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December 2003 Blog Posts (25)

Jennifer Attonito

The Department of Pediatrics at the University of Miami School of Medicine has hired Jennifer Attonito as education and outreach director for the Green Family Foundation Initiative in Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Immunology and International Health. Ms. Attonito is responsible for community awareness of HIV and tuberculosis. She also will be the university's liaison to Project Medishare, a Miami organization establishing health services in Haiti.

Added by NSHP Editor on December 31, 2003 at 4:41pm — No Comments

Alicia De Leon-Sanchez

Coral Gables Hospital names Alicia De Leon-Sanchez director of its telemetry unit, which oversees machine diagnosis. Ms. De leon-Sanchez, a registered nurse, was regional manager of medical-surgical services at Broward Regional Medical Center.

Added by NSHP Editor on December 31, 2003 at 4:39pm — No Comments

Maria Ortiz

Gov. Jeb Bush has appointed Maria Ortiz to the 11th Judicial Circuit of the Miami-Dade County Court. Judge Ortiz is judge of compensation claims for Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. She formerly was assistant city attorney for the City of Miami.

Added by NSHP Editor on December 31, 2003 at 4:38pm — No Comments

Colombian Bank Opens

Bancolombia opened its Miami offices Dec. 8, making it the only foreign bank to open in Florida in 2003. Linda Charity, deputy director of Florida's Office of Financial Institutions, said the only other application her office has received from a foreign bank looking to move to Florida came Monday from Honduras-based banco Financiera Comercial Hondurena SA. Florida has no Honduran banks. Bancolombia's Miami division is at 1111 Brickell Ave. The bank was founded in 1997 in a merger of Banco… Continue

Added by NSHP Editor on December 31, 2003 at 2:16pm — No Comments

Hispanic immigrants' kids hit roadblock

Associated Press, December 25 -They're generally more educated and speak better English than immigrants, but second-generation Hispanics had a tougher time in the economic downturn than their first-generation counterparts, a new analysis by the Pew Hispanic Center found.

A surge of young, U.S.-born Hispanics -- the start of a wave of workers who will eventually replace retiring baby boomers -- joined the working world just as the economy turned sour.

That made things… Continue

Added by NSHP Editor on December 29, 2003 at 1:27am — No Comments

Health care gap seen for Calif. Hispanics

LOS ANGELES -- For years, Miguel Salazar Castell paid $40 a week at the county clinic to have his blood sugar tested and collect a new supply of pills to control his diabetes.

Without insurance, the 64-year-old auto mechanic counted on the visits to stay healthy so he could support his two sons, three stepchildren, and three nephews by working seven days a week.

But one night last year, just after Thanksgiving, Castell awoke in a drenching sweat, too dizzy to even stand… Continue

Added by NSHP Editor on December 26, 2003 at 7:22pm — No Comments

Diversity Santa

Pancho Claus spices season with distinct Hispanic flavor

Houston Chronicle- Santa Claus needs more than toys to win over Houston children.

The city's multicultural makeup means ol' Saint Nick has to speak Vietnamese, Filipino, Spanish and other languages to spread Christmas joy.

But no incarnation of the jolly gift-giver is more unique than Pancho Claus, a Latino cultural icon throughout South Texas. In some cities in the Rio Grande Valley, Pancho… Continue

Added by NSHP Editor on December 23, 2003 at 3:09pm — No Comments

U.S. Hispanics see army as route to American Dream

MIAMI, Dec 8 (Reuters) - For wannabe U.S. soldier Ramsey Roque, the possibility of dying in a guerrilla ambush in Iraq is no deterrent.

Like an increasing number of U.S. Hispanics who regard the armed forces as a route to the American Dream, the 17-year-old immigrant from the Dominican Republic believes the benefits of a life in military service far outweigh any of the risks.

"You can die crossing the street. It's more risky being a stunt double in the movies," said… Continue

Added by NSHP Editor on December 23, 2003 at 3:27am — No Comments

Hispanic stocks get first big index in US

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Investment bank Samuel A. Ramirez & Co. had launched a stock index to track the fortunes of Hispanic businesses like Univision as they increase their presence in the U.S. economy.

The bank's Hispanic Index is to track the 10 largest and heavily traded Hispanic companies in the United States and Puerto Rico, based on market value and trading volume. The bank says it is now in talks to launch investment products tracking the index.

"The reason we did… Continue

Added by NSHP Editor on December 23, 2003 at 2:56am — No Comments

Lenders making big push to cater to Hispanic needs

The purchasing power of Hispanics in 2003 is estimated to be $587 billion. By 2010, it's expected to reach $1 trillion. And according to the U.S. Census, the number of prosperous Hispanic households -- those with incomes of at least $100,000 -- rose 137 percent from 1990 to 2000.

But while Hispanic wealth continues to grow, many Latinos still lack the tools they need to invest the fruits of their labor, financial planning experts say.

More and more, financial planners and… Continue

Added by NSHP Editor on December 19, 2003 at 10:39pm — No Comments

Luciano Martinez

West Palm Beach— Luciano Martinez, considered the county's most influential and well-known Hispanic, died Monday from liver disease just four days after entering a hospice.
To know more on his biography click here

Added by NSHP Editor on December 18, 2003 at 3:41pm — No Comments

Miriam Naveira

Gov. Sila Calderon of Puerto Rico nominated Associate Justice Miriam Naveira to be the island's first female chief justice of the Supreme Court.

Added by NSHP Editor on December 17, 2003 at 4:18pm — No Comments

Vicente Fernandez

Commercebank has appointed Vicente Fernandez business development officer at its Doral, Miami, FL branch. He will serve the financial needs of the anticipated Galloway Branch, focusing primarily on retail consumers and small business in the area. Mr. Fernandez earned a degree in finance and international business from Florida International University.

Added by NSHP Editor on December 17, 2003 at 3:48pm — No Comments

John Lopez

Colonial Bank has named John Lopez VP and branch sales manager in the bank's Brickell office in Miami, FL. Mr. Lopez, with more than 17 years of local banking experience, has worked for Colonial since August 2002.

Added by NSHP Editor on December 17, 2003 at 3:29pm — No Comments

Larry Carrillo

Larry Carrillo, a veteran teacher in Utah's Davis County has been rewarded by Nordstrom and Hispanic Magazine as the 2003 National Hispanic Teacher of the Year.

Added by NSHP Editor on December 14, 2003 at 6:07pm — No Comments

Conference focuses on needs of Hispanic students

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Nebraska schools are trying to help Hispanic students but they are just not succeeding very often.

That's one reason for organizing the first-ever summit on educating Hispanic and Latino youth, Nebraska Education Commissioner Doug Christensen said.

Friday's meeting brought together more than 200 school officials, policy makers, parents and students to discuss challenges faced by Hispanic students and strategies that work to help address… Continue

Added by NSHP Editor on December 14, 2003 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Mayor Ed Garza

Mayor Ed Garza was sworn in as president of the Hispanic Elected Local Officials organization this week in Nashville, Tenn., during the National League of Cities Congress of Cities.

Added by NSHP Editor on December 14, 2003 at 4:44pm — No Comments

Atlanta plans to challenge Miami for the FTAA

The Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce announced last week its 2004 federal, state and local legislative agenda ranging from its support for Atlanta's bid for the Free Trade Area of the Americas secretariat to the creation of Community Improvement Districts for Hispanic businesses.

Carlos Pagoaga, the chamber's president-elect and chair of the chamber's legislative committee, said the legislative agenda was becoming more important as the Hispanic population in Georgia grew in… Continue

Added by NSHP Editor on December 12, 2003 at 9:41pm — No Comments

"Hispanic is not a race"

Ralph Perales doesn't remember what box he checked off in the 1980 census, when "Hispanic" became an option for the first time. Most likely when he had to choose a race, he picked white, said Perales, a native of Peru who moved to Georgia with his family in 1977.

It wasn't an issue because "Hispanic is not a race," said Perales, 42.

Jacqueline Thomas Rosier remembers that same census and the discussion it sparked within her family.

"The term was kind of crazy… Continue

Added by NSHP Editor on December 11, 2003 at 9:20pm — No Comments

Lizabeth Ardisana

Was elected Chairperson of the Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (MHCC) becoming the first woman to lead the chamber's 30-member board of directors.

Added by NSHP Editor on December 9, 2003 at 9:22pm — No Comments

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