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La Oficina del Censo Revela las Ciudades Grandes de Crecimiento Más Rápido

San Antonio encabeza la lista agregando más de 60 personas al día en promedio

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24 de mayo 2018 — Ocho de las quince ciudades y pueblos con el mayor aumento de crecimiento poblacionalfueron ubicados en el Sur en 2017, con tres de los cinco principales en Texas, según los nuevos estimados de población publicados hoy por la Oficina del Censo.

“San Antonio, Texas encabeza la lista con el mayor aumento poblacional con un aumento de más de 24,200 personas – un promedio de 66 personas por día entre 2016 y 2017,” dijo Amel Toukabri, una demógrafa de la división de población de la Oficina del Censo. “Esto es una tasa de crecimiento de 1.6 por ciento.  Este crecimiento fue suficiente para que la población de San Antonio supere el hito poblacional de más de uno punto cinco millones.”

Algunas de las otras ciudades con el mayor aumento poblacional fueron Phoenix, Arizona (24,000); Dallas, Texas (18,900); Fort Worth, Texas (18,700); Los Ángelus, California (18,600); Seattle, Washington (17,500); y Charlotte, Carolina del Norte (15,600).

Con respecto al cambio porcentual en la población, 10 de las 15 ciudades grandes de más rápido crecimiento fueron ubicados en el Sur, con siete en Texas. Entre 2016 y 2017, Frisco, Texas (cerca de Dallas) fue la ciudad grande de mayor crecimiento (población de 50,000 o más) a 8.2 por ciento, haciendo que su tasa de crecimiento sea más de 11 veces más rápida que la tasa de crecimiento de la nación de 0.7 por ciento.  Vea a continuación para algunos de las otras ciudades grandes de crecimiento más rápido.

Fort Worth, Texas, superó a Indianápolis, Indiana convirtiéndose en la decimoquinta ciudad más poblada de la nación

Fort Worth, Texas, superó a Indianápolis, Indiana convirtiéndose en la decimoquinta ciudad más poblada de la nación con una población de 874,168.  Indianápolis tiene una población de 863,002. Las 14 ciudades estadounidenses más grandes no han cambiado a partir de  2016.

Pueblos Pequeños Estadounidenses

Mientras que los enfoques de esta publicación de estimados de población han sido en el 3.9 por ciento de ciudades con una población de 50,000 o más, los EE.UU. es una nación de pueblos pequeños.  De los 325.7 millones de personas del país, se estima que 205.0 millones (62.9 por ciento) viven dentro de un lugar incorporado a partir de 1 de julio 2017.  De los 19,500 lugares incorporados, alrededor de 76 por ciento tenían menos de 5,000 personas y aproximadamente el 50 por ciento de estos lugares tenían menos de 1,000 personas.

Crecimiento Regional

El Oeste tuvo la mayor proporción de su población viviendo en un lugar incorporado (76.7 por ciento), seguido por el Medio Oeste (71.4 por ciento) a partir del 1 de julio 2017.  El Noreste tenía la población más pequeña de sus residentes viviendo en lugares incorporados (51.4 por ciento).

El Sur tenía la mayor cantidad de habitantes de ciudades de cualquier región del país con 67.9 millones.  Sin embargo, esto representó solo el 54.9 por ciento de la población total del Sur de 123.7 millones. A partir de  2010, las grandes ciudades del Sur y del Oeste han liderado el crecimiento poblacional con un aumento promedio de 10 por ciento (16,206)  y 7.8 por ciento (12,256), respectivamente.  En comparación, aquellos en el noreste y Medio Oeste crecieron en promedio en 2.2 por ciento (9,104) y 3.0 por ciento (3,942), respectivamente.

Después de una década, el Crecimiento de Unidades de Vivienda permanece bajo niveles del 2007 en casi todos los estados

El inventario de viviendas del país creció en más de un millón el año pasado y alcanzó más de 137 millones de unidades. La tasa de crecimiento de .8 por ciento fue más lenta que el 1.4 por ciento de hace una década atrás entre 2006 y 2007.

El crecimiento de las unidades de vivienda se mantuvo bajo los niveles anteriores a 2007 en casi todos los estados menos Dakota del Norte (con un aumento de 1.0 por ciento el año pasado, en comparación con un aumento de 0.9 por ciento en 2007);  el Distrito de Columbia (con un aumento de 1.1 por ciento en comparación al aumento de 0.9 por ciento en 2007); Dakota del Sur (con un aumento de 1.4 por ciento, en comparación al aumento de 1.2 por ciento en 2007); Iowa (con un aumento de 0.9 por ciento, en comparación  al aumento de 0.7 por ciento en 2007); y Nebraska (regresó a la tasa de crecimiento de 2007 de 0.8 por ciento).

Entre 1 de julio 2016 y 1 de julio 2017, el estado de Utah encabezó la lista de estados con el crecimiento más rápido de unidades de vivienda en 2.1 por ciento. Idaho y Colorado fueron el segundo y tercero en crecimiento más rápido con un aumento de 1.7 por ciento y 1.6 por ciento, respectivamente. Virginia Occidental y Rhode Island estaban empatados como los estados de crecimiento más lento con aumentos de 0.2 por ciento.

Crecimiento de Unidades de Vivienda a partir de 1 de abril 2010

El inventario de viviendas del país aumento por 5.7 millones (4.3 por ciento) desde 1 de abril 2010. Dakota del Norte fue el estado de crecimiento más rápido en términos de unidades de vivienda, con un aumento de 18.0 por ciento durante el mismo periodo.   Los estados principales restantes con aumentos porcentuales fueron Utah (10.7 por ciento), Texas (9.6 por ciento), Idaho (8.1 por ciento) y Dakota del Sur (8.0 por ciento).

Catorce estados agregaron más de 100,000 unidades de vivienda entre 1 de abril 2010, y 1 de julio 2017.  En términos del mayor aumento numérico, los cinco estados principales fueron Texas (955,000), California (497,000), Florida (452,000), Carolina del Norte (295,000) y Nueva York (219,000).

Varios mapas están disponibles con estadísticas adicionales para los cambios de unidades de vivienda por condado:  <Diferencias en Cambios de Unidades de Vivienda por Condado> y  <Cambio Porcentual en Unidades de Vivienda por Condado>.

Las estadísticas publicadas hoy incluye las unidades gubernamentales locales, incluidos los lugares incorporados (como ciudades y pueblos), divisiones civiles menores (como municipios) y ciudades consolidadas (unidades gubernamentales en las cuales las funciones de un lugar incorporado y de su condado al que pertenece se han combinado).

En junio de 2018, la Oficina del Censo publicará las estadísticas de la población para 2017 por edad, sexo, raza y origen hispano para la nación, los estados y los condados. Las estadísticas se publicarán en el sitio de acceso restringido el 19 de junio y disponibles al público el 21 de junio.

Para obtener más datos de interés sobre los estimados de población de 2017 y  y estadísticas locales visite census.gov. Por favor use @uscensusbureau cuando nos menciona y envíe un correo electrónico a pio@census.gov para solicitar una entrevista.

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New satellite data and model upgrades to give forecasts a boost

May 24, 2018NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is forecasting a 75-percent chance that the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season will be near- or above-normal.

Forecasters predict a 35 percent chance of an above-normal season, a 40 percent chance of a near-normal season, and a 25 percent chance of a below-normal season for the upcoming hurricane season, which extends from June 1 to November 30.

“With the advances made in hardware and computing over the course of the last year, the ability of NOAA scientists to both predict the path of storms and warn Americans who may find themselves in harm’s way is unprecedented,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “The devastating hurricane season of 2017 demonstrated the necessity for prompt and accurate hurricane forecasts.”

NOAA’s forecasters predict a 70 percent likelihood of 10 to 16 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 5 to 9 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 1 to 4 major hurricanes (category 3, 4 or 5; with winds of 111 mph or higher). An average hurricane season produces 12 named storms, of which 6 become hurricanes, including 3 major hurricanes.

The possibility of a weak El Nino developing, along with near-average sea-surface temperatures across the tropical Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea, are two of the factors driving this outlook. These factors are set upon a backdrop of atmospheric and oceanic conditions that are conducive to hurricane development and have been producing stronger Atlantic hurricane seasons since 1995.

“NOAA’s observational and modeling enhancements for the 2018 season put us on the path to deliver the world’s best regional and global weather models,” said Neil Jacobs, Ph.D., assistant secretary of commerce for environmental observation and prediction “These upgrades are key to improving hurricane track and intensity forecasts, allowing NOAA to deliver the best science and service to the nation.”

The possibility of a weak El Nino developing, along with near-average sea-surface temperatures across the tropical Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea, are two of the factors driving this outlook. These factors are set upon a backdrop of atmospheric and oceanic conditions that are conducive to hurricane development and have been producing stronger Atlantic hurricane seasons since 1995.

“NOAA’s observational and modeling enhancements for the 2018 season put us on the path to deliver the world’s best regional and global weather models,” said Neil Jacobs, Ph.D., assistant secretary of commerce for environmental observation and prediction “These upgrades are key to improving hurricane track and intensity forecasts, allowing NOAA to deliver the best science and service to the nation.”

Dr. Gerry Bell, lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, gives a summary of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season outlook.
Dr. Gerry Bell, lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, gives a summary of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season outlook. (NOAA)

NOAA’s suite of sophisticated technologies – from next-generation models and satellite data to new and improved forecast and graphical products – enable decision makers and the general public to take action before, during, and after hurricanes, helping to build a more “Weather-Ready Nation.” New tools available this year to assist in hurricane forecasts and communications include:

  • NOAA’s fleet of earth-observing satellites is more robust than ever with the successful launch of the GOES-17 satellite in March. This satellite, along with the GOES-16 satellite – now GOES-East – contribute to a comprehensive picture of weather throughout the Western Hemisphere, allowing forecasters to observe storms as they develop.

  • The new polar-orbiting satellite, NOAA-20, will join the NOAA/NASA Suomi NPP satellite and use a suite of sophisticated instruments to gather high-resolution data from around the globe to feed NOAA’s weather models, driving the 3-7 day weather forecast that is critical to preparedness and effective evacuations.

  • The National Weather Service will run a version of the Global Forecast System (called FV3 GFS) with a new dynamic core alongside the current GFS model – often referred to as the American model – during the 2018 season. This will mark the first dynamic core upgrade to NOAA’s flagship weather model in more than 35 years, representing the first step in re-engineering NOAA’s models to provide the best possible science-based predictions for the nation.

  • NOAA’s hurricane-specific model – the Hurricane Weather Research and Forecast system – will be upgraded to offer greater resolution than ever before, increasing model resolution from 1.2 miles to 0.9 miles (2 km to 1.5 km) near the center of a storm. Additionally, the Hurricanes in a Multi-scale Ocean coupled Non-hydrostatic model was first implemented in 2017 and will undergo upgrades for the 2018 season to include greater resolution, new physics and coupling with ocean models.

  • NOAA’s National Hurricane Center will make the Arrival Time of Tropical-Storm-Force Winds graphics operational for this hurricane season. One graphic displays the “earliest reasonable” arrival time of tropical-storm-force winds, at which point further preparedness activities could be hindered. A second graphic displays the “most-likely” arrival time of tropical-storm-force winds.

2018 Atlantic tropical cyclone names.
2018 Atlantic tropical cyclone names. (NOAA)

“Preparing ahead of a disaster is the responsibility of all levels of government, the private sector and the public,” said acting FEMA Deputy Administrator Daniel Kaniewski. “It only takes one storm to devastate a community so now is the time to prepare. Do you have adequate insurance, including flood insurance? Does your family have a communication and evacuation plan? Stay tuned to your local news and download the FEMA app to get alerts, and make sure you heed any warnings issued by local officials.”

In addition to the Atlantic hurricane outlook, NOAA also issued seasonal hurricane outlooks for the eastern and central Pacificbasins. An 80 percent chance of a near- or above-normal season is predicted for both the eastern and central Pacific regions. The eastern Pacific outlook calls for a 70 percent probability of 14 to 20 named storms, of which 7 to 12 are expected to become hurricanes, including 3 to 7 major hurricanes. The central Pacific outlook calls for a 70 percent probability of 3 to 6 tropical cyclones, which includes tropical depressions, tropical storms and hurricanes.

NOAA will update the 2018 Atlantic seasonal outlook in early August, just prior to the peak of the season.

BUFFALO, NY (May 20th, 2018) — On Friday, May 25th, Raíces Theatre Company will open the Western New York premiere production of La Lupe: My Life, My Destiny, a musical by playwright Carmen Rivera. The musical tells the story of La Lupe, the Queen of Latin Soul whose energetic voice and unforgettable performances made her a star in New York City during the 1960s and ‘70s. “La Lupe was an Afro-Cuban woman singer who was rising to stardom during the Cuban revolution which is said to have ‘spit her out,’” said Victoria Pérez, Artistic Director of Raíces. “She eventually landed in NYC where the music scene was dominated by men. Despite these odds, she was a fighter who knew what she wanted and believed in herself. That’s an example that we have to show to our audience.”

After starting her singing career in Cuba and Mexico, La Lupe rose to prominence in New York City performing alongside Puerto Rican-American musician and songwriter Tito Puente. Her unique singing style was widely acclaimed and helped lead to career highlights, including a solo concert at Carnegie Hall and a memorable performance on The Dick Cavett Show, before an unfortunate fall from grace. “When listening to La Lupe you can’t help but feel every single feeling she is feeling,” Pérez said. “You go on a journey with her. Her story is filled with dreams coming true, tragedy and ultimately faith in your destiny.”

Playing the title role of La Lupe is Raíces ensemble member Melinda Capeles, making her third appearance for Raíces after her roles in Mariela in the Desert and Desde El Puente – Christmas Edition. “From the moment I found out that there was a musical about La Lupe, I knew it was something that we had to produce,” Pérez said. “But we needed someone who could play this dynamic character well. Melinda answered that need for us.” Ensemble members Rolando Gómez, Mercedes Pérez, Maria Pérez-Gómez, Dewel Pérez and Steve Brachmann round out the rest of the cast, each actor playing multiple roles in the story of La Lupe’s incredible life. This production also features the introduction of Raíces’ musical ensemble, featuring Joey Gonzalez (Musical Director/Keyboard), Hansel Herrera Deschapelles (Trumpet) and Jeremias Soto (percussion).

La Lupe: My Life, My Destiny, an Asociación de Cronistas de Espectáculos de Nueva York (ACE) Award Winner in 2001 for Best Production, is the first musical which is being fully staged by Raíces. It marks the second musical production involving Raíces after the company’s successful collaboration with

MusicalFare in 2015’s Artie Award-winning production of In The Heights. “This production is the biggest project we’ve ever done and it’s the right time to do it,” Pérez said. “We have a live trio of musicians on stage, and all of the cast are ensemble members which brings us great pride. And most importantly the story of La Lupe is a story that deserves this interpretation because she gave us everything she had. It’s time we return the favor.”

La Lupe: My Life, My Destiny opens Friday, May 25th, and runs for three weekends through Sunday, June 10th. All performances will take place at the Manny Fried Playhouse, 255 Great Arrow Ave., third floor, Buffalo. Friday and Saturday performances will take place at 8 PM and Sunday performances take place at 6 PM. Tickets for those performances are $20 for general admission or $15 for students/seniors. There will also be Pay-What-You-Can Thursday performances on May 31st and June 7th at 7:30 PM. Tickets can be reserved by calling 716-381-9333 or by visiting http://raicestheatrecompany.com.

About Raíces Theatre Company

Raíces Theatre Company is based in Buffalo, NY, and operates as Western New York’s premier Latinx bilingual theater company. Raíces – which means “roots” in Spanish – was chosen as the company’s name as it perfectly reflects the belief that, in order to truly understand who we are as Latinx people, we must celebrate the present while always looking at who we have been in the past in order to have a clear vision for the future. Its mission is to provide original theatrical entertainment for the WNY region which is specifically geared towards nearly 30,000 Hispanic people living in Buffalo and 10,000 more living across Erie County. The company is dedicated to develop, nourish, and produce modern and original works dealing with the Latinx experience in order to preserve our “raíces.” Raíces has also earned great recognition from the Buffalo theater community, having won one Artie Award and receiving five Artie Award nominations during its existence. It has also partnered successfully with many local theater companies including MusicalFare, Subversive Theatre Collective and Road Less Traveled Productions.

Onondaga County works hard to promote its lakes and parks, plus secure job opportunities to attract and retain residents and a creative workforce. Tourism initiatives have made Syracuse one of the top places to live in the state, according to U.S. News & World Report. The arts and entertainment industry plays a key part in this.

For events in your area staring in May 2018 visit: http://CNYarts.org

Central New York’s Arts and Entertainment Calendar  http://CNYarts.org

This industry not only enhances a community’s culture and improves quality of life, it serves as an economic driver. Investment in the arts supports full-time jobs, household income and generates tax revenue to local and state governments. There has been evidence of how local support of the arts has strengthened the economic vitality of Syracuse and Onondaga County at large.

In 2018, once again, there will be a Tourism & Economic Development Grant Program made possible by the leadership of Onondaga County and supported by the majority of the Legislature. Created five years ago, this program is managed by CNY Arts and greatly impacts Onondaga County.

In 2017, $100,000 was distributed among arts organizations that were able to leverage other funds to create programs that attract out-of-town and local audiences, benefiting quality of life and local economic vitality.

For instance, based on a formula derived through the 2012 Economic Impact Study developed by Le Moyne College in conjunction with Americans for the Arts, the awardees for this cycle are estimated to have generated at least $1,856,820 economic impact on the County of Onondaga, while hosting over 68,415 audience members. Almost one-third of these were visitors to Onondaga County.

This report also determined that in the greater Syracuse area, an audience member additionally spends an average of $21.66 (residents) or $37.57 (non-residents) on event-related spending (such as going out to dinner, coffee and dessert, hotels). Programming that attracts visitors from out of the county brings new dollars to the table that could have been spent elsewhere.

Grant recipients include four Syracuse-based nonprofits, including Everson Museum of Art, which received $30,000 for its first “Ceramics Symposium and Exhibition,” which coincided with its exhibition “From Funk to Punk: Left Coast Ceramics.” The symposium welcomed 62 registrants, 53 percent of whom traveled from outside of Onondaga County to attend. “From Funk to Punk” attracted more than 6,000 visitors in two months.

Redhouse Arts Center’s $20,000 went toward its City Center marketing campaign and “The Little Dog Laughed” production. The direct mail campaign included more than 30,000 out-of-area households to inform them of their expansion into a new downtown facility.

Symphoria’s “Fourth of July Concert” at the Lakeview Amphitheater welcomed an audience of over 5,000 from across the region and the “Video Game Music Concert” at the Landmark Theatre received $25,000. Thanks to the funding, the organization can continue to provide more and diverse programming, while strengthening collaborations with local businesses.

Syracuse Stage’s holiday production of “The Wizard of Oz” received $25,000. This allowed Syracuse Stage to promote sensory-friendly performances and their Ruby Red Slippers Ball, a New Year’s celebration. Twenty-four percent of the show’s 23,000 patrons were from outside the county.

The Tourism & Economic Development Grant Program was developed by Chair of the Onondaga County Legislature, Ryan McMahon. “Onondaga County continues to invest in cultural organizations and economic development projects that will ensure we are attracting new businesses and visitors while providing our residents with the arts and cultural opportunities they desire,” said McMahon.

The Tourism & Economic Development Grant program supports promotional and marketing projects, allowing arts organizations to implement new community engagement initiatives to deepen, broaden or diversify their audience.

 

In addition to the economic development program developed by the Legislature, each year County Executive Joanie Mahoney has been a strong advocate for arts organizations, requesting in the Executive budget presentation a dedicated funding stream for arts, culture and heritage that is derived from the hotel room and occupancy taxes paid by visitors to the county.

“We are incredibly grateful to Onondaga County’s leadership for their continued interest and support of the arts, culture and heritage sector,” said CNY Arts executive director Stephen Butler. “The organizations and programs selected this year offer a unique cultural and entertaining experiences for families and visitors to Syracuse and Onondaga County.”

CNY Arts also awarded $86,000 in project support grants to 31 organizations throughout the county. Awards ranging from $500 to $1,000 were awarded to diverse organizations including Civic Morning Musicals, Juneteenth, Clear Path for Veterans, Wacheva Cultural Arts, Armory Square Association and Syracuse Poster Project. Decisions were made based on artistic merit, collaboration and benefit to the community by a peer panel of community members and arts professionals.

For more information about the 2018 grant programs and past grant recipients, visit the CNY Arts website, cnyarts.org/grants.

Story by: Christopher Malone

CANALSIDE LIVE” SUMMER CONCERT SERIES ANNOUNCED

Tickets go on sale 5/10 at 3:30p.m.

 

(Buffalo, N.Y.)—Canalside Management Group (CMG), today announced the line-up for its 2018 Summer Concert Series, “Canalside Live”.

The “Canalside Live” series, which starts on Thursday, June 7 and ends Friday August 17, will take place at Canalside’s Central Wharf. This year’s lineup features eight (8) Thursday concerts, one (1) Saturday night concert in July and a Friday night finale on August 17.

The “Canalside Live” line-up features:

·         Thursday, June 7 – Method Man & Redman

·         Thursday, June 14 – Fitz and The Tantrums & Mikky Ekko

·         Thursday, June 28 – Umphrey’s McGee

·         Saturday, July 7 – Vanilla Ice & Dwayne Gretzky

·         Thursday, July 12 – Arrested Development

·         Thursday, July 19 –Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band & Beth Hart Band

·         Thursday, July 26 – Father John Misty & Lucy Dacus

·         Thursday, August 2 – Dark Star Orchestra

·         Thursday, August 9 – Headstones & The Glorious Sons

·         Friday, August 17 – The Mighty Mighty Bosstones & The Lowest of the Low

“This year we focused our efforts on creating a Canalside Live lineup that offers not only variety, but an atmosphere for a great night out that everyone can enjoy, with acts in Rock, Hip Hop and Blues,” said Matt LaSota, Canalside’s General Manager. “We are keeping with the traditional Thursday concerts that have been a staple of downtown Buffalo summers for decades, and mixing in two additional shows on Saturday, July 7 and Friday, August 17. For only $5, Western New Yorkers can enjoy a premier concert experience right on our waterfront.”

Admission to all Canalside Live concerts will be $5, just as last year, anyone who purchases a pre-sale ticket will also receive a voucher for redemption of a complimentary beer, wine, soda or water. VIP tickets will be available for $35 and include: private entrance into the VIP Honda Pavilion, two complimentary drink coupons (good for beer, wine soda, or water), light appetizers provided by The Dish at Canalside, private bathrooms, access to the front of the stage viewing area, and a souvenir “CanalsideLive” cup. The VIP Honda Pavilion is limited to concert goers 21-years-of-age or older. VIP tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite.com and at the Canalside Information Kiosk on the boardwalk. VIP tickets for many of the concerts sold out last year so fans are encouraged to purchase VIP tickets in advance.

Canalside has also updated the safety and security procedures for all Canalside Live concerts including a new bag policy.  For more information on this year’s lineup and all security procedures, please visit www.canalsidebuffalo.com/concerts.

Canalside is also excited to kick-off its Canalside Live 2018 contest, LOVING SUMMER! WYRK, WBLK, MIX 96, JACK FM and Labatt Blue are making sure you’re LOVING SUMMER this year by giving you a chance to win a brand new 2018 Harris Pontoon Boat thanks to Anchor Marine!  Plus each week this awesome Pontoon Boat will be docked front and center at Canalside in Downtown Buffalo for all the concerts.  Each week 2 lucky people and their guests will win VIP tickets to watch the show!  All you have to do is go to any participating retailers to enter to win!

“Our mission is to provide a customer experience that makes Canalside the premier music venue in Western New York,” said Jon Dandes, President of Be Our Guest, Ltd/CMG. “Last year we introduced a $5 admission ticket with the goal to provide a safe and fun experience. This year we have enhanced the talent level to ensure that Canalside Live is the must see concert series of the summer!”

CMG is also continuing the Canalside Cares Program, which provides a limited number of free tickets to each concert. In 2017, more than 2,000 tickets were distributed to over 100 different organizations throughout Western New York. The United Way of Erie County will receive a limited amount of tickets to each show to distribute to a program of its choice.

Tickets for all shows go on sale May, 10 at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.com, at all 17 Western New York Consumer’s Beverages locations, and at the Information Kiosk located on the Boardwalk at Canalside. All tickets purchased at Consumer’s and at the Boardwalk include a complimentary beverage voucher for redemption at the concert.

“Once again we give Western New Yorkers 17 different locations to purchase a ticket to a Canalside Live concert and receive a free beverage!  The ease of purchasing a ticket at any Consumer Beverages location will provide concert goers the opportunity to guarantee their space at each show throughout the concert season,” continued LaSota.

“Cool music on a hot summer night is a Canalside tradition that gets better every year,” said Robert Gioia, ECHDC board chairman. “This summer’s lineup has a wide variety of acts that will draw people to the waterfront time and again. I invite everyone to come enjoy the music, the refreshments and the spectacular sunsets.”

A special thanks to the following partners and sponsors: Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation, City of Buffalo, Labatt USA, Try-It Distributing, Buffalocal, Consumer’s Beverages, Empire Merchants, Coca-Cola, M.P. Carroll Hardwood, Honda and Eventbrite.

Clinton’s Dish kicks off the summer with a soft opening this weekend, Saturday and Sunday from 12P-8P both days.  Regular hours will begin on Friday, May 25th.  Open daily – 11A – Sunset with live music this Saturday from 1-4PM and Sunday, 12-3PM.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A Buffalo attorney and former adviser to Democrats Hillary Clinton and Andrew Cuomo has announced her candidacy for New York attorney general.

Leecia (LEE’-sha) Eve serves on the board of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and served in the Cuomo administration in a senior economic development position.

Before that the Harvard Law School graduate advised both Clinton and fellow Democrat Joe Biden when they were in the U.S. Senate.

In announcing her campaign Monday, Eve joins New York City Public Advocate Letitia James in the Democratic primary race to replace Democrat Eric Schneiderman, who resigned after he was accused of assaulting four women.

Corporate attorney Manny Alicandro is running as a Republican.

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Lava from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano is pouring into the sea and setting off a chemical reaction that creates giant clouds of acid and fine glass.

The lava haze, or “laze,” is created when molten rock hits the ocean and marks just the latest hazard from a volcano that has been generating earthquakes and spewing lava, sulfur dioxide and ash since it began erupting in Big Island backyards on May 3.

The dangers have forced at least 2,000 people to evacuate and destroyed more than 40 buildings. It’s also created anxiety for thousands of others about the possibility of lava heading their way or cutting off roads they depend on to get to work, school and grocery stores.

Here are key things to know about the latest volcanic threat:

WHAT IS LAVA HAZE?

It is made of dense white clouds of steam, toxic gas and tiny shards of volcanic glass. Janet Babb, a geologist with the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, says the plume “looks innocuous, but it’s not.”

HOW IS IT CREATED?

Laze is formed when lava enters the ocean and triggers a series of chemical reactions.

The seawater cools the lava, which forms a glass that shatters. Tiny pieces are picked up by the steam cloud, which contains hydrochloric acid that also is created by the interaction of lava and the ocean.

Lava continues to pour out from fissures spawned by Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano. Aerial views are capturing the rivers of lava streaming into the ocean, creating toxic plumes of steam. (May 21)

“Just like if you drop a glass on your kitchen floor, there’s some large pieces and there are some very, very tiny pieces,” Babb said. “These little tiny pieces are the ones that can get wafted up in that steam plume.”

Scientists call the glass Limu O Pele, or Pele’s seaweed, named after the Hawaiian goddess of volcano and fire.

WHY IS IT DANGEROUS?

The clouds contain hydrochloric acid, which is about as corrosive as diluted battery acid. It can irritate the skin and eyes and cause breathing problems.

Babb says protective masks that officials have been distributing to protect people from volcanic ash will filter particles from lava haze but not the hydrochloric acid.

Laze itself is not enough to cause serious burns, Babb said, unless someone is right on top of where lava enters the ocean. Waves also can wash over molten lava and send scalding water onshore, so people should maintain a safe distance.

No major injuries have been reported from lava haze. The U.S. Geological Survey says laze contributed to two deaths in 2000, when seawater washed across recent and active lava flows.

WHO NEEDS TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT IT?

Mostly people who are near the lava entry on the southern coast, either on land or in boats just offshore. Where the plume wafts depends heavily on wind direction and speed.

The gas clouds initially appear on the shoreline, but trade winds on Sunday carried plumes about 15 miles (24 kilometers) to the southwest. The cloud was offshore, running parallel to the coast.

When the winds die down, the plume can flatten out. Its size, meanwhile, depends on the volume of lava falling into the sea.

The hazards minimize once the shards fall to the ground because the glass would mix with the Earth.

Dos ciudadanas estadunidenses fueron detenidas por un agente de la Patrulla Fronteriza en Montana después de que las escuchó hablar en español entre ellas en una tienda de conveniencia.

Ana Suda y Mimí Hernández dijeron que habían llegado a la tienda en Havre, una pequeña comunidad de Montana, cerca de la frontera con Canadá, la madrugada del pasado miércoles cuando un agente uniformado de la Patrulla Fronteriza se les acercó, informó la estación de televisión KRTV de Black Eagle, Montana.

Las dos mujeres hispanas habían estado conversando en español mientras esperaban en la fila para pagar los huevos y la leche cuando, para su incredulidad, el agente les pidió sus identificaciones.

"Lo miré cómo, '¿Hablas en serio?' Es como, 'Sí, muy serio'", relató Suda al periódico The Washington Post.

Suda, quien nació en Texas, comenzó a filmar al agente en su teléfono cuando salieron de la tienda y se encontraban en el estacionamiento. Ella le preguntó por qué se había visto obligado a detenerlas. Él le dijo que su uso del español había llamado su atención.

"Señora, la razón por la que le solicité su identificación es porque vine aquí, y vi que ustedes están hablando español, algo que no se escucha por aquí", dijo el agente en el video captado por el teléfono celular. El agente negó luego que hubiera usado un perfil racial para detenerlas.

"No tiene nada que ver con eso", dijo el agente en el video. "Es el hecho de que tiene que ver con ustedes, que hablan español en la tienda, en un estado predominantemente de habla inglesa", explicó.

Suda refirió que incluso después de ver sus identificaciones, el agente no les permitió salir del estacionamiento por unos 35 minutos.

Ella dijo que su esposo, un exagente del Departamento de Correcciones de Montana, criticó al agente fronterizo por sobrepasar los límites de su posición. "Él piensa que es muy malo lo que estaba haciendo este tipo porque no tiene derecho a hacerlo", manifestó Suda.

Un vocero de la Oficina de Aduanas y Protección Fronteriza (CBP) de Estados Unidos le dijo al portal noticioso HuffPost que la agencia estaba revisando el incidente para asegurarse de que "se siguieron todas las políticas apropiadas".

"Los agentes de Aduanas y Protección de Fronteras están comprometidos a tratar a todos con profesionalismo, dignidad y respeto mientras aplican las leyes de los Estados Unidos", dijo el representante en un comunicado.

"Aunque la mayoría del trabajo de la Patrulla Fronteriza se lleva a cabo en el área fronteriza inmediata, los agentes tienen amplias autoridades policiales y no están limitados a una geografía específica dentro de Estados Unidos. Tienen la autoridad para interrogar a las personas, realizar arrestos y tomar y considerar evidencia", explicó.

Según el sitio de la CBP en internet, el sector de Patrulla Fronteriza con sede en Havre, es "responsable de 733 kilómetros de área fronteriza entre Montana y Canadá, Wyoming, Colorado y Utah, así como, parte de Idaho".

Suda, que planea emprender acciones legales por el incidente, dijo que ella y Hernández estaban profundamente conmocionadas por el encuentro y se quedaron en estado de shock.

BUFFALO, N.Y.  – Buffalo police are looking for help finding a missing 12-year-old.

Arion Banks was last seen at Waterfront Elementary School on 4th St. Thursday around 4:40 p.m.

At the time, he was wearing a blue polo shirt, baggy blue jeans, white Nike sneakers and a black backpack.

Arion is described as 5’4″ and 160 lbs.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts can call 911.

 

    As the start of hurricane season looms, 20,000 customers in Puerto Rico still have no power and federal aid is falling short, say groups.

    By Nicole Acevedo – CBS News

    Hurricane season starts in exactly two weeks, prompting worries that the island — still in recovery mode from Hurricane Maria — is not ready to face another storm season.

    On Tuesday, several members of the Power 4 Puerto Rico coalition, comprised of several nonprofits and advocacy groups issued a warning to the federal government, concerned that much of the island’s existing challenges after Hurricane Maria will repeat themselves in the event of another hurricane.

    Throughout the eight months after Hurricane Maria, there have been issues surrounding FEMA’s recovery efforts, including questions about botched meal contracts, delayed emergency response and the high numbers of denied aid applications to rebuild homes.

    “One thing is evident at the core of the response,” said Ana Maria Archila, co-executive director at the Center for Popular Democracy and a part of the Power 4 Puerto Rico coalition. “There is a crisis of democracy. The federal government is acting as if the people of Puerto Rico are not constituents.”

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is ending their power restoration mission in Puerto Rico on May 18. Currently, there are still nearly 20,000 customers living without electricity and three major blackouts have struck residents just this year.

    During a recent Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing about Puerto Rico’s electric grid, Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., questioned FEMA’s decision. “If there are over 20,000 Puerto Rican American citizens still without power, is your mission really accomplished?”

    “Our mission as assigned by FEMA is,” replied Charles Alexander, director of contingency operations and homeland security at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Heinrich answered he didn’t “imagine a scenario” where 20,000 Texas or Florida residents would be without power “and FEMA would make that decision.”

    Critics have also questioned the federal government’s funding and the disbursement of the money available in the island.

    Aside from FEMA’s operational costs and other aid such as the Transitional Shelter Program, which houses displaced Puerto Ricans, Congress has allocated at least $18.9 billion for the U.S. territory. Of that, the island has received a little over $1 billion, according to an analysis from the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College.

    Rep. Darren Soto, D-Fla., noted that Hurricane Maria has left approximately $90 billion in damages.

    “We see only that $1 billion is for rebuilding the grid,” Soto said. “No surprise, we still see blackouts and people without power.”

    Puerto Rico’s power grid, which was deficient before the storm, has not been fully restored nor updated. The 155 mph winds from Maria brought down the entire grid and the electrical system’s collapse prompted the world’s second-longest blackout.

    The island’s debt-ridden and bankrupt power company had to activate a contingency plan that consisted of reducing power to energy reserves that handle generation failures, like the one that took place on Feb. 12 in northern Puerto Rico, in order to survive the disaster while avoiding running out of cash.

    During and after the storm, Puerto Rico saw the collapse of its communications system and delays in services and emergency response. The delays affected rescue missions as well as food and medical deliveries; it even affected the ability to call government helplines such as Línea PAS, a government-run suicide helpline, at a time when the island saw a 29 percent increase in suicides cases reported to Puerto Rico’s Department of Health.

    Puerto Rican officials have stated they have learned from these mistakes.

    Ahead of a next catastrophe, local officials have said that police stations, emergency management centers, fire stations and hospital crews are equipped with 100-watt radios in order to communicate during a futuree emergency. Local authorities will also be significantly increasing the amount of stocked supplies and expand storage space to house 12 times more water, 7 times more food and 130 emergency generators in towns across the island.

    One of the biggest lessons from Hurricane Maria was the key role of local nonprofits and community groups, which acted like first responders when Puerto Rico’s government could not reach nor communicate with vast sectors of the island.

    Frankie Miranda, senior vice president of the Hispanic Federation, which is part of the Power 4 Puerto Rico coalition, said on Tuesday that his organization and others have been working with local groups to put contingency plans in place ahead of a future storm.

    “If something happens on June 1st, they will be the ones to respond,” said Miranda, referring to local community groups.

    In the U.S., Archila said that groups in the Power 4 Puerto Rico coalition are mobilizing Puerto Ricans in different states to put pressure on their government representatives.

    “Elected officials who represent Puerto Rican communities in the U.S. should feel the heat,” Archila said. “They are not paying attention, and we’re working hard to change that.”

     

     

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