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WednesdayNovember 10, 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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Early Christmas in Real Madrid. Santa Brought the Kids Brand New Audi Cars!

German auto-maker Audi gave early Christmas presents to players of the Spanish soccer club Real Madrid, who they sponsor.

Voted the most successful team of the century by FIFA, the Real Madrid had a great year, and last week their main sponsor thanked players for their stellar performances with a brand new Audi—the model of their choice.

Manuel Caballero, director of Audi in Spain was the first person to address players last week at a ceremony held in the Santiago Bernabéu stadium in Madrid, to thank them for “their great collaboration and wish the team the best in the future.”

Following a few words from the president of the club, each player got a brand new car of their choice.

Here are their picks. Which model would you pick if Audi was giving you a free car?

Xabi Alonso: A7 Sportback
Pepe: Q7
Khedira: A7 Sportback
Albiol: Q7
Kaká: RS6
Higuaín: Q7
Granero: S3 Sportback
Garay: Q7
Benzema: Q5
Lass Diarra: A5 Sportback
Sergio Ramos: A7 Sportback
Marcelo: Q7
Mateos: A5
M. Diarra: Q7
Arbeloa: A7 Sportback
Carvalho: Q7
Canales: Q5
Di María: Q7
Cristiano Ronaldo: RS5
Adán: Q7
Özil: A7 Sportback
Pedro León: Q5
Dudek: Q7
Gago: Q7
Casillas: A7 Sportback
Mourinho: A7 Sportback

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Toyota Reaches Out to Minority-Owned Businesses

Toyota Motor held its 21st Opportunity Exchange (OE) event at the Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati yesterday.

Opportunity Exchange, one of the largest minority business events in the country, facilitates a networking business environment between minority business enterprises (MBEs) from across the country and Toyota’s direct suppliers free of cost.  To date, the event has resulted in over $160 million worth of new contracts for minority-owned businesses as a result of the event.

“Toyota’s event provides a one of a kind opportunity for minority businesses such as ours to meet face to face with key representatives from Toyota’s direct suppliers,” stated Jacklyn Salazar, president of Inteligente Solutions, a minority leading Hispanic-owned, national staffing organization in Livonia, Michigan. 

Toyota’s Opportunity Exchange has grown from 100 over the last 20 years. It has helped generate new business for MBEs but it also continues to help direct suppliers diversify their own supply base.

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20 U.S. Cities Recognized for Best Immigrant Integration Programs, Offers Tips to Others

The National League of Cities, which represents 1,600 member cities and 49 state municipal leagues, has released a report with its list of the nation’s top 20 cities for integrating immigrants into local communities.

The league recommended a nationwide strategy for incorporating immigrants into U.S. societies through partnerships with cities, states, social agencies, mayoral advisory boards, immigrant affairs offices, and by eliminating language barriers.

The report states:

“In the absence of a national immigrant integration policy, U.S. cities are responding to immigration challenges by working together with civil society organizations to address critical issues. Local governments have a central role as key partners for developing and implementing immigrant integration programs in cities and towns across the U.S. Cities have a responsibility for promoting social cohesion, including helping to fully integrate their immigrant residents into the mainstream community. [These] 20 cities…are meeting these challenges and are providing good examples of how other cities can create their own immigrant integration programs. Lessons learned from these 20 cities suggest a number of policy recommendations for local officials and federal and state policy makers across the nation,” including:

• Develop a nationwide strategy for immigrant integration.

• Partner with state governments.

• Cooperate with municipal agencies.

• Engage the host community.

• Address local demographics, issues, and challenges.

• Establish mayoral advisory boards and immigrant affairs offices.

• Recognize immigrant contributions to the economy.

• Eliminate language barriers.

Among the cities listed are Skokie, Illinois; El Paso, Texas; Los Angeles and San Francisco, California; Columbus, Ohio; Littleton and Boulder, Colorado.

The full report from the National League of Cities can be read in the HS News Library.

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Women Living at Border Stage Hunger Strike While Protesting in Front of White House (VIDEO)

A group of women, all part of a grassroots organization, are protesting in front of the White House and staging a hunger strike to bring attention to the lack of economic security at the U.S.-Mexico border. 


The women are part of La Mujer Obrera and want their own form of ‘border security’ in the form of economy security:  more jobs, more vocational and educational opportunities.”  Specifically the women want the President to fund the Southwest Regional Development Authority that helps with economic development in border states.  Many of the women own small business in El Paso, Texas that have been hurt from the economy and border violence. 

“We are trying to raise the visibility of issues that contribute to the root causes of violence and poverty, such as the lack of jobs and the lack of education opportunities,” Andrade said. “We need to invest in long-term economic development.  “Back home, we’re invisible, but here in front of the White House they can’t ignore us.”

Read more at El Paso Times →

U.S. to Attend Global Forum on Migration in Mexico

Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration Eric P. Schwartz will represent the United States at the Fourth Meeting of the Global Forum of Migration and Development in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico starting today.

At this meeting, high-level government representatives from more than 130 countries will discuss issues affecting migrant populations globally in order to enhance the positive impact of migration on development. This is the first time the United States will send a high-level delegation to the Forum. The previous Global Forums were held in Brussels, Manila, and Athens.

The U.S. delegation’s goal will be to articulate principles and policies that serve the broad development objectives of receiving, transit and sending countries, while respecting the dignity, human rights, and well being of people on the move. Migration has played a critical role in our nation’s history. Of the more than 200 million people who live outside the country of their birth today, one in five resides in the United States. As President Obama stated, “the steady stream of hardworking and talented people who have immigrated to the United States over the years has made the United States the engine of the global economy and a beacon of hope around the world.”

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Texas Immigration Bill Mirrors Arizona Bill- SB 1070

Texas State Representative Debbie Riddle filed several bills, similar to that of the Arizona immigration law. The first bill out of the chute was mandating that voters present a photo identification in order to cast a ballot. The other bills deal with clamp downs on undocumented immigrants, including an Arizona-type law and prohibiting sanctuary cities. Both proposals deal with encouraging law enforcement to inquire about the immigration status of those stopped for routine and other policing matters. Another bill would allow a police officer to arrest a person who he or she believes has committed an offense without a warrant. Before making that arrest, the officer must receive confirmation from ICE that the person is illegally in the United States.

The bill is similar to Arizona’s, which would give state and local officers the ability to ask for proof of citizenship and arrest illegal immigrants if warranted.  A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco is currently examining the Arizona law after much of it was ruled unconstitutional by a lower court.

“Representative Riddle’s filing of these bills will only add to the current Texas budget deficit,” said LULAC National President Margaret Moran. “Texas has long been a state where common sense prevails over grandstanding and legislative extremes of any sort have almost been defeated.  The Texas taxpayers expect better.  Copycatting other legislation only illustrates a lack of vision on her part.”  The League of United Latin American Citizens will continue to protest any Texas bills that resemble Arizona SB 1070.

Seven other House bills that Riddle filed on Monday include:
HB 18, imposing sanctions for municipalities that allow “sanctuary cities”
HB 19, which seeks to imprison unlicensed drivers who cause serious accidents
HJR 16 and HB 23, which allow counties to set their own appraisal caps
HB 21, requiring all state agencies to determine and report their costs related to illegal aliens
HB 22, requiring school districts to report the number of illegal aliens attending their schools
HB 20, increasing the penalty for burglary of a motor vehicle to a state jail felon

The League of United Latin American Citizens, the largest and oldest Hispanic membership organization in the country, advances the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, housing, health and civil rights of Hispanic Americans through community-based programs operating through 880 LULAC councils nationwide.

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Barking Up the Wrong Tree: Costa Rica’s Proposed Surgical Method to Quiet Loud Dogs (BILINGUAL)

Controversy is raging in San José, Costa Rica after Ms. Irina Selyukova, director of the regional Health Ministry chapter ordered a senior woman to take her five dogs to the vet to have their vocal chords removed, before the end of the month.

The owner, a 64 year old retired attorney who for the last ten years has been rescuing, feeding and sheltering stray dogs and cats, declared to “La Nación” newspaper that she opposes the inhuman measure, and will not under any circumstances allow the heinous procedure to be performed on her dogs.

The ex-president of the Collegiate of Veterinarians, Edwin Garro supported the decision of the woman, and condemned the ruthless order, noting that “is like if one covers the crying child’s mouth, without finding out what is upsetting the infant.”

Authorities conducted a “sonic measurement” in a neighboring home, and concluded that the volume of the barking, was above the legally permitted level of decibels; within days the ministry expedited the documents that order the extirpation of the puppy’s vocal chords for the “benefit of public health.”

Several people expressed outrage through radio, newspaper, television and social networks, but the Minister of Health reacted by urging opposers to think of “the quality of life of neighbors that have to put up with constant barking,” while disclosing that the woman has a long history with the authorities, including several incidents where loud pets were seized, following angered calls to police by neighbors.

It’s a dog eat dog world in Costa Rica.

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New Hispanic Drug Prevention Campaign Launched

The Partnership at Drugfree.org today unveils TV and radio spots as part of its 2010 national Spanish-language multimedia public service and prevention campaign aimed at thwarting drug use among Latino youth.

Created around the central idea that drugs aren’t just a problem for the neighbor’s kid and can easily become an issue in one’s own home, “El Hijo del Vecino” (“The Neighbor’s Kid”), is a series of 30-second TV and radio spots that focus on a neighborhood where everyone from a concerned parent to the school principal to the school janitor point to the neighbor’s kid as the source of local drug problems.

Hispanic parents are the targets of the messaging, which builds on the nonprofit organization’s “Habla Con Tus Hijos” (“Talk with your Kids”) initiative.

Hispanic parents are less likely (88 percent) to talk with their kids about the risks of drug and alcohol use compared to African American (94 percent) and Caucasian parents (92 percent), according to the 2008 Partnership Attitude Tracking Study.

Moreover, among the nation’s 35 million families with children ages 9-17, nearly 7 million Hispanic families with children in that age group are considered at risk for abusing drugs and alcohol, per the Partnership at Drugfree.org.

Read more by HS News Staff →

WednesdayNovember 10, 2010