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By J. Calvin Parrish
In modern agriculture, there is much we can control, but two dynamics remain beyond our reach: weather and markets. The unpredictability of both, and sudden changes in either, can disrupt any family farming operation.
Virginia dairy producers know these dynamics firsthand. The 2014 Farm Bill provides a safety net, in the form of the new Margin Protection Program for dairy, so that when unforeseen swings in markets occur, dairy producers are better protected and family businesses remain strong.
The Margin Protection Program for dairy, which replaces the Milk Income Loss Contract program, was created by the Farm Bill to shield against when the margin — the difference between the price of milk and feed costs — falls below the levels of coverage selected by participating dairy producers.
However, this safety net is not automatic. You must visit your Farm Service Agency office to enroll before Dec. 5 to lock in these protections through 2018. For just $100 you can cover 90 percent of your production at $4 margin swings and with affordable incremental premiums, you can cover $8 margin swings. In fact, if you enroll this year, you will even receive a slight increase in production protection that won’t be available in the future. It’s a small step to take to ensure your business is covered
If you’re not sure how the Margin Protection Program works or what it will mean for your operation, USDA’s online resource can help. Go to www.fsa.usda.gov/mpptool, type in your specific operation data and explore price projections and market scenarios to determine what level of coverage is best for you. (You can also compare the data to see how the program would have helped in previous years like 2008 when margins dropped from $8 to $3 in just three months.) The online resource is on a secure website that can be accessed from your computer, mobile phone or tablet, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
You also have a chance to share your comments and help shape the Margin Protection Program for the future. According to statistics, more than 90 percent of dairy farms are family-owned and operated, often by multiple generations. USDA is committed to supporting family farmers and creating strong opportunities for the next generation of dairy farmers. But we need to hear from you about best to make the Margin Protection Program work for farming families.
Submitted your comments to us via the regulations.gov website at http://go.usa.gov/GJSA or send them by mail to: Danielle Cooke, Special Programs Manager, Price Support Division, FSA, USDA, STOP 0512, 1400 Independence Ave. SW., Washington, DC, 20250-0512. Although enrollment in the Margin Protection Program ends Dec. 5, 2014, comments will still be accepted until Dec. 15, 2014.
Don’t wait to enroll - - act today. Today’s market conditions are strong, but as previous years have shown, markets can turn on a dime, costing you so much more if you don’t have a safety net to protect you.
J. Calvin Parrish is State Executive Director for USDA’s Farm Service Agency in Virginia. To learn more about the Margin Protection Program for dairy, contact your local USDA Farm Service Agency county office at offices.usda.gov or visit us on the web at www.fsa.usda.gov .
NEWPORT NEWS, VA – The Peninsula Fine Arts Center invites the community to a free celebration of the Day of the Dead from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1.
Dia de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, is a traditional Mexican celebration of family and friends who have passed away. Loved ones are remembered with ofrendas, or altars, constructed in their honor and decorated with photos, favorite foods and special mementos. PFAC’s first Day of the Dead was attended by more than 250 people in 2013.
Beginning at 11 a.m., Liz Moran, professor of art history at Christopher Newport University, will give a talk on the artistic traditions associated with the Day of the Dead, including the preparation of altars, decoration of sugar skulls and creation of cut paper garlands called papel picado.
Following her talk, the community is invited to help PFAC construct an ofrenda in memory of two important Mexican artists, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. In addition, guests can decorate keepsake skulls made from air-dry clay and create tributes to their loved ones with sidewalk chalk.
At noon, Virginia Poet Laureate Emerita Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda will present a reading of poems inspired by the holiday. In addition, she will share poems from her book, “River Country,” focused on how humans have impacted the environment – the focus of PFAC’s new exhibition, “Environmental Impact.”
After her reading, Kreiter-Foronda will offer a poetry workshop centered on the Day of the Dead. The workshop is open to the public, but an RSVP is requested to email@example.com.
Artists from A Mile of Smiles will provide face painting to help visitors get the look of the calavera, an iconic image of a skeleton popularized in cartoons by José Guadalupe Posada. Face painting will be $3 for kids and $5 for adults.
The Day of the Dead celebration coincides with PFAC’s free weekend, offering free admission on the first weekend of every month through support from the Noland Memorial Foundation. Visitors can get a free look at “Environmental Impact,” featuring 75 works of art exploring global environmental changes, from the vanishing bee populations to melting glaciers.
The Peninsula Fine Arts Center is located at 101 Museum Drive within Mariners’ Museum Park in Newport News, Va. The center is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays; PFAC is closed on Mondays. Admission is regularly $7.50 for adults, $4 for children (ages 6-12) and free for children 5 and under. Annual membership is $40 for individuals and $60 for families. For more information, call (757) 596-8175 or visitwww.pfac-va.org.
opportunities. Insight and strategies to increase networking and coalition building will be provided. The conference is a place for small businesses and those owned by women, minorities and veterans to market and promote their goods and services. Attendees have the opportunity to learn strategies to propel their enterprises to the next level, while sharing their companies' strengths and capabilities with procurement officials from across the Susan “Syd” Dorsey will be the keynote speaker. She was appointed Adviser for Small Business Equity and Development by Governor Terry McAuliffe in May. Previously, she worked as a consultant on issues of small business and supplier diversity and also as an adjunct professor of marketing at Virginia Commonwealth University. Dorsey was director of marketing and sales for Astyra Corporation, a Virginia minority business, and spent 19 years with IBM Corporation, including global marketing manager for state and local government industries.
The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. To register online, visit the Minority Business Council’s page here. For more information, contact Sharon Foster or Lavera Tolentino at (757) 385-4438.
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La Biblioteca Pública de Norfolk Celebra el mes de la Herencia Hispana
Norfolk, Va (Septiembre, 2014)- La biblioteca Pública de Norfolk, estará observando el Mes de la Herencia Hispana – Septiembre 15 a Octubre 15 con un calendario lleno de eventos especiales desde lecturas, taller de arte, clases de ejercicios, festival de películas, cuentos en español e ingles y conciertos.
Esta celebración de apertura se llevará a cabo el Sábado, 20 de Septiembre de 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., en la Biblioteca Mary D. Pretlow, localizada en 111 W. Ocean View Avenue en Norfolk, Virginia.
Las actividades para la celebración de apertura; presentará a la oradora invitada, Olga Torres, Presidenta de la Cámara de Comercio de Hampton Roads; “El Artista Internacional”,cantante y músico-Roberto Henriquez;
la caracterización de los personajes de Maya y Miguel, bailarines de la Flor de Mejico, Desfile de las Naciones, Artesanía, Agencias y Organizaciones de la Comunidad y comida.
Los eventos son gratis para el público en general, y son ofrecidos en todas las Bibliotecas Públicas de Norfolk. Para la actualización y optener una lista de titulos y recursos de educación y entretenimiento - Visita la página de Internet www.npl.lib.va.us/HHM.
Contacto: Raquel N. Taylor
Especialista en Información Pública I
Biblioteca Pública de Norfolk
(757) 994-7328 ext 341
Mes de la Herencia Hispana
Celebración de Apertura “Mes de la Herencia Hispana”
Sábado-Septiembre20 @ 11am-2pm
Pretlow Anchor Branch Library
Actividades Incluidas – Olga Torres, Presidente de la Cámara de Comercio Hispana;
“El Artista Internacional”, músico y cantante-Roberto Henriquez; los personaje del Libro Maya y Miguel; Flor de Mejico-grupo de niños bailarines; desfile de los Paises; Artesanías; Agencias y Organizaciones de la Comunidad; Comida. (Familiar)
Zumba (registración requerida)
Vámos a movermos al ritmo de la Zumba!-esta clase combina los bailes latinos de – Salsa,
Merengue, Samba! (Jóvenes y Adultos)
Martes@5:30 PM (Agosto 26; Sep. 2,9 &16) - Barron F. Black Branch
Lunes @ 5:30 PM (Sept.8,15 ,22 & 29) - Horace C.Downing Branch
@ 11 AM (Sept. 20 &27; Oct 4& 11) - Park Place Branch
FESTIVAL DEL CINE LATINO
Se presentará una película cada semana (Adultos)
Lunes @ 6 PM (Sept. 15 ,22, 29; Oct 6)
Pretlow Anchor Branch Library
Septiembre 15: “ 7 Cajas” (2012) clasificada PG-13
Victor, recibe una propuesta inusual para llevar 7 cajas con un contenido desconocido atraves del Mercado Paraguayo Y las cosas se complican en el camino!
Sept- 22 “El camino a casa” (2009)-no clasificada
La trajectoria de varios niños mejicanos solos, emigrando a America, es crónica en la película.
Sept. 29 “Habla con ella” (2002) clasificada R
Dos hombres comparten una extraña amistad, mientras cuidan de unas mujeres q estan en coma.
Oct 6 Quinceañera (2006) clasificada R
Magdalena, mientras prepara su fiesta de Quince años descubre q está embarazada y su padre por razones
Religiosas la rechaza.
FESTIVAL DEL CINE LATINO (Lafayette Branch)
Se presentará una película cada semana (Adultos)
Sábado @ 2PM (Sept: 27; Oct 4; 11 & 18
Sept 27: “Hermano” (2010) no clasificada
Criados como hermanos Julio y Daniel, son fuertes competidores en el balonpie o (soccer). Cuando un reclutador de “soccer” les ofrece una prueba, un acto de violencia amenaza separarlos.
Oct. 4 “Mamitas” (2011) –clasificada R
Jordin es un creído en la escuela, pero un cariñoso nieto en la casa q nunca puede complacer a su padre. Conoce a Felipa, una chica intelectual que reconoce a la verdadera persona detrás de su arrogancia.
Oct. 11 “Gloria” (2013) clasificada R
Una mujer Madura, Gloria pasa las noches buscando amor en las discotecas. Cuando conoce a Rodolfo la pasión q ellos sienten les hace dudar entre la esperanza y la desilusión.
Oct. 18 “No” (2012) clasificada R
“No”, cuenta la historia, como el 56% de la población de Chile en 1988 votó para sacar del poder al dictador Augusto Pinochet y liberar a su país.
Martes, Septiembre 16 @ 4:30 PM
Little Creek Branch
Usa textil hispano para diseñar y crear braceletes (edad escolar)
FESTIVIDADES HISPANAS EN LA COMUNIDAD
Sábado- Sept. 27 @ 11 AM (Barron F. Black Branch)
Celebremos en un ambiente familiar con música, juegos,comida e información de la comunidad. (Familia)
Concierto Bilingue: Roberto Henriquez
El músico y cantante, Roberto Henriquez, intrpretará una variedad
De canciones en Ingles y Español (Familia)
Sábado- Sept. 27 @1 PM (Janaf Branch)
Sábado – Oct. 4 @ 2:30 PM (Jordan Newby Branch)
Grupo Folklórico Panameño de Hampton Roads
Jueves – Oct 2 @ 5:30 PM (Little Creek Branch Library)
Deleitese con el colorido de sus trajes típicos, su música y bailes folklóricos de Panamá. (Familia)
Presentación de Taller y Arte Hispano para niños
Sábado- Oct 4 @ 1-4 P.M. (Larchmont Branch)
Admira el arte creado por los niños, participa escuchando los cuentos en ingles y español, tú afición al arte y disfruta otras actividades (Familia)
Programa de eventos – 1 PM – Demostaración de Arte
2 PM – Cuentos en español e ingles
2:30 PM – Taller de Arte
Conmemorando las Mujeres Pioneras Hispanas
Sábado, Oct.11 @ 1 P.M. (Blyden Branch)
Unámonos a honrar las pioneras hispanas, por su contribución y promoción de los latinos en la comunidad en Hampton Roads. (Familia)
Aura Robinson: Grupo Folklórico Panameño
Olga Torres: Cámara de Comercio Hispana
Ana Castellanos: Flor de México
Conferencia: “Semillas de Cambio en America Latina”
Miercoles, Oct. 15 @ 5:30 P.M (Van Wyck Branch)
En un diálogo abierto, el orador Renez López, compara el viejo mundo de la America Latina con el presente, examinando los cambios que han tenido un profundo y durarero impacto en su gente y cultura. ( Adultos)
TODOS LOS EVENTOS SON GRATIS Y ABIERTOS AL PUBLICO
Información de la Biblioteca Pública de Norfolk:
La Biblioteca ofrece acceso a toda clase de información “online”, libros, programas y servicio de Internet para todas las necesidades de nuestra comunidad etnica. El Sistema de Bibliotecas consiste de una Biblioteca Principal (Slover), 10 Sucursales y una Central (Pretlow) y una Biblioteca Rodante.
Todos los programas son gratis y abiertos al público.
Visite nuestra página de Internet, www.npl.lib.va.us o llame al (757) 664-READ para mayor informacion.
NPL – CREANDO UNA CIUDAD DE LECTORES.
The White House
Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release, September 15, 2014
Presidential Proclamation --- National Hispanic Heritage Month, 2014
NATIONAL HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH, 2014
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Nearly 50 years after the United States first observed what was then National Hispanic Heritage Week, Hispanics represent a vibrant and thriving part of our diverse Nation. Their histories and cultures stretch across centuries, and the contributions of those who come to our shores today in search of their dreams continue to add new chapters in our national story. This month, we honor the rich heritage of the Hispanic community and celebrate its countless achievements.
This month's theme, "Hispanics: A legacy of history, a present of action and a future of success," reminds us of all the ways Hispanics have enriched our Union and shaped our character. From those with roots that trace back generations to those who have just set out in pursuit of the promise of America, they have come to represent the spirit of our Nation: that with hard work, you can build a better life for yourself and a better future for your children. Hispanics have served honorably in our Armed Forces, defending the values we hold dear. They have transformed industries with new, innovative ideas. And they have led and inspired movements that have made our Nation more equal and more just.
In these accomplishments, we recognize that when we lift up the Hispanic community, we strengthen our Nation; when we create more ladders of opportunity, we provide the chance for all Americans to reach their greatest potential. My Administration is committed to supporting and fighting for policies that help Hispanics succeed. We are investing in programs that better prepare students and workers for today's economy, continuing to address disparities in health care, and pushing initiatives that grow our middle class.
Reforming our immigration system remains crucial for our economic future. When workers educated in America are unable to stay and innovate here, we are deprived of their full contributions, and when immigrants have to labor in the shadows, they often earn unfair wages and their families and our economy suffer. That is why I continue to call on the Congress to enact comprehensive immigration reform, and why I am determined to address our broken immigration system through executive action in a way that is sustainable and effective, and within the confines of the law. America has always drawn its strength from the contributions of a diverse people. Throughout our Nation,
Hispanics are advancing our economy, improving our communities, and bettering our country. During National Hispanic Heritage Month, let us renew our commitment to ensuring ours remains a society where the talents and potential of all its members can be fully realized.
To honor the achievements of Hispanics in America, the Congress by Public Law 100-402, as amended, has authorized and requested the President to issue annually a proclamation designating September 15 through October 15 as "National Hispanic Heritage Month."
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim September 15 through October 15, 2014, as National Hispanic Heritage Month. I call upon public officials, educators, librarians, and all Americans to observe this month with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and programs.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twelfth day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-ninth.
14th Annual Latino Music Festival
Brings the Rhythm and Heritage of Latin and
Hispanic culture to the
Town Point Park, Downtown Norfolk, VA
Free & Open to the Public
NORFOLK, VA – July 9, 2014. Norfolk Festevents and the Hampton Roads Hispanic Chamber of Commerce team up to present the 14thAnnual Norfolk Latino Music Festival on Saturday August 16, 2014 from 5pm to 10pm at Town Point Park in Downtown Norfolk Waterfront, Virginia.
This popular annual community celebration will feature many new authentic Latino/Hispanic attractions including traditional games and contests, authentic food and beverage menus plus 5 hours of traditional and contemporary Latin music and dancing.
Festival features include:
Family Fun from 5 pm- 8pm :
Youth Soccer – open play for ages 8 – 16, boys and girls, (no cleats, please)
Dominoes Tournament- Open play for ages 16 and older.
Giant Festive Flower Making Workshop- for all ages.
Music and Dancing featuring Zumba, Salsa, Merengue, and Bachata from 5pm – 10 pm
· Latin Jazz Conspiracy 7 pm – 10 pm
· DJ Mangu 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
· Dance Instructions 5 pm – 8:30 pm
Rosa the Zumba Queen & Marilyn Castro
Authentic Food and Beverages:
Local Latin/Hispanic Chefs and Restaurants:
· Mi Hogar
· El Morro Delicias y Algo Mas
· De Rican Chef
· Summer Sangrias and Latino Beers
Hampton Roads Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Business Expo from 5pm – 10 pm
· Meet local Hispanic owned businesses and learn about what’s new in the community
“The Hampton Roads Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is excited to be partnering with Festevents on such a unique event for the City of Norfolk” explains Hampton Roads Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President Olga Torres. She adds “The Latino Music Festival is a great opportunity for us to bring together and celebrate the wonderful variety of Latino cultures, as well as create an environment to showcase some of our amazing talents right here in the Hampton Roads Area”.
A portion of the proceeds to benefit scholarships for local Hispanic students.
What: 14th Annual Norfolk Latino Music Festival
When: Saturday, August 16, 2014
Time: 5pm – 10pm
Where: Town Point Park on the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront, Virginia
Admission: Free & Open to the Public
Special Note: Lawn Chairs and blankets are welcome. Coolers, food and soft drinks are permitted. No Alcohol or glass is permitted; food and alcohol will be available for purchase during the festival.
For more information please visit www.festevents.org, call 757-441-2345 or find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
The 14th Annual Norfolk Latino Music Festival is produced by Norfolk Festevents in partnership with the Hampton Roads Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and presented with the City of Norfolk. The event is sponsored by Norfolk Marriott, CFE Equipment Corporation and PEOPLExpress.
Norfolk Festevents, Ltd. is a private not-for-profit organization dedicated to producing premier concerts, festivals, ship visits and special events and city celebrations for residents and guests of Hampton Roads. Celebrating its 32nd season, Norfolk Festevents has garnered international acclaim for its outstanding quality programming. Norfolk Festevents is the official event marketing and production agency for the City of Norfolk.
Effects Matter: Disparate Impact Standard for Fair Housing Ratified
Fair housing advocates celebrated a major milestone last month when HUD issued final regulations ratifying that "disparate impact analysis" can in fact be used to assess compliance with the federal Fair Housing Act.
There are still some in the housing industry who state outright that they will not rent, sell, or lend to certain groups of people. But these days, the barriers that people face in their search for housing more often are rooted in policies or practices that may appear neutral on their face, but disproportionately harm families, people of color, people with disabilities, etc. Such policies, when they are allowed to stand unchallenged, affect us all.
Under HUD’s new rule, such policies and practices can be challenged with statistics showing a disparate impact or by otherwise showing that they cause or would predictably cause a disproportionately harmful impact on members of a class that is protected under the Fair Housing Act.
Take, for example, the infamous “blood relative” ordinance adopted by St. Bernard Parish after Hurricane Katrina.
The ordinance required owners of single family properties in the Parish to get special permission from the Parish before they could rent those homes to someone other than a blood relative. Some 93 percent of the residents of St. Bernard Parish are white. Until the blood relative ordinance was challenged by the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center and overturned by the court, this policy effectively barred access to people of color.
Similarly, Yorktown, New York’s “local preference” policy meant that first dibs on affordable rental housing in that predominantly white community in Westchester County went to people who already lived there, limiting access for people of color who came from other parts of the county or region. This policy was also overturned after the Fair Housing Justice Center challenged it in court.
A number of lending discrimination cases brought by the US Department of Justice in the last few years have relied on the disparate impact doctrine. The defendants included some of the country’s largest lenders, such as Wells Fargo and Countrywide, as well as smaller and mid-sized lenders like SunTrust, Prime Lending and GFI Mortgage Bankers. In each of these cases, the lender engaged in policies or practices that led to borrowers of color, most frequently African-American and Latino borrowers, paying higher costs than similarly situated white borrowers. In some of the cases, the companies also steered borrowers of color into risky, high priced subprime loans while providing comparable white borrowers with less risky, less expensive prime mortgages.
Or look at the case recently settled by HUD, overturning a Virginia landlord’s policy of not providing rental applications to prospective tenants who couldn’t communicate effectively in English, even if they brought their own translator into the rental office. Nor could prospective tenants take rental applications home to get help with translation. This policy was very effective in keeping out immigrants from non-English speaking countries or others with limited proficiency in English.
Then there are the landlords who refuse to consider income from any source other than a full-time job. That policy slams the door in the face of people with disabilities, whose income would sufficient to cover the rent, but comes in whole or in part from disability payments. As more veterans come home with disabling injuries from our wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere, such policies harm more and more of us.
Land use policies that exclude multi-family housing, rental policies that limit the number of people per room and exclude families with children, lending policies that discount income earned by women on maternity leave or require them to prove they’ll return to work after the birth of their children – there are many, many examples of policies and practices that prevent particular groups of people from living in the communities of their choice, and prevent other residents in those communities from enjoying the benefits of diversity.
On More Solid Footing
It is just these types of policies and practices that the disparate impact doctrine is designed to dismantle. Under the regulations, the company (landlord, lender, real estate agency, etc.) or jurisdiction using the contested policy then has the opportunity to show that it is tied to a substantial, legitimate, non-discriminatory interest. If it can demonstrate that, the burden shifts back to the complainant or plaintiff to show that the legitimate interest can be served through another effective means that is less discriminatory in its impact. Readers who are interested in more detail about the new rule can find it here, or look out for an article by Scott Chang, of the civil rights law firm Relman, Dane and Colfax in an upcoming issue of the Housing Law Bulletin.
The disparate impact doctrine is not new. It has been in use for decades and has been upheld by all 11 US Courts of Appeal that have considered its validity. It has also come under attack from some in the industry who would rather not take the time to make sure their policies and practices do not disadvantage particular groups of people. (See Greg Squires on "4 Ways Critics of the Disparate Impact Doctrine Have Got It Wrong.") HUD, by issuing the regulation, has taken an important step to protect and preserve disparate impact as a tool for expanding access to housing.
We all know that where you live has an enormous impact on your success in life: your access to education, jobs, transportation, health care, recreation, healthy food, and even your life expectancy. The idea that everyone should get a fair shake is a basic American value, and it means that what you look like, where you come from, what religion you observe or whether you have children should not determine where you can live. Diverse, thriving communities are a source of strength for our country as the world becomes increasingly interconnected. Barriers that restrict access and housing choice based on race, religion, national origin, family status, disability or any of the other factors protected under the Fair Housing Act undermine that strength and our shared prosperity. In enacting the disparate impact rules, HUD has taken a critically important, common sense step to help guarantee that prosperity.
All of us in the affordable housing, community development and civil rights fields who are trying to expand housing choice should celebrate HUD’s action in issuing a final rule. Perhaps the best way to celebrate is to put this rule to work whenever we encounter discriminatory policies or practices that unfairly limit access to housing opportunities.
Hampton Roads Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Elects New Board Members
HAMPTON ROADS - July 31, 2012 – Founding members of the Hampton Roads Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and current board members met at One of a Kind Landscapes and Home Remodeling in Yorktown to account for available ‘Board of Directors' seats and elect new board members to the chamber.
May 10 & 15, 2012 – The Nominating Committee for the Hampton Roads Hispanic Chamber of Commerce met to interview prospective board members that were nominated for potential positions. The long process, in accordance with the chamber’s “By-Laws”, was held in Virginia Beach and Newport News.
Nominating Committee Chair and former HRHCC President Al Guerra of Kelvin International Corporation went thru due process in counting available board of director seats being vacated. Former members Gaby Rengifo of One of a Kind Landscape and Home Remodeling, Hugo Valverde of Valverde and Powell, P.C. , now former President Carlos Espinoza of Silverchair Information Systems, and administrator/Business After Hours Director Gloria Day, vacated their board member seats.
After establishing a necessary quorum earlier, Mr. Guerra began the motion of electing the new members including new President Olga Torres of Taína Consulting, Vice President, Southside Jaime Barón of Bryant and Stratton College, Financial Counsel Guisela Torres of ABNB, Education Director Madeline Diaz of Wells Fargo Bank, and Media/Internet Coordinator Sergio Sanchez of Grillo’s Photography. New board members are expected to occupy their seat for three years, or one term, and may serve for no more than two consecutive terms.
Continuing on the board will be Al Guerra of Kelvin International Corporation, Vice President, Peninsula Andres Arellano Garrido of Farmers Insurance, and Carlos Tricoche of Network Designs. Founding members in attendance included Jazmin Davidson., Gaby Rengifo, Alejandra Lee, Awilda Rivera, and Gloria Day. The founding members commented on the growth of the chamber in its nearly 10th years of existence.
The newly appointed and continuing board members met August 15, 2012 in Hampton to discuss previous, current, and new business. Some events on the horizon include “Nuestra Feria 2013”, new local business events, upcoming Hispanic Heritage Month events, networking events such as business after/before hours, and next year's Hampton Roads Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 10th Anniversary. This is a very exciting time for the HRHCC Board members as the Hispanic population continues to grow.
HRHCC is the principal resource and advocate for the joint promotion of Hispanic Businesses, Consumers and Organizations, and since 2003 has served as the gateway to the Hampton Roads Hispanic market. For more information on HRHCC visit http://www.hrhcc.org.
Phone: (757) 348-9969 / (757) 202-4204
For the first time in the Virginia Broadcasting Awards’ 75-year history, a Spanish-language station has captured honors. La Selecta 1050 WVXX radio, based in Norfolk, won second place in the “Best Public Service” category in the large-market division of the competition, which is held each year by the Virginia Association of Broadcasters to recognize outstanding achievement by radio and television stations statewide. Never before has a Hispanic broadcasting outlet earned an award in the program.
La Selecta won for “Aprendiendo Inglés con La Gringa / Learning English with La Gringa,” a Monday-through-Friday morning segment that teaches listeners English phrases. It is taught by co-host La Gringa, a non-Hispanic who learned Spanish as an adult and works alongside morning show host Ricardo Alegria.
“La Selecta should take great pride in winning this award because it demonstrates excellence in what radio does best, which is serving its community,” said Virginia Association of Broadcasters executive director Douglas Easter. “This honor demonstrates that as the Hispanic population in Virginia has grown, La Selecta is committed to providing true service to its listeners.”
The number of Hispanics in Hampton Roads nearly doubled between 2000 and 2010, according to the United States Census. Statewide, the demographic rose by 92 percent during that time. Hampton Roads is home to about 2,300 Hispanic-owned businesses, according to a 2007 study.
Olga Torres serves on the board of directors for the Hampton Roads Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. “This prestigious award represents the growing impact and presence of the Hispanic culture within the greater Hampton Roads community, and we are extremely proud of this achievement as it is an historic event,” she said. “As a an active member of the local Hispanic community, I truly value La Selecta’s programming because it encompasses entertainment, education, news and the opportunity for local and national companies and organizations to reach their listeners.”
La Selecta 1050 WVXX began broadcasting in 2005, offering a mix of Spanish-language news, information and music. The station’s signal is 1050 AM and it streams live from wwww.selecta1050.com. Its studios are located at 700 Monticello Ave., Norfolk.
“We are very proud to win in the Virginia Broadcasting Awards and to be the first-ever Spanish-language station honored,” said Andy Hindlin, president and owner of Hindlin Broadcasting, which owns and operates La Selecta 1050 WVXX. “From our start, we have been dedicated to serving as a listener resource and excellent corporate citizen both within the Hispanic community and the entire Hampton Roads community.”
The award-winning feature, “Aprendiendo Inglés con La Gringa / Learning English with La Gringa,” was launched in response to audience request.
“The station had been receiving many calls from listeners asking that it help the community by offering English lessons on the air,” said La Gringa. “The segment is designed to assist our audience succeed in their daily lives by teaching phrases useful at work and in the greater community. Many listeners have told us the lessons have helped them immensely.”
The Board of Directors of the Hampton Roads Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and its members congratulate Radio Selecta 1050 am and their staff on this great honor and wish them the very best in the future. We want to thank them for all their support to our non-profit organization, we love you all.
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www.PreferenciaFamiliar.com (757) 353-0520 (Virginia Beach)
Anthony Rivera – Edible Arrangements (757) 422-4126 (Virginia Beach)
Elaine M Arrieta – Arrieta Construction, Inc. (757) 968-5051 (Lackey)
Lorena Justin – Lorena’s Boutique (757) 283-4013 (Newport News)
Willow House - Cyndi Warwick http://cyndiwarwick.willowhouse.com
Poncier Lynch Inc. - Poncier Lynch www.poncier.com
Bowditch Ford - Kirsten Peterson www.bowditchford.com
Vanessa Torres - FBI Community Outreach Specialist
Integrated Administration Solutions, LLC - Misty Leinberger www.integratedadminsolutions.com
1st Advantage Federal Credit Union - Rosie Velasques www.1stadvantage.org
Bryant & Stratton College would like to continue to show support for Virginia Beach and the Hampton Roads area by partnering with the Hampton Roads Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to offer the 2012 HRHCC President's Scholarship. The scholarship is available to HRHCC members and their families. You can apply online.
The initiative would allow
spouses, parents or children of US citizens who have been illegally in the
country to legalize their status without the wait abroad.
Valverde & Rowell, P.C.
3500 Virginia Beach Blvd, Suite 110
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
La iniciativa permitiría a cónyuges, padres e hijos de ciudadanos
de EE.UU. que están ilegalmente en el país legalizar su situación sin tener que
esperar un perdón en el extranjero.
Fl, 08/01/2012 -. El Servicio de Inmigración (USCIS) anunció un Aviso de
Intención de cambiar su proceso de no iniciar el examen de perdón para
inmigrantes ilegales que están en los EE.UU. y deben viajar a su país natal a
esperar dicha acción. Eduardo Soto, presidente de Cómo un Inmigrar EE.UU.,
el grupo de profesionales de la inmigración, declaró: "este es un gran
paso adelante en un campo en el que la Administración Obama ha hecho muy
poco", dijo el abogado de inmigración en Miami.
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y el plazo final para completar las solicitudes es el 10 de Enero del 2012. Pueden aplicar a estas becas individuos que tengan un título universitario de cuatro años con especialidad en campos relacionados con Ciencias, Tecnología, Ingeniería o Matemáticas.
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For its leadership in promoting diversity and inclusion in the Hampton Roads Area
Diversity is a given in our daily lives. Inclusion is all about accepting and respecting different and unique points of view. The HRHCC promotes inclusion by helping to increase the acceptance and respect of our hispanic community and businesses in the Hampton Roads Community as a whole. Also, we work with non-hispanic businesses and organizations to gain the acceptance and respect of the Hispanic market.
These past nine years we have worked hard to position our organization as the bridge that unites all these diverse groups. We plan to continue playing that role in the coming years. That is an important role in this global economy, we want to continue to help Hampton Roads to be seen as as place where people and businesses from all backgrounds can prosper and develop in harmony.
Receiving this award has been a great honor and a recognition of all the hard work by our Board of Directors, our volunteers,our members and our sponsors. Thank you very much to all of you!
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