Monthly Archives: August 2017

El gobernador Pedro Rosselló advirtió este sábado en la tarde que María representa una amenaza seria para el país, particularmente en las lluvias torrenciales que puede producir sobre el país.

“Esta tormenta pudiera entrar por el medio de Puerto Rico y tenemos que prepararnos porque puede ser una tormenta que suba a huracán categoría 1 o 2… y se proyecta muchísima lluvia”, dijo Rosselló Nevares esta tarde al finalizar una actividad de la Guardia Nacional de Puerto Rico (GNPR) en la Base Aérea Muñiz.

A esos efectos, anunció que esta noche convocaría la primera reunión con su equipo de trabajo para delinear el plan a seguir ante la posibilidad de que Puerto Rico sea azotado por un segundo huracán en un periodo de dos semanas.

“Habíamos implementado el protocolo de emergencia preparándonos para las próximas tormentas pero, ciertamente, ante la advertencia de lo que puede ser la tormenta o el huracán María, vamos a tener nuestro equipo de trabajo listo, activando el protocolo de emergencia”, dijo el gobernador a periodistas.

A preguntas, el gobernador aseguró que los trabajos de rehabilitación de infraestructura ante el azote del huracán Irma continuarán hasta que se experimenten condiciones de suficiente peligrosidad para comprometer la seguridad de empleados públicos.

Rosselló Nevares se trasladó en la tarde a la Base Aérea Muñiz, en Carolina, para dirigirse brevemente a un grupo de 254 soldados de la Guardi Nacional de Puerto Rico (GNPR) que minutos después saldrían en un avión en dirección a la isla de Saint Thomas para proveer asistencia en la distribución de alimentos y la reconstruccíon de las Islas Vírgenes estadounidenses.

Con un grupo de cuatro soldados que partiría hoy y otro de 50 que salió el viernes, un total de 308 soldados de la GNPR serían activados. Este personal se divide entre el Regimiento 65 de Infantería y el Batallón 124 de la Policía Militar dela Guardia Nacional.

El ayudante general de la GNPR, general Isabelo Rivera, indicó que la misión tiene una duración de 10 días pero los soldados que serían trasladados a Puerto Rico en caso de que la tormenta o huracán María comprometa su seguridad en las Islas Vírgenes.

The second annual JCC Willie Rosas Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship Gala, sponsored by Jamestown Community College, the Dunkirk Hispanic Coalition, and HOPE, a local organization, will be held September 30 at St. Hedwig’s Social Center in Dunkirk.

The event, which begins with a cocktail hour at 5 p.m., includes dinner and live music by Cleveland band, Sammy de León y su Orquesta.

Admission to the gala is $15 per ticket or $25 for two. Tickets can be obtained by calling Jamestown Community College’s North County Center at 363.6500 or online at sunyjcc.edu/gala.

Proceeds from the event benefit the JCC Willie Rosas Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship program. The scholarship awards two students from underserved populations with $2,000 toward tuition at JCC. Recent Dunkirk High School graduates Destiny Paredes and Isaiah Rosado are recipients of the this year’s scholarship.

The Rosas scholarship was named in honor of Dunkirk mayor Willie Rosas, the first person of Hispanic heritage to be elected to a mayoral seat in New York state.

Rosas and Kirk Young, JCC’s vice president of enrollment management and institutional advancement, will present remarks during the dinner.

de León, a renowned Latin bandleader, and his 12-piece orchestra will play a range of dance music styles including Latin jazz, salsa, and merengue. De León has collaborated with Tito Puente, Grán Combo de Puerto Rico, Tito Rojas, Tony Vega, Hector Trioche, and Rey de la Paz over his 30-year career.

Researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Ohio State’s College of Engineering have developed a new technology, Tissue Nanotransfection (TNT), that can generate any cell type of interest for treatment within the patient’s own body. This technology may be used to repair injured tissue or restore function of aging tissue, including organs, blood vessels and nerve cells.

Results of the regenerative medicine study published in the journal Nature Nanotechnology.

“By using our novel nanochip technology, injured or compromised organs can be replaced. We have shown that skin is a fertile land where we can grow the elements of any organ that is declining,” said Dr. Chandan Sen, director of Ohio State’s Center for Regenerative Medicine & Cell Based Therapies, who co-led the study with L. James Lee, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering with Ohio State’s College of Engineering in collaboration with Ohio State’s Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center.

Researchers studied mice and pigs in these experiments. In the study, researchers were able to reprogram skin cells to become vascular cells in badly injured legs that lacked blood flow. Within one week, active blood vessels appeared in the injured leg, and by the second week, the leg was saved. In lab tests, this technology was also shown to reprogram skin cells in the live body into nerve cells that were injected into brain-injured mice to help them recover from stroke.

“This is difficult to imagine, but it is achievable, successfully working about 98 percent of the time. With this technology, we can convert skin cells into elements of any organ with just one touch. This process only takes less than a second and is non-invasive, and then you’re off. The chip does not stay with you, and the reprogramming of the cell starts. Our technology keeps the cells in the body under immune surveillance, so immune suppression is not necessary,” said Sen, who also is executive director of Ohio State’s Comprehensive Wound Center.

TNT technology has two major components: First is a nanotechnology-based chip designed to deliver cargo to adult cells in the live body. Second is the design of specific biological cargo for cell conversion. This cargo, when delivered using the chip, converts an adult cell from one type to another, said first author Daniel Gallego-Perez, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering and general surgery who also was a postdoctoral researcher in both Sen’s and Lee’s laboratories.

TNT doesn’t require any laboratory-based procedures and may be implemented at the point of care. The procedure is also non-invasive. The cargo is delivered by zapping the device with a small electrical charge that’s barely felt by the patient.

“The concept is very simple,” Lee said. “As a matter of fact, we were even surprised how it worked so well. In my lab, we have ongoing research trying to understand the mechanism and do even better. So, this is the beginning, more to come.”

Researchers plan to start clinical trials next year to test this technology in humans, Sen said.

Funding for this research was provided by Leslie and Abigail Wexner, Ohio State’s Center for Regenerative Medicine and Cell-Based Therapies and Ohio State’s Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMQ51Kj2tS0

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Christian Casillas Productions would like to give back to the Hispanic community and readers of the Panorama Hispano News by providing 4 families with a free outdoor photo session in September 2017 . The session will include 10-15 professionally edited images, along with a custom online gallery and app for Android and iOS to showcase your stunning session.

Canisius College presents from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Marie Maday Theatre located in Lyons Hall. The event, which features Saranaide, is co-sponsored by the Friends of Hispanic Arts (FOHA), MexiCanisius and the Latin American Studies Department.

Description: Sara Rodriguez, also known as Saranaide, will present songs by Latin American artists and genres that have influenced Sara as a singer-songwriter. In this intimate performance, Saranaide creates an evening that intertwines songs with stories that shares with the audience the inner workings of this artist and her life journey.

Saranaide is a born and raised Buffalo musician. With a self-titled EP released in September 2016, Saranaide has been bringing the soulful grooves. Inspired and influenced by soul, reggae, jazz and world music, Sara brings a sound that is sure to delight all audiences. Along with performing with her own band, she also can be seen with the Buffalo Afrobeat Orchestra and Preach Freedom and Connect.

Admission is $10 for general admission; students are free with a valid ID. Tickets will be available on the day of the event at the entrance of the Marie Maday Theatre.

Contact details: For more information on Canciones and other upcoming FOHA events, visit

Friends of Hispanic Arts on Facebook, or contact Sara Rodriguez at saranaidemusic@gmail.com.

 

Friends of Hispanic Arts Inc. (FOHA) presents Poetas, a poetry reading, at D’Youville College on Tuesday September 19th at 7PM in Madonna Hall.  The night features as its readers Olga Karman and Jorge Guitart, two nationally acclaimed local poets.  The event is co-sponsored by D’Youville College’s Liberal Arts Department and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.  Friends of Hispanic Arts (FOHA) is a local, not for profit organization dedicated to the promotion of events that center on Hispanic culture and the arts within the community.

   Jorge Guitart

Description: Poetas is a night dedicated to the poetry of two esteemed Buffalo professors, Dr. Olga Karman and Dr. Jorge Guitart.  FOHA President Mr. Emilio Fuentes expects this event will be part of a new series of events dedicated to the written word.  Additionally, for this fall, FOHA has three musical events planned: Sara Rodríguez on September 16th  and Michael Mendoza on November 11th both at Canisius College’s Maday Theater, and LATINAS November 14th at the Kavinoky Theater.

Olga Karman was born in Cuba, where she lived until she was twenty years old. Her teenage years in Havana coincided with Fidel Castro’s revolution and rise to power. Olga left Cuba in 1960 and lived in North Stonington, a rural, isolated part of Connecticut where she felt her exile in a most painful way.  She resumed the college education she had begun in Havana at nearby Connecticut College for Women, and when she graduated in 1966 she held a Woodrow Wilson fellowship for graduate school and acceptance from Yale and Harvard Universities.  Olga moved to Buffalo in 1976, taught briefly at Nichols School, and in 1980 she accepted a position at D’Youville College, where she taught until she retired in 2007.  She looks forward to reading her work at the college, which still feels like her home.  Olga’s writing career spans poetry, short fiction, and her memoir Scatter My Ashes Over Havana.

Jorge Guitart was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1937, and early on he decided that his favorite subjects in school were Spanish grammar and English. They continue to be central to his intellectual life. In 1962, not wanting to live any longer under a Leninist dictatorship, he moved to the United States.  In the mid-sixties he began to write poetry in English as well as in Spanish. Guitart’s first collection of poetry in English was Foreigner’s Notebook (Shuffaloff 1993), and in 1996 his long cyclical poem Film Blanc was published as a chapbook by Meow Press. His latest book of poems is The Empress of Frozen Custard and Ninety-Nine Other Poems, published by BlazeVOX in 2009.  He obtained a Ph.D. in Spanish linguistics from Georgetown University in 1973 and that year he started teaching at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he is now Professor of Spanish Linguistics in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures.

Contact details:  Admission is free.  For more information on Poetas and other upcoming FOHA events, visit Friends of Hispanic Arts on Facebook, or contact Paola Kersch at (716) 517-5168 or kerschp@dyc.edu.

    The National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL) formally announced their opposition to cannabis prohibition and endorsed full legalization of cannabis in the United States. Of the many reasons they cited, institutionalized discrimination was the most powerful. They explained that during the early 1900’s, nationalist politicians used cannabis as a tool to create a fear of Mexican immigrants. Cannabis had been used medicinally in the United States for many years, appearing in medications for pain relief, insomnia, and other illnesses. The Caucus’s resolution states, “The racist politicians who first criminalized cannabis, used the term ‘marijuana’ (sometimes spelled ‘marihuana’) to refer to it, precisely because they wanted to underscore that it was a Latino, particularly Mexican ‘vice,’ and that word, with all its implications, has become the most common names for cannabis in the United States today.”

    The use of cannabis prohibition as a means of persecuting minorities continues today. The American Civil Liberties Union notes that people of color and Hispanics are around four times more likely to be arrested for cannabis than white people – despite the fact that all of these groups use cannabis at equal rates. The connection between cannabis prohibition and government control was revealed again in 1994 when John Ehrlichman, former counsel and Assistant to President Nixon, said: “We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the [Vietnam] war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders. Raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”

    The National Hispanic Caucus asks that we end this system of discriminatory law enforcement by legalizing cannabis, calling it a “civil rights issue”. Colorado State Representative Dan Pabón (D) sponsored the resolution, saying: “In Colorado, we have successfully legalized cannabis and we have been able to reduce crime by 10.1%, increase revenues by more than $300 million that we dedicated to our schools, and have a new thriving industry that creates jobs.” All eyes will be on the Federal Government as the tension plays out between the states that have already legalized cannabis and Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ goal to dedicate more resources to enforcing prohibition.

    In New York State, there is a small medical marijuana program but the drug remains illegal for general consumption. A spokesperson for NY Grows pointed to the tremendous benefits legalization could bring to the state. “Every day that cannabis remains illegal, more of our youth have their lives ruined by drug convictions. We need to start treating cannabis like alcohol – regulate it, tax it, and legalize it.” NY Grows is a statewide educational resource focused on innovative solutions to cannabis policy in New York.

    El Caucus Nacional de Legisladores Estatales Hispanos respalda la legalización

    El caucus nacional de legisladores estatales hispanos (NHCSL) ha anunciado formalmente su oposición a la prohibición de cannabis y ha respaldado la legalización total de cannabis en los E.E.U.U. De los motivos referidos, la discriminación institucional de nuestro sistema de prohibición era lo más poderoso. El caucus explicó que durante el primer parte del siglo veinte, políticos nacionalistas usaron cannabis como un útil para desarrollar un miedo de inmigrantes mexicanos. Cannabis se había usado como una medicina en los E.E.U.U. hace muchos años antes de prohibición. Era un ingrediente en medicinas para tratar dolor, insomnio, y otras enfermedades. La resolución del caucus dice, “Los políticos racistas que criminalizaron cannabis al principio usaron el término ‘marijuana’ (o marihuana), precisamente porque quisieron subrayar que era un vicio latino – especialmente mexicano, y vemos que la palabra, con todas sus implicaciones, ha sido el nombre más popular para cannabis en los E.E.U.U. hoy.”

    El uso de la prohibición de cannabis para perseguir comunidades minoridades sigue durante el día de hoy. El unión americano de libertades civiles (ACLU) nota que las personas de color y personas hispánicas están cuatro veces más probable estar detenido por cannabis que gente blanca – a pesar de la realidad que todos estos grupos usan cannabis a la misma tasa. La conexión entre la prohibición de cannabis y el control gubernamental era mostrado otra vez en el año 1994 cuando John Ehrlichman, el anterior consejo y asistente al Presidente Nixon, dijo: “Sabíamos que no pudimos prohibir las protestas de la guerra [Vietnam] ni ser negro, pero pudimos relacionarse a los hippies con cannabis y los negros con heroína, y luego criminalizar los dos. Podíamos detener a sus dirigentes, efectuar redadas en sus hogares, interrumpir sus reuniones, e infamarlos noche tras de noche en los noticieros. ¿Sabíamos que mentíamos sobre las drogas? Por su puesto que sí.”

    El caucus nacional de legisladores estatales hispanos pide que acabamos con este sistema de discriminación policial, llamándolo un problema de “derechos civiles”. Representante estadal Dan Pabón de Colorado (D) patrocinó la resolución, y dijo: “En Colorado, hemos legalizado cannabis con éxito y nos hemos podido reducir crimen por 10.1%, crecer ingresos públicos por más que $300 millón que hemos dedicado a nuestras escuelas, y tenemos también una industria nueva que crea mucho trabajo.” Todos estarán mirando el gobierno federal mientras la tensión sigue entre los estados que han legalizado cannabis ya y Fiscal General Jeff Sessions que quiere dedicar más recursos a la prohibición de cannabis.

    En el estado de Nueva York hay un programa pequeña de cannabis medical, pero la droga sigue siendo ilegal para el uso general. Un representante de NY Grows habló sobre los beneficios enormes que la legalización podría llevar al estado. “Cada día que cannabis sigue siendo ilegal, más jóvenes tienen sus vidas arruinadas por las condenas de drogas. Tenemos que empezar a tratar el cannabis como alcohol – regularlo, gravarlo, y legalizarlo.” NY Grows es un recurso estadal de educación que se centra en las soluciones innovadoras a nuestro político de cannabis en Nueva York.

    Por Maximilian Eyle

      BARCELONA, ESPAÑA (19/AGO/2017).-Un grito rompió el silencio de miles de barceloneses reunidos en la Plaza Cataluña, situada a escasos metros de Las Ramblas, el lugar donde ocurrió el jueves el atropellamiento de cientos de peatones —la mayoría turistas— y que dejó 13 muertos y más de una centena de lesionados, de 35 nacionalidades: “No tengo miedo” (No tinc por, en catalán). Enseguida la multitud comenzó a replicarlo, convirtiéndose en una sola voz en contra del terrorismo que en los últimos años ha azotado a varias ciudades de Europa.

      El rey Felipe VI, el jefe del Gobierno español, Mariano Rajoy; el presidente regional catalán, Carles Puigdemont; y la alcaldesa de la ciudad, Ada Colau, estaban ahí, en silencio, con lágrimas en los ojos, con el corazón roto mientras seguían las investigaciones de uno de los peores atentados ocurridos en suelo español, desde aquel fatídico 11 de marzo de 2004.

      Según las últimas investigaciones del doble atentado —en Barcelona y en Cambrils, donde una persona murió y cinco resultaron heridas—, los presuntos autores planeaban ataques de mayor envergadura, pero tuvieron que decantarse por los atropellamientos masivos, afirmó la Policía en España.

      Por su parte, el comisario jefe de la Policía regional de Cataluña, Josep Lluís Trapero, indicó que 12 personas—de entre 17 y 34 años de edad— podrían haber estado implicadas en los dos ataques masivos; entre ellas las cuatro que fueron detenidas entre el jueves y la madrugada de ayer; los cinco hombres abatidos tras el ataque en Cambrils, y otros tres sospechosos que han sido identificados pero no capturados.

      La policía sospecha que dos de ellos podrían haber muerto en el incendio de una casa en Alcanar, 200 kilómetros al Sur de Barcelona, donde el grupo preparaba supuestamente artefactos explosivos: “La tesis que estamos barajando es que se estaban preparando ya desde hace algún tiempo alrededor de este domicilio”, ya que sacaron del lugar varias decenas de bombonas de gas.

      Al tiempo que las pesquisas siguen su curso en torno a los atacantes, el Gobierno regional de Cataluña prosigue con la atención a las víctimas y ya ha identificado plenamente a siete de los 14 muertos. Sobre los lesionados, se ha informado que 59 de ellos permanecen en el hospital: 15 en condición crítica y 25 en estado grave.

      Pese al dolor que invade al país, los catalanes clamaron por que Barcelona y Las Ramblas sigan “siendo un símbolo de paz y de acogida”, increpando contra una veintena de personas de extrema derecha que se manifestaron contra las mezquitas y fueron echados al grito de “fuera fascistas

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