Thursday, January 29, 2015

"One Augusta" Getting Some Heat

AUGUSTA, GA (Anibal Ibarra) - Mayor Hardie Davis, Jr. announced the launch of the My Brother’s Keeper initiative in Augusta and a summit took place today at the Richmond County Career Technical Magnet School. The White House initiative is to support children among minority communities to excel in life. The Hispanic community apparently was not well represented at the meeting but Davis responded that everybody was invited to participate.

Train Derailed Challenging Transparency and Cleanup

(PR) - The chemical spill -1/27, 2:20 a.m.- which resulted from a CSX train derailment in Allendale, South Carolina, is the latest in a long string of incidents where hazardous chemicals have ended up in local waterways due to lax industry standards and regulations.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Aprueban Mega Zona Escolar en Columbia

EVANS, GA (Anibal Ibarra) - En su reunión regular del 27 de enero de 2015, la Junta Directiva de Educación del condado de Columbia aprobó la rezonificación o cambios en las zonas escolares. Se estima que unos 2000 estudiantes serían afectados. Hubo oposición de varios padres pero el Board of Education decidió apoyar los cambios. El 17 marzo electores del condado deberán votar por el paquete de fondo para financiar nuevas escuelas y la ejecución del plan.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Ley Para Reconocer Estudiantes de DACA

ATLANTA, GA (Anibal Ibarra) - Un proyecto de ley, SB 44, con el fin de proporcionar a los estudiantes extranjeros el pago de la matrícula estadual -in-state tuition- en las universidades ha sido introducido en la legislatura de Georgia. Los beneficiarios de DACA, orden ejecutiva del Presidente Barack Obama que legaliza a personas indocumentadas temporalmente, hasta el momento han sido rechazados a inscribirse en varias universidades del estado y en otras deben pagar más, o sea, out-of-state tuition. 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

I Was Arrested for Learning a Foreign Language

Today, I Have Some Closure

By Nick George - Five years ago, the Philadelphia police thought that carrying Arabic-language flashcards was enough to warrant the arrest of an innocent traveler. A settlement reached today in a lawsuit I brought against the police department makes it clear that it is not.

Travelling by plane can be a long and grueling process under the best of circumstances. This makes it a good time for monotonous tasks, like trying to iron out some vocab for a language you're learning at college.

Inmates Wearing Hot Pink Uniforms

AUGUSTA, GA (Ayman Fadel) - This is the first draft of a letter I’m submitting to my local paper, which reported that the City of Grovetown in Columbia County, Georgia has purchased hot pink uniforms for its inmates.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Círculo de Lectores Inicia Tertulia Literaria

AUGUSTA, GA (Anibal Ibarra) - La primera reunión del Círculo de Lectores Hispanoamericanos tuvo lugar el martes 20 de enero. El nuevo grupo ha sido instalado y ha decidido analizar varias obras iniciales en un periodo de tres meses. Los interesados en formar parte de esta tertulia literaria tienen tiempo para hacerlo ya que es abierta y solo se requiere que cada uno adquiera los libros por su cuenta y la pasión por la lectura, según sus organizadores.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Second Execution of 2015 in Georgia

ATLANTA, GA (PR) - Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens offers the following information in the case against Warren Lee Hill, who is currently scheduled to be executed on Jan. 27, 2015 for the murder of Joseph Handspike.

Vietnam Veterans as Condemned Properties

(PR) - Written from the heart and experiences of “Dusty” Earl Trimmer, ‘Condemned Property? Our Most Unpopular War Continues for Americans Who Fought in Vietnam...Why?’ takes a raw and blunt look at the Vietnam War, its Veterans and how the nation has let them down. Garnering critical acclaim from coast to coast, readers and reviewers are shocked to learn that the war’s biggest battle wasn’t fought in South-Eastern Asia, but is currently being waged against the Department of Veterans Affairs on home soil. This is a book the VA wishes it could ban, but one that embodies the story of thousands who have previously had no voice.

GRU-Augusta Seeking Partnership with University Hospital

ATLANTA, GA (PR) - We have said we must constantly assess ourselves to ensure we have a 21st century structure that provides the most effective system of institutions. Our commitment to always look for ways to improve our University System includes Georgia Regents Health System.

Culinary Arts Students Graduating

AUGUSTA, GA (PR) - The Helms College, Augusta Campus, will celebrate the success of its culinary arts students with a graduation ceremony at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

No Gas!

AUGUSTA, GA (Anibal Ibarra) - The Transit Citizens Advisory Committee at its first meeting of 2015 was abruptly ended for lack of quorum.