director, told Efe.

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Who Has the Most Walgreens, Walmarts per sq. mile? Puerto Rico of Coarse!

Puerto Rico is the U.S. and world leader in terms of number of Walgreens and Walmart establishments per square mile, according to a study by the island’s Center for Investigative Journalism, or CPI.

The study is based on the retail chains’ own figures although the organization said it found the number of stores is higher than what those companies report.

The U.S. commonwealth has 118 Walgreens stores and 56 Walmart establishments, including Sam’s Club warehouses and the Amigo supermarket chain, which the Bentonville, Arkansas-based multinational acquired a decade ago.

“Even accepting as fact the data provided by the companies, Puerto Rico is currently the U.S. jurisdiction with the highest concentration of Walgreens and Walmart (stores) per square mile,” the CPI said in the study, which was published Thursday.

That non-profit entity noted, for example, that Puerto Rico has 45 more Walgreens than Oregon even though that state is nearly 28 times bigger in area and both have similar populations.

Massachusetts, which is nearly three times as large as the island and has a population of more than 6 million (compared to Puerto Rico’s 3.7 million), has 50 Walmart stores, six fewer than the U.S. commonwealth, the CPI said.

Puerto Rico also has more Walmart stores per square mile than any foreign country, the center said, referring to Mexico, Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Brazil, Argentina, South Africa, India, Japan, China and Britain.

It added that the Puerto Rican Department of Justice’s Office of Monopolistic Affairs, or OAM, has failed to check the expansion of Walgreens since it first set up business on the island in 1962.

Likewise, the OAM has not halted the growth of Walmart, which entered the local market in 1992 and expanded further with the acquisition of Supermercados Amigo in 2004, the CPI said.

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Bolivia Agrees to Pay UK for Power Company It Seized and Nationalized

Bolivia has agreed to pay $31.5 million to British electric utility Rurelec as compensation for the 2010 nationalization of its controlling stake in power producer Empresa Electrica Guaracachi, $10 million less than the amount determined by an arbitration tribunal, the Attorney General’s Office said.

Attorney General Hector Arce said Friday at a press conference that the agreement was reached three days earlier at the conclusion of negotiations that followed a Jan. 31 arbitration award handed down by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, which set the compensation at $41.8 million.

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Traffic Accident near San Pedro Argentina Leaves 9 Dead

An accident Friday involving two cars and a motorcycle left nine people dead, Argentine official news agency Telam said, citing police.

Eight of the victims were pronounced dead at the scene, while the ninth died later at a hospital.

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REPORT:  18 Percent of Drugs Trafficked Through Puerto Rico Stay on Island

REPORT:  18 Percent of Drugs Trafficked Through Puerto Rico Stay on Island

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Eighteen percent of the drugs that pass through the Caribbean stay in Puerto Rico, the new top cop of this U.S. commonwealth told Efe Friday.

In his office at police headquarters in San Juan, Jose Caldero recalled that no drugs are made in Puerto Rico and their transit through the Caribbean island en route to mainland United States takes a terrible toll locally.

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Comedian Roberto Gomez Bolaños, Chespirito,  in Critical Condition

Comedian Roberto Gomez Bolaños, Chespirito,  in Critical Condition

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Comedian Roberto Gomez Bolaños, known as Chespirito, is in critical condition with no hope of recovery, Mexican daily Basta said, citing sources close to the family.

Recent weeks have seen periodical reports about the 85-year-old actor’s deteriorating health, but on Monday his son said that, despite the aches and pains of old age, he remains active and in good humor.

Basta said that, according to people near the family, Gomez Bolaños “is in grave but stable condition.”

The same unidentified sources said that doctors have told the family “there no longer exists any hope of recovery, so that everyone fears the worst and is preparing for it.”

Chespirito remains at his home in Cancun, and though he has “several problems, a little of everything,” he has not been hospitalized, son Roberto Gomez Fernandez said earlier this week.

“They are respiratory problems as well as trouble with walking, with mobility. Those are the two things that keep him confined indoors in Cancun,” the actor’s son said.

Gomez Bolaños played several very famous TV characters including “El Chavo del Ocho” and “Chapulin Colorado.”

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8 Children from San Pedro Sula, Honduras Killed in Past Month

8 Children from San Pedro Sula, Honduras Killed in Past Month

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Authorities suspect that gangs were behind the recent killings of eight children in the northern city of San Pedro Sula, Honduras’ attorney general said Friday.

Prosecutors are “investigating the reason” for the murders, Oscar Chinchilla told reporters.

In the space of less than a month, eight kids have been kidnapped and slain in San Pedro Sula, the country’s second city and business hub.

Keneth Alejandro Castellanos, 7, was found dead Thursday near his family’s home in the La Pradera slum.

Police discovered the body of Keneth’s 13-year-old brother, Antony, on Wednesday.

Authorities “are working” on the case, the attorney general said, asking the press to “understand why some advances in the investigation cannot be revealed for now.”

One theory is that the boys were abducted by gangs and then killed when they refused to join the criminal outfits, Chinchilla said.

Both of Central America’s largest and most feared gangs, Mara 18 and Mara Salvatrucha, have operations in Honduras, which has become one of the most dangerous countries in the world.

Honduras suffers an average of 15 homicides a day, according to the government, which attributes most of the violence to the gangs, who deal drugs and extort “taxes” from transit operators and small businesses.

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SaturdayMay 3, 2014