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FridayNovember 26, 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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WARM UP this weekend with a Latin American Natural Wonder

WARM UP this weekend with a Latin American natural wonder.  Guess What and Where this is?



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For Those Not Looking for Black Friday Deals Try a $3.5 Million Tequila (VIDEO)

A Mexican tequila distillery, Hacienda la Capilla, has just unveiled what is believed to be the most expensive bottle of tequila valued at $3.5 million.

Clearly those not looking for a bargain today on Black Friday can buy this unique bottle that is covered with over 4,000 diamonds weighing in at 328 carats.  If you aren’t interested in the diamonds there is 7-year old aged ‘reposado’ tequila to sip very slowly, you want this bottle to last. 

The Mexican distillery already has the bragging rights to the Guinness world record set for expensive tequila - $225,000 – in 1996.

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Majority of Hispanics Plan to Give Charitable Donations between Now and End of Year

As the final push for charitable donations before year end starts many Hispanic have already decided to contribute.  A study by the American Red Cross found that 54 percent of Hispanics plan to give to their preferred charity between Thanksgiving and year end.

This indication to give follows the trend the majority (53%) of Hispanic households started earlier this year with them making contributions already throughout the year.  A large percentage of Hispanics, 67 percent, in the study recognized the importance of donating to a charity because of the negative effect the economy has had on people.

Read more at Hispanic Market Info →

BEWARE of ‘Black Friday’ Frenzy

When retailers limit quantities, allow for long lines and have poor coupon instructions something called ‘black Friday’ frenzy can occur, say researchers.  Many others would simply say its all part of the shopping experience but others warn of the risks associated with shopper meltdowns.

There are a number of reasons why some shoppers behave badly on “Black Friday,” says a University of Delaware researcher.

“If people put a lot of effort into their Black Friday shopping, those were the people who were likely to be the misbehavers on Black Friday,” Sharron Lennon, a professor of fashion and apparel studies, said in a university news release.

Those types of efforts include clipping coupons and carefully planning when to visit certain stores for specific advertised items. Problems erupt when these shoppers’ expectations conflict with reality, such as when they find out that a store has only a handful of deeply discounted items, said Lennon, who spent the past three years observing and surveying Black Friday shoppers.

She suggested several ways that stores can reduce the risk of shopper meltdowns:

  * For items with limited quantities, give shoppers waiting in line as many tickets as the store has units in stock.
  * Don’t use coupons. They take up a lot of workers’ time and create backups at checkouts.
  * Post notices about out-of-stock items at the front of the store so shoppers don’t waste their time fighting crowds to get an item that’s no longer available.
  * Make random announcements about unadvertised specials. These unexpected promotions would be fun for shoppers.

Buena Suerte Shoppers!

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CHC Divided on Combining DREAM Act and AgJOBS when Immigration Reform comes to the Floor

Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus need to decide what their priorities are for the lame duck session.
CHC Leaders are in agreement to press for a vote on the DREAM Act. Leaders are currently lobbying out going Democrats for their support and have sealed the support of the White House and Congressional Democratic Leaders. The conflict arises is on where to stop the legislative push.

Some members of the CHC insist that now is the time to push for support of the AgJOBS bill. AgJOBS would grant legal status to up to 1 million illegal immigrant farm workers.

CHC members Raul Grijálva (D-Ariz.), Jim Costa (D-Calif.), Dennis Cardoza (D-Calif.), Ciro Rodriguez (D-Texas) and Rubén Hinojosa (D-Texas) are among the more than two dozen lawmakers who called on House Democratic leaders on Monday to pair AgJOBS with the DREAM Act when it comes to the floor. CHC Chairwoman Nydia Velázquez (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) did not sign the letter.

“While we continue to believe many components of our immigration laws need reform, we agree that some intermediate solution could be helpful. We strongly believe that any such intermediate solution must contain AgJOBS,” they wrote in their letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.).

Action on both the DREAM Act and AgJOBS will ultimately depend on Senate support. Majority leader Harry Reid has said that the DREAM Act is one of his top priorities for the lame-duck session, while his aides confirm they are not aware of any intent to link the two measures.

Read more at Roll Call →

No Problems with Tourists and Cholera Say Government of Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic authorities say that no new cases of cholera have been reported, leaving the number of cases at four and they are doing all they can to keep it that way.  They just announced shut down of several hostels and are closely scrutinizing all businesses to make sure they are following strict waste disposal and cholera prevention policies in place.

For example, as part of the health authorities’ cholera prevention initiatives, the Ministry of Public health has closed down eight hostels in so-called “Little Haiti” nearby the Mercado Modelo in Santo Domingo because they dumped garbage and dirty water into the street and did not comply with other health regulations.

The Ministry of Tourism guaranteed yesterday that tourists who visit the Dominican Republic are not at any risk of cholera or any other infectious disease. Tourism Minister Francisco Javier Garcia said that the Dominican Republic has a sanitation structure that allows it to handle this situation effectively.

Garcia claimed that some international businesses were taking advantage of the cholera scare to launch a negative campaign aimed at reducing the flow of tourists to the country. He said that tourist arrivals had in fact increased over the last few days and predicted that at the close of the year some four million tourists would have visited the country in 2010.

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Oakland CA to issue Municipal ID Cards to All Resident Immigrants

Similar to what San Francisco offers, Oakland will offer the ID card to its residents who are homeless people, immigrants and others who might have trouble obtaining a state identification card.
Oakland’s card is unique in it will double as an ATM debit card. This is an advantage to those without bank accounts who are often forced to pay high check cashing fees or carry around large amounts of cash.

Councilmember Ignacio De La Fuente has been trying to get an ID card system for Oakland residents since the state rejected efforts to issue drivers licenses to illegal immigrants in 2004 and the City Council voted in June 2009 to issue municipal identification cards.

“I think we have a responsibility to provide local access and represent everyone,” said De La Fuente, who along with Mayor-elect Jean Quan co-authored the ordinance last year. “We have to provide some way for people to identify themselves so that people don’t get arrested. “... We have to move forward with the card and not delay further.”

To obtain a city ID card, applicants must provide one picture identification such as a driver’s license, passport, green card or consular card. Applicants who don’t have a driver’s license need two pieces of identification such as a foreign driver’s license, a Social Security card, a U.S. or foreign birth certificate, a military identification card or school identification. Minors don’t need photo ID, but they must have some sort of documentation either from a school or shelter.

Applicants must also prove residency by providing recent utility bills, tax bills, pay stub, jury summons or tax refund statement, among other items.

The municipal identification cards will supply the same type of information contained on a driver’s license or state identification card, including name, address, date of birth, height, weight, eye and hair color and photograph. The card must be accepted as a valid form of identification at all city departments, including the police department.

Miguel Robles, founder of the Latino American Alliance for Immigration Rights, was behind the push to get San Francisco to launch a municipal ID card program in response to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids in 2007.

“You can get one if you are here illegally, if you are a resident of the city and are paying taxes and living here and spending money here,” Robles said, describing the San Francisco program. “I’m very excited to have the program now in Oakland, too.”

Read more at Contra Costa Times →

Toys that Children Love but Drive Parents Crazy- Oh NO- Not Dora! (VIDEO)

Maggie Rodriguez from CBS News talks to Time to Play magazine’s Shannon Eis about toys that kids love but parents can’t stand.

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Yale University and Peru Government Reach Deal over Machu Picchu Artifacts

Yale University and Peru Government Reach Deal over Machu Picchu Artifacts

Photo: Peru Artifacts return to Machu Picchu

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Peruvian Foreign Minister Jose Antonio Garcia Belaunde announced today that he has signed an agreement with Yale University President Richard Levin on the return of artifacts that a Yale explorer excavated in the early 20th century at the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.

Yale has agreed to return to Peru the “exhibitable” pieces and certain others in time for the 100-year anniversary of the discovery of Machu Picchu.  These pieces need to be returned by July 2011, with all the objects to be back in Peru by Dec 31,2012.

Yale holds more than 46,000 objects that lecturer and explorer Hiram Bingham removed from Machu Picchu, but only 370 are ceramics or intact artifacts suitable for display in a museum, the Foreign Ministry said.

The agreement concludes a long running dispute that led to Peru filing suit against Yale in a federal court in Connecticut.

Peruvian authorities are deciding where to exhibit the returned pieces. A strong possibility is the recently restored Casa Concha in downtown Cuzco, the nearest city to the famed fortress.

Read more at Latin American Herald Tribune →

½ of Police Force Arrested, Mayor and Mayor Elect Missing in Chiapas

Ciro Diaz Sanchez, mayor of Pueblo Nuevo Solistahuacan, and Pedro Bautista, who was slated to succeed him next month, went missing on Wednesday. This is just days after Mexico’s army detained almost half of the police force and other officials for suspicions that they were working with the Zeta drug cartel.

The “gang of the bald ones” is believed to have collaborated with the Zetas to move cocaine and marijuana through the region, authorities said. The Zeta’s, are the cartel that controls much of the state of Chiapas, which borders Guatemala.

It is suspected that Diaz and Bautista have been kidnapped by the Zetas or perhaps fled to avoid detention by the army. The two had gone missing just before a search of Bautista’s home turned up very sophisticated weapons and two stolen cars.

As 19 members of the 40-man police force are being held in jail, President Calderon’s October proposal still looms. Calderon stated that corruption is rampant among Mexico’s poorly paid and notoriously ineffective municipal police forces, has suggested abolishing them all together. Under his plan, each of Mexico’s 31 states would have just one police department under the command of the governor.

Read more at Yahoo News →

Stewardess Calendar Causes Frenzy in Mexico

Stewardess Calendar Causes Frenzy in Mexico

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Ten stewardesses from the bankrupt Mexicana Airlines have joined together to take their future in their own hands.

Each of the ten “aeromozas” pitched in about 100,000 peso’s ( about $8,000) of their own money to cover production costs for the launch of a sexy aviation themed calendar. Their goal is to call attention to their own jobless state as well as to draw attention to their airline in hopes of getting their jobs back.

The calendar has sparked a frenzy in Mexico, the first 1000 calendars were sold out before yesterdays launch. The second run of 3,000 calendars which will sell for 149 pesos ( about $12) will be released soon.


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FridayNovember 26, 2010