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MondaySeptember 13, 2010

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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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Half a Million Cubans to be Laid Off by Government

The Cuban government announced today that it would lay off 500,000 people over the next six months at the same time it allows more private sector jobs to be created.  This announcement is in keeping with President Raul Castro’s austerity plan to shed one-fifth of all government employees or one million jobs.  With the government controlling over 90 percent of the economy a move to private sector employment is untested and it is unknown how many private sector jobs will be allowed.  It is hoped those jobs will pay more than the average state wage of $20 a month.

Read more at CNN →

A Tale of Two World Cup Business Rivals

The 2010 South Africa World Cup introduced a new era for marketing from a few of the mega-sports brands.  With most consumers watching the games on multiple platforms, commenting in “real time” with other fans, while simultaneously picking up background details from content sites, new opportunities presented themselves and   the traditional sponsorship model has been revisited.

Adidas went the traditional route and chose to be an official sponsor in the last World Cup.  With this status come the rights to commercialize the official tournament ball, and to have their name in the field boards of all the games. Adidas also sponsored several teams and individual athletes who wore their merchandise and acquired image rights for TV and digital media productions. Adidas capitalized on the exposure to introduce new products and move the audience over to their brands digital platforms.

Nike tried something new; they were not official sponsors of the World Cup. They did sponsor several teams and individual players and chose to promote themselves by content generation.  Not an official sponsor, they took on the role of ambush marketer with their bright orange shoes making it into much of the game coverage. Nike also put their energies behind engaging the consumers of the games electronically. Consumers were encouraged to edit a video and compete with them on various social networks.  The video program garnered 20 million hits over 30 days.

Harvard Business Review reports both brands achieved about 1.7 billion in revenues from the World Cup but Nike was victorious on the digital front with twice the digital interaction. The jury is still out on the long terms gains produced, but Nike certainly comes out ahead for generating unique ways of promoting their content.

Read more at Poder360 →

En Vigor la Restricción en las Operaciones con Dólares

Con mil 196 empresas bajo la figura de corresponsales cambiarios, este lunes entran en vigor las medidas que limitan las operaciones de dólares en efectivo, correspondientes a las personas morales.

Con base en las disposiciones emitidas el 21 de junio pasado por la Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito Público (SHCP), las personas morales sólo podrán vender a los bancos hasta siete mil dólares en efectivo mensuales.

Sin embargo, en el caso de los comercios que actúan como corresponsales cambiarios, a nombre y por cuenta de un banco, podrán seguir operando con la banca sin la limitante de los siete mil dólares, aclaró el presidente ejecutivo de la Asociación de Bancos de México (ABM), Luis Robles Miaja.  De acuerdo con Hacienda estos corresponsales cambiarios, entre los que hay personas físicas con actividad empresarial, se ubican en la zona de la franja fronteriza norte, Baja California, Baja California Sur y en otras zonas donde se justifica un flujo importante de dólares en efectivo.

La ABM detalló que entre estas unidades económicas se encuentran Micro, Pequeñas y Medianas Empresas (Mipymes) con actividades en diversos giros comerciales y de servicios, como farmacéutica, transporte, gasolineras, departamentales, autoservicios, supermercados, hotelería y restaurantes, entre otros.  Robles Miaja aclaró que los clientes de estas empresas que fungirán como corresponsales cambiarios no están exentos de la limitante por operación de 100 dólares en el caso de compra de bienes y servicios, y de mil 500 dólares al mes por persona en el caso de servicios para huéspedes en hoteles.

La banca también habilitó 10 por ciento más de sus ventanillas para atender cuentahabientes y usuarios de los servicios financieros que realicen operaciones con dólares en efectivo, de acuerdo con los límites establecidos.

Read more at Excelsior de Mexico →

Mexican-Americans More Likely to Suffer Second Stroke

Mexican-American stroke survivors with a heart rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation are more than twice as likely to suffer a second stroke compared to white patients, a new study finds.

It also found that even though these strokes are more likely to be severe among Mexican-Americans, they don’t have a greater risk of death after a second stroke.

In people with atrial fibrillation, the heart’s upper chambers (atria) beat irregularly and don’t pump blood effectively. This can cause blood to pool within the atria, which can lead to the formation of blood clots that can break off and travel to the brain, causing a stroke.

This study included 88 Mexican-Americans and 148 white stroke survivors with atrial fibrillation. Compared to the white patients, the Mexican-American stroke survivors were younger, less likely to have completed 12 years of education, more likely to have diabetes, and less likely to have a primary care physician.  Over a median follow-up of 427.5 days, 19 Mexican-Americans and 14 whites had at least one recurrent stroke. All but one of those cases involved an ischemic stroke, which is caused by blocked blood flow to the brain. One Mexican-American patient suffered a hemorrhagic stroke, which is bleeding in the brain.  The study appears in the current issue of the journal Stroke.

“Based on some of our prior research, we were not necessarily surprised by the higher recurrence rate in Mexican-Americans with atrial fibrillation, but the greater severity of recurrent strokes in Mexican-Americans was surprising,” co-author Dr. Darin B. Zahuranec, an assistant professor of neurology at the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Research Center in Ann Arbor, said in an American Heart Association news release.

One reason for the difference in stroke rates could be that Mexican-Americans may not have managed the blood-thinning drug warfarin—often used to prevent stroke—in the most optimal way, Zahuranec said. He and his colleagues did not evaluate outpatient use of warfarin, which might have contributed to the increased risk of stroke in Mexican-Americans.

Read more at National Institutes of Health →

Urueña: First BookTown in Spain

Urueña has become a popular destination for book lovers so much so it has become the first booktown in Spain.  The town has a reported 213 inhabitants and is set amid spectacular scenery in the Castile and Leon region.  It has been deemed one of the 30 most beautiful villages of Spain.

Urueña is now a proud member of the exclusive IOB club, the International Organization of Booktowns. A Book Town is a small rural town or village in which second-hand and antiquarian bookshops are concentrated. Most Book Towns have developed in villages of historic interest or of scenic beauty.  Currently all booktowns are in Europe.

The Book Town concept was initiated by Richard Booth in Hay-on-Wye, Wales, U.K.  It offers an exemplary model of sustainable rural development and tourism. It is one of the most successful new tourism developments and is being followed in many countries.

Read more by HS News Staff →

There’s A Lot of Bad News Out There Today So Relax and Draw (VIDEO)

It if you always thought of drawing as a form of relaxation why don’t you start by looking at someone draw in the new viral way - on video.  Enjoy.

Mexican Mustache from applepiez11 on Vimeo.

Read more by HS News Staff →

The Americas Deemed Most Dangerous Region for Journalists

There have been a total of 52 journalists killed thus far throughout the world, 20 of those deaths occurring in the Americas.  The International Press Institute (IPI) at its annual conference reported the grim statistics indicating that 2010 will probably result in the same number of murdered journalists as 2009: 110.

Mexico was deemed the most dangerous country for journalists with 10 killed since the beginning of the year.  Another 10 were killed throughout Central and South America, making it’s the deadliest region for working journalists.

Read more at Top News →

Costa Rica Finds Out What Everyone Knows:  Spencer Pratt is a Stupido

Spencer Pratt, the translucent skinned slightly better half of Heidi and Spencer known also as “Speidi” has been located in Costa Rica.  The reality TV loser and F-lister formerly of The Hills television show, was in the country according to his statement “As part of my spiritual cleansing I’ve spent the last week living alone in the jungle, reflecting on my past transgressions, and working to become a better person.” HS News is not sure if he is a better person but we do know that he remains a stupido. 

Media outlets are reporting that Costa Rican government officials charged him with felony gun possession over the weekend as he tried to board a plane with a gun.  We assume he was getting some badly needed sun but why he was packing a piece is not known – his supporters claim he was hunting.  We didn’t know he had supporters but assume he was hunting his long lost fame and you don’t need a gun for that.  Unfortunately for all Mr. Pratt did not encounter the 18 different kinds of poisonous snakes living in the jungles of Costa Rica, though none are deadly some stun you silent.

Costa Rican officials showing their smarts cited and released him almost immediately not wanting Heidi to show up and sent him packing back to the States.  ¡Por Favor! We don’t want him. 

Read more by HS News Staff →

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner Comments on Hispanics and the Economy

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner addressed the Congressional Hispanic Caucus today and spoke about the economy and its effect on Latinos.

Geithner did not shy away from addressing the high unemployment rate amongst Hispanics, currently at 12% versus the national average of 9.5%.  To address this issue he asked the congressional caucus for support of the Small Business Jobs Bill that will cut taxes and make loans available to small businesses thus resulting in job creation.  Hispanic ownership of small businesses is the fastest growing segment and Hispanics are more likely to hire other Hispanics in their business, according to Geithner.

Geithner did not address any elements of immigration reform and whether that would be an economic boom or bust to the economy.  However, he did not leave the dais without highlighting the benefits of President Barrack Obama’s economic policies on Latinos.

He identified financial reform, passed earlier this year, as critical to the financial prosperity of Hispanic families labeling it a “Major Victory for Latino Families.”  Geithner highlighted a little known aspect of financial reform, the creation of a federal watchdog commission regulating firms providing remittance services.  Noting that many Hispanic families send remittances to relatives in their native country of country’s where other family members reside. 

Read more at U.S. Department of the Treasury →

Hispanic Caucus to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with President and First Lady

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) announced today that President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will participate in CHCIs 2010 Hispanic Heritage Month festivities in Washington D.C.

First Lady Michelle Obama will address the Morning Plenary—Americas Promise: The Impact of Healthcare Reform at CHCIs 2010 Public Policy Conference on Tuesday, September 14, 2010 from 9:00 to 10:45 am at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. She will deliver remarks about the Lets Move! initiative and its goal of solving the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation.  President Barack Obama, joined by the First Lady, will address more than 3,000 guests at CHCIs 33rd Annual Awards Gala on Wednesday, September 15, 2010, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, scheduled to begin at 7:00 pm.

Chair Nydia Velazquez will present the 2010 CHCI Chairs Award to In the Heights Broadway composer and Tony-winning songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda. The 2010 Medallion of Excellence for Leadership and Community Service Awards will be presented to actress Eva Longoria Parker and jazz legend Arturo Sandoval, in recognition of their contributions to the Latino community.  Grammy-nominated percussionist Sheila E. will headline Gala entertainment. Latin pop sensation Irving “PeeWee” Salinas will open the show and sing the national anthem. CHCIs 2009 Medallion awardee and CNN special correspondent Soledad OBrien will celebrity host the evenings events.

CHCIs Hispanic Heritage Month theme, Celebrating History, Heritage, and the American Dream, commemorates the 200th anniversary of independence for many Central and South American countries and the 400th anniversary of the founding of Santa Fe in 1610. The contributions, struggles, challenges, and successes of the Latino community across the nation will be highlighted throughout the week.

Read more at Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute →

Aumenta Gasto Promedio de Turistas Internacionales en México

El gasto promedio de los turistas internacionales que llegaron a México durante julio “fue de 427 dólares”, cifra casi 12 por ciento superior a la del mismo mes del año pasado, informó la Secretaría de Turismo (Sectur).

La dependencia federal detalló además que los turistas de internación gastaron en promedio 677.5 dólares, cantidad 4.9 por ciento mayor a la de julio de 2009, resultando en una derrama económica de 831 millones de dólares.

De acuerdo con la Sectur, la captación de divisas fue 24.1 por ciento superior a la de julio del año pasado, lo que revela que el país mantiene dinamismo en el sector.  “Esta secretaría destaca que en julio, la derrama económica por actividad turística total reporta un incremento de 14.1 por ciento con respecto al mismo mes del año pasado”, indicó en un comunicado.

Por otra parte, el monto captado de enero a julio es de siete mil 512 millones de dólares como derrama de la actividad turística, lo cual significa un crecimiento de 8.1 por ciento respecto a los primeros siete meses de 2009.  Durante julio, los turistas de crucero dejaron una derrama de 35 millones de dólares, lo cual significa un crecimiento de 6.1 por ciento respecto al mismo mes del año anterior.

Read more at Excelsior →

‘El Grande’ Mexican Key Drug Lord Captured

Mexican authorities are announcing the capture of one of the country’s most wanted drug lords, Sergio Villarreal Barragan, also known as El Grande.  Barragan was arrested after a raid in Puebla, Mexcio, 30 marines were involved in the capture. 

El Grande is one of the alleged leader of the Beltran Leyva cartel operating out of most of Mexico including Mexico City.  There was a $2 million reward.  This key capture comes in the heals of the capture of Edgar Valdez Villarreal, known ‘La Barbie.’  The administration of President Felipe Calderon have captured four key cartel leaders this year and many other junior associates.

Read more at Guardian UK →

Sorry Mr. Castro,” “The Cuban model doesn’t even work for us anymore” Means Just That

Jeffry Goldberg from the Atlantic magazine stands behind his version of the interview he had with Fidel Castro.

“Fidel Castro is claiming that I misunderstood his statement, ‘The Cuban model doesn’t even work for us anymore’. In a speech at the University of Havana that was then broadcast on Cuban TV, Castro said he meant “exactly the opposite” of what was understood by Jeffrey Goldberg, who was interviewing him for The Atlantic…

On Friday, Castro said he was correctly quoted, but that, “in reality, my answer meant exactly the opposite of what both American journalists interpreted regarding the Cuban model. My idea, as the whole world knows, is that the capitalist system no longer works for the United States or the world,” he said. “How could such a system work for a socialist country like Cuba?”

Fidel says that his answer meant “exactly the opposite”. Goldberg theorizes,” Just as a language experiment, here is what the opposite of his statement would sound like: ‘The Cuban model works so well for us that we want to export it.” But he didn’t say this. What he said was—well, you’ve read what he said. I’m not sure how this statement—accurately quoted, according to Fidel—could mean anything other than what it means”.

Read more at Merco Press →

Have a Taco, Register to Vote

At the North Carolina State Fair grounds this weekend, organizers took advantage of the La Fiesta del Pueblo to register voters for the upcoming elections.

“We believe that one of the best ways to strengthen a community is to give them a political voice,” said Pablo Escobar, who is a board member for the Raleigh-based nonprofit El Pueblo advocacy group.

In its 17th year, this year’s festival saw more candidates and political booths than usual. As is the national trend, the Hispanic vote is important for the candidates to win the election.

North Carolina is expecting close races in many congressional districts and there is a very active debate in the state over SB 1070 which would require immigrants to carry their documents at al times and require police to question people they suspect many be in the country illegally.

Read more at The News Observer →

MondaySeptember 13, 2010