Yearly Archives: 2018

    Legisladores resaltan la necesidad de implementar más mecanismos para proteger a los menores

    Por: AP

    La muerte de dos niños guatemaltecos en poco más de dos semanas generó fuertes dudas acerca de la capacidad de las autoridades fronterizas estadounidenses para cuidar a miles de menores migrantes que intentan ingresar a Estados Unidos con sus familias.

    Un niño de ocho años identificado como Felipe Gómez Alonzo por las autoridades guatemaltecas murió en Nochebuenamientras estaba bajo custodia de las autoridades migratorias de Estados Unidos en un hospital de Nuevo México tras sufrir tos, vómitos y fiebre. Se están investigando las posibles causas, al igual que el fallecimiento de otra menor guatemalteca, Jakelin Caal, de siete años, el 8 de diciembre.

    í hay un verdadero fracaso que todos necesitamos atender”, dijo la representante electa Veronica Escobar, elegida el mes pasado para representar a El Paso en el Congreso. “Necesitamos saber cuántos Jakelines y Felipes más ha habido”.

    Felipe estuvo detenido por las autoridades fronterizas estadounidenses durante una semana, y fue trasladado de una instalación a otra junto con su padre, señalaron las autoridades. El último lugar en el que el niño estuvo detenido -después de la primera de dos visitas al hospital el día que murió- fue un retén en una carretera en Nuevo México.

    Según sus propias normas, la Oficina de Aduanas y Protección Fronteriza (CBP, por sus siglas en inglés) no debe detener a la gente más de 72 horas antes de entregarla a otras agencias gubernamentales responsables de las detenciones a largo plazo.

    Las instalaciones de la CBP suelen ser espartanas, con alimentos, agua y mantas, pero frecuentemente sin profesionales médicos, profesores o algunos de los otros recursos que ofrecen los centros de detención a largo plazo.

    En forma similar, Jakelin fue retenida primero con su padre en una pequeña oficina en un área rural de Nuevo México sin agua corriente, según los demócratas que la visitaron tras el fallecimiento de la niña.

    El sistema del gobierno federal para detener a los migrantes que cruzan ilegalmente enfrenta una intensa sobrecarga de trabajo. Las autoridades no indicaron cuántos niños tiene detenidos la CBP en este momento, pero Estados Unidos está registrando un agudo incremento en la llegada de familias con menores.

      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A partial U.S. government shutdown was widely expected to continue after Congress reconvenes on Thursday, with lawmakers split over President Donald Trump’s demand for $5 billion in taxpayer funding for a proposed Mexican border wall.

      The Senate and the House of Representatives were set to meet at 4 p.m. EST on the sixth day of the shutdown and resume debating ways to end it. That will include Senate consideration of a measure already approved by the Republican-controlled House that meets Trump’s wall-funding demand.

      For that bill to move forward in the 100-seat Senate, it would need 60 votes. Republicans have only 51 seats, so they will need to try to persuade some Democrats to back the measure.

      But Democrats largely oppose Trump’s proposed wall, which he had initially said would financed by Mexico. They have offered support for $1.3 billion in general border security funding. It was not clear if some compromise could be struck between that offer and Trump’s demand.

      Over the weekend, Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, said the White House had made a counter-offer to Democrats on border security. Media reports said Vice President Mike Pence had proposed $2.1 billion in funding.

      Last week Trump said his administration was prepared for a lengthy shutdown.

      After weeks of failed talks between Trump and congressional leaders, parts of the U.S. government shut down on Saturday, affecting about 800,000 employees of the Departments of Homeland Security, Justice, Agriculture, Commerce and other agencies.

      Most of the federal government, which directly employs almost 4 million people, is unaffected. The Defense, Energy, Labor and other departments are funded through Sept. 30.

      Even agencies that are affected never totally close, with workers deemed “essential” still performing their duties.

      “Non-essential” federal workers at unfunded agencies are on furlough and staying home. Both they and essential employees will not get paychecks after December until the shutdown ends.

      “We continue to believe that it is unlikely that Congress will come up with a deal to end the current partial shutdown until well into January,” financial firm Height Securities said in a commentary note on Wednesday.

      The 435-seat House was set to reopen on Thursday but on Jan. 3, the 2017-18 Congress will be replaced by the 2019-20 Congress and control of the House will switch to the Democrats from the Republicans. At that time, Representative Nancy Pelosi is expected to take over as House speaker.

      She has vowed swift action to fully reopen the government. Barring some sort of deal in the interim, House Democrats expect to vote on a funding bill on Jan. 3, a Democratic aide said.

      In the new Congress, Senate Republicans will increase their number of seats to 53 but still will need Democratic support to pass any legislation requiring a 60-vote majority.

      Details of the upcoming House bill were unclear but it was unlikely to include wall funding, like an earlier Senate measure. If such a bill were to pass the House and again win support in the Senate, it would then go to Trump.

      At that point, he could face a politically difficult choice – back down on his full wall-funding demand or veto the bill and single-handedly extend the partial shutdown.

      If he chose the latter, putting his personal stamp on the shutdown, Congress might then move to override his veto, but that would take a two-thirds vote in both the Senate and the House, a challenging hurdle for lawmakers.

      Reporting by Kevin Drawbaugh and David Morgan; Editing by Richard Chang and Bill Trott

       

        A traders works on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., November 20, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

        (Reuters) – U.S. stocks extended losses on Thursday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average shedding nearly half of its more than 1,000 point gain notched in the previous session after data showed consumer confidence in December fell to its lowest level since July.

        At 10:31 a.m. EDT the Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI was down 508.11 points, or 2.22 percent, at 22,370.34, the S&P 500 .SPX was down 52.86 points, or 2.14 percent, at 2,414.84 and the Nasdaq Composite .IXIC was down 155.05 points, or 2.37 percent, at 6,399.31.

        Reporting by Medha Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil D’Silva

        “Eso No Da Risa” con Josué Comedy se mueva a la Sala Sinfónica.

        La producción de “Eso No Da Risa” con Josué Comedy, que confligía con el musical Hamilton, llegó a un acuerdo “de buena fe” con la administración del Centro de Bellas Artes de Santurce, anunció hoy el productor Agustín Rosario.

        Las funciones de la pieza de Lin Manuel Mirada en el Teatro de la Universidad de Puerto Rico fueron canceladas la semana pasada –por temor a manifestaciones de la Hermandad de Empleados Exentos No Docentes (Heend)– y transferidas al Bellas Artes.

        A pesar de tener un contrato de renta de la Sala de Festivales, la administración decidió otorgarle el espacio a Hamilton, explicaron en un parte de prensa.

        “Aunque estamos totalmente convencidos de que en derecho no existe justificación alguna, ni en las normas del Centro de Bellas Artes, para tal acción, hemos determinado que en estos momentos no es una batalla que deseamos dar en otros foros, ya que nos desenfocaría de nuestra prioridad, que es el poder hacer las funciones para cumplir con nuestro público y trabajar para ganarnos nuestro sustento”, sostuvo Rosario.

        Tras alertar de las “inconveniencias en términos de pérdida de tiempo y recursos” por los cambios, el productor comunicó del acuerdo realizado con el gerente general Jetppeht Pérez de Corcho.

        “Eso No Da Risa” con Josué Comedy se moverá a la Sala Sinfónica en el mismo fin de semana del 26 y 27 de enero.

        De esta forma, la Sala de Festivales podrá ser utilizada por “Hamilton” hasta el 27 de enero de 2019.

        “Agradecemos a todas las personas que se han expresado en nuestro favor durante los pasados días y se ofrecieron a respaldarnos. Continuaremos como lo hemos hecho por más de tres décadas batallando contra viento y marea para hacer buenas producciones y ser una fuente de empleo para los trabajadores del arte nacional”, indicó Rosario.

        Barceló on the Rocks

        After receiving unexpected news, Nino Antonio Cruz, a Dominican man living in New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood with his two sons, is forced to confront his mortality and the dark secrets that have plagued his family for generations which are intrinsically tied to the Caribbean island’s political history.

        Written by Marco Antonio Rodríguez
        Directed by Victoria Pérez

        Rolando Gómez (Nino) Among Rolando’s credits are Man of La Mancha, Romeo and Juliet, Blood Wedding, Riff Raff, References to Salvador Dali Makes Me Hot, A Streetcar Named Desire, Four Guys Named José and a Woman Named Maria, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Death and the Maiden, In the Heights, Happiest Song Plays Last, Mariela in the Dessert, The Motherfu**ker with the Hat, Taming of the Shrew and Golden Boy. Rolando is the co-founder of Raíces Theater Company. He has performed throughout the U.S., Latin American and Spain, including performing for the internationally renowned Spanish Repertory Theater in NYC. He is a graduate of Buffalo State College with a B.A. in Theater and the Canada’s national voice intensive. He has credits in films such as The Purge, West Herr and the voice for the Paradise Fall exhibition at the Buffalo Zoo. He would like to express his deepest gratitude to Marco Rodriguez, for his relentless pursuit of excellence and deepest love for his culture.

        Alejandro Gabriel Gómez (Sergio) is an aspiring actor from Buffalo, New York. In 2014, he was one of 30 high school students selected to attend the New York Summer School of the Arts. He is also the youngest ensemble member of Raíces Theatre Company, and was recently seen as part of the ensemble in Second Generation Theatre’s Big Fish. He is now attending Buffalo State College as a theatre major, with a minor in Spanish language and literature. Alejandro feels extremely blessed to be a part of a necessary piece of drama, and hopes that the production will create a discussion about masculinity, male relationships, and how our perception of each can affect how we love ourselves and others. He’d like to thank everyone involved for pouring their hearts out into such a beautiful production.

         

         

        Jordan Rosas (Dennis) is proud to play his first Latinx role in his Raíces debut! After studying theatre at UB, he moved to Los Angeles, where he recently starred in Romeo and Juliet. The son of the first hispanic mayor in NYS history (Dunkirk’s Willie Rosas), Jordan remains active in the WNY community. Buffalo theatre credits: Tiny, Forum (Lancaster Opera House), Biloxi Blues (Desiderio’s). Film credits include: Rainbow Bridge Motel (iTunes), Mercy (Netflix), John Doe (current).

         

        Victor Morales (Aurelio) is excited to be involved in his second Raices Theatre production. He was last seen in Death and the Maiden (Gerardo Escobar). Victor is no stranger to the WNY stages his long list of credits include: A Few Good Men (Col. Nathan Jessep), One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (Chief Bromden), Of Mice and Men (Lennie), Fiddler on the Roof (Tevye), Guys and Dolls (Big Jule) and Jesus Christ Superstar (Caiaphas). In his almost 60 productions, Lennie tops his favorite roles, with, Tevye and On the Waterfront (Johnny Friendly), which he received an Artvoice Artie Award for “Best Supporting Actor” tied for his second favorite roles. He has also been seen on several local stages; New Phoenix Theatre, Subversive Theatre, American Repertory Theatre and the Kavinoky Theatre to name a few. Lifesaving thanks to ECMC Kidney, Roswell Park Multiple Myeloma and BMT Departments.

         

        Dewel Pérez (Balaguer) or Dee as he prefers people to call him is a half Dominican half Puerto Rican actor enamored with telling our stories through theater. He believes that theater brings the realness of the latino experience to life to a diverse audience that might not know about them. Dee has being involved in many plays as an actor, sound designer, graphic designer, stage manager and spot light operator. He thanks Raices Theatre Company (where he is one of the founding ensemble members) for the opportunity to play Dr. Joaquin Balaguer as envisioned by the author of Barcelo on the Rocks, Marco Antonio Rodriguez.

         

        Jake Hayes (Jaston) is hyped to make his Raíces Debut! Recent credits include; Curtain Up Productions: The Little Mermaid (Sebastian),Beauty and the Beast (Beast), Musical Fare: Evita (Ensemble),The Subversive Theater Collective: UrineTown (Robby the Stock Fish),O’Connell & Company: Act of God (Michael) ,Little shop of Horrors (Audrey II) Art Park: The Oddessy the Musical (Telemachus) , Buffalo Boys Productions: Once In My Lifetime (Ty) Jake would like to thank his friends and family for their support., Love you Gma

        The Man on the Telephone

        By Jaiddie Ortiz

         

        Sitting by the food court in the mall.

        I’ve told again and again -Said the man on the telephone.

        I am not far I am not deaf

        I I’ve heard you before and again

        I am just trying to comprehend

        How sending me pictures of pancakes and landscapes and jewelry and such

        Can make me come at your door to knock.

         

        The woman basking herself in the sun said to the man on the telephone –

        You have

        No imagination

        No vision

        No tenderness

        No sensibility

        No care

        No heart

        No soul

        No courage

        No

        No

        No

        Please do not hang up the phone.

         

        A Rainy Night in Buffalo

        By Jaiddie Ortiz

         

         

        In candlelight

        I sit

        Into nothingness I peek.

        Looking out my window I see

        Leaves of trees beckoning to me.

        The sky salutes me.

        Indigo, creams, pink.

        Kitty insists to play

        Kitty and I in twilight

        … I can almost hear him say

        It’s raining me and dogs.

        Crash – Thunder

        Kitty runs to hide.

        Me, I reach for my glass of wine.

        In candlelight, I sit

        Ghost shimmering …

        Countries pirouetting on the walls

        Tempting me to waltz.

        I take off my shoes

        Jumping leaping like a child

         

        Blue Heron

        By Jaiddie Ortiz

        The blue heron awaits my visit by the falls

        Some say since noon.

        I shot it from different angles

        When I climbed the hill, it flew away.

        It took my dreams and liberty my sanity and reality…

        Enveloped by shadows I stand. My soul permeated by the rain fall

        And the rain drips, drips, drips, drips

         

        Chocolate

         

        By Jaiddie Ortiz

         

        Do you want chocolate?

        Asked the dark man sitting by her right.

         

        Do you want chocolate? He asked

        In Spanish, this time.

         

        She thought about it for a while

        Chocolates of Mexico

        Chocolates of France

        Chocolates of Switzerland.

        Remembering the Bariloche night

        Where the feeling was just right

        She danced, danced, danced

        Under Amaretto lights

        Almond taste caressing her senses, delight!

         

        In hiding; the gypsy uttered demonic verses

        Against her beauty, finesse and charm

        You will never dance as long are you are alive

        No graceful waltz, no sensual sway

        I curse thee; You are done

        No love for you forevermore.

         

        Do you want chocolate?

        Again, asked the dark man

        She pretended not to understand and wandered away

        She failed to notice his gaze in adoration

        His arm extended

        With a rose and a box of chocolate in his hand.

         

         

         

         

        A musical group playing traditional Puerto Rican bomba music performs at a parranda in Hartford, Conn.

        Parranda inaugural de Búfalo: Celebración de las luces

        Cuando pensamos en las tradiciones de las fiestas de navidad celebradas en Búfalo, y a lo largo de los distritos comerciales, tendemos a pensar en los dos corredores famosos, Elmwood y Hertel. También en un par de corredores; Amherst Street y Grant Street. Estos son distritos que se dedican a iluminar sus árboles, decorar sus ventanas, ofrecer paseos festivos, sirven chocolate caliente a los clientes, etc. Allentown y Larkinville son otros buenos ejemplos.

        La semana pasada recibí una llamada del presidente del Consejo de la Herencia Hispana, el Sr. Rodríguez, quien es un firme defensor del corredor de la calle Niagara. A lo largo de los últimos dos años, el Consejo de la Herencia Hispana, junto con otros líderes de la Comunidad, ha podido avanzar muchos proyectos importantes a lo largo de este Corredor, que incluyen murales, garitas, carteles de señalización, estatuas de búfalos, y un reloj histórico. Niagara Street, también conocida como “Avenida San Juan”, no solo se considera la puerta de entrada al centro de Búfalo, sino que también es la puerta de entrada a Canadá.

        Cuando el señor Rodríguez llamó, me dijo que sentía que era imperativo mantener el impulso de la calle Niágara durante todo el año, no solo en los meses más cálidos. Es por eso que está ayudando a organizar la inauguración de la Parranda de Búfalo: Celebración de la Luces. Esencialmente, esta es una tradición hispana que es en parte una fiesta callejera y un festival de luces. El evento incluirá villancicos caribeños: los villancicos caminarán de un negocio a otro, cantando canciones tradicionales y festivas en el camino. En los próximos años, el Consejo de la Herencia Hispana quiere hacer crecer la tradición, agregando más luces y más festividades, para que la celebración se convierta en una a la que asistirán personas de toda la región. ¡Entonces será una verdadera fiesta callejera!

        “Como comunidad, somos muy afortunados de estar estratégicamente ubicados donde tantos visitantes cruzan el puente de la paz de Canadá a los EE. UU., Para ver un juego de hockey, ir al teatro, visitar Canalside o al centro de Búfalo por negocios”, dijo el Sr. Rodríguez. “Y la primera avenida principal para llegar a su destino es el Corredor de la calle Niágara. Estamos muy orgullosos de nuestra comunidad y queremos mostrar la calle como una de las atracciones en la ciudad de Búfalo para visitar y conocer la historia y las tradiciones hispanas. ”

        Ya se han colgado adornos navideños en los postes de las farolas. El próximo año, el plan es tener un gran árbol de Navidad en la Salida / Acceso de la I-190 Niagara & Virginia Street, donde los “búfalos” están pastando.

        Los celebradores están invitados a traer su destreza vocal colectiva, y sus músicos (guitarra, marracas, guiro … si los tienen) a 448 Niagara Street el sábado 15 de diciembre (a partir de las 5 pm), que es aproximadamente cuando comenzará el villancico. Las festividades terminarán con todos disfrutando de tazas de chocolate caliente.

        La inauguración de la Parranda de Búfalo: Celebración de las Luces, está patrocinada por el Consejo de la Herencia Hispana de WNY y la Ciudad de Búfalo. Ver el evento en Facebook.

        The Mule

         

         

         

        THE MULE / MULA 12/14/18

        Earl Stone (Clint Eastwood) es un anciano horticultor de cerca de 90 años, veterano de la Segunda Guerra Mundial. Earl está solo y en quiebra, ya que se enfrenta a una ejecución hipotecaria de su negocio. Es entonces cuando le ofrecen un trabajo que simplemente le exige conducir. Todo parece bastante fácil, pero, sin Earl saberlo, lo que realmente está haciendo es transportar cocaína para un cartel mexicano. Todo se complica cuando el agente de la DEA, Colin Bates (Bradley Cooper) empiece a investigar esta misteriosa mula que transporta drogas para el cartel mexicano de Sinaloa.

        Clint Eastwood stars as Earl Stone, a man in his 80s who is broke, alone, and facing foreclosure of his business when he is offered a job that simply requires him to drive. Easy enough, but, unbeknownst to Earl, he’s just signed on as a drug courier for a Mexican cartel. He does well—so well, in fact, that his cargo increases exponentially, and Earl is assigned a handler. But he isn’t the only one keeping tabs on Earl; the mysterious new drug mule has also hit the radar of hard-charging DEA agent Colin Bates. And even as his money problems become a thing of the past, Earl’s past mistakes start to weigh heavily on him, and it’s uncertain if he’ll have time to right those wrongs before law enforcement, or the cartel’s enforcers, catch up to him.

         

        Mary Poppins

         

         

         

         

         

         

        MARY POPPINS RETURNS 12/19/18

        Londres, años 30, durante la era de la gran depresión. Los hermanos Michael (Ben Whishaw) y Jane Banks (Emily Mortimer), los personajes a quienes conocimos como niños en Mary Poppins (1964), han crecido. Ahora viven juntos con los tres hijos de Michael y su sirvienta Ellen (Julie Walters) en Cherry Tree Lane.

        Después de que el joven sufra una dramática pérdida personal, la mágica niñera Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) volverá a entrar en las vidas de la familia Banks, junto al optimista farolero Jack (Lin-Manuel Miranda). Con el propósito de ayudar a que la familia redescubra la alegría y la fantasía que falta en sus vidas, Mary Poppins utilizará sus habilidades mágicas únicas para llevarles a un nuevo mundo colorido lleno de personajes peculiares como su excéntrica prima Topsy (Meryl Streep).

        Set in Depression-era London of the 1930s, Mary Poppins Returns sees Michael and Jane Banks (Whishaw and Mortimer) now grown up. After Michael suffers a personal loss, Mary Poppins re-enters the lives of the Banks family and, along with the street lamplighter Jack (Miranda), uses her unique magical skills to help the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.

         

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        AQUAMAN 12/21/18

        Arthur Curry, también conocido como Aquaman (Jason Momoa), es un habitante de un poderoso reino subacuático que recibe el nombre de la Atlántida. En esta película repleta de acción y aventura conoceremos sus orígenes, desde que era un niño criado por un hombre humano y considerado un paria por los suyos, hasta que crece y debe hacer frente a los problemas que han aparecido en su mundo. Entonces, este hombre mitad humano y mitad atlante, emprenderá el viaje de su vida, en el que tendrá que descubrir quién es realmente y si es digno de ser un rey. Acompañado de Mera (Amber Heard), hará frente a este y otros retos, mientras le planta cara a Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) y a su propio hermanastro Orm (Patrick Wilson). ¿Será capaz de dirigir a su pueblo y convertirse en un héroe para el mundo?

        Aquaman is the king of Atlantis, born half-human as Arthur Curry and half-Atlantean. The film will focus on a surface world constantly ravaging the sea and the undersea Atlanteans, who are ready to lash out in revolt.

         

        Jennifer Lopez

         

         

         

         

        SECOND ACT / SEGUNDA OPORTUNIDADA 12/21/18

        Una cajera de unas grandes superficies decide cambiar su vida radicalmente, poner todo patas arriba y cambiar las cosas por completo. Demostrando así que la inteligencia callejera es tan valiosa como un título universitario.

        A big box store employee reinvents her life and her lifestyle, which gets her the chance to prove to Madison Avenue that street smarts are as valuable as a college degree.

         

        NEW YORK (AP) — The ex-president of the State University of New York’s Polytechnic Institute is facing sentencing in the corruption of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “Buffalo Billion” economic redevelopment program.

        Alain Kaloyeros, born in Beirut in 1956, was the school’s president when the Democratic governor tapped him to help a quest to create high-tech jobs in upstate New York.

        His lawyers say Cuomo looked to Kaloyeros for expertise after the administration of Republican ex-Gov. George Pataki successfully teamed up with Kaloyeros years earlier to bring semiconductor manufacturing to the Albany area.

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