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SaturdaySeptember 18, 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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Mexican Beer Corona Now One of the “Best Global Brands”

Interbrand has announced its list of 100 ‘Best Global Brands’ and there are few surprises, with Coca-Cola retaining its top spot as the number one ranked brand on the list.  This is the 11th year in a row Interbrand has published their list of 100 Best and its good news for luxury brands (think Cartier, Hermes, Tiffany) that all climbed up the charts but bad news for British Petroleum that completely fell off the list.  Technology brands were in the majority of top stops with IBM at #2, Microsoft #3 and Google #4. 

Mexican beer Corona is a new arrival to the list debuting at #85.  Grupo Modelo owns 5 beer brands with Corona being the most well known in the U.S.  Corona has been the leading beer brand in Mexico for many decades, but does not market itself to U.S. Hispanic’s exclusively.  Only 25 percent of its U.S. sales are by Hispanics. 

Interbrand looks at the way a brand identifies the company and how it delivers on customer expectations.  Key aspects that contribute to good brand value is the financial strength of that brand and how closely associated it is to the company’s prestige. 

Read more at Interbrand →

Mexico City Key to British Cardinal Becoming a Saint

The Archdiocese of Mexico City will investigate claims that a severely deformed baby was born in a perfectly normal condition after the child’s mother prayed to British Cardinal John Henry Newman for a miracle.  The Vatican and many British people are hoping the inexplicable healing may be the miracle needed to canonize Newman as Britain’s next saint.

Tomorrow, September 19th, the last day of Pope Benedict XVI controversial four-day visit to England and Scotland he will hold a huge open-air Mass beatifying (confirmed to be in heaven) Cardinal Newman.  Cardinal Newman was an Anglican theologian who became a Catholic after first founding the Oxford Movement to try to return the Church of England to its Catholic roots.  Cardinal Newman was eligible for beatification because one miracle was attributed to him in 2001 when someone was healed from a crippling spinal condition after praying to Newman; two are needed to become a saint. 

It is not clear why the papal investigation is opening in Mexico City and if that is the site of the medical records that need to be reviewed of the unnamed mother and child. 

Read more at Catholic News →

SATURDAY UPDATE:  Hurricane Karl Kills 2 in Mudslide

UPDATE: At least two people have been reported killed as Hurricane Karl caused flooding and mudslides in Mexico.  Karl, which caused widespread property damage as a hurricane in the port city of Veracruz, weakened to a tropical depression Friday night. It was dissipating over the mountains early Saturday, but still was expected to produce up to another 3 inches of rain in some areas, the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said.
Mexico’s Navy sent helicopters to rescue about 40 families trapped on a hill surrounded by floodwaters in the town of San Pancho, north of Veracruz city, said state Civil Protection Secretary Silvia Dominguez. South of the city, in Cotaxtla, houses were flooded up to their roofs and officials were hunting for seven members of two families feared washed away by a swollen river.
Veracruz state Gov. Fidel Herrera said some 16,000 people were forced to evacuate their homes as the storm roared through, downing trees, power lines and billboards and erasing beachfront huts.

Hurricane Karl landed in Mexico this afternoon north of Veracruz delivering torrential rains and fierce winds.  When it arrived in the country it was a Category 3 with maximum sustained winds of 110 mph and has now been classified as Category 2.  In its wake Karl has displaced 3,000 families and is expected to bring rainfall accumulations of 5 to 10 inches.  The Mexican government is also monitoring the oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico to see how they weather the high seas and winds.

ORIGINAL STORY: The Gulf of Mexico is preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Karl. Karl is currently a category 3 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 120 mph 70 miles east-northeast of Veracruz, Mexico and 165 miles east-southeast of Tuxpan. The National Hurricane Center in Miami expects Karl to move inward over Mexico Friday night into Saturday.

Forecasters said a dangerous storm surge, accompanied by large, destructive waves, will raise water levels by as much as 12-15 feet above normal tide levels along the coast where Karl was expected to make landfall.

Read more at AFP via Google →

Julia de Burgos, Celebrated Puerto Rican Poet, Honored on U.S. Stamp

Julia de Burgos, one of Puerto Rico’s most celebrated poets, was recognized by the Postal Service today on a 44-cent stamp at the Teatro Tapia, one of the oldest drama stage buildings in the U.S. An award-winning writer and journalist, Julia de Burgos takes her place among honorees in the Postal Service’s Literary Arts series and with 75 other Hispanic-themed stamps.

“Today, the Postal Service honors Julia de Burgos, a revolutionary writer, thinker, and activist,” said Jordan Small, Postal Service area vice president, Northeast Area, during the first-day-of-issue stamp ceremony. “Dr. de Burgos wrote more than 200 poems that probe issues of love, feminism, and political and personal freedom. Her groundbreaking works urged women, minorities and the poor to defy social conventions and find their own true selves.”

Joining Small to dedicate the stamp were Byankah Sobá, journalist and master of ceremonies; Jorge Santini-Padilla mayor of San Juan; and María Consuelo Sáez Burgos, niece of Julia de Burgos.

Julia Constanza Burgos García was born on Feb. 17, 1914, in the town of Carolina, Puerto Rico. The eldest of 13 children, de Burgos grew up along the Río Grande de Loíza. She later wrote, “My childhood was all a poem in the river, and a river in the poem of my first dreams.” Although her family’s limited means made attending college difficult, de Burgos persevered and graduated from the University of Puerto Rico in 1933 with a two-year teaching degree. For the next several years, she worked at a series of teaching and journalism jobs while also publishing poems in journals and newspapers.

De Burgos’ first collection, Exact Poems to Myself, consisted of poems she wrote in 1934 and 1935. One of the poems written during this early period also became her most famous, “Río Grande de Loíza,” a love song to the river of her childhood. In another poem, de Burgos rejected the social and behavioral restrictions placed on women, forcefully proclaiming, “I am life, strength, woman.” Other poems address political themes such as equality and social justice.

De Burgos left Puerto Rico in 1940 for New York City, then moved to Cuba, where she stayed until 1942. From 1944 to 1945, she served as an editor for Pueblos Hispanos, a New York-based newspaper that promoted many progressive social and political causes including Puerto Rican independence. In 1946, she received another literary award, this time for her essay, “To Be or Not To Be Is the Motto.”

A number of de Burgos’ poems describe the loneliness and isolation she experienced in New York City, highlighting for Puerto Ricans and other immigrants the importance of community and solidarity.

From 1946 until her death in New York City in 1953, de Burgos was plagued with health problems. Friends and family ensured her final resting place was her beloved Carolina, Puerto Rico.

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Karl Golpea a Puebla y Deja dos Muertos

El gobierno del estado bajó de roja a “ambar” la alerta por el huracán Karl, al considerar que los remanentes de este fenómeno sólo ocasionarán lluvias ligeras a moderadas en el transcurso de este sábado. “Ha pasado el peligro ha pasado el riesgo (…) Nos salió barato”, sostuvo el secretario de Gobernación (Segob) Valentín Meneses, quien sin embargo pidió a los poblanos abstenerse de viajar por los graves daños al sistema carretero.

Las autoridades reportaron como saldo varios poblados incomunicados por bloqueos y deslaven mayores en 5 vías de comunicación y un número indefinido pero sí importante de derrumbes en caminos alimentadores y vecinales en al menos 113 municipios, principalmente de las Sierras Norte y Negra.

Una niña de 2 años de edad y una mujer de 61 años de edad, ambas indígenas, murieron bajo los escombros de su casa tras caer sobre ésta un alud de piedra y lodo en la comunidad de Nexticapan, perteneciente al municipio de Zacapoaxtla.

Read more at Milenio online →

Take Advantage of HIRE Tax Credits

A targeted measure to boost the economy is the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment, or HIRE, Act of 2010. In his state of the union address, President Obama called on Congress to create a tax incentive to encourage private sector employers to increase their payrolls. Congress responded with the HIRE Act, which exempts private employers from paying the employer portion of Social Security payroll taxes for newly hired workers who have been unemployed for 60 days or longer. As an added incentive, employers can receive up to an additional $1,000 tax credit for each of the newly hired workers they retain for 52 weeks.

Analysis suggests that the HIRE Act is working. According to recent data, employers hired some 6.9 million unemployed workers who are eligible for HIRE Act tax relief through July. Moreover, preliminary evidence suggests that employers have already claimed tax credits for about one in every four eligible workers hired. This reduces the payroll tax payments employers send to the federal government, leaving them with more money to expand their businesses.

The HIRE Act expires at the end of this year, so employers have a stronger incentive to increase their hiring sooner rather than later.

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Number of World Hungry Dips Below 1 Billion

The UN announced in a new report that 925 million people will suffer chronic hunger, down nearly 100 million from 1.02 billion in 2009.  Additionally, recent increases in food prices, if they persist, could further impede efforts to curb the number of hungry people in the world.

At the World Food Summit in 1996, the quantitative target of halving the number of hungry people was set for the first time, from 800 million in 1990-92 to some 400 million by 2015. For this target to be met, the number of hungry will have to be cut by 500 million in the next five years.  This year’s hunger figure marked a nearly10 per cent decline from the 2009 level, with the reduction concentrated in Asia, where 80 million fewer people are estimated to be going hungry this year.  In sub-Saharan Africa, the drop was much lower at 12 million, with one out of every three people in the region still undernourished.

Among its findings will be that two thirds of the world’s hungry live in just seven countries: Bangladesh, China, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, India, Indonesia and Pakistan.

Read more by HS News Staff →

SaturdaySeptember 18, 2010