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September 2005 Blog Posts (24)

NSHP L. A. Chapter in Development

To whom it may concern:



Dr. Robert Beltran and I (Elena Clarisa Herrera) have been corresponding with the National office of the NSHP with an offer to help establish a local chapter in Los Angeles. Sandra (editor@nshp.org) sent us the information with the six steps needed to form a local chapter.



I am writing to ask for your assistance with step #1, recruiting members.

" 1. Recruit Founding Members. Find at least six individuals in your area who are interested in… Continue

Added by NSHP Editor on September 29, 2005 at 7:31pm — No Comments

Diabetes Always Threat to Hispanics

By James H. Reza



When I changed jobs some years ago, I had to select a new doctor under my new health insurance coverage. Upon reviewing my medical records, my new doctor asked me a puzzling question: Were either of my parents diabetic? My answer was an empathic “no!” Mom died in an auto accident at age 63, and Dad, who was 90 at the time, never had been diagnosed as diabetic. My doctor then scheduled me for a complete physical.



Soon after that, my doctor summoned me to… Continue

Added by NSHP Editor on September 29, 2005 at 4:33pm — No Comments

White's the Color

by James H. Reza



A coworker at General Dynamics once told me, “James, black is beautiful, brown is grand, but white is the color of the ‘Big Boss Man’.” Being an American of Mexican heritage, I was almost always the target of my white coworkers making fun of my ethnicity. Though I would retaliate verbally, we all got along and had fun insulting each other.



Lately, and I’m assuming here, most of us who keep up with the latest news have been made aware that Hispanics are now… Continue

Added by NSHP Editor on September 27, 2005 at 11:02pm — No Comments

Latin Dances Unveiled on New U.S. Postage Stamps

WASHINGTON, Sept.2005 /PRNewswire/ -- Kicking off National Hispanic Heritage month, Sept. 15-Oct. 15, the U.S. Postal Service dedicated the Let's Dance/Bailemos stamps which bring to life four sassy Latin dances. The official first-day ceremonies were held in New York City at the Copacabana nightclub and in Miami at the Coconut Grove Expo Center. The 37-cent Let's Dance/Bailemos commemorative stamps are available nationwide starting Sept. 17.

Added by NSHP Editor on September 22, 2005 at 4:39pm — No Comments

Richard Castro

Oak Brook, IL--(HISPANIC PR WIRE)--September 20, 2005--McDonald’s Owner/Operator Richard Castro of El Paso, TX, has been named 2005 Hispanic Business Man of the Year by the USHCC at its recent Convention and Expo in Milwaukee, WI. The USHCC convention is the country’s largest networking venue for Hispanic businesses and Fortune 1000 corporations.



Castro joined McDonald’s in 1983 and is the company’s largest Hispanic owner/operator with 22 restaurants in Texas and more than 1,000… Continue

Added by NSHP Editor on September 22, 2005 at 4:33pm — No Comments

Irene Bustamante

LAS VEGAS, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- In recognition of her outreach efforts in support of Hispanic-owned businesses, MGM MIRAGE Director of National Diversity Relations Irene Bustamante has been named one of four finalists for the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) Corporate Hispanic Business Advocate of the Year Award. The award recipient will be announced Saturday, September 17, at the USHCC's Annual Awards Gala.





On behalf of MGM MIRAGE, Bustamante is… Continue

Added by NSHP Editor on September 17, 2005 at 8:45pm — No Comments

Magazine Honors Six Hispanic-American Military Women

Six Hispanic-American servicewomen were honored last week for outstanding achievements in the military services and their status as role models during the 2nd annual Latina Style Symposium awards luncheon sponsored by Latina Style magazine and co-hosted by the Defense Department.



The two-day symposium featured roundtable and panel discussions about important issues concerning the more than 7 million Hispanic women in the U. S. work force, including the military and the Defense… Continue

Added by NSHP Editor on September 17, 2005 at 8:38pm — No Comments

Guiterrez sees Hispanic firms as part of Gulf Coast relief effort

The nation's Hispanic-owned businesses are critical to the rebuilding of the Gulf Coast areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina, U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Guiterrez said Friday in Milwaukee. "The recovery from Hurricane Katrina requires a strong response from business," Guiterrez told about 1,000 people at the International Breakfast during the annual convention of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce at the Midwest Airlines Center. "I hope to see Hispanic businesses at the forefront of… Continue

Added by NSHP Editor on September 17, 2005 at 7:38am — No Comments

Selecciones Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with 'Orgullo Latino'

NEW YORK, Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- At a time when our nation is caught up in the tragedies of Hurricane Katrina, Reader's Digest Selecciones salutes five notable individuals who are making a difference in their communities by giving back to those in need. Their heroic efforts epitomize "Orgullo Latino," Latin Pride, and will be featured in Selecciones' annual October Hispanic Heritage issue that will hit newsstands on September 27.



"In keeping with the editorial tone of Selecciones,… Continue

Added by NSHP Editor on September 16, 2005 at 1:05am — No Comments

SBC Foundation Funds US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation

SBC Communications Inc.'s philanthropic arm has awarded a $500,000 grant to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation to fund the establishment of technology resource and training centers at its chambers across the country.



The Excelerator technology grant from the SBC Foundation will support creation of 20 Casa Cyber Community Technology Centers throughout the United States. The centers will be community-based, small business incubation centers operated in conjunction with… Continue

Added by NSHP Editor on September 16, 2005 at 1:02am — No Comments

Hispanic firms get $300,000 in loans

More and more Hispanics are opening businesses in Cumberland County and the United States Small Business Administration is helping where they can. The SBA announced last week that in FY 2005 five loans totaling $300,000 were granted to Hispanic-owned businesses in Cumberland County through SBA's New Jersey District Office.



Among those businesses granted loans were Quiznos Subs in Vineland, that received a $150,000 loan financed through Commerce Bank, and YA-NAIS Bubble House, Inc. in… Continue

Added by NSHP Editor on September 15, 2005 at 5:57am — No Comments

Hispanic Entertainers Visiting Katrina Victims

Hollywood, California (AHN) - Grammy-Award singer Gloria Estefan, actors Jimmy Smits, Andy Garcia, and trumpeter Arturo Sandoval is leading a group of Latino-American entertainers on a visit with victims of Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana and Mississippi. The visit includes delivery of a planeload of supplies and toys to shelters in the Mississippi cities of Long Beach and Biloxi and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.



Estefan and her husband organized the trip which is also featuring singer Jon… Continue

Added by NSHP Editor on September 13, 2005 at 6:21am — No Comments

Scientists Meet in Miami to Address Impact of Drug Abuse on Hispanics

MIAMI, Sept. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Hispanics comprise one of the youngest segments of the U.S. population, with a third of the population under 18 years of age. The greatest risk for becoming dependent on drugs occurs between the ages of 15 and 29, according to Drug Use Among Racial/Ethnic Minorities, a 2003 report issued by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. These facts together are of particular importance to Hispanics, considering that Hispanic adolescents have higher rates of drug use than… Continue

Added by NSHP Editor on September 13, 2005 at 6:16am — No Comments

Latinas' lower death rates related to cancer still uncertain

The American Cancer Society reports a Latina breast cancer death rate of 17.3 per 100,000 population compared with 26.4 for whites and 35.4 for African Americans. Why do Latinas --a population with deep pockets of poverty, lack of access to doctors and a tradition of avoiding breast exams-- have a lower death rate from all cancers, including breast cancer?



Dr. Harold Freeman, director of the Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities at the National Cancer Institute, finds those… Continue

Added by NSHP Editor on September 12, 2005 at 6:02am — No Comments

The U.S. Army to Honor Latino Heroes Through Hispanic Heritage Month Events

San Antonio, TX--(HISPANIC PR WIRE)--September 9, 2005--Continuing its longstanding commitment to celebrating the Army’s contributions of Hispanics to America, the U. S. Army announced today its comprehensive Hispanic Heritage program entitled “Generaciones: Centuries of Answering our Nation’s Call to Duty.” Generaciones (Generations) is a month-long series of events that will highlight the heroic achievements, and honor Latinos in the military that have served our nation from generations past… Continue

Added by NSHP Editor on September 10, 2005 at 5:57pm — No Comments

Hispanic Heritage Foundation to Honor Hispanic Leaders and Role Models

Washington, DC--(HISPANIC PR WIRE)--September 6, 2005--The Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) today announced the 2005 Hispanic Heritage Awards Honorees in recognition of their leadership and the positive impact they have made on the United States. This year’s recipients will be honored at a black-tie dinner and ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on October 24, 2005 in Washington, DC.



“The Hispanic Heritage Foundation is proud to celebrate the tremendous… Continue

Added by NSHP Editor on September 10, 2005 at 5:55pm — No Comments

ABC speaks Spanish in primetime

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Spanish-speaking TV viewers are about to learn what all the fuss over "Desperate Housewives" and "Lost" is about. Starting September 19, ABC will offer its entire primetime entertainment lineup in Spanish -- saying that it's the first English-language broadcast network to do so on such a large scale -- through a combination of closed-captioning and dubbing.



Returning shows "Housewives" and "Lost" and new comedy "Freddie" will be dubbed, with casting… Continue

Added by NSHP Editor on September 10, 2005 at 5:52pm — No Comments

Illegal immigrants afraid to get storm aid, fearing deportation

New Orleans, LA (AHN) - Illegal immigrants are in a bind following Hurricane Katrina. Not only must they go day by day living without food, money, or possessions, many have to steer clear of the massive amount of government officials who have flocked to the area, for fear of being deported. Some sneak into shelters at night and slip back out first thing in the morning to avoid being noticed. Others avoid government help altogether, opting to rough out the chaos in a land unfamiliar to… Continue

Added by NSHP Editor on September 10, 2005 at 5:36am — No Comments

145,000 Mexican Immigrants Impacted by Hurricane Katrina

Immigrants, Foreign Workers Are Caught in a Double Trap - By IAN URBINA - Published: September 6, 2005



BILOXI, Miss., Sept. 5 - Like so many other people here, Pedro, a landscaper from Chiapas, Mexico, is desperately trying to get out of Biloxi. He wants to take his wife, Anna, who is eight months pregnant, someplace cleaner and safer, wherever that might be. But aside from being low on gas like everyone else, Pedro, who would not give his last name because he is undocumented, is… Continue

Added by NSHP Editor on September 6, 2005 at 4:51pm — No Comments

Mentoring Latino students

They're some of the Valley's top engineers, tackling scientific challenges that help protect the region's financial, transportation, utility and telecommunications systems. But for the 200 members of the Valley's Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, perhaps the most complex equation remains: bolstering the ranks of Latinos in engineering and high-tech careers.



Industry leaders and corporate officials want to diversify their workforce by offering minorities a shot at the… Continue

Added by NSHP Editor on September 6, 2005 at 4:59am — No Comments

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