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081915-salud-pix-1Are you doing all you can to protect your family’s vision? Local Eye MDs use latest advances to detect and treat vision problems 

Latinos are at a higher risk of losing vision to a number of eye conditions, including glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. What can you do to protect your family?

“Our practice strives to offer the latest technology to detect, track and treat nearly every cause of vision loss. But the most advanced equipment and finest services in the state are of no use if people don’t utilize them. Your best protection is to schedule regular, comprehensive eye exams,” emphasizes Brett Rhode, MD, a partner at Eye Care Specialists, a leading ophthalmology practice honored for its work in serving the health care needs of Milwaukee’s Latino community. The following are just a few of the cutting-edge devices and procedures his practice wants the public to know are available.

Diagnostic Laser Scans of the Eye  

“With our fast, accurate, non-invasive and painless OCT device, patients simply focus on a light while a safe, invisible laser scans the inside of the eye to acquire an image in just seconds. This ‘optical ultrasound’ of the layers of the retina and optic nerve then generates a detailed computer printout (similar to a CT scan) that enables us to detect, track and treat diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and other sight-threatening diseases— sometimes even before any damage occurs.,” explains Daniel Paskowitz, MD, PhD, an eye care specialist with credentials from Harvard and Johns Hopkins. “The information gained from a single OCT scan is often more useful than any other diagnostic tool for protecting vision. If you are at risk for sight loss, you may want to ask about having an OCT scan.”

Medication Injections to Treat Diabetic Eye Disease and Macular Degeneration (AMD) 

Diabetes-related blood sugar fluctuations that damage the retina are a major cause of vision loss in Americans under age 65. Compared with the rest of the population, Latinos in every subgroup (Mexican, Cuban, Puerto Rican, etc.) are not only at higher risk of developing diabetes but are also twice as likely to suffer from more severe diabetic complications, including loss of vision. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of central vision impairment in Americans over age 50, affecting the ability to read, drive, see faces, etc. “The use of medication (Avastin, Eylea and Lucentis) injections to protect against these sight-threatening conditions is one of the greatest advances in ophthalmology in the past 50 years,” reports ophthalmologist and continuing education lecturer Mark Freedman, MD. “These injections inhibit the growth of abnormal blood vessels and damaging retinal swelling that can cause vision loss due to AMD, diabetes, and other conditions.”

“Although there are NO guarantees, we have seen remarkable results. With regular injections (about every six weeks), we have been able to stop the progression of wet AMD in 90% of our patients, and even had up to 30% gain improvement in vision,” says Daniel Ferguson, MD, who, along with his fellow doctors at Eye Care Specialists, performs sight-saving injections on a daily basis. He advises people with diabetes and AMD to see if they are a candidate for treatment.

Cataract Lens Implants

Cataracts are another leading cause of visual impairment in the Latino community. Cataract surgery requires making an opening in the eye to remove the cloudy lens (cataract) and replace it with an artificial lens (to once again focus light rays onto the retina). “At our offices, we offer patients a variety of lens implant options to meet their vision, lifestyle and budget needs,” explains eye care specialist Michael Raciti, MD.

Glaucoma Laser Treatment

Glaucoma threatens the sight of one in every 30 people over age 40 and is a leading cause of permanent blindness. (Your risk is even five times higher if you have a family member with the disease.) Optometrist David Scheidt, OD,  reminds people, “Glaucoma does not show symptoms until permanent severe damage has occurred. As such, you should schedule regular eye exams at least every two years and possibly more often if there is a history of glaucoma in your family.” Rhode adds, “We typically treat glaucoma with prescription drops (often with only one a day). For some patients, however, laser treatment may be effective in both controlling glaucoma fluid pressure and reducing the need to use drops. Our surgeons are trained to utilize highly specialized SLT and ECP laser procedures for qualified candidates. These treatments take less than 10 minutes at our outpatient surgery center and are covered by Medicare and most insurances. If successful, laser surgery can help to reduce the hassle and expense of buying and taking drops.”

For FREE booklets on any topic above, call 414-321-7035

Since 1985, Eye Care Specialists has provided medical, surgical and laser care for virtually every eye condition to more than 130,000 Wisconsinites at offices on 7th & Wisconsin Ave. (in the Wells Fargo Bank Building across from the downtown Milwaukee Central Library), 102nd & National Ave. in West Allis, and Mayfair Rd. in Wauwatosa. Their team also specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases prevalent in the Latino population, including diabetes, cataracts and glaucoma. Appointments are often covered by insurance, Medicare or Medicaid. If these options are not applicable, arrangements can usually be made to accept cash, check, credit card or financing plan payment. Protect your vision or that of someone you know. Call today for more information or for free educational booklets on cataracts, diabetic eye disease, and glaucoma. Or, visit www.eyecarespecialists.net.

WARNING SIGNS 

Poor vision is not a fact of life as you grow older. Schedule a comprehensive dilated eye exam (which is typically covered by Medicare and/or insurance if you have one of the following complaints):

• Sensitivity to light and glare

• Blind spots in your central vision

• Difficulty driving at night

• Holding items closer to view

• Difficulty with reading/close work

• Fading or yellowing of colors

• Vertical lines appear wavy

• Foggy, fuzzy, blurred or double vision

MCTS Launches M•CARD Online

MILWAUKEE – The Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) is happy to announce the latest technology upgrade to the bus system – M•CARD Online. With M•CARD Online, riders can check their balance, add money (passes or STORED Cash Value) to their M•CARD or even order a new card, all from a computer or smartphone. The new service also allows people to register their cards in case they are lost or stolen.

M•CARD Online is still in beta but is live at RideMCTS.comfor all users.

“We’ve made huge improvements to the transit system in the past few years, including more routes, newer buses and of course this new technology,” Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele said. “M•CARD Online makes riding easier and more convenient than ever to CONNECT TO work, school and everywhere else MCTS takes you.”

With the M•CARD you never need to worry about exact change; plus using the M•CARD saves money versus paying with cash ($1.75 vs $2.25). All riders receive a FREE 90-minute transfer when they pay with their M•CARD.

On top of M•CARD Online, passengers can still buy and update their smart cards at more than 90 locations across Milwaukee County. Either online or in a store, customers can load seven and 31-day passes onto the M•CARD, or they can put Stored Cash Value onto the card to pay as they go for rides throughout the system.

MCTS provides, on average, 150,000 rides a day to people across Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington and Waukesha Counties who rely on MCTS to get to work, school and medical appointments

080515-religious-pix-3Escuela Biblica Vacacional Recicle/Recycle 

By: Diana Guadalupe 

Jesus Is My Best Friend was the theme for the Templo de Restauracion on 13th  & Lincoln street Vacation Bible School under the direction of Hilda Crispin and others volunteers. For a whole week the kids were able to have a wonderful time full of great arts and crafts, games and of course getting to know Jesus as their best friend, but what grab my attention is that they were able to use recyclable items like toilet paper rolls, cans, straws, bottle tops and so many other things without spending a huge amount of money to be able offer the kids in the community the opportunity to create beautiful things with their hands.  Well I think a picture is worth a thousand words, right!!!  but to all that love to save the environment and to find things to do… think about how can you enhance the mind of a child by showing them that we can make, create, and do amazing things with things that we already have around the house and in the process encourage others to use recyclable items to offer a program to our community without emptying anyone’s pocket!   GOOD JOB TEMPLO RESTAURACION! WAY TO GO!

Medida republicana para desfinanciar Planned Parenthood fracasa en el senado

La medida republicana para poner fin a la financiación Federal de Planned Parenthood ha fracasado en el Senado. La votación fue de 53 a 46, faltando siete votos de los 60 necesarios para aprobar el proyecto de ley de desfinanciación. Esta medida se había iniciado después de que una organización contraria al aborto publicara videos grabados en secreto, ampliamente editados, que mostraban a los empleados de Planned Parenthood comentando que compartían tejido fetal con investigadores, una práctica que Planned Parenthood afirma realizar legalmente y nunca con fines de lucro. La senadora de Hawái Mazie Hirono fue una de las defensoras de Planned Parenthood.

Hirono expresó: “Indiana retiró la financiación a Planned Parenthood. En uno de los condados, el condado de Scott, esa clínica de Planned Parenthood realizaba la mayoría de los exámenes de enfermedades de transmisión sexual. Ese condado se encuentra en mitad de una crísis de VIH. Tuvieron que improvisar una clínica para tratar con esa crisis y ofrecer servicios que antes brindaba la entidad de Planned Parenthood”.

Informe: Ataques aéreos liderados por Estados Unidos mataron 459 civiles iraquíes y sirios

Un informe del observatorio independiente Airwars estima que los ataques aéreos liderados por Estados Unidos contra el autodenominado Estado Islámico (ISIS) en Irak y Siria han matado al menos a 459 civiles desde que comenzaran los bombardeos cerca de un año atrás. La coalición liderada por Estados Unidos ha lanzado unos 6.000 ataques aéreos en los dos países. Hasta ahora, Estados Unidos ha reconocido que sus ataques aéreos han matado solamente a dos civiles.

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Ethical warning bells went off in April when Chinese researchers reported they had experimented with 85 defective human embryos to try to alter genes in every cell without otherwise damaging the DNA.

They failed. In most cases the genes were not altered at all, and in the few cases where the scientists managed to alter the genes, there were problems.

Even though the researchers had no plans to produce a live baby, their work once again raised the issue of how soon science will be able to engineer designer babies and, just as importantly, whether doing so is ethical.

“Science is moving at such a rapid pace that society can’t put off much longer deciding what it thinks about the concept,” says Peter Schattner, a scientist and author of the book “Sex, Love and DNA: What Molecular Biology Teaches Us About Being Human” (www.peterschattner.com).

“Abortion has long been a challenging and controversial issue, but with our increased ability to use fetal DNA to glimpse into the potential child’s future, the moral issues have multiplied.”

As science progresses, parents may be able to choose a child based not just on the sex, but on such criteria as a child’s likelihood of excelling in sports or mathematics.

That’s when the “should they” questions will become ever more pressing, Schattner says, and several scenarios could be raised that society must face. Among them:

•  DNA testing is less expensive than it once was. As a result, more genetic conditions are being screened in newborn babies. In 1995, five conditions generally were included in those screens. A decade later, many states were testing for 24 or more. Before long, a whole-genome DNA screening will be less expensive than individual genetic tests. But what should be done with that data? Should parents know every potential health condition a child could face throughout his or her entire life? “You also need to think about the wishes of the children,” Schattner says. “As they grow into adulthood, are they going to want to know everything about their genetic makeup?”

•  Prenatal DNA data already lets prospective parents know whether a child will be born with Down syndrome or Tay-Sachs disease. Some parents choose abortions in those cases. But as science’s understanding of DNA improves, those parents may soon be able to learn more than just whether a future child will face a devastating disease or condition. Medical professionals will be able to tell them whether their yet-to-be-born child will be affected by less severe disabilities, such as a hearing impairment or moderate intellectual disability. How will parents and society use that information?

•  An ultrasound examination usually can reveal the sex of a child by week 12 or 13 of the pregnancy. DNA-based sex determination soon will be able to reveal that information as early as week seven. But that’s not the end of the story for any parents who might want to select their child’s sex. By combining prenatal genetic testing with in vitro fertilization, it soon will be possible to select fetuses without requiring an abortion. “The temptation to play God and choose a child on the basis of a variety of nonmedical considerations may become too strong for some parents,” Schattner says. “The potential consequences are disturbing.”

Society as a whole needs to understand the implications, he says, because science won’t be able to provide all the answers.

“Science can only address questions of what is,” Schattner says. “In contrast, questions about what should or shouldn’t be are moral or ethical questions, and science can never answer them.

“But by understanding more fully the scientific questions about how the world is, we are in a better position to make societal and personal decisions that are in line with the moral and ethical beliefs we hold.”

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072915 fillerWisconsin Hispanic Scholarship Foundation, Inc. Is proud to present Mexican Fiesta 2015!

Milwaukee, WI – The Wisconsin Hispanic Scholarship Foundation, Inc. (WHSF) is proud to present one of the largest Mexican Hispanic festivals in the Midwest (paid entrance) “Mexican Fiesta”. Since 1973, Mexican Fiesta has been bringing the sound, culture, and taste of México and Latin American countries to Milwaukee’s lakefront.

Celebrate three days of fun, food, Mariachi, and Fiesta this coming August 21st, 22nd, & 23rd, 2015 at the Summerfest grounds in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Mexican Fiesta encourages individuals from all ethnic backgrounds to share the beauty of Latin Countries’ history, art, music, and food. The attractive Cultural Pavilion will display an extraordinary show and exhibition of the Mexican arts & crafts from more than 120 artisans coming directly from different states of México.Where the past and the present come alive through the crafts, folkloric dances music and craft workshops. Also, you can enjoy our traditional freshly baked bread “Pan de Feria,” by master bakers Carlos & Pascual Roldan from the State of Hidalgo, México.

Opening Ceremony will take place on Friday, August 21st at the Cultural Pavilion.

Mexican Fiesta will feature Mariachi, folklore dancers and a variety of colorful entertainment such as:

• Sonidos y Movimientos de  México

• Pok-Ta-Pok: Ballgame of the Ancient Maya – Presented by Rene Avila

• Academy of Mexican Dance and Music

• Grupo de Baile de la Rumba al Danzón

• And much more!

As a tradition, we will count with the presence of Our Lady of Zapopan, coming directly from Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico. The sanctuary honoring Our Lady of Zapopan will be open for the three days of the festival from noon to midnight. Confessions will be heard from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. each day. On Sunday, August 23rd, join us in the lakefront procession at 10:15 a.m. followed by Mass, with principal celebrant Father Guadalupe Santos from Ayutla, Jalisco, México.

Mexican Fiesta will feature traditional music such as Banda – Ranchero – Norteño – Salsa – Bachata – Cumbia – Pop & Rock en Español and much more, with live performances from:

• Espinoza Paz

• La Adictiva Banda San Jose de Mesillas

• Chuy Lizárraga  y su banda Tierra Sinaloense

• Pablo Montero

• Joe Veras

• Mariachi Cobre

• Michael Salgado

• Grupo Kual

• Los Invasores de Nuevo León

• Tejano Show Case featuring: Ram Herrera, Cacy Savala, Oscar G., David Farias and Tejano Highway 281

• Paloma del Rio

• And much more!

Plenty of different activities will be hosted during Mexican Fiesta 2015 for the entire family to enjoy:

Soccer Tournaments, Contest, Midway Rides, Children’s Area & Stage, Lake front Stage, Commercial Expo, Community & Health Fair Pavilion, Hotwheelz 2015 – Car & Motorcycle show, Art Gallery, Genealogy Exhibit and Much More.

Mexican Fiesta is also promoting health! On Sunday, August 23rd the Fiesta Run & Walk will take place at the Lake Shore Park (Summefest grounds) to create and maximize public awareness of the devastating effects of Diabetes and Obesity. Marshall for the Walk will be Anthony “Showtime” Pettis, Two Time World MMA Champion, and the Marshall for the Run will be Ramona Villarreal, Ironman 70.3 World Athlete. Registration is now available atwww.mexicanfiesta.org/fiesta_walk.php, single is $10, group of 4 is $35 and a team of 20 is $120 (extra member $6).

Enjoy all these activities at an affordable price by purchasing your tickets ahead of time at Mexican Fiesta office, El Rey Grocery Stores and Mi Super Mercados for only $13 per adult (9yrs old +), children 8 years old and under enter FREE with an adult. ($15 at the gate). Online tickets are available at www.mexicanfiesta.org.

Community Alert: Car Thieves Active Milwaukee South Side

Milwaukee – Milwaukee police are advising drivers involved in minor fender benders on Milwaukee’s south side to be on the alert.

Milwaukee police are investigating a string of car thefts on Milwaukee’s south side that started out as minor traffic crashes.

According to police, cars are being taken after a minor accident by  suspects in the rear of the victim’s car after the victim gets out of the car to investigate.

Lt. Mark Stanmeyer said six incidents have been reported in which a vehicle was tapped or hit from behind.  Once the driver exits the vehicle, a passenger in the striking vehicle then takes the victim’s car while the striking vehicle then speeds away.

Stanmeyer said the incidents have been reported on the city’s south side.

Milwaukee police recently arrested a suspect in one case, however others have happened since.

In the half-dozen thefts of their kind in the past week the cars are stolen after traffic crashes

071515-roberto-nSobre el Acuerdo Nuclear con Irán

Roberto A. Nodal

Lo logrado en Viena, Austria esta semana entre las grandes potencias mundiales (Estados Unidos, Alemania, Rusia, China, Reino Unido, Francia) e Irán, luego de una decada de arduas, complejas y frustrantes negociaciones, puede catalogarse de algo positivo y de un paso adelante, a pesar de sus limitaciones y de no ser un acuerdo perfecto.   Y por igual refleja de que los esfuerzos diplomáticos a veces resultan ser la mas efectiva forma de zanjar y hacer frente a las amenazas globales.   El acuerdo es también simbólicamente importante en el sentido de que es la primera vez, desde el inicio de la revolución islámica en 1979, en que se ha logrado algún tipo de acercamiento y objetivos comunes entre Irán y Estados Unidos aunque aún queda por ver las repercusiones que eso tendrá sobre las hasta ahora inexistentes relaciones bilaterales.

El Presidente Obama había ya dejado claro que las dos cosas estaban en agendas totalmente aparte.

En el complejo camino de las negociciones han ocupado lugar primordial lo referente a la eliminación de la capacidad nuclear iraní, al menos por espacio de diez años, y de su programa de misiles balisticos al igual que la limitada capacidad que hasta ahora han tenido a las instalaciones iranís los expertos de las Naciones Unidas.  La casi nula credibilidad en el pasado del regimen islámista de Teherán, durante decadas de ocultamiento y falta de transparencia, requiere ahora un exhaustivo y riguroso sistema de inspecciones, como aparece estipulado en el documento del acuerdo.   Irán –que siempre ha afirmado que su programa nuclear es estrictamente con propósitos pacificos- ha obtenido su mas preciado objetivo: el levantamiento de las sanciones económicas aunque con la provisión nominal impuesta de ser restauradas si no se cumplen los objetivos acordados.   El acuerdo significará para Teherán recuperar unos 100 mil millones de dolares, hasta ahora congelados, y lograr nuevamente acceso a los mercados internacionales y a las ventas de petroleo.    Es esa precisamente la preocupación de los que están opuestos al acuerdo; de que Irán utilize esos cuantiosos ingresos con el próposito de apoyar financieramente a grupos como Hezbolláh, Hamás y otros, denominados como terroristas aunque es bien cierto también, e ironicamente así, de que igualmente Irán, Estados Unidos, Israel y la Arabia Saudita cuentan con el llamado “Estado Islámico” como enemigo común.

Para el Presidente Obama, que ha descrito el acuerdo como “una oportunidad histórica,” el mismo y al igual que las nuevas relaciones con Cuba, sin duda representan lo que será su mas importante legado en materia de política exterior, a la vez que abre un nuevo capitulo en las relaciones internacionales.  Ahora quizás la tarea mas difícil para Obama será la de convencer a un Congreso dominado por los Republicanos -desconfiado del acuerdo- y a la vez calmar el nerviosismo de los israelitas y saudis, todos los cuales harán lo mas posible por torpedear el acuerdo.   No obstante es de entender los dos puntos de vista: los aspectos positivos de dicho acuerdo y la actitud constructiva del presidente iraní Rouhani y a la vez el hecho de que los de linea dura en el regimen iraní continuan manteniendo una actitud de abierta hostilidad contra el Occidente, y especialmente Estados Unidos, como quedó demostrado hace pocos dias con la quema de banderas de EE.UU y la efigie de Obama al igual que los habituales y ya gastados slogans de “Muerte a América” y “Muerte a Israel.”   Es de entender asimismo la preocupacion del primer ministro y de los lideres de ese ultimo país.

En todo caso será eventualmente el desarrollo y cumplimiento del acuerdo lo que a la larga le otorgará o negará su futura dimensión histórica.   Tan solo el tiempo tendrá la ultima palabra.

roberto-nodel-pix-2La Crisis Económica Griega y América Latina

Roberto A. Nodal

El rotundo “no” en el referendo llevado a cabo en Grecia hace pocos dias ha tenido inmediato eco en algunos lugares de este hemisferio.

El primero en celebrar efusivamente el resultado lo ha sido el presidente venezolano Nicolás Maduro, el cual y durante un acto parlamentario por el aniversario de la independencia de Venezuela, dió vivas y extendió  felicitaciones al actual gobierno griego.   También lo hizo en igual tono la presidenta argentina Cristina Fernández, la cual manifestaba que “el pueblo griego le ha dicho no a las imposibles y humillantes condiciones que se le pretenden imponer para la reestructuración de su deuda externa.”   A ambos dirigentes se le unieron Raúl Castro, el cual envió una felicitación al “compañero” Alex Tsipras por su “valiente política” mientras que Evo Morales señalaba que “el pueblo griego ha derrotado al capitalismo mas recalcitrante,” para luego arremeter contra los organismos acreedores:  “Bajo el tutelaje del Fondo Monetario Internacional (FMI), el Banco Central Europeo chantajeaba al pueblo griego por la via de la formula ‘mas deuda para pagar la deuda’.  No era ninguna solución.  Casi imposible pensar que en estos tiempos siga el FMI imponiendo tales injustas políticas de ajuste.”

Contundentes palabras, pero tan solo medias verdades ya que Grecia, con su actual y anteriores gobiernos, lleva gran parte de la culpa del problema dado a una serie de complejos factores, y una política de frecuente despilfarro, corrupción y evasión de impuestos, y que se fue acumulando con el tiempo, como si fuese una enorme bola de nieve hasta el punto de no poder detenerla.

En todo caso habrá que esperar hasta ver que que saldrá de la reunión final de emergencia en Bruselas del llamado “Euro Grupo,” y programada para este próximo domingo, así como las concretas proposiciones que presentará el gobierno de Alex Tsipras ante los organismos europeos, en un esfuerzo para hacer frente a la astronomica, multi billonaria y casi impagable deuda de ese país.  Situación arriesgada ya que mas allá de la instabilidad en los mercados financieros internacionales, si la crisis llega al punto de que los bancos griegos carezcan de una solvencia monetaria total y la inabilidad de los ciudadanos de sacar sus fondos, esto pudiera bien resultar en la salida de Grecia de la zona euro.

Es fácil concluir de que eso es un problema en un país lejano y que a nadie mas concierne.   Hoy dia, claro, en una sociedad globalista como la actual, todo está inter-conectado.   Una posible salida greca del euro tendría, por tal, un impacto mayor fuera de las fronteras de Europa, y afectaría mas directamente a otros paises, incluyendo los de América Latina, y muy particularmente los mas dependientes de las materias primas ya que los precios de las exportacions bajarían dramáticamente.   En ese caso, Argentina, Chile o Brasil pudieran ser los mas afectados.

Cada país de la región obviamente tiene sus particulares características, y algunos con economías mas fuertes que otros.   Si, a consecuencia de la crisis monetaria griega, el dolar sigue subiendo de valor en los mercados internacionales, como ha sido el caso en los ultimos dias, esto traería una mayor depreciación a las monedas regionales latinoamericanas, con un potencialmente prejudicial efecto, sobre todo en lo referente a los intereses en los prestamos y subidas en las tasas de inflación, y muy en especial en lugares como Brasil cuya situación económica sería mas susceptible dado a los multiples problemas internos que ha atestiguado recién ese importante país.

De seguro a pesar de que la mayoría de los lideres latinoamericanos, con la excepción de los mencionados al principio, han guardado un discreto silencio en cuanto a la crisis griega, los mismos deben estar igualmente siguiendo cuidadosamente los acontecimientos, por los efectos que esto podría eventualmente tener para sus respectivas naciones y economías.

 

070815-business-pix-1100+ New Foods Announced for 2015 Wisconsin State Fair

WEST ALLIS, Wis. – The Wisconsin State Fair has quite the reputation for unique and unusual foods, and this year the selection has risen to another level. With more than 100 NEW foods and the most creative entries for The Sporkies to date, this year’s fair “fare” will be nothing short of exciting during the 2015 Wisconsin State Fair, presented by U.S. Cellular®, which will take place Thursday, Aug. 6 – Sunday, Aug. 16.

Though many Fairgoers head straight for their favorite foods and beverages as soon as they enter the Fair Park, those hoping to try the newest delectable delights will not be disappointed this year! Fair officials are excited to introduce 101 NEW additions to the fair’s already diverse assortment of novelty foods for the 2015 fair. Descriptions of all new food items are available on the ATTACHED document and at WiStateFair.com.

The Fair’s Third Annual Food Competition, The Sporkies, challenged fair vendors to create the most ingenious concoctions they could think of. Eight finalists have been selected from 34 entries, and a panel of local celebrity judges – with some help from the fairgoers – will CHOOSE THE recipients of four Golden Spork Awards.

NEW this year, the final judging and presentation of The Golden Spork Award for each will take place during the Wisconsin State Fair. The finalists will showcase their creations in front of the crowd and compete for first, second and third place. Judging will begin at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 12 at the BANK Mutual Amphitheater.

Emmy-nominated “Wisconsin Foodie” host Kyle Cherek will again emcee and moderate the panel of celebrity judges, who will taste, deliberate and eventually choose the first, second and third place winners of Golden Spork trophies. The Sporkies celebrity judges will include plenty of local food lovers, including DudeFoods.com blogger Nick Chipman and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel food editor Nancy Stohs.

NEW for 2015, one lucky fairgoer will have the opportunity to be part of the celebrity panel and taste-test the final creations as a judge. Interested foodies will be able to enter the contest throughout the month of July via social media, using the hashtag #Sporkies2015.

Also NEW this year, Fair guests are encouraged to participate in the judging during the fair by SAMPLING all of The Sporkies entries and voting for their favorites to award a fourth Golden Spork Trophy for the Fairgoers’ Fave. Voting will be available via social media using #FairgoersFave or at the Guest Services Pavilion presented by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, located on Central Avenue near Central Park and the Exposition Center.

Judging for the #FairgoersFave will be OPEN from Thursday, Aug. 6 – Tuesday, Aug. 11, and the entry with the most votes will also be awarded a Golden Spork Trophy during the final judging on Aug. 12. The decision to move the final judging during the fair was strategic to encourage fairgoers to participate in the competition and give them ample time to try all of The Sporkies finalists and vote for their favorites accordingly.

A 13-foot Spork trophy will be displayed at Sporkies finalists’ locations and all vendors who entered will feature a poster at their Fair location(s); all food items entered will also be available for purchase during the 2015 Wisconsin State Fair.

The 2015 Wisconsin State Fair, presented by U.S. Cellular, will take place Thursday, Aug. 6 – Sunday, Aug. 16. The State Fair offers a unique experience to all who attend and is an exceptional value with 30 FREE entertainment stages, exciting rides and games in SpinCity, thousands of animals, endless family activities, events, contests, vendors and culinary delights. For the most up-to-date information, “stick with us” at WiStateFair.com or /WiStateFair on Facebook, Twitter, INSTAGRAM and Pinterest, and /theWIFair on YouTube.

070815-salud-pix-2Bring Back Public Health Standards for Women’s Reproductive Health

By Joycelyn Elders, M.D.

As Americans, we strive for safety — the safest medicines, cars and toys. But when it comes to women’s reproductive health, state legislatures have passed about 250 laws since 2011 that put women’s health at risk. And they do it under the guise of “women’s safety.” Women of color are disproportionately affected by these policies throughout the Southern states where I live and spend much of my time mentoring young physicians and health professionals.

Politicians are cutting access to family planning services and telling doctors how to practice medicine, especially concerning procedures that terminate pregnancies.

Clinic licensing standards, invasive ultrasound procedures and mandatory waiting periods are unnecessary because legal abortion is one of the safest surgical procedures. Nearly 90 percent are done in the first trimester, when abortion is safest.

Texas is one battleground in this war on women’s bodies. A few years ago, Texas had 41 abortion clinics but a recent court decision to uphold restrictions may mean only 9 will stay OPEN. The public health community knows what’s likely to happen: more unintended pregnancies, since many of these clinics also provide contraceptive services.

Guttmacher Institute research shows unintended pregnancy is highest among the poor, youth and women of color. Eliminating barriers to culturally and linguistically appropriate health information and services would help reduce these disparities, as would age-appropriate sexual health education in our schools. Yet funding for these PROGRAMS is being cut. Again, it’s politicians making these decisions, not health professionals.

The AFFORDABLE CARE ACT resolves disparities by requiring that preventive services, including contraception, be provided at no cost. Congress’ attacks on Obamacare, coupled with the Supreme Court’s pending decision concerning access to insurance plans, stand to jeopardize these gains.

Ironically, some legislators talk about the “sanctity of life” while railing against affordable contraception and prenatal care, which serve to enhance women’s quality of life.

Consider a young woman making minimum wage who finds herself pregnant and not yet ready to raise a child. Or an older woman with health conditions that could become life-threatening if she stays pregnant. Because at least 93 percent of Texas counties do not have an abortion provider, she may have to travel long distances, take time off work that likely has no paid sick leave and arrange transportation. With Texas’ waiting period, she will have to find a place to stay overnight. Once at the clinic, she will hear state-mandated pseudo-science about the “risks” of abortion.

Research shows that 42 percent of women obtaining abortions have incomes below the poverty level. And because of the federal Hyde Amendment, Medicaid funding for abortions is prohibited under most circumstances and in most states.

The irony is that the U.S. ranks 47th among 183 countries for maternal deaths from pregnancy-related conditions. And childbirth is 14 times more likely to result in death than an abortion. These RATES go up for women with DIABETES and other health conditions.

Before the 1973 Supreme Court decision in Roe vs. Wade, the public health community expressed concern about high rates of maternal deaths in the U.S. and the need for universal access to a full range of reproductive health services, including abortion.

The recent restrictions, rollbacks and de-funding of reproductive health services will inevitably drive up maternal morbidity and mortality rates, again placing women’s health at risk.

As a nation, I hope we take a hard look at how our public policies stand to jeopardize the health of women and prevent this from happening.

We must have healthy mothers and healthy BABIES if we expect to have a healthy nation.

070115-fireworks2015 Fourth of July fireworks and parades guide

Once again, we’ve reached our country’s most patriotic time of the year. There’s nothing better than grabbing a blanket and loved ones and heading down to your nearest park for some festivities, firework-gazing and appreciation of the good ol’ U.S. of A.

Here is your ultimate Milwaukee guide to where to picnic, see the parades and ooh and ahh at the bright booms.

Milwaukee

Alcott Park: July 4 – The parade assembly marches into Alcott Park at 9:45 a.m., where children will receive free ice cream. There will also be children’s crafts and games all day. The fireworks ground display starts at 9:15 p.m.

Enderis Playfield: July 4 – Parades depart from 81st Street School and Mother of Good Counsel Church bright and early at 8:30 a.m., followed by a 9:15 a.m. flag raising ceremony and a 9:45 a.m. music concert. Contests and games continue throughout the day, including a fire department water cannon display and watermelon eating contest.

Gordon Park: July 4 – Gordon Park will celebrate the fourth with a parade at 11 am. followed by a day of live music, children’s activities and art projects. The fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m.

Humboldt Park: July 4 – The parade starts at 9 a.m. at Kinnickinnic and Linus Street; the afternoon children’s parade begins at 1 p.m. Games, contests and activities continue throughout the day, and there is live music starting at 7:15 p.m. The night closes with an expanded fireworks display at 9:15 p.m.

Jackson Park: July 4 – Children’s parade begin at 8:30 a.m. with ice cream at 9 a.m. A flag raising ceremony followed by a poster contest, children’s games, and various demonstrations and activities round out the day. Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m.

Dr. M.L. King, Jr. Park: July 4 – The park hosts a bike decorating contest starting at 11:30 a.m. followed by a neighborhood talent contest at 12 p.m.

Lake Park: July 4 – Parade from the Hartford Avenue School starts at 9 a.m. with art projects and other activities, like a doll buggy, coaster and tricycle parade, to follow throughout the day. Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m.

Lincoln Park: July 4 – You’ll have to check out another park for daytime festivities but you can make your way to Lincoln Park for fireworks at 9:15 p.m.

Mitchell Park: July 4 –A school parade is held at 9 a.m., with a flag raising in front of the Domes taking place at 10 a.m. Throughout the day, there will be children’s games, contests and a talent show at the band stand. The fireworks start at 9:15 p.m.

Noyes Park: July 4 – A parade leaves at 9 a.m., with a flag raising at 9:45 a.m. and ice cream at 10 a.m. Games begin at 10:45 a.m. and fireworks at 9:15 p.m.

Sherman Park: July 4 – The parade leaves from St. Catherine’s Church at 9:30 a.m. with ice cream and refreshments at 10:30 a.m. The celebration, which starts at 11:15 a.m. following a ceremony, goes through the day with games and prizes.

Washington Park: July 4 – The day begins with a flag raising at 11 a.m., then hosts games and contests until the fireworks show at 9:15 p.m.

Wilson Park: July 4 – The parade commences at 9 a.m. Music, contests and crafts follow until 3 p.m., when The Greater Milwaukee Figure Skating Club puts on a free ice show at the Rec Center, 4001 S. 20th St. Finish off the day with fireworks beginning at 9:15 p.m.

U.S. Bank Fireworks, Veterans Park: July 3 – Fireworks start at dusk, but activities run all day long in Veteran’s Park on the lakefront. This is by far the biggest and most popular fireworks display in the area. Our advice is to camp out early with your blankets for a good seat.

Suburbs and beyond

Kenosha: June 28 and July 4 – The Civic Veterans Parade starts the festivities June 28 at 1 p.m. On July 4th, you can enjoy food, refreshments, and live entertainment at Harbor Park. Fireworks will be launched at 9 p.m. at the east end of the park and can be viewed all along Kenosha’s lakefront.

Greendale: July 2-4 – The Lions Club will be hosting three days of entertainment in the tent next to the Gazebo in Downtown Greendale. Food and beer will be available, and musical acts include Cold Sweat & Brew City Horns, Bobby Way & Way Outs, Superfly, Jackie Brown & The Boys, and Rhythm Method. Fireworks at dusk on Saturday.

Greenfield: July 4 – Just next door, Greenfield rings in the Fourth with a parade at noon featuring the University of Wisconsin-Madison Marching Band. Konkel Park will be the site of a day-long event filled with family fun and live entertainment, ending with fireworks just after dusk.

Racine: July 4 – Racine’s Fourth Fest features one of the largest parades in the Midwest. Get there early to stake out a spot to watch it along its 2.6-mile route down Main Street. Fireworks finish off the day along the lakefront (North Pier) at dusk.

Wauwatosa: July 4 – The North Avenue parade begins at 9 a.m. Afternoon and evening events, which include inflatables and rides for the kids, live music and performances in Hart Park. Fireworks start at 9:15 p.m.

Waukesha: July 4 – The parade starts at Cutler Park and travels to Frame Park. The Waukesha County Exposition Center will host the city’s fireworks, which begin at dusk.

West Allis: July 4 – A grandstand show featuring live music and a flag ceremony starts at 7:30 p.m. at Wisconsin State Fair Park. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m.

http://onmilwaukee.com/seasonal/festivals/articles/fireworksguide.html

070115-nacionales-pix-2NCLR Hails Decision by NBC and Univision to Cut Ties With Donald trump

WASHINGTON, D.C.—NCLR (National Council of La Raza) hailed NBC’s decision this afternoon to end its BUSINESS relationship with Donald Trump after Trump made numerous references to Mexican immigrants that were both highly inaccurate and highly objectionable in his remarks announcing his presidential campaign on June 16, which prompted a national outcry. The NBC decision follows Univision’s statement last week that it will not air the Miss USA pageant.

“NBC deserves an enormous amount of credit for reaffirming what their company stands for and, as importantly, what it does not stand for. We know that this was not an easy choice for NBC and its parent company, Comcast, nor was it easy for Univision, and they will have NCLR’s full SUPPORT going forward. We applaud those in both companies who worked so diligently behind the scenes to address this issue and ultimately make this difficult decision. It was the right thing to do,” stated NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía.

“And for all those who will argue that Mr. Trump’s First Amendment rights have somehow been violated, nothing could be further from the truth. Trump has every right to hold these opinions, however reprehensible and just plain false they may be, and he has every right to express them, even as offensively as he did. But no one is immune from others exercising their own First Amendment rights to criticize or object to those opinions. And no one has a ‘right’ to a television show. Trump has had ample opportunity to CORRECT his misstatements. He has chosen not to. The responsibility for what has happened to Trump is his and his alone,” concluded Murguía.

NCLR—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. FOR MORE INFORMATION on NCLR, please visit www.nclr.org or follow along on Facebook and Twitter.

070115-nacionales-pix-1Declaran en EU constitucional método de ejecución por inyección 

Washington— Infligiendo una nueva derrota a los activistas contra la pena de muerte, la Corte Suprema de Estados Unidos declaró este lunes constitucional un método de ejecución por inyección letal, cuestionado luego de que se usara en varias ejecuciones LARGAS y difíciles.

De los nueve jueces, cinco estimaron que las demandas de condenados a muerte en Oklahoma (sur) no demostraron “un riesgo sustancial de sufrimiento” en el caso de la utilización del midazolam, un ansiolítico, PARA ejecutar a un prisionero.

La más alta jurisdicción del país halló, en consecuencia, que este método estaba conforme a la octava enmienda, que prohíbe los sufrimientos “crueles e inusuales”.

“Los presos no identificaron un método de ejecución disponible y alternativo que implique un significativo menor riesgo de sufrimiento”, dijo el juez Samuel Alito al leer la decisión de la mayoría.

En rigor, la cuestión que estudiaba la Corte Suprema se centraba en la constitucionalidad del midazolam, un ansiolítico utilizado para dejar inconsciente al condenado antes de administrar el producto letal.

Pero en la audiencia del 29 de abril así como en la decisión de este lunes, el debate giró en torno a la inyección letal en general, aprobada hace siete años por esta misma corte, y el futuro de la pena capital en Estados Unidos.

Dos jueces sostuvieron el lunes que ya era hora de hacerse una pregunta básica. “¿Es que la propia pena de muerte es constitucional?”, lanzó el lunes el juez Stephen Breyer, quien dijo hablar por él y su colega Ruth Ginsburg.

CONFIRMANDO la gran controversia que rodea a este tema, el juez ultraconservador Antonin Scalia replicó en la sala del tribunal que “a diferencia del matrimonio gay, la pena de muerte está aprobada por la Constitución”.

Los estados de Estados Unidos que aplican la pena de muerte atraviesan por una escasez en la disponibilidad de barbitúricos para realizar las ejecuciones y los han sustituido por midazolam, que ha sido utilizado en varias ejecuciones con el presunto resultado de un mayor sufrimiento del ejecutado.

062415-nacional-pix2Mississippi y Tennessee debaten sobre símbolos confederados

Mississippi.- — Un prominente legislador de Mississippi dijo el lunes que el emblema de batalla de los estados confederados es ofensivo, y que es necesario eliminarlo de la bandera estatal.

Philip Gunn, presidente de la Cámara de Representantes estatal, se convirtió en el primer republicano de alto rango que pide un cambio en la bandera, que ha tenido el símbolo de la Confederación en la esquina superior izquierda desde la era de la Reconstrucción.

“Siempre debemos recordar nuestro pasado, pero eso no significa que debemos permitir que nos defina”, dijo Gunn en un comunicado. “Como cristiano, creo que nuestra bandera estatal se ha vuelto motivo de ofensa que necesita ser eliminado”.

Los funcionarios en Mississippi y Tennessee se cuestionan si deben retener los símbolos del Viejo Sur, mientras que en Carolina del Sur presionan PARA quitar una bandera de la lucha confederada que ondea afuera del Capitolio estatal.

En 2001, los votantes de Mississippi decidieron por un margen 2 a 1 mantener la bandera estatal que se utiliza desde 1894. Trae el emblema confederado de batalla en su esquina superior izquierda: una cruz azul con 13 estrellas sobre un recuadro rojo.

El gobernador republicano, Phil Bryant, repitió el lunes su vieja postura de que el estado debe mantener su bandera como está.

“La gran mayoría de la gente de Mississippi votó PARA conservar la bandera estatal y no creo que la Legislatura de Mississippi haga algo para suplantar el deseo de la gente en este tema”, dijo Bryant en una declaración.

El senador demócrata Kenny Wayne Jones de Canton, presidente del grupo de legisladores afroamericanos, dijo que el emblema confederado es un “símbolo de odio” con frecuencia asociado a violencia racial. Jones dijo que la bandera representa la resistencia al cambio de la estructura de poder durante la década de 1960 y 1970, cuando ACTIVISTAS de derechos civiles presionaban para desmantelar la segregación y expandir el derecho al voto.

“Deberíamos de estar reexaminando este tipo de estereotipos que etiquetan a nuestro estado por lo que era hace mucho”, dijo Jones a The Associated Press.

En el capitolio de Tennessee en Nashville, un busto de Nathan Bedford Forrest, un general confederado y antiguo líder del Ku Klux Klan, lleva décadas en un nicho afuera de la cámara de senadores.

Líderes tanto demócratas como republicanos han solicitado que se retire el busto. Craig Fitzhugh, líder de los demócratas en la cámara de representantes del estado, dijo que debería ir a los archivos o un museo y reemplazarse en el capitolio por una estatua de Lois DeBerry, una afroamericana que se convirtió en la primera mujer presidenta de la cámara de representantes de Tennessee. Las mujeres y minorías están poco representadas en los símbolos gubernamentales, escribió Fitzhugh.

“Debemos revisar lo que hemos mostrado en el capitolio para que represente mejor a Tennessee para todos nosotros”, escribió el lunes.

Desde la elección de Mississippi en 2001, propuestas de ley que buscan cambiar la bandera no han ganado terreno, y los legisladores dicen que los votantes solucionaron el problema.

La masacre de la semana pasada de nueve feligreses en una iglesia de afroamericanos en Carolina del Sur, renovó el debate público acerca de la bandera de batalla confederada. El sospechoso, Dylann Storm Roof, apareció en FOTOS sosteniendo la bandera.

Russell Moore, un oriundo de Mississippi que es presidente de Ética y Comisión de la Libertad Religiosa de la Convención Bautista del Sur, escribió el viernes en su blog que la bandera confederada —incluido el símbolo en la bandera estatal de Mississippi— debería retirarse. Dijo que su conexión con el “gran mal” de la esclavitud la hace incompatible con la cristiandad.

“Los cristianos blancos deberían pensar más sobre lo que la bandera le dice a nuestros hermanas y hermanos afroamericanos sobre Cristo, sobre todo después de otro acto terrorista de supremacía blanca en su contra”, escribió Moore. “La palabra de Dios nos libera de aferrarnos a nuestra tradición a expensa de los otros”.

062415-national-pix-1Regulan en NY aplicaciones de servicio de transporte privado

Nueva York.- La agencia reguladora de taxis en la ciudad de Nueva York aprobó nuevos lineamientos PARA normar la forma en que operan Uber y otras aplicaciones de servicios de transporte en los cinco barrios.

Parte de las propuestas que fueron aprobadas de manera unánime permite a las compañías actualizar sus aplicaciones sin la aprobación de los reguladores, una modificación pequeña respecto a las reglas propuestas inicialmente, pero importante que Uber, la multimillonaria y aclamada aplicación, ha explotado en la ciudad de Nueva York en años recientes. La medida garantiza que quienes solicitan el servicio transporte de la empresa tendrán las versiones más actualizadas, dijo un vocero de Uber después de que se llegó al acuerdo.

De no haberse aprobado la medida, “cada viajero en la ciudad de Nueva York hubiera tenido una peor versión de la aplicación que cualquiera otro en el mundo”, señaló Matt Wing.

Las regulaciones propuestas inicialmente hubieran exigido a compañías como Uber y su competidor Lyft presentar las actualizaciones de aplicación a la Comisión de Taxis y Limosinas para su aprobación. Uber actualiza su aplicación regularmente y Wing dijo que los lineamientos propuestos hubieran detenido aun los cambios más pequeños.

La propuesta ocasionó indignación en el mundo tecnológico y una carta abierta de intercesores tecnológicos en representación de Google, Amazon y Uber por temores a que las regulaciones sofocaran la innovación, ocasionaran dolores de cabeza a los viajeros de la ciudad de Nueva York y, a fin de CUENTAS, dañaran negocios.

La comisión, la cual emite licencias y regula a más de 50 mil vehículos y aproximadamente 100 mil choferes, está lidiando con cómo regular el auge de servicios de transporte basados en aplicaciones. Uber tiene aproximadamente 26 mil conductores en la ciudad de Nueva York y tiene la red más grande de servicio en un segmento que incluye a los competidores Lyft y Gett.

062415-international-pix-2Acusan a FARC de ataque a helicóptero militar; 4 muertos

Bogotá.- Un helicóptero militar fue atacado el lunes al parecer por guerrilleros de las FARC en el noreste colombiano y las autoridades reportaron cuatro uniformados muertos y seis heridos.

“Según las primeras informaciones los explosivos fueron colocados y ACTIVADOS por terroristas de la cuadrilla Resistencia del Catatumbo de las FARC, en un sitio donde las tropas realizaban las maniobras ofensivas para apoyar a las unidades en tierra, que desde hace varios días adelantan operaciones”, aseguró el Comando del Ejército en un comunicado.

El incidente ocurrió en zona rural del municipio de Teorama, en el departamento de Norte de Santander, a unos 425 kilómetros al noreste de Bogotá.

El helicóptero, un Black Hawk de matrícula EJC2185, también sufrió averías como consecuencia de la carga explosiva. Los heridos fueron evacuados de la zona y llevados a centros asistenciales. Cuatro de ellos, de acuerdo con el reporte oficial, tuvieron contusiones menores.

Es el incidente con las FARC con más víctimas mortales desde que hace un mes ese grupo guerrillero puso fin a un cese unilateral del fuego que habían iniciado en diciembre.

La tregua se rompió tras el bombardeo del 21 de mayo a un campamento de las FARC, con saldo de 27 guerrilleros muertos, por parte de la fuerza pública, en aparente respuesta a un ataque rebelde contra una unidad militar en el que 10 uniformados perdieron la vida.

Aparte de las FARC, en la zona del incidente con el helicóptero operan también el grupo rebelde Ejército de Liberación Nacional (ELN), y el Ejército Popular de Liberación (EPL), una organización que pregona estar alzada en armas contra el Estado pero que, según las autoridades, en realidad es un grupo dedicado al narcotráfico que sirve de mampara al presunto delincuente Víctor Ramón Navarro, alias “Megateo”, por quien se ofrece una recompensa de cinco millones de dólares.