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Cinepolis Hired A Young Man With Disabilities And His Video On Social Media Is Super Sweet

Despite all the craziness happening around the world, social media isn’t just a place to share negative, depressing, or heartbreaking news. It’s also a place to share heartwarming news.

Case in point: Raymundo.

The Internet was overflowing with tears thanks to a viral video showing a young man so excited he got hired at a local movie theatre that he breaks down crying.

Translation: This is Raymundo, a young man with a disability who is very happy. The reason? He was hired @Cinepolis in #Monterrey. Do you know what’s best? He wants the money to help at home. ????Ray’s a champion!

Raymundo’s mamá filmed him as he came out of the interview (obviously knowing her hijo would get the job) and the result is 100% pure emotion. Karina Garza, Raymundo’s mother, was able to capture the joy of her son as he shared the exciting news that he had been hired by Cinépolis.

In the video, which has quickly gone viral, Karina asks her son “what happened?” to what Raymundo, on the verge of crying, responded “Mom, I am very happy because they hired me…And I’m very happy to work and to contribute at home.”

The video quickly went viral on the Internet and has already made many people cry because there are thousands and thousands of comments showing their support for Raymundo.

Omg, I’m not crying, you’re crying!

Seriously, try and tell me you’re not feeling all the feels.

Raymundo’s mother also took to the Internet to express her gratitude to the theatre chain, Cinépolis.

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The boy’s mother thanked Cinépolis, noting that they didn’t just give a young man a job, they gave him the opportunity to help his family and to feel productive.

She added: “Friends with business and recruiters, I want you to know that YOUR DECISIONS CHANGE LIVES! For many, it may simply be covering a vacancy, but for us families you are changing the future and the life of a human being, giving hope to people who have the desire to be productive, to contribute to their home, and to be better.”

So far, the video has more than 2 million views and 76,000 reactions, in addition to thousands of comments that congratulate Raymundo and Cinépolis for being an example of labor inclusion.

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Translation: That is real inclusion!

Twitter has been full of warm wishes of success and, of course, pure emotion!

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Translation: ‼️ Bravo Raymundo, bravo, bravo ‼️ A lot of success and keep on moving forward without giving up, young people like you deserve everything… ????

And many took this has a truly encouraging sign that progress is being made in Mexico for people with disabilities.

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Translation: Bravo! Let’s hear it for this young man’s mom. And of course to Cinépolis for its inclusion. Like this Mexico, we advance!

Cinépolis confirmed they had hired Raymundo while also noting that he’s just one of many people with a disability the company has hired.

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Translation: It’s not just Raymundo! Cinépolis has hired 400 people with disabilities.

The chain Cinépolis, confirmed Raymundo was not a unique case. In fact, in the last 24 months, Cinépolis has hired around 400 people who have some form of disability. It should be noted that according to the International Labor Organization, there are 1.8 billion people in the world with disabilities.

This means that both single mothers, pregnant women, those with disabilities, elderly people and even those who are part of the LGBT community are more than welcome to the company.

On its website, Cinépolis takes pride in its diversity: “Cinépolis is a company that is in favor of diversity and inclusion. We know that a diverse team enriches the operation and can give sensitivity to the rest of the population.”

In fact, Cinépolis is making it a point to hire the country’s most at-risk populations.

The theatre chain has made it their mission to reach out and hire pregnant women, single mothers, people with disabilities, Indigenous people, the elderly, people living with HIV, and members of the LGBTQ community.

According to Mexico’s National Council For Preventing Discrimination (CONAPRED), these groups of people are at the greatest risk of workplace discrimination. Therefore, Cinépolis is working hard to make sure to incorporate them into their workforce.

In a statement, Cinépolis said: “An employment relationship must always be fair. It is a paid exchange for a service offered by a person to a company and both parties can truly benefit from the said agreement, however, it is not all about money.”

The Coronavirus Is Starting To Hit Mexico’s Poorest Communities And The Results Could Be Devastating

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The Coronavirus Is Starting To Hit Mexico’s Poorest Communities And The Results Could Be Devastating

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Mexico has been ravaged by the Coronavirus pandemic. That’s a fact. It now ranks fourth globally in terms of deaths related to the virus, with nearly 50,000 dead. However, many of those cases and deaths have largely been centered on the country’s large cities – including Ciudad de México, Guadalajara and Tijuana.

That appears to be changing as many of Mexico’s most remote and poorest pueblos – most inhabited by Indigenous communities – have started to see the virus appear on their doorsteps. With many rural pueblitos lacking access to healthcare and many having extreme rates of poverty, this could spell disaster for Mexico’s most vulnerable communities.

Mexico’s poorest village has its first case of Coronavirus and this could be devastating for locals.

Mexico’s rural pueblitos, largely home to Indigenous communities, had mostly escaped the worst of the Coronavirus pandemic. For months, as the virus raged across the country, Mexico’s Indigenous communities enacted their own checkpoints and lockdowns and roadblocks that helped contain the virus’ spread. However, that strategy seems to have reached a dead end as new reports of Covid-19 emerge from Mexico’s poorest and most rural communities.

In Oaxaca, the village of Santos Reyes Yucuná – which is Mexico’s poorest, reported its first case of the virus on July 17, four months after the pandemic reached Mexico. The virus took longer to find its way to this remote, Mixtec community located 140 miles from the state’s capital due to its lack of infrastructure, especially roads.

Santos Reyes Yucuná is especially vulnerable to virus. The government’s social development agency (CONEVAL) estimates that 99.9% of the 1,380 residents live in extreme poverty. The region has no hospital and most residents do not have health insurance or the means to travel to a hospital in another area. Another town in Oaxaca’s Mixteca region, Coicoyán de las Flores, is in a similar situation with similar levels of poverty. One case of the Coronavirus was reported last month and the patient, a 25-year-old woman, died. 

Last weekend, 23 new cases of Covid-19 were registered in the Mixteca region, for a total of 482 positive cases and at least 48 reported deaths. The area’s municipal seat, Huajuapan, has the highest number of cases at 30, with three people hospitalized. 

Many rural communities had been labeled ‘Communities of Hope’ and were allowed to reopen early to avoid severe economic costs.

As the Coronavirus first arrived to Mexico, many leaders of rural pueblitos were quick to enact strict preventive measures, closing food markets and installing health checkpoints and roadblocks. But as the economic effects began to be felt, the government launched a program known as the “Municipalities of Hope.”

The program included 324 towns that the government decided were eligible to reopen early. The plan allowed places with no Covid-19 cases – and with no cases in surrounding areas – to start lifting restrictions, in an attempt to mitigate the shutdown’s devastating economic impact.

But just a couple of months later, that list has dwindled to just a few dozen villages. One town – Ometepec, Guerrero, lasted less than 14 days on the list. “In just a few weeks, we went from zero to 47 confirmed cases and six dead,” said Ulises Moreno Tabarez, a postdoctoral researcher who lives in the town.

According to Dr Carlos Magis Rodríguez, a professor of medicine and a public health researcher at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, a lack of serious lockdown measures doomed the strategy from the beginning. “If there were strict control of entrances and exits, a quarantine upon arrival, it could have worked,” Magis Rodríguez told Reforma. “The places this has worked are practically islands.”

But less than two months later, Mexico has become one of the worst-affected countries in the world.

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As of July 29, Mexico has more than 400,000 confirmed Covid-19 cases and 44,876 people have died from the virus. Mexico now ranks 6th globally in number of cases and 4th in number of deaths. And these numbers are widely seen as under reporting the severity of the crisis. Mexico has one of the lowest testing rates in the world, at approximately 2.5 tests per confirmed case, compared with the U.S. rate of 12.52, the UK’s 22.57 – and New Zealand’s rate of 359.2.

Meanwhile, Mexico’s weak healthcare system is underfunded; hospitals attribute a large number of coronavirus deaths to faulty equipment and a lack of resources rather than the virus itself. The country is in no way equipped to provide unemployment benefits or stimulus checks to almost half of the population that lives in poverty. Furthermore, many informal workers lack health insurance. The country has very little in the way of a safety net, so many are forced to decide risking their health or risk going hungry.

Mexicans are not alone as countries across Latin America have failed to support their citizens.

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Across Latin America, poor families have faced an impossible choice – between obeying quarantine measures and starving, or venturing out to work despite the danger of infection.

But unlike other leaders, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) has not introduced stimulus measures to help the most vulnerable communities, instead his government has pushed through a string of severe austerity measures – even as he emphasized the need for the economy to stay open.

The president has also downplayed the pandemic – claiming in April that Mexico had “tamed” the virus – and repeatedly emphasized the need for the economy to stay open, striking a notably more relaxed tone than warnings from the country’s Covid-19 tsar, Hugo López-Gatell.

People Have A Lot Of Opinions About The Argentina Episode Of Netflix’s ‘Street Food: Latin America’

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People Have A Lot Of Opinions About The Argentina Episode Of Netflix’s ‘Street Food: Latin America’

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Netflix has a new food show out and it has everyone buzzing. “Street Food: Latin America” is bringing everyone the sabor of Latin America to their living room. However, reviews are mixed because of Argentina and the lack of Central American representation.

Netflix has a new show and it is all about Latin American street food.

Some of the best food in the world comes from Latin America. That is just a fact and it isn’t because our families and community come for Latin America. Okay, maybe just a little. The food of Latin America comes with history and stories that have shaped our childhood. For many of us, it is the only thing we have that connects us to the lands our families have left.

The show is highlighting the contributions of women to street food.

“Street Food: Latin America” focuses mainly on the women that are leading the street food cultures in different countries in Latin America. For some of them, it was a chance to bring themselves out of poverty and care for their children. For others, it was a rebellion against the male-dominated culture of cooking in Latin America.

However, some people have some strong opinions about the show and they aren’t good.

There is a lot of attention to native communities in the Latino community culturally right now. The Argentina episode where someone claims that Argentina is more European is rubbing people the wrong way right now. While the native population of Argentina is small, it is still important to highlight and honor native communities who are indigenous to the lands.

The disregard for the indigenous community is upsetting because indigenous Argentinians are fighting for their lives and land.

An A Jazeera report focused on an indigenous community in northern Argentina who were fighting to protect their land. After decades of discrimination and humiliation, members of the Wichi community fought to protect their land from the Argentinian government grabbing it in 2017. Early this year, before Covid, children of the tribe started to die at alarming rates of malnutrition.

Another pain point in the Latino community is the complete disregard of Central America.

Central America includes Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Belize, and Panama. Central America’s exclusion is not sitting right with Netflix users with Central American heritage. Like, how can five whole countries be looked over during a Netflix show about street food in Latin America?

Seems like there is a chance for Netflix to revisit Latin America for more food content.

There are so many countries in Latin America that offer delicious foods to the world. There is more to Latin America than Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Argentina, Colombia, and Bolivia.

READ: This Iconic Mexican Food Won The Twitter Battle To Be Named Latin America’s Best Street Food