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WednesdayJuly 9, 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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Spanish Firms to Build Wind Farm in Honduras

Spanish Firms to Build Wind Farm in Honduras

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Spain’s Iberdrola Ingenieria and Gamesa have been awarded a contract to build a 50 MW wind farm in Honduras, Iberdrola said Wednesday in a statement.

Those two companies entered into an agreement with Honduras’ Grupo Terra on the turnkey project, which will cost 62 million euros ($84 million), be located near the border with Nicaragua and create some 200 jobs during the construction phase.

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Come Meet Aspiring Latino Muralists from Rosemont

Youth with an avid interest in the arts were selected from the Rosemont community, located 20-miles outside of Chicago, to participate in a unique project promoting the ancient art of muralism.  And now you have the opportunity to meet and support their efforts.  The group includes Guillermo Echeverria, Juana Garcia Ramirez, Andrea Garcia Chavez, Fabian Garcia, Francisco Garcia, Felipe Rodela Trujillo, Luis García and Maria Hernandez. 

This group was given the incredible opportunity to work along side professional muralist Rahmaan Statik Barnes to conceptualize and create murals representative of their community. 

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Central Americans Experience “Frightful Nightmare” en Route to U.S.

Central Americans Experience “Frightful Nightmare” en Route to U.S.

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Rapes, robberies, hunger and cold. Central American children traveling through Mexico en route to the United States experience a “frightful nightmare,” according to what a Honduran teenager told Efe, adding that she will “never again” make that journey.

Ana - not her real name - emotionally told of the agonizing journey that, like her, more than 50,000 Central American children have attempted in recent months. And many of them did not survive the trek.

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Carlos Slim’s America Movil to Divest Assets

Carlos Slim’s America Movil to Divest Assets

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Billionaire Carlos Slim’s America Movil says it is prepared to divest assets to bring its share of Mexico’s telecommunications market below 50 percent, a necessary step to shed its dominant-player tag and an accompanying heavy regulatory burden.

The Mexico City-based company said in a regulatory filing that the divestitures would be conditional on wireless unit Telcel and fixed-line subsidiary Telmex “ceasing to be preponderant economic agents and subject to asymmetric regulations, and being able to access the provision of convergent services.”

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Latin Mixx Conference to Honor Johnny Ventura, Jellybean Benitez

Latin Mixx Conference to Honor Johnny Ventura, Jellybean Benitez

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Dominican singer Johnny Ventura and famous disc jockey John “Jellybean” Benitez, who has worked with artists like Madonna, will be honored on Thursday at the 9th Latin Mixx Conference in New York.

The 74-year-old Ventura will receive a lifetime achievement award for introducing the native merengue sound of the Dominican Republic to countries around the world, conference founder Kevin Montano told Efe.

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Blog del Narco: Study shows 70% of Mexicans Fear Thier City is Unsafe

Blog del Narco: Study shows 70% of Mexicans Fear Thier City is Unsafe

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Research says that nearly 77 million Mexicans have changed their habits and now go out without wearing jewelry, cash or credit cards to avoid being victims of crime, according to the National Survey of Urban Public Safety. The study by the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI) last June reveals that this figure represents 65.4 percent of the population in Mexico, amounting to 118 million people.

This is not the only habit that have changed Mexicans, for 29.5 percent of the population do not feel it is safe to visit their friends at night for fear of being robbed, assaulted or kidnapped. Overall, the perception of insecurity among Mexicans fell 2.2 percent in the second quarter of this year compared to the same period last year. The study, which is conducted every three months also indicates that 70 percent of people considered unsafe to live in their own city.  Only 18 percent of the population surveyed felt that public safety will improve, and 37.3 percent think it will remain the same. Likewise, 67 percent of Mexicans surveyed said they had witnessed robberies and assaults where they live, while 26 percent heard gunshots.

Vandalism were witnessed by 59 percent of the population and 38.3 percent know of the existence of gangs or gangs in the vicinity of their homes. The survey consulted people 18 older who reside in cities or state capitals of the Republic with 100,000 inhabitants or more. To conduct the study, the INEGI developed five questions to assess the safety of the city where respondents live and the changes that have been made ​​citizens when going outside or the measures being taken around children. The study is conducted each quarter and this time the sample was 2000 336 homes of all entities, including 32 capitals and six cities with over 100 thousand inhabitants. BACKGROUND The first survey was conducted in September 2013, the second in December of that year and the third in March. According to survey data, last year there was a drop of four points percentage in the assessment of safety in metropolitan areas. While last year 18 percent of respondents thought that security would improve in the coming months, in 2014 the figure dropped to 13 percent. Meanwhile, in 2013-68 percent of the population said they had fear of crime, while in 2014 the feeling of fear grew to 70 percent.

Read more at Blog del Narco here

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From Gangs to Coffee Rust: Push factors for Central American Migrants

Giovani Melendez, 31, fled this Central American capital with his family, setting out suddenly on a search for safety in the United States after gangs demanded growing extortion payments he was unable afford. The family—Melendez, his wife, and children, ages 5 and 12—only made it to the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, where officials stopped them and sent them back to El Salvador.

“The main motive for leaving is insecurity,” Melendez, an auto painter by profession, said after arriving back on a bus carrying families and children—including infants.

“I was doing well here with no problems” or plans to leave, he said. “But (the gangs) wouldn’t let me work.”

Emigration from El Salvador has been common in past decades; civil war and poverty prompted many to pull up stakes and flee for far-flung corners of the world. Efforts at reunifying families made many more follow.

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7 Dead, 32 Injured During Traffic Accident in Venezuela

7 Dead, 32 Injured During Traffic Accident in Venezuela

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At least seven people died and 32 were injured Wednesday when two buses collided on a highway in eastern Venezuela, authorities said.

“Collision of 2 transportation units on Piritu-Clarines road, Matadero sector, left ... 7 dead and 32 injured,” emergency services reported in a Twitter message.

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3 Seniors Die After Drinking Insecticide Thinking it was Alcohol in Bolivia

Three people died after drinking insecticide thinking it was alcohol in a town in southwestern Bolivia, a government official reported Tuesday.

The dead included two men and a woman ages 64 to 69, an official with the Attorney General’s Office confirmed to Radio Erbol, adding that eyewitnesses said that the three had been drinking various alcoholic beverages together on Sunday.

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U.S. Government Stops Airborne TV Broadcasts to Cuba

U.S. Government Stops Airborne TV Broadcasts to Cuba

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The United States has discretely cancelled Aero Marti, an airborne broadcasting platform that sent radio and television signals to Cuba and began operating in 2006, sparking controversy over its cost and debated effectiveness.

The program was definitively dismantled in April after having been frozen for 18 months by the budget sequester, according to what the Office of Cuba Broadcasting, which runs Radio and TV Marti, confirmed on Tuesday to Efe.

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¡Felicidades! Argentina on Your 198th Year of Independence

¡Felicidades! Argentina on Your 198th Year of Independence

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Today, all of Argentina is celebrating and rejoicing its 198-year old independence from Spain.  The Spanish arrived in the 1500’s and stayed for nearly 300 years as it colonized the region, enslaved native populations and decimated the region with disease. 

Then news of the French and American Revolution inspired liberal ideas in the region among Latin American intellectuals and politicians.  The fight for independence officially started on May 25, 1810 with the Argentina War of Independence being fought from 1810 to 1818 under military heroes:  Manuel Belgrano, Juan Jose Castelli and Jose de San Martin.

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Brazil Stumbles Against Germany, Loses 7-1

Brazil Stumbles Against Germany, Loses 7-1

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Five-time World Cup champion Brazil was overwhelmed here Tuesday, losing 7-1 to Germany in the most lopsided semifinal in the history of the competition.

Host nation Brazil had not allowed more than four goals in the World Cup since their 6-5 overtime win over Poland in 1938.

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WednesdayJuly 9, 2014