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Latina golfer The Sabor Tropical joins the Salsa radio show ends after a 22-year run professional ranks
scholarship to the University of Southern California. That HONOLULU, Hawaii -- is where she began to learn Lizette Salas began golfing by about balancing the demands pure luck. Her father worked at of a full-time student and a a golf course and one day she full-time athlete. “If you’re had to accompany him. While not a student-athlete, you just she was there, she picked up can’t understand the amount a club and hasn’t put it down of pressure,” she said about since. college and golfing. In April, Salas came to Salas shared some of the Hawaii for the LPGA Lotte lessons she learned in college. Championship tour. She is one During her sophomore year, She of the few Latina professional tore her meniscus (knee injury) golfers in the US. Salas, who and sprained her back. She said: grew up in Azusa, California, “This happens when you don’t in a neighborhood with gangs, stretch before hitting the balls drugs, and crime, decided and I wasn’t eating the right early on that golf things. I was fortunate that was going to be her my injuries didn’t require ticket out. She said surgery.” her parents made During the summer sure she kept busy breaks, Salas would and off the streets. prepare herself for her She attributes her career as a professional focus during golfer by attending her younger the mini-circuit years to her tournaments. mother. It was during She said; the mini“ M o m tournaments dropped that she me off realized two a n d things: 1) Latin professional golfer Lizette Salas picked me up from school that her father was determined every day.” to help her succeed; and 2) that When Salas was finishing getting to the pros would be the high school the next logical reward for all her hard work and step was for her to go to college. her dads selfless dedication. SEE LATINA GOLFER PG.17 She received a full athletic By Marí Villa, Editor
By José Villa, Senior Editor
HONOLULU, Hawaii -- For 22 years – and in a variety of roles -- Ray Cruz has been at the forefront of the Latin music scene in Hawaii. He: was a percussionist with various local bands; operated a business selling Latin cassettes, CDs, videos, t-shirts, flags and other Latin-themed accessories; and hosted Sabor Tropical, the
premier Salsa music radio show in the islands the entire time. But who is Ray Cruz and
In this Issue: Business: PepsiCo’s Dream Machine celebrates two years of environmental achievements pg.2 Government: EEOC’s updated guidance on the use of criminal records by employers could improve employment opportunities for racial minorities pg.7 Community: USDA Farm Service Agency seeks members for County Committees pg.12 Education: Obama Administration names Hawaii schools as first-ever U.S. Green Ribbon Schools. pg.18
how did he get to Hawaii? He said: “I was born in Brooklyn, near the Williamsburg Bridge. It was predominately a Jewish neighborhood, so – unlike many Puerto Ricans at the time that lived in Puerto Rican neighborhoods - I lived in a very diverse community. Then when I was about eight we moved out to Queens near Shea Stadium.” He went on: “I was fortunate that my parents enrolled me in a military boarding school
in Harriman, New York. The coolest thing was that I learned discipline and staying focus. And that was my first experience with music. I played the trombone. I learned to read and write music and belonged to the marching band, jazz band, glee club and orchestra. We performed in the Macy’s Parade, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and even the World’s Fair.” He continued: “That’s where I developed a love for music. When my parents asked me what I wanted to be, I told them about my music dream. But like other Puerto Rican parents that had lived through World War II and were new to the mainland, they wanted doctors, lawyers, etc. They were focused on security. They knew there was no money in the music business, so I was not encouraged at home. Today’s generation thinks differently and is more likely to pursue their passion, but it SEE SABOR TROPICAL PG.25
Page 2 - July 2012 Publisher/Senior Editor José Villa Editor Marí Roma Villa Entertainment Editor Ray Cruz Contributing Writer Priscilla Cabral-Perez Translator: Maritza López-Holland The Hawaii Hispanic News is published the first week of every month. Editorial input submission deadline is 20th of month. Advertising reservation deadline is 20th of month. Editorials and advertising are on a space availability- and time-constrained basis after these dates. Reproduction or use of editorial or graphics content without permission is prohibited. HAWAII HISPANIC NEWS PMB 344 PO Box 30800 Honolulu, Hawaii 96820 Telephone: (808) 744-7225 Fax: (808) 440-1385 Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web site: www.hawaiihispanicnews.org
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PepsiCo’s Dream Machine celebrates two years of environmental achievements By José Villa, Senior Editor
PURCHASE, New York -- The Dream Machine recycling initiative launched by PepsiCo on Earth Day in 2010 focuses on introducing recycling kiosks and bins at high-traffic, public locations around the country to help increase the U.S. beverage container recycling rate by giving Americans convenient access to recycling receptacles. In two years, over 4,000 Dream Machine bins and kiosks, computerized receptacles that allow consumers to earn points for each container recycled and redeem them with rewards partner Greenopolis, have been placed across the country. PepsiCo has diverted nearly 94 million plastic bottles & aluminum cans from landfills as a result of the Dream Machine Program – that’s more than the combined populations of California, Texas, New York, Georgia, Delaware, North Dakota and South Dakota. In part to PepsiCo’s efforts, the US recycling rate has increased from 34-40% in the past 2 years. The nation’s capital quadrupled access to recycling in the Downtown DC Business Improvement District by placing more than 350 Dream Machine bins. The state of Florida has the highest volume of can or plastic
bottle collections in the nation through the Dream Machine program, recycling nearly 7 million bottles and cans. PepsiCo also encourages youth to recycle through the Dream Machine Recycle Rally program, which aims to raise awareness of the importance of
recycling among students, grades K-12. Schools participating in the Dream Machine Recycle Rally earn points for every non-alcoholic aluminum can or plastic bottle collected through the program year-round, and schools can redeem those points with local businesses and major retailers for rewards such as sporting goods, electronics, gift cards, educational events, and music, books and videos. Schools with the highest number of bottles and cans collected are eligible
to win a $50,000 Dream Green School Makeover. Currently, more than 400,000 students from 900 schools in 32 states are participating in the Dream Machine Recycle Rally program. In the two years since its introduction, Dream Machine Recycle Rally has awarded $335,000 to schools for green improvements and $135,995 in additional rewards. The Dream Machine recycling initiative not only positively impacts the environment by diverting bottles and cans from entering landfills, it benefits veterans through PepsiCo’s partnership with the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV), a national program offering career training, education and job creation for post-9/11 U.S. veterans with disabilities resulting from their military service. Through the Dream Machine recycling initiative, PepsiCo has contributed $500,000 per year to the EBV. For every 10 million pounds of recycled material collected, PepsiCo will contribute an additional $250,000 to EBV. To find a dream machine near you, visit http://dreammachinelocator.com. To learn how to get your school involved in the Recycle Rally program, visit www. dreammachinerecyclerally.com/. Follow Dream Machine news at www.facebook. com/DreamMachine.
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Joe Baca and Andy talking story
Herman Stern, Linda Rose Herman and a guest
Angelina Campos and Vince Mitchell
José Villa, Walner Alvarez and Karl Alejandre
Gina Messisco, Erik Gutiérrez and Flavia Brakling enjoying the Kiosk from Pacific Digital Signs
Maya Hoover and Paul Herrán
Two guests enjoying the “Latin vibe”
Abe Rodriguez, Joelia, Rosa Hotz and Vince Mitchell
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Pre-Cinco De Mayo Mixer at Apartm3nt
Esther Kia`aina, Eida Carrillo and Carmen Gonzalez
A guest and Walner Alvarez
Tere Joseph and Mari Villa enjoying the Kiosk from Pacific Digital Signs
Karl Alejandre and Dio Pilar
José Villa and Herman Stern
Barett Hoover and George Holland
Erik Gutiérrez, Gina Messisco, Paul Herrán and Flavia Brakling
Two guests just chilling
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Giumura Vineyards agrees to sweeping changes to settle EEOC suit filed on behalf of indigenous farmworkers Source: EEOC Media Office
FRESNO, California – Giumarra Vineyards, one of the largest growers of table grapes in the United States, will settle a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The company agreed to comprehensive and sweeping changes of company procedures in dealing with discrimination and retaliation. The changes will affect up to 3,000 employees and the company will spend $350,000 to resolve EEOC’s case. The settlement resolves a federal lawsuit filed by the EEOC against Giumarra Vineyards in 2010 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California (EEOC v. Giumarra Vineyards Corporation, et al, Case No. 1:09-cv-02255). The EEOC alleged that a 17-year-old female migrant worker was sexually harassed and others were subjected to retaliation. This is a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The claimants in the case are Tarascan (otherwise known as P'urhépecha) and Zapotec, which are indigenous groups in Mexico. They are a minority among the farm worker
community who worked at Giumarra’s facility in Edison, California. As part of the widespread preventive measures, Giumarra agreed to devote part of the settlement to train its work force. This includes hiring a third-party trainer to conduct training on sexual harassment and retaliation for thousands of its migrant farmworkers, other employees and incoming new staff. The training must be conducted in languages the employees understand. Management and human resources officials will also be trained annually and receive additional training on how to appropriately handle such complaints. Among the other comprehensive changes, Giumarra agreed to implement changes to revamp its anti-discrimination policies and complaint procedures dealing with sexual harassment, discrimin¬ation and retaliation in the workplace. The policies and procedures will also be available in languages that the employees understand. Giumarra also agreed to develop a centralized tracking system and to hire a human resources professional to effectively handle complaints of discrimination. A notice will also be posted throughout the company regarding the resolution.
The EEOC will monitor compliance of the consent decree over the three-year period. “We commend Giumarra Vineyards for setting a new standard in the way sexual harassment and retaliation complaints from migrant farmworkers are handled by growers,” said Anna Y. Park, regional attorney for the EEOC’s Los Angeles District Office, which includes the central valley of California in its jurisdiction. “The tremendous undertaking of training a vast number of migrant farmworkers by a prominent grower, like Giumarra Vineyards, is a groundbreaking endeavor. We hope that with this sweeping resolution, the agricultural industry begins to selfregulate in rooting out the pervasive problems we continue to see in that industry.” Melissa Barrios, director for the EEOC’s Fresno Local Office, which services Kern County, added, “We encourage all workers to report sexual harassment and retaliation with the EEOC. We truly hope that other growers take Giumarra’s lead in taking seriously the pervasive problem of sexual harassment and retaliation that migrant farmworkers continue to face.”
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Suguet Lopez, executive director for Líderes Campesinas, a non-profit organization in California devoted to servicing farmworker women, stated, “Too many young women suffer in silence due to rampant sexual harassment in the fields. For real change to happen, we need the growers to take a stand against sexual harassment in the workplace and offer education to workers on their rights to offset further abuses. We are encouraged by the news that such a major company will conduct the necessary training on such a large scale. We also commend the EEOC for championing these efforts in the migrant farmworker community.” According to its website, Californiabased Giumarra is a family-run company that employs up to 3,000 people. Aside from cultivating 25 varieties of table grapes, Giumarra is an international network of fresh produce growers, distributors and marketers, sourcing produce from apples to zucchini internationally. The EEOC enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. Further information about the EEOC is available on its web site at www.eeoc. gov.
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EEOC’s updated guidance on the use of criminal records by employers could improve employment opportunities for racial minorities By Stacie B. Royster, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
WASHINGTON, DC– The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law applauds the recent 4-1 bi-partisan decision by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to issue updated guidance that will greatly reduce the misuse of criminal history background checks to deny employment to persons of color. The Guidance notes that approximately 92 percent of employers use criminal histories to screen job applicants. The new guidance strengthens enforcement efforts against employers who are misusing criminal history background checks. It provides clear guidance to employers on the appropriate use of such background checks. The guidance notes the well established principle that Title VII preempts state and local laws, such as laws that impose lifetime bans on employing persons whose convictions from years ago bear no relation to their job performance and behavior today. As a national leader in combating employment discrimination, the Lawyers’ Committee launched theAccess Campaign, which works to remove barriers to employment for minority workers. This campaign attacks the indiscriminate use of both criminal history information and credit information through litigation that challenges the improper use of background check information. The Access Campaign also conducts public education regarding the use and abuse of background checks, and advocates for federal, state and local officials and legislators to pass laws restricting the use of background information. “The use of arrest records, including arrests that occurred decades earlier or had not resulted in convictions, to screen people applying for jobs contributes significantly to the unemployment of African American, Latinos and
Native Americans,” said Lawyers’ Committee Executive Director Barbara R. Arnwine. As cited by the EEOC, persons who have been incarcerated in the United States include: 1 of 17 whites; 1 of 6 Hispanics; and 1 of 3 African Americans. Based on these, and similar statistics, the new guidance effectively establishes a presumption for agency investigators that use of criminal records has a disparate impact on minorities. This presumption can be rebutted by an employer by showing that their own hiring practices do not have a disparate impact. Equally important, the guidance rejects employer policies of permanently disqualifying persons with criminal records and reiterates existing law requiring that an employer show that the disqualification is job-related, spelling out the acceptable ways in which employers can show job relatedness. In most instances, employers must give individualized consideration to the applicant’s work history and other evidence of law-abiding behavior. “In this economic climate of continued high unemployment, particularly in communities of color, it was critical and truly momentous for the EEOC to take such a proactive step to help all workers and employers,” said Ray McClain, director of the Lawyers’ Committee’s Employment Discrimination Project. “No longer will persons with criminal histories be permanently excluded from the workforce.” The Lawyers’ Committee has received many stories of egregious unfairness in denying jobs to outstanding citizens simply because years earlier they had encounters with the law. For instance, the Lawyers’ Committee is co-counsel in a major suit seeking to represent a class of hundreds of thousands of minority workers who were refused employment by the Census Bureau during the 2010 Census for as little as an arrest record
without any conviction. In another such case, a man has been denied a job as a master electrician because of drug convictions that were more than 25 years old. He has had no subsequent encounters with the law, returned to college, and is a master electrician. This man’s eligibility for an electrician job should be judged on his competence as an electrician, not on what he did more than 25 years ago. The new guidance will mandate exactly that to employers. “The updated Enforcement Guidance issued today will aid the Lawyers’
Committee in our continuing efforts on behalf of minority workers, particularly our ongoing evaluation of potential litigation on behalf of the groups most impacted – African American, Latino and Native American workers denied employment because background checks report they have a criminal record or a poor credit history,” Arnwine said. “We will also continue to urge the EEOC to issue long awaited guidance on the misuse of credit history to deny employment, a practice which falls most heavily on minorities and the unemployed.”
¡No te dejes engañar! El 15 de junio, el Departamento de Seguridad Interna de Estados Unidos (DHS) publicó una nueva medida conocida como “deferred action”, gracias a la cual se suspenderán temporalmente las deportaciones de ciertos jóvenes y estudiantes indocumentados que cumplan ciertos requisitos y que además podrán beneficiarse de un permiso de trabajo en los Estados Unidos Por el momento, el proceso aún NO está vigente y aún no pueden presentarse solicitudes, llenarse formatos ni hacerse gestiones. Los detalles específicos de esta nueva medida –incluidos la solicitud y los documentos que deberán presentarse- serán dados a conocer por las autoridades de Estados Unidos en un plazo de 60 días.
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Latino middle-schooler creates website to share passion for space By Alain Castillo, LatinaLista
HOUSTON, Texas -- Joseph Ruiz sees the world as a big ball of mystery that still needs to be explored. Once he discovers its secrets, he wants to lead and be its hero. “There are so many things we don’t know yet…people are trying to figure out the mysteries of the world,” said Joseph, 12. “I want to be one of these people that find out these mysteries.” Joseph, who attends KIPP Liberation College Preparatory, a charter school in the Houston, Texas area, is passionate about space. He loves space so much that he already knows what he wants to be when he gets older — an astrophysicist. In fact at KIPP Liberation, a school for at-risk and low-income students, Joseph is already on his way to achieving his career goals. Joseph has created a couple of projects that bring his interest in space closer to home. For starters, Joseph built a seismograph, with the help of his dad, for a school project. The instrument demonstrated how quakes could be measured on other planets. “I want to find out the mysteries of space,” he said, and shared that he is currently exploring the location of other Earth-like planets in the galaxy. Yet, Joseph wants to share his passion with others and make a difference within
There is also a “Cosmo Basics” his community at the same time. It also can serve as a way for Joseph’s He and his brother, Raymond Ruiz, section, where visitors can learn how old leadership and collaborative skills to 31, a graduate education student at the is planet Earth. grow, added Ruiz. His website will be entered in a University of Houston, worked together Joseph wants to make sure each and created a kid-friendly website called school district KIPP charter competition, Photon Kids. school in the but Joseph says Joseph is currently its webmaster. country uses “After learning that many minority s h a r i n g h i s the website and kids don’t do well in math and science, website is the hopes to enlist he set out to help others share in his key to its future students from success. passion,” said the elder Ruiz. each of these “I think Joseph started to grow his website schools to help after it was well-received at KIPP spreading it is maintain it. more important Liberation. “I think that After presenting his website for his [ t h a n a w a r d s ] it’s very mature school’s community service project, because at-risk and forwardhis teachers and peers became more students can have thinking (of access to it and interested. him), said Ruiz “Joseph’s website is excellent. It is they get involved proudly of his very appealing to both adults and youth,” and can get better younger brother. said Ashley Warren, his current math grades,” he said. “I’m really Joseph’s teacher at KIPP. “His website is very easy surprised that brother noted to navigate, even for a novice.” he’s becoming Since January, Photon Kids has that the website a communitycan benefit the attracted 1,800 visitors. oriented person. On the website, which Joseph updates 1 2 - y e a r - o l d ’s H e ’s a l w a y s daily, visitors find a range of interesting peers and teachers thinking of the news and activities. Visitors can read the in a lot of ways other students.” Brothers Ray and Joseph Ruiz built PhotonKids.com. latest updates on the Mars Rover, look too. J o s e p h “Joseph plans to collaborate with his likely learned this calling to serve the up definitions of space vocabulary in the “Space Dictionary” section, watch teachers and get more kids involved with community from his older brother, a videos on cool science experiments, such the website. That way, they not only learn former Big Brother/Big Sister mentor. as dropping an iPod from space, and about science, but they can build their Ruiz’s influence can be heard in his even play space-related games such as technology skills as well,” Ruiz said. younger brother’s view of education Martian Mayhem. who describes it as something that is “really important because it provides a better quality of life, stability and opportunity.” Ruiz says that since the start of his seventh grade year, Joseph has been more focused in school and that has helped him earn better grades. It also helped Joseph discover his own passion and creativity, which lead to creating the website. Joseph plans to continue growing his website and inviting more kids to get involved. But more importantly, he hopes to share with his peers what he’s already learned. “I learned leadership and how to sacrifice and make my confidence bigger,” Joseph said. “This helps me want to help my community.”
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Hispanic Chamber leaders across the country benefit from USHCC Foundation "Chamber Training Institute" Program at University of Notre Dame WASHINGTON, DC -- The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USHCC Foundation), in partnership with Wells Fargo and the University of Notre Dame Mendoza School of Business, will host the second Chamber Training Institute of 2012 in South Bend, IN, June 19-20 on the University of Notre Dame campus. The USHCC Foundation's twoday, nonprofit certificate program will address leadership and membership growth. There will also be a live streaming broadcast of the sessions at California State University, Long Beach, in partnership with the Regional Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. The USHCC Foundation Chamber Training Institute was created to provide unique educational opportunities that foster the growth and development of Hispanic business leaders and entrepreneurs. Participants are introduced to industry experts and professors who share fundamental techniques for successful business writing and communication. Attendees of the South Bend Chamber Training Institute include members over a dozen chambers of commerce across the country. "As founding sponsor of the Chamber Training Institute, we have a strong commitment to helping business owners understand how to manage their finances more effectively," said Denise Miles, Vice President of National Partnerships at Wells Fargo. "We are proud to participate and support this program for the fourth year, and we applaud the USHCC Foundation for providing chamber
leaders such a valuable opportunity to sharpen their skills and enhance their leadership." The training program features workshops such as "Leveraging Organizational Marketing & Management Strategies" and "Mission Driven Leadership Styles." The program also includes special sessions, presented by Wells Fargo, on resources available for entrepreneurs on how to manage and grow their businesses, and information on how to obtain financing to send their children to college. Participants who complete the program receive a certificate of completion from the University of Notre Dame Mendoza School of Business. "We are extremely proud to offer our members - nearly 200 Hispanic chambers of commerce and business associations across the nation - the opportunity to hone their skills through the Chamber Training Institute," said USHCC President & CEO Javier Palomarez. "The chamber leaders and non-profit managers who attend these courses are taught valuable skills that will help them to empower the business owners they support and bolster membership in their respective chambers. We would like to thank the University of Notre Dame for its dedication to this effort, and of course we thank our friends at Wells Fargo for strengthening the Hispanic business community with their generous support for the Chamber Training Institute." For more information on the USHCC Foundation's Chamber Training Institute, visit http://www.ushccfoundation.org.
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Scenes from the Stomp The Island Photo Credits: Zack Rogers (My Paparazzi)
Keith Major of Omega Psi Phi with Paula Mathis of Delta Sigma Theta
Endora Crawford of DST
Paula Mathis and Denise Rogers
men of Omega Psi Phi and Kappa Alpha Psi
Women of Hawaii Alumnar Chapter of DST
DST Step Team
Beautiful Delta Diva, Dawna Nelson and men of Alpha Phi Alpha
Omega Psi Phi (winners)
Delta Divas Claudia Bowman and Michelle Warren
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Step Show at Leeward Community Collegeâ€? Photo Credits: Zack Rogers (My Paparazzi)
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Jose and Mari Villa's babies
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USDA Farm Service Agency seeks members for County Committees in FSA programs. Once elected, they will make important decisions about HONOLULU, Hawaii – The USDA how FSA programs will be carried out in Farm Service Agency in disseminating their respective counties. They serve as a information regarding the Farm Service direct link between Agency (FSA) County Committee t h e i r f a r m i n g election process to the agricultural community and the producers of Hawaii, Guam and the U.S. Department Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana of Agriculture. Islands. The nomination The County Committee system gives process has begun farmers and ranchers a much needed and will end on say in how federal actions affect their August 1, 2012. It communities and individual operations. is important to the FSA that all producers, County Committees have been around particularly minority, female and other since the 1930’s when Congress set up a under-represented groups, have an equal system by which federal farm programs opportunity to be candidates for the would be administered locally. County Committees. The County Committee members Fact sheets are available that will are nominated and elected by local answer many questions about the producers, who are eligible to participate nomination and election process. In By Diane Ley, USDA Farm Service Agency State Executive Director
the event that you or a member of your organization may be eligible and willing to run for a county committee position, nomination forms are available. Below is also a list of the same materials with electronic links: • USDA Fact Sheet regarding County Committee Elections http:// www.fsa.usda.gov/ Internet/FSA_File/ fsa_cocelec_2012.pdf • USDA Fact Sheet regarding eligibility requirements to vote and/or hold office http://www.fsa.usda.gov/ Internet/FSA_File/coc_eligib_2012.pdf • Each county is divided into three Local Administrative Areas (LAAs) in order to assure that producers get fair
representation throughout the county. Each committee member serves a staggered term, thus each year, committee elections are held in only one of the three LAAs. For a description of the LAA holding elections this year (2012) in each county contact the County Offices at the telephone numbers below. • Nomination Form http:// forms.sc.egov.usda.gov/efcommon/ eFileServices/eForms/FSA669-A.PDF If you have any questions about County Committees or the County Committee election process, please call one of our County Offices at: Honolulu (808) 483-8600 ext. 2; Maui (808) 8715500, ext. 2; Kauai (808) 245-9014, ext. 2; Hawaii (808) 933-8381, ext. 8340; Guam 472-7568 or the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands 2360896.
National Park Service releases publication on role of Hispanics in Civil War African Americans on the Civil War. “The nationwide multiyear ATLANTA, Georgia -- As part of the observance of the Civil War is an commemoration of the 150th Anniversary opportunity to remind millions of of the Civil War, the National Park Americans of all backgrounds of their Service recently released a publication, ancestors’ participation in the Civil War,” “Hispanics and the Civil War: From said Southeast Regional Director David Battlefield to Homefront,” that tells the Vela. “Hispanic citizens and immigrants story of the roles played by Hispanics on alike fought on land and sea in every both sides of the conflict. theater of the war — particularly in the The publication is one of a series Southwest in lands steeped in Hispanic that tells of the contributions of various heritage.” ethnic groups. The National Park Service “Hispanics and the Civil War: From and one of its cooperating associations, Battlefield to Homefront” explores the Eastern National, began this effort by lives of Hispanics from the bayous of the developing a number of publications that Gulf, to the cities of the North, to the vast describe the roles and perspectives of deserts of the Southwest, and those from Source: National Park Service
distant shores who were swept into the the stories and achievements of their conflict that severed the nation in 1861. ancestors who fought and struggled for It examines the many and varied motives a more perfect union,” Vela said. “The of the 20,000 Hispanics who chose to Civil War is shared by all Americans. fight, as well as the countless civilians Hispanics can be proud of their history who lent their hearts and hands on the and legacy during one of our nation's homefront. most defining moments." Forty pages long and richly illustrated, The full-color publication was this publication is a compelling way for produced with the assistance of Hispanic Americans to learn that the superintendents, historians, park staff, Civil War is their story, too, and for all Washington and regional program offices Americans to discover the little known throughout the National Park Service. It but extremely significant contributions was designed by Graphic Works Inc. of Hispanics made at a defining moment Atlanta, Ga., and is available through in U.S. history. the National Park Service cooperating “Through this publication, Hispanic association, Eastern National, at http:// Americans will learn and be inspired by www.eparks.com
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Anti-Bullying Campaign "NERDS Unite!" will rally celebrities and teens to celebrate individuality and "STOMP Out Bullying" young and old, that being different is actually great and totally normal. We all have something we're passionate or nerdy about, and I love that WONKA is applauding that." Valderrama, along with actor, television personality, comedian, and actor Nick Cannon, musician/singer JoJo, and many more have joined the "NERDS Unite!" movement to encourage more teenagers to proudly declare themselves
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Pre-July 4th â€œProud To Be Americansâ€? Networking Mixer at Soul de Cuba
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Kennedy Space Center welcoming visitors during 50th Anniversary year with special tours and offers the end of 2012 to provide visitors a look inside the 525-foot-tall Vehicle KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Assembly Building (VAB), where the Florida -- NASA is offering visitors Apollo rockets and space rare access to several key areas of the shuttles were assembled. One Kennedy Space Center during its 50th of the largest buildings in the anniversary year. This enhances a popular world, the VAB had been off destination that already features an array limits to visitors for more of authentic attractions showcasing the than 30 years until the tour space program and opportunities for was added in November. The space agency is also working up-close viewing of ongoing rocket with Delaware North Companies, which launches. A special Kennedy Space Center Up-T:3.5”operates Kennedy Space Center Visitor Close Tour has been extended through Complex, on final details of new tours By José Villa, Senior Editor
featuring operational areas that visitors have also rarely had the opportunity to see. Announcements regarding the new
tours are expected in the coming weeks. The visitor complex remains one of the best vantage points to see rocket launches taking place from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. More than 10 launches have been scheduled for 2012 to carry NASA science missions and government satellites, as well as to test commercial space programs. An Atlas V rocket carrying a satellite was launched May 4, and next is a demonstration launch of a Falcon 9 rocket by SpaceX, the first mission by a commercial company to travel to and dock with the International Space Station. “There’s an opportunity to see fascinating aspects of the space program that few people have seen, and a chance your visit can coincide with a rocket launch,” said Bill Moore, chief operating officer of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. “We want people to know that a visit to Kennedy Space Center remains a visit to an operating facility where a lot of exciting things are happening. It’s a world-class destination that offers a truly authentic and memorable visitor experience, and this year is an ideal time for Florida residents and vacationers to visit,” Moore said. The 50th anniversary year features several events, including a celebration July 1 to mark the anniversary of the space center being officially acknowledged as an operating spaceflight center under the name Launch Operations Center. It was later changed to John F. Kennedy Space Center in honor of the president and his vision of Americans landing on the moon.
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In celebration of the 50th anniversary, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is offering guests two special offers that can save up to 30 percent on admission, food and merchandise, as well as secure access to view rocket launches. Details of Kennedy Space Center’s 50th Gold Admission Package and a $50 Annual Pass are available at http:// kennedyspacecenter.com/annual-passoffer.aspx. Events are also planned to mark milestones in the creation of the future home of the space shuttle Atlantis, expected to open in July 2013. Ground was broken in January on the exhibit, and this fall Atlantis will “roll over” from its processing facility inside the Kennedy Space Center to the visitor complex for permanent display. The 65,000-squarefoot Atlantis exhibit will provide guests a unique vantage point to view Atlantis up close, while telling the story of the 30-year Space Shuttle Program through a number of hands-on, interactive and immersive mediums. From the earliest days of America’s storied space program, Kennedy Space Center has captured the world’s attention and fed its imagination as the epicenter of mankind’s greatest adventure. Nestled on a placid barrier island on Florida’s “Space Coast,” the endlessly bustling Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex features attractions and interactive programs unfolding year-round, making it a must-see for every Florida visitor. Kennedy Space Center’s remarkable collection of rockets, launch pads, NASA aerospace technology components and launch viewing opportunities offer an authenticity and behind-thescenes access unlike any other Central Florida destination. The visitor complex offers visitors numerous activities and interactive programs, including meeting real astronauts, that will leave them with a new-found understanding of the U.S. space program.
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Latina Golfer Coniinued from page 1
When participating in these minitournaments, her father Ramon would take time off from work and drive her across country to wherever she was competing. She said: “There were times when we saved money by sleeping in the car at rest stops.” It was the tremendous, selfless and incessant dedication her father displayed then that gives her such a heartfelt appreciation for him now. She said: “My dad was there every step of the way. In high school I played on the boys’ team and I could practice on the boys’ side or on the girls’ side. He wouldn’t allow to practice on the boys’ side because he didn’t want me to have any distractions whatsoever.” She continued: “Since I was a junior golfer, my dad went with me to every single practice and every single event. For most of my appointments, he had to miss work and would then put in extra hours. He still works 6am to 7pm Mondays just to put in the time that he gave up to be with me. So it’s been a significant sacrifice and I just
appreciate him so much. He’s also my caddy and we’ve developed a really close relationship. I just thank God that I have the best Dad.”
class sport that she wants others in her community to have options in life. She said: “Graduating from high school was an accomplishment in my neighborhood.
Latina professional golfer Lizette Salas
Salas is also about giving back to When I was young, I didn’t have role the community for many reasons. But models I looked up to in my community. one strong motivator is that she feels But I now feel I can do something about golfing has always been such an upper- that and help change that situation, especially in my neighborhood.” So Salas volunteers in the non-profit her dad and other pro golfers started called The San Gabriel Junior Golf. “The organization is designed to give back to the kids in our community by expanding the range of options available to them and, hopefully, change their minds about their possible future choices.” Salas says, “These are neighborhood kids, aged 7-17 and all different ethnicities. The organization just started bringing in tutors for after school. Our goal is to get these kids into college. We want to give these kids options. Just because they come from a certain type of neighborhood, or are a certain ethnicity, doesn’t mean they’re not going to be able De tus palabras de hoy depende su mañana. Las palabras de un padre son las que ayudan a construir el futuro to move ahead.” de sus hijos. El Hispanic Scholarship Fund tiene la información para ayudar a que tus hijos vayan a la universidad. Es gratis y en Salas graduated with her BA in español. Visita TusPalabrasdeHoy.org o llama al 1-877-HSF-8711. Sociology in May and started her professional career in June. Why did she
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choose to become a professional golfer? Salas said: “My family knew that it was my ticket out. The difference between a professional golfer and amateur golfer is that one gets paid.” In order to get a ticket to play in the LPGA, Salas had to beat nine others in the last spot with three birdies and three hole playoffs. It didn’t come easy during her final semester of college. But Salas is on her way to making her dream come true. Salas has more than just an ambition to be a professional golfer. In the Brazil 2016 Olympics, golf will be coming back as a sport competition after being absent from the Olympics over 100 years. How does our young Salas feel about that? Salas said, “I’m fortunate that my parents immigrated here in the 70’s and obviously gave us a better chance to succeed in life. They want me to apply for dual citizenship because it will open opportunities for me in Mexico” Salas has both the Mexican and American flag on her bag and says she already gets a lot of flack because competitors want to know which country she stands for. She says, “Mexican is my cultural heritage. We speak Spanish at home and eat the same as if we were in Mexico. It’s part of who I am. I’m Mexican at heart, but proud to be an American citizen.” Asking Salas about trying out for both teams in the Olympics with a dual citizenship, she said, “That’s a hard question still, I just don’t know. There’s obviously a process I’ll have to go through, but if an opportunity to play is given to me – regardless of which of the two countries it’s for -- I’ll take it. She added: “Representing a country is an honor and I’ve been waiting for golf to return to the Olympics. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. But, I will have to be ready for comments and competition if I get chosen for the Mexican team.” Salas has the backing of her family, friends and colleagues. Here at the Hawaii Hispanic News, we wish her the best. We offer lots of love and prayers; and hope to see her at the 2016 Olympics.
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Obama Administration names Hawaii schools as first-ever U.S. Green Ribbon Schools By José Villa, Senior Editor
SAN FRANCISCO, California -- U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan was joined recently by White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson to announce the first-ever U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, a list including 78 schools, two of which are located in Hawaii. The announcement was made during a visit to Stoddert Elementary School, Washington, D.C. The Ewa Makai Middle School in Ewa Beach is a new school built to LEED Gold standards making it Hawaii’s first public school “green” campus. In addition, Ewa Makai Middle school does not use pesticides on campus. The Hawaii Preparatory Academy in Kamuela, has built a first-of-its-kind energy lab that received LEED platinum rating and net-zero energy via solar panels. Three of the Southern California schools were located in the cities of Long Beach, Manhattan Beach and Lawndale. The final California school is located in city of Danville. The four schools were recognized for various achievements including: environmental curriculum; energy reduction; campus recycling; and water efficiency. "Science, environmental and outdoor education play a central role in providing children with a well-rounded education, and helping prepare them for the jobs of the future," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.
"U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools demonstrate compelling examples of the ways schools can help children build real-world skill sets, cut school costs, and provide healthy learning environments." U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) is a federal
concepts needed in the growing global economy. "Schools that take a green approach cut costs on their utility bills, foster healthy and productive classrooms, and prepare students to thrive in the 21st century economy," said Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on
recognition program that opened in September 2011. Honored schools exercise a comprehensive approach to creating "green" environments through: reducing environmental impact; promoting health; and ensuring a highquality environmental and outdoor education. They prepare students with the 21st century skills and sustainability
Environmental Quality. "These Green Ribbon School award winners are taking outstanding steps to educate tomorrow's environmental leaders, and demonstrating how sustainability and environmental awareness make sense for the health of our students and our country." The 78 awarded schools were named
winners from among nearly 100 nominees submitted by 30 state education agencies, the District of Columbia and the Bureau of Indian Education. More than 350 schools completed applications to their state education agencies. Among the list of winners are 66 public schools, including 8 charters, and 12 private schools. In total, the schools are composed of 43 elementary, 31 middle and 26 high schools with around 50 percent representing high poverty schools. "These Green Ribbon Schools are giving students and educators what they need to maximize learning and minimize risks like asthma and other respiratory illnesses, ensuring that no child is burdened by pollution in or around their school," said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. "Today's winners are protecting our children's health and opening up environmental education opportunities for students. The EPA is proud to help recognize the Green Ribbon award winners and will continue working to improve the environment of our nation's schools and helping prepare students to succeed in the emerging green economy." The U.S. Department of Education's "Green Ribbons" are one-year recognition awards. Next year's competition will open in summer 2012. State agencies are encouraged to send their intents to submit nominees by June 15, 2012 via email to email@example.com.
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Four college-bound Hispanic students selected to receive $100,000 RMHC®/HACER® National Scholarship Award McDonald's is hosting all 19 national scholarship recipients in McDonald's OAK BROOK, Illinois -- Following c o r p o r a t e a five-year tradition that has provided h o m e t o w n o f $1.9 million in scholarships for college- C h i c a g o f o r bound Hispanic students, Ronald a t h r e e - d a y McDonald House Charities®(RMHC®) celebratory event. announced the names of four Hispanic During this trip high school seniors who will each t h e s t u d e n t s receive an RMHC®/HACER® National will participate Scholarship of $100,000 to help finance i n m e n t o r i n g their college education. The students were s e s s i o n s selected for their academic achievement, providing them investment in community service and w i t h t i p s a n d financial need. resources for This year's scholarships were awarded resume writing, to: Maria Fabre, from Edinburg, Texas, j o b h u n t i n g , attending the Massachusetts Institute of interview tips, Technology; Kevin Pardinas, from Miami, and networking Florida, attending Princeton University; s k i l l s . T h e Emily Salvador, from Vero Beach, s t u d e n t s w i l l Florida, attending the Massachusetts also have the Institute of Technology; and Carina opportunity to be of service to families Zuniga, from San Juan, Texas, attending at a local Ronald McDonald House®. Baylor University. They were selected The trip will culminate in a graduation as the top achievers among a group luncheon on August 16, honoring the of thousands of students who applied college graduates. for the RMHC/HACER Scholarship The three members of the 2008 Program. RMHC/HACER National Scholarship "The 2012 RMHC/HACER National college graduating class are Brian Scholarship recipients are joining a Campos, a Neurobiology major at special family of young Hispanics Harvard University; Samuel Cruz, an who are both committed to academic International Business major and Biology excellence and to service to their minor at Ramapo College of New Jersey; communities," said Martin J. Coyne, and Maira Mercado, an Economics and president and CEO of RMHC. "Recent History major at Claremont McKenna figures presented by the Census Bureau College. show that the number of Hispanics with "The RMHC/HACER National college degrees has increased by 80 Scholarship made it possible to go to percent in the last ten years and we're college despite my family's financial especially proud to have assisted more hardships. Now that I've finished my than 15,000 Hispanic students since 1985 undergraduate degree, I am able to serve with more than $22 million in RMHC/ as a mentor to Hispanic high school and HACER college scholarships. In 2008, college students," said 2008 recipient the first $100,000 National Scholarship Samuel Cruz. "I'm looking forward to was added to the program which makes this summer's activities and meeting the this a special year as we celebrate latest recipients of this great scholarship our first National Scholarship college program." graduating class." The RMHC/HACER Scholarship To celebrate the recent college Program was founded in 1985 by graduation of the 2008 RMHC/HACER McDonald's® Owner/Operator Richard National Scholarship recipients, Castro of El Paso, Texas, with the support By José Villa, Senior Editor
of RMHC, McDonald's Corporation, and local Hispanic McDonald's Owner/
Operators throughout the country. Castro, a former educator, established the
program after noticing increasing school drop-out rates among Hispanic students due to financial difficulties. The RMHC/ HACER Scholarship Program provides awards ranging from $1,000 to $100,000 per student and is one of the country's largest college scholarship programs for graduating Hispanic high school students. Applications for the 2013 scholarship program will be available this fall. For more information on the scholarships and other education resources, please visit www.rmhc.org and www.MeEncanta. com.
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QS University Rankings: Latin America reveals the excellent institutions across the region Source: QS Quacquarelli Symonds
LONDON, England -- Universidad de Sao Paolo cements its position as the continent's premier university in the annual QS University Rankings: Latin America, topping the table for the second year running. The table demonstrates the dynamism of higher education in the region, with 40% of ranked universities founded within the last 50 years. Universities in top 250 by country: Brazil (65), Mexico (46), Colombia (34), Chile (30), Argentina (26), Peru (10), Ecuador (6), Venezuela (6), Cuba (5), Uruguay (4), Costa Rica (3), Paraguay (3), Panama (2) Guatemala (1) Nicaragua(1),Puerto Rico (1) QS has calculated the continent's 250 best-performing institutions using seven criteria covering research, graduate
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employability, teaching resources and web presence. Now in its second year the ranking is notable for its stability, with an unchanged top seven suggesting a wellestablished hierarchy at the top of the table. Brazil again dominates, with 65 universities making the top 250. Yet Chile's tally of four universities in the top ten â€“ two more than last year - provides one of this year's main talking points. "Chilean universities perform excellently in terms of research output, and have an outstanding reputation among academics and employers", says QS head of research Ben Sowter. "Whereas the top Brazilian universities are producing a greater quantity of published research the work produced at leading Chilean universities is more widely cited, which suggests it has a greater impact". In a reversal of fortunes, all of the top ten Argentine universities rank lower than in 2011, with Universidad de Buenos Aires (11) dropping out of the top ten. Rising student/faculty ratios and a decline in reputation among employers and academics have seen them overtaken by universities from Brazil, Mexico, Colombia and Chile.
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“Mariachi High” opens PBS Arts Summer Festival – Began June 29th By José Villa, Senior Editor
ARLINGTON, Virginia – “Mariachi High” documents a year in the life of “Mariachi Halcon,” a top-ranked competitive high-school mariachi band in the rural ranching town of Zapata, Texas. The program premiered June 29, 2012, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET on PBS as part of the PBS Arts Summer Festival, a seven-part event anchored by films that highlight art, artists and performances from around the world. Using the band and its music as a lens, this spirited documentary focuses on Mexican-American teenagers pursuing excellence and finding strength in themselves, as well as a connection to their cultural heritage. Despite the economic challenges in Zapata and its school district, charismatic mariachi director Adrian Padilla creates a championship-level music ensemble that can compete against larger, more privileged schools from around Texas. The determined students in Mariachi Halcon are not only gifted musicians, but also gifted students –among Zapata High School’s academic top 10 percent. In the past five years, all of the students who spent four years in Mariachi Halcon graduated from high school and went on to an institution of higher learning. “At a time when Latinos have the highest dropout rate in the country and when arts education continues to be under attack, we found a story of teens who pursue excellence through their cultural heritage despite some very real challenges,” says “Mariachi High” producer and director Ilana Trachtman. “This is an exuberant story about ambitious and talented MexicanAmerican teenagers — whom you hardly ever see on screen.” “Mariachi High” is a film by Ilana Trachtman, Kim Connell and Kelly Sheehan, of Rubylake LLC. The PBS Arts Summer Festival takes viewers on an exploration of nearly 20 cities around the globe, offering
an in-depth look at music, theater, art, architecture and cultural history from some of the world’s unique locations. In addition, PBS stations will be able to insert local content highlighting the arts scene in their markets. Award-winning television, film and stage star Anna Deavere Smith (“Nurse Jackie,” “The West Wing”) serves as weekly host for the festival, which begins Friday, June 29, 2012, at 9:00 p.m. ET (check local listings). The full PBS ARTS SUMMER FESTIVAL schedule follows. Details at pbs.org/pressroom. • “Mariachi High”, June 29, 2012, at 9 p.m. ET • “Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World”, July 6, 2012, at 9 p.m. ET • “John Leguizamo’s Tales From a Ghetto Klown”, July 13, 2012, at 9 p.m. ET • “Homecoming: The Kansas City Symphony Presents Joyce DiDonato”, July 20, 2012, at 9 p.m. ET • “Havana, Havana!”, July 27, 2012, at 9 p.m. ET • “The Barnes Collection”, August 3, 2012, at 9 p.m. ET • Great Performances: “Tanglewood 75th Anniversary Celebration,” August 10, 2012, at 9 p.m. ET
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FA M I L Y & H E A L T H Healthy Foods: The Affordable Choice
By USDA Undersecretary Kevin Concannon
WASHINGTON, DC -- Fresh fruits and vegetables? Key elements of a healthy diet, for sure. But many people of modest means, including those served by USDA’s nutrition assistance programs, wonder if they can afford to buy healthy foods like the wonderful fresh produce that can be found in summer abundance at America’s farmers’ markets. As USDA Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, I find that perception a source of concern because we work hard to encourage all Americans to make healthy food choices – particularly those participating in USDA’s nutrition assistance programs, from kids in school to the more than 46 million people participating in USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Well, I’m pleased to say that a recent study by USDA’s Economic Research Service, “Are Healthy Foods Really More Expensive? It Depends on How You Measure the Price,” found that healthy food choices, like fresh fruits and vegetables, may be more affordable than people think. They found that while it is easy to buy “cheap” calories by using less-healthy foods, there are many healthy food
choices that cost no more per portion nutrition just because money is tight. than less nutritious foods. Measured by And just in time for summer. the cost per portion, or per pound, grains, If you haven’t been to one of the vegetables, fruit, and dairy foods are nearly 7,200 farmers’ markets across
actually less expensive than most protein foods and foods high in saturated fat, added sugars, and/or sodium. This is great news for all those trying to get by with a limited food budget – like people receiving SNAP benefits. You don’t have to compromise on good
the country, I encourage you to do so. Farmers’ markets offer shoppers a wonderful place to find the fresh fruits and vegetables and other local produce so important to a healthy diet – particularly now when farmers’ markets are practically bursting with a bounty of
summer produce. USDA strongly supports farmers’ markets. And the Food and Nutrition Service, which I oversee, has farmers’ market programs for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants, for seniors, and for WIC mothers to help provide healthy food for them and their children. We also encourage farmers markets to accept SNAP electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards, which makes it easier for SNAP participants to make purchases. Farmers markets are the ultimate win-win situation. They’re a win for customers because they can easily buy the freshest produce available. They’re a win for producers because they are a convenient local market for their products. They also provide a chance for customers and producers to meet face to face and build better understanding of community agriculture and what customers want. So visit a local farmers’ market today – you’re in for a treat. And remember, fresh fruits and vegetables are not only the healthy choice – they’re the affordable choice, too.
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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.
El éxito en la escuela no sólo depende de tener lápices, libros y borradores adecuados. Los estudios muestran que una dieta rica en verduras, frutas y granos integrales, junto con un estilo de vida saludable, puede ayudar a que su hijo tenga éxito. Descubra cómo la buena nutrición puede llevar a grandes cosas en MyPyramid.gov.
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Spanish artist discovers her own “nest” while building homes for local birds By José Villa, Senior Editor
HONOLULU, Hawaii -- Eva Enriquez was born and raised in Madrid, Spain. She was the Honolulu Museum of Art’s first Orvis Artist in Residence in 2012. Her project – “Inhabitants -entailed constructing bird houses out of natural materials and installing them in the Spalding House garden. The result was a beautiful avian condo of unique woven mini structures (more than one museum visitor asked if they were for sale). What was the purpose of her project? She said: “The purpose of this project was to weave bird shelters with natural materials as a way to start a dialog with nature, and develop some kind of social relationship. By the end of the residency - and thanks to all the people that supported me and participated in this process - nature responded. The process of inhabiting my feelings of disconnection within nature, gathering lauhala and weaving dwelling structures for birds have come full circle. I feel I am welcomed by nature and the birds. Now I can observe and learn more about them.” Enriquez’s residency ended on March 11, but her artwork continues to evolve. She said: “A couple of weeks ago, while adjusting the placement of the birdhouses, I looked inside and saw extra material I hadn’t put in there. I observed during the day and I didn't see a bird go in. After a week, while installing more houses in the tree, I checked inside of ‘the owl one’ again and saw three eggs! Who was the inhabitant? A few minutes a Shama Thrush came flying quickly towards the nest and entered it.” According to the Museum’s website: “The Honolulu Museum of Art is no stranger to artist-in-residency programs. From 1965 to 1973, high-profile artists came to the Museum where they taught classes, created work in a studio, and had a solo exhibition. In 2009, the Honolulu Museum of Art revived the tradition, but this time for artists just starting
their careers, with the Orvis Artist-in- Making up those prerequisites would Residence (AIR) program.” have required an additional year of study. “Organized by the museum with I was anxious to join the work force, so I support from decided to pursue the Arthur and a journalism Mae Orvis career instead.” Foundation, She continued: Inc., the three“When I arrived to six-week on Oahu, the residency stars aligned is open to and I was finally University able to pursue of Hawai‘i the art studies I graduate art had delayed for students in so long. I went their second back to school year or later, at the University and recent of Hawaii art BFA and MFA and theater. At recipients. first I loved the Participants painting classes, Eva Enriquez with students are chosen by but as I continued a committee comprised of staff from to study I soon found other art forms I the museum and the University of liked. My latest preferences are for fiber Hawaii-Manoa Department of Art and art, textiles and costumes, which is where Art History.” the theater work comes in.” But Enriquez’s path to becoming an She went on: “My resident artist stint artist was not a straight one. Her story at the Honolulu Museum of Art seems to is like many others of a person who validate the fact that this was the path I studied for one career to “work,” only was meant to take. Ironically, I feel that to discover a career later in life that was in a way my project – which is creating her true passion. She studied journalism nests, ‘homes’ if you will, for some birds and came to U.S. for a job. She lived – has served to create a ‘home’ for me as successively in Colorado, Miami and well. My goal was to create a home for now Hawaii. She’s been here a total of them, but in the process I found the home five years, first in Maui then Oahu the I had always wanted myself.” last three years. She added: “This residency has While she enjoyed journalism, her given me the opportunity to realize how real passion was for art. Had art been a important it is for me to understand where hobby for her? She added: “Yes, I had the resources come from. I am from a enjoyed drawing since I was a little girl. generation that has lost that connection Art had always been a hobby that was with nature. I go to the store when I need bigger than all the other things in my life, to get food and other things.” but I had never pursued it. Then one day You can read more about Enriquez’s here I decided to finally pay attention.” reaction to this momentous event, and Why hadn’t she pursued art while more about Inhabitants on her: http:// growing up in Spain? She said: “Spain’s blog.honoluluacademy.org/?p=3136 university system is very complicated. While her journey to her life’s passion When I went to register, I discovered may not have been direct, having finally I would have had to have completed reached it seems to have worked out just several prerequisite training courses in as it was destined and now everybody art to enroll in an art degree program. won!
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E N T E R TA I N M E N T Global Rock Icons Linkin Park to perform live at MTV World Stage Monterrey - Mexico
in Monterrey as part of MTV World Stage Monterrey. This past May, MTV MEXICO CITY, Mexico -- MTV Latin America taped three "MTV Busks" Latin America announced today, at a performances featuring pop musical duo press conference held in Mexico City Ha*Ash, Mexican singer Paty Cantu, and that global rock icons, Linkin Park, rock band Los Claxons. These specials will visit Monterrey, Nuevo Leon - will air between June 11th and July 31st Mexico for the first time ever to perform live at MTV World Stage Monterrey. This international music event will be taped entirely in high definition at Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico on September 12th and will be broadcast throughout the region on October 8th by MTV Latin America. The event will also be seen on more than 63 MTVs around the world, exact dates to be confirmed. "It's been so long since the last time we performed in Mexico. We cannot wait to celebrate the launch of our new album with our fabulous Mexican fans," commented Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park. " M T V Wo r l d S t a g e continues to be an ideal platform to connect with fans in Mexico and Latin America," commented Eduardo Lebrija, Senior Vice President / CEO of Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) The Americas Mexico. "For the third on MTV Latin America and on Tr3s: consecutive year Mexico will host MTV MTV, Musica y Mas in the U.S. (dates World Stage and Monterrey - Nuevo to be announced). Leon will live the thrill of hosting an "Without a doubt, having Monterrey international music event with Linkin host an internationally renowned event Park." like MTV World Stage consolidates The network also announced Nuevo Leon's position of being various activities to promote tourism recognized as a headquarter for events Source: Hispanic Scholarship Fund Press Office
of this scale and magnitude," commented Luis Trevino Chapa, Director General of Tourist Development Corporation of Nuevo Leon. "Since their visionary debut in 2000, Linkin Park have energized and inspired millions of music fans all around the
world," commented Marc Zimet, Vice President of Music and Talent VIMN The Americas. "Their passionate audience in Mexico have anxiously awaited a return performance since the band's last visit to Mexico City ten years ago. This event will also mark Linkin Park's first live performance in Monterrey, so we
are certain that this will make a most memorable experience that is sure to resonate with MTV viewers around the globe." Linkin Park returns to Mexico 10 years after their first visit and will perform live for the first time in Monterrey. Linkin Park became famous in 2000 with their first multiplatinum album "Hybrid Theory." They have won two Grammy速 Awards for "Numb/Encore" and "Crawling" and have sold over 50 million albums around the world. From day one, Linkin Park built the band upon the premise of fusing all of their favourite styles of music into one signature sound. Fast-forward 12 years to "Living Things" and the same six players have not only developed new tools to make that philosophy a reality, but they're finally comfortable embracing every aspect of their career. "Living Things" is co-produced by Rick Rubin and Mike Shinoda and will be released June 20 on Warner Bros. Records. Rolling Stone magazine says, "The material is the band's most powerful since its megahit 2000 debut." Tickets for MTV World Stage Monterrey will be available free of charge via MTV and official event sponsors. For more information, visit mtvla.com or via Twitter at @EscuadronMTV.
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LA ESQUINA DE RAY (RAY'S CORNER) Aloha!..Ray Cruz
Continued from page 1
was different time, a different world. But the music passion had already been planted.” He added: “When I was about 15, my parents decided to move back to Puerto Rico. New York is a city of prejudices. Being a Puerto Rican, I was oftentimes referred to as a ‘Spic.’ Ironically, when I moved to Puerto Rico, the locals called me “Yanqui” or “NuYoRican,” which meant I wasn’t a ‘full-blooded’ Puerto Rican because I was born in New York. So that was an adjustment as well. What made the transition easier was that I spoke, read and could write Spanish. So I didn’t have it quite as hard as other returning NuYoRicans.” He said: “In 1970 I joined the Air Force and served four years. While in the service, I played with several bands. After I got out, in 1975, I attended the University of New Mexico and kept playing in local bands in the New Mexico area. I was playing in what they called the ‘Burrito Circuit’. It was the quad-state area of New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona and Texas.” How did he start DJing a radio program? He said: “My radio DJing career started totally by accident. When I was a student at the UNM someone said ‘I heard you play Salsa. Why don’t you start a Salsa music radio show?’ That idea had never occurred to me,
but I applied and was granted my own show. So in 1975 I actually wound up having the first two FM Salsa radio programs for UNM and the University of Albuquerque.”
He continued: “I then had a meeting with guy in New York City and we were meeting at the Cheetah Club. While there, I heard Ray Barreto play and I was hooked on Salsa! I had mentioned to someone that I was a radio DJ. They suggested I go to Fania Studios for music. I walked into Fania Records and told the receptionist I was a DJ from
New Mexico. The next thing I knew, I has entertained as a house DJ at various was invited in to meet with the Masucci popular venues, including the: Pearl Harbor Palms; Pearl Harbor Banyan’s; brothers.” He went on: “Andy and Jerry Masucci Reni’s; Blue Zebra; Black Orchid; Café were very cordial with me. After talking Sistina; and Rumours Night Club in the story for a while, Jerry pressed his Ala Moana Hotel. Since 1990, he has also served as intercom and told the receptionist ‘give this kid anything he wants.’ I walked out MC for various Latin concerts here, with a treasure trove of brand-new LP including: Tito Puente; Celia Cruz; Eddie albums. All because I had the courage to Palmieri; Fania Legends; Marc Anthony; ask the biggest team in the business for and, most recently, the Afro Cuban their help. I went back to the radio station All Stars. He has also MC’ed various with all that great music just as the disco Hispanic festivals and events, including craze kicked in. It so similar to Salsa, the: Hispanic Heritage Festivals in that I was right in the middle of that Kapiolani Park; 1998 Miss Universe new wave. Then in 1979, I was hired by Pageant; Annual Salsathon at McCoy Pavilion. United Airlines as a flight attendant.” On the mainstream community In 1990, he started his radio show host career in Hawaii on KTUH, the side, he is the first Latino in Hawaii to University of Hawaii station with his anchor National Public Radio’s “All Sabor Tropical show, which focused on Things Considered.” He was the host of the “Foreword” morning show on Hawaii Public Radio. He often leads community outreach classes which provide middle and high school students – as well as adult community members -- insights to the radio industry. Through it all, his commitment to excellence and perfecting his crafts has never wavered. His insistence on providing Hawaii’s Latin music fans the best in both classic and contemporary Latin music has never lost its tenacity. And the dedication he has felt to continue perpetuating the diversity, beauty and passion of our Latin music genres has never lost its drive. Fifty-two weeks every year – for 22 years – in good times and in bad, the “voice” of Latin music in Hawaii – and now the “voice” of Hawaii Public Radio -- has been something our community could count on. What will Cruz do now? His son Antonio will be a senior a the Latin genres of Salsa, Merengues and Punahou this fall. Cruz wants to spend Latin Jazz. Then in 1991, as a volunteer, quality family time with him this last he began his long career at Hawaii year, before he leaves for a mainland Public Radio as the host of the Sabor college. After that, he wants to spend a Tropical Latin music show playing Salsa, lot more quality time with his beautiful classic Salsa, Afro-Cuban Latin Jazz. wife Pat. Cruz has set the Latin music bar in He also did interviews and community Hawaii very high and it may be years calendars. From 1991 to the present day, he before that mark is ever reached again.
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The National Hispanic University receives $1.5 million grant for college preparation program SAN JOSE, California – The National Hispanic University has received a fiveyear $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to continue the school's Upward Bound program, a pre-college, early intervention program that provides high school students with academic instruction on campus in mathematics, science, composition, literature and foreign languages. In addition, the program provides enrichment activities and a residential college program in the summer. For 30 years, The National Hispanic University has provided Hispanic students and others with access to quality higher education. The university offers a diverse portfolio of undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs in: business; teacher education; child development; and computer science; delivered in a multicultural, collaborative and supportive learning environment. The campus is located in San Jose, California. "We are extremely pleased that our program is once again being funded and that we can continue serving the students and families of our community," said Candelario Franco, director of precollege TRIO programs at The National Hispanic University. "The new grant will allow us to provide tutoring, counseling and instruction to more than 70 students
in order to help them navigate through high school and, ultimately, succeed in their higher education pursuits." The Upward Bound program is funded through TRIO, a set of federal outreach and student services programs that motivate and support students from low-income, first-generation backgrounds in their pursuit of a college degree. The program was established at The National Hispanic University in 1989 and helps students bridge the gap between their performance and their potential. "I am grateful to The National Hispanic University, and its Upward Bound program, as the program has enriched my education, provided me with resources and given me an edge in my college pursuit," said Francisco Velazco, an Upward Bound student who will attend college in the fall. The National Hispanic University also administers two other TRIO programs: the Esperanza Educational Talent Search, which provides college preparation support services to students from six local high schools; and the TRIO Scholars Program, which provides college students with free tutoring services, academic and cultural development and other support to assist them in graduating from college. For additional information,visit: www.NHU.edu.
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1 lb. medium shrimp, peeled and deveined (about 30 pieces) 1 tsp. GOYA Adobo with Pepper 3 tbsp. GOYA Lemon Juice 1½ tsp. GOYA Minced Garlic, or 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1 t s p . paprika ½ tsp. GOYA Chili Crushed Red Pepper 2 tbsp. finely chopped fresh parsley Directions 1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Season shrimp with adobo. Cook shrimp until they start to turn pink, about 2 minutes. Add lemon juice, garlic, paprika and red pepper to pan. Continue cooking until garlic turns light golden brown and shrimp become opaque, about 1 minute more. 2. Transfer shrimp and sauce to serving plate. Sprinkle with parsley.
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