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SaturdayOctober 9, 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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NCLR to Host First-Ever Latino Focused Workforce Development Conference

NCLR (National Council of La Raza), the largest national Latino civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States, will hold its 2010 Workforce Development Conference—“¡Listo! Preparing Latino Workers for the New Economy”—on Wednesday, October 13 and Thursday, October 14 in Chicago, Illinois. This two-day conference will convene business leaders, advocates, and policymakers to discuss the barriers limiting Latino workers’ career mobility and focus on effective programs and policies that will help Latino workers succeed in today’s labor market.

“Representing 14.2% of the workforce, Latinos are the fastest-growing segment of the United States workforce and will play a crucial role in getting America’s economy back on its feet,” said Simon Lopez, Senior Director of Workforce and Leadership Development. “Through a network of community-based Affiliates, business partners, community colleges, and local and state governments, NCLR is making great strides toward identifying challenges that Latinos face in the workforce and building programs that bridge Latino workers’ education and skill gaps to prepare them for lifelong career advancement.”

Jane Oates, Assistant Secretary of Employment and Training, Department of Labor, will deliver the keynote address on Wednesday. Highlights also include workshops following five tracks: Career Pathways Strategies, Serving Vulnerable Workers, Youth Workforce Development, Strategic Partnerships, and Local, State, and Federal Policy Solutions. NCLR will also release a new report during the conference titled Learning In Context: Preparing Latino Workers for Careers and Continuing Education,which explores the impact of integrated training programs on low-skill and limited-English-proficient participants.

To learn more about the 2010 Workforce Development Conference, click here. 

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Largest Hispanic Owned Food Company Goya Foods Celebrates its 75th Year in Business

Goya Foods, an institution among Latin Americans, is poised to launch several initiatives to commemorate its 75th Anniversary throughout 2011. Founded by Spanish immigrants in 1936 as a modest storefront in lower Manhattan, Goya has earned the distinction of being the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the U.S. To date, the company has expanded operations to 15 facilities throughout the country, the Caribbean and Europe, employs nearly 3,500 and distributes over 1,600 authentic Latin American food products.

The milestone celebration is marked with the implementation of a new corporate. The commemorative logo will be implemented in many of the company’s internal and external communications throughout the year. Goya will then host a series of events that will outline planned activities for 2011, which includes Goya’s signature recipe books featuring dishes from the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America and will be expanded to include Spain and Latin Fusion fare as well. The books will be published as a commemorative 75th Anniversary edition.

Also, in keeping with Goya’s long-held tradition of serving its community, the company will make public a series of both corporate and community initiatives that will include a nationwide food donation.

Since its inception, Goya Foods has been providing a “taste of home” to Latin American consumers throughout the country, making the brand synonymous with the Hispanic community. Today, Goya products are enjoyed by Latinos everywhere as well as non-Latinos who seek to expand their palates. “We look forward to sharing this important milestone in our company’s history with our family, La Gran Familia Goya, which consist of our employees, our consumers, our clients, and our communities. We recognize the significant role they continue to play in the success and growth of our company,” stated Robert Unanue, President of Goya Foods.

Read more at Goya Foods →

Dignity, Not Detention: Preserving Human Rights and Restoring Justice (VIDEO)

Human rights groups around the country participated in a National Day of Action yesterday to mark the one-year anniversary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Immigration Customs and Enforcement’s (ICE) 2009 detention reform announcement. Activists called for an end to the human rights abuses in detention centers, the restoration of due process in the enforcement of immigration laws, and the implementation of cost saving alternatives.

Marking the first anniversary of the Obama Administration’s announced intent to reform the immigration detention system, today’s actions are part of the “Dignity, Not Detention: Preserving Human Rights and Restoring Justice” campaign led by the Detention Watch Network.

Year One Report Card, a joint report released today by human rights groups, reveals that many who are detained still suffer egregious human rights violations while in custody. Immigrants continue to be jailed for months or even years under substandard conditions. Mistreatment by guards, grossly deficient medical care, use of solitary confinement, and limited access to family and counsel remain persistent problems.

Last year, ICE promised to move away from the sprawling network of jails and prisons it uses to detain immigrants toward a less punitive model and take concrete steps to improve conditions of confinement for the nearly 400,000 people detained each year. But according to the report, the agency’s reform agenda has been compromised by a growing detention population, internal opposition to reform by local ICE officials, and the expansion of ICE enforcement programs like 287(g), Secure Communities, and the Criminal Alien Program (CAP) that rely on local law enforcement agencies to channel more and more immigrants into the detention system.

“What the Year One Report Card shows is that the steps the Obama Administration has taken this year are not enough to bring about meaningful changes in the lives of immigrants,” said Emily Tucker, Policy and Advocacy Director at Detention Watch Network. “Until ICE limits detention to only those rare cases where it has been shown necessary to ensure public safety, the human rights crisis in the U.S. immigration detention and deportation system will persist.”

Participants in the National Day of Action called for the restoration of human rights within the detention system, and an end to programs that indiscriminately channel immigrants into the detention and deportation system. Coordinated educational actions occurred across the country in cities including Austin, TX, Freehold, NJ, Minneapolis, MN, Seattle, WA and Trenton, NJ. For a listing of events and cities: click HERE.

The report Year One Report Card: Human Rights & the Obama Administration’s Immigration Detention Reforms, co-authored by Detention Watch Network, National Immigrant Justice Center and the Midwest Coalition for Human Rights is available for viewing and download in the HS News Library

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Louisiana Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Slams Ad as Racist

The Louisiana Hispanic Chamber of Commerce slams Sen. David Vitter’s campaign for re-election to the U.S. Senate of running an anti-immigration TV ad against Rep. Charlie Melancon, D-Napoleonville that is being denounced as “racist” and “reprehensible.”
The ad, shows Hispanic “illegal aliens” sneaking through a hole in a fence and being welcomed by folks holding a Melancon banner, a giant check made out to “all illegal aliens” and signed by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. The immigrants also are greeted by a band playing “America the Beautiful,” fireworks and a limo that drives them away.

Darlene Kattan, executive director of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana, characterized the ad as “racist” in the way that it plays off a “Hollywood stereotype image of Latino workers.”
“It is totally unacceptable and we demand an immediate apology and the removal of the ad,” Kattan said. She added that the spot “uses the word ‘illegal’ too many times, and we stress that word. Well, remember the old saying about ‘people in glass houses,’” a reference to Vitter’s connection to a Washington, D.C. call-girl organization that was revealed in 2007.

“Sen. Vitter knows very well that undocumented immigrants are not eligible for public benefits like welfare, food stamps, Social Security or Medicaid. They never have been,” said Susan Weishar, a migration specialist at the Loyola University’s Jesuit Social Research Institute. “It is poisonous to the political discourse that Sen. Vitter continues to scapegoat people who came to Louisiana to help us rebuild our homes and businesses after Katrina.”

Read more at nola.com →

Secretaría de Seguridad Pública: Narco usa Tácticas Terroristas

El secretario de Seguridad Pública federal, Genaro García Luna, aseguró que el crimen organizado ha empleado tácticas similares a las de grupos terroristas.

En la Cumbre de la Ameripol, que ha congregado en el DF a jefes policiacos de 19 países, explicó que ese fenómeno, sin embargo, no significa que existan organizaciones terroristas en México.  “Referencia explícita como terrorismo no hay. Sin embargo, ha habido acciones cuyo perfil tiene alto impacto social, que simula o asemeja estas acciones.”

Agregó que para combatir eficientemente al crimen organizado es necesario el apoyo internacional, y que no es pertinente comparar la situación que afronta México con la que han atravesado otros países, como Colombia.  En tanto, John Evans, representante de la DEA, afirmó que legalizar las drogas para atacar la violencia sería un camino equivocado.

El secretario de Seguridad Pública federal, Genaro García Luna, reconoció que los criminales mexicanos han realizado en algunos estados del norte del país acciones violentas de alto impacto social, similares a las desarrolladas por organizaciones terroristas. Justificó que por esa causa el Estado mexicano mantiene acciones de fuerza contra ese fenómeno.  En el marco de la Cumbre de la Ameripol, donde se congregan jefes de policía de 19 países de América Latina, así como representantes del FBI, DEA, Interpol, OEA, Guardia Civil de España y de la Policía Federal de Alemania, García Luna explicó que tales acciones han generado temor entre los ciudadanos.

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Bore Hole Reaches Trapped Chilean Miners, But Risks Remain

On Saturday, Chilean rescuers completed a shaft that will be used to rescue the 33 miners who have been trapped for over two months inside the collapsed mine.

Engineers used special care when drilling through the last 4 yards of rock to avoid tunnel collapse then the horn blast rang out. Unleashing a wave of euphoria from rescuers and family alike.

“This is overwhelming—I can only imagine what my brother must be feeling down there,” Gaston Henriquez, the brother of one of the miners, told AFP as he choked on tears.
“We are very happy, because for the past two months we have suffered enormously. We’ll now wait for them to emerge so we can hug them and bring them home,” said Wilson Avalos, who has two brothers in the mine.

Several residents of Camp Hope ran to the top of the hill next to the mine and planted 32 Chilean flags and a Bolivian flag representing the nationalities of the trapped miners.

As efforts turn to the rescue capsule –named the Phoenix, engineers think the miners may have to set off dynamite to widen the hole at their end.

“There’s only about two inches clearance around it,” John E. Urosek, chief of mine emergency operations for the United States Mine Safety and Health Administration had said earlier. “And they’ll have to pull it out of that depth so many times, it could get wedged.”

Engineers are preparing to send a camera down the hole to evaluate and begin the process of prepping for the capsule

Read more at The New York Times →

El Salvador Committed to Strengthening Its Financial Sector

The Government of El Salvador and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) have signed a contract for a $200 million loan to help strengthen the fiscal sector of El Salvador.

The signing was held during the visit to the Bank by the President of El Salvador, Mauricio Funes.  The contract was signed by President Funes, IDB President Luis Alberto Moreno, and the Finance Minister of El Salvador, Carlos Caceres.  The loan is part of a package of six operations approved by the IDB for El Salvador this year, totaling around $450 million.

The fiscal strengthening program, which was approved by the Board of Executive Directors last February, is intended to support El Salvador’s treasury and protect funding for social programs that benefit low-income groups.  The program will be implemented by the Salvadoran Ministry of Finance over a period of two years. It includes components of macroeconomic stability, tax reform, greater efficiency in tax and customs administration, rationalization and targeting of subsidies, and transparency of public finances.

The IDB Bank is the largest source of development financing for Latin America and the Caribbean and it’s shareholders are 48 member countries, including 26 Latin American borrowing members. 

Read more by HS News Staff →

Biodiversity Losses ‘Bankrupting’ the World’s Natural Economy

A rescue package similar to that introduced after the global financial crisis is urgently needed to halt the worldwide loss of biodiversity, which is resulting in a heavy human cost, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is stressing.

According to the UN Environment Programme, ecosystems – and the biodiversity that underpins them – generate services worth trillions of dollars, supporting livelihoods around the world.

Characterizing ecosystems as “our natural capital,” Mr. Ban stressed that a loss of biodiversity can lead to the failure of crops, a drop in profits, a deepening of poverty and economic decline.
According to the UN, the world will not meet the 2010 target to slow the decline in biodiversity, part of the eight globally-agreed Millennium Development Goals.

Nearly 17,000 plant and animal species are currently at risk of extinction, while the number of species under threat of being wiped out is also growing by the day.

Although investment to reverse biodiversity decline has increased, the main causes of the decline – high consumption rates, habitat loss, pollution and climate change – are not adequately being tackled.  The Secretary-General called on world leaders to commit to reducing biodiversity loss. “This will be your legacy – your gift for generations to come.”

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President Lula Threatens to Review Brazil’s Agreements with Catholic Church

Brazilian President Luiz “Lula” da Silva has threatened to review the government’s agreements with the Church if Catholic leaders continue to question his likely successor’s stand on abortion.

Brazilian prelates have been critical of Dilma Rousseff, the front-runner in presidential elections that will be held on October 31, because of her support for legal abortion, that she considers a matter of “public health”.

Gilberto Carvalho, the president’s personal secretary, said that Lula might call for a review of pacts with the Church—governing issues such as support for parochial schools—if the criticism continued.  The current accords between Brazil and the Holy See were signed by President Lula and Pope Benedict XVI in 2007 in Brazil and were revised in 2009.

Read more at Catholic Culture →

SaturdayOctober 9, 2010