Sunday, August 30, 2015

Semana de Derechos del Trabajor

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ATLANTA, GA (PR) - Del 31 de agosto al 4 de setiembre se llevará a cabo en la amplia red de Consulados de México en Estados Unidos, la Semana de Derechos Laborales (SDL). El Consulado General de México en Atlanta lo albergará en sus instalaciones en esta ciudad y en el Consulado Sobre Ruedas en Gainsville, Georgia.

Private Ambulance Service on Target

Ad at Comm. Ben Hasan's UPW 

AUGUSTA, GA (Anibal Ibarra) - The contract with Gold Cross will remain for now without modification. The Commission decided not to end it. Commissioner Ben Hasan - in an apparent conflict of interest - abstained of voting. His publication Urban Pro Weekly (UPW) keeps an account with the embattled EMS company.

Friday, August 28, 2015

ADA Self Evaluation

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AUGUSTA, GA (PR) - The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Self  Evaluation and Transition Plan (SETP) for the City of Augusta is a focused effort to address the City’s transportation related policies, rules and regulations as they relate to the guidelines set forth in Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

New Leadership at Confucius Institute

AUGUSTA, GA (PR)Dr. Cindi Chance has been named director of the Georgia Regents University Confucius Institute. Chance previously served as the dean of the GRU College of Education for three years. “I’m honored to represent this cultural centerpiece that brings GRU and the local Chinese community together,” Chance said. “Chinese heritage in the Augusta area is so rich, dating back to the late 1800s. I’m looking forward to continue honoring this heritage through the Confucius Institute and working side-by-side with the Chinese government to promote Chinese language and culture on our campus and in the CSRA.”

Is’t Time to Recognize Feminists in America?

NEW YORK (PR) On Women’s Equality Day, the national holiday commemorating passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the Ms. Foundation for women released the results of a new poll on the state of women’s equality, new findings on adopting the “feminist” label, and a fresh understanding of how the public feels about community problems and solutions. This is the first survey of its kind that examines whether the public believes specific issues have different impacts on women versus men.

Latin Jazz Performer in Augusta

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AUGUSTA, GA (PR) - The Second Year of the Four Seasons Chamber Jazz Series kicks off on Friday, August 28th with Latin jazz performer Layla Angulo. The opening set will feature a favorite of the CSRA music scene, Edwin G. Hamilton. 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Court Orders Prompt Release of Immigrant Children

WASHINGTON, DC (PR) - The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the American Immigration Council (Council) welcome a decision released Friday evening by U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee in Flores v. Lynch, No. 85-04544 (C.D.Ca.), which ruled that children should generally be released from detention within five days—preferably to a parent, including a parent with whom they were apprehended. The government must implement the Court’s ruling by October 23, 2015.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

45th Anniversary of Augusta Riots at Diversity Summit

AUGUSTA, GA (PR) -  CNN commentator and HuffPost Live host Marc Lamont Hill will be the keynote speaker for Georgia Regents University’s 2015 Annual Diversity and Inclusion Summit. This year’s event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 9, at the Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center.

Doss, Protector of the Electoral Process

AUGUSTA, GA (PR) - Travis Doss, Jr., Assistant Director for Richmond County Board of Elections will be designated as a Certified Elections/Registration Administrator   (CERA)  the   highest   professional achievement, in ceremonies conducted by the Election Center at The Westin Galleria,  at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, August 21, 2015.

Monday, August 17, 2015

To Be or Not To Be in SPLOST

AUGUSTA, GA (Anibal Ibarra) - UPDATE - The Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) 7 will be on the ballot November 3 to be approved by the voters of Richmond County. The final list of projects to be covered by the sales tax collection, in the amount of $215.5 million, is Non Governmental Organization (NGO) free. A last minute attempt to include $10 million to help 6 of over 2,000 non-profits entities in Augusta failed for lack of second to the motion.

Library to Host 2015 Americas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature

WASHINGTON, DC (PR) - Author and illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh will be honored for his book “Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation,” (Abrams Books, 2014). Tonatiuh, whose roots are both Mexican and American, has won both the Pura Belpre Illustrator Award and the Tomás Rivera Mexican American children's book award for previous works.  

Friday, August 14, 2015

Happy 80th Anniversary, Social Security!

WASHINGTON, DC (PR) - Today, the Social Security Administration proudly celebrates its 80th anniversary. On August 14, 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act, landmark legislation that continues to provide hope and protection to some of the most vulnerable members of society. Acting Commissioner Carolyn W. Colvin marked Social Security’s historic birthday by reaffirming the agency’s commitment to the public.

¿Sermonear o castigar a tus hijos?

Justo antes de que comience el nuevo año escolar, tenemos un examen sorpresa para los padres: ¿Qué haces cuando tu hijo/a trae malos grados a casa? A) Lo sermoneas B) Lo castigas sin actividades como deportes o clubes C) Creas en casa un ambiente que estimule el aprendizaje.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Public Hearing on Disparity Study by GDOT

AUGUSTA, GA (PR) - Are minority and women-owned business owners fully aware of what’s at stake for them when a “Disparity Study” is being done in their area?  Do they grasp how important it is to their financial future to participate in the process? GSPC is conducting ​a ​public ​​hearing​ on August 19, 6:00 PM to 08:00 at the Augusta Public Library Headquarters, 823 Telfair Street, Augusta GA 30901.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Embajada en Cuba Sin Embajador

Por Anibal Ibarra - El próximo Viernes 14 de Agosto, John Kerry visitará La Habana para izar la bandera en la Embajada de Estados Unidos en Cuba, y será el primer secretario de Estado en visitar la isla en más de 50 años. Sin embargo, el Congreso estadounidense ha insistido que bloqueará la confirmación del embajador y que no levantará el embargo económico que pesa sobre la isla por décadas.

Families "United" in Detention Centers

WASHINGTON, DC (PR) — The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) is disappointed by the Obama administration’s response to a July 24 ruling to release asylum-seeking mothers and children from immigration detention. President Obama has decided to appeal the ruling and will not comply with Judge Gee’s accurate determination that family detention is unlawful, as it violates a 20-year-old landmark case governing the treatment of immigrant children.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Dating Longer Before Marriage

In her recent bestselling book titled "Hellen Chen’s Love Seminar," author and relationship expert Hellen Chen revealed that 85 percent of dating end in breakups and a longer dating time does not always mean a more stable and happier marriage.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Sheriff Roundtree Wants Your Opinion

AUGUSTA, GA (PR) - The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is sponsoring a meeting to gain public comments about the RCSO in its efforts to achieve national accreditation. It will be at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at the Richmond County Court House Rm 2E located at 745 James Brown Blvd. Augusta, GA  30901.

Stronger Standards for People Applying Pesticides

WASHINGTON, DC (PR) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing stronger standards for pesticide applicators who apply “restricted-use” pesticides.  These pesticides are not available for purchase by the general public, require special handling, and may only be applied by a certified applicator or someone working under his or her direct supervision.

Minimizing Fatalities During After-School Hours

ATLANTA, GA (PR) — As 55 million children across the country head back to school, AAA urges motorists to slow down and stay alert in neighborhoods and school zones, and to be especially vigilant for pedestrians during before- and after-school hours. In 2013, more than 17 child pedestrians died in Georgia, 13 occurred during School Transport hours.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Georgia 5th Worst State for Student Debt

With 11.1 percent of all student loans in delinquency or default and student loans continuing to be the largest non-housing debt for Americans, the personal finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2015’s Best and Worst States for Student Debt.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Poverty and Educational Achievement

ANN ARBOR (PR) —The gap between income and achievement in school has been well documented over the years but new research from the University of Michigan finds physiological differences in the brains of the poorest children.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

The State of City Boards Members

AUGUSTA, GA (Anibal Ibarra) - The selection, replacement and removal of city boards members are going to be discussed by the Richmond County Commission during the first session in August. Former Augusta Mayor Bob Young is a Republican candidate for Georgia State House District 123. He is the Chairman of the Urban Redevelopment Agency (URA) but his potencial removal is not included in the agenda. For some residents Young should resign to his current position, but in Augusta politics “conflict of interest” usually is not taken seriously. Two sitting Commissioners censured by ethics violations were reelected

Saturday, August 1, 2015

SPLOST 7 Public Information Session

AUGUSTA, GA (Anibal Ibarra) UPDATE: The proposed costs for the SPLOST 7 package was reduced to $210,500,000. The recommendation made by the city Administrator - with cero money for outside agencies - will be voted on by the Commission by August 18. The current proposal might survive or some changes could be made to include Paine College request and others.

Esclavitud Incesante

Foto de Aurelia Ventura y reportaje de Yurina Melara
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Los Ángeles es una de las tres metrópolis en Estados Unidos con más alto nivel de esclavitud, según el FBI. Inmigrantes como Flor Molina, originaria de México, a quien su “empleador” le ofreció trabajo en una fábrica en Pasadena o como Rotchana Sussman, quien llegó de Tailandia con visa de trabajo, para trabajar en una fábrica en El Monte, son algunas de las víctimas de tráfico humano y esclavitud moderna.