Festejos patrios se conmemoran sin público

Sep 17, 2020

(CDMX). El 210 aniversario de la Independencia de México se conmemoró de una forma totalmente diferente a la que ya se acostumbraba cada año.

Por la pandemia de Covid-19, éste 2020 el segundo grito simbólico de Dolores dado por el presidente Andrés Manuel López Obrador tuvo que ser sin público para evitar poner en riesgo la salud de los mexicanos, pues la pandemia ya ha cobrado la vida de más de 71 mil personas.

En punto de las 11 de la noche, previo a dirigirse al balcón presidencial, el primer mandatario realizó un minuto de silencio en honor a los fallecidos por coronavirus; posteriormente, la escolta de las Fuerzas Armadas entregó la bandera de México para la ceremonia.

Desde el Palacio Nacional, el jefe del Ejecutivo, acompañado de su esposa la doctora Beatriz Gutiérrez Muller, dio 20 vivas y cimbró la campana que el propio Miguel Hidalgo tocó hace 210 años, ante un Zócalo vacío, pero con la figura de la República Mexicana al centro de la plaza de la Constitución, y una simbólica llama de la esperanza.

Finalmente, se inició con el esperado espectáculo de fuegos pirotécnicos, amenizado con música típica de varios estados, que millones de mexicanos pudieron observar a través de televisión y plataformas digitales, cumpliendo con las disposiciones de las autoridades de Salud.

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Mayor Turner announces citywide anti-littering campaign

Sep 17, 2020
Mayor Turner Announces Citywide Anti-Litter Campaign, Encourages Houstonians to Properly Dispose of COVID-19 Face Masks, Gloves and Sanitizer Wipes 
News conference video includes a COVID-19 pandemic update and the anti-litter campaign announcement on Wednesday, Sept. 16.
HOUSTON –  Mayor Sylvester Turner joined several city council members and community and neighborhood groups to announce an anti-litter campaign to encourage Houstonians to properly dispose of face masks, gloves, sanitizer wipes, and other trash. 

“Don’t Let Houston Go to Waste” and “Litter is Trashy” are two of the slogans that will remind people to keep Houston clean by throwing all used items in trash cans and dumpsters. The signs also encourage everyone to do the ‘PPE123.”Wear PPE and social distanceDispose of your PPE appropriately STOP THE SPREAD”The use of proper personal protective equipment, like masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer, is critically important in the fight against the spread of COVID-19,” Mayor Turner said. “But we have a PPE litter problem. Houston is not alone. Cities across the nation are experiencing unbelievable amounts of PPE litter on streets and sidewalks.” 

The mayor named Vice Mayor Pro-Tem Martha Castex Tatum to lead the citywide anti-litter campaign.

“We have to sound the alarm and encourage Houstonians to join us. We have all noticed the significant increase in litter around our city,” said Castex-Tatum. “We must address the uptick in illegal dumping in our parks and streets because COVID waste is being washed into our storm drains and waterways.”

“Litter is 100 percent preventable,” said Amy Reed, executive director of Keep Houston Beautiful.”It might seem like only one glove that hit the ground or one mask that flew away. Don’t trash our city. This is our home, and we want to keep it the cleanest and greenest.”

The anti-litter campaign also targets illegal dumping, which has increased during the pandemic. 

“These things can clog the drains and clog inlets,” said Public Works Director Carol Haddock. “They can contribute to flooding when we have the next rainstorm.”

“My community spends thousands of dollars every year cleaning up illegal dumping and litter,” said Super Neighborhood Alliance Vice-Chair, Philip Salerno. “I look forward to working with the mayor and city council on this initiative, so let’s keep Houston clean and remember, litter is trashy.”The following organizations and agencies will join Mayor Turner and Vice-Mayor Castex Tatum in supporting the anti-litter campaign. Solid Waste Management DepartmentHouston Parks & Recreation DepartmentKeep Houston BeautifulHouston Public Works DepartmentDepartment of NeighborhoodsHouston Airport SystemHouston Police DepartmentHouston First CorporationHouston Apartment AssociationGreater Houston PartnershipTIRZs and Management DistrictsMETRORetailers Associations (Texas and Greater Houston)
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Surveillance Photo of Suspect Sought in June Fatal Shooting at 8700 Richmond Avenue

Sep 17, 2020
The family of a man fatally shot at 8700 Richmond Avenue about 10:45 p.m. on June 24 is making a public plea in efforts to identify the person(s) responsible for his death.  

At a news conference at the HPD Edward A. Thomas Building today (Sept. 16), family members of victim Deaundra Charles Pipkins, 23, asked anyone with information on the killing of their loved one to provide an anonymous tip to help HPD homicide detectives identity the suspect(s). 

The suspect is described only as a heavy-set black male with dreadlocks.   A surveillance photo of the suspect, seen getting into a white Mercedes Benz sedan with dark-tinted windows, was released on June 30.  The photo is attached to this news release.  

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant M. Miller and Detectives M. Arrington, M. Perez and D. Stark reported:  

Mr.  Pipkins was shot at least one time while he sat in the passenger side of a vehicle traveling eastbound at the above address.  The driver transported him to HCA Houston Healthcare West where he was pronounced deceased.  

The suspect was last seen in the Mercedes sedan driving eastbound on Richmond Avenue and then turned southbound onto Dunvale Road to flee the scene.  

Anyone with information in this case, or on the identity of the wanted suspect, is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
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Mayor Turner new office to target human trafficking and domestic violence

Sep 17, 2020
Mayor Sylvester Turner Creates New Office of Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence
Program launched to empower survivors with paths toward safety and financial independence
HOUSTON – Effective immediately, the Mayor’s Office of Human Trafficking will expand to include Domestic Violence and focus on services and policies to address gender-based violence. The new Office of Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence (MOHT&DV) will be led by Minal Patel Davis.

Mayor Sylvester Turner made the announcement Monday along with District C City Council Member Abbie Kamin, Minal Patel Davis, director of the newly expanded office and Emily Whitehurst of the Houston Area Women’s Center. 

The new office is launching a partnership with Magpies & Peacocks called the MAKR Collective to empower human trafficking and domestic violence victims economically. MAKR Collective is an independent entrepreneurship program that works in collaboration with M&P to help survivors gain valuable, life-long skills for employment opportunities in the fashion industry. 



Starting in October, the MAKR Collective will be set up to transition six clients per month into the virtual 3-6-month pilot program. This unique opportunity seeks to use remote visual learning techniques to teach participants how to sew, cut patterns, learn basic alterations, and develop skills to make their first for sale product. Upon completion, participants will be paid for their work, possess a portfolio of skills, and can offer paid services to others. Participants also can become a product designer. No prior experience is required, and information sessions and application will be available in Spanish. The program also includes a range of financial supports like a stipend during the upskills period and a cash match savings program that can yield $500 in savings in 6 months.

“Economic empowerment opportunities like this one are the key to breaking the cycle of domestic violence, “said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “Almost all survivors experience financial abuse, lack access to financial resources, or the skills needed to be independent, keeping them tied to an abuser. ” 

“COVID exacerbated the problem, but Houston continues to rise to the challenge. We continue to ask, ‘what more can we do to ensure all Houstonians are safe,’” said Council Member Abbie Kamin. “Today’s announcement and the expansion of an official City office to include domestic violence in its charge is a very big deal. It ensures that the work to protect survivors and their families will continue for years to come.”

“Our goal is to ensure that survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence have multiple pathways to economic stability,” said Minal Patel Davis, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence. “Magpies and Peacocks is the perfect partner since their model will upskill survivors locally while disrupting fashion production and the labor trafficking that results from that globally.



The MOHT&DV will also pursue additional avenues for economic security, dialogues on gender equity through community and civic engagement, focus on service deserts, and changing cultural attitudes.

The Houston Endowment, Frees Foundation, Grant Me the Wisdom Foundation, National Football League, and the Kanta K. Patel Fund are sponsors. The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs helped identify M&P as a partner.

Mayor Turner’s Anti-Trafficking Division was the first municipal-level office of its kind in the U.S. for making a local impact on human trafficking from a policy-level perspective. The new office will now also develop domestic violence initiatives.

Magpies & Peacocks is Houston’s and the nation’s exclusive 501(c)3 non-profit design house dedicated to the collection and sustainable reuse of post-consumer clothing, scrap textiles, and accessories diverted from landfill.

For more information, contact Minal Patel Davis, Director, MOHT&DV at (832) 596-9965.
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Mayor Turner announces City initiative to improve Houston’s local streets and major thoroughfares

Sep 17, 2020
HOUSTON – Today, Mayor Sylvester Turner and Houston Public Works (HPW) announced the Street Rehabilitation Initiative, a program designed to improve streets, curbs and gutters citywide.

Street Rehabilitation provides many of the same benefits of reconstruction, but at a much lower cost. Public Works will rehabilitate nearly 300 lane-miles of roadway across the City this year, which is double what crews accomplished last year and almost four times the amount three years ago.
 
In January, Mayor Turner identified rehabilitating Houston streets as one of his priorities and asked Public Works to develop a plan within 60 days. The mayor wanted a plan that would go beyond the next-day pothole program and move from just repairing to improving the City’s streets.

Public Works submitted the proposal just as the City’s attention shifted to addressing the COVID-19 pandemic.

The initiative will focus on extending the life of existing infrastructure by rehabilitating street surfaces, fixing curbs, storm drains, sidewalks, and bringing ramps up to accessibility standards.

“The Street Rehabilitation Initiative is my vision for creating safer, more sustainable communities for Houstonians,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “I asked Public Works to change the way the City of Houston is doing business by taking a more holistic approach to how we use our streets as part of a Complete Community.”

Mayor Turner launched the street repair program in District D, along with Council Member Carolyn Evans-Shabazz, as Houston Public Works crews worked nearby to make infrastructure improvements in the 7700 block of Jutland. Improvements in the Sunnyside Complete Community include more than two miles of rehabilitation to streets, curbs, gutters, and curb ramps.
 
Citywide, Public Works is using data that measures the condition and rideability of the streets to prioritize rehabilitation projects in all 11 Districts. The amount of work done in each council district will be determined by the percent of streets in that district.
The City is currently doing Street Rehabilitation Initiative work at the following Complete Community locations:

 
“Rehabilitation is a fiscally responsible way to manage our streets,” said Houston Public Works Director Carol Haddock. “When we put most or all our money into reconstruction, we only work on 15 to 20 lane miles of roadway per year. When we use this same money to rehabilitate those roads that need some attention but aren’t completely broken up, we can improve more than 300 lane miles per year.”

The Street Rehabilitation Initiative also increases transparency and accountability by allocating rehabilitation projects based on the proportion of streets in each district, prioritizing projects based on objective criteria with council member participation and sharing the schedule for the rehabilitation of every street.

Mayor Turner has asked Public Works to provide a detailed briefing of the new initiative at the Transportation, Technology, and Infrastructure Committee Meeting scheduled for Thursday, September 17th at 10 a.m. The committee meeting can be streamed on Houston Television and its social media platforms.
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Festejo inédito por Día de la Independencia; covid-19 le quita la pachanga en el Zócalo a los mexicanos

Sep 15, 2020

(CDMX). Como parte del 210 aniversario de la Independencia mexicana, el país se pinta de verde, blanco y rojo para conmemorar a los héroes que le dieron libertad a México.

Sin embargo, el festejo de este año cambió totalmente a raíz de la pandemia de coronavirus.

Cada año se realizaba un gran festejo los 15 y 16 de septiembre, había conciertos, espectáculos de fuegos pirotécnicos y miles de personas llenaban las calles del Centro Histórico para esperar el momento en que el presidente en turno suena la campana y de manera simbólica representa el Grito de Dolores.

Ahora, las autoridades determinaron suspender la celebración con público, pues el Covid-19 sigue cobrando la vida de mucha gente, y se pretende evitar un rebrote.

Cientos de elementos policíacos resguardan las calles aledañas al Zócalo, impidiendo la entrada a todo tipo de persona, con excepción de los autorizados.

Comercios, así como restaurantes de la zona permanecieron cerrados por disposición oficial y así estarán hasta el 17 de septiembre. En cuanto al acceso vehícular, este también está limitado.

El grito está programado para las 11 de la noche y se le pide a toda la población permanezca en casa y desde ahí, festeje el aniversario de la independencia.

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Mayor Sylvester Turner Creates New Office of Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence

Sep 15, 2020

Program launched to empower survivors with paths toward safety and financial independence
HOUSTON – Effective immediately, the Mayor’s Office of Human Trafficking will expand to include Domestic Violence and focus on services and policies to address gender-based violence. The new Office of Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence (MOHT&DV) will be led by Minal Patel Davis.

Mayor Sylvester Turner made the announcement Monday along with District C City Council Member Abbie Kamin, Minal Patel Davis, director of the newly expanded office and Emily Whitehurst of the Houston Area Women’s Center. 

The new office is launching a partnership with Magpies & Peacocks called the MAKR Collective to empower human trafficking and domestic violence victims economically. MAKR Collective is an independent entrepreneurship program that works in collaboration with M&P to help survivors gain valuable, life-long skills for employment opportunities in the fashion industry. 



Starting in October, the MAKR Collective will be set up to transition six clients per month into the virtual 3-6-month pilot program. This unique opportunity seeks to use remote visual learning techniques to teach participants how to sew, cut patterns, learn basic alterations, and develop skills to make their first for sale product. Upon completion, participants will be paid for their work, possess a portfolio of skills, and can offer paid services to others. Participants also can become a product designer. No prior experience is required, and information sessions and application will be available in Spanish. The program also includes a range of financial supports like a stipend during the upskills period and a cash match savings program that can yield $500 in savings in 6 months.

“Economic empowerment opportunities like this one are the key to breaking the cycle of domestic violence, “said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “Almost all survivors experience financial abuse, lack access to financial resources, or the skills needed to be independent, keeping them tied to an abuser. ” 

“COVID exacerbated the problem, but Houston continues to rise to the challenge. We continue to ask, ‘what more can we do to ensure all Houstonians are safe,’” said Council Member Abbie Kamin. “Today’s announcement and the expansion of an official City office to include domestic violence in its charge is a very big deal. It ensures that the work to protect survivors and their families will continue for years to come.”

“Our goal is to ensure that survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence have multiple pathways to economic stability,” said Minal Patel Davis, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence. “Magpies and Peacocks is the perfect partner since their model will upskill survivors locally while disrupting fashion production and the labor trafficking that results from that globally.



The MOHT&DV will also pursue additional avenues for economic security, dialogues on gender equity through community and civic engagement, focus on service deserts, and changing cultural attitudes.

The Houston Endowment, Frees Foundation, Grant Me the Wisdom Foundation, National Football League, and the Kanta K. Patel Fund are sponsors. The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs helped identify M&P as a partner.

Mayor Turner’s Anti-Trafficking Division was the first municipal-level office of its kind in the U.S. for making a local impact on human trafficking from a policy-level perspective. The new office will now also develop domestic violence initiatives.

Magpies & Peacocks is Houston’s and the nation’s exclusive 501(c)3 non-profit design house dedicated to the collection and sustainable reuse of post-consumer clothing, scrap textiles, and accessories diverted from landfill.

For more information, contact Minal Patel Davis, Director, MOHT&DV at (832) 596-9965.
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Se llegó a la meta para pagar los premios de la rifa del avión presidencial: AMLO

Sep 14, 2020

(CDMX). A vísperas del sorteo de la Lotería Nacional para rifar el valor equivalente del avión presidencial TP-01 “José María Morelos y Pavón”, el presidente Andrés Manuel López Obrador informó que se llegó a la meta.

“Les adelanto que cumplimos con la meta de obtener para pagar los premios, ya eso está resuelto, de modo que se va a llevar a cabo mañana”.

El primer mandatario reiteró que con los recursos obtenidos del sorteo se van a comprar equipos médicos para combatir la pandemia de Covid-19, los cuales tendrán una placa que especifique que fueron comprados con el dinero adquirido durante la rifa.

“El dinero obtenido, todo ese dinero, repito va a ser para comprar equipos médicos, se va a conocer la licitación de la compra de los equipos médicos, se va a hacer una licitación pública de como se va a utilizar el dinero de todos los equipo, y a cada equipo se le va a poner una plaquita que diga: rifa del avión presidencial o recursos obtenidos de la rifa del avión presidencial, aportación del pueblo, 2020”.

Al cierre del 11 de septiembre se vendieron 4 millones 179 mil cachitos, es decir, el 69 por ciento de los boletos disponibles, que equivalen a 2 mil 89.5 millones de pesos y la venta terminará hasta mañana a las 14 horas.

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Atención permanente a Covid-19 hasta que haya vacuna: Sheinbaum

Sep 14, 2020

(CDMX). La jefa de Gobierno de la Ciudad de México, Claudia Sheinbaum, presentó este lunes un informe de intervención frente a la pandemia de coronavirus, tanto del personal de Salud, como del gobierno capitalino y ciudadanos.

Previo a su Segundo Informe de Gobierno, la mandataria señaló que decidió separar el tema del Covid-19 de otros ámbitos, pues la lista de acciones es larga.

En ese sentido, detalló que la emergencia se ha dividido en cuatro periodos; la fase preventiva de febrero a marzo; emergencia sanitaria de abril a junio; Plan Gradual hacia la Nueva Normalidad y semáforo sanitario en junio; así como atención a zonas prioritarias a través de la georeferenciación de casos positivos en julio y agosto 2020.

Indicó que en los últimos 15 días ha habido una estabilización en cuanto a las hospitalizaciones, y señaló que a pesar de que no todos los habitantes pudieron realizar confinamiento, no hubo un colapso.

Esta y otras acciones fueron expuestas frente a una audiencia que asistió con sana distancia; así como le acompañó la secretaria de Salud local, Oliva López, y el subsecretario de Salud, Hugo López-Gatell.

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Registran enfrentamiento entre colectivos feministas y policías en Ecatepec

Sep 14, 2020

(CDMX). La tarde del jueves un grupo de mujeres tomó las instalaciones de la Visitaduría General de la Comisión de Derechos del Estado de México, en Ecatepec, uniéndose a la protesta de los colectivos feministas y familiares que tomaron la CNDH en la Ciudad.

Sin embargo, durante la madrugada de este viernes, elementos policíacos ingresaron al lugar y las desalojaron.

A través de redes sociales, quienes ahí se encontraban transmitieron en vivo la forma en la que los elementos agredieron a las manifestantes; además de que acusaron, detuvieron a varias personas y las trasladaron al Centro de Justicia del municipio de Atizapán de Zaragoza.

En los videos difundidos quedó registrado el enfrentamiento entre los policías y el colectivo feminista, donde se escuchan gritos de niños y advertencias de que había embarazadas en el lugar.

Asimismo, se observa como se aventaban sillas, piedras y palos; y en otro video, se capta a un policía rociando gas de un extintor a las mujeres.

Ante esto, la Fiscalía General de Justicia del Estado de México deslindó de los ataques a los elementos de Atizapán, lo cual causó más enojo en redes sociales.

Entre otros testimonios, también algunas reporteras indicaron que algunos agentes les quitaron los celulares con los que estaban grabando como golpeaban y pateaban a algunas mujeres.

Ya por la tarde se informó que los 13 detenidos durante el enfrentamiento fueron puestos en libertad.

Algunas de las afectadas acudieron a la ex CNDH, ahora refugio “Ni una menos”, para buscar apoyo. Ahí, a 12 días de la toma del organismo, regalan despensas y permiten la entrada a familias necesitadas; así como realizan ventas de algunos artículos para mantener su movimiento.

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