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Milwaukee – Run/Walk to Milwaukee Irish Fest participants will make their way to Milwaukee Irish Fest on Saturday, August 20, 2016 to help support the Arthritis Foundation and its mission to cure arthritis. The Arthritis Foundation strives to make it easier for people living with the disease to achieve everyday victories. Run/Walk to Milwaukee Irish Fest brings together the community to fight arthritis, the nation’s leading cause of disability, and is a great way to experience the power of giving back to your community.

Local honorees will share their inspiring stories of living with arthritis during the Run/Walk to Milwaukee Irish Fest. Adult Champion Jenny Washburn is a 41 year old, mother of two, a wife, business owner and a wellness advocate; she also has arthritis. Jenny was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) at age 29. When she was first diagnosed, she let RA define her life. Her pain was intense and unpredictable, so she stopped doing things she loved in fear of damaging her joints and the pain. The daily tasks that most people take for granted became an uphill battle for Jenny.

Although there are still days Jenny suffers from RA and depression, she uses those days as a lesson. “I listen to my body and give it what it needs to be able to live the life I want and deserve,” says Jenny, “My mission is to give hope, courage and strength to those that feel like their disease controls them. There is a better life waiting for you!”

In the United States alone, more than 50 million adults and 300,000 children live with arthritis. Costing the U.S. economy $156 billion dollars a year, arthritis affects one in five Americans and causes more activity limitation than heart disease, cancer or diabetes. The Run/Walk to Milwaukee Irish Fest will help those living with arthritis by supporting programs, research and advocacy initiatives as well as fund crucial research aimed at finding a cure for the disease.

Medical Champion Dr. Donald Zoltan has been involved with the prevention and treatment of arthritis his entire medical career. He is a board certified orthopedic surgeon at Sports Medicine & Orthopedic Center, S.C. and after many years treating arthritis patients, he knows the true effects of arthritis.

“Arthritis is more than just a few minor aches and pains. It’s a debilitating disease that robs people of their dreams,” says Medical Champion Dr. Donald Zoltan. “When you support the Run/Walk to Milwaukee Irish Fest, you become a Champion of Yes, helping us build a lifetime of victories while accelerating the search for a cure. Whether you are close to the disease or simply looking for an inspiring charity event that truly makes a difference, Run/Walk to Milwaukee Irish Fest is a great way to experience the power of standing together in the fight for a cure.”

To register for the Run/Walk to Milwaukee Irish Fest or to learn more about the event, visit 2016runtoirishfest.kintera.org or contact Molly Breitbach at 414-239-6181. To learn more about the Arthritis Foundation’s quest to cure arthritis, visit arthritis.org

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Milwaukee – Out of the first 9 cities mentioned as the most Drunkest cities in America, Wisconsin has 6 cities out of 9 .

Wisconsin made a splash this past week after a report released by 24/7 Wall Street, listed 6 out of the top 9  drunkest cities in America are located in Wisconsin.

24/7 Wall Street ranked both the drunkest and driest cities in America. The Badger state not only took 6 of the top 9 positions listed in the report, Wisconsin cities took all honors by being listed as the state were 12 of the top 20 cities were the drunkest in the nation.

The top 20 most inebriated cities in America, according to the report are:

1. Appleton

2. Oshkosh-Neenah

3. Green Bay

4. Madison

5. Fargo, North

Dakota

6. Fond du Lac

7. La Cross – Onalaska

8. Ames, Iowa

9. Eau Claire

10. Mankato-North

Mankato,

Minnesota

11. Wausau

12. Sheboygan

13. Missoula,

Montana

14. Grand Forks,

North Dakota

15. Racine

16. Janesville-Beloit

17. Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis

18. Lincoln, Nebraska

19. Iowa City, Iowa

20. Corvallis, Oregon

The report lists four metrics for each of the cities, studied. They include:

– Percent of adults drinking to excess

– Percent of driving deaths involving alcohol

– Premature death rate

– Median household income

The data was collected using these indicators, according to the report.

“To identify the drunkest and least drunk cities in the United States, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed self-reported binge and heavy drinking rates among adults in U.S. metro areas from County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute joint program.

Excessive drinking can take the form of binge drinking or heavy drinking. The CDC defines binge drinking as consuming four or more drinks for women and five or more drinks for men during a single sitting. Heavy drinking is defined as some 15 or more drinks consumed per week for men and eight or more drinks for women.”

Of particular concern for many Wisconsin cities is the high rate of drunk driving:

Drunk driving accounts for 31.0% of roadway fatalities nationwide. In Green Bay, Wisconsin, a city where over a quarter of adults drink excessively, 47.5% of fatal car accidents involve alcohol, the seventh highest in the country.

Another interesting matter of concern is information from the report pointing out that  Wisconsin has a larger than normal number of bars per capita.

There are an average of 1.6 bars for every 10,000 residents across the metro areas examined. With the exception of Corvallis, Oregon, each of the 20 cities with the highest excessive drinking rates has at least that many bars per capita.

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051816Frontpage1pixMILWAUKEE – Leon’s Frozen Custard has an English-only policy — a policy for which one group has called for a federal investigation.

Ron Schneider, the owner of Leon’s, says his policy has been around for years, and it doesn’t appear that it is hurting his business.

Leon’s is located near 27th and Oklahoma on Milwaukee’s south side.

Schneider told FOX6 News his employees can only speak English on the job.

“Hey, c`mon! It is America. We`ve spoken English for a long, long time,” Schneider said.

The issue came to a head when a Leon’s customer placed an order in Spanish.

The Leon’s employee whispered in Spanish, “I`m not allowed to speak Spanish to you”.

Another customer heard the conversation and placed placed his order in Spanish. The Leon’s employee gave him the same response.

The incident took on a life of its when when the incident was reported over social media with many attacking the policy and many others applauding Leon’s.

However, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is one group that is not applauding Leon’s and is calling for a federal investigation into Leon’s Frozen Custard’s English only policy.

Schneider however stands by the policy and ratcheted up the rhetoric by saying:

“If you don’t want to be on the same page, you must continue to watch the country erode and descend into third world status,” said Schneider, during an interview with TODAY’S TMJ4.

Mundomax Wisconsin spoke with Schneider who informed Mundomax that he only has two employees that speak Spanish.

The policy is something that  LULAC says is in violation of federal law.

“We learned of their language policy, which is in clear violation of federal labor law. Upon reviewing the statements made by management in a video interview detailing Leon’s policy, we are requesting an investigation of this policy by the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission,” LULAC officials said in a written statement.

LULAC is an organization with a mission to “advance the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, housing, health and civil rights of the Hispanic population of the United States,” the release states.

Below is a statement from LULAC of Wisconsin State Director Dr. Arturo Martinez:

“In the last 24 hours, LULAC of Wisconsin has received numerous requests to investigate the issue of workplace policy as it pertains to language at Leon’s Frozen Custard located at 3131 S. 27th Street in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. While many of us consider this as a community institution, it was surprising when we learned of their language policy, which is in clear violation of federal labor law. Upon reviewing the statements made by management in a video interview detailing Leon’s policy, we are requesting an investigation of this policy by the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The law is clear on this issue and offers few exceptions. In the meantime, we encourage management to review their current employment policies with counsel to bring them into compliance. We are confident that in doing so, it will lead to a stronger business and a stronger community.”

051116 fp bottom fold pix 1ROCHESTER — On May 30, Rochester will host its 150th Memorial Day celebration — the longest continuous Memorial Day observance in Wisconsin.

The event is expected to attract thousands so in anticipation of the crowds the village will offer off-site parking and a wagon shuttle at this year’s milestone Memorial Day event.

Among several presenters Speaker of the House Paul Ryan will be speaking at the festivities.

Organizers say that this years event will include a memorial service in Rochester Cemetery, a parade, speakers, a 21-gun salute and the lowering of a wreath into the Fox River to commemorate those who died defending the nation.

Because the Main Street bridge that runs over the Fox River will be closed for repairs, organizers of the event are asking that visitors enter Rochester through Burlington via Highway W or through Waterford via Front/Jefferson Street.

Parking will not be allowed along the parade route. Instead, public parking will be available at HyPro, 600 S. Jefferson St., in Waterford Industrial Park. Event goers can board wagon rides from there which will transport them to Pioneer Park.

The event will also include a white horse with a red sash, which harkens back to the village’s first observances of this day.

Pioneer Park has been spruced up by the village in preparation of the event by completing a new gazebo, adding some plantings, and installing new benches and trash cans.

Rochester Memorial Day Schedule

11:30 a.m.: Service by Essman-Schroeder American Legion Post 20 at Rochester Cemetery

1:30 p.m.: Parade through the village starting at the Rochester Firehouse and ending at Pioneer Park

Following parade: Patriotic music and special speakers including Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, a 21-gun salute and lowering of wreath into Fox River.

051116 fp middle fold pix 3By Robert Miranda

Very low levels of lead exposure can cause significant neurologic damage to children and stunt normal brain growth. Such exposure is linked to cognitive and behavioral impairment which influences learning disabilities in children and violent behavior in teens. Low doses of lead can cause shortened attention span and a host of learning disorders that often cause lead-exposed children to perform poorly in school and ultimately to drop out.

It has been more than a few months since the scandal in Flint, Michigan made national news, and in that time many cities around the country scrambled from the scrutiny that was sure to come from the public regarding the safety of their water supply.

Milwaukee was no exception. In January 2016, the leading bureaucrats from the Department of Public Works (DPW); Milwaukee Water Works (MWW) and the Department of Public Health appeared before the Milwaukee Common Council Steering and Rules Committee, to prove Milwaukee water was safe to drink. But there was a problem. A contradiction.

While the three bureaucrats insisted that the water was safe, they acknowledged that the water is contaminated with lead. The contamination is caused by lead service lines connecting from homes to city water mains. The lead pipes are so disconcerting MWW issued a letter in Spanish and English advising thousands of homes with lead service laterals to take precaution when drinking water.

But it appears that’s all the city has done so far on the matter.

Advising residents to run their water for 3-5 minutes is akin to putting up a sign near a pond to warn people the ice maybe be thin, you skate at your own peril. Problem is, skating on ice is a matter of choice, water is a matter of vital necessity.

Indeed, lead is proven to be a major contributor in violent behavior.  A study suggests a direct link between early lead exposure and an increased risk of criminal behavior.

Researchers at the University of Cincinnati used long-term data from a childhood lead study, and what they found showed “elevated prenatal and postnatal blood-lead concentrations associated with higher rates of criminal arrest in adulthood” according to the study.

The findings are published in the journal PLoS Medicine.  http://journals.plos.org/plosmedicine/article?id=10.1371/journal.pmed.0050101

The study monitored infants born to women living in older, lead-contaminated housing in Cincinnati between 1979 and 1984. Of the original 376 newborns recruited, 250 were identified for the study. Researchers found that individuals with increased “blood-lead levels before birth and during early childhood had higher rates of arrest than the rest of the study population after age 18.”

Lead in the water is a secondary source affecting Milwaukee low income families.

Clearly, reducing childhood lead exposure via water may be an important and achievable way to reduce violent crime.

By Robert Miranda

Editor’s Commentary

As Puerto Rico defaults on its debt, banks around the world look in stunned disbelief at the manner the American Congress and Senate have just dragged their feet supporting America’s Territory in the Atlantic.

Last week, Puerto Rican Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla said the island’s Government Development Bank (GDB) was not going to make good on its $422 million payment due to its creditors.

A Reuters report ahead of Padilla’s speech said the GDB was “expected to skip at least the principal portion of its payment to hedge funds, credit unions, and other bondholders.”

Like many financially distressed governments around the globe — think Greece, for example — Puerto Rico has been faced with demands from creditors while the island undertake drastic spending cuts to create surpluses large enough to meet debt obligations.

When Greece was in financial stress the United States and world financial institutions responded to help Greece. Yet with Puerto Rico it seems the United States is kicking and crying about having to find a solution for Puerto Rico.

Padilla reinforces his position in which he argues that the island will continue negotiations with its creditors to pay the debt.

In the financial world, Puerto Rico’s distress does not come as a great shock, and many creditors believe that the island will eventually reach agreements to pay back its creditors.

Padilla’s announcement is also certainly not the end of Puerto Rico’s fiscal dilemma. Puerto Rico’s GDB has held talks with groups holding some of its $4 billion in bonds to try to restructure the debt consensually. Nevertheless, Padilla insists the U.S. territory needs relief from debt payments.

A default would ratchet up pressure on the U.S. Congress to find a legislative solution for Puerto Rico. 

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan initially called for a plan by March 31. However, draft legislation from the House Natural Resources Committee, which would put Puerto Rico’s finances under federal oversight and allow it to restructure debt through a bankruptcy-like process, has faced opposition from liberal and conservative wings of both parties.

Whatever the outcome, what is certain is the fact that the Republicans are turning their backs on Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico has been America’s southern most defense outpost in the Atlantic for all of the 20th century and Puerto Ricans have fought in every major campaign when America called. Now the GOP has forsaken Puerto Rican blood – throwing Puerto Ricans under the bus.

Tell House Speaker Paul Ryan: Puerto Rico must be supported.

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The Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau was established in 1986.

Around that time it was difficult to envision Kenosha County as a tourist destination.

Thirty years later Tourism has become a vital part of the local Kenosha economy, creating new jobs, adding tax revenue and enhancing the overall quality of life in the community.

“Tourism is important, not only in the (economic) growth we’ve seen in the past five years,” said Dennis DuChene, the tourism bureau’s president. “It adds to the quality of life. The Kenosha area is a great place to visit.” Many of the same events, attractions and natural elements that attract visitors, also benefit residents, DuChene continued.

“The many unique attractions we have,” are a part of the draw, Duchene explained. “We have the cultural attractions on the lakefront, the Civil War Museum and the Civic Museum. And we have fun things like the Jelly Belly tour out in Pleasant Prairie.”

According to data released by state tourism officials, travelers spent an estimated $196.6 million in Kenosha County in 2015, an 8.1 percent increase over 2014. In visitor spending growth, the county ranked fourth in Wisconsin last year – the second year in the top 10. Kenosha County visitor spending has grown an average of 6.4 percent annually since 2010.

According to state calculations, tourism in Kenosha County generated $22.1 million in state and local tax revenues and $14.8 million in Federal tax revenues last year.

The county competes with Illinois and counties to the north and west for new manufacturing, warehousing and logistics jobs, tourism-related businesses often consider the Kenosha area a superior choice for their operations.

“A number of charter boat captains have (relocated) from other ports to the Kenosha harbor,” he said. “We have a great harbor and one of the longest seasons and highest catch rates. It’s a strong industry for us. We offer great value here, too. When people come to town (to hire a fishing boat), they don’t have to pay to park. And they can stay at a lakefront hotel.”

DuChene highlights the willingness of Kenosha and Pleasant Prairie to build and improve facilities that draw thousands of people every year as a sign of their commitment to tourism.

“Over the past couple of years, there have been improvements to (Kenosha’s) Nash Park and that has been a great help in (making it available) to host tournaments,” he said. “We’re hopeful that when the Velodrome (renovation) is complete, we’ll be able to host national races. Without the city’s help, that project would have never been done.”

“Pleasant Prairie has been very supportive, not just with events, buit also with the room tax of 8 percent, of which we get 90 percent. They have never argued over that funding. They understand the importance of tourism.”

The KACVB is not about to let recent successes go to its head. DuChene and his staff remain busy inventing and reinventing the organization. It uses a number of social media tools to create a daily stream of information, calendar items, photos and blogs to highlight the many events taking place.

050416-Mariella-pix-4Recaudacion de Fondos para  Becas Escolares, 17 Añosde “All you can Eat Taco Dinner” 2016

Por Marilla Godinez Muñoz

El pasado Viernes 29 de Abril, tuvimos la oportunidad de asistir al “ All you can Eat Taco Dinner” orginzado por The Wisconsin Hispanic Scholarship Foundation, Inc. y Mexican Fiesta. La organizacion se siente orgullosa de celebrar 17 años  años de realizer este evento con el fin de recaudar fondos para becas escolares. Otra cosa muy importanteque debo mencionar es que se ha realizado en la escuela VieauUbicada en la calle 4th y Avenida nacional.

Ese dia cientos de adultos y niños se dieron cita para comer tacos y disfurtar de un gran variedad de actividades, en la cualtambien hubo concursos y participaciones del publico, los cualesse ganaros diferentes premios. este evento coincidio con la celberacion del dia del niño, asi que tanto grandes como chicosse divirtieron a lo grande.

Tambien hay que mencionar que este tipo de eventos se realizagracias a la colaboracion de miembos de la orgainzacion, sponsor y voluntarios que pone un granito de arena cada año.

Los orgainzadores dicen: “ Miramos los 16 años anteriores, y reconocemos que este evento es un exito gracias al apoyo de la union entre negociantes de nuestra comunidad, y donacionesgenerosas como la de El Supermerco El Rey. Tambien gracias al apoyo de nuestra comunidad, de esta forma podemos ayudar a jovenes hispanos que decean estudiar una Carrera univeristaria”

Pronto podrán ver el reportaje completo en nuestro programaHoy Wisconsin Today! que se trasmite por Mundomax canal 38.1 en antena regular, DIRECTV Canal 38 y 807 Por Time Warner Cable. Hasta la proxima y gracias por leer mi artículo.

050416-fp-top-fold-pix-1Puerto Rico’s Economic Meltdown On Speaker Paul Ryan’s Shoulder

By Robert Miranda

Puerto Rico’s economic troubles continue, as the island defaults on $422 million in debt payments. Puerto Rico’s economy is over $70 billion dollars in the red.

“Faced with the inability to meet the demands of our creditors and the needs of our people, I had to make a choice,” Gov. Alejandro García Padilla said Sunday in a televised address on the Island. “I decided that essential services for the 3.5 million American citizens in Puerto Rico came first.”

The payment default could ramp up pressure on policymakers in Washington to move forward with legislation that would let the island restructure its debt, as well as establish an outside fiscal control board to monitor its finances.

At the end of 2015, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) set a March 31 deadline for action to address Puerto Rico’s debt crisis. That deadline slipped, and lawmakers are now on a weeklong recess with no legislation pending as Puerto Rico suffers its largest default to date.

What will happen next will have to wait until July 1 as the next potential deadline for action looms. On that date, the island is supposed to make roughly $2 billion in debt payments, and experts do not believe those payments will be made.

Padilla blamed the United States Congress, saying he’s been warning Washington for close to a year now about the island’s financial situation.

“In our efforts to avoid a humanitarian crisis, we have repeatedly traveled to Washington to convey the urgency of the situation,” he said.

Padilla called on House lawmakers to get over the “internal partisan and ideological divisions” and move forward with the issue, singling out Speaker Paul Ryan to “exercise his leadership.”

The House Natural Resources Committee is still working on crafting a relief bill after progress on the measure stalled in April.

Padilla also reserved scorn for investors that have lobbied hard against any legislation that would allow the island to restructure its debts.

Many lawmakers were spooked after the Center for Individual Freedom, a dark money group that does not have to disclose its donors, began running ads blasting the bill as a “bailout,” even though no federal money goes to the island under it.

Many believe Puerto Rican investors opposed to any deal helped finance the ads, and García Padilla said “pure greed” by “vulture funds and their lobbyists” was behind efforts to defeat the bill.

In closing, Padilla hailed its citizens’ commitment to America, noting the sacrifice many Puerto Ricans have made fighting in U.S. military conflicts.

“We have proven with blood our shared values with the United States. Now, Congress must show this commitment is mutual,” he said.

042716-fp-bottomKenosha Fire Chief Retiring

Kenosha – John Thomsen is retiring from the Kenosha Fire Department after 32 years serving Kenosha as a firefighter, 10 of those years as fire chief.

Mayor John Antaramian said “He has a distinguished career. He should be very proud of what he has done, a good job. I wish him and his family best.”

‘Distinguished’ career

Thomsen began his career as an entry-level firefighter in 1984. In 1985, he was transferred to Station 3/Rescue 3, where he remained until 1996. During that time, Thomsen was promoted to lieutenant.

In 1998, Thomsen was promoted to fire inspector/fire investigator in the Fire Prevention Bureau until his promotion to captain in 2001 and assigned to Engine 4.

One year later, he was promoted to house captain of Station 4 assigned to Ladder 4. In 2006, he became an interim battalion chief and ultimately the chief in 2006. He is Kenosha’s longest-serving fire chief in five decades.

Thomsen’s last day will be July 19. He could not be reached for comment on Monda

042716fpmiddleMilwaukee NBA Native Disputes Report

Dallas Mavericks guard Devin Harris is disputing a report from The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (MJS) that claims Harris is a secret owner of a real estate company that owed $193,636 in fines fir building code violations and back taxes in a three-year period from 2012 to 2014.

Devin Harris tweeted out on April 25 this message after the story was published by MJS, “The news story today is not only false, but is 100% irresponsible journalism. A shame from my hometown paper.”

Harris, who is in his 12th NBA season, is a Milwaukee native and was a star player for the Wisconsin Badgers.

Harris went on Twitter to say that he is considering legal action against the paper.

The MJS revealed that Harris’ company, Divine Momentum Real State LLC owns 66 Milwaukee rental properties.

According to the MJS report, Divine Momentum still has $160,000 in combined in fines and taxes outstanding after making payments in 2014.

MJS reports that Harris’ name does not appear on any public paperwork for Divine Momentum. It received confirmation of his ownership from Johnny Ridley, a friend of Harris’ from high school who used to work as a property manager for the company.

Monica Kim, attorney for Divine Momentum Real Estate, urged the MJS not to use Harris’ name in connection with the company.

042716fptopWalker Signs Bill Blocking Issuing IDs – Boycott of Menard’s Planned

Madison – Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill that hinders Milwaukee’s efforts to provide local photo IDs to the homeless, immigrants in the country illegally and others who have difficulty obtaining state IDs.

The Republican-backed bill prohibits towns and counties from spending money on or issuing photo IDs. It also prohibits using city or village IDs to vote or obtain public benefits, like food stamps.

Thousands of protesters packed the state Capitol in February to protest the bill and another failed proposal that would have banned so-called “sanctuary cities.”

Critics call the ID bill anti-immigrant and said it’s aimed at Milwaukee city and county plans to issue local IDs to assist with everyday tasks, like opening bank accounts or obtaining prescriptions. The bill’s supporters say it will reduce confusion and fraud.

In response to Governor Walker’s signing of the bill into law, Voces de la Frontera (VDLF) released the following statement:

“Governor Walker and the Republicans in the State Legislature should be ashamed of themselves for taking away local governments’ ability to recognize and respond to the needs of some of their most vulnerable constituents, and they will suffer consequences for their bigotry,” said Christine Neumann-Ortiz, Executive Director of Voces de la Frontera. “We made it clear that if this bill was passed we would call for a boycott of one of Governor Walker’s largest corporate funders, and on May 1st, in Milwaukee and throughout the nation, we will be calling on all people who believe in the dignity of all people to boycott Menard’s.”

042016-fp-bottom-fold-pix-1¿Por qué se produjo el terremoto de Ecuador?

Ecuador.- El terremoto de Ecuador, registrado el pasado sábado 16 de abril a las 18:58 h (hora local) con una magnitud de 7,8, fue el sismo más destructivo del país en los últimos treinta años. El hipocentro se localizó frente a Pedernales (Manabí), a veinte kilómetros de profundidad, rtos y más de 2.000 heridos.

Desde el pasado sábado, el Instituto Geofísico de Ecuador ha registrado más de 230 réplicas, con magnitudes que varían entre 3,5 y 6,1, localizadas mayoritariamente cerca del Puerto Cabuyal, en la provincia de Manabí. Estas réplicas son superficiales, es decir, han sucedido a una profundidad menor a los veinte kilómetros. La más importante fue registrada ayer 17 de abril a las 2:13 h (hora local), con una magnitud de 6,1, que pudo sentirse incluso en Guayaquil. Tras los daños personales y materiales ocurridos, cabe preguntarse por qué sucedió el terremoto de Ecuador y si es posible que ocurran sismos tan potentes en los próximos días.

La teoría de las placas tectónica

En 1912, Alfred Wegener postuló una teoría completamente revolucionaria y polémica sobre el desplazamiento de los continentes. Según el soldado alemán y profesor de meteorología, en el pasado los continentes habrían estado unidos en un supercontinente denominado Pangea. La deriva explicaría que, posteriormente, los continentes se hubieran separado.

Para explicar esta deriva, geólogos como Harry Hess plantearon una nueva hipótesis: la teoría de las placas tectónicas, basada en los postulados de Wegener.

Según esta idea, cada placa es una porción de la litosfera terrestre que se mueve de forma independiente. Sus límites suelen llevar asociados procesos de sismicidad y vulcanismo, como los que marcaron el terremoto de Ecuador.

La teoría de las galletas y las natillas

La teoría de las placas tectónicas puede explicarse con una metáfora culinaria. Cada placa podría ser comparada con una galleta que “flota” sobre el manto terrestre, parecido a las natillas. De esta forma las placas o galletas pueden desplazarse separándose o acercándose a otras placas, o bien moviéndose de forma paralela.

En función del movimiento relativo de las placas, se definen también tres límites entre las placas. Si el movimiento es de separación, se trata de límites divergentes o dorsales; en el caso de acercamiento entre las placas, hablaremos de límites convergentes o fosas; y por último, los desplazamientos paralelos provocan límites o fallas transformantes.

Como explica a Hipertextual la Dra. María José Jurado Rodríguez, investigadora del Instituto de Ciencias de la Tierra Jaume Almera (ICTJA-CSIC), “un límite de placas divergente lo tenemos en Islandia donde las placas se separan y sale magma, por lo que es un punto donde podemos ver cómo es la dorsal centro oceánica que recorre el Atlántico de norte a sur y que separó Europa y África de América”. La científica pone como ejemplos de límites convergentes de subducción aquellos localizados a lo largo de la costa del Pacífico en América del Sur, desde Ecuador hasta Chile. Por último, la geóloga recuerda que la falla de San Andrés en California es una muestra de límite transformante, que causa terremotos que afectan a Los Ángeles y San Francisco.

¿Qué ocurrió en Ecuador?

El último informe del Instituto Geofísico de Ecuador señala que el sismo se produjo como resultado del desplazamiento entre dos placas tectónicas: la placa de Nazca (placa oceánica) se sumerge bajo la Sudamericana (placa continental). El movimiento se conoce como proceso de subducción, y es el mismo que estuvo detrás del terremoto de Ecuador del 31 de enero de 1906, que con una magnitud de 8,8 fue el más grande registrado en el país y el sexto más importante a nivel mundial. Otros seísmos, como los del 14 de mayo de 1942 y del 19 de enero de 1958, con magnitudes de 7,8, y el terremoto de Ecuador del 12 de diciembre de 1979, con una magnitud de 8,1, también se produjeron debido a este fenómeno.

Según los expertos del US Geological Survey de Estados Unidos, la placa de Nazca se hunde bajo la placa continental a una velocidad de 61 milímetros por año. El estudio de las ondas sísmicas revela que lo que llamamos “mecanismo focal” responde al desplazamiento de una falla inversa, un fenómeno que comenzó frente a Pedernales y se dirigió hacia el sur provocando que la tierra temblase, según el estudio de las réplicas posteriores al terremoto de Ecuador. “Es precisamente este desplazamiento lo que genera el terremoto”, aclara Jurado Rodríguez a este medio. Los trabajos con señales de GPS de alta precisión mostraron que dicha región estaba en un proceso de acumulación creciente de energía. En otras palabras, la posibilidad de que sucediera un sismo como el del pasado sábado era alta.

¿Pueden ocurrir más terremotos?

Los especialistas han calificado el terremoto de Ecuador como “un sismo importante”, no solo por el número de fallecidos y heridos, sino porque es el más grave ocurrido en el país desde 1979 y presentó una magnitud similar a los seísmos de 1942 y 1958. El número de réplicas que han ocurrido desde el pasado sábado tenderá a disminuir, aunque no se puede descartar todavía que haya más sismos con magnitudes mayores a 5,0.

El temblor que sacudió a Ecuador, por tanto, se produjo por un fenómeno muy conocido. Y es que la orientación del plano de falla coincide con la orientación de la zona de subducción, es decir, con la región en la que la placa de Nazca se hunde por debajo de la placa continental. Según la geóloga del ICTJA-CSIC, “el proceso por el que la placa de Nazca se hunde por debajo de la placa continental genera tensiones en el terreno que provocan que rompa o, lo que es lo mismo, que se formen fallas”. Cuando el terreno se rompe y se mueven estas fallas, hay grandes desplazamientos de bloques en el subsuelo. Por tanto existe una relación entre la longitud de las fallas que se desplazan y la magnitud del terremoto. “De esa forma se reequilibran las tensiones del empuje de la placa de Nazca”, comenta la científica.

Los datos de GPS recopilados hasta el momento han permitido encontrar zonas de acumulación de esfuerzo que también coinciden con la zona de contacto entre la placa oceánica y la Sudamericana. El proceso de subducción, estudiado desde hace años por la geología, ha provocado una de las mayores desgracias recientes en Ecuador. La investigación para conocer este fenómeno nos permitirá mejorar los sistemas de predicción, alerta y evacuación ante seísmos tan fuertes como el del pasado sábado.

Milwaukee Water Treatment Plant Howard Avenue

Milwaukee Water Treatment Plant Howard Avenue

City of Milwaukee Drinking Water Disinfectant Suspect

By Robert Miranda

Editors Commentary

Some scholars suspect lead poisoning had something to do with the fall of Rome. While there is historical evidence that indicate that Roman authorities knew of the hazard lead presented in their water system, the jury is still out on whether lead caused Rome’s demise.

Milwaukee has a lead hazard issue. It is an issue that Milwaukee elected leaders and City Hall bureaucrats have known about for decades. However, the injustice is not in whether these public servants have or not have known about this danger to our children’s health, the injustice the authorities of Milwaukee must answer to is why they do not have a strategic PLAN in place to address this toxic hazard.

Over the past few decades’ municipal water utilities transitioned from disinfection with free chlorine to chloramine. However, within the past recent decade there have been numerous investigations revealing increased levels of metal in the water system after the introduction of chloramine.

According to a 2013 report by the United States Department of the Interior, the change from chlorine to chloramine in municipal water systems contributed to a change in the water chemistry. The report goes on to say that “chloramine and its byproducts, caused higher corrosion levels and increased leaching of the metal into the drinking water.”

The use of lead pipes for distributing drinking water was banned in the United States since 1986. Thirty years later Milwaukee has 70,000 homes, mostly in the central city, still using service line pipes made of lead. To date, there is no strategic plan by city authorities aimed at removing these pipes.

In 1991, the Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) set lead and copper “action limits” at 0.015 and 1.3 (mg/L), respectively. If more than 10% of tap water samples exceed this level, municipal water works agencies must take additional steps to control the corrosivity of their water. The LCR has strict procedures for monitoring water distribution systems, as well as requirements that must be met should “action limits” be exceeded.

The City of Milwaukee meets LCR requirements from source to plant water however; Milwaukee bureaucrats wash their hands of any responsibility regarding water that flows into the 70,000 private properties with lead lateral pipes. 

This is where we have a concern. The city uses chloramine as a secondary disinfectant to our water. Chloramine is not a friend to the minerals the city uses, which provide a coating designed to stop the leaching of lead in the water flowing into the home from these lead made service pipes.

Chloramine is believed to form “higher solubility scales that can increase dissolution of metals.” According to the report by the United States Department of the Interior, elastomeric materials tend to be more strongly degraded by chloramines.  “Corrosion issues, such as increased leaching of metals or degradation of polymers, may arise when transitioning between disinfection techniques due to their varying effects on water chemistry”, says the report.

Chloramine is a combination of chlorine and ammonia often used for final disinfection in drinking water. Chloramine was considered to be a “safer” disinfectant than its older cousin chlorine because it reduces the formation of certain toxic byproducts.

Water disinfection byproducts are associated with increased risk of cancer and possibly adverse effects on the development of the fetus, so minimizing their levels in drinking water is a good thing. Yet, chloramines can drastically increase the leaching of lead from lead pipes into the drinking water.

Lead is a toxic metal that can be harmful to human health even at low exposure levels. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) went as far to set the maximum contaminant level goal for lead in drinking water at zero under the Safe Drinking Water Act.

Who is most at risk?

The children, the unborn and the future of Milwaukee.

Long-term exposure to lead can cause serious health problems, particularly in children under the age of six. Lead is toxic to everyone, but unborn babies and young children are at greatest risk for health problems from lead poisoning. Long-term symptoms include behavioral problems, adverse brain development, and anemia to name a few.

As stated before, the City of Milwaukee currently has over 70,000 homes that have been identified as having lead pipe laterals. The large majority of those homes are in the central areas of Milwaukee where you have large swaths of low-income minority populations, primarily Blacks and Hispanics.

The negligence, or incompetence, of City of Milwaukee elected officials and administrators to not address this potential hazard is startling. In a Rules and Steering Committee earlier this year, Ald. Bob Bauman testified that he was aware of lead pipe lateral potential hazard and that six years ago he was concerned with the potential liability to the city the pipes presented by selling tax foreclosed homes the city owned that have lead lateral pipes. No mention of the potential hazard to children drinking poisonous water, just concern over being sued for knowingly selling homes that could have poisonous drinking water.

This declaration of arrogance and lack of concern for our children’s health is indicative of the representative government we have here in the City of Milwaukee.

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Hector Colon

Overcrowding and Staff Shortages at Juvenile Detention Center, Superintendent Terminated

Milwaukee – A 9-page April 18 memo from Health and Human Services Director Hector Colón to Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele, addresses concerns about the Milwaukee County Juvenile Detention Center (JDC) in Wauwatosa.

Colon’s memo addresses staffing shortages that has forced the JDC to implement mandatory 12-hour shifts and no time off for officers working at the center, which is trying to deal with overcrowding issues that have occurred 33 days since Jan. 1.

The memo informed Abele that the conditions regarding staff hours cause increased stress among JDC staff, “combined with overcrowding conditions, this environment can create a heightened risk of incidents”.

The timing of the memo comes at a critical period as Milwaukee County authorities scramble to deal with trying to find alternative locations for Milwaukee youths residing at the troubled Lincoln Hills youth facility in northern Wisconsin, Colón’s memo states.

The Lincoln Hills youth facility is currently being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Wisconsin Department of Justice for alleged abuses including potential second-degree sexual assault, neglect of children and intimidation of victims and witnesses. Federal authorities are also investigating whether there was a pattern of civil rights violations.

Colon’s memo points out that 49 youths were transferred from Lincoln Hills to the JDC staying an average of 21 days while waiting for judicial review of available options over the past few months.

The memo states that in the first three months of this year the total number of admissions to the JDC shot up to 520, from 461 in the last three months of 2015 after problems at Lincoln Hills were first made public.

The increase in youth contributed to the “…significant staffing shortage” in the first three months of this year — including vacant positions and employees not available for work due to family medical leaves or worker’s compensation.

According to the memo a number of youths had to sleep on the floor on foam rubber mattresses called “boats” on 20 of the 33 nights the JDC was overcrowded.

To relieve the overcrowding, Colón suggest that a detention center in Racine County can provide support as a last resort.

Colón notes that authorities from Milwaukee and Racine counties are negotiating terms of an agreement allowing such a temporary transfer of youths.

Colón’s memo states he first became aware of the growing staff shortage and crowding at the Milwaukee County facility in late March. He initiated an internal investigation resulting in the memo to Abele.

To address the staff shortage, two officers were hired and are in training and are expected to be in staff within a week.

More hires are expected. Meanwhile, county officials will be seeking volunteers from within to help relieve staff shortage.

So far there are a few volunteers currently going through background checks, complete physical exams and TB tests to be able to participate in an eight-hour training class before assuming any shifts at the JDC.

Colón will be initiating a separate independent investigation of the staffing shortage and crowding by a team made up of representatives from Children’s Court, the district attorney and public defender’s offices, as well as the state Corrections Department and state Department of Children and Families.

Juvenile Detention Center Superintendent Wilma Fonseca was “terminated from employment” on April 12, according to the memo.

Detention Center Deputy Superintendent Terrell Martin has been named interim superintendent, according to the memo.

041316fpbottomSomers Village Ordinance Questioned

SOMERS — A proposed Village ordinance has Tavern in the Village of Somers seeking input.

The Ordinance would require establishments providing live entertainment to be licensed in the village.

Mike McTernan, attorney for the Somers House tavern, spoke before the Village Board representing the tavern owners after they learned authorities were looking to “shut down” the business.

The village is developing an ordinance after ongoing trouble at local taverns, particularly those hosting disc jockeys that sometimes draw large, rowdy crowds.

McTernan said he found it odd that Somers House was not aware of any “contested matter” before the village.

“He has a liquor license. He has zero point violations. He has an occupancy permit under the village ordinances that were adopted,” McTernan said.

McTernan said he learned Somers House would be “shut down” this weekend.

“Why would they be shutting them down? What violation of what law would they be presented with?” McTernan said.

Village Attorney Jeff Davison said under the zoning ordinance, the tavern is not allowed to have live entertainment

McTernan said Somers House was being treated differently than, say, the Kenosha Country Club, which has live jazz, because it attracts a younger crowd.

McTernan said he and Somers House owners want to work with village officials on an ordinance regarding cabaret licenses.

However, Davison stated that the ordinance is needed in response to complaints.

He said Somers House has had underage drinking violations and noise complaints, among others, over the a last few years. In January, at least 18 people were cited for underage drinking by authorities conducting a tavern compliance check.

A draft ordinance is expected to come before the board during a work session next week.

041316fpmiddleActress Rita Moreno Guest Speaker for HPGM Gala – 2016

MILWAUKEE – The Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee (HPGM), announced that Rita Moreno will be the guest speaker for this year’s 2016 Five Star Gala, presented by BMO Harris Bank and Johnson Controls, to be held on Saturday, May 14, at the Pfister Hotel in downtown Milwaukee.

Moreno will attend the third annual HPGM Five Star Gala, to celebrate and recognize HPGM’s 15 years of strong leadership under the theme: Honoring the Past, Celebrating the Present, Building the Future.

“We are thrilled to host the talented and accomplished Rita Moreno to celebrate HPGM’s 15 years of dedicated and unwavering support of encouraging Milwaukee-area Hispanic professionals to reach and exceed their goals,” said Kara Kaiser, HPGM Gala Co-chair and Managing Director at BMO Private Bank.

Moreno is one of only twelve performers, and the first Hispanic, to have won all four major annual American entertainment awards: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. Moreno won the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her role in the critically acclaimed film, West Side Story. She is also well known for her movie appearances in Singin’ in the Rain and The King and I.

Moreno won a Grammy Award for her role in “The Electric Company” soundtrack album, and was awarded a Tony Award as Best Featured Actress in the musical The Ritz. Moreno later went on to win two Emmy Awards for roles in The Muppet Show and The Rockford Files. In addition to her accomplishments, President George W. Bush awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Moreno in June 2004. In 2010, she was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama, and was honored by the Hispanic Organization of Latin actresses (HOLA) with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Most recently, Moreno received a Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award from the Kennedy Center Honors in December 2015.

“Rita’s dynamic energy and spirit are perfectly suited to help celebrate HPGM’s 15 years of dedicated support to enrich Hispanic professionals in Milwaukee,” said Grady Crosby, Vice President of Public Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer at Johnson Controls. “We thank her for her generosity in sharing her uplifting stories of achievement, dedication, and perseverance.”

“Rita’s talent and achievements are inspirational,” said HPGM President & CEO Griselda Aldrete, “We welcome the opportunity to hear her story and offer HPGM members, from students to long-standing professionals, the chance to hear, firsthand, how her talent, hard work, and faith in herself propelled her success.”

HPGM’s mission paves the way for Milwaukee-area Hispanic professionals to thrive by creatively fostering leadership, mentoring, education, networking, and new initiative opportunities. Part of the night’s events will include highlighting HPGM’s successful student programs, and announcing the launch of a new undergraduate scholarship program. All funds raised at the 2016 HPGM Five Star Gala will support new initiatives, scholarships and the growth of the organization.

Individual tickets and tables of 10 to the 2016 HPGM Gala are available for purchase by visiting www.hpgm.org, clicking here to register, or contacting Kim Schultz at HPGM at either 414-223-4614 or kim.schultz@hpgm.org.

0413016fgpMilwaukee Bucks To Begin Arena Construction

Milwaukee – The Milwaukee Bucks signed a 30-year lease for their new arena with the Wisconsin Center District this week.

The lease calls for the team to make annual payments averaging $1.5 million and pay financial penalties in the hundreds of millions of dollars if the Bucks leave Milwaukee before the end of the lease.

The lease was signed by a representative of the Wisconsin Center District board, Chairman Scott Neitzel.

The Bucks will be starting construction on the arena, which the team says will cost $524 million, after final arena design approvals from the city of Milwaukee are sent to the Bucks in May; construction will begin in June or July.

Wisconsin Center District officials said “the lease will keep the Bucks in Milwaukee for the next 30 years while providing major economic benefits to Milwaukee and the state”.

“Governor Scott Walker set the goal of protecting taxpayers when negotiating this agreement,” district board chairman and Walker appointee Neitzel said in a press release. “I believe we have done just that.”