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SaturdayAugust 28, 2010

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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Farewell “El Show de Cristina”

The Univision network announced this week it will be ending the long and successful run of Cristina Saralegui ‘s talk show on November 1.

“It is bittersweet to announce the end of what has been a very rewarding experience, but after many wonderful years, now is the perfect time to retire the show and move on to the next exciting phase of my career,” Saralegui said in a statement.

El show de Cristina is estimated to have over 100 million viewers worldwide. Cristina will continue to host specials on Univision, the largest Spanish-language network in the US.

Born in Cuba, Cristina was the first television talk show personality to receive a star on the Hollywood walk o f fame. Christina has been listed in “The Top 100 Influential Hispanic People in the U.S.” and received numerous other awards.

Read more at The Washington Post →

50 Best Companies for Latinas to Work for in U.S.

LATINA Style Magazine announced the LATINA Style 50 Report for 2010. Now in its 13th year, this annual report sets the standard for identifying corporations that are providing the best career opportunities for Latinas in the U.S. The LATINA Style 50 Report is the most respected evaluation of corporate Americas career advancement opportunities for Latinas. This year, more than 800 of the most prominent corporations in the United States were included in the extensive search.

Companies responding to LATINA Styles questionnaire are evaluated based on issues that LATINA Style readers identified as most important to them in the workplace. Among the principal areas of evaluation are: number of Latina executives, mentoring programs, Latina board members, educational opportunities, alternative work policies, dependent/child care support, employee benefits, women’s issues, job retraining, affinity groups and Hispanic relations. Evaluations for the 2010 annual report were based on 2009 data.

“Latinas climb to the upper echelons of the corporate ladder has been severely impaired by the harsh economic conditions in todays market. Their lack of seniority has put them at a disproportionate disadvantage in the implementation of retention efforts,” says Robert E. Bard, President and CEO of LATINA Style, Inc. “We commend the companies that despite the economic and market pressures have made significant efforts to maintain or even increase Latina representation in their upper ranks. We have gone to great lengths to provide a reliable resource for Latinas to evaluate companies, and after a year of research, we firmly believe that the 2010 LATINA Style 50 truly represents some of the best opportunities corporate America has to offer.”

Marriott International, Inc. garnered the top spot followed by Prudential Financial with McDonalds USA rounding out the #10 spot.  For a complete list of winner visit LATINA Style Magazine. 

Read more at Latina Style Magazine →

Continuarán Lluvias en Gran Parte del Territorio Nacional

La onda tropical número 25, localizada al oriente del Istmo de Tehuantepec y la afluencia de humedad de los océanos Atlántico y Pacífico, originará en las entidades del oriente, sur, sureste y Península de Yucatán, cielo medio nublado a nublado con lluvias moderadas a intensas con tormentas eléctricas y granizo.

México.- La circulación de la tormenta tropical Frank, así como el paso de la onda tropical número 25 y un sistema de baja presión en el Pacífico sur mantendrán el potencial de lluvias fuertes a intensas en el sur y sureste, así como precipitaciones sobre gran parte del país, informó el Servicio Meteorológico Nacional.

Detalló que en el occidente y noroeste del territorio nacional dominará cielo medio nublado a nublado con lluvias moderadas a fuertes, por la afluencia de humedad del Océano Pacífico y a la circulación de la tormenta tropical Frank que se encuentra a 365 kilómetros al suroeste de Cabo San Luchas, Baja California Sur y a 250 kilómetros al noroeste de Isla Socorro, en Colima.

La onda tropical número 25, localizada al oriente del Istmo de Tehuantepec y la afluencia de humedad de los océanos Atlántico y Pacífico, originará en las entidades del oriente, sur, sureste y Península de Yucatán, cielo medio nublado a nublado con lluvias moderadas a intensas con tormentas eléctricas y granizo.  Mientras que en el centro de la República Mexicana se espera cielo medio nublado con precipitaciones moderadas a fuertes, además potencial de tormenta eléctrica y granizo, condiciones generadas por una línea de convergencia en dicha región.

En el norte y noreste de México dominará cielo despejado a medio nublado con lluvia moderada, condiciones asociadas a una línea de convergencia sobre la Mesa del Norte y a una zona de inestabilidad generada por una línea de vaguada extendida frente a las costas de Tamaulipas y Veracruz.  En su pronóstico del tiempo por regiones, señaló que en el Pacífico Norte se espera cielo despejado a medio nublado, probabilidad de lluvia mayor a 80 por ciento, temperaturas cálidas a extremadamente calurosas y viento de dirección variable de 25 a 40 kilómetros por hora con rachas.

Read more at Noticias de Oaxaca →

The Immigration Debate: A Humorous look back at History VIDEO

The immigration debate blows up when the Pilgrims protest limitations to their rights in America.

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Stories of the Massacre Include Kidnapping, Ransom and Broken Dreams

The 72 young migrants met their deaths together only 100 miles (160 kilometers) from the US Border. In Mexico’s worst drug cartel massacre, the painful task of identifying the bodies, found tied up, blindfolded and lying in a row is underway.

The lone survivor, 18-year-old Luis Freddy Lala Pomavilla of Ecuador is recovering under heavy guard at the hospital from a gunshot wound in his neck. He told authorities that the group was walking along a road in the northern state of Tamaulopas in the homestretch up Mexico’s east coast to reach Texas. More than 10 gunmen jumped out of 5 cars and identified themselves as Zetas.  They tied up the migrants and took them to the ranch where they demanded the migrant’s work for the gang. When most of them refused, they were blindfolded, ordered to lie down and shot.

Investigators have only been able to identify 31 of the immigrants, those who had documents on them, the balance are having DNA collected but many will be impossible to identify.

They have identified: 14 Hondurans, 12 Salvadorans, four Guatemalans and one Brazilian.

Freddy Lala paid $15,000 to the smuggler who promised to guide him from Ecuador to his parents in the US.

Among those dead were there Guatemalan relatives, a 17 year old boy and his two brother-in-laws in their 20’s. The young men come from a small farming village Agua Caliente, and wanted to come to the US to make enough money to come back to Guatemala and replace their Adobe home with a more modern structure, the kind others with family in the US had. All three families received a call on August 16th demanding a 1000 ransom each. None could afford to pay.

Mexican Immigration Agents have rescued 2,750 migrants this year. In Tamaulipas alone, they have rescued 812 migrants kidnapped by drug gangs who tried to force them into drug trafficking.

Read more at AP →

Groundbreaking Mobile Phone Technology to Help Women’s Health in Peru

In a ground-breaking effort to use cell phone technology to improve access to healthcare, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Cayetano Heredia University of Peru (UPCH) and Movistar have launched a pilot project that will benefit low-income pregnant women in Peru.  The partnership will start by expanding prenatal care to 5,000 low-income women in Callao, Peru.

The project, known as “Wawanet,” will use text messaging via mobile telephones to enhance the health of mothers and infants by enabling them to receive customized advice on nutrition and potential problems during pregnancy. In addition, the project, with support from the IDB’s Division of Science and Technology, aspires to integrate a system of clinical histories through mobile technology, seeking to improve information systems that serve mothers and infants.

The project is headed by Dr. Walter H. Curioso, a physician and investigative professor at UPCH, and Dr. Patricia García, a physician and professor at the Faculty for Public Health in UPCH.  Curioso said that this project seeks to develop a solution to the problems of maternal mortality in Peru, emphasizing that an improvement in the health of mothers and infants would also contribute to Peru’s attainment of the Millennium Development Goals.

Read more at Inter-American Development Bank →

U.S. and Mexico Announce New Consulate Office in Texas

Port Director Michael Freeman along with Consul de Mexico Rodolfo Quilantan Arenas announced the opening of a satellite Mexico Consulate office at the Brownsville port of entry’s Gateway International Bridge passport processing lobby. This office will be staffed by personnel from the Mexican Consulate office in Brownsville, Texas. Travelers needing assistance from the Mexico Consulate’s office will have easy access to a representative from the Mexican government.

This satellite office will help those legitimate travelers that have questions or require assistance from the Mexican consulate.  Port Director Michael Freeman, Consul de Mexico Rodolfo Quilantan Arenas, members of the Brownsville chamber of commerce and representatives from the local business community held a ceremonial ribbon cutting and open house at the newly opened Mexico satellite consulate office.

“Providing an area within our port of entry to the government of Mexico is part of CBP’s ongoing commitment to working with our counterparts in Mexico. This satellite office will assist Mexican citizens using the Brownsville port of entry with easy access to representatives from the Mexican Consulate,” said Michael Freeman, CBP port director, Brownsville, Texas.

Read more at U.S. Customs & Border Protection →

UPDATE: Supreme Court lifts Ban on Political Satire

UPDATE: The Supreme Court of Brazil has made a decision that the 1997 law prohibiting political ribbing is unconstitutional. The Judge further clarified that this restriction was only intended for periods when the electoral process is in crisis. The ruling comes just in time for the comics to prepare for the upcoming elections in October.

Brazilian Comedians March for “right -to -ridicule”
Several hundred people marched along Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana beach protesting the “anti-ribbing” ban in anticipation of the Oct 3 elections. “This is a joke—and it’s not in the slightest bit funny,” said Fabio Porchat, a stand-up comedian who helped organize the protest. “First we can’t laugh at politicians, but from here it’s going to grow—by 2015 we won’t even be able to talk about the government.”

The Supreme Electoral Tribunal in 2009 approved an amendment to the electoral law that outlaws ”any use of audio or video that in any way degrades or ridicules candidates (or) political parties.”

The new amendment became effective in July with fines up to 100,000 Reais ($57,000 USD) for offenders with twice that much for repeat violations.

“This is a country that wants to be considered a mature democracy and then it comes out with something like this—it’s completely ridiculous,” said Danilo Gentili, a reporter for the comic news program CQC, known for aggressive and mocking interviews of high-profile politicians.

Read more at Merco Press →

SaturdayAugust 28, 2010