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The Gold of the Poor

 12/13/2016 - 04:57

Almost all the prohibitions that are implanted in Cuba begin with a rumor. Now it is the turn of surgical steel, but not the one used in instruments in surgery rooms, but the one that is used to make jewels with the appearance of gold or silver. The first consequence has been the sharp fall in prices, the second, which is expected soon, to become clandestine.

Smart Teens

 12/13/2016 - 01:54

In May, 29-year-old Elaine Welteroth substituted Amy Astley as chief editor of Teen Vogue. Since then, the magazine- founded in 2003 - is engaging with political and social issues, like feminism, identity and activism.

La renovación del American Legion Playground abre una nueva etapa para los parques de la ciudad.

 12/12/2016 - 19:41
Photo: City of Philadelphia/ Department of Parks & Recreation

La presidenta de la Comisión de Parques y Recreación de Filadelfia, Kathryn Ott Lovell, presidió ayer junto al Concejal Bobby Henon y varios miembros de la comunidad, la ceremonia inaugural del American Legion Playground, en el noreste de Filadelfia,en motivo de la finalización de las obras de renovación recientes.

La modernización del parque es fruto de las continuadas quejas por parte de los habitantes de la ciudad, no solo del noreste, que lamentan la falta de espacio para que los niños puedan jugar y aprender.

Updates to American Legion Playground: A Sign of More Parks to Come

 12/12/2016 - 19:30
City of Philadelphia and the Department of Parks & Recreation

Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell initiated a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Councilman Bobby Henon and community members at American Legion Playground in Northeast Philadelphia to celebrate the completion of recent renovations.

This is coming off the heels of several criticisms through the city, not just the Northeast, that children need places to play and learn in the area.

La Última Calada

 12/12/2016 - 03:57

 

 

EFE / Agencias. Con toda una vida dedicada a la elaboración artesanal de tabaco, Wallace Reyes no le da más de "quince o veinte" años de existencia a una industria que ha marcado la historia de la ciudad de Tampa (EE.UU.), en la costa oeste de Florida y que llegó a ser llamada la "capital mundial del puro".

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The Last Puff

 12/12/2016 - 03:50

Tampa was once dubbed "Cigar City", but its last cigar factory is about to disappear, like Fidel Castro, the most iconic cigar smoker, did last week.

Among those most worried about the future of the city is Eric Newman, whose family has been making 31 brands of cigars, including Cuesta-Rey, Diamond Crown and La Unica, for three generations, reports The Washington Post.
For 121 years, the J.C. Newman Cigar Co. has produced millions of cigars and shipped them worldwide, while the rest of 149 surrounding factories shuttered their doors or outsourced overseas. 

Cultural Barricade

 12/08/2016 - 06:19

El Corazón Cultural Center - home of Latino arts and culture in the Philadelphia area -  celebrated on Wednesday that has expanded its facilities in El Barrio and claims to be the center of a resistance movement against intolerance against the Latino community.

Barricada Cultural

 12/08/2016 - 06:09

El centro puertorriqueño El Corazón Cultural del Barrio de Filadelfia (Pensilvania) inauguró hoy la ampliación de sus instalaciones para reivindicarse como movimiento de resistencia ante la intolerancia contra la comunidad latina, informa la agencia EFE.

La directora ejecutiva de Taller Puertorriqueño, Carmen Febo-San Miguel, también reivindicó el espacio en una entrevista con EFE como una "posición política" ante los ataques a las minorías, entre ellas los latina, surgidos recientemente en el país.

A Big Toilet

 12/08/2016 - 03:09

Pope Francis has compared media organizations that focus on scandals and promote fake news to discredit people's lives with those who are obsessed with excrements. Using striking terminology, Francis said journalists and the media must avoid falling into “coprophilia” – an obsession with eating faeces. 

 Spreading disinformation is “probably the greatest damage that the media can do”, the Pope told the Belgian Catholic weekly Tertio. It is a sin to defame people, he added.

Melodic Contrasts

 12/07/2016 - 05:51

Adele vs. Beyoncé. Traditional vs Experimental. Unifier vs. Controversial.

The two famous Pop divas hold most of the nominations for the 2017 Grammy awards, despite their apparently opposite styles.

Adele's success is based on her appealing traditionalism. Her music acts as a unifier, making songs for kids and grandparents, pop obsessives and pop skeptics", reports The Atlantic. 

Beyoncé by contrast has lately been on a politically charged experimental kick, riling up what’s left of the American monoculture via racially conscious performances at the Super Bowl. 

Disrupting Burguers

 12/07/2016 - 03:48

Can Silicon Valley disrupt the fast-food industry? Well, for those entrepreneurs who dream to 'save the world', motivations are strong: reduce meat consumption and eliminate foods that have big environmental and social impacts, like processed food or heavy dependent on intensive agriculture.  

Abuela at 26

 12/06/2016 - 04:38

In 2015 more than 135,000 babies were born in Colombia to 15 to 19 year old mothers.

This problem has less to do with social and cultural stigmas, but with extreme poverty, says Catalina Escobar, chair of Juanfe, an non profit organization in Colombia that works with teenager mothers living in extreme poverty conditions and has saved the lives of more than 300 new-borns since its foundation, in 2001.

Puppy Saviours

 12/06/2016 - 03:28

More than 100 "homeless" dogs in Philadelphia have been saved by the Penn Vet’s Shelter Dog Specialty Medical Treatment Project, a charity program that covers the expenses needed to treat the acute medical problems of shelter dogs in order to give them a better chance of being adopted.

Dangerous Epidemic

 12/05/2016 - 05:30
For many years, Colombian cities have suffered from high rates of crime and violence.  EFE/Mauricio Dueñas Castañeda

In the last decade, Latina America’s economy grew an annual 4.2 percent, and over 70 million went out of poverty. But despite a meaning reduction in income inequality and unemployment in the region, crime and urban violence rates keep at the top rates in the world, according to a report by The United Nations agency for development (UNDP).

Dr. Flirt

 12/02/2016 - 06:18
Bosnian football player Vedad Ibisevic (Hertha BSC) visited a refugee camp in Berlin, Germany, on November 28.  There are several initiatives coming from the civil population to help to integrate the Syrian and Iraq refugees in the German culture. EFE/Kay Nietfeld

Horst Wenzel is a 27 year old German from Dortmund who is helping refugee men from Muslim countries integrate into German society by learning how to hit on German women.

"I'd love to marry a German woman and live with her. She could help me with the language, and she knows the place and the laws much better than I do" , says Omar Mohammed, a shy 24-year-old Syrian refugee that attends ‘flirting classes” from Horst Wenzel.

The Twitter Morning Post

 12/01/2016 - 05:36
EFE Archives

President-elect Donald Trump likes to Tweet a couple of posts before going to bed, but are these Tweets really worthy to be published by media outlets the day after? The New York Times opens a debate about which Tweets should be considered news, and what should be considered just a propaganda weapon or provocative statements.

Amores perros

 11/30/2016 - 05:56
Mexico could ban dog fighting soon, but this brutal practice is still legal in other countries like Japan. Photo: WIKI COMMONS

Dog fighting is deeply rooted in the Mexican culture, but it could soon be banned. Last week, the Mexican Senate green-lighted draft legal reforms which would, if passed, see organization of events banned at the federal level. Animal rights activists have been fighting against dog fight for many years, arguing that the dogs are brutally treated.

The Cuban doctor

 11/30/2016 - 04:39
Cuban family doctors have a key role in preserving the excellent Public Health system of the island.  Photo: Flickr/PanAmerican Health Organization

How is it possible that a Cuban citizen has a nearly identical life expectancy to an American, despite widespread poverty in his country and costing the government one tenth of the cost compared to an American? (Cuba spends just $813 per person annually on health care compared with America’s $9,403).  The difference comes back to the basic fact that in Cuba, health care is protected under the constitution as a fundamental human right. Also, as a poor country, Cuba can’t afford to waste money on health care.

How do we do that?

 11/27/2016 - 15:54
Bernie Sanders in the South Bronx, on March 31st, 2016. Photo: Michael Vadon/WIKI COMMONS

What happens when an artist tries to understand a politician? Famous film-maker Spike Lee interviews Senator Bernie Sanders to discuss Donald Trump victory, what the Democrats did wrong, and how the US is going to survive 2017.

Spike Lee: Let me ask you another question. How can you tell another country that they’ve got to pay for a wall? Or fences? How does that work?

Sacando brillo a la verdad

 11/23/2016 - 11:47
Sacando brillo a la verdad

Lucia Berlin (Juneau, Alaska, 1936-Marina del Rey, California, 2004) empezó a escribir de jovencita, pero en vida fue una escritora desconocida. Hija de un ingeniero de minas, pasó la mayor parte de su infancia y juventud en diversas ciudades mineras del Oeste - Idaho, Montana, Kentucky-, hasta que su padre se marchó a la guerra y ella y su madre se trasladaron a El Paso, en Mexico, donde vivía su abuelo materno.

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Polishing the truth. A Manual for Cleaning Women, Lucia Berlin

 11/23/2016 - 11:18
Polishing the truth. A Manual for Cleaning Women, Lucia Berlin

Lucia Berlin (Juneau, Alaska, 1936-Marina del Rey, California, 2004) started to write when she was very young, but spent almost all her life as an unknown writer. Her father worked in a mining company, and little Lucia and her Mum followed him everywhere. She spent her childhood in Western mining towns, manly in California and Mexico, then she moved to New York and Oakland, before ending up in Boulder, Colorado, where she became a Writing professor until she got really sick and moved to California to spend the last days of her life.

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Barbarian Days

 11/22/2016 - 15:29
World Surf League shows Frederico Morais of Portugal winning his Round Four heat to advance to the Quarter Finals of the Hawaiian Pro, Haleiwa, Hawaii, USA on Tuesday November 18, 2016.  EFE/EPA/KELLY CESTARI / HO 

William Finnegan, winner of the Pulitzer prize for Biography 2016, was born into an Irish Catholic family from New York and they moved to Hawaii when he was a kid. He remembers going to the church on Sunday and going to beach to surf afterwards. Since his early years, Finnegan has tried to combine his two life passions: surfing and journalism. He has covered the Apartheid, Balkan wars and Latin American Politics:  “Power tends to corrupt people and absolute power tends to corrupt in absolute terms. The less civilized people I have seen is the people who has power.

More than Maple leafs

 11/22/2016 - 15:17
Cannabis Station, a medical marijuana dispensary located at the intersection of Lawrence Street and 20th Avenue in Denver, Colorado. The shop occupies a former gas station. JEFFREY BEALL / WIKI COMMONS

Last week, marijuana stocks in Canada skyrocketed suddenly, despite evident indications that the government plans to go slow in its promise to legalize recreational marijuana use (scheduled for next Spring). The increases may have gotten a boost from pot legalization votes in four U.S. states, Colorado and Oregon. In Canada, marijuana comes under federal jurisdiction, unlike in the United States, where regulation is shared by the states and federal government.

The Price is Right

 11/22/2016 - 15:07
The Holiday Season has arrived and many people get stressed when it comes to decide how much to spend on presents. The Internet is full of guidelines to help you not to collapse, mentally and economically. EFE/ERIK S. LESSER

Time for shopping is around the corner, but you don’t need to bankrupt to show off how generous you are. This accurate guideline made by etiquette experts on how much to spend on holiday gifts based on who you are shopping for will help you: Siblings and cousins: $20 and up; Nieces and nephews: $25 and up (what about asking the parents about making a contribution to the child’s college fund?). Ups. Sorry for your close friends and coworkers: assign $15, for them; while for your  in-laws: $20 and up.

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