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SundayMay 29, 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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U.S. Diplomats Traveling to Colombia and Brazil to Discuss Mutual Security Challenges

U.S. Diplomats Traveling to Colombia and Brazil to Discuss Mutual Security Challenges

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Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs Andrew J. Shapiro will travel to Colombia and Brazil, May 30-June 3.

While in Colombia May 30-31, Assistant Secretary Shapiro will visit Tolemaida Airbase to observe Colombian training activities and will meet with senior civilian and military officials in Bogota to build on security cooperation initiatives aimed at meeting shared security challenges.

In Brazil June 1-3, Assistant Secretary Shapiro will hold consultations in Rio de Janeiro, then will lead the U.S. delegation at the U.S.-Brazil Political-Military Dialogue in Brasilia.

In Rio de Janeiro, Assistant Secretary Shapiro will deliver a speech at the Superior War College to a group comprised of military officers and professors. In Brasilia, the Assistant Secretary will engage with Brazilian interlocutors on a variety of issues, building on the success of the previous dialogue, held in 2006 in Washington, D.C.

The U.S.-Brazil Political-Military Dialogue focuses on a wide range of political-military issues, including shared strategic challenges in the region and continuing efforts to enhance partnerships in security cooperation, defense capacity building, and peacekeeping.

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Latino Coalition’s Annual Small Business Summit Deemed a Success

Latino Coalition’s Annual Small Business Summit Deemed a Success

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The Latino Coalition (TLC) concluded the 2011 Small Business Summit in Washington D.C.  The event kicked off May 23 and attracted over 750 small business owners, Fortune 500 procurement officers, government officials and a first-class list of keynote speakers.

Breakout sessions brought together the best and the brightest to discuss everything from social media and contracts to regulations and international trade.  On Wednesday, May 25, following the ‘Rally on the Hill’, The Latino Coalition sponsored a luncheon to provide a bi-partisan platform for political leaders to address the current issues facing small and medium-sized Latino business owners. Speakers included:

Congressmen Xavier Becerra (D-CA), Francisco Canseco (R–TX), Henry Cuellar (D-TX), Sean Duffy (R-WI), Kevin McCarthy, Majority Whip (R), Mike Pence (R-IN), David Rivera (R-FL) and Senator John Cornyn (R-TX).

In addition, The Latino Coalition presented their prestigious “Tributo Award” to the Honorable Xavier Becerra, in recognition of significant contributions to the Latino Community and their “Leadership Award” to Senator John Cornyn, in recognition of his contributions and outreach to the Latino Community and for years of exemplary public service to this country.

“The Small Business Summit was a phenomenal event that reinforces the actionable value we receive from the Latino Coalition,” said Martha de la Torre, small business owner and member of The Latino Coalition.  “To not only hear from peers about their business challenges and solutions, but to interact with political leaders and procurement professionals was invaluable to all of us.”

The attendees heard inspiring words from this year’s summit sponsors who discussed the private and public sector goals and the valuable tools they will provide to minority small and medium-sized business. Speakers included:

Silvia R. Aldana, Manager, Government Relations, PG&E, Joan Woodard, Executive Vice President for Public Policy, Travelers and Lisa Rickard, Executive Vice President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Legal Reform.

The Latino Coalition continues to be laser-focused on growing and meeting the needs of their members and capitalized on the networking and the contracting opportunities at the event.  TLC expanded its relationships with Travelers and the Institute for Legal Reform and signed Memorandums of Understanding on site with the National Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce, Ibero American Business Council and Festibanda USA.

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Shocking Video from Mexico Shows Teacher Calming Her Class with Song While Bullets Fly (VIDEO)

Shocking Video from Mexico Shows Teacher Calming Her Class with Song While Bullets Fly (VIDEO)

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A valiant teacher from the Colonia Nueva Estanzuela school in Monterrey is shown in this video calming her kingergarten youngster as bullets are heard outside.

The youngsters were ordered on the floor by the unidentified teacher who also recorded the incident on her cellphone.  She calmly tells them not to worry, that they are safe inside and then to silence the bullets she asks them to sing the Barney song – Raindrops.

Reports in Mexico have reported that a heavily armed group traveling in several vans shot up a taxi stand near the school, killing five people. 


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El Museo del Barrio’s Gala Sees Moguls and Movie Stars Turn Out

El Museo del Barrio’s Gala Sees Moguls and Movie Stars Turn Out

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El Museo del Barrio is one of the leading Hispanic cultural institutions presenting and preserving the art and culture of Puerto Ricans and all Latin Americans in the U.S.  This year’s gala which is becoming a must-go-to event, honored the work of Peruvian photographer Mario Testino and his 30 year career.  This comes on the heels of Testino photographing the royal newlyweds for their engagement photos seen around the world. 

The gala, with tickets starting at a $1,000 each, was held at Cipriani’s and saw moguls and movie stars attend like Josh Hartnett.  Many of Testino’s beautiful subjects were present like Academy award winner Kate Winslet, models Candice Swanepoel and Joan Smalls. 

Also seen honoring El Museo were Anna Wintour of Vogue and designer Donatella Versace.  This glamour filled event was held to benefit the Museums numerous public and educational programs.
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12 Million Latinos Workers Have No Paid Sick Day Benefits

12 Million Latinos Workers Have No Paid Sick Day Benefits

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A new analysis released today by the National Partnership for Women & Families, Latino Workers and Their Families Need Paid Sick Days (Spanish), shows that Latino workers and their families suffer when they lack basic workplace protections like paid sick time. Latinos are the fastest growing segment of the United States’ workforce, yet nearly 12 million Latino workers – 60 percent of the Latino workforce – don’t have a single paid sick day to use to recover from common illnesses.

“Every day, hardworking Latinos across the country are being forced to choose between their health and their ability to provide for their families because they lack paid sick days,” said Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families. “This analysis shows the very real impact of this problem. By enacting common sense policies that guarantee workers the right to earn paid sick days, lawmakers and employers could help to alleviate the strain on millions of Latino families while protecting their health and the health of our communities.”

According to the new fact sheet, Latino workers participate in the labor force at a higher rate than any racial or ethnic group, but they are more likely to work in occupations in which workers do not have paid sick days – food preparation and serving, construction and personal care. This is particularly dangerous because workers in these occupations have frequent contact with the public. The consequences of failure to provide paid sick time for these workers – to the health of the workers themselves and the public – are clear. For those who are paid low wages, these consequences can be even more severe.

The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) – the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the U.S. – just released a collection of personal stories that chronicles the experiences of Latino, immigrant and other workers in the low-wage labor market. We Needed the Work: Latino Worker Voices in the New Economy offers a glimpse of the conditions that millions of low-wage workers face every day, including chronic pain when workers in physically exhausting jobs are unable to take time off to recover from illness.

Lawmakers in several major cities are working to ensure workers have the right to earn paid sick days. San Francisco and the District of Columbia have successfully implemented paid sick days laws. Legislation to guarantee workers a minimum standard of paid sick days is advancing in Philadelphia. This month, advocates in Denver announced a paid sick days ballot initiative, and advocates in Seattle launched a campaign in support of a paid sick days bill. New York City’s paid sick days bill has strong support in the City Council and will continue to be a key political issue. Seven state legislatures are considering paid sick days legislation this year.

At the federal level, the Healthy Families Act was re-introduced in Congress this month. It would allow workers at businesses with 15 or more employees to earn up to seven paid sick days per year, to be used to address their own short-term medical needs, such as the flu, or the needs of their families. It includes pro-rated leave for part-time workers, and sick days can be used for medical appointments, preventative or diagnostic treatment; and to care for a family member with comparable needs.

The bill includes a paid safe days provision to allow workers to use paid sick days to address domestic violence, stalking or sexual assault.

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Hilarious Video on Stereotypes in 50 States All in 2 Minutes (VIDEO)

We know you are probably busy with family and friends on this Memorial Day weekend but no one is ever too busy to enjoy a quick and good laugh.  Check out this video on stereotypes of our 50 states all in two minutes time.  You will especially enjoying having New Mexico identified as Mexico without the UFO’s or the very accurate comment on Arizona keeping Indians in but wanting the Mexicans out. 

Enjoy.


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Join us This and Every Sunday At HS-News Open Mic

Join us This and Every Sunday At HS-News Open Mic

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Introducing:

From Honduras:

Artist: Ytterbium
Song: Velcro
Band Members:
  * Marco Cruz (Vocals, Guitar)
  * Tulio Cruz (Bass Guitar)
  * Javier Sabillón (Drums)

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Nashville One of Nations Top Markets For Hispanic-Owned Businesses

Nashville One of Nations Top Markets For Hispanic-Owned Businesses

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Nashville’s Hispanic immigrant population has soared over the last eight years and with that came many entrepreneurs making Nashville one of the nation’s top markets for Hispanic-owned businesses.

Currently Nashville ranks fourth as a top U.S. market for Hispanic self-employment which is an indicator of the number of businesses started.  In addition,  Forbes magazine has identified Nashville as a mecca for all immigrant entrepreneurs ranking it third in the U.S.

While Nashville has a small immigrant population at 107,000 it has “soared” from much lower levels by 83 percent from 2000 to 2008.  Specifically the Hispanic population over the last 10 years has grown 44 percent according to the most recent census.  One out of every 10 Nashville residents is Hispanic.

Currently there are over 1,000 Hispanic-owned businesses in the city, an increase of 60 percent over the last five years.  Many Hispanic business owners credit the technical assistance and entrepreneur programs catering to minorities as the reason why there are so many Hispanics starting their own businesses.

“What the successful immigrant entrepreneurs here have in common is a strong work ethic that leads them to spend countless hours at their businesses”, said Yuri Cunza of the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

 

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Ousted Former President Manuel Zelaya of Honduras Returns After 16 months in Exile

Ousted Former President Manuel Zelaya of Honduras Returns After 16 months in Exile

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With thousands of supporters weathering intense heat, ousted former President of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, returned to a hero’s welcome.  Zelaya had been in exile for little more than a year in the Dominican Republic after being kicked out of office and the country by a military coup.

After the coup in June of 2009, current President Porfirio Lobo took over power and quickly silenced Zelaya’s supporters and thereby faced international outcry and sanctions.  The governments of Argentina, Colombia and Venezuela brokered a deal that would allow Zelaya to return and for Honduras to save face internationally.

The former President and current President signed an agreement allowing for Zelaya’s return and assuring him he would not face prosecution for corruption.  In turn Honduras was allowed to re-enter the powerful Organization of American States (OAS). 

Honduran reports are stating that Zelaya has already met with Lobo and other OAS officials.

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Puerto Rican Beauty & Nickelodeon Star Victoria Justice “Best Friend’s Brother” Video Debut

Puerto Rican Beauty & Nickelodeon Star Victoria Justice “Best Friend’s Brother” Video Debut

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Puerto Rican beauty and star of Nickelodeon’s Victorious has just released a music video titled “Best Friend’s Brother”.  This new single is a group effort that includes Justice and the entire cast of her TV show.

In March, Justice and the cast released “Begging on Your Knees” to much fanfare. 

The actress, singer, dancer and songwriter sure has been busy.  She recently landed the role in Fun Size, where she will play a girl who takes her younger brother trick-or-treating on Halloween and looses him. 


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Elite Swarthmore College to Provide Simultaneous Spanish Translation at Commencement

Elite Swarthmore College to Provide Simultaneous Spanish Translation at Commencement

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For the first time elite Swarthmore College will provide simultaneous Spanish translation during this year’s baccalaureate address and commencement ceremony.

The college of 1,500 students is considered one of the top liberal arts private colleges in the nation and is often identified as a ‘little Ivy’ school.  Approximately 11 percent of its students are Hispanic and there will be 366 graduates at this year’s commencement.  Spanish Professor Aurora Camacho de Schmidt will be doing the translating

Commencement will be held this Sunday and this ceremony in many ways is pioneering.  Institutions with more than 25 percent Latino enrollment don’t even appear to offer this service for their graduates.

Overall, it is rare to have commencement ceremonies simultaneously translated, some hold separate ceremonies other hold bilingual events - therefore Swarthmore is being heralded by different Latino advocacy organizations.

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Mexico Suffering Under Severe Heat with Over 11 States Seeing 100 Degree Plus Weather

Mexico Suffering Under Severe Heat with Over 11 States Seeing 100 Degree Plus Weather

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Mexican residents throughout most of the country are being warned to stay indoors during the day, wear hats outdoors and drink lots of water in light of extreme heat temperatures.

11 states in the country are facing temperatures over 100 degrees Fahrenheit with the southern coast facing over 112 degrees.  The Health Secretary, Jose Angel Cordova, is reporting an increase in diahretic diseases as a result of spoiled meats and vegetables due to heat and the propensity of Mexicans to eat from outdoor food stalls.

Mexico City is also facing some very uncomfortable days since Thursday when the temperature was clocked at 83 degrees and all the public transportation not having air conditioning. 

The country’s rain season started this month yet little to no rainfall has been seen.  It is now not unusual to see a lot of social media buzz in the country urging for the Mexican Indians to start doing public rain dances so that the heat can subside.

Read more at La Plaza/LA Times →

California’s DREAM Act Allowing Undocumented Students Access to State Grants Advances

California’s DREAM Act Allowing Undocumented Students Access to State Grants Advances

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California’s State Assembly is getting ready to vote this week on AB 131 or this state’s version of a DREAM Act after an Assembly committee approved the bill on Friday.

Bill AB 131 would allow undocumented students in California to apply for state funding such as state grants, state university scholarships and fee waivers.  There are approximately 5,500 student who would be the immediate beneficiaries of this Calfornia DREAM Act benefit expansion with the majority attending state community colleges.

This bill would benefit not only illegal immigrant students but also nonresient students who qualified for in-state tuition benefits.  This good news for DREAMer students comes on the heels of the California Assembly passing AB 130 that allows illegal immigrant students to obtain private scholarships offered through the University of California system.

Both AB 131 and AB 130 now face a vote in the Senate before they become law.

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SundayMay 29, 2011