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Costa Rican Banks Set to offer “Green Loans”

One of Costa Rica's large banking networks, Banco Promerica de Costa Rica, is getting ready to develop a portfolio of environmentally sustainable loans known as "green loans" which will strengthen the eco-business in the country. The green loans help increase investment and sustainable banking practices in the country, fostering environmental, social and economic benefits. continue reading »

Mexico’s Wind Generators bring Electricity to Poor Oaxaca Region (VIDEO)

Mexico’s Wind Generators bring Electricity to Poor Oaxaca Region (VIDEO)

Architect Porfirio Sanchez helps the Oaxaca Mexico communities use renewable energy sources to provide electricity. Mother Earth Institute holds workshops to help people design a simple generator that coverts wind and sun into electricity. By teaching people how to install and maintain these simple machines, their lives are transformed; for most it is the first time in their lives they have had electricity. This green program has potential benefits for all rural areas with out electricity and the DIY wind farms are designed with great simplicity. continue reading »

UPDATE: Bodies of Investigators Found in Tamaulipas Mexico

UPDATE: Prosecutor Roberto Suarez Vazquez and Juan Carlos Suarez Sanchez, a top security official, disappeared the day after they began the investigation into the deaths of 72 migrants in Tamaulipas. Two bodies have been located northeast of San Fernando. Documents on the bodies matched those of the missing investigators but DNA tests have also been ordered to confirm identities. continue reading »

Puerto Rican Artistic Duo Selected to Represent the U.S. at Venice Art Biennale (VIDEO)

Puerto Rican Artistic Duo Selected to Represent the U.S. at Venice Art Biennale (VIDEO)

The U.S. Cultural Affairs Department (ECA) announced the selection of Puerto Rico-based artist collaborative Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla as the United States’ representation to the 54th International Art continue reading »

Missing Children Case in Belize Highlight Influence of Occult in Region

Missing Children Case in Belize Highlight Influence of Occult in Region

It’s day eight and the disappearance of two siblings from Toledo, Belize remains a mystery. Since Monday police have been scouring the area, but up to now, there are continue reading »

La Cruz Roja Calcula que ya Son 600.000 los Damnificados por Lluvias en México

La Cruz Roja Calcula que ya Son 600.000 los Damnificados por Lluvias en México

Las intensas lluvias que en las últimas semanas han afectado a varios estados del este y sur de México han dejado hasta ahora "más de 600.000 damnificados", dijo hoy a Efe el presidente de la Cruz Roja mexicana, Daniel Goñi. continue reading »

New and Established Artists Lead in Nominations for Latin Grammy’s (VIDEO)

The 11th Annual Latin Grammy announced its nominations today from Hollywood’s Avalon nightclub. The list once again reflects a wide array of established and rising talent from across the Latin music world. Mario Domm (lead singer of the Mexican ban Camila), Jorge Drexler (Uruguayan songwriter), Juan Luis Guerra and Alejandro Sanz lead with four nominations each. continue reading »

Latinos in U.S. Charter Schools

Latinos in U.S. Charter Schools

A joint report released by the Center for American Progress (CAP) and NCLR (National Council of La Raza) examines how charter schools are improving educational outcomes for a growing number of Latino and English language learner (ELL) students. continue reading »

Likely a Latino Candidate on Slate for Chicago Mayor

Likely a Latino Candidate on Slate for Chicago Mayor

U.S. Rep Luis Gutierrez is instructing an exploratory committee to meet within the next few days to consider his running for the Chicago Mayors office that Richard Daley announced he would vacate in February. continue reading »

Cameron to make 3D Film of Brazilian Xikrin-Kayapo Tribe

Cameron to make 3D Film of Brazilian Xikrin-Kayapo Tribe

Avatar director James Cameron is preparing to make another film “about an indigenous tribe trying to preserve its land,” but this time it is a true story. Cameron is making a documentary about the Xikrin-Kayapo tribe in Brazil and its attempts to stop the construction of the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam, continue reading »

New Legal challenge to ICE Searches at Border

New Legal challenge to ICE Searches at Border

The Obama administration has continued a Bush administration policy which permits officers at U.S. borders to detain travelers' laptop computers and examine their contents even without suspecting the traveler of wrongdoing -- continue reading »

Honduran Massacre Linked to Drug Gangs

Honduran Massacre Linked to Drug Gangs

Honduras is reporting that at least 18 people were ambushed and killed at a shoe factory yesterday in the city of San Pedro Sula. At least four men burst into the factory and started firing assault rifles at the workers resulting in 18 young men between the ages of 17 an 24 being continue reading »

Hispanic Childhood Obesity Initiatives Given Large Financial Boost

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is pouring $2 million into an initiative that will bring together five civil rights organizations with the prominence and strength to help reverse childhood obesity, especially in African-American and Latino communities where the epidemic continues to hit hardest. continue reading »

Venezuela Getting ‘Connected’

Venezuela Getting ‘Connected’

The number of Internet subscribers in Venezuela soared 43.16 percent in Q2 2010 compared to Q2 2009, according to the state-run National Telecommunications Commission (Conatel). In its quarterly report, the Conatel said 2.4 million internet connections were registered in a population of almost 29 million. continue reading »

“Most of all, I love the people. “ Chicago Mayor Daley Announces his Retirement

“Most of all, I love the people. “ Chicago Mayor Daley Announces his Retirement

Chicago Mayor Daley announced today he would not be running for re-election. Daley has been mayor since 1989. The mayor made the announcement at a City Hall press conference. continue reading »