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FridayAugust 13, 2010

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Hispanics Make Honey Nut Cheerios #1

The US Hispanic Market is in large part responsible for making Honey Nut Cheerios the top selling cereal in America. Last year sales were a record 102 million units (not including Wal-Mart sales) according to research firm SymphonyIRI Group.

Honey Nut Cheerios really does contain honey, which is likely a large reason for its success. Research indicates Hispanics generally prefer sweeter products and the cholesterol fighting benefits of the cereal are a plus as well.

As the fastest growing demographic, the Hispanic market contributed to a sales increase of 65% over the past three years.

2. Cheerios
3. Post Honey Bunches of Oats
4. Kellogg Frosted Mini Wheats
5. Kellogg Frosted Flakes

Read more at Bloomberg Business Week →

Eco-Finance: U.S.-Brazil Swap Debt to Preserve Endangered Rainforest

The U.S. has agreed to take $21 million in Brazilian debt and convert it to conservation dollars to be used by the Brazilian government to protect the endangered rain forests and ecosystems.

The debt for nature swap, a new form of eco-finance, originated under the 1998 U.S. Tropical Forest Conservation Act.  The U.S. has swapped approximately $240 million of loans owed into conservation dollars to be used throughout the world, mostly in Latin America.

Brazil will use the $21 million over the next five years, to conserve the very endangered tropical ecosystems of Atlantic, Cerrado and Caatinga and improve the quality of life for indigenous people living in the area. These rainforest areas are under threat from severe deforestation.

Read more at Amazon Rain Forest News →

President Signs into Law Additional Funding for Border Security

UPDATE: One week after the Senate and House approved additional funding for border security, President Barack Obama signed the measure into law.  The Southwest Border bill makes $600 million available for additional border patrol agents and surveillance equipment.  Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano, was present for the signing; her department will be responsible for managing the funds and hiring 1,000 new border patrol agents.

  Late last night, the U.S. Senate approved additional funding to secure the U.S.-Mexico border and now the measure must pass the House of Representatives.  The $600 million Southwest Border bill will increase the Department of Homeland Security’s border security budget by 10%.

The funds will be used to hire additional border patrol agents, provide additional surveillance drones and to hire 500 customs and immigration personnel.  There will also be additional FBI, DEA and ATF agents deployed to the border with these funds.

Senator John McCain who co-sponsored the senate bill begrudgingly acknowledged this as a “significant step” toward securing the border.  He had initially suggested that along with the $600 million in funding the bill should allow for individuals caught crossing to be charged with a federal crime and put into jail for up to 6 months with second time offenders facing 20 years in prison.

The $600 million will not increase the ballooning deficit, according to the Senate, but will come from a higher tax on businesses importing foreign labor in the U.S.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Study Shows More than 20 Million people have More than One Social Security Linked to their Name

A recent study by ID Analytics, Inc. found that millions of Americans have more than one Social Security number, and millions of Social Security numbers have multiple users.

Out of the 280 million Social Security numbers the firm studied across its network of databases,

• More than 20 million people have more than one number associated with their name.
• More than 40 million numbers are associated with more than one person.
• More than 100,000 Americans have 5 or more numbers associated with their name.
• More than 27,000 Social Security numbers are associated with 10 or more people.

Some errors are due to bad memories or data input while others are a result of illegal immigration and other forms of identity fraud.

How are Social Security Numbers assigned?

The first three digits are determined by where you lived when you applied for the number (Not where you were born); 569-599 for example are issued to residents of Puerto Rico. The further west you lived when you applied the higher the number. There are no Social Security numbers in the 900-999 beginning series.

The middle two digits tell when the card was issued (not when one was born) there are no numbers with middle digits 00.

Lastly, the final four digits are assigned in numerical order.

Check out your number with this decoder.

Read more at id: analytics press release →

Cuba Celebra el 84º Cumpleaños de Castro con un Llamado a la Paz

Castro, que hoy cumple 84 años, llega a su aniversario repuesto de una grave crisis de salud que lo alejó del poder en 2006, y en su convalecencia se dedicó a estudiar y escribir artículos de prensa -unos 290 hasta ahora-, los últimos sobre la posible guerra contra Irán y Corea del Norte.

El ex presidente, que gobernó Cuba durante 48 años y que delegó el poder a su hermano Raúl, no asistía a las celebraciones oficiales de su aniversario desde hace cinco años.

“Con Fidel y por la paz” es el lema que agrupa conciertos, presentaciones de libros, realización de murales, foros con literatos, coros infantiles, con los que organizaciones juveniles buscan enviar un mensaje internacional que conjure el peligro de guerra, alertado por Castro, ante un posible ataque de Estados Unidos e Israel contra Irán.

Read more at Observador Global →

South Carolina Council Approves Measure Requiring Landlords to Check Immigration Status

This past Wednesday an ordinance was passed by Summerville’s City council that would require landlords and employers to verify the immigration status of renters and workers. The intent to pass this measure has proved to be a controversial issue. There has been little controversy over employers checking immigration status, but property managers are less than thrilled that they would have to demand proof of residency from renters, citing that there would be negative financial consequences.

If the law gets final approval next month it would be one of the most restrictive in the nation.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Arizona Rasmussen Poll:  67% Disagree with 14th Amendment

A recent Rasmussen Poll shows that while 28% of questioned Arizona residents agree that children born of undocumented immigrants should get citizenship, 67% disagree with the constitutional right.

The 14th amendment was passed in 1868 including a citizenship clause that provides for citizenship for all children born in the US unless they are children of diplomats or part of foreign army invading the US. The amendment begins “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.”

Several Republicans have recently called for the amendment to be reconsidered.  Passage of a new constitutional amendment would require the support of two-thirds in the House and Senate, plus the approval of the legislatures of three-quarters of the 50 states.  The US Supreme court affirmed the rights in the amendment when it ruled in 1989 in U.S. v. Wong Kim Ark that children born in the US to foreign parents are indeed citizens.

Most experts believe in today’s political environment a constitutional change is not likely to be accomplished.

Read more at Phoenix Business Journal →

EEUU: Solicitudes Subsidio por Desempleo Suben Nuevamente

Las solicitudes iniciales de subsidio de desempleo aumentaron en 2.000 a una tasa de 484.000 en la semana terminada el 7 de agosto, dijo el Departamento de Trabajo. Analistas esperaban que las solicitudes cayeran a 465.000.

Las nuevas solicitudes de beneficios por desempleo en Estados Unidos subieron inesperadamente la semana pasada a su mayor nivel en casi seis meses, en un nuevo reflejo de la debilidad del mercado laboral en medio de una anémica recuperación económica.

Las solicitudes iniciales de subsidio de desempleo aumentaron en 2.000 a una tasa de 484.000 en la semana terminada el 7 de agosto, dijo el jueves el Departamento de Trabajo.

Los analistas consultados por Reuters esperaban que las solicitudes cayeran a 465.000 desde una cifra reportada originalmente de 479.000 la semana previa.

Read more at Estrategia y Negocios →

Florida Proposes Enacting Similar SB 1070 Legislation

Florida is proposing to use “reasonable suspicion” to identify illegal immigrants thereby allowing law enforcement to ask for documentation in a new law proposed by the state’s Attorney General and Republican Gubernatorial candidate, Bill McCollum.  Florida state lawmakers had tried in July to introduce an immigration bill but were unsuccessful in garnering the necessary support.

If enacted the law would require everyone to carry valid documentation to prove they are in the country legally and would impose harsh prison sentences for individuals convicted of a crime and are here illegally, regardless of the crime.  This proposed law would now require police to check immigration status if there is reasonable suspicion someone is undocumented in the course of a routine stop.  Like Arizona’s SB 1070 law it is not clear what the standard for determining “reasonable suspicion” would be.  The law would also require employers to check immigration status of all their employees.

A Florida poll showed that 2 out of 3 Floridians support some type of strict state immigration law.  However, there is a very large Hispanic population in Florida close to 4 million people that might not be too happy with the proposed law.  In Arizona, where portions of SB 1070 were struck down by the federal court, the Hispanic population if half the size of Florida’s with 2 million Hispanics.

McCollum made a name for himself with his numerous attempts at a U.S. senate seat and when as Attorney General he filed suit to exclude Florida from enacting the national health care reform.

Read more at Telegraph U.K. →

Ecuador Rocked by Powerful Earthquake

Early yesterday, Ecuador was rocked by a 6.9-magnitude earthquake.  The quake was confined to the central region of the country, occurring 110 miles away from Quito, where tremors were felt. 

The epicenter was in the Amazonian province of Pastaza causing power outages but no casualties were reported.  The last time an earthquake of this magnitude was felt in this region was in 2007 when a 6.8 earthquake rocked the Peru-Ecuador border.

Read more at Earthquake USGS →

Worldwide Youth Unemployment Rate at All-Time High

The global youth unemployment rate is at a record high and is expected to climb even higher as the year progresses.  According to the International Labor Office (ILO) report, of the world’s 620 million economically active youth between the ages of 15 and 24, 81 million were out of work at the end of 2009, the highest number ever.  The youth unemployment rate climbed from 11.9 per cent in 2007 to 13 per cent in 2009.  This same demographic has the highest rate of unemployment in the U.S. at 26.1% versus 9.5% for the rest of the nation. 

Such trends, the report noted, will have “significant consequences for young people as upcoming cohorts of new entrants join the ranks of the already unemployed.”  ILO warned of a possible ‘lost generation’ of young people dropping out of the labour market, “having lost all hope of being able to work for a decent living.”

The new report found that unemployment, underemployment and discouragement can have a negative impact on young people in the long-term, compromising their future work prospects.  The cost of idleness among youth, it said, is that societies lost their investment in the education of young people, while governments receive fewer contributions to social security systems and must boost spending on remedial services.

Read more at International Labor Organization →

FridayAugust 13, 2010