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Dominican Organizations March In Protest of Proposed Tax Hikes

Dominican Organizations March In Protest of Proposed Tax Hikes

Grassroots organizations protested here Friday against the Dominican government's proposal to raise taxes. Representatives of the groups gathered in front of Congress to denounce P continue reading »

Enough is Enough: Wealthy Dominican Inmates No Longer Allowed Special Amenities

Enough is Enough: Wealthy Dominican Inmates No Longer Allowed Special Amenities

A long-standing tradition of allowing inmates in Dominican prisons to purchase special amenities has come to an end. Prior to Friday, wealthy inmates had been able to purchase air conditio continue reading »

Latino Groups Call Out Kennedy Center’s Neglect to Honor Latino Artists

Latino Groups Call Out Kennedy Center’s Neglect to Honor Latino Artists

In letters to Kennedy Center executives, Caroline Kennedy, President Obama, and members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts (NHFA) and the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA) are calling for major changes in the process by which Kennedy Center Honorees are selected and asking why there is a constant pattern of exclusion of Latinos. The groups' demands follow the recent announcement of the 2012 Honorees, none of whom are Latino artists. continue reading »

INFOGRAPHIC: Pollution in Latin America

INFOGRAPHIC: Pollution in Latin America

Globally, outdoor urban air pollution kills 2 million people annually and indoor air pollution causes 2 million premature deaths. In Latin America, 100 million people in are exposed to levels of air pollution that exceed the recommended standards. With these rates it is important to look at the health and environmental issues connected to pollution. HS-News takes a look at which countries are culprits and which are taking strides towards environmental protection. continue reading »

Immigration Rates Decrease, Proportion of Latinos Among Immigrants Drops in 2011

Immigration Rates Decrease, Proportion of Latinos Among Immigrants Drops in 2011

Immigration to the United States last year had its smallest increase in a decade, and the proportion of Latin Americans among immigrants fell, according to calculations published Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. continue reading »

Today’s Latin Americans Living 45 Years Longer than Those in 1900

Today’s Latin Americans Living 45 Years Longer than Those in 1900

The average life expectancy in Latin America has risen from 29 years in 1900 to 74 years in 2010, according to a study presented by the Pan American Health Organization, or PAHO. continue reading »

Border Patrol Seizes 2,000 Pounds of Coke Worth $22 Million on Tuna Beach in Puerto Rico

Border Patrol Seizes 2,000 Pounds of Coke Worth $22 Million on Tuna Beach in Puerto Rico

Four individuals landing a boat in the southern coast of Puerto Rico were caught and arrested by Customs and Border Protection's U.S. Border Patrol agents and the Puerto Rico Police Department continue reading »

From an Orphanage to the Runway: Dominican Model Takes Fashion by Storm

From an Orphanage to the Runway: Dominican Model Takes Fashion by Storm

At just 13 years old, Fior Mendez was left at the Orfanato Niños de Cristo in La Romana in the Dominican Republic. Nine years later, she was stomping the runway at New York Fashion Week. continue reading »

President Obama Denies Neglecting Latin America During First Term

President Obama Denies Neglecting Latin America During First Term

U.S. President Barack Obama denied Thursday - contrary to what many of his critics contend - that he has neglected Latin America and said that his administration has been "very aggressive" in trying to broaden relations with the region. continue reading »

INFOGRAPHIC: Economic Competitiveness in Latin America

INFOGRAPHIC: Economic Competitiveness in Latin America

The 2012-2013 Global Competitiveness Index (GCI) covers 144 major and emerging economies. The report assesses the ability of countries to provide high levels of prosperity to their citizens. Scoring a variety of indicators out of a possible 7 points, below is a sampling of where LatAm ranked globally. continue reading »

Dominican Republic Tells Miss Universe “No Dinero” to Host This Year’s Pageant

Dominican Republic Tells Miss Universe “No Dinero” to Host This Year’s Pageant

The 2012 Miss Universe pageant that is scheduled to be hosted by the Dominican Republic in December, could be in jeopardy since the government informed officials it did not have the required funds to contribute. continue reading »

Former President Carter Calls For Greater U.S.-LatAm Relations

Former President Carter Calls For Greater U.S.-LatAm Relations

As the XVI Annual CAF Conference came to a close, former U.S. president Jimmy Carter called for stronger relations between the U.S. and Latin America, and regretted that the U.S. "is not doing enough as a major country to bring peace and harmony, trade and commerce, and understanding and basic human rights to the people in Latin America." continue reading »

U.S. Coast Guard, Dominican Navy Seize 3,300 Pounds of Cocaine

U.S. Coast Guard, Dominican Navy Seize 3,300 Pounds of Cocaine

The U.S. Coast Guard and the Dominican navy confiscated 1,498 kilos (3,300 pounds) of cocaine after smugglers tossed the haul overboard in Caribbean waters. continue reading »

Oscar de la Renta’s Career Honored By Fashion World in NY

Oscar de la Renta’s Career Honored By Fashion World in NY

The career of Dominican designer Oscar de la Renta was recognized Wednesday by the Couture Council at an event to kick off New York's Fashion Week. continue reading »

Two Men Lynched in Dominican Republic Over Stolen Cell Phones

Two Men Lynched in Dominican Republic Over Stolen Cell Phones

Two male residents in Santiago, Dominican Republic were reportedly lynched for stealing three cell phones and RD $10,000 ($250 USD). continue reading »