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Rican from the mean streets of New York protects Hawaii’s Senior Senator By José Villa, Senior Editor
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In 1828, the U.S. Congress created the United States Capitol Police (USCP). Its sole mission was to provide security for the United States Capitol Building. Since that time, countless lives have been protected while the In this Issue: Business: SBA Patriot Express Loans Top $633M pg. 3 Government: US Labor Department announces nearly $84 million for career training and housing assistance to migrant and seasonal farmworkers pg. 6 Community: New York City Latina Council Member advocates for and defends her constituents pg. 10 Education: Secretary Duncan calls DREAM ACT “Common sense legislation in keeping with core American values”, pg. 12 La Cocina: Grilled Pork Chops and Onions, pg 27
U.S. Capitol continues to thrive. Almost two c e n t u r i e s l a t e r, t h e USCP has expanded in numbers, duties, and responsibilities. Today, one of their primary duties is the protection of Members of Congress, Officers of the U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives and their families. They serve these individuals throughout the entire United States, its territories and possessions, and throughout the District of Columbia. How did a Puerto Rican kid from the mean streets of New York come to protect the senior senator from Hawaii? Luis Alberto Diaz is a NuYoRican (Puerto Rican born in New York) born in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. At the age of 10, his family moved to Philadelphia. He attended high school there and was a member of the school’s Marine Corps JROTC (Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps) program. He said: “I was fascinated by the military and excelled in JROTC. When I graduated I enlisted in the Marine Corps and was assigned as an amphibious assault crewman/ crew chief. I was part of the
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got out of the Marine Corps, I stayed in North Carolina and became a d e p u t y By José Villa, Senior Editor sheriff. I HONOLULU, Hawaii – had that job from 1992 to Once again, Hawaii Pacific University has applied for a 1998.” How did U.S. Department of State grant like the job to host a Summer Institute for a n d l i v i n g English Language Educators. i n N o r t h And, for the third time in a C a r o l i n a ? row, HPU’s application was He said: “I approved at the highest levels enjoyed my in the nation. From June 4 to time there, July 5, the university hosted but I started 26 educators from 21 different g e t t i n g nations. Dr. Carlos Juárez, HPU homesick and my mother professor of Political Science a l s o h a d and Honorary Peruvian Consul, health issues, is the principal investigator for so I started the grant project. Thanks to him, looking for a HPU has received $1.97 million job closer to in funding for this project since Luis Alberto Diaz on “The Hill” Philadelphia. 2008. Juárez arranged interviews combat support mission and I had an aunt that lived in for me with the five participants used large amphibious vehicles Baltimore County, so started from Latin America: Alvaro Del to transport troops from ship- applying for law enforcement Castillo Alba (Bolivia); Claudia to-shore. I served honorably for positions in that entire area. Muñoz Moreno (Bolivia); four years.” I took several examinations Barbara Duqueviz (Brazil); He went on: “I was a product and the USCP was the first María Eugenia Rodríguez (El of the welfare system. I grew organization to respond.” Salvador); and Juan Carlos up without a father and - to this Diaz continued: “I accepted a Camps from (Paraguay). day – I’m 41-years-old and job with the USCP and attended What is the purpose of still don’t know who my father their six-month academy. And your coming here to HPU? was. But I never let that stop I’m proud to say that I’m the Rodríguez said: “We are a me from being motivated to go first Latino to graduate as group of 26 professionals that SEE HAWAII PACIFIC PG.17 after things I wanted. When I SEE NEW YORKER PROTECTS PG.26
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2010 Small Business procurement data shows significant progress toward 23 percent federal contracting goal By SBA Press Office
WASHINGTON, D.C – The federal government awarded nearly $100 billion in federal contracts to small businesses in Fiscal Year (FY) 2010, showing an increase in federal prime contract dollars to small businesses for the second straight year after four years of decline. The U.S. Small Business Administration announced today that in FY 2010 (Oct. 1, 2009 – Sept. 30, 2010), small businesses won a record $97.95 billion in federal contracts, or 22.7 percent of eligible contracting dollars. This marks the largest single year increase in more than five years, and is a significant improvement over FY 2009, when 21.9 percent of contracting dollars were awarded to small businesses. Performance in four out of five of the small business prime contracting categories showed marked improvement, with increases in contract dollars and also in performance against statutory goals. Over the past year, SBA has increased its efforts and collaboration with federal agencies to provide increased opportunities for small businesses to compete for and win federal contracts. “When the federal government
gets contracts into the hands of small businesses, it is a ‘win-win’ situation: small businesses have the opportunity to grow and create jobs and the federal government gets access to some of the most innovative and nimble entrepreneurs,” said SBA Administrator Karen G. Mills. “We are proud of the achievement the government has made in, but are determined that the government will meet and exceed t h e goal. SBA is focused on a number of key initiatives to help increase small business contracting opportunities, as well as combat fraud, waste or abuse. These efforts will ensure the benefits of our programs continue to go to the intended recipients.” Additionally, the SBA released the FY 2010 Small Business Procurement Scorecards, which provides an assessment of each agency’s yearly small business contracting achievement against its goal with a grade A through F. Ten agencies’ grades increased from FY 2009, 10 agencies’ grades stayed the same and four agencies’ grades decreased. The agency breakdown is as follows:
• 13 agencies received an “A” • 5 agencies received a “B” • 4 agencies received a “C” • 2 agencies received a “D” The federal government received a “B” on the government-wide Scorecard, just less than one point short of an “A”. This grade reflects significant efforts by f e d e r a l agencies toward meeting the 23 percent statutory goal, but indicates the need for continued improvement. The FY 2010 Goaling Report and Scorecards also reflect efforts to strengthen the integrity of the contracting data and more thoroughly address errors. While each federal agency is responsible for ensuring the quality of its own contracting data, SBA conducts additional analyses to help agencies identify potential data anomalies. As part of its ongoing data quality efforts, the SBA is working with federal agency procurement staff to: provide tools to facilitate review of data; implement improvements to procurement systems; and conduct training to improve SEE FEDERAL CONTRACTING GOALS PG.26
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SBA Patriot Express Loans Top $633 Million to become successful entrepreneurs and small business owners,” said SBA WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In just Administrator Karen Mills. “The impact four years the U.S. Small Business of this program the last four years has Administration’s Patriot Express Pilot meant thousands of veterans and their Loan Guarantee Initiative has provided families have had the resources to pursue more than $633 million in SBA- their dreams as entrepreneurs, and at guaranteed loans to 7,650 veterans to the same time create jobs and drive start or expand their small businesses. economic growth at a critical time for Patriot Express, a pilot loan product, our country.” with streamlined paperwork, and based Patriot Express was launched June 28, on the agency’s SBA Express program, 2007, to expand upon the more than $1 offers an enhanced guaranty and interest billion in loans SBA guarantees annually rate on loans to small businesses owned by for veteran-owned businesses across veterans, reservists and their spouses. all its loan programs. SBA also offers “As Independence Day arrives it is counseling assistance and procurement only natural for us to reflect on America’s support each year to more than 200,000 veterans – men and women who have veterans, service-disabled veterans, the leadership skills and experience reservists and members of the National By SBA Press Office
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Guard and their spouses. Patriot Express loans are offered by SBA’s network of participating lenders nationwide and feature one of SBA’s fastest turnaround times for loan approvals. Patriot Express loans are available for up to $500,000. The Patriot Express loan can be used for most business purposes, including start-up, expansion, equipment purchases, working capital, inventory or businessoccupied real-estate purchases. Local SBA district offices can provide lists of Patriot Express lenders in their areas. Details on the initiative can be found at www.sba.gov/patriotexpress. To learn more about additional opportunities for veterans available through the SBA at www.sba.gov/vets.
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United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Leading Corporation Succeed With Numerous Initiatives By U.S.H.C.C. Media Office
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In a continuation of the powerful momentum set through the collaborative vision and commitment of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) and Walmart, another new innovative program has been launched to strengthen the contribution of Hispanic businesses in America. The USHCC Foundation accepted a $500,000 grant from Walmart to support the national USHCC Foundation Green Builds Business (GBB) initiative and selected Milwaukee as the launch city for the program which will be introduced in 11 cities across the United States this year. "GBB is a vital training program that empowers Latino entrepreneurs to realize their full profit potential in a green and sustainable economy," says Nelson Soler, President of Latino Entrepreneurial Network LEN and owner of the Multicultural Entrepreneurial Institute. The Green Builds Business Program is a full day of coaching on best green practices adopted by companies like Walmart in an effort to lower operating costs, increase revenues, and motivate workers while enhancing the health of people and the planet. "The USHCC and Walmart have enjoyed a remarkable year designing and implementing programs that are making a positive impact with Hispanic business for the benefit of our American economy," says Javier Palomarez, president and CEO of the USHCC. "This is a perfect
example of how big business can effect a positive and long-lasting change in Hispanic communities throughout the United States. We appreciate Walmart's
leadership and support on this program, which brings together Walmart as our valued corporate partner with local chambers for the benefit of our small businesses across America," continues Palomarez. In addition to the Green Builds Business Program, the USHCC and Walmart have collaborated on programs such as BizFest: Youth Entrepreneurship Competition. In its second year, BizFest is a USHCC Foundation signature program that empowers Latino Youth with knowledge and insight into the world of business. BizFest is held in a number of cities throughout the U.S., providing Hispanic high school students with the tools and motivation to stay in school, go to college or pursue their entrepreneurial dreams to become the future business leaders of this country. At the 31st Annual USHCC National Convention held in September, 2010 in Dallas, Texas, Walmart was named the Corporation of the Year by the USHCC for its commitment to enhancing business opportunities and success for Hispanic small businesses through its numerous programs, initiatives and commitment to supplier diversity. "It is the belief of the USHCC that Walmart is a force for positive change in the communities it serves," adds Javier Palomarez. Recently, the USHCC publically supported Walmart's campaign to launch a retail presence in the New York and Washington D.C. metropolitan markets. Join the USHCC, Fortune 500 companies, Hispanic Business Enterprises (HBEs) and local Chambers of Commerce in Miami to connect, strategize and grow at the 32nd Annual National Convention & Business Expo on September 18th 21st at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach. For more information about the Convention, please visit http://www. ushccconvention.com
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Community members helped Soul De Cuba celebrate its 5th anniversary
Soul De Cuba (SDC) owner Jesús Puerto, and members of the Hawaiian Community
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US Labor Department announces nearly $84 million for career training and housing assistance to migrant and seasonal farmworkers considered a combined crucial support service delivery area, services.” as are Maryland and The housing ( E d i t o r ’s N o t e : Tw o o f t h e Delaware. organizations receiving grants service assistance grants The grants cover a Hawaii: Maui Economic Opportunity w i l l p r o v i d e two-year period but are will get $330,485 to provide career p e r m a n e n t funded on an annual training; and the Rural Community h o u s i n g basis. The awards Assistance Corp in California will get a s s i s t a n c e , announced today temporary and/ $115,787 for housing assistance.) are for July 1, 2011, WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. o r emerg en cy through June 30, 2012. Department of Labor just announced h o u s i n g Second year allocations $83,941,360 in grants through the assistance, or a will be dependent on National Farmworker Jobs Program combination of the funds available to combat the chronic unemployment both. Permanent through the fiscal year and underemployment experienced h o u s i n g 2012 appropriations by migrant and seasonal farmworkers, a s s i s t a n c e process and on grantees’ who depend primarily on agricultural services include compliance with all labor jobs. A total of $78,253,180 will pre-development current and future go to 52 organizations nationwide to and development Farmworkers and their families attempt to: help achieve economic self-sufficiency, contribute to provide training, employment and services; project the stabilization of the farmworkers' continued employment in farmwork, acquire skills that permit departmental guidance. them to upgrade their employment in agriculture or to progress to other employment outside of support services for farmworkers and m a n a g e m e n t ; farmwork, and support the farmworker during job training. T:7” their families. An additional $5,688,600 a n d r e s o u r c e will go to 16 organizations to provide development to secure acquisition, temporary or permanent housing construction or renovation, and other operating funds for farmworker housing. assistance. Cuando tu amiga descubre que tiene The National Farmworker Jobs Temporary housing assistance services un problema de salud mental, Program helps eligible workers improve include housing units for temporary también descubre quiénes son their agricultural job skills, and train occupancy, the management of such sus verdaderos amigos. for careers in emerging industries and housing units, emergency housing occupations that offer higher wages payments and case management. Services and more stable employment. The typically are provided in more than one program also offers services such as state or areas of a single state. The National Farmworker Jobs child care, health care and transportation Program is authorized by Congress in assistance. “Agricultural workers face significant Section 167 of the Workforce Investment barriers to stable employment, and all Act of 1998, and grants are allocated too often it is their families who pay through a formula that estimates the the price,” said Secretary of Labor number of eligible workers in each state Hilda L. Solis. “These grants address or territory. Puerto Rico and 45 states Visita www.aceptarignorar.samhsa.gov para más información. this reality by not only helping workers each have one grantee. California has improve and expand their job skills, but five grantees. There are no grantees in also by providing housing and other Alaska. Connecticut and Rhode Island are By U.S Dept of Labor Office of Public Affairs
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US Labor Department announces grant to fund re-employment, eligibility assessments for unemployment insurance in Hawaii WA S H I N G T O N – T h e U . S . Department of Labor today announced $48.7 million in funding for 37 states and the District of Columbia to implement reemployment and eligibility assessments for beneficiaries of unemployment insurance. Hawaii is receiving a $703,100 grant. Two states, Kentucky and South Dakota, are receiving grants for the first time, while 35 states and the District of Columbia are being awarded additional funds to continue their initiatives. The funds will be used to conduct inperson assessments in One-Stop Career Centers. “These grants are part of the Labor Department’s commitment to help America get back to work by ensuring that unemployment insurance beneficiaries have access to the individualized tools they need to land their next jobs,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. “At the same time, these eligibility reviews enhance the integrity of unemployment insurance payments, resulting in a system that works better for both job seekers and the employers that help pay for benefits.” The in-person assessment includes an eligibility review, a provision of labor market information, the development of a re-employment plan for beneficiaries and referral to re-employment services or training, as appropriate. This year marks the seventh that the labor department has awarded reemployment and eligibility assessment grants. Separate from these new grants, New Mexico, Montana and Puerto Rico will continue to operate re-employment and eligibility assessment programs using funds from fiscal 2010. For more information on the range of Department of Labor employment and training programs, visit http://www. doleta.gov.
NOTICE TO HISPANIC AND/OR WOMEN FARMERS OR RANCHERS COMPENSATION FOR CLAIMS OF DISCRIMINATION If you believe that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) improperly denied farm loan benefits to you between 1981 and 2000 because you are Hispanic, or because you are female, you may be eligible to apply for compensation. This means you may be eligible if:
1. you sought a farm loan or farm-loan servicing during that period; and 2. the loan was denied, provided late, approved for a lesser amount than requested, or approved with restrictive conditions, or USDA failed to provide an appropriate loan service; and
3. you believe these actions were based on your being Hispanic, or your being female. If you want to register your name to receive a claims packet, you can call the Farmer and Rancher Call Center at 1-888-508-4429 or access the following website: www.farmerclaims.gov In 2011, a claims administrator will begin mailing claims packages to those who have requested one through the Call Center or website. The claims package will have detailed information about the eligibility and claims process. For guidance, you may contact a lawyer or other legal services provider in your community. If you are currently represented by counsel regarding allegations of discrimination or in a lawsuit claiming discrimination, you should contact your counsel regarding this claims process. USDA Cannot Provide Legal Advice to You.
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Toyota announces national expansion of safety program for African American and Hispanic families Caucasian children; - Automobile crashes are the leading CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Toyota just cause of death for African announced a $1 million commitment Americans under the age of 14 to support the national expansion of and the second leading cause Buckle Up for Life, a safety program of death between the ages of developed by Cincinnati Children's 15-34; and - Non-seat belt use is the Hospital Medical Center, to help address the extraordinarily high number of primary cause of accidental African American and Hispanic children, injury-related deaths for teens and adults killed or injured in African Americans of all ages while motor vehicle crashes are automobile crashes. With this commitment, Buckle Up the leading cause of death for for Life will expand to Chicago, Denver Hispanics 1 to 44. In response, in 2004 and San Antonio in 2011/2012. It will provide safety measures and education pediatric surgeons and injury designed to greatly reduce the number prevention coordinators from of fatalities resulting from vehicle Cincinnati Children's Hospital crashes within the Hispanic and African Medical Center teamed up American communities. Cincinnati with Toyota to create Buckle Children's will simultaneously continue Up for Life – or "Abrochate to implement the program in the Greater a la Vida" in Spanish – a Cincinnati community. Other key U.S. multi-generational, faith-based safety initiative in 17 Hispanic cities will follow in 2013. According to the Centers for churches in Northern Kentucky Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Cincinnati that provides automobile crashes are one of the leading interactive vehicle safety causes of death within the Hispanic and education, free child car safety African-American communities, and a seats and car seat inspections lack or improper installation of car seats to encourage safety habits and less frequent use of seat belts are among drivers and passengers. significant factors. Studies from the CDC The program was subsequently and the National Highway Traffic Safety expanded to Los Angeles in 2010. Administration (NHTSA) note that: Buckle Up for Life's results have - Hispanic children are three times more likely to die in a vehicle crash than been substantial. For example, after By Marí Roma Villa, Editor
participating in the Buckle Up for Life program in Greater Cincinnati, the
number of Hispanic adults and children using seat belts and car seats more than
doubled. "Safety is a critical priority for Toyota," said Patricia Pineda, Toyota's Group Vice President of National Philanthropy. "In addition to enhancing the safety of our own vehicles, we are dedicated to supporting education programs that help protect drivers and passengers at every stage of life. Buckle Up for Life has proven to be a successful and sustainable model for meeting the pressing needs of the community, and Toyota is proud to support its expansion around the country." "We created Buckle Up for Life because we were seeing a disproportionate number of African American and Hispanic children coming into the hospital with severe crash-related injuries. This disparity was unacceptable and we knew we had to do something about it," noted Dr. Rebeccah L. Brown, Associate Director of Trauma Services and Director of the Buckle Up for Life Program at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. "We appreciate the significant input and support that Toyota has provided at every step of the way as well as their leadership in helping to bring Buckle Up for Life to a wider audience around the country."
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New York City Latina Council Member advocates for and defends her constituents By José Villa, Senior Editor
EL BARRIO, NEW YORK CITY, New York -- Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Mark-Viverito was elected to the City Council in January 2006 to represent the 8th Council District. She became the first Puerto Rican woman, and first Latina, elected to represent a district, comprised of: El Barrio/East Harlem (60%); Manhattan Valley in the Upper West Side (30%); and part of Mott Haven in the South Bronx (10%). According to its website: “The New York City Council is the lawmaking body of the City of New York. It is comprised of 51 members from 51 different Council Districts throughout the five boroughs. The Council monitors the operation and performance of city agencies, makes land use decisions and has sole responsibility for approving the city's budget. It also legislates on a wide range of other subjects. The Council is an equal partner with the Mayor in the governing of New York City.” Mark-Viverito said: “My parents were born and raised in New York, and then moved back to Puerto Rico. They met there. So it was like a reverse migration. My mother went back when she was 16. My father graduated from high school here and joined the Army at 18. He travelled around and moved there.” She continued: “I lived in Puerto Rico until I was 18 and moved to New York to attend college. I got my undergraduate degree from Columbia University and a masters in public administration from Baruch College, which is part of the City University of New York.” Mark-Viverito went on: “After graduation, I was very active in the
Puerto Rican and Latino communities integrity and accountability, and to work in New York. I worked in the non-profit collectively as an agent of change for the sector and was very engaged. That kind betterment of the district.” Mark-Viverito added: “The city of awakened my activism and concern has 8.3 million people. On average, for my community.” “I felt very much adopted and welcome each councilmember represents about in New York,” she said. “I think it was because of my family’s roots here in the city. That’s what led me to El Barrio. I moved here in 1998, got involved locally in the community, and started working f o r t h e 11 9 9 SEIU (Service Employees International Union) New York's Health Care Union.” She added: “I’ve always been City Council Woman Melissa Mark-Viverito speaking at a very progressive press conference in New York City (Photo by William Alatriste) in my politics, very outspoken. As a result of that, I was 180,000 people. My district has the approached by local community leaders most public housing in the city of New who suggested I run for office. My first York. The requires me to understands time I ran against the incumbent and got public housing needs, represent my my butt kicked. But then I got the support public housing constituents, work with of my union, and many other unions, and the resident associations, try to maintain affordable housing, and preserve housing, came back in 2005” What has the experience been like for etc.” Was being elected to office what she her? She said: “I have an unusual district that covers two boroughs and is both expected or different? She responded: geographically and demographically “It was more than I expected. In my diverse. It’s been a really wonderful community activist role, I held our experience. I’ve been humbled by it elected officials accountable. When you and appreciate the opportunities I’ve become part of government and part of had to serve. My goal is to serve it with the process, you face some challenges.
So, it’s been more than I expected.” She continued: “Each member of our 51-member collegial body represents a distinct community with distinct issues and needs. At times, support for our own issues requires that we respect and defer to our colleagues, and support their issues. ‘Progress’ requires a certain amount of negotiation and concession, but there are some issues I will not compromise on. So it becomes the ability to maintain a balancing act.” M a r k - Vi v e r i t o continued: “In this role you have the ability to pass laws, to sponsor legislation, to really advocate on issues, etc. So it’s important that one truly understand the scope of the job and those keys factors that will make you effective and successful in the position. This requires being very engaged in the district, keeping up with the dynamic changes, and knowing when to sponsor legislation to improve a situation.” She on: “So I’m very proud that I’ve been able to balance the sponsoring legislation with advocacy efforts doing strong constituent service, so people know the office is available and accessible to them. We’re open until 6pm during the week, Tuesdays and Thursday until 7pm and Saturdays from 10am – 1pm. We pretty much work every day. At times, it can be exhausting. At others, it can be incredibly exhilarating! ”
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Military spouses, Marines and Latino e-Waste recycler show love for troops in Afghanistan
Marines and Latino realtor Kenny Gines (wearing cap) moved items from storage facility
A variety of items had been donated by the community for the care packages
Puerto Rican David Smith, CEO of Pacific Corporate Solutions, donated the use of his trucks
Community volunteers used an assembly line in the Fleet Reserve Center to prepare the packages
Marine volunteers take short break with Pacific Corpâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s David Smith and Lance Furuyama
CEO David Smith also helped load the trucks
Pacific Corporate Solutions Operations Manager Lance Furuyama used their Pacific Junk truck
A young Marine loads one of the 70-lb boxes onto the truck
The boxes started showing up at the Airport Post Office
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Secretary Duncan calls DREAM ACT “Common sense legislation in keeping with core American values” By U.S. Dept of Education Press Office
WASHINGTON, D.C – Last month U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan told Congress that the Administration supports passage of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act, or DREAM Act, for two basic reasons: it’s crucial for meeting our national goals and future workforce needs, and also sends the right message about the value of hard work and our Nation’s basic sense of fairness. In testimony at the first-ever Senate hearing on the DREAM Act before the Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugee, and Border Security, Duncan said, “The DREAM Act is a common-sense piece of legislation that is in keeping with core American values. It will open the doors of higher education to those individuals who were brought to American by their parents as undocumented children. And in the process we will sustain our economic competitiveness into the future.”
The DREAM Act, which creates a legal status. personal integrity,” Duncan said. opportunities for young people to attend It is estimated that each year, 65,000 “These are demanding standards that college or serve in young people graduate from the military even high school in the U.S. and though they don’t find themselves unable to have documentation, work, join the military or requires a rigorous go to college because of process to qualify: their immigration status. they must prove Approximately 800,000 they came to the young people would be United States eligible for the DREAM Act before the age of 16, upon passage. have lived here for Duncan discussed the at least five years, DREAM Act in relation graduated from high to the President’s 2020 school or received a goal for America to once GED, possess good again be the country with moral character, the highest proportion of and been admitted college graduates, pointing to an institution of out that students served by higher education the DREAM Act will help or to serve in the The Dream Act is a central part of the comprehensive immigration reform legislation grow our workforce and fill proposed by Luis Gutierrez (D-Illinois). The Act would award legal status to military. Only once shortages in STEM jobs and undocumented immigrant children who fall under certain criteria. they’re in college or other high-demand fields. serving in the armed He called higher education forces will they have the chance to earn demonstrate academic achievement and “an economic growth engine and a ticket to a middle-class lifestyle,” and outlined the many benefits of attending college, including higher earnings and by extension, tax revenue; lower unemployment, and greater likelihood to vote and do volunteer work. In his testimony, Duncan also dispelled several misconceptions about the DREAM Act: it does not create an amnesty program with an easy path to citizenship; it will not affect the availability of federal student loans or Pell Grants for citizens, or create incentives for an increase in undocumented immigration. “Simply put,” Duncan concluded, “educating the individuals who would be eligible under the DREAM Act would benefit our country.”
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U.S. Army renews partnership with LULAC reinforcing its commitment to education and developing a quality workforce By José Villa, Senior Editor
The Army has a long history of collaborating with community organizations to improve student
Maj. Gen. James McDonald, Commanding General, U.S. Army Cadet Command, addressed convention
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FORT KNOX, Kentucky -- The U.S. Army and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) have renewed their mutual commitment to helping prepare today's youth to become tomorrow's leaders. Through its sponsorship of LULAC's 82nd Annual Convention and Exposition – from June 27 to July 1 in Cincinnati, Ohio – the Army collaborated with LULAC representatives to develop strategies and help prepare U.S. Hispanics – the
nation's fastest growing ethnicity – for personal and professional success. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, approximately 56 percent of Hispanic students successfully complete high school. Moreover, while 30 percent of the overall U.S. population over the age of 25 have a post-secondary degree, only 14 percent of Hispanics over 25 graduate from college. These statistics impact the nation's ability to develop a skilled workforce – particularly in science, technology and engineering – and to remain a competitive global economy.
Margaret Moran, national president for LULAC, presents Maj. Gen. James M. McDonald the presidential award June 29, 2011, during a partnership luncheon at the organization's convention. McDonald accepted on behalf of the U.S. Army, which has worked with LULAC on education awareness programs for the Hispanic community.
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academic achievement and develop leadership skills. Through programs such as Army Junior ROTC, March2Success, National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program and ROTC, Army helps foster motivation to stay in school, improve test scores and graduation rates and provide tuition assistance for those seeking a college degree. Throughout the LULAC national convention, Army representatives participated in various activities with youth and civic leaders to highlight the broad range of career and academic resources and options the Army provides. The Army's exhibit booth at the Career Expo and Job Fair presented information about the more than 150 career paths available within the Army and featured the U.S. Army Latin Ensemble Band and a Drill Sergeant.
attendees on the importance of forming partnerships to ensure the educational success of the nation's youth. The Army offers more scholarships for higher education than any other organization in the U.S., including providing full tuition and monthly stipends for students interested in pursuing medical careers. The Army's partnership with LULAC extends beyond its support of the organization's annual convention and includes continued support of critical youth development programs such as LULAC's National Education and Service Centers (LNESC) and the Washington Youth Leadership Seminar (WYLS). Through its support of LNESC, the Army provides educational resources and leadership development training to youth at the organization's locally-based centers across the country.
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A letter to Latin Business Hawaii from Senator Akaka By Marí Villa (Editor)
Four years ago, Ray Cruz (Puerto Rican), José Villa (Puerto Rican), Jesús Puerto (Cuban), and Marí Roma Villa (Mexican), decided that Hawaii was missing an important chamber of commerce. Not just a chamber of commerce, but an organization that would serve the community. They created Latin Business Hawaii (LBH) to: advocate for the Hispanic community; create opportunities for its members; and to give back to Hispanics in Hawaii. In the past four years, LBH has created networking opportunities by hosting over 40 business mixers. The net proceeds from these mixers raised over $10,000 which LBH awarded in scholarships to 30 students: 19 to preschoolers; and 11 to college students working on their B.A. or higher. LBH has also acknowledged almost community leaders in its Annual Hawaii Hispanic Achievement Awards, which recognize Hispanics in Hawaii that contribute not only to the Hispanic community, but the Hawaii community at large. Recipients have included: Daniel Martinez, and Spanish-language radio host Carlos Hernandez in Maui. Finally, LBH continues to further its mission by helping facilitate the Hispanic participation in the APEC (Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation) Summit, which will held this November in Honolulu. LBH will compete for “Small Chamber of the Year.” The results will be announced at this year’s United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) Annual Convention & Expo in Miami this September. LBH’s board, which is led by president José Villa, has dedicated itself to continue the organization’s mission, by not only attending this year’s convention, but, if they are deemed worthy, to win the national recognition. The esteemed Senator Daniel Akaka sent the attached letter (at right) to the Latin Business Hawaii board of directors to recognize their positive community initiatives. The organization has come a long way from the initial meeting of two Puerto Ricans, a Mexican and a Cuban.
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Hawaii Pacific University able to share and compare our individual programs with those of our new friends are English professors and we also here from around the world.” train docents. The primary purpose of Alva continued: “For me, one of our participation in this program is to the significant facets has been that all improve our proficiency both in the 26 participants – regardless of where English language, as well as for us to they live – speak English. In my mind, better understand the culture and how it this sharing experience reaffirms the affects the language. We also welcome universality of the English language. this opportunity to learn new teaching We’ve been able to come to a country techniques and review new teaching where English is the primary language materials.” and hold our own. Even though in Is their current level of English Hawaii has its own ‘English.’ (Group proficiency sufficient to make them feel laughs). comfortable here? Camps responded: Have long had they been here: “We are not only Duqueviz comfortable, said: “We’ve we’re w-abeen here a-y past three weeks comfortable and leave and don’t next week. want to leave We w i l l Hawaii!” then go on (Group laughs) to spend Alba said: five days in “We’ve found Washington not only that D.C. So our English our stay in proficiency Hawaii is is sufficient almost over, to make us but we’ve comfortable had the honor here, but, more of spending importantly, it time is such has allowed us a prestigious to participate institution i n t h i s of learning extraordinary as Hawaii intercultural Pacific experience. University. There are 26 We h a v e individuals been treated here from 21 HPU Professor Dr. Carlos Juárez; Claudia Muñoz Moreno (Bolivia); María Eugenia Rodríguez (El Salvador); i ncredibly Juan Carlos Camps (Paraguay); Barbara Duqueviz (Brazil); and Alvaro Del Castillo Alba (Bolivia) nations around well, have the globe. One learned a lot thing we have in common is that we all much for the wilder, single crowd.” from HPU’s professionals, and, in truth, speak English. That has allowed us to get Rodríguez added: “One of things we could not have asked for a better to know each other one-on-one in spite we’ve really enjoyed in this program is experience.” of our geographical barriers.” that has an excellent balance of academic Moreno went on: “I can honestly say How were they selected to participate instruction techniques and language that we leave with mixed feelings. We, of in this program? Moreno responded: materials review, but also includes a course, miss our homes and our families, “This prestigious and competitive substantial amount of cultural activities. but we will treasure – and benefit from program is coordinated by our individual These have been both internal and this once-in-a-lifetime experience for the countries’ embassies and the U.S. State external to the program. We have been rest of our lives.” Continued from page 1
Department. In my case, my supervisor recommended me for the program. I submitted all the required information, which was reviewed thoroughly, and I was fortunate enough to have been selected.” How do they like Hawaii? Camp said: “We love it! It’s not what we expected. I thought it would be more of a ‘anythinggoes’ experience on the beaches with drinking and wild abandonment. I was surprised to find out that drinking is not allowed and the beach rules are strictly enforced. I think they’ve a really great place for families, but maybe not so
Verduras Coma verduras crujientes como merienda en la escuela.
Granos integrales Consuma como merienda cereales integrales listos para comer o galletas integrales.
Frutas Coma frutas variadas. Las frutas tienen diferente contenido nutricional.
Leche Como merienda tome leche sin o baja en grasa.
Carnes y legumbres Escoja sándwiches de pavo, pollo, rosbif o jamón.
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Puerto Ricans show their pride at this year's Puerto Day Parade in New York City Photos by Carmelo Miliรกn / www.carmelomilian.com
The 5th Ave parade is one of the largest in New York City with nearly three million spectators annually.
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The President’s visit to Puerto Rico: Purpose and History By Manuel Hernandez Carmona
There has been a lot of talk about the President’s visit to Puerto Rico. When Airforce One landed in Puerto Rico, there were a lot of hopes and dreams being founded in President Barack Obama’s visit to the so-called “Isla del Encanto”. After two months of intense planning by the White House administration, June 14th finally arrived and the Governor and superstar entertainer Marc Anthony awaited his arrival in the burning sun in the Isla Verde runway of Puerto Rico’s stellar airport. The doors of the legendary plane opened, and President Barack Obama and Puerto Rican Resident Commissioner came down the stairs and touched Puerto Rican soil. What was the purpose of the Presidential visit? What was the agenda? Why was the visit significant? These are just three questions of many that may remain unanswered, while many speculate about the true reasons of the historical event. There is no doubt that Puerto Rico has become a focal point of Barack Obama’s administration. The eternal tug of war between local Puerto Rican politicians and their particular
positions concerning status, the economy, a few minutes. The purpose of the visit federal funds and other issues have was to primarily commemorate the 50th caught the attention of the White House anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s visit to Puerto Rico. The and those specifics of the visit interested were nevertheless in luring the confusing. interest of Puerto the Puerto Rico is a United Rican people States territory, on the Island and one hundred and in the and a dozen years U n i t e d later after the States. 1898 historical While encounter, that the debate remains a fact. between There are other the current speculations, but reigning the truth is that political the Presidential party in elections are a year Puerto Rico Singer/Actor Marc Anthony greets and a bit away, and and its President Barack Obama during his Puerto Rico visit political counterpart dwell in whether the Latino vote continues to be key the economy in Puerto Rico has shown for Obama and his Republican Party improvement or not, the President political adversaries. Who can forget the designed a four hour visit to shake the Bush-Gore electoral struggles for votes hands of a chosen group of politicians, in Florida? The winner of the judicial entrepreneurs, business giants and a claim in 2000 became the President few ordinary people that could afford of the United States thereafter. Eleven his personal presence, even if it was for years later, Puerto Ricans have become
a strong political and economic voice in many of Florida’s cities, including the top two, Orlando and Miami. The Latino population growth is extraordinary and significant to anyone interested in holding on or obtaining additional political power. While the purpose and historical nature of the Presidential visit were made clear before, during and after the visit; the true nature of the trip still remains to be seen. The truth is that the accomplished mega entertainer and actor Marc Anthony represents the sons and daughters of the working class Puerto Ricans that left the Island before, during and after President Kennedy’s stay in Puerto Rico fifty years ago. Yes, the visit was historical and no doubt, there was purpose, but the results of the four hour stay remain a mystery until we get closer to the 2012 Presidential electoral debate. (The author is an English Staff Development Specialist for the Department of Education in Puerto Rico and author/editor of the textbook, Latino/a Literature in the English classroom, Editorial Plaza Mayor 2003)
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FA M I L Y & H E A L T H LULAC reports on Latinos Living Healthy: State of the Nation and Solutions LULAC and Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, CINCINNATI, Ohio -- America's who is speaking at the convention health challenges include dramatic today, worked hand in hand to pass the increases in diabetes, obesity, heart Affordable Care Act which will benefit ailments and other diseases driven by millions of Hispanic families. sedentary lifestyles, obesity and poor As part of today's press conference, nutrition. conducted at the 82nd Annual National Last week, Harvard University and Convention, LULAC highlighted its Imperial College in London announced commitment to improving health among that the global incidence of diabetes has the U.S. Hispanic population. One doubled since 1980. Furthermore, the initiative, Latinos Living Healthy, is United States ranks as the country with aimed at reducing childhood obesity the highest body mass indexes which a m o n g v u l n e r a b l e p o p u l a t i o n s . contribute to a number of disease states. Spearheaded by LULAC and the Robert
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Additionally, Lisa Pino, deputy Wood Johnson Foundation, it seeks to enable all children to have access to administrator for USDA food and nutrition information, foods that are nutrition spoke about her agency's efforts healthy and affordable and access to to ensure children have adequate access safe spaces where they can engage in to healthy meals. Studies suggest that lack of health physical exercise. "Hispanic health is often shaped insurance, language, and citizenship are by factors such as language and cultural barriers, lack of access to preventive care, and the lack of health insurance," r e m a r k e d Margaret Moran, LULAC President. "Through proper relevant health care outreach and programming, we can make a difference." LULAC hopes to reach 100,000 Latinos through health festivals, starting with one this fall in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The festivals will provide free health screenings, healthy foods and sports competitions as well as salsa LULAC will be doing health festivals throughout the USA aerobics. At the same time, the National Park key barriers that prevent many Hispanics Service launched its Healthy Parks from accessing health services and initiatives. This program, announced from receiving quality health care. It is at the LULAC convention, furthers significant to note that Hispanics have the parks' century-long commitment the highest uninsured rates of any racial to preserving the environment for or ethnic group within the United States. responsible public access to our nation's For convention details log onto, www. beautiful parks and recreation facilities. lulac.org.
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National Hispanic Medical Association slates forums across country to inform health leaders on the new Affordable Care Act opportunities care more available in underserved communities by investing in primary WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The care workforce and community centers. The Health Care Reform law has National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) headquartered in Washington already made changes in health insurance. D.C. will host one in a series of forums Families are now able to keep children across the country in El Paso, Texas on up to age 26 on their insurance family Friday, July 1, 2011 at the Camino Real plan, and children are no longer denied Hotel, 101 S. El Paso St. beginning at insurance due to pre-existing conditions. 6:00 p.m. Joining NHMA will be U.S. Elderly on Medicare have free preventive Congressman Sylvestre Reyes and care such as annual check-ups and cancer Mayra Alvarez, Director of Public Health screenings and will have 50% of donut Policy, Office of Health Care Reform, hole medications paid this year for the U.S. Department of Health and Human first time. Furthermore under the new law, small Services. The forum "Health Care Reform business owners are now able to get new Implementation" will address the new tax credits if they offer health insurance health care reform law, the most powerful to their employees. In a few years, small legislation in decades for reducing health business will have a new market in the insurance costs and improving the form of health insurance exchanges, health of Americans. According to Dr. with lower insurance rates and simpler Elena Rios, President of NHMA, "The application forms. Also, physicians who Affordable Care Act will transform how elect to switch to electronic medical health care is delivered to our Hispanic records or who practice in underserved communities in ways not seen since areas will receive bonuses. According to the NHMA, Latinos Medicare became law to support health care for the elderly and Medicaid for are the group to gain most from the the poor." She added, "One of the most Affordable Care Act. However, with important changes will be an emphasis opportunity come immense challenges. on more disease prevention education For years, Latinos have been less likely directed to Latinos on how to transform than the average American to get the themselves and their communities to live health care they need. Latinos are less likely to have a regular doctor, as a healthier lifestyle." New health care reform programs compared to the general population, will include millions of federal monies and they have less access to health that will be disbursed as prevention insurance. National reports and health grants for worksite wellness, school access indicators show that Hispanics clinics, and community health programs suffer the worst when it comes to health such as immunizations, education about disparities. 50 percent are more likely diabetes, obesity, especially childhood to suffer from diabetes and obesity as obesity. The programs will bring quality compared to Anglo-Americans, they are health care with cultural competence twice as likely to suffer from asthma, and training and language services to safety they are twice and a half times likely to net medical practices, hospitals and die of HIV/AIDS. As a national organization representing clinics. The Affordable Care Act also Hispanic physicians in the U.S., NHMA's provides close to 34 million currently goal through its "Health Care Reform uninsured Americans access to health Implementation," is to inform, update, care coverage. The law makes health and clarify the opportunities being By José Villa, Senior Editor
made available through the new law for follow-up on quality improvement of physicians, health care professionals, services and trends including spending, health care organizations, hospitals, and anticipated savings, and public reporting. Opportunities will be available for new community based agencies. And, according to NHMA, as more of training programs to prepare high school the Latino community becomes insured and college students to meet the needs of there will be more demand for health a growing health industry. To date, NHMA has hosted "Health services. New jobs will be created in hospitals and medical practices. There Care Reform Implementation" forums will not only be an increasing demand in Los Angeles, New York, Miami, and for doctors, nurses, dentists, and other Washington, DC. The El Paso Forum health professionals to care for the was in partnership with The Southwest growing Latino population, but new Association of Hispanic American jobs will be generated by new subsidy Physicians, Paul L. Foster School of programs, the use of electronic medical Medicine at the Texas Tech University records, billing, and data collection Health Sciences Center, University systems in patient care, and there will Medical Center and the U.S.-Mexico also be new administrative jobs to Border Health Commission.
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Congratulations to Team USA on their valiant Women’s World Cup Soccer Semi-Final win (3 – 1) over Team France.
Now on to THE FINALS ! USA! USA! USA!
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2010 U.S. Census numbers 120,842 Hawaii Hispanic Residents U.S. Hispanic Buying Power (annual disposable income): $ 1,000,000,000,000 (Trillion)
Ages 21-65: 73,000 Hawaii Hispanic residents 98% of registered Hispanic voters in Hawaii voted in 2008
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AVISO A AGRICULTORES O GANADEROS HISPANOS Y A MUJERES AGRICULTORAS O GANADERAS COMPENSACIÓN POR RECLAMACIÓN DE DISCRIMINACIÓN Si usted considera que el Departamento de Agricultura de Estados Unidos (USDA por sus siglas en inglés) le negó indebidamente beneficios de préstamos agrícolas entre los años 1981 y 2000 por ser hispano o mujer, es posible que cumpla con los requisitos para solicitar compensación. Usted podría cumplir con los requisitos si:
solicitó del USDA un préstamo agrícola o la prestación de servicios de administración de préstamos agrícolas durante ese período, y
2. el préstamo fue negado, otorgado tarde, aprobado por un monto menor al solicitado o aprobado con condiciones restrictivas, o el USDA no prestó un adecuado servicio de administración de préstamo, y
3. usted considera que estos actos ocurrieron por ser usted hispano o mujer. Si desea inscribirse para recibir los documentos para reclamación, puede llamar al Centro de Llamadas para Agricultores y Ganaderos al 1-888-508-4429 o ingresar a la página web: www.farmerclaims.gov.
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E N T E R TA I N M E N T Gloria Estefan to accept 2011 Ultimate Latina Award at United States Hispanic Chamber 32nd National Convention & Business Expo
By José Villa, Senior Editor
(Editor’s Note: Latin Business Hawaii, our Hispanic chamber of commerce, has a booth in the USHCC’s 32nd National Convention & Business Expo. We will be promoting our Hawaii Hispanic community and Hawaii as a conference, convention and meeting destination.) MIAMI BEACH, Florida -- The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) is proud to announce Gloria Estefan as the recipient of the 2011 Ultimate Latina Award. Estefan will accept the award at the Ultimate Latina Luncheon on Monday, September 19th at the USHCC 32nd Annual National Convention & Business Expo in Miami Beach, Florida. "The USHCC is proud to honor Latina women across the nation who continue to serve, lead, and act as role models for our youth," says Gabriel Pascual, USHCC Board of Directors Secretary
and 2011 Convention Chairman. "Our 2 0 11 U l t i m a t e L a t i n a , Gloria Estefan, exemplifies the values of the Hispanic community and is a testament to the achievements of Latinas in our nation." Gloria Estefan, a seventime Grammy Award Winning singer and songwriter, is an exemplary role model, as a human being and as an artist, who has received numerous awards and distinctions. Estefan is the first Latina to be awarded the BMI songwriter of the Year Honor and was the National Music Foundation's Humanitarian of the Year. She was given a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was awarded the Ellis Island Congressional Medal of Honor, the highest honor that can be bestowed
upon a naturalized U.S. citizen. During
her illustrious career, she has sold over 90 million albums and authored
two children's books that were on the bestseller list of the New York Times. "Gloria Estefan is an inspiration not only for her extraordinary talent and admirable achievements in the community, but also for her savvy as an entrepreneur and the embodiment of the American success story," adds Javier Palomarez, USHCC President and CEO. The 32nd Annual National Convention & Business Expo is the largest gathering of Hispanic business leaders in America. The USHCC, Fortune 500 companies, Hispanic Business Enterprises (HBEs) and local Chambers of Commerce will meet in Miami to connect, strategize and grow. The National Convention takes place September 18th – 21st at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach. More information on the Convention is available at: http://www. ushcc.com/convention.
Roller Derby Rampage welcomes Neighbor Island skaters By Sylvia Flores (aka Tadbit Nasty #107), Media Chair, Pacific Roller Derby
HAWAII KAI, Hawaii – On Saturday, July 16, Oahu’s local roller derby ‘ohana (family) welcomes rollergirls and referees from Maui and Kauai on the flat-track at Kamilo’iki Community Park in Hawaii Kai. The free event will feature skaters from Oahu’s Pacific Roller Derby (Pacific), Kauai’s Garden Island Renegade Rollerz (GIRR), and the Maui Roller Girls (MRG) together for
a mixed Red and Black Scrimmage. This will give the interisland athletes the unique opportunity to practice their skills and learn new techniques they can use for this season’s upcoming interisland bouts on Oahu and in Kihei, Kapaa and Hilo. This bout promises to bring an especially serious level of competition as MRG and GIRR
join forces against Pacific to prepare wide roller derby community. Spectators for the high caliber play are encouraged to bring beach chairs Pacific, and Hilo’s Paradise to sit on and must abide by the “no Roller Girls, will face alcohol” policy enforced at Kamilo‘iki against the Seattle-based Park. Seating begins at 3:30pm and the Rat City Sockit Wenches bout at 4pm. in Hilo this August. MRG Following the action on the flat-track, and GIRR will also have fans 21-and-over are welcome to attend a joint bout against the the official after-party, featuring Mano San Diego Derby Dolls in Kane, at The Mercury Bar (1154 Fort St October. Mall). For more info, fans can visit www. Fans of all ages are pacificrollerderby.com or facebook.com/ invited to check out the latest in the isle- PacificRollerDerby.
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East L.A. meets Napa “Carnitas and Cabernet” event celebrates Michoacan Cuisine operate important wineries. Copies of the book were made available at the event LOS ANGELES, California -- and can be purchased at https://donate. AltaMed hosted the sixth annual East altamed.org/book. President and CEO Castulo de la L.A. Meets Napa, one of the nation's most unique festivals that celebrates the Rocha's passion for good Latin Cuisine Latino community's contributions to and fine wine inspired AltaMed's East LA Meets Napa, which has California's multi-billion become an event that dollar food and wine truly showcases the industry. The event pairs variety that exists within Latino-owned or -operated Latino gastronomy and wineries from the Napa viticulture. Valley with Latino-owned "We are proud that or operated restaurants East LA Meets Napa from the greater Los has evolved into one Angeles area. of the most popular The event was attended food events in Southern by more than 1,400 wine California," said de la and culinary enthusiasts, Rocha, "we owe a great who enjoyed 60 plus deal of thanks to our pairing stations and live sponsors, particularly music by Jose Rizo's Ken Jackson, of Mongorama. This year's Camfield Partners, who event featured the flavors was our Title Sponsor of Michoacan, considered this year." Other sponsors included: by some to be Mexico's soul food. All proceeds from the event benefit Richard Gomez of Total Corporate AltaMed, which provides critical services Solutions; Jack Cline Jr. of Lee & including primary medical care, dental Associates; Ricardo Robles of La Reina; clinics, comprehensive senior services, Hector Barreto of Barreto Rezinas (who disease management programs, health will debut Tributo A Mi Padre, a new education, youth programs, HIV/AIDS tequila); and Robin and Jaime Guentert care, and substance abuse prevention of Trader Joe's. In addition, wineries, restaurants and treatment. "We are proud to showcase the and chefs who donated their talent and regional cuisine of Michoacan, which fare included: Alex Sotelo Cellars; Ceja played a major role in UNESCO's Vineyards; J. Lohr Vineyards & Wine; decision to place Mexican cuisine on Sequoia Grove Vineyards; Madrigal the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Vineyards; Robledo Family Winery Humanity list in 2010," said Castulo de Inc.; Quintessa; Bodegas San Rafael; la Rocha, AltaMed's President and CEO. Cavas Valmar and Vinisterra Winery; "In addition many of our event's vintners Chef Hugo Molina of Seta; Chef Daniel Salcido of Cities; Chef Alfonso Ramirez hail from the state." The event also launched AltaMed's of Luna Restaurant and Lounge; Chef publication In Their Own Words, which John Rivera Sedlar of Rivera Restaurant; chronicles Latino contributions to the Chef Jim Shaw of Loteria Grill; and, new U.S. wine industry. The book features the to this year's event, Chef Robert Luna of stories of 17 wine makers from the Napa Mas Malo; and Annette Starbuck of The Valley, some of whom began their careers Goodie Girls and winner of The Food as farm workers and went on to own or Network show "Cupcake Wars". By Marí Villa, Editor
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LA ESQUINA DE RAY (RAY'S CORNER) Aloha!..Ray Cruz
Ray Cruz is the host of the Sabor Tropical Salsa music show on Hawaii Public Radio's 89.3 FM KIPO. Ray plays the best Salsa music from yesterday and today. Every month in this column I'll provide you a list of the must - have music for your collection. These are my picks for this month. They are in no particular order, but should be included in a Salsa connoisseur's music collection. 1.Joe Rizo - Mongorama 2.Jorge Alberto - Mi Tumbao 3.Lucky 7 Mambo - Chapter 1 4 . F r a n k i e M o r a l e s - N o Te Equivoques
5.Manny Oquendo & Libre Homenaje 6.Bobby Sanabria - Tito Puente Masterworks Live! 7.Choco Orta - Choco Swing 8.Various Artists - Fania Records 1964-1980 9.Mayaquez Big Band - El Legado 10.Mambo Legends Orchestra - Watch Out! Ten Cuidao! Please visit our website for a complete list: www.salsaafterdark.com. Listen to "Sabor Tropical" on Hawaii Public Radio KIPO 89.3 FM, Saturdays from 5-8pm. Listen "Live" via the web at www.hawaiipublicradio.org.
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valedictorian of his academy class. That was a big accomplishment for me, but you don’t think about stuff like that when you’re going through the academy. All you think about is the pressure is on and you have a family to support – my wife and two daughters.” Diaz went on: “I’ve been with USCP for 13 years now. I started off in uniform. Since I was first in my class, I was able to choose my assignment. And I chose to be part of the first responder division, since they spent a lot of time outdoors and interacted a lot with the general public.” In 2000, Diaz applied for the USCP’s Dignitary Protection Division (DPD). He said: “It was almost like applying for a new job all over again. You go through an interview, a shooting examination and a fitness test. I was selected and went through a three-week dignitary
pro tempore of the Senate. I’ve been with him since last June.” Diaz continued: “We, essentially, provide Members of Congress some protection training session. When I assigned to the: Minority Leader of of the same services the Secret Service completed the training, I became part of the Senate; Majority Leader of the provides the President. One of the major the reserve DPD.” Senate; and Speaker of the House Nancy differences in our case, however, is He continued: “I was off duty and Pelosi for two years, just to name a that Congressional leaders spend a lot time personally connecting with didn’t go the Capital their constituents, so it’s a different Hill on September 11, dynamic that needs to balance their 2001. It was a beautiful needs to connect up-close-andday I and was out riding personal, with our need to maintain my motorcycle. When I a proper level of their personal got back to the house, I security.” glanced at my phone and A situation, like the one that had 11 missed messages. occurred earlier this year when I turned on the TV and Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, saw the horrible Twin and others, were shot at community Tower images. It seemed “town hall” meeting, has to be a surreal and I found myself security detail’s worse nightmare. thinking that it had to be Diaz said: “Absolutely. That’s the a movie.” tipping point between significant As a result of 9/11, personal exposure in the name of Diaz’s reserve DPD slot Senator Daniel Inouye chats with Mr. Fujio Matsuda, personal contact, and the resulting was converted to active. of the famed 442nd, during a White House ceremony high degree of exposure to unwanted He said: “I’ve protected many, many of our nation’s leaders on few. Currently, I’m protecting Senator consequences. That is one of the most various protection details. I’ve been Inouye from Hawaii, who is President challenging parts of my job.”
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accuracy. Over the past year, SBA has been focused on a number of initiatives to help the government meet the 23 percent goal, ensure the accuracy of data and prevent waste, fraud or abuse, including: • Implementation of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 – The Act included 19 provisions related to increasing opportunities for small business contracting and minimizing fraud, waste or abuse in the programs. One of the key provisions is related to work force training to ensure that the procurement work force receives adequate training on small business programs. • Interagency Task Force on Federal Contracting Opportunities for Small Businesses – The President established a Task Force to identify recommendations
to increase opportunities for small businesses to compete for and win federal contracts. The Task Force developed 13 recommendations, which SBA is in the process of implementing. • Collaboration with White House and Senior Agency officials – SBA is collaborating with the White House to ensure senior officials at each agency are aware of their role in meeting the government-wide small business contracting goal and holding them accountable to the goals. • Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program – This new program will allow contracting officers to set-aside contracts for women-owned small businesses for the first time in fiscal year 2011. • Revised 8(a) Business Development Regulations – SBA recently published new regulations for this program for the first time in over a decade. These
revisions will help ensure the benefits of the 8(a) program go to the intended recipients. SBA is in the process of implementing these revisions. Small Business Goaling Summary Report About the Scorecard The annual Scorecard is an assessment tool to (1) measure how well federal agencies reach their small business and socio-economic prime contracting and subcontracting goals, (2) provide accurate and transparent contracting data and (3) report agency-specific progress. The prime and subcontracting component goals include goals for small businesses, small businesses owned by women, small disadvantaged businesses, service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses, and small businesses located in Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZones). Every two years, the SBA works
with each agency to set their prime and subcontracting goals and their grades are based on the agreed upon goals. Each federal agency has a different small business contracting goal, determined annually in consultation with SBA. SBA ensures that the sum total of all of the goals exceeds the 23 percent target established by law. Each agency’s overall grade will show: an A+ for agencies that meet or exceed 120 percent of their goals; an A for those between 100 percent and 119 percent; a B for 90 to 99 percent; a C for 80 to 89 percent; a D for 70 to 79 percent; and an F for less than 70 percent. An agency’s overall grade was comprised of three quantitative measures: prime contracts (80 percent); subcontracts (10 percent); and its progress plan for meeting goals (10 percent). The individual agency scorecards released today by SBA, as well as a detailed explanation of the scorecard methodology, is available online: http:// www.sba.gov/content/small-businessprocurement-goaling-scorecards.
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Discovery Familia brings kids the best of summertime fun with special episodes of Hi-5 By Marí Villa, Editor
MIAMI, Florida -- Discovery Familia heats up the summer with special episodes of Hi-5, the network's classic series that will transport children to a summer filled of adventures. Providing a positive and healthy learning environment, this specially-prepared summer segment begins airing on July 11 from Monday through Friday at 12:30 PM ET/ 9:30 AM PT (the series will continue throughout the year in this same time slot once the special programming has concluded). Each of the summer episodes will offer kids a world of fun learning escapes based on music, dynamic and playful interactivity, body movements, storytelling and vocabulary/language. Together, along with the show's lively hosts Casey, Fely, Lauren, Stevie and Tim, kids will make amazing discoveries as they explore the world that surrounds them. Created for preschool-aged children, Hi-5 offers important educational lessons that contribute to a child's individual learning and development including: -- Language and music -- Social and emotional skills -- Visual, mathematical, spatial concepts -- Cooperation and team work -- Social responsibility Following are descriptions of some of the special summertime episodes of Hi-5: Episode 1 – Monday, July 11: Stevie acts as a guardian for Africa. He hides inside a tree trunk and is on the lookout as he counts the many animals that visit the watering hole. Fely is also on a similar mission inside a giant rock. Episode 2 – Tuesday, July 12: The children play with paper dolls, practicing manners and how to make friends. All participate in activities that stimulate relationship and communication building skills.
Episode 3 – Wednesday, July 13: Fely and the children find themselves in a beautiful coral garden where they play and explore in this underwater world as they represent the creatures that inhabit it. They sing and dance the shark dance and help the mermaids fashion clothing made of seaweed. Episode 4 – Thursday, July 14: Chats makes a list of her favorite adventures and together with Casey they decide on their next one. Tim is a train and Fely prepares for her first airplane flight. Episode 5 – Friday, July 15: Casey and Chats travel by a magic gondola, Lauren learns how to eat with sticks, Stevie creates a tropical island and Lauren composes a song, while Tim tries to entertain Fely and Casey on their way to the beach. Hi-5 is a production of Kids Like Us and Nine Films & Television. The critically-acclaimed show is produced by award-winning producers Helena Harris, the creator of "Bananas in Pyjamas" and Posie Graeme-Evans, who has also produced hundreds of hours of quality children's television content.
Grilled Pork Chops and Onions Grilled pork chops and onions, marinated in GOYA® Mojo Chipotle, are moist and tender with a zesty, smoky-spicy flavor. These easy pork chops are best when they soak up the marinade overnight, so that, the next day, you can enjoy their juicy flavor in minutes. We ’ r e s u r e you’ll give our grilled pork chops high marks for ease and flavor! Prep time: 5 min. To t a l t i m e : 25 min., plus marinating time Ingredients • 6 bone-in pork chops (¾” – 1” thick) • 1 large yellow onion, cut into ¾”-thick rounds • 1½ cup GOYA® Mojo Chipotle, divided • G O YA ® A d o b o A l l - P u r p o s e Seasoning with Pepper, to taste Directions 1. In a zip-top bag or a large container
with a lid, combine the pork, onions and 1 cup mojo. Seal bag and transfer to refrigerator; chill at least 3 hours, or overnight. 2. Prepare a grill to medium-high heat, or heat a large, lightly-greased grill pan over medium-high heat. Remove pork and onions from the marinade; discard any leftover liquid. Season pork with adobo. Cook pork until golden brown and internal temperature registers 160° F on a quick-read thermometer, basting with remaining mojo, flipping once, 15 – 20 minutes. Cook unions until soft and golden brown, about 10 minutes. 3. Divide pork and onions evenly among serving dishes. * If you do not have a self-sealing bag, be sure to use a non-reactive container such as a glass or stainless steel baking dish to marinate your chops. Do not use aluminum. Serves 6
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