April 2009 Blog Posts (31)

California Hispanics: Pro-Choice

Contrary to social stereotypes, the majority of California Hispanics not only support a woman’s right to choose, but they also want continued government funding for birth control as well as sex education in schools, according to a survey by the Public Policy Institute of California.

Just over half of all California Hispanics polled believed that Roe V. Wade—the Supreme Court case in 1973 that nationally legalized abortion—should not be over turned, yet nearly the same percentage… Continue

Added by News on April 25, 2009 at 3:09pm — No Comments

Crisis Among Latino Teens Demands Action, Leaders Say

Community leaders are warning of a crisis among Latino teens in Montgomery County and calling for a broad effort to improve the odds for those at risk of joining gangs, dropping out of high school and other troubles.

Leaders of a newly formed Latino Youth Task Force have met in recent weeks with county and school district officials to present the findings of a recent teen survey and to draw attention to the county and state's "very… Continue

Added by News on April 24, 2009 at 7:55am — No Comments

What Latinas Want

Two Hispanic media companies have partnered to tell marketers what Latinas want in an in-depth survey and video ethnographies that explore everything from Latinas' financial worries to their brand-bursting refrigerators and bathroom vanities.

Meredith Hispanic Ventures and NBC Universal's Spanish-language network Telemundo Group collaborated on in-depth, at-home video interviews with 13 young Latina women in four cities and on a… Continue

Added by News on April 24, 2009 at 7:30am — No Comments

St. Paul Pioneer Press Examines HIV/AIDS Among Hispanics in Minnesota

The St. Paul Pioneer Press on Wednesday examined the spread of HIV among Hispanic men in Minnesota. According to a recent state report, the number of newly recorded HIV cases among Hispanic men doubled from 2005 to 2006, rising from 17 to 37. Although the trend eased slightly between 2007 and 2008 -- when 33 and 25 new cases, respectively, were recorded -- the prevalence of HIV among Hispanics is still triple the overall rate. The Pioneer Press reports that HIV/AIDS in the Hispanic community is… Continue

Added by News on April 21, 2009 at 9:51pm — No Comments

Study suggests Hispanics less likely to look for cancer information

When it comes to preventing cancer, information is key but a new study suggests Hispanics aren’t likely to look for it.

83% of Spanish-speaking Hispanics have never looked for cancer information compared to 48% of non-Hispanics, according to the American Cancer Society and The National Cancer Institute.

36-year-old breast cancer survivor Veronica Torres says it was hard to navigate the system but her advice is to be brave and get help. "I understand what they're going through,”… Continue

Added by News on April 21, 2009 at 9:46pm — No Comments

Arturo Velasquez, 1915-2009: Educational, political leader in Chicago's Hispanic community

Arturo Velasquez, a Mexican immigrant who started a successful jukebox business with a single machine in his mother's taco shop, was an educational and political leader in the Hispanic community who helped many newcomers get a foothold in Chicago.

Mr. Velasquez, 93, died of natural causes Friday, April 17, in his Palos Hills home, said his son Arthur.

In 1975, Mr. Velasquez became the first Mexican-American on the City Colleges of Chicago board of trustees. He remained on… Continue

Added by News on April 21, 2009 at 9:43pm — 1 Comment

Discovery en Español Touts Audience Data, Earth Day Fare

On the heels of reporting historic ratings growth, Discovery en Español is using the ongoing upfront season to provide advertisers with data revealing new insights on Spanish-language audiences in the U.S.

"Our viewers want us to provide them with a view of the world, not necessarily a Hispanic perspective of the world," said Discovery Networks U.S. Hispanic Group vice president of advertising sales Victor Parada. "Stories don't have to be all the time about Juan Pérez," said Parada,… Continue

Added by News on April 21, 2009 at 9:34pm — No Comments

Reverse discrimination case could transform hiring

Inside a burning building, fire doesn't discriminate between Matthew Marcarelli and Gary Tinney. Inside the New Haven Fire Department, however, skin color has put them on opposite sides of a lawsuit that could transform hiring procedures nationwide.

This week, the Supreme Court will consider the reverse discrimination claim of Marcarelli and a group of white firefighters. They all passed a promotion exam, but the city threw out the test because no blacks would have been promoted,… Continue

Added by News on April 21, 2009 at 9:31pm — No Comments

Proposed Bill Would Make Illegal Immigrants Eligible For Tuition Aid

Texas and nine other states offer in-state college tuition rates to illegal aliens, but the College Board, an influential group of 5,000 colleges and universities said Tuesday it’s urging Congress to give thousands of illegal immigrants tuition aid and a path to citizenship.

The Development Relief and Education for Alien Minors or DREAM Act would amend a 1996 law to give illegal immigrants access to higher education benefits and a path to citizenship.

The push comes as… Continue

Added by News on April 21, 2009 at 9:24pm — No Comments

Local study: Latinas put health first

Mexican-American women have unique ideas about what it means to be healthy and beautiful compared to mainstream American women.

They are more confident in their curves and those who diet do it more to avoid illness than to look good in their clothing, a local study revealed and area residents confirmed.

Nurse Practitioner Yvette Petti, who has worked with Latinas in Battle Creek, Grand Rapids, Lansing and Toledo, conducted a… Continue

Added by News on April 17, 2009 at 5:03pm — No Comments

Illegal Silicone Shots on the Rise

It reads like the plotline for a particularly lurid Law & Order episode: A 43-year-old Bronx woman dies suddenly; her death seems tragic but unsuspicious, until the medical examiner discovers a silicone embolism in her lungs and her family reveals that she'd been given body-plumping silicone injections by an unlicensed cosmetologist, who would have been charged with homicide had she not fled to the Dominican Republic.

It's a trend… Continue

Added by News on April 17, 2009 at 4:35pm — No Comments

Latin cuisine's big shift: New fusions arise as old culinary borders fall

THE LATEST thing in Latino cooking is a little less Latino.

The growing political and cultural clout of American Hispanics has infused the collective American dinner plate with the flavors of the Latino kitchen. And it turns out that culinary cultural exchange goes in both directions.

As Hispanic communities have grown and increasingly rubbed elbows with neighbors, the American Latino kitchen has changed, too, adopting more of… Continue

Added by News on April 17, 2009 at 4:32pm — No Comments

Cal State San Bernardino degree program lacks Latinos, group contends

A group of Latino community leaders is criticizing Cal State San Bernardino for the lack of Latino faculty and students in the education doctorate program.

The Latino Community Leadership Committee -- made up of university faculty, education and political leaders, including Rep. Joe Baca, D-Rialto -- formed about a year ago to address this issue.

Committee members are concerned that only one of about 50 faculty members and five of 24 students in the education doctorate… Continue

Added by News on April 17, 2009 at 4:26pm — No Comments

National Alliance for Hispanic Health Statement on EPA Proposed Regulation of Greenhouse Gases to Protect Public Health

Dr. Jane L. Delgado, President and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, the nation's leading Hispanic health advocacy group, released the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) determination that carbon dioxide and five other greenhouse gases are a danger to public health. The announcement begins a 60-day public comment period.

"We congratulate President Obama and EPA Administrator Jackson on today's action finding that greenhouse gases pose a… Continue

Added by News on April 17, 2009 at 4:22pm — No Comments

US now home to 12 mn illegal migrants

An estimated 11.9 million illegal immigrants are residing in the US, out of which 11 per cent hails from the Asian countries, a study has said.The total number of unauthorised labour immigrants is 8.3 million, which forms the part of America's 154 million strong labour force. The 5.4 per cent illegal immigrant share of the labour force in 2008 rose rapidly from 4.3 per cent in 2003, and has levelled off since 2007, the study by Pew Research Center, based on the data collected by the US Census… Continue

Added by News on April 17, 2009 at 4:18pm — No Comments

Searching for Human Resources Entry level

Hello to all. I am looking for an entry level position for Human Resources or an internship that might come available soon or in the summer. I looking to get in to the field and I know that networking might be might best way to finding a position.

Thank You.

Added by susana on April 16, 2009 at 8:04pm — No Comments

Golden Boy Steps out of the Limelight

With his gleaming fluoride smile and billion-dollar business interests, Oscar De La Hoya is far removed from the image of grizzled Mexican road warriors who have sustained that fighting nation's fistic heritage.

The face-first fury of legends like Pipino Cuevas, Ruben Olivares and Julio Cesar Chavez created an insatiable requirement amongst Hispanic boxing supporters for blood and guts to go with their glory.

To those weaned on… Continue

Added by News on April 16, 2009 at 1:05am — No Comments

Investment firm targeted Latinos in Ponzi scheme, SEC alleges

The Securities and Exchange Commission filed a lawsuit Monday against an El Segundo investment firm, accusing its owner of operating a $23-million Ponzi scheme that targeted Latino investors from seven states.

Clelia A. Flores and her company, Maximum Return Investments Inc., attracted about 150 investors from 2006 to 2008 by offering returns of 25% a month, the lawsuit alleged.

Instead of profiting in real estate, banking, and oil, silver and gold exploration as she… Continue

Added by News on April 16, 2009 at 1:00am — No Comments

Latino perceptions turned upside down

Dr. David Hayes-Bautista set out to show that the growing Latino population, whose increase is mostly because of higher birth rates, plays a key role in balancing retiring baby boomers Tuesday evening during a University of the Pacific public forum.

"Latino babies are going to grow up and pay (Social Security) for these baby boomers," Hayes-Bautista said. "I see this is one of the best things that happened, ... so we need to invest in… Continue

Added by News on April 16, 2009 at 12:57am — No Comments

Healthcare firm accused of punishing Spanish-speakers settles suit

Latino workers in California and Texas allegedly punished for speaking Spanish in their workplaces will be granted up to $450,000, free English classes and other relief under a consent decree approved this week in a class-action lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Los Angeles.

The lawsuit alleged that Skilled Healthcare Group Inc. and affiliated firms, based in Orange County with facilities in six Western and Southern states, enforced an English-only… Continue

Added by News on April 16, 2009 at 12:53am — No Comments

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