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No vivas para complacer a los demás.

La mayor parte del tiempo, vivimos para complacer a los demás. No nos damos cuenta de que jamás podremos satisfacer las exigencias de otros. Por más que intentemos, nos encontrarán más y más faltas. No todos piensan de la misma manera. O sea, que es imposible satisfacer a todos al mismo tiempo. Debemos cambiar nuestra manera de pensar si queremos ser felices en la vida. Recuerda que no es malo ser egoísta de vez en cuando, si de nuestra vida se refiere.

Debemos ser felices primero para luego hacer felices a los demás. Por supuesto, no podremos hacer feliz a nadie intentando satisfacer exigencias de otros. La felicidad comienza con la aceptación. Debes aceptarte como eres, y los demás también deben aceptarte. Si deseas mejorar o cambiar ciertas cosas en ti, no es malo hacerlo. Pero debes tener en cuenta que si lo haces, debe ser por tu bienestar, no por complacer a alguien más.

Las únicas exigencias que debes satisfacer son las tuyas. Los demás deben aceptarte como eres, así como tú debes aceptar a los demás como son. Hay que tener respeto. El respeto que los demás se merecen es el mismo respeto que tú te mereces. Así que vive como te sientas feliz. Los demás no tienen derecho de decirte cómo vivir, pues la vida te pertenece a ti. Tú no le dices a nadie cómo vivir. No permitas entonces que otros te digan cómo vivir.

Disfruta tu vida. Trázate metas y alcánzalas. Sé agradecido. Ámate. Sonríe, canta, y baila. Atrévete a realizar lo que siempre has soñado. Recuerda que las vivencias y experiencias son las que enriquecen el alma. Es lo único que nos llevamos cuando la muerte nos llama. Y nadie más, va a morir por ti.

 

El Niño Deficiente 

Hace muchísimos años, un niñito llegó de la escuela a su casa bien entusiasmado. Su maestra había enviado con él una carta sellada a su mamá. Para él era un acontecimiento grandioso ya que su maestra casi nunca le prestaba atención. Tampoco ninguno de sus compañeritos de clase. Mientras su madre leía la carta, se le humedecieron los ojos y comenzó a llorar.

“Mamita, ¿por qué lloras? ¿La carta dice algo malo? ¿Hice algo mal?” Le preguntaba el pequeñito confundido y asustado.

Al escucharlo, su madre suspiró y secó sus lágrimas diciendole: “No hijito. No has hecho nada malo. Estoy llorando de felicidad.”

“¿Qué dice la carta mamita? Léemela por favor”. Insistió el niñito sonriente e impacientemente.

Complaciendo a su hijito, ella miró la carta nuevamente. Luego de aclarar su garganta y suspirar, procedió a leerla, mostrando aún el nudo en su garganta mientras la leía despacio: “su hijo es un genio. Esta escuela es muy poca cosa para él. No contamos con maestras suficientemente capaces de enseñarle. Hágalo usted misma”. Culminó la mujer, dejando rodar nuevamente sus lágrimas, mientras observaba a su hijo mirarla sonriente reflejando pura inocencia.

Así lo hizo. Le enseñó en su casa lo mejor que pudo ella misma, hasta que enfermó y murió. Thomas Edison era el nombre del niñito. Años después de la muerte de su madre, él se convirtió en el inventor más importante del siglo.

Un día, buscando entre sus cosas guardadas, encontró aquella carta aún en su sobre. La misma carta que hizo tan feliz a su madre cuando él era pequeño. La tomó en sus manos y la abrió para leerla nuevamente y recordar aquel momento. Inesperada sorpresa se llevó.

“Lamentamos informarle que su hijo Thomas Edison, es un niño mentalmente deficiente. Nuestra escuela no está capacitada para enseñar a niños deficientes como él. Usted deberá hacerse cargo de su educación ya que queda expulsado de nuestra escuela”, decía la carta realmente.

Él comienzo a llorar intensamente luego de leerla y recordar las lágrimas de su madre.

Sí, Thomas Edison fue un niño “mentalmente deficiente” que su propia madre convirtió en un verdadero genio.

No existe sobre la faz de la tierra un poder tan grande como el amor de una madre. Tampoco existe persona a carezca de luz propia. Sí, existen seres que se sienten intimidados por la brillantez de otros. Es por esa razón que se dedican a opacar la intensidad de esa luz que ellos no son capaces de dar.

Afortunadamente nosotras las madres tenemos ese gran poder de lograr que la luz de nuestros hijos sea más brillante que la del sol mismo. Y esa luz… no hay quien la opaque. Ayudemos a nuestros hijos a brillar con su propia luz…

 

Las Enseñanzas de la Vida

Me han preguntado, ¿por qué me dedico a escribir lo que escribo? ¿Cuáles son mis estudios? ¿Estoy capacitada para dar consejo? ¿Cómo logré tanta inteligencia y sabiduría?

Primero que todo, no me considero sabia ni inteligente. Como he dicho muchas veces, nadie ha vivido lo suficiente para saberlo todo en la vida. Para mí, cada día que nace es una nueva oportunidad para aprender. La vida es una constante enseñanza hasta su final.

Fui una niña algo diferente desde que nací. Sí, fui víctima del ahora llamado ‘bullying’ por causa del ‘Nistagmo’ que padezco. Sufrí mucho y creo que esa fue la chispa que me fue transformando lentamente. Fui aisládome. Ese factor ayudó a desarrollar grandemente mi imaginación; mi arte en el dibujo y también la curiosidad de saber el “por qué” de las cosas.

Sí, con el pasar de los años, mi camino estuvo algo retorcido por describirlo de ese modo. Algo que es normal cuando cargas con tanta confusión y rebeldía.

Lo que cambió mi vida de golpe fue la muy mala experiencia que sufrí por causa de un accidente automovilístico. Estando aquí hoy día milagrosamente, doy testimonio de que sucedió algo que no podría explicar con palabras. Desde ese momento, mi mente se transformó. Se borraron muchas memorias de mi vida pasada. Fueron remplazadas por otras, que hasta el sol de hoy no sé indicar de dónde salieron.

La cuestión es que desde ese momento mi vida se transformó en una muy distinta a la que viví antes. Desde entonces, sentí gran necesidad de dedicarme a las artes. Pinté murales, saqué mis libros escritos en mi adolescencia a lápiz, y los modifiqué en computadora. Fue como un interruptor encendido. Comencé a escribir libros sin cesar.

Al mismo tiempo, comencé a estudiar mis bachilleratos en la universidad. Comencé a aprender temas nuevos e interesantes acerca de la vida. Lentamente mi mente fue abriéndose más y más a verdades jamás imaginadas que me afectaron mucho. Me decidí a estudiar entonces teología investigativa, humanidades entre otros temas de mi interés. Llegar a la universidad y tener acceso a la tecnología fue para mí como un oasis en el desierto. Leí la Biblia Cristiana tres veces en su totalidad. Tenía muchas preguntas que nadie lograba contestar, pues me decidí buscar las respuestas por mi cuenta. No quería equivocarme. También leí libros Budistas. Libros como los Paramitas, los Tripitacas entre otros. Estudié diferentes religiones, sus historias y orígenes. Estudié las enseñanzas de muchos otros grandes Maestros. Leí libros científicos sobre la vida de Siddhartha Gautama, más conocido como ‘Buda’ o ‘Iluminado’, y de Jesús.

Luego de tanta búsqueda me di cuenta de una sola cosa. Para poder encontrar mi paz tenía por obligación ‘vaciar mi copa’. O sea, deshacerme de todo lo que me habían inculcado desde niña, para entonces llenarme de ese nuevo y verdadero conocimiento que estaba adquiriendo.

Pude ver que todos esos grandes maestros tenían el mismo objetivo. Sí, encontré respuestas. Ahí encontré mi paz. Ya no tenía dudas ni conflictos en mi cabeza. Encontré mi propósito en la vida. Ahora tenía que trabajar con mi alma y mis pensamientos. Comencé a ver la vida desde otra perspectiva y se me abrieron los ojos. Comencé a practicar yoga hasta que comencé a enseñarla. Tuve mi grupo de meditación y yoga. Allí compartíamos experiencias y opiniones que nos servían de terapia espiritual. Fue una experiencia única. Por cuestiones de la vida, tuve que retirarme. Pero aquí estoy intentando cumplir con mi propósito.

Me dedico a escribir lo que escribo porque para eso nací. Nací con un don y ese don es para compartirlo con quien lo desee. ¿Mis estudios? Pues sí, poseo dos bachilleratos universitarios pero lo que yo escribo sólo lo enseña ‘el Tiempo y la Vida’. Las experiencias enseñan más que un libro. Ese sentimiento que se siente cuando vives algo, un libro jamás te lo dará. Eso es lo que me capacita. ¿Que si soy inteligente? No. Todos somos ignorantes en algún aspecto o materia en la vida. No me considero inteligente, pero sí intento absorber todo lo que pueda de cada situación.

Todos somos maestros y alumnos al mismo tiempo, si no lo somos el uno del otro, sí lo somos de la vida misma.

 

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ECUADOR

Choose Ecuador as your holiday destination! This beautiful country is a paradise everywhere you look at it. Let yourself be amazed by its culture expressed majestically in its churches, buildings and heritage cities

Let’s start with our trip to this wonderful country beginning in Quito.

Quito, Ecuador’s capital, sits high in the Andean foothills at an altitude of 2,850m. Constructed on the foundations of an ancient Incan city, it’s known for its well-preserved colonial center, rich with 16th- and 17th-century churches and other structures blending European, Moorish and indigenous styles. These include the cathedral, in the Plaza Grande square, and ultra-ornate Compañia de Jesús Jesuit church.

Quito is the highest constitutional capital in the world

It sits at 2,850m above sea level. La Paz (3,650m above sea level) in Bolivia is higher, but La Paz is not the constitutional capital, Sucre

Back in 1978, UNESCO named two locations in Ecuador: Quito and the Galapagos Islands.

Quito Has Best Preserved Historical Center in Latin America

 

CUENCA, ECUADOR

Cuenca Ecuador is located in the Andes mountains at an elevation of 8500 feet. The city is famous for its architecture, climate and people.

Favorite dishes in Cuenca Ecuador include hornado and fritada (roasted and fried pork), cuy (guinea pig), chicken and mote (boiled corn kernels – served as mote pillo and mote sucio).

Cuenca is popular among tourist from all over the world. There is a large North American population of expats (estimates range from 3-5000) within the city. The majority are retired couples. Tourists generally come from Argentina, United States, Canada, and Spain.

 

Of all of the cities in Ecuador, Cuenca is arguably the most charming with its cobblestone streets, old-world cathedrals, colonial parks and urban rivers.

The famously traditional Cuencanos continue a proud intellectual tradition that has produced more notable writers, poets, artists, and philosophers than anywhere else in Ecuador.

Cuenca is the capital of the Azuay province, the third largest city in Ecuador, and the economic center of the southern Sierra. These distinctions, along with the city’s incredibly we preserved history, have earned Cuenca the honor of being listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Trust site.

Though most of Cuenca’s sites of interest are churches, parks and museums, outdoor enthusiasts flock to Cuenca for El Cajas National Park which offers spectacular hiking and trekking opportunities, and the bicycling around Cuenca is second to none, especially mountain biking on thousands of miles of seldom visited trails.

Like most of the rest of the Ecuadorian Andes, Cuenca enjoys a mild climate year-round. Days are generally warm and nights are cool enough that you should pack a sweater.

 

Guayaquil, Ecuador

Pearl of the Pacific

Guayaquil is one of the most intriguing and diverse cities in Ecuador—a country already known for its diversity of climates, people, and lifestyles. It certainly is the biggest the metro area in the country home to more than 3 million people.

The city center is on the west bank of the Guayas river, which provides a protected, smooth, navigable channel to the Pacific Ocean, about 40 miles to the south. This is why Guayaquil is called “The Pearl of the Pacific”, even though technically it is a riverfront town.

Founded in the 1530s, Ecuador’s largest city and the main port is the first access point for cruises to the Galapagos and home to a busy import and export trade.

Guayaquil as the most important port city in the country, with most of the goods both exported and imported passing through its docks. With a busy international airport and major roads leading to all parts of Ecuador, it is a natural center for not just shipping, but for manufacturing and other business enterprises as well.

 

Tourism is on the rise as well, thanks to a new international airport and urban renewal projects along the River Guayas promenade and in the historic neighborhood of Las Peñas. The 465-step climb to the top of Santa Ana Hill provides sweeping views and a chance to stand on the site of the city’s birthplace.

There are many enticing things to do and see in Guayaquil, including a scenic esplanade walk, museums, churches, parks, nature reserves, historic areas, and nearby beaches and resorts.

The cuisine of Guayaquil is often underestimated and overlooked compared to the rest of South American cuisines. However, what most people do not know is that it is one of the most varied and tasty cuisines on the continent.

The city was crowned as the first national city of tourism in Ecuador and is the city most visited by the Ecuadorians themselves.

 

Un destino que debes visitar

ECUADOR

 

¡Elija Ecuador como su destino de vacaciones! Este hermoso país es un paraíso por donde lo mires.

 

Déjate sorprender por su cultura expresada majestuosamente en sus iglesias, edificios y ciudades patrimoniales.

 

Quito, la capital de Ecuador, se encuentra en lo alto de las colinas andinas a una altura de 2,850 m. Construida sobre los cimientos de una antigua ciudad inca, es conocida por su bien conservado centro colonial, rico en iglesias de los siglos XVI y XVII y otras estructuras que combinan estilos europeos, moriscos e indígenas. Estos incluyen la catedral, en la Plaza Grande, y la ultra-ornamentada Compañía jesuita de Jesús.

 

Quito es la capital constitucional más alta del mundo y se encuentra a 2.850 m sobre el nivel del mar. La paz (3,650 m sobre el nivel del mar) en Bolivia es mayor, pero La Paz no es la capital constitucional, Sucre

 

En 1978, la UNESCO nombró dos lugares en Ecuador: Quito y las Islas Galápagos.

 

Quito tiene el centro histórico mejor conservado de América Latina

 

banos ecuador

CUENCA, ECUADOR

 

Cuenca Ecuador se encuentra en la cordillera de los Andes a una altura de 8500 pies. La ciudad es famosa por su arquitectura, clima y gente.

Los platos favoritos en Cuenca Ecuador incluyen hornado y fritada (cerdo asado y frito), cuy (conejillo de indias), pollo y mote (granos de maíz cocidos, servidos como mote pillo y mote sucio).

Cuenca es popular entre los turistas de todo el mundo. Hay una gran población de expatriados de América del Norte (las estimaciones oscilan entre 3-5000 mil) dentro de la ciudad. La mayoría son parejas jubiladas. Los turistas generalmente vienen de Argentina, Estados Unidos, Canadá y España.

De todas las ciudades de Ecuador, Cuenca es posiblemente la más encantadora con sus calles empedradas, catedrales del viejo mundo, parques coloniales y ríos urbanos.

Los famosos cuencanos tradicionalmente continúan una orgullosa tradición intelectual que ha producido más escritores, poetas, artistas y filósofos notables que en cualquier otro lugar del Ecuador.

Cuenca es la capital de la provincia de Azuay, la tercera ciudad más grande de Ecuador y el centro económico de la Sierra sur. Estas distinciones, junto con la increíble historia que conservamos de la ciudad, le han otorgado a Cuenca el honor de ser catalogado como un sitio de Patrimonio Mundial de la UNESCO.

Aunque la mayoría de los sitios de interés de Cuenca son iglesias, parques y museos, amantes del aire libre acuden a Cuenca para el Parque Nacional El Cajas, que ofrece espectaculares rutas de senderismo, trekking y la bicicleta alrededor Cuenca es insuperable, especialmente el ciclismo de montaña en miles de millas de senderos poco visitados.

Como la mayoría del resto de los Andes ecuatorianos, Cuenca disfruta de un clima suave durante todo el año. Los días son generalmente cálidos y las noches son lo suficientemente frías como para llevar un suéter.

 

Guayaquil, Ecuador

Perla del pacifico

Guayaquil es una de las ciudades más intrigantes y diversas del Ecuador, un país ya conocido por su diversidad de climas, personas y estilos de vida. Sin duda, es el área metropolitana más grande del país donde viven más de 3 millones de personas.

Fundada en la década de 1530, la ciudad más grande de Ecuador y el principal puerto es el primer punto de acceso para los cruceros a las Galápagos y sede de un ajetreado comercio de importación y exportación.

El centro de la ciudad está en la orilla oeste del río Guayas, que proporciona una protección, el canal liso, navegable hasta el Océano Pacífico, a unas 40 millas al sur. Es por esto que Guayaquil se llama “La Perla del Pacífico”, aunque técnicamente es una ciudad ribereña.

Guayaquil es la ciudad portuaria más importante del país, ya que la mayoría de los productos, tanto exportados como importados, pasan por sus muelles. Con un aeropuerto internacional ocupado y las principales carreteras que llevan a todas las partes de Ecuador, es un centro natural no solo para el envío, sino también para las empresas de manufactura y otras empresas comerciales.

El turismo también está en aumento, gracias a un nuevo aeropuerto internacional y proyectos de renovación urbana a lo largo del paseo del río Guayas y en el histórico barrio de Las Peñas. El ascenso de 465 escalones a la cima de la colina de Santa Ana ofrece vistas panorámicas y la oportunidad de estar en el lugar donde se encuentra la ciudad natal.

Hay muchas cosas atractivas que hacer y ver en Guayaquil, incluyendo un paseo pintoresco explanada, museos, iglesias, parques, reservas naturales, zonas históricas, y las playas y centros turísticos cercanos.

 

La cocina de Guayaquil es a menudo subestimada y pasada por alto en comparación con el resto de cocinas de Sudamérica. Sin embargo, lo que la mayoría de la gente no sabe es que es una de las más variadas y sabrosas cocinas en el continente.

La ciudad fue coronada como la primera ciudad nacional de turismo en Ecuador, y es la ciudad más visitada por los propios ecuatorianos.

 

 

 

 

 

baby rhino

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Zoo is introducing its new baby rhinoceros, born in June after a 16-month pregnancy.

The zoo announced Wednesday that the baby’s name is Mohan, which means fascinating or charming. His name was chosen by the public through a survey that gave four names to choose from. Other choices were Howie, Raj and Ollie.

Mohan is the fourth calf born to Tashi and her second via artificial insemination. He’ll be introduced to the public on Friday.

The zoo says only one other greater one-horned rhino has given birth via artificial insemination. That one was at Zoo Miami, home of Mohan’s father Suru.

The greater one-horned rhino was almost extinct until conservation efforts helped the population rebound to about 3,500 in India and Nepal. It is still considered vulnerable.

    Raul Vasquez leads Urban Family Practice and related companies that have become a model for how the social determinants of health can be addressed in a medical setting

    By: Edwin Martinez

    Recent discussions at the University of Buffalo brings to light healthcare disparities among the Latino/ Hispanic community in Buffalo and Western New York according to Dr. Raul Vazquez of Urban Family Practice.

    Both subtle and significant differences in food habits, cultural mores and lifestyles exist among Cubans, Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, and Central and South Americans. These subsets of Hispanic populations reside in the United States but tend to be lumped under the larger umbrella of Hispanics who are often referred to as Latinos, the largest and fastest growing minority group in the US. Their inherent diversity, however, becomes important to the healthcare system, healthcare decision makers in public and private sectors, and clinicians since it impacts their risks of getting all diseases, particularly cancer and blood disorders.

    One study explains that most cancer data in the US are reported for Hispanics as an aggregate group, masking important differences between sub-populations according to nativity status (i.e., those who are foreign born versus those who are US born), degree of acculturation, and country of origin. For example, a report found that US cancer death rates in Mexicans are 12% lower than those among mainland Puerto Ricans.

    When it comes to healthcare disparity for those with blood diseases, one example is the study that determined that black and Hispanic patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) had increased risk of death by 12% and 6%, respectively, compared with non-Hispanic whites. These disparities existed despite a higher prevalence of favorable cytogenetics and a younger age at diagnosis in these minority groups. Some studies have demonstrated relatively poor adherence to medications and follow-up care among African Americans, Hispanics and other minority groups.

    However, cancer remains the leading cause of death among all Hispanics, accounting for 21% of deaths. While Hispanic people are less likely than non-Hispanic white Americans to be diagnosed with the most common cancers – lung, colorectal, breast and prostate – they have a higher risk for cancers associated with infectious agents, such as liver, stomach and cervix.

    In fact, one study found that Mexican American and Puerto Rican American males die at twice the rate of non-Hispanic whites from stomach and liver cancers – the two most troubling cancers for Hispanic Americans. Furthermore, liver cancer mortality rates are increasing for males and females of all Hispanic groups.

    However, there is much variation in the cancer burden among Hispanic populations by nativity, which is difficult to capture – as noted earlier – because most data are reported for this heterogeneous population in aggregate.

    Latinos: A Robust Mix

    According to the US Census Bureau, the majority of Latinos are of Mexican national origin (64.3%), followed by Puerto Rican (9.5%), Salvadorean (3.7%), Cuban (3.7%), and Dominican (3.1%), with the rest coming from other Central and South American countries. Overall, about 60% of these individuals are US-born, with the remaining 40% born in Mexico (64%), Puerto Rico (9%), and other Latin American countries.

    Their distinct lifestyle and dietary choices reflect their countries of origin as well as the degree to which they are assimilated to the US lifestyle, coupled with a wide spectrum of socio-demographic characteristics. The degree to which individuals have assimilated to the US and their socioeconomic status (SES) strongly influences behavioral patterns related to cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.

    What is relevant to this discussion is that data show that across the major cancers – breast, colorectal, prostate, lung, and liver – US-born Latinos have higher incidence and worse survival than foreign-born, and those with low-socioeconomic (SES) status have the lowest incidence. Puerto Rican and Cuban Latinos have higher incidence rates than Mexican Latinos.

    As with other racial/ethnic populations in the US, differences in cancer determinants across US Latinos are in part due to substantial variation within this population in the prevalence of well-established cancer risk factors such as smoking, low quality diet, and physical inactivity. In addition, limited access to health care and financial constraints among US Latinos has been associated with lower cancer screening rates which makes treatment more challenging and complex.

    Furthermore, both genetic ancestry and nativity correlate with known cancer determinants. For example, there are differences in trends for body mass index (BMI) by nativity among US Latinos, with US-born Mexican and Puerto Ricans having greater annual increases in BMI than US-born Cubans and foreign-borns. Also, Latinos of higher IA or African ancestry are more likely to have a lower SES than those with higher European ancestry.

    Accounting for Diversity in Evaluating Cancer Risk

    These heterogenious factors present a unique opportunity for all US healthcare stakeholders to unravel the complex role of SES, culture, lifestyle and genetics as potential determinants of cancer risk in Latinos and other populations. To date, most of the epidemiological studies have largely ignored this diversity and have grouped Hispanics/Latinos as a single ethnic group.

    What is needed is a better and more specific understanding of the heterogeneity that exists within Hispanic and Latino populations, and the identification of important clues that contribute to key cancer determinants. Identifying cancer characteristics in the subsets of this population will help to achieve the goal of personalized medicine in this fast-growing minority group and respond more appropriately to their defined needs for prevention and treatment.

    Effective strategies for decreasing cancer rates among the Hispanic/Latino populations should include the use of culturally appropriate patient advisors and targeted, community‐based intervention programs to increase screening rates and encourage healthy lifestyle behaviors.

    Key Challenges in Basic Care for Hispanics

    Regardless of the subset, the challenges for detecting cancer and other chronic, complex diseases among Hispanic and Latinos remains a serious challenge. One significant issue is compromised access to primary care, the point of care at which many diseases are first detected, diagnosed and often prevented. At least one-fourth of Hispanic adults in the U.S. don’t have a primary healthcare provider which may result from the fact that only seven percent of U.S. physicians are of Hispanic origin.

    Hispanic health disparity is also shaped by cultural/language barriers, lack of health insurance and financial constraints: Thirty-one percent of Hispanic people in the U.S. state that they are not fluent in English, while 22.6% of Hispanic people in the U.S. in comparison to 10.4% of non-Hispanic whites were living at the poverty level.

    Thankfully, this situation is changing. A high level of technology adoption among Hispanics presents an opportunity to provide access to healthcare for this ever-growing population, with new programs designed specifically to meet their cultural and medical needs. In fact, 84% of all Hispanic people are online and Hispanic community internet smartphone usage is 25% higher than the national average.

    Leveraging Technology to Battle Healthcare Disparity

    Proven technology is being used to leverage decades of health industry knowledge and to speed access to care, particularly within Spanish-speaking communities. Innovative technology solutions that are bilingual and culturally relevant have been designed to provide opportunities for underserved populations to access affordable care, prescription drugs, chronic condition management programs and telehealth/virtual medical consultations.

    As more research is done to address the disparities in treatment for cancer, blood diseases and other serious, chronic conditions – including diabetes, heart disease and others — these technology solutions represent the first step in closing gaps in care for Hispanic and other underserved populations in the United States. By drastically simplifying access, delivering quality health and wellness products and services, and enabling individuals to learn about their health, individuals with compromised access are now better able to determine their wellness needs, more readily purchase critical medications, manage chronic conditions and engage in behavior change that empowers them to lead healthier, more productive lives.

    While beating cancer is a challenge for every American family, Hispanics and Latinos clearly face extra hurdles. Recognizing the obstacles, providing improved access to primary care and ensuring affordability of products and services are the key steps to meeting and overcoming these barriers.

      NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric and focus on the grievances of white voters helped him win the 2016 election. But a Reuters analysis of public opinion over the last four years suggests that Trump’s brand of white identity politics may be less effective in the 2020 election campaign.

      The analysis comes amid widespread criticism of Trump’s racially charged comments about four minority women lawmakers and the fallout from a mass shooting of Hispanics in El Paso, Texas, that many Democratic presidential candidates swiftly blamed on the president’s rhetoric.

      Reuters/Ipsos polling of 4,436 U.S. adults in July showed that people who rejected racial stereotypes were more interested in voting in the 2020 general election than those who expressed stronger levels of anti-black or anti-Hispanic biases.

      In 2016, it was the reverse. The Reuters analysis shows that Trump’s narrow win came at a time when Americans with strong anti-black opinions were the more politically engaged group. While Reuters did not measure anti-Hispanic biases in 2016, political scientists say that people who express them closely overlap with those who are biased against other racial minorities.

      This year’s poll found that among Americans who feel that blacks and whites are equal, or that blacks are superior to whites, 82% expressed a strong interest in voting in 2020. That was 7 percentage points higher than people who feel strongly that whites are superior to blacks.

      “There is some indication that racial liberals are more energized than the racially intolerant,” said University of Michigan political scientist Vincent Hutchings, who reviewed Reuters’ findings. “That would seem to be good news for the Democrats and bad news for the Republicans.”

      The July poll did have a silver lining for Trump. Most white Republicans approve of his performance in office. And over the past four years they have become increasingly supportive of his signature issue: expanding the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Some 82% now support it compared to 75% last year.

      Trump is clearly still as popular as ever with conservatives who dominate the predominantly white, working-class communities that helped him win in 2016, said Duke University political scientist Ashley Jardina, who also reviewed the poll findings.

      n his 2016 campaign, Trump focused on the grievances of white voters who feared the global economy was leaving them behind and who wanted more restrictions on immigration. He employed put-downs of Latino immigrants and inner-city, typically black, residents.

      He said then that Mexicans were “murderers” and “rapists,” and as recently as last year, Trump labeled illegal immigration to the United States an “invasion.”

      Trump has asserted repeatedly that his words are not meant to be racially divisive. “I think my rhetoric … brings people together,” he said earlier this month.

      Responding to the Reuters polling analysis, a spokesman for Trump’s reelection campaign, Daniel Bucheli, said the president “enjoys broad support from diverse groups of Americans, and this coalition of supporters, to include minorities and first time voters, continues to grow daily.”

      “If there is something we’ve come to learn about President Trump is that he calls it like it is,” Bucheli said, when asked about Trump’s recent comments about the lawmakers and others.

      The White House did not respond to a request for comment on the poll findings.

      DECLINING ANXIETY

      The Reuters analysis also found that Americans were less likely to express feelings of racial anxiety this year, and they were more likely to empathize with African Americans. This was also true for white Americans and whites without a college degree, who largely backed Trump in 2016.

      White Americans are also 19 percentage points more supportive of a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants and 4 points less supportive of increased deportations, when their responses from the July poll were compared with a Reuters/Ipsos poll in January 2015.

      The July 17-22 poll also found that 29% of whites agreed that “America must protect and preserve its White European heritage,” down 7 points from a Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted in August 2017 and 9 points down from another Reuters/Ipsos poll in August 2018.

      The poll also found that 17% of whites and 26% of white Republicans said they strongly agree that “white people are currently under attack in this country, a drop of about 6 points and 8 points respectively from 2017.

      Paula Ioanide, an expert in American race relations at Ithaca College, said the poll findings were consistent with her research that racial anxieties among whites peaked during the presidency of Barack Obama.

      Some white Americans “are not feeling as under attack as they did in 2016,” Ioanide said. With Trump in the White House, “they’ve seen a kind of endorsement of the kinds of things that they wanted: A restoration of a white identity that they previously had felt was under attack.”

      Reuters and its polling partner, Ipsos, developed its race poll with political scientists at the University of Michigan and Duke University, asking a series of questions that measured respondents’ perceptions of people from different racial backgrounds, the treatment of blacks and whites in America and their interest in voting in 2020.

      WIDENING DEMOCRAT VS REPUBLICAN GAP

      Among whites who dominate the American electorate, the poll showed a widening gap between the way Democrats and Republicans view race.

      Some 28% of white Democrats said in the latest poll that “black people are treated less fairly than white people” in the workplace, compared with 5% of white Republicans. Some 59% of white Democrats said blacks were treated less fairly by police, while 22% of white Republicans agreed.

      The number of Democrats who said blacks were treated unfairly in the workplace and by police grew by 8 points and 11 points, respectively since 2016. There was almost no change, however, among white Republicans.

      White independents were more empathetic toward blacks than white Republicans, but less empathetic than Democrats.

      Michael Tesler, a political scientist at the University of California, Irvine, said Trump may be influencing many Democrats and Democrat-leaning independents in their views on race.

      “They may not care that much about race initially, and then they see Trump pushing on race so hard on race,” he said. “And so they push back.”

      Samantha Burkes, 36, of Bullhead City, Arizona said she was doing just that when she rated blacks well above whites in terms of intelligence, work ethic, manners, peacefulness and lawfulness in the Reuters/Ipsos poll.

      “I just wanted to express that I don’t think black people are worse than white people,” said Burkes, a white Democrat who plans to vote against Trump in 2020. “I’m just lashing out, really.”

      Political polling

      Reuters/Ipsos polled thousands of Americans about race and political engagement in 2016 and 2019.

      Reuters and Ipsos drew connections between the way people feel about raceand their political engagement with a series of questions asking respondents to rate white people on a variety of personality traits, such as intelligence, work ethic, lawfulness, manners and peacefulness. It then asked respondents to rate black people on the same scale. Ipsos then analyzed each respondent’s answers to determine if they tended to rate everyone equally, if they generally rated whites as superior to blacks (anti-black) or if they rated blacks as superior to whites (pro-black).

       

        The West Side nonprofit that transformed long-vacant School 77 into community space and senior apartments is seeking neighbors’ input for a series of ambitious new housing developments.

        Preliminary proposals for the PUSH Buffalo projects, which have no concrete timeline or budget yet, call for 10 doubles, two mixed-use buildings and two apartment buildings clustered near the intersections of Plymouth and Massachusetts avenues and West Delavan Avenue and Grant Street.

        But the ultimate scope will depend on community input, which PUSH is currently soliciting through in-person meetings and an online form, said deputy director Harper Bishop.

        “The people closest to the problems have the best solutions,” Bishop said. “We take that very seriously … We always want people to feel a sense of ownership.”

        PUSH’s early plans – which are subject to change, Bishop cautioned – call for 50 affordable housing units and two commercial storefronts located on 12 parcels of land PUSH already owns. The organization will prioritize green and net-zero technologies, Bishop said. It also plans to earmark, in collaboration with BestSelf Behavioral Health, 15 units for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

        The fledgling project represents the latest phase of PUSH’s 11-year quest to expand affordable and sustainable housing options on the West Side, where it owns 69 properties, plus additional vacant lots, in a 30-block focus area. In March, PUSH and a fellow West Side nonprofit organization, the WASH Project Laundromat and Cultural Arts Center, broke ground on a $2.3 million renovation slated to transform a vacant, fire-damaged building into nine affordable housing units and ground-floor space for the WASH Project.

         

        PUSH’s portfolio also includes the newly renovated School 77, which houses the group’s offices and shared community and arts space, as well as 30 affordable senior apartments priced between $284 and $575 per month. Rent in PUSH-owned apartments generally ranges from $350 to $625 per month.

        Such rents are increasingly unusual on the appreciating West Side, where average monthly rents in some areas have spiked as high as $900, according to the real estate site Zillow. Affordability was a top concern at an initial Aug. 1 community meeting for the project, Bishop said, as were parking, sustainability and utility costs.

        The organization will gather more community feedback at a second meeting, scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Aug. 31. PUSH is also soliciting input on its website, and will consider neighbors’ comments before finalizing a formal proposal.

        “We’ve already received a lot of comments,” Bishop said. “We want to know what people want to see in the neighborhood.”

        LEGAL NOTICE

        8/21/2019

        TOWN OF HAMBURG

        DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

        “ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDDERS”

        Sealed Bids Are Hereby Requested For Project 2019 – 01: “Infrastructure Reconstruction”

        all in accordance with specifications on file with the Hamburg Town Clerk’s Office, Hamburg Town Hall, 6100 South Park Avenue, Hamburg, New York 14075. Said specifications may be obtained from the Hamburg Town Clerk during regular business hours, Monday through Friday; 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (One (1) “Bid Package” may be collected at no charge. Additional “Bid Packages” can be purchased for $50.00 each. Funds paid for additional Bid Packages will NOT be returned. Checks for additional Bid Packages should be made payable to the: “Hamburg Town Clerk”.

        Said bids will be publicly opened and read aloud in the Hamburg Town Hall conference room at 11:00 a.m. local time (according to the clock within Hamburg Town Clerk’s Office) on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 and thereafter considered by the Town of Hamburg. The successful bidder will be required to furnish a performance bond in the minimum amount equal to the contract award. Attention is called to the fact that Community Development Funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development are being used to reconstruct approximately 340 linear feet of road within the Village of Blasdell. Due to the use of federal CDBG funds, compliance with Title VI and other applicable provisions of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Executive Order 11246 (Buffalo Plan); Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 as amended; Section 109 of Order 11625 (Utilization of Minority Business Enterprises); Davis-Bacon and Related Acts is required. “The Town reserves the right to reject all bids and to waive any informalities.”

        Sealed Bids Must Be Marked:

        “2019 INFRASTRUCTURE RECONSTRUCTION”

        Dated: August 21, 2019

        Catherine Rybczynski; Town Clerk

        Town of Hamburg

          Buffalo, NY — It was a day filled with pride for the Puerto Rican & Hispanic community in the city, as thousands of people attended the Puerto Rican & Hispanic Day Parade and Festival to celebrate their heritage and Diversity.

          The festival kicked off with its 17thAnnual parade with hundreds of colorful floats, Thousands of people dancing and celebrating as they slowly made their way along Avenida San Juan, draped in their counties flags with music playing from the musicians on the floats.

          Participants waved to those watching from sidewalks, and tossed out pieces of candy for children to grab, showing big smiles despite the unbearable heat.

          Nearly every parade goer could be seen sporting clothing with his or her counties native colors.

          Buffalo resident Dee Santos was dressed in a festive dress she got from Puerto Rico, accompanied by red, white and blue flowers tightly tucked into her hair. Her outfit matched her enthusiasm about the day.

          “This is my soul,” she said. “This is my heart.”

          Santos is proudly 100% Puerto Rican, and moved to the U.S. in the ’80s. She characterized herself as a community leader who represents and supports people from all backgrounds.

          “I will always represent when other people are celebrating. I’m there to support them,” she said.

          Santos’ favorite part of the parade — aside from the music that kept her dancing through its entirety — was the sense of unity from everyone coming together and sharing the same reason to celebrate.

          Hosted by The Puerto Rican & Hispanic Day Parade, the day was about moving forward “PALANTE”, culture and contributions, said committee member Yolanda Martinez. In talking about the importance of the day, Martinez touched on the history of Puerto Rico and the U.S.

          A complicated background with the country they now call home, the former Spanish territory finally got a legal standing in the U.S. system in 1917. That of course followed the Spanish-American War, when the U.S. invaded Puerto Rico; and the Treaty of Paris in 1898, when the war ended and Spain ceded the territory to the U.S.

          Just before the United States entered World War I, Puerto Ricans were granted citizenship to the U.S.

          Now, Puerto Ricans in Buffalo are celebrating how far they have come, and how much they have contributed to America. From sports, to art, and large numbers in the armed forces, Martinez said they have given a lot to the country they are glad to be a part of.

          She said the day is not political, but about “happily celebrating heritage, culture and diversity.

          As the parade neared its end, attendees gathered in LaSalle Park to continue the celebration with food, drinks and live music.

          Festivities continue until Sunday evening.

            A gunman who police say shot six city officers was in custody Thursday after surrendering to end a dramatic, 7 ½-hour standoff during which two officers were trapped in the rowhouse where the suspect was firing away.

            Shots were first fired about 4:30 p.m. when narcotics officers tried to serve an arrest warrant at the house in the 3700 block of North 15th Street in the Tioga section of North Philadelphia.

            Two Narcotics Strike Force bicycle officers were pinned on the second floor with three other people who were handcuffed, police said. The officers were not injured but they and the three people in custody were at risk of getting shot because the suspect on the first floor was firing into the ceiling. A SWAT team reached the five and removed from the building about 2 ½ hours before the suspect surrendered.

            None of the six officers who were shot suffered life-threatening injuries and all were treated at hospitals and released, police said. At least three other officers sustained non-shooting injuries during the standoff. The gunman was briefly hospitalized, then jailed, after the standoff.

            President Donald Trump weighed in on the shootout Thursday morning, saying the alleged gunman “should never have been allowed to be on the streets.”

            “He had a long and very dangerous criminal record,” he wrote in the tweet. “Looked like he was having a good time after his capture, and after wounding so many police. Long sentence — must get much tougher on street crime!”

            Police identified the suspect as Maurice Hill, a 36-year-old Philadelphia man with alengthy history of gun convictions and of resisting attempts to bring him to justice.

            President Trump was briefed on the incident Wednesday.

            Commissioner Ross describes negotiations with gunman

            Police Commissioner Ross said Thursday morning that he personally took part in negotiations to get the gunman, identified as Maurice Hill, 36, to surrender.

            “This was the first time, and I hope it is the last time,” Ross said of his unusual foray into negotiating with a barricaded gunman.

            Ross said Hill rebuffed initial attempts by police to negotiate, but was using his phone to talk to other people, including his girlfriend with whom he recently had a daughter.

            Ross said he asked the police negotiator if it would help if he talked to Hill and the negotiator agreed.

            The negotiator instructed Ross on what questions to ask throughout his communications with the gunman, the commissioner said.

            Hill, he said, spoke of his newborn daughter and his criminal record. Hill also made “outlandish” but unspecified demands.

            “But we weren’t going to lie to him and tell him we were going to acquiesce to what he wanted, because that’s not what you do either because that creates problems as well,” he said.

            Still, Ross said, despite the negotiations it was the “the tear gas that ultimately brought him outside.”

            Lawyer: Typically they don’t ‘take black defendants into custody’

            Shaka Johnson, the lawyer of suspected gunman Maurice Hill, told FOX 29 on Thursday he was unaware his client was involved in the shootout until Hill called him at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

            Johnson, a former police officer, said at one point, he was involved in a four-way conversation that included Hill, Police Commissioner Richard Ross, and District Attorney Larry Krasner.

             

              NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Cory Booker on Thursday said he would create a White House office to combat white supremacy and hate crimes if elected, becoming the latest Democratic presidential candidate to call for action after a racially motivated massacre in Texas.

              Booker said he would also require the FBI and the Justice Department to allocate the same level of resources and attention to white supremacist-inspired violence as they devote to international terrorism.

              The New Jersey senator announced his plan less than two weeks after a gunman in El Paso, Texas, killed 22 people inside a Walmart after posting an anti-immigrant screed online that echoed some of President Donald Trump’s heated rhetoric. The attack was among three mass shootings in the span of a week that killed 34 people in all.

              The incidents have roiled the presidential race, with Democrats accusing Trump, a Republican, of fomenting hatred while failing to embrace common-sense gun restrictions. Several candidates, including Senator Kamala Harris on Wednesday, have released plans to fight gun violence and white supremacy in the days since the El Paso massacre.

              Trump, who has said he is not a racist, has expressed support in the wake of the shooting for “red flag” laws that limit access to guns for dangerous people and a potential expansion of background checks for gun purchases. He has not endorsed any specific legislation.

              Last week, at a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina, where a white supremacist gunned down nine people in 2015, Booker criticized Trump’s language while linking the El Paso shooting to the United States’ long history of racism.

              “To say this is to speak the truth plainly, because with the truth there can be no reconciliation,” said Booker, who is African-American.

              The proposal builds upon Booker’s sweeping anti-gun violence plan that would, among other things, establish a national licensing program for gun ownership.

              Booker’s campaign likened his proposed White House Office on Hate Crimes and White Supremacist Violence to other agencies that presidents have convened to coordinate responses to major domestic crises, such as the White House Office of AIDS Policy.

              Under his proposal, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other law enforcement agencies would be required to conduct assessments of white supremacist threats and improve reporting of hate crimes. Booker would also create an advisory group of leaders from communities hurt by hate crimes to advise his administration.

              Reporting by Joseph Ax; Editing by Lisa Shumaker

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