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MondayMay 12, 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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Brazil’s Economic Forecast Revised Upward

Private sector analysts have revised their 2014 growth forecasts for Brazil’s economy upward to 1.69 percent from 1.63 percent last week, the Central Bank said Monday.

Analysts revised their 2014 inflation estimate downward to 6.39 percent from 6.50 percent, keeping it within the government’s acceptable range.

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Venezuelan Press Protest Shortage of Paper to Print News On

Venezuela’s SNTP press workers union released an open letter asking President Nicolas Maduro to address a shortage of newsprint that is affecting newspapers’ ability to publish.

“You have said that you are a worker’s president, and in that regard, in the name of the workers of the press, we ask you to arrange what needs to be done for the journalistic firms to receive the necessary resources to import paper and normalize their activities,” said the SNTP.

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Argentine Film ’ Relatos Salvajes’ Vies for Top Prize at Cannes Film Festival

Argentine films are looking to give a Latin American flavor to the 67th Cannes Film Festival, where Damian Szifron’s feature film “Relatos Salvajes” will be vying for the Palme d’Or, while Lisandro Alonso’s “Jauja” will compete in the Un Certain Regard section.

The Palme d’Or is the top prize awarded at Cannes, whose 2014 edition will run from May 14 to May 25.

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Colombian Police Rescue Kidnapped Businessman

A businessman kidnapped two months ago was rescued in an operation in which four suspects were captured, the Colombian police reported Monday.

Eduardo Alfonso Vives Lacouture was found bound to a bed in a house in the municipality of Bosconia in the northern province of Cesar.

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Jacinto Convit: Venezuelan Scientist, Creater of Anti-Leprosy Vaccine Dies at 100

Venezuelan physician and scientist Jacinto Convit, creator of the anti-leprosy vaccine and one of the leading researchers in the study of tropical diseases, died Monday in Caracas. He was 100.

Convit, 1987 winner of Spain’s Prince of Asturias Award for Scientific Research, invented a vaccine to prevent and cure leprosy, which in turn provided the basis for creating an immunotherapy for leishmaniasis, and contributed to the study of other illnesses like Chagas disease.

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Industrial Production on the Rise in Mexico

Industrial production rose 1.6 percent in Mexico in the first quarter of this year, compared to the same period in 2013, the National Institute of Statistics and Geography, or INEGI, said Monday.

Manufacturing output grew 4.3 percent, while electricity generation and water and gas sales expanded by 1.4 percent, the INEGI said in a statement.

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Blog del Narco: Serial Killer Arrested in Mexico City Disposing of Latest Victim

Blog del Narco: Serial Killer Arrested in Mexico City Disposing of Latest Victim

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A 28-year-old suspect in the killings of several women was arrested by Mexico City police as he was in the process of disposing of the body of his latest victim, the Federal District Public Safety Secretariat said.

Diego David Meza Hernandez, “who apparently seduced and then abused his victims, later strangling them with his bare hands until they died of asphyxiation,” was arrested, the secretariat said in a statement.

Officers were on patrol just outside the town of San Miguel Topilejo when they received an emergency call about a possible kidnapping and responded.

The officers were at kilometer 33 of the Mexico City-Cuernavaca federal highway in San Miguel Topilejo when they spotted a bus parked on the side of the road.

Officers approached the vehicle and noticed Meza Hernandez acting suspiciously, the secretariat said.

Meza Hernandez told officers that he had experienced mechanical problems and began acting “extremely nervous” when police started inspecting the vehicle, the secretariat said.

“While inspecting the interior of the public transportation vehicle, (officers) found the body of an 18-year-old woman. The policemen immediately called paramedics,” the secretariat said.

An emergency services ambulance arrived on the scene, but paramedics found that the woman had died from strangulation, the secretariat said.

Meza Hernandez was turned over to prosecutors, who are investigating the teenager’s murder and his role in the disappearances of other women in the area, the secretariat said.

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Municipal Workers in Costa Rica Capital on Strike

Municipal employees in the Costa Rican capital went on strike Monday to demand the cancelation of a 2010 contract that outsourced garbage collection to a private company.

They want the municipality to invest in equipment, tools and garbage trucks rather than turn over control to a private company that does not respect workers’ rights, strike organizers said.

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Latino Students Found to be Discriminiated Against in Colorado Schools

Authorities with the Adams County School District 14 in Commerce City, Colorado, announced an agreement with the U.S. Department of Education after the federal agency’s Office for Civil Rights issued a report documenting discrimination against Latinos in the majority Hispanic district.

The OCR launched an investigation of the district following a March 2010 complaint.

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Infographic: How Long Are People in Detention?

Infographic: How Long Are People in Detention?

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A congressional mandate requires that Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, maintain bed space to detain 34,000 immigrants per day at an annual cost of more than $2 billion. This arbitrary number is unrelated to the agency’s actual bed-space needs, wasting taxpayer dollars and placing immigrants at risk of abuse and mistreatment in detention facilities.While immigrants spend one month in detention on average, those fighting deportation cases are detained for more than three times as long, sometimes even for years.

 

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MondayMay 12, 2014