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June 2006 Blog Posts (16)

Venezuela: 195 years later...

By Juan J Miret



Venezuela declared independence from Spain on July 5th 1811 under the leadership of its most prominent native son, Simón Bolívar: The Liberator.



Nevertheless, full control over Venezuelan territory was achieved after Bolívar, with the help of General José Antonio Páez and especially the General Grand Marshall Antonio José de Sucre, whose battle plan Bolívar chose to follow, won the Battle of Carabobo on June 24th 1821 and after José Prudencio Padilla won… Continue

Added by NSHP Editor on June 30, 2006 at 7:39pm — No Comments

Melanoma in Hispanics More Likely To Be Diagnosed At A Later Stage

Black and Hispanic patients in Florida's Miami-Dade County are more likely than white patients to have a more advanced stage of melanoma at the time of diagnosis of the disease, according to a report published in the June issue of the Archives of Dermatology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.



The skin cancer melanoma has become increasingly more common, with incidence rates increasing 2.4 percent annually in the United States over the past decade, according to background information… Continue

Added by NSHP Editor on June 26, 2006 at 4:18pm — No Comments

Pocket Change

By Juan J Miret



Almost everyone thinks or feels that personal value is defined by their net worth and lifestyle. Therefore, in hard times, these persons are hit particularly hard.



Some grew up with a special outlook:

"Money is a singular thing. It ranks with love as man's greatest source of joy". John Kenneth Galbraith

"We all need money, but there are degrees of desperation". Anthony Burgess

"You can be young without money but you can't be old without it".… Continue

Added by NSHP Editor on June 23, 2006 at 8:07pm — No Comments

Student Loan Consolidation

Last week I ran into an old friend of mine from college at happy hour at that new swanky lounge downtown. He is a big time attorney now and of course I felt a little embarrassed to tell him what I did. “Well,” I thought, “at least I am not up to my eyeballs in debt from school.” Satisfied with my reasoning for why I took the easy track in college, I let him buy me another drink.



With a wry smile and the kind of confidence that only comes after 2 Dirty Grey Goose Martinis: “Geez, so… Continue

Added by NSHP Editor on June 22, 2006 at 5:48pm — No Comments

Hispanic students should forget excuses to drop out

I can't think of a more serious obstacle to Hispanic progress than school dropouts. But, frankly, I am tired of hearing the same old excuses for the problem.



Academic leaders are worried that a new underclass, composed mostly of Hispanics, is emerging in our economy. Even worse, few of those experts seem to know how to deal with the situation.



But I doubt Hispanics are so naive that they don't know where the problem is. They do. What we don't know is when the Hispanic… Continue

Added by NSHP Editor on June 20, 2006 at 5:27pm — No Comments

Hispanic journalists gathering will start with Cuba

Washington, D.C. - The National Association of Hispanic Journalists will hold today “A Conversation with Ricardo Alarcón,” the president of Cuba’s national assembly, via satellite from the Caribbean nation to open the association’s 24th Annual Convention and Media & Career Expo to be held June 14-17 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.



The annual convention will also take on the hot topic of immigration with New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, CNN host Lou Dobbs and Jorge Castañeda, the former… Continue

Added by NSHP Editor on June 14, 2006 at 5:13pm — No Comments

Federal Survey Indicates Hispanic Kids More Prone to Suicide

ATLANTA — Hispanic high school students use drugs and attempt suicide at far higher rates than their white and black classmates, says a new federal survey that has the experts somewhat perplexed.



More than 11 percent of all Latino students and 15 percent of Latino girls said they had attempted suicide, according to the report issued Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The white and black rates were about 7.5 percent.



Latinos also reported much… Continue

Added by NSHP Editor on June 12, 2006 at 9:57pm — No Comments

Puerto Rico . . . not so rich after all . . .

By Juan J Miret



Cristóbal Colón arrived to the stunning Puerto Rico in 1493 on his second voyage to the New World. San Juan, Puerto Rico’s capital, was established on the northern coast in 1521. The fortified port withstood many foreign assaults over nearly 400 years at the preeminent Spanish stronghold in the Caribbean.



Puerto Rico became an American tenure in 1898 along with the Philippines and Guam following the US victory in the Spanish American War. Puerto Ricans were… Continue

Added by NSHP Editor on June 9, 2006 at 9:23pm — No Comments

Opinion: Are you 'racist'? Believe me, we all are!

"Ahi viene el Negro! (Here comes the black man)!" my grandmother would shout, trying to scare me into coming into the house as I played late into the evening when I was a boy. Her tactic didn't work. A few blocks from her house was a small black community. A man who lived there would walk by sometimes and give me a dime for teaching him Spanish. His friendliness dispersed any fear of blacks my grandmother tried to instill in me.



In the early '40s, my grandmother would take me… Continue

Added by NSHP Editor on June 8, 2006 at 11:13pm — No Comments

NSHP - NYC Chapter on its way!

After a first meet-and-greet organized by Beverly Garrido (see picture below), a group of active members has decided to start the NYC Local Chapter of NSHP.



The members that have applied for committee status are:



- Beverly Garrido (Chapter leader)

- Genie Caceres

- John Chaux

- Oscar Contreras



If you are interested in attending future events, make sure you register in our website (registration is free) to get… Continue

Added by NSHP Editor on June 8, 2006 at 4:53pm — No Comments

Hispanic Attitudes Toward Learning English

Hispanics by a large margin believe that immigrants have to speak English to be a part of American society and even more so that English should be taught to the children of immigrants, according to recent surveys conducted by the Pew Hispanic Center.



The endorsement of the English language, both for immigrants and for their children, is strong among all Hispanics regardless of income, party affiliation, fluency in English or how long they have been living in the United… Continue

Added by NSHP Editor on June 8, 2006 at 12:19am — No Comments

Governor Schwarzenegger is not sharing his immigration story

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, the nation’s most prominent foreign-born public official, has so far declined to share his story on MyImmigrationStory.com. Contacted on May 19, the governor whose state is at the center of the current controversy over immigration has yet to share his own story. If you would like to hear how the Governor became an American, I urge you to contact his campaign at info2006@joinarnold.com.



Raul Ramos y Sanchez, host of… Continue

Added by NSHP Editor on June 7, 2006 at 4:22pm — No Comments

Does it matter...

What matters, who says?

Does it really matter to the fool, that everyone thinks he is rude. Really, does it matter? Crudeness becomes her she says as in the mirror she sees the way she behaves. As she speaks, she let’s her words dig her own grave. She surmises this by your surprise, she says, “we all have to die, let me live.” At least she knows this, as her days pass her by through the life, to her demise.



Does it matter to the water when someone says, “you are all wet”? Or to… Continue

Added by NSHP Editor on June 6, 2006 at 11:01pm — No Comments

Hispanic Toddlers More Likely to Be Obese

-- A large study of young children reveals Hispanic kids are more likely to become obese by the time they are 3 years old. But researchers are perplexed as to the reason why.



The investigation was conducted among more than 2,400 children who were followed from birth to age 3. Mothers were interviewed while still in the hospital after giving birth and then again when their children were 1 year old and 3 years old. Slightly more than half of the children were black, a quarter were… Continue

Added by NSHP Editor on June 6, 2006 at 9:17pm — No Comments

Hispanic teens more likely to try meth

CHICAGO- The nation's drug czar says Hispanic teens are almost twice as likely to have tried methamphetamines than white or black teenagers.



John Walters, the director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, was in Chicago to release a new series of anti-meth advertisements in Spanish and English. Some of the ads emphasize the physical damage meth use can cause, such as rotting teeth and skin lesions.



Walters spoke in downtown Chicago at Prevention… Continue

Added by NSHP Editor on June 6, 2006 at 6:49pm — No Comments

World Cup

By Juan J Miret



The World Cup or the Soccer World Cup is to most significant competition in international soccer. It's the world's most representative team sport event and is contested by the men's national soccer team of the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport's largest governing body.



The first tournament was held in Uruguay in 1930. It's been stopped only twice, in 1942 and 1946 due to the World War II.



The World Cup involves… Continue

Added by NSHP Editor on June 5, 2006 at 11:25am — No Comments

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