Volume XXX Number 21 May 26, 2006

FrontPage Stories

“We become a hope for these children”

A SDSU program helps abused children in Tijuana

By Pablo Jaime Sainz

Michel Garcia Martir has lived close to poverty.

Before living in San Diego, the college student lived in Tijuana, where she would see children selling gum or asking for money in the streets of Downtown.

Back then, she would feel impotent for not being able to do anything to help them.

“I was in middle school and it would fill me up with rage to see those children suffering of hunger. Even though I grew up seeing all of that, I didn’t know how to help them beyond giving them a coin or buying a piece of gum from them,” Garcia Martir said.


Children at Centro para la Protección Social de la Niñez in Tijuana.

Today, when she’s about to finish her bachelor’s degree, this young woman can lend a hand to children living in the streets thanks to a program between San Diego State University and Desarrollo Integral de la Familia (DIF), Tijuana’s government social services agency.

It’s an internship where SDSU students spend several hours a week at Centro para la Protección Social de la Niñez, a temporary shelter where about 15 children that have been abused physically and sexually are taken off the streets to receive psychological help, food and shelter.

The program, which began last summer, is sponsored by SDSU’s Latin American Studies Department and one of its main purposes is to provide a bridge through which college students can have a positive presence in the lives’ of the children, said Jennifer Daby, the intership program coordinator.

At the Centro, three times a week, about 10 SDSU students organize activities for children, whose ages are between 8 and 17 years.

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“Nos convertimos en la única esperanza de estos niños”
Un programa de SDSU ayuda a niños en Tijuana
Por Pablo Jaime Sainz
Michel García Martir conoce de cerca la pobreza.


Two debates, five candidates, more attacks
By José A. Alvarez
What a difference the presence of a candidate makes. Within a week, there have been two debates between the aspirants to be the next mayor of Chula Vista.



Stories

Zogby: Mexico’s Fox Builds Legacy
Mexican President Vicente Fox’s solid performance may pave the way for his PAN party to retain its hold on the presidency, according to a new University of Miami School of Communication/Zogby International survey six weeks before election


Proponen eliminar el delito de difamación en Baja California
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
Diputados bajacalifornianos presentaron esta semana una iniciativa de ley al congreso del Estado que busca eliminar del código penal de Baja California los delitos de difamación y calumnia. Una medida que busca dar un paso importante en el fortalecimiento del derecho a la información y a las garantías individuales de la libertad de expresión y la libertad de prensa.


México del Norte
Por Jorge Mújica Murias
Mexicanos al grito de Guerra
Ahí nomás, en ese comienzo del Himno Nacional Mexicano, hay tres idiomas. “Mexicanos” es Náhuatl, “grito” es español, y “guerra” es alemán. En una traducción liberal de cada palabra, tenemos una frase así como “Naturales de México en voz muy esforzada van a la pelea”.


LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por Karina Flores-Hurley
Los peruanos en el extranjero y las elecciones
‘Pueblo que no ha aprendido de su historia, tiene el deber de repetirla’. Ese parece ser el lema de millones de peruanos, quienes el próximo domingo 4 de junio elegirán a su próximo presidente. Y es que la elección es por decir lo menos, polémica. El nacionalista Ollanta Humala y el ya conocido ex presidente de la república, Alan García Pérez se disputarán el gobierno de la república del Perú.


San Ysidro High Hosts Kick-off for Voter Education Campaign
Student Melissa Garcia dropped her voter registration card into a collection box—and just like that she gained a new voice. She was on the path to becoming a new voter. Melissa was among 500 seniors at San Ysidro High and nearly 7,000 seniors across the Sweetwater District who are being encouraged to register to vote.

San Diego County Memorial Day Weekend
Schedule of Events
Saturday, May 27th, 2006
San Diego, Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery

First Person:
Street soliders Memorial Day
By Al Carlos Hernandez
On Memorial Day, as we reflect on the untimely loss of Fathers, Brothers and Sisters, who fought and won our freedoms we enjoy. The somber and respectful observance reminds me of a street tradition we had, that many still maintain, before we took a drink we would pour some on the ground and say, “For the fellas that ain’t here”…My brother used to throw the cap away.


Families are key in preventing obesity among children
By Karla Rodas
Obesity and the high number of overweight children continue to rise in the United States. According to 1999-2000 data from the Centers for Disease Control, 15 percent of children and teens ages 6 to 19 are overweight. The numbers have almost tripled for adolescents in the past 2 decades. That number accounts for almost nine million children and teens.

City Loan Program Fuels Small Business Start-Up
Otay Auto Body Parts Secures $300,000 from City’s Regional Revolving Loan Fund
In the continuing effort to cultivate small business development, the city of San Diego has approved a $300,000 loan to a local start-up firm that, like many entrepreneurial ventures, experienced challenges in securing financing from traditional lending sources. Otay Auto Body Parts, a start-up after-market auto parts retailer and wholesaler, is the latest recipient of the city’s San Diego Regional Revolving Loan Fund. The new company used the funding to purchase inventory and hire employees to launch its business this week.


Editorials

Editorial:
51st Congressional District: Who Will Best Represent the District, Filner or Vargas?
The June 6 Primary Elections for the 51st Congressional District, will determine which Democratic candidate, the current incumbent Congressman Bob Filner or the termed-out Assemblyman Juan Vargas will be, for all intents and purpose, the next representative for the 51 Congressional seat.


Editorial
51avo Distrito Congresional:¿Quién Representará Mejor el Distrito, Filner o Vargas?
Las Eleciones Primarias del 6 de junio para el 51avo Distrito Congresional, va a determinar qué candidato Demócrata, el Congresista Bob Filner o el Asambleísta Juan Vargas, el cual será, para todas las intenciones y razones, el siguiente representante para el asiento Congresista 51.


Comentario:
Las “encuestas” y López Obrador
Por Dagoberto Márquez
Días atrás, desvelándome para ver, escuchar y analizar los comentarios vertidos en uno de los programas transmitidos a medianoche por el Canal 2 de Televisa, vi sin asombro aunque sí con cierto desagrado cómo los comentaristas expresaban sus puntos de vista, mismos que en alguna medida trataban de hacernos creer que las “encuestas” de días atrás sí son confiables y que Andrés Manuel López Obrador está (ahora) abajo en la intención del voto en relación con el candidato del PAN, lo cual es más que increíble por no decir sospechoso ni otra cosa.


Commentary:
Immigrant debate’s focus on National Identity could be good for all Americans
By Joe Ortiz
One of the phrases that have captured my attention more so than the “illegal” aspect of the immigration imbroglio is “National Identity.” The phrase is also presented as “American Identity” with supporting adjectives such as “cultural, traditional and creeds.” In this day and age, culture can mean many things to many people, but it’s basically the customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a racial, religious, or social group; a set of shared attitudes, values, goals, traditions and practices that characterizes specific entities. Mexicans have a culture, so do Asians, Jews, Italians, as all ethnic groups do, and America has benefited greatly by them.


TEZOZOMOC SPEAKS
Pues, Mi Gente, una pregunta: What’s the difference between our Mexican and American culture and that of “Los Americanos? This past week we noted the difference in how USA/Americanos relate to animal life. The grief and emotional trauma shown when the Race Horse, Barbaro, shattered his right leg.


Etc. Etc. Etc.
Entertainment,
Reviews, Sporting news, and other tid bits

Últimos días de la exposición “Rebozos de México: Tejidos de identidad” en CECUT
Por: Luis Alonso Pérez
“El rebozo mexicano se puede considerar como la prenda que define y unifica toda la diversidad de indumentaria de las mujeres mexicanas a lo largo de su historia” expresó Octavio Murillo Álvarez, curador de la exposición “Rebozos de México: Tejidos de identidad”, actualmente en exhibi-ción en la Sala de Exposiciones Temáticas del Centro Cultural Tijuana.


Primer Recital “Notte Squisita” del Tenor Javier Sevilla
Por: Paco Zavala
Se espera que para el próximo sábado 27 de mayo, a partir de las 8:00 de la noche, el ya tradicional salón operático del “Café de la Opera”, que se localiza en la calle 5ta. No. 951, de la colonia Libertad en Tijuana, Baja California, se ilumine con las candilejas y el esplendor de la voz del tenor tijuanense Javier Sevilla, quién será acompañado al piano por el joven maestro Miguel Rivera.


Los Tigres del Norte visit the border
The popular group will perform tomorrow at SD Convention Center
By Pablo Jaime Sainz
After more than 30 years in Norteño music, Los Tigres del Norte still have many stories to tell.


Los Tigres del Norte visitan la frontera
Los populares norteños tocarán mañana en el Centro de Convenciones de SD
Por Pablo Jaime Sainz
Después de más de 30 años en la música norteña, Los Tigres del Norte aún tienen muchas historias que contar.


Cannes ou la la!
Latinos toman Cannes por tormenta
Por Jose Daniel Bort
La primavera en la Riviera Francesa está brava. Los yates encallados en la costa tienen que atracar en puerto mientras que el viento azota las faldas de las actrices en la alfombra roja del Palais, centro del festival de cine más influyente del mundo: Cannes.


EVENTS:
KUSI’s San Diego People, the Hispanic Edition

This Sunday morning KUSI News Channel 9/51 will present the Hispanic Edition of San Diego People with Leonard Villarreal and La Prensa San Diego’s Katia Lopez-Hodoyan at 6:30 am and 10 am.


Atlas: From the Streets to the Ring: A Son’s Struggle to Become a Man
Boxing Guru delivers a heartfelt message, in a knockout of a book!
By Mike Indri
  Prior to last week’s ESPN Tuesday Night Fights, at the Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Conn., highly respected and revered trainer-turned-commentator Teddy Atlas captivated the pre fight crowd, on hand to get a signed copy of “Atlas: From the Streets to the Ring-A Son’s Struggle to become a Man”, an autobiography, along with Peter Alson, which proved to be as riveting and interesting as the man himself.


Rodriguez a Key to Lancers Court Success
By John Philip Wyllie
Hilltop’s South Bay League All-Star middle blocker Martin Rodriguez played a major role in the Lancers success this season on the volleyball court. After finishing the league season in second place behind Otay Ranch, Rodriguez led the Lancers to a 19-11 record and the semifinals of the CIF San Diego Section Division II Tournament. They fell on Saturday to top-seeded Scripps Ranch 16-25, 25-15, 22-25, 14-25, but battled the Falcons every step of the way.


Floros Named First-Team All-West Region
Ross, Hartung earn second-team honors
Three Aztecs were named to the 2006 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I all-West Region team. Freshman Erin Floros (San Diego/Mt. Carmel HS) earned first-team honors, while sophomore Christina Ross (Santa Clarita, Calif./Univ. of Kansas) and senior Meagan Hartung (San Diego/Granite Hills HS) garnered second-team accolades. The three San Diego State (32-13) selections were the most in the west region, which consists of teams from the Mountain West Conference (MWC), the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) and the Big West Conference.


Fútbol de Primera Transmitirá la Copa Mundial de la FIFA 2006 en 80 Estaciones de Radio Hispanas en Todo el País
Fútbol de Primera, poseedor de los derechos exclusivos de transmisión de la Copa del Mundo 2006, en todos los idiomas para la radio en Estados Unidos, anunció hoy los detalles de la transmisión y de la organización  de partidos, como así también al equipo de grandes personalidades que los acompañarán en los análisis y comentarios.

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