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 12/14/2016 - 03:50

The most popular counter-argument against minimum wages advocates is that requiring higher pay will result in higher prices, fewer hours of work, and an overall reduction of jobs. But in 2014, 18 states and D.C. raised their minimum wages, and the results have been quite clearly positive for local economies, reports The Atlantic.

Fast Track

 12/14/2016 - 03:30

Will the US get a high-speed rail network like in Europe or Japan? Not in the near future, but some meaning progress has been made.

With a mix of privately funded projects and upgrades to what already exists, America’s trains are finally set to speed up in the near future, reports City Lab.

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.

Enchanted Boomerang

 12/12/2016 - 05:54

Trade with Mexico creates approximately 4.9 million jobs in the United States, according to a new research from the Wilson Center, a non partisan think tank in Washington DC. Despite what President-elect Trump says, that means that one out of 29 American jobs depends on preserving an economic relationship with the U.S.’s southern neighbor

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.

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.  

Burning Man

 12/06/2016 - 04:08

Klaus Schwab wakes up every day at 6 am, then goes swimming, has breakfast with her wife and walks 5 minutes to his office, in Geneva. An ordinary and humble routine for one of the most influent men in the world.

Fair Pay

 12/01/2016 - 06:44
Protests in O'Hare International Airport yesterday to demand an increase in minimum wage. EFE/Enrique García Fuentes

Twenty years ago, Avonne Hargrove left her job as a cashier at Wendy’s to care for an elderly woman, helping her with her day-to-day needs. Today, this 55-year-old home care worker, mother of four, and grandmother of 19 living in Philadelphia will go out to the street and join other protestors to ask for 15 dolar minimum wage.

Underbanked

 12/01/2016 - 05:46
EFE/Archive

More than one-quarter of Americans don’t have adequate access to basic banking tools, such as checking accounts, credit cards, or loans for instance. Mostly all of these people belong to communities with low incomes, with less than a college degree, and minorities.

Depending on alternative products such as payday or auto loans to make ends meet, increase their risk of marginalization. 

Freshly Baked

 11/30/2016 - 05:31
Photo: Bruce Andersen/WIKI COMMONS

Philadelphia's Reading Terminal Market was ranked among the top 20 food halls in the United States by retail research firm Cushman & Wakefield.  Food markets have become a fast growing sector in the U.S. restaurant industry and are changing the patrons of local retail and tourism.

Two pipelines; one history

 11/29/2016 - 15:25
Protests against the building of the Dakota Pipeline in Morton County, North Dakota. 20/11/2016. EFE/Morton County Dept.

Dakota Pipeline awakes fear in the hearts 

Humans are recognized for being stubborn and unwary when it comes to learning from past defeats. The current and shaky history of the economies and policies of the United States of America is no exception to this rule.

Not only have we consciously repeated the same political judgments over and over again, but we have also forgotten that history is often corroborated factually.

Nixon and the TAPS 

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Dos oleoductos, una historia

 11/29/2016 - 15:14
Protestas contra la tubería de crudo en Morton County, North Dakota. 20/11/2016. Una fotografía cortesía del Departamento de Morton County muestra los oficiales de policías envueltos en una disputa contra los manifestantes del Backwater Bridge, en el norte de un campamento de protesta en Morton County, North Dakota. EE.UU.

El oleoducto de Dakota despierta fantasmas en el corazón de las minorías

Los seres humanos son reconocidos por ser testarudos e incautos cuando se trata de aprender de derrotas pasadas. La actual y temblorosa historia de economías y políticas de los Estados Unidos de América, no es la excepción a esta regla.

No sólo hemos logrado repetir conscientemente los mismos juicios políticos una y otra vez, sino que también hemos olvidado que la historia suele corroborarse fácticamente.

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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.

The Great Wall of Facebook

 11/22/2016 - 15:00
The founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, participated in the Asia Pacific Cooperation summit (APEC) last weekend in Lima (Peru). Facebook has been criticized for developing an internal software to help censure posts in China.  EFE/MARTIN ALIPAZ

Three current and former employees of Facebook who asked for anonymity have accused Zuckerberg ‘s company to have developed a new censure tool that would help the company to get back into the Chinese market, where the social network has been blocked. The new software helps the social network to suppress posts from appearing in people’s news feeds in specific geographic areas, according to three current and former Facebook employees. Mr. Zuckerberg has supported and defended the effort, the people added, according to The New York Times.

Filantropía en la era de la diversidad

 11/22/2016 - 14:07
Filantropía en la era de la diversidad

El mundo de la filantropía evoca imágenes de hombres y mujeres adinerados luciendo tuxedos y pieles en fiestas y galas de lujo. El estereotipo es merecido - generaciones de ricos patrones donando generosamente su dinero y prestigio a un selecto grupo de fundaciones, año tras año, creando un sólido sistema, aunque también elitista, rehogado en una buena dosis de tradición y ego.

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Philantropies in the age of diversity

 11/22/2016 - 13:47
Philantropies in the age of diversity

The world of philanthropy conjures images of well-heeled men and women donning tuxedos and furs at fancy galas. The stereotype is well-deserved - generations of wealthy patrons lavishly contributed money and prestige to a select group of foundations over the generations, creating a robust yet exclusionary system steeped in tradition and ego.

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