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WednesdayNovember 17, 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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Check out the Mind Blowing Ad for the New Team Shirt of the World Cup Champions (VIDEO)





The team will be wearing the newly designed garment on the “Eurocopa” of 2012. The biggest changes are a more elastic material, and blue stripes in the place of the traditional yellow stripes.

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JUST IN: DREAM Act Set For November 29th Vote

Speaking to several hundred Hispanic leaders at the Latino Leaders Network luncheon today, Congresswoman Nydia Velasquez announced that Speaker Pelosi has tentatively set November 29th for a vote on the Dream Act. Velasquez was honored at the luncheon for her leadership of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute.

Congresswoman Velasquez called for all Americans to contact their Members of Congress to urge passage. The Dream Act legislation would establish a process for undocumented immigrant youth, brought to the U.S before the age of 16, to achieve legal status if they enter the armed forces or attend college for two years, and have clean records. In an increasingly competitive international trade market, growing a better educated work force could have significant long term benefits. Passage of the Dream Act would both begin the process of solving the country’s immigration quandary and improving American competitiveness.

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Latina Angels Take Over Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

They say Latinas are some of the most beautiful women in the world and it looks like Victoria’s Secret supports that claim. For their 2010 Fashion Show, the famous lingerie line featured ten South American supermodels to strut down their runway.

Alessandra Ambrosio, Gracie Carvalho, Isabeli Fontana, Izabel Goulart, Adriana Lima, Flavia de Oliveira, Emanuela de Paula, Lais Ribeiro, Fabiana Semprebom, and Martha Streck are this year’s ten Latin American “Angels,” don’t miss the broadcast of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, it was filmed this week in New York and will air later this month on CBS, according to an announcement on the company’s Facebook Page.


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STUDY:  Immigrant Women Working in Food Industry at Peril

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) researchers interviewed approximately 150 women who are either currently undocumented or have spent time in the U.S. as undocumented immigrants.  The women all have worked in the U.S. food industry and are from Mexico, Guatemala and other Latin-American countries.

On farms across America, they help produce billions of dollars worth of grocery store staples.  The study shows virtually all came to the United States to escape devastating poverty and provide a better life for their children.  For a complete copy of the study go to our HSN Library.

They tell of being cheated out of hard-earned wages by unscrupulous employers. They tell of working in dangerous conditions without adequate safety precautions. And they tell of enduring near-constant sexual harassment in the fields and factories.

The laws that protect these workers are grossly inadequate. More importantly, the workers’ ability to enforce what protections they do have is generally nonexistent.

Immigrant women face the additional danger of sexual assault and rape, crimes they often are afraid to report to police because it could lead to deportation.  The study also makes recommendations on how to change the plight of these women. 

Read more at Southern Poverty Law Center →

Number of Undocumented Filing Tax Returns Decreases

When undocumented immigrants file taxes, their returns are primarily filed under a special number. According to federal data, the number of those returns has decreased, as well as the number of requests for those specific numbers.

The information seems to point to undocumented immigrants’ choice to not sign up with the Internal Revenue Service for the numbers, known as the Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN). The unwillingness to do so, tax preparers say, is due to the belief that obtaining legal status is out of reach.

H&R Block senior tax advisor in New Jersey, Jose Mauricio Lopez, said, “There was hope, when President Obama got elected, and he promised immigration reform, that there would be a way for people to legalize, but people got disillusioned when they saw nothing happening.”

The catch-22 is that while undocumented immigrants are discouraged by the lack of comprehensive immigration reform and don’t sign up for ITIN’s believing there will never be a way for them to change their status, they are actually hurting their chances of becoming legalized citizens as proof of having paid taxes can help them qualify for legalizing their status.

“There are several reasons,” said Lopez. “People are discouraged, they don’t see hope for becoming legal, the economy is not improving. They talk of returning to their homelands, and don’t feel the urgency as much to get the ITIN.”

Since the IRS does not ask about immigration status they are unsure of exactly how many people with ITIN’s are unauthorized immigrants, but officials say they believe most of the people using them are illegal.

Read more at Fox News Latino →

Latina Hottie Eva Says Adios to Tony:  Is He a Mujeriego?

After numerous denials that actress Eva Longoria Parker and Tony Parker were no more, it has been confirmed that the “Desperate Housewives” actress has filed for divorce from Tony, a pro basketball player for the San Antonio Spurs.  Adios we say to the ‘ALLEGED’ mujeriego!

The Mexican-American darling and native Tejana had been married to Park since 2007 after an elaborate French wedding.  Eva is highly revered in the Latino community for her beauty but more so for her charitable and advocacy work especially on behalf of immigrants.

In unconfirmed reports, it is alleged Eva discovered numerous, as in the hundreds, of text messages between Parker and a mutual female friend.  The couple dodged early rumors of infidelity when a French model claimed to have had a fling with Parker at his own wedding. 

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Haiti Cholera Spreads to Neighboring Dominican Republic


Close sanitary monitoring aimed at preventing the spread of cholera from Haiti to the Dominican Republic (DR) has resulted in the authorities isolating the first case of the disease at a local hospital.

Public Health Minister Bautista Rojas Gomez said that there have been 12 suspected cases, of which only one has been confirmed. No locally originated cholera cases have been reported.

The Ministry of Public Health confirmed the first case of cholera when Haitian national 32 year old Wilmo Louwef, who spent 12 days in Haiti before returning to the DR on Monda.

Reports are that he entered legally to the Dominican Republic. The authorities say that the patient, who works in construction in the DR, is being treated and is now recovering.

Protesters in Haiti have blamed Nepalese peacekeeping troops for bringing cholera to the country. Thus far 1,034 Haitian have died from the disease.

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BREAKING NEWS: 33 Chilean Women Start Hunger Strike and Make Demands (BILINGUAL) (VIDEO)

The new group of 33 Chileans buried in the depths of a mine by their own making, have started a hunger strike, refusing liquids and urging bishop Ricardo Ezzati to represent the church in mediating talks with the government.

Here’s the letter the women sent to government authorities:

“We’re a group of 33 women from Lota and the Bio-Bio region, we represent the 12,600 men and mostly women, mothers, heads of household, who during several months following the earthquake, became workers of the Military Work Corps, and took jobs related to dealing with the aftermath of the disaster, like cleaning debris, installing emergency housing, and such.

Today, after the government terminated the employment program, we have filed paperwork with diverse authorities, we have marched to Concepción, Santiago and Valparaíso and we have not been heard.

The termination of our contracts not only affects the economy of our homes, but also the affects the economy of our communes and our region already shaken by the earthquake.

Today, in view of this situation and the desperate circumstances we find ourselves in, we have decided from this moment on to stay inside the mine called “El Chiflón del Diablo” in the commune of Lota, with the objective of sensitizing the government and parliament officials into approving the necessary resources to reinstate these 12,600 jobs.

Not too long ago, every Chilean cheered when the government, the president Sebastián Piñera, made available all resources of the estate to save the lives of the 33 miners in the north of the country. Today we want to ask the government and parliament officials to, with the same drive, use the country’s economic resources to keep these jobs.”

Hopefully president Piñera will make as big a deal out of this letter, as he did out of the now famous and copyright protected “The 33 of us are fine in the shelter” note.

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BREAKING NEWS:  Dramatic Rescue of Three-Year Old Argentinean Toddler from 69-Foot Well (VIDEO)

After heroic efforts by Argentinean fire fighters a three-year old was dramatically rescued from a 69 foot deep well unscathed.  ImageThe unidentified toddler fell in the open well on a rural road in the province of Florencio Varela outside of Buenos Aires.  She followed orders, given in Spanish, perfectly to put herself in a harness which was used to bring her up.  A local heroine is born. 


The youngster was heard yelling out from the well to passerby’s who alerted the attention of authorities.  After spending six hours in the narrow well she was rescued.  Buenos Aires Governor Daniel Scioli was on hand to welcome the youngster to safety. 

Read more at Buenos Aires Herald →

Multiple Scholarship Opportunities for Latino Students Becoming Available Today

Hispanic and Latino students seeking funding for higher education have numerous opportunities that are becoming available that HS News wants to share with you. 

KFC is taking the application process for its KFC Colonel’s Scholars program to the Twitterverse. Starting today through November 26, high school seniors can try to win a $20,000 Colonel’s Scholars scholarship by drafting a single tweet, 140 characters or less.

KFC is asking college hopefuls to tweet why they exemplify Colonel Sanders commitment to education and enriching their communities, and why they are deserving of a college scholarship. The scholarship winner, announced on December 1, will receive up to $5,000 per year for the next four years to pursue a bachelors degree at an accredited public university within his or her home state.  Tweets will be reviewed after November 26 to determine that applicants comply with proper eligibility requirements, and the winner will be announced on December 1.

For official rules and more information on KFC Colonels Scholars and the Kentucky Fried Chicken Foundation, visit the KFC Scholars site.  The regular application process begins December 1, 2010.

The Hispanic College Fund announced today the opening of its scholarships applications.  Applications will be available online from November 15, 2010 to March 1, 2011 at www.scholarships.hispanicfund.org.  Scholarships range from $500 to $10,000 and will be awarded for the 2011-2012 academic year. 

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National Hispana Leadership Providing Financial Literacy Tools

Former United States Treasurer and AARP Brand Ambassador for Family Finance, Anna Escobedo Cabral, will join the National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI), a national leadership organization for Latinas, to facilitate a financial empowerment webinar on Wednesday, November 17, at 1 p.m. EST as part of NHLI’s leadership online training series.

Facilitated by top leaders and trainers from the public and private sectors, NHLI’s leadership webinar series was launched in 2009 and offers training on leadership and professional development as well as educational topics important to the Hispanic community.

A crucial topic for Latinos, the session will provide key information and resources to enable participants to:

  * Promote financial literacy in all communities and to help people learn how to manage their money and achieve short and long term financial security.
  * Learn about tools, strategies and resources available to achieve short and long term financial security.
  * Take control of their financial health by trimming debt, increasing savings, managing their finances and living and retiring comfortably.

The session will also provide participants with tips for retirement planning, personal finance and financial literacy with an emphasis on addressing positive financial strategies and practices that can improve Latinos’ savings and net worth.

Cabral will be joined by AARP’s Project Manager for Social Impact, Andres Castillo.

The webinar is free and open to the public. To register for this financial webinar and learn more about future webinar’s, visit NHLI. 

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Most People Worldwide Have No Social Security

Basic social security remains out of reach for most people across the world, especially in poorer countries, despite the crucial role it plays in cushioning people from the consequences of economic crises, according to a United Nations report unveiled today.

The World Social Security Report 2010-2011 examines the gaps in access to social security programmes in areas such as health care, pensions, social assistance, and unemployment benefits.  It shows that most of the world’s working age population and their families lack effective access to comprehensive social protection systems.

Worldwide, nearly 40 per cent of the working-age population is legally covered by contributory old-age pension plans, according to the report.  Unemployment insurance schemes were the most common type of social protection measures used to respond to the crisis, it adds, while also noting that only 64 out of 184 countries for which information is available had such unemployment schemes in place when the survey started.

In North America and Europe, this number is nearly double, while in Africa less than one-third of the working-age population is covered even by legislation. In sub-Saharan Africa, only 5 per cent of the working-age population is effectively covered by these programs, while this share is about 20 per cent in Asia, the Middle East and North Africa.

According to the report, social security plays an important role in times of economic crisis, including the current one, as an “irreplaceable economic, social and political stabilizer” that provides income replacement and helps stabilize aggregate demand, without negatively effecting economic growth.  Well-designed unemployment plans, social assistance and public works programs effectively prevent long-term unemployment and help shorten recovery from economic recession, the report states.

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WednesdayNovember 17, 2010