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Month: August 2019

Whats it like to live in Honduras today — and why

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first_imgWhat’s it like to live in Honduras today — and why do so many people want to leave?Those are the questions that photojournalist Tomas Ayuso, who grew up in the Central American country, explores in a project he calls “The Right To Grow Old.”He picked that title because for many Hondurans, he says, especially young men in low-income urban communities, “the right to grow old has been destroyed. One has to fight for their right to grow old, either by migrating out of the country or enlisting in a gang for protection. But it’s not a given.”Many of his images are set on the outskirts of San Pedro Sula, a Honduran city of 850,000 that is one of the most violent in the world, with 142 homicides for every 100,000 people, according to 2015 data. Ayuso says he aims to show “the complex and difficult environments and choices facing youth in these neighborhoods” and follows the story of a teenager named Moises, who was being recruited by a gang.Like many parts of the country, the city struggles with poverty, crime and corruption. Boys are often forced to join gangs, according to a 2016 report by Insight Crime, a foundation that studies crime in Latin America and the Caribbean, and USAID.The violence is causing Hondurans to leave the country. From the time period of 2011 to 2016, 7,350 Hondurans sought asylum in U.S. immigration courts, a 166 percent increase from the previous six-year period, according to data from Syracuse University.Even amid the turmoil, Ayuso found moments of love and friendship: A couple comforts each other after a life-changing announcement; two friends atop a hill look down at the glittering lights of their neighborhood.Ayuso was able to win the trust of gang members and locals by spending time with them and making his intentions clear — “I’m capturing their stories,” he says.Ayuso, who had worked in the U.S. as a researcher on conflict in Mexico and Central America, took up photography in 2015. In 2016, he was a fellow at the International Reporting Project. He splits his time between Honduras, El Salvador and Mexico.Here is a selection of images from his project. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

If you knew of a child who was being forced by a

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first_imgIf you knew of a child who was being forced by a parent or guardian to sleep on a cold concrete floor, in overcrowded surroundings, with screaming lights always on overhead that made it hard to sleep, with limited access to a bathroom, no way to brush their teeth, no soap and no towel — would you do something? Call the police or juvenile authorities to say, “A child is being mistreated. You should do something.”This week, the U.S. government went to court to argue that it’s acceptable to keep thousands of migrant children detained in U.S. custody. Let me repeat that: thousands of children in U.S. custody, exactly in such conditions. In 2014 — during the Obama administration, it should be noted — several young immigrants caught along the border said they had been given dirty water to drink and kept in crowded, frigid cells. U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee of Los Angeles ruled that children taken into federal immigration custody must be kept in “safe and sanitary” facilities. The judges of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, based in San Francisco, upheld Judge Gee’s ruling two years ago. But this week, Sarah Fabian, senior litigation counsel for the Department of Justice, told the three-judge panel she thought the phrase was vague.The judges sounded furious. Judge Marsha Berzon asked Fabian: “You’re really going to stand up and tell us that being able to sleep isn’t a question of ‘safe and sanitary’ conditions?”Judge William Fletcher said, “Cold all night long, lights on all night long, sleeping on concrete and you’ve got an aluminum foil blanket? I find it inconceivable that the government would say that that is safe and sanitary.””It may be they don’t get super-thread-count Egyptian linen, I get that,” he added, and said the soap provided didn’t have to be perfumed. But plain soap, he said, “sounds like it’s part of ‘safe and sanitary.’ “Judge A. Wallace Tashima said, “If you don’t have a toothbrush, if you don’t have soap, if you don’t have a blanket, it’s not safe and sanitary. Wouldn’t everybody agree to that?”Many of us would call the police if we knew children were being held in cold, cramped, filthy and uncomfortable circumstances. Thousands of children are being held in those conditions — in U.S. government facilities. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

Last updated on July 2nd 2019 at 0911 pmFoxconn

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first_imgLast updated on July 2nd, 2019 at 09:11 pmFoxconn Technology Group could earn some of the $1.5 billion in payroll tax credits it is eligible for on work performed by employees outside of Wisconsin, according to a report of the Legislative Audit Bureau.The company reached a deal with Gov. Scott Walker to receive $3 billion in tax breaks from the state in exchange for creating 13,000 jobs and investing $10 billion in an LCD manufacturing campus in Mount Pleasant. The campus is part of an electronics and information technology manufacturing zone created by the state. Foxconn can receive payroll tax credits for jobs created within the zone or outside the zone but within the state. The LAB report, however, found that the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. has written procedures that allow credits to be awarded for “any employee that does not live in Wisconsin and is designated as ‘remote’, ‘working at home’, or ‘sales.’”“These written procedures do not comply with statutes or WEDC’s contract because they allow WEDC to award program tax credits for the wages of employees who do not perform services in Wisconsin,” the audit report says.The LAB recommended WEDC bring its policies in line with state statute and the Foxconn contract.In a written response included in the report, Mark Hogan, secretary and chief executive officer of WEDC, said the agency is researching the LAB’s recommendations and would make changes if necessary.He noted that questions about Foxconn hiring outside Wisconsin came up during public hearings for the legislation that created the company’s tax credit program. At the time, the agency indicated non-resident wages subject to state income tax would qualify for tax credits as would those earned by residents of states Wisconsin has reciprocity agreements with.“These provided the basis for WEDC including these wages as those eligible to receive tax credits,” Hogan wrote.He said the zone was created to limit where the company could earn its $1.35 billion in capital investment tax credits, but the contract language was also intended to encourage Foxconn to spread jobs across the state.The LAB report also noted Foxconn would not necessarily have to create 13,000 jobs to receive all $1.5 billion in tax credits. The company could earn all available credits if it created 10,400 jobs with an average payroll of $69,900, compared to the required average of $53,875.BizTimes reported in July that how to determine the average annual payroll was among the issues during contract negotiations between Foxconn and the state. While wages above $100,000 are not eligible for tax credits, annual wages up to $400,000 do count towards the average. The company initially wanted all wages to count towards the average while the state wanted the number capped at $100,000. Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribelast_img read more

All of the pasta is handmade with inventory chang

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first_imgAll of the pasta is hand-made with inventory changes daily. Pasta selections include: penne, bucatini, spaghetti, angel hair spaghetti, fettuccine (spinach, tomato, squid ink, plain), linguine, pappardelle, tagliatelle, rotini, gnocchi, lasagna sheets. For ravioli, the offerings are cheese, mushroom, chicken, pumpkin and prosciutto.In addition to the Vinoteca di Monica, next door on Richmond Street, the new retail store joins the family businesses including Monica’s Mercato & Salumeria on Salem Street along with the recently expanded Trattoria di Monica (Prince Street). The new pasta shop is located in a space formerly occupied by a hair salon.Monica’s Pasta Shop is open 7 days, 10am-9pm (10am-8pm on Sat and Sun) at 141 Richmond Street. More information at www.monicasboston.com.While you’re here …we have a small favor to ask. More people than ever are reading NorthEndWaterfront.com but we need your help making ends meet. Advertising doesn’t bring in enough to pay for reporting or editorial work. Keeping this website going takes a lot of time, money and hard work. But we do it because we believe community news is important – and we think you do too. If everyone who reads this site, who likes it, puts in a bit to pay for it, then our future would be much more secure. Checks can be made out to North End Boston LLC, 343 Commercial St. #508, Boston 02109 or contribute online using the following links:*Make a One-Time Contribution* or *Become a Patron* Monica’s Pasta Shop is now open at 141 Richmond Street, on the Freedom Trail, and next to the longstanding Vinoteca di Monica. The homemade pasta story at Monica’s goes back to 1995 when Chef Jorge Mendoza Iturraide brought fresh pasta to the menu at the original Monica’s restaurant. Now, these pastas are available retail along with cheeses, meats, breads, prepared foods, soups, salads and other Italian products.Jorge Mendoza in the new Monica’s Pasta Shop.“I am excited to bring the new pasta shop to the North End,” said Mendoza. “We have been in the neighborhood for over 20 years since the original Monica’s and are looking forward to many years ahead with our latest store.”*Advertisement*last_img read more

The Prince Building on Atlantic Avenue in the Nort

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first_imgThe Prince Building on Atlantic Avenue in the North End is ready for Independence Day with celebratory bunting decorating many balconies! It is our 10th Anniversary and we are celebrating a decade of community news at NorthEndWaterfront.com! Keeping this website going takes a lot of time, money and hard work. Advertising doesn’t bring in enough to pay for reporting or editorial work. But we do it because we believe community news is important – and we think you do too. If everyone who reads this site, who likes it, puts in a bit to pay for it, then our future would be much more secure. Contribute online at the links below or checks can be made out to North End Boston LLC, 343 Commercial St. #508, Boston 02109. Become a Patron to receive free rewards including neighborhood photo calendars, custom mugs and special updates from the editor.*Become a Patron (Rewards!)* or *Make a One-Time Contribution* “Neighborhood Photo” is a regular feature on NorthEndWaterfront.com. Send in your photos using our Submit a Post form, via email to info@northendwaterfront.com or tag @northend.waterfront on Instagram. Please include a caption or story telling us about your photo.*Advertisement* Photo submitted by Bob Somerville. See past neighborhood photo posts.last_img read more

In honor of Engineers Week Feb 22—26 the Nati

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first_imgIn honor of Engineers’ Week (Feb. 22—26), the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) will celebrate by launching a series of activities and online campaigns promoting African Americans in engineering.[Related: 9 Black Women in STEM You Need To Know]During the start of Engineers Week, the NSBE will feature on its homepage (at www.nsbe.org) content about black engineers and the various subgroups in NSBE, including the society’s Special Interests Groups, collegiate and NSBE Jr. membership, and NSBE Professionals.The “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day” event will feature LaTisha Durham, a computer and systems engineer who has worked extensively with the Naval Air Systems Command. Durham will interact with girls across NSBE’s website and social media to encourage them in engineering and STEM studies and career paths.Be 1 of 10,000, is another campaign to increase the number of black engineering graduates. Visitors to the campaign’s landing page can take a pledge to help NSBE meet its 10-year goal for U.S. colleges and universities which is to graduate 10,000 black engineers annually, with bachelor’s degrees by 2025.“Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to raise a generation of black engineers,” says NSBE’s national chair, Neville Green. “In order to achieve our collective goals, we must collaborate with partners who are also passionate about the topic,” Green says. “It is our hope that this cooperation with our partners to increase the number of black engineering graduates will fill a critical void in the nation’s workforce,” Green concludes.NBSE also strives to raise awareness on how urgent STEM education is for the African American community. STEM jobs are projected to grow by 953,200 between 2012 and 2022, a growth rate that is 30% higher than that of the overall workforce. Yet this demand will be met with a projected shortfall of 1 million STEM workers over the next decade, according to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (2012). What’s New in TechnologyLatest News for EntrepreneursOur Best Videos be_ixf; php_sdk; php_sdk_1.4.18 https://www.blackenterprise.com/engineers-week-it-takes-a-village-to-raise-a-generation-of-black-engineers/ https://www.blackenterprise.com/engineers-week-it-takes-a-village-to-raise-a-generation-of-black-engineers/last_img read more

Apple currently takes ownership for creating and s

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first_imgApple currently takes ownership for creating and supporting more than 2 million jobs in all 50 states, including workers at 9,000 suppliers and manufacturers in the U.S. The App Store ecosystem has created more than 1.5 million American jobs and is increasing daily. The expansion places Apple in a unique position that will allow the tech giant to create over 6,000 jobs for the American workforce in 2018; it currently employs 90,000 people in all 50 states. According to a recent press release, the company is on track to create 20,000 jobs in the U.S. by 2023. (Image: Apple) Mayweather Set to Join All-Black Billionaire At…Major Companies Spending Over $1 Billion Annual…LeBron James Joins Forces with Walmart to Provi… These roles include everything from advanced design, engineering, and research, to the most innovative retail, operations and customer support functions. Apple currently operates retail stores in 44 states plus the District of Columbia and has added 7,000 U.S. retail jobs over the past five years. The company plans to add more stores and iterate on the customer experience at many existing retail locations across the country. The new campus is said to include over 50 acres of preserved open space and, like all Apple facilities worldwide, its workspaces will be powered 100% by renewable energy. “Apple is proud to bring new investment, jobs, and opportunity to cities across the United States and to significantly deepen our quarter-century partnership with the city and people of Austin,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO in the release. “Talent, creativity and tomorrow’s breakthrough ideas aren’t limited by region or zip code, and, with this new expansion, we’re redoubling our commitment to cultivating the high-tech sector and workforce nationwide.” Apple recently announced that it will be expanding its operations, which will include a $1 billion investment into a new campus in North Austin, Texas. Additionally, the company plans to establish new sites in Seattle, San Diego, and Culver City, California, with expansion into cities across the United States including Pittsburgh, New York, and Boulder, Colorado. This will all take place over the next three years. be_ixf; php_sdk; php_sdk_1.4.18 https://www.blackenterprise.com/apple-will-invest-1-billion-into-creating-over-6000-new-jobs/ https://www.blackenterprise.com/apple-will-invest-1-billion-into-creating-over-6000-new-jobs/last_img read more

Oisa Ramen Slurp Go and Tiki Rock Bar Are Opening in Downtown

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first_img 10/16/2017, 8:08 a.m. By Jacqueline Cain· Restaurant News Oisa Ramen Slurp & Go and Tiki Rock Bar Are Opening in Downtown Boston The two concepts will take over the space that was formerly the Place in the Financial District. Print 000center_img Moe Kuroki of Oisa Ramen. / Photo via Caroline Hubert VideographyRamen lover and self-taught chef Moe Kuroki has made good on her promise to open a small brick-and-mortar for her pop-up Oisa Ramen. A 12-seat, weekday slurp shop opens for lunch on Monday, Jan. 15, taking over some space inside the former Place nightclub in downtown Boston. Also on track to open there: Tiki Rock Bar, a craft cocktail bar with sushi and complementary snacks.“This is a big and exciting new step for Oisa Ramen,” says Kuroki, a MassArt grad and Brookline resident. The native of Fukuoka, Japan, started deconstructing the noodle bowls of her youth while pregnant with her first child, she previously told Boston.“I needed to have something to feel at home, and ramen, my favorite hometown food, became a craving. So, I decided to make my own,” she said.After popping up around Boston at places like Snappy Ramen, Shōjō, Juliet, and Brassica Kitchen, where Oisa had a regular residency this past year, Kuroki has nailed down a vegan-friendly smoky shoyu ramen, as well as tonkotsu (pork bone), and tsuke-men (dipping-style) ramen. All three noodle bowls will be on the menu at Oisa Ramen Slurp & Go, along with donburi (rice bowls) topped with beef, marinated fish, or vegetables to-go. There will be a few beers to pair with the food, but it’s meant to be a quick in-and-out lunch option for the downtown crowd, Kuroki says. It will be open from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Monday-Friday, to start.Tiki Rock Bar will take over adjacent space at the Place, with its own entrance, dining room, and menu. The new concept is from Christopher Straub, a veteran of Hyatt Hotels. Straub most recently opened New York’s five-star hotel, the Park Hyatt; and was also part of the opening teams at the Shop and the Bar Downstairs (NYC), Cure Bar and Bistro (Washington, D.C.), and the reopened NoMi Kitchen (Chicago).“I have a strong passion for food and beverage and this is a concept that I came up with after some careful thought,” Straub says.The tiki-style bar will offer well-balanced drinks made with fresh-squeezed juices, house-made syrups, and over-the-top garnishes. Reinvented tiki classics, like crab Rangoon, sushi, and other pan-Asian street food will complement the bar program. A full entertainment license will allow for live music certain nights, Straub adds.“We will be utilizing highest quality ingredients in both our food and cocktails but at the same time we will be having fun with it,” he says.Both concepts are currently under construction. Stay tuned for more details Tiki Rock Bar and on Oisa Ramen Slurp & Go, and in the meantime, follow Kuroki’s pop-up ramen shop on Facebook and Instagram.Oisa Ramen Slurp & Go, coming soon to 2 Broad St., Boston, oisaramen.com.This story was updated Monday, Jan. 8, to reflect an opening date for Oisa Ramen Slurp & Go. Devoted foodies and restaurant newbies love The Feed. Sign-up now for our twice weekly newsletter. Sign up for The Feed. The latest on the city’s restaurants scene.*last_img read more

The FBI Is Offering a 10000 Reward for Info on the Somerville

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first_img Sign up for Boston Daily. News. Commentary. Every day.* Crime The FBI Is Offering a $10,000 Reward for Info on the Somerville Bank Robber A manhunt stretched into its third day for a man who allegedly robbed a Davis Square bank and shot at police. Get a compelling long read and must-have lifestyle tips in your inbox every Sunday morning — great with coffee! 000 Printcenter_img 5/3/2019, 9:59 a.m. By Spencer Buell· On day three of the search for the alleged Somerville bank robber, police don’t even know his name. So now the FBI is offering a hefty reward for help.The agency announced Thursday that “up to $10,000” is on the table for anyone who can identity a man accused of robbing the Middlesex Federal Savings Bank in Davis Square Wednesday. Police say he fired his gun inside the bank, and later shot at officers, before fleeing.You could earn up to $10,000 by helping @FBIBoston & @SomervillePD identify this armed and dangerous suspect allegedly responsible for yesterday’s bank robbery in Davis Square in Somerville, MA. Call 857-386-2000 or email https://t.co/NMN0hcfMvX https://t.co/qEsPmvsXgB pic.twitter.com/pOA7pgdTKZ— FBI Boston (@FBIBoston) May 2, 2019He has been described as a light-skinned man in his 30s standing 5-feet-10-inches tall, with a medium-heavy build, who was wearing a blue beanie, green camouflage Nike jacket, blue jeans, and black sneakers at the time of the robbery and fled on foot.The alleged bank robber may not have made off with any cash. Footage from a security camera shows him sprinting down a sidewalk and colliding with a bystander, who shoved him and knocked a backpack containing money and a gun onto the ground. The bystander has since been identified and praised for springing to action.Still, the suspect is being treated as potentially armed and dangerous.“In the interest of public safety, we’re asking anyone with information about this individual and his whereabouts to contact us immediately,” Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Boston Division said in a statement. “What’s most concerning to us is this individual’s brazen and violent behavior. We hope this reward will incentivize anyone with information to reach out so we can put a stop to this criminal conduct and ensure those bringing violence to our communities are held accountable.”The FBI’s Violent Crimes Task force can be reached at 857-386-2000, and tips are also accepted online.last_img read more