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SaturdayFebruary 19, 2011

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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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Soccer Bleachers Collapse in Peru with Over 500 Spectators, 177 Injured

Peru police officials are reporting that the metal bleacher section of the Monumental soccer stadium, in the Ate-Vitarte district of the Lima province, collapsed injuring 177 individuals, 12 seriously.  Thus far there are no fatalities.

The spectators were at the stadium to watch a youth championship match when the bleachers gave way.  There are estimates that more than 500 people were in the stands when they started to sway before giving way. 

The state-run news agency Andina noted that the bleachers were more like installed viewing stands and not permanently anchored in the ground.  The incident is under investigation though it is believed overloading of the stands caused the collapse

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Vermont Rotary Builds Home in Mexico (VIDEO)

Vermont Rotary Builds Home in Mexico (VIDEO)

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Partnering with the Mexican non-for-profit Casita Linda, the more than $9000 raised from the Rotary’s Film and Food Festival last November will build an adobe house for a needy family in Guanajuato Mexico. With a grand total of $9196, the Rotary will also be able to pay for solar collectors and a water pump as well.


According to the organization’s website,www.casitalinda.org,( See their Video Below) many of Mexico’s poorest families own a small piece of land as a result of the ejido reforms of the 20th century, but are living in unsafe inadequate shelters.

Today, Casita Linda has built homes for more than 40 families. The houses can be built at very low cost because of the abundant availability of adobe, explained Jeremy Coleman, chairman of the Brattleboro Rotary’s International Committee.

The families who are selected for assistance have been living for years in make shift structures where they suffer exposure to rain and cold. Casita Linda (which means “pretty little House) is located in San Miguel de Allende and the surrounding areas in the state of Guanajuato Mexico.


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State of Illinois Budget Proposed that Would Slash Services to Immigrants by 74% from Last Year

State of Illinois Budget  Proposed that Would Slash Services to Immigrants by 74% from Last Year

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Joining a growing list of states in crisis, this week a new State of Illinois budget was proposed that would slash services to immigrants by 74% from 2010, and cut refugee services by 69% next year.

 

These dramatic cuts would:

Leave thousands of immigrants without access to healthcare or hunger assistance.
Trap immigrants in low skill jobs without the ability access English education and the increase earning power that comes with it.
Deny hundreds of thousands of legal permanent residents help to become U.S. citizens and contribute back to the state.
Cut services for domestic violence victims.
Strand immigrant seniors alone and without help.
Force refugees from war torn nations to resettle across Illinois without support.

Until today every Governor since Governor Edgar has supported immigrant services as critical in assisting immigrants to contribute fully to Illinois.

These are services have become more critical than ever to the residents and economic growth of the state. As reported yesterday by the Chicago Tribune, numbers released by the US Census showed a dramatic 32.5 increase since 2000 in the Hispanic population in Illinois. 

Join the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights in sending Gov Quinn a message by clicking below.

 

Ask Governor Quinn and our Illinois Legislators not to slash Illinois’s future – Please do not ax 74% of immigrant and refugee services!

 

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USDA Unveils Spanish-language Nutritional Info and Food Access Guides

USDA Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Kevin Concannon today joined local business leaders, retailers and community members at Sedano’s Supermarket to unveil the Spanish-language Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Retail (SNAP) Retailer Locator. The new online search tool is designed to help recipients find SNAP-authorized stores near their home or workplace. With one of the largest concentrations of Spanish speakers in the United States, Concannon emphasized the nutrition and economic stimulus benefits the new tool would have on Miami.

“The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program leads the way in helping low-income families put food on the table 365 days a year,” said Under Secretary Concannon. “The new tool will make it easier for SNAP participants to gain access to food and it is another critical step in providing participants with information to make more informed shopping choices.”

USDA is working to improve access to and increase participation in SNAP with a focus on underserved populations. While the participation rate among all eligible individuals was 67 percent in 2008, only 35 percent of eligible elderly and 56 percent of eligible Hispanics participate.

SNAP benefits – formerly known as the Food Stamp Program – are now provided to recipients through a card similar to a debit card, help low income families put healthy food on the table and provide an economic stimulus that strengthens communities. Research shows that every $5 in new SNAP benefits generates as much as $9.00 in local economic activity. While SNAP benefits are administered by states, they are 100 percent federally funded and move quickly into local economies, with 97 percent of SNAP benefits redeemed within a month. USDA is working with retailers to expand participation in the program through grocery stores, food marts, farmers’ markets and other retail locations.

“The President made a commitment to reviving the economy and investing in America and its people. Our efforts to get more eligible people to participate in SNAP are a part of meeting that commitment,” Concannon said. “Every time a family uses SNAP benefits to put healthy food on the table, it benefits the store and the employees where the purchase was made; the truck driver who delivered the food; the warehouses that stored it; the plant that processed it; and the farmer who originally produced the food.”

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Egypt 2.0 - Cuba Watches with a Hopeful Eye

Egypt  2.0 - Cuba Watches with a Hopeful Eye

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Darkness and light in Tahrir Square, a red phosphorescence glow interrupted by the camera flashes and the glowing screens of mobile phones. I wasn’t there, and yet I know how each one of the Egyptians felt, gathered last week in downtown Cairo. I, who have never been able to shout and cry in public, overwhelmed by happiness that the cycle of authoritarianism under which I was born has ended, I know I would do the same until I had no voice left, I would hug everyone, I would feel light as if a huge burden had fallen from my shoulders. I have not experienced a revolution, much less a citizen revolution, but this week, despite the caution of the official news, I have the sense that the Suez Canal and the Caribbean Sea are not so far apart, not so different.

While young Egyptians were organizing on Facebook, we were watching with consternation the leaked chat of a cybercop, for whom social networks are “the enemy.” This censor of kilobytes and his bosses have every right to fear these virtual sites, where as individuals we can meet outside the controls of the State, the Party and the ideologues. Reading the words of the young Egyptian Wael Ghonim, “If you want to liberate a country, give it Internet!”, I understand more clearly the secrecy our authorities display regarding whether or not they will allow us to connect to the Web. They have become accustomed to having an information monopoly, of regulating what comes to us and reinterpreting for us what happens both within and beyond our national frontiers. They now know, because Egypt has taught them, that every step they let us take into cyberspace brings us a step closer to Tahir Square, leads us quickly to a plaza that trembled and a dictator who resigned.

Yoani Sanchez is an award winning Blogger for her work at - Generation Y-  living in Cuba.

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U.S. and Brazil Set to Sign Extensive Science Accords When President Visits in March

The U.S. and Brazil are set to sign extensive science accords when President Obama visits Latin America next month.  The science and technology agreements will help Brazil, the largest country in Latin America, improve its global industrial competitiveness and provide the U.S. with more cooperation on the issue of biofuels.

With the science accords Brazil is seeking to obtain technology in the areas of biotechnology and space research.  The President is expected to meet with his counter part President Dilma Rousseff on March 19 and 20 to sign the science accords and discuss their countries relationship.

The science accords as well as the visit are met to enhance the relationship the two countries have and keep Brazil’s growing friendship with China in check.  What is not on the table is the elimination of import tariffs on Brazilian ethanol, which is in place to protect American farmers. 

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Telemundo Expands Its Market Outreach with Launch of New Social Media Initiative

The Telemundo Communications Group announced that they are launching a new social media unit in an effort to maintain its strength in the Hispanic market and to attractive new viewers from its #1 rival the Univision network.

Social@Telemundo will focus on delivering its fans across Facebook & Twitter interactive experiences tied to TV programming. With dedicated Social Media resources tied to each of Telemundo’s shows and novelas the Social@Telemundo aims to take the entire TV viewing process to a more engaging level.

Over 29 million U.S. Hispanics are online, and U.S. Hispanic Internet audience growth outpaced total U.S. online population by 50%.  37% of Hispanics watch video on the Internet compared with 31% non-Hispanics, while 42% of Hispanics watch entire TV shows online compared with 28% of non-Hispanics.

Telemundo’s multiple platforms include Telemundo, a Spanish-language television network featuring original productions, theatrical motion pictures, news and sports events, reaching 94% of U.S. Hispanic viewers in 210 markets through its 14 owned stations, 46 broadcast affiliates, and over 1,000 cable affiliates.

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Sandstrom’s Tough immigration Bill Sails Through Utah’s House

Sandstrom’s Tough immigration Bill Sails Through Utah’s House

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HB 70 has been 10 months in the making and finally made it to the Utah House yesterday for a vote. Passing 58-15, even the sponsor was surprised by the strong support.

The final version leaving the house did undergo some changes though. The bill was amended on the floor to remove provisions under which private citizens could sue local police departments for not enforcing Sandstrom’s bill.

Last week Sandstrom also removed a provision. It was one that would require local police to investigate the legal statuses of those being questioned for class B or C misdemeanors. That change — simply changing “shall” to “may” check status — would drop the cost, estimated in a fiscal note, from a range between $5 million and $11 million to about $150,000 a year.

Tony Yapias, Proyecto Latino de Utah director, has called an emergency meeting for Sunday at Centro Civico to urge opponents of HB70 to sign the Utah Compact — a document endorsed by many who do not support Sandstrom bill. It attempts — point by point — to address the issue of illegal immigration by seeking federal solutions and keeping families together.

The Bill needs to pass the Senate and then it moves to Gov. Gary Herbert for his signature, both of which are uncertain.

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Rhode Island Reps Want In-State Tuition for Undocumented Immigrants

Rhode Island Reps Want In-State Tuition for Undocumented Immigrants

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Two Rhode Island lawmakers are proposing a bill that would grant in-state tuition to illegal immigrant students if the meet residency requirements.

Sen. Juan M. Pichardo and Rep. Grace Diaz, both Democrats from Providence, will be introducing the bill soon.

Under the proposal, children who graduate from a Rhode Island High School after attending at least three years will qualify for in-state tuition,  regardless of immigration status.

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Coffee Prices Hit 14 Yrs High due to Brazil, Mexico and Others Weak Harvests

Next time you go to get your favorite cup of Joe in the morning and are startled at the price, you can thank Brazil, Mexico, Colombia and other coffee producing nations “disappointing” crops for that.

The price of coffee hit a 14-year high this week, with futures prices hitting the $2.46 per pound price on Thursday.  That is the highest price since 1997 when prices were over the $3.00 mark.

The demand for different types of coffee and continuously poor harvests in Latin America especially Brazil are to blame for the low supply and high demand driving prices up.  Most coffee in the U.S. is imported and when large coffee producing countries like Brazil and Colombia have bad harvests other countries can’t make up the shortfall.

It is inevitable that roasters and retailers will pass on the higher price to consumers, Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts have already done so.

 

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Beauty Queen Told to Lay Off the Taco’s Gets Crown Back (VIDEO)

Beauty Queen Told to Lay Off the Taco’s Gets Crown Back (VIDEO)

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Miss San Antonio, who was stripped of her crown for eating too many tacos and gaining weight as well as other infractions, was temporarily reinstated on Friday.

Domonique Ramirez, 17, had sued organizers of the Miss San Antonio pageant, whose winner gets a shot at becoming Miss Texas and possibly Miss America. Pageant officials removed Ramirez as Miss San Antonio last month after telling the teenager she violated numerous rules of her contract.

The list has allegations that Ramirez was late for several events and missed appearances. The most contentious: that the 5-foot-8, 129-pound college student had added a few inches to her size-2 figure since being crowned in April. Ramirez, who wears a size 2 and is 5-foot-8, said a pageant official told her to “get off the tacos” and lose 13 pounds if she wanted to keep her crown.

Ramirez claims she is at the same weight she was a pageant time- 129 pounds.

This ruling keeps Ramirez on the throne pending a hearing next week on whether to reinstate her permanently.

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Pew Hispanic Center-New Statistical Profiles of Latino & Foreign Born Populations in the U.S.

Pew Hispanic Center-New Statistical Profiles of Latino & Foreign Born Populations in the U.S.

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The Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center, has released updated statistical profiles of the Latino and foreign-born populations in the U.S. Based on the Center’s tabulations from the Census Bureau’s 2009 American Community Survey, these profiles feature downloadable data on detailed characteristics of the Latino and foreign-born populations at the national level.

The two profiles-Hispanics in the United States, 2009 and Foreign-Born Population in the United States, 2009-are national in scope. These profiles focus on the demographic and economic characteristics of Hispanics and the foreign born in the U.S. Topics covered include racial self-identification, age, geographic dispersion, nativity, citizenship, origin, language proficiency, living arrangements, marital status, fertility, schooling, health insurance coverage, earnings, poverty and other labor market outcomes. Comparisons with the white, black and total populations are also available in the statistical profiles.

A second series of statistical profiles focuses on the demographic and economic characteristics of Hispanics in each of the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. The range of topics covered in the State Demographic Profiles is similar to those included in the national portraits of Hispanics and the foreign born.


Statistical Portrait of Hispanics in the United States, 2009
Statistical Portrait of the Foreign-Born Population in the United States, 2009

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RELAX this weekend with a Latin American Natural Wonder

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

 

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Smithsonian Explores History and Experiences of Black Latinos in the United States

Smithsonian Explores History and Experiences of Black Latinos in the United States

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The Smithsonian Latino Center and the National Museum of American History will host a panel conversation and book signing for the newly released book The Afro-Latin@ Reader Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. in the museum’s Carmichael Auditorium. The panel consists of the book’s editors, Miriam Jiménez Román and Juan Flores, with contributing author María Rosario Jackson and Washington D.C.-based activist Roland Roebuck. The book will be available for purchase at the conclusion of the conversation. This program is free and open to the public.


The Afro-Latin@ Reader focuses on the history and experiences of people of African descent from Latin America and the Caribbean living in the United States. This large and vibrant group has remained invisible throughout much of America’s recent history. The book shows how this diverse population bridges the divide between Latinos and African Americans by focusing on their similarities rather than on their differences. It provides insight into Afro-Latino life in the United States and offers new ways to understand culture, ethnicity, nation, identity and antiracist politics. It also addresses history, music, gender, class and media representations in more than 60 selections, including scholarly essays, memoirs, newspaper and magazine articles, poetry, short stories and interviews.


“This presentation provides an interesting view into the life of Afro-Latinos in the U.S. today,” said Eduardo Díaz, director of the Latino Center. “It is important to highlight these shared histories and experiences. This is how we learn tolerance and peace, and only by seeing how close we are to each other can we ever advance and evolve as a society.” 

Many of the selections highlighted in the book focus on the past 50 years, although some go back to the mid-16th century to the arrival of Spanish-speaking Africans in North America. The central question posed throughout the book is how Afro-Latinos relate to and experience U.S. and Latin American racial ideologies. The panelists will share their stories related to the Afro-Latino experience in the United States as well as cite examples and stories in the book.

About the Authors

Román is a visiting scholar in the Africana Studies Program at New York University and executive director of Afrolatin@ Forum, a research and resource center focusing on black Latinos in the United States.

Flores is professor in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University. His most recent books include The Diaspora Strikes Back: Caribeño Tales of Learning and Turning and From Bomba to Hip-Hop: Puerto Rican Culture and Latino Identity as well as the English translation of Edgardo Rodríguez Juliá’s book Cortijo’s Wake.

The Smithsonian Latino Center is the division of the Smithsonian Institution that ensures that Latino contributions to art, science and the humanities are highlighted, understood and advanced through the development and support of public programs, scholarly research, museum collections and educational opportunities at the Smithsonian Institution and its affiliated organizations across the United States and internationally. Website: http://latino.si.edu

The National Museum of American History is located on Constitution Ave, between 12th and 14th Streets N.W.  The museum collects, preserves and displays American heritage in the areas of social, political, cultural, scientific and military history.

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English-only Bill in Minnesota Legislature is a Racist and Anti-Immigrant Attack

English-only Bill in Minnesota Legislature is a Racist and Anti-Immigrant Attack

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This year Representative Steve Drazkowski (R-Mazeppa) has brought forward a bill for the third time in the state legislature, HF0064, to make English the official and only language of Minnesota. Senator Bill Ingebrigsten (R-Alexandria) is putting forward the same proposal in the Senate, SF0175.

This bill is nothing more than a racist attack against immigrants in Minnesota that speak other languages. Historically in this country, efforts to suppress other languages are part of racist campaigns to demonize and reprsess non-white, non-European people.

For example the European colonizers of this country committed genocide against the Native Americans. One aspect of that genocide was the attempt to destroy Native American cultures through prohibiting Indigenous people from using their own indigenous languages, and forcing them to speak only English.

Africans brought here as slaves were also prohibited from speaking their own African languages, and were forced to speak English. This was also with the goal of destroying Africans’ culture and spirit once they were brought in chains to the United States.

This current proposal in Minnesota to prohibit the use of other languages for official business like the drivers test, legal proceedings, etc, is a continuation of this shameful legacy of racism and oppression in this country.

It’s part of the well-organized and well-financed campaign by powerful and racist people in this country to attack Latin American immigrants and also immigrants from other places. It comes in the context of SB1070 in Arizona and similar proposals in many other states, and also the anti-immigrant and racist proposals in many states to cancel the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that guarantees citizenship to all who are born in this country. It also comes in the context of a rise in deportations, raids, and firings of immigrant workers all over the country. It’s part of the same attack, and we must defeat it.

The Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (MIRAc) is against the racist bill HF0064/SF0175, as we are also against any other anti-immigrant bills.

We believe that no human being is illegal, and we struggle for unconditional legalization for all immigrant workers in this country. We think that while capital can cross borders freely, workers have the same right to cross borders to work and live where they want, with equal rights.

We call on all who live in Minnesota to oppose this bill. To show your opposition to this racist anti-immigrant proposal, contact your state representative and senator. If you don’t know who your reps are, you can find them here.  Lets send them the message: “Minnesota is not Arizona! Vote against the racist HF0064 and SF0175!”

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U.S. Dept of Education Visits Puerto Rico to Monitor Use of Their Education Dollars

General Counsel Charlie Rose, along with other senior Department officials, including Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education Carl Harris, and Deputy Chief of Staff Eric Waldo, are visiting Puerto Rico this week as part of the U.S. Department of Education’s ongoing monitoring and compliance of the Puerto Rico Department of Education (PRDE) and their use of education dollars.

“I continue to be impressed with the strong progress that Governor Fortuño and his team are making. Since his first meeting with Secretary Duncan in 2009, Governor Fortuño pledged to work closely with the U.S. Department of Education to improve educational outcomes for all of Puerto Rico’s students, and to improve the performance of the Puerto Rico Department of Education on monitoring and compliance more generally. Because of the substantial efforts of the Governor, his Secretary of Education, and the rest of his Education Task Force, we hope to be able to move beyond the compliance agreements of the past, while remaining partners in the future.”

The full U.S. Department of Education team conducted meetings all week, receiving progress reports by PRDE, the Governor’s Education Task Force, providing technical assistance, and culminating in an exit visit on Thursday with Governor Fortuño. PRDE has been plagued with a myriad of compliance issues in the past, resulting in several legal agreements between the U.S. Department of Education and PRDE. Those agreements will come to an end shortly, pending a final determination by the U.S. Department of Education after assessing the reports from this trip and PRDE’s most recent submission to the Department.

Waldo, a member of the President’s Task Force on Puerto Rico’s status also noted, “We remain committed to providing Puerto Rico with ongoing and robust technical assistance so we can work together to drive and improve student achievement.”

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SaturdayFebruary 19, 2011