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ThursdayMay 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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Guatemala Inaugurates Largest Solar Plant in Central America

Guatemala Inaugurates Largest Solar Plant in Central America

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Spanish developer Gran Solar, Guatemala’s Grupo Green and Swiss investor Ecosolar on Wednesday inaugurated Guatemala’s first solar power plant.

The 5 MW plant in the eastern town of Estanzuela cost $14 million to build, will provide power to more than 24,000 residences and is the largest of its kind in Central America.

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Report: Parts of Central America More Dangerous Than War Zones

Report: Parts of Central America More Dangerous Than War Zones

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The levels of lethal violence in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador are greater than in some countries suffering armed conflict, a report released in Geneva Wednesday concludes.

The study is the work of the Assessment Capacities Project, or ACAPS, created by three NGOs: HelpAge International, Merlin and the Norwegian Refugee Council.

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Mexico’s Pemex Records Highest Gas Output in 4 Years

Mexican state-owned oil company Petroleos Mexicanos said Wednesday that it produced a daily average of 479,000 barrels of gasoline in April, its highest output in the past four years.

Pemex said in a statement that it imported an average of 379,000 bpd of gasoline last month, down nearly 10 percent from April 2013.

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Republican Candiate for Texas Lt. Gov. Reaches Out to Hispanics

Republican Candiate for Texas Lt. Gov. Reaches Out to Hispanics

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Conservative Dan Patrick, winner of the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor of Texas, reached out to the Hispanic community in his victory speech and avoided mentioning the criticism of hidden immigration that was the backbone of his campaign over the past few months.

Garnering more than 65 percent of the votes, Patrick overwhelmingly won the runoff on Tuesday and unseated incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who with just 34.8 percent of the votes will leave office at the end of this year after serving for 12 years.

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Spanish Court Sentences Politician to 8 Years in Prison for Embezzlement

Spanish Court Sentences Politician to 8 Years in Prison for Embezzlement

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A former official in eastern Spain’s Valencia region was sentenced Wednesday to eight years in prison for his part in embezzling the better part of 1.8 million euros ($2.45 million) intended for aid projects in Nicaragua.

Rafael Blasco, the former regional minister for Solidarity, also faces a 20-year ban from public office.

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“La Jaula de Oro” Takes Home 9 Ariel Awards

“La Jaula de Oro” Takes Home 9 Ariel Awards

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“La jaula de pro” (The Golden Dream), which tells the story of three impoverished Guatemalan teenage migrants who try to make their way to the United States via Mexico, dominated the Ariel awards, the Mexican film industry’s equivalent of the Oscars.

“Our joy is the sadness and suffering of many migrants. As my grandfather said ‘the paradoxes of life,’” Spanish director Diego Quemada-Diez said Tuesday night after his film won the best picture prize.

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Forbes Recognizes Chilean President as One of World’s Most Influential Women

Forbes Recognizes Chilean President as One of World’s Most Influential Women

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Forbes magazine has selected Chilean President Michelle Bachelet as one of the world’s most influential women, government officials said in Santiago Wednesday.

The former director of U.N. Women appears in the No. 25 spot among the world’s most powerful women, according to the list published by the U.S. business magazine each year.

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President Obama Postpones Deportation Review

President Obama Postpones Deportation Review

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President Barack Obama’s decision to postpone until August completion of a review of the deportation policy so as not to torpedo immigration reform in Congress was received on Wednesday with criticism by activists and skepticism by Republicans.

“Now isn’t the time to be playing politics with immigration enforcement or our national security,” said Michael Steel, spokesman for Republican House Speaker John Boehner.

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Argentine in Need of Bone Marrow Transplant Finds Long-Lost Dad Via Facebook

Argentine in Need of Bone Marrow Transplant Finds Long-Lost Dad Via Facebook

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An Argentine woman suffering from leukemia used Facebook to find her father after nearly two decades without contact so that bone marrow donation tests can be performed on him, media outlets said Wednesday.

Malen Gaynor, a 39-year-old resident of Buenos Aires, decided to search for her father after being hospitalized two weeks ago for the cancer.

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ThursdayMay 29, 2014