Mayor Turner announces new initiative to combat crime in Houston

Oct 20, 2020
HOUSTON – Today, Mayor Sylvester Turner announced a COVID-19 Related Crime Reduction Program to increase overtime for the Houston Police Department through the end of December 2020. The City will use $4.1 million of CARES Act funding for the overtime program.

Beginning today, through the end of the year, there will be an additional 110 officers  deployed each day to saturate six hot spot areas that are driving the violent crime numbers.

Those areas are:WestsideSouth GessnerNorth BeltSoutheastSouth CentralMidwestThroughout those areas, HPD officers will be on proactive patrols to reduce crime and address the spike in homicides, shootings and other crimes the city has experienced during the pandemic.
 
Overall, violent crime is up 11% in Houston.

“Major cities across the nation are experiencing an increase in homicides, shootings and other crimes during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “There is no denying the virus has contributed to anxiety and stress as people cope with job losses, feelings of isolation, illness or death of loved ones, children learning at home virtually and fear of the unknown.”

An Oct. 6 news article in the New York Times, reported that the COVID-19 pandemic has frayed all kinds of institutions and infrastructure that hold communities together, that watch over streets, that mediate conflicts, that simply give young people something to do. Programs devised to reduce gun violence and that proved effective have been upended by the pandemic.



“We’ll be relying on data to add more officers, more eyes, more visibility, and most importantly, more safety for the people of Houston,” said Chief Art Acevedo, Houston Police Department. “We are going to be watching on a daily basis and we will have tactical intelligence and move our resources as needed because we know displacement can occur.”
 
The City of Houston has worked in these unprecedented times to help people holistically. For instance, the Houston Health Department launched a mental  health hotline, the Mayor’s Office of Anti-Trafficking was expanded to include  domestic violence, to address the increase in domestic violence calls. The program includes a partnership with MAKR  Collective, an economic empowerment program for survivors with wrap around financial services. Through skills training we help survivors achieve financial independence.
 
The City has also provided two rental assistance packages worth more than $35 million for Houstonians having trouble paying their rent as a result of hardships created by the pandemic. In August, the Houston City Council passed the City’s Small Business Economic Relief Program (SBERP), which will be funded with $15 million of the City’s allocated CARES Act 2020 funds.
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DANNY ROMAN WANTS WBC CHAMPION LUIS NERY

Oct 20, 2020
Photo by Carlos Baeza – Thompson Boxing Promotions
LOS ANGELES, CA (October 19, 2020) – Thompson Boxing’s former unified WBA and IBF super-bantamweight world champion, Danny “The Baby Face Assassin” Roman (28-3-1, 10 KOs), is back in the gym and making it clear who he wants next, and that’s WBC super-bantamweight champion Luis Nery (31-0, 24 KOs).  “My last fight against (Juan Carlos) Payano was a WBC final eliminator and I am back in the gym with the goal of getting the green belt against Nery,” said Roman, who is promoted by Thompson Boxing Promotions. “Since I started boxing, I have always wanted to win it and I’d like to make that a reality. I am more focused than ever as I wait for the opportunity to fight for WBC super-bantamweight title. I want to be a champion again and I will prepare harder than ever.” “Daniel Roman can’t be written off at all, he has proven he is still at the top of his game,” said Alex Camponovo, general manager for Thompson Boxing. “Danny is making it clear that he wants the WBC strap and when he sets his mind on something, he finds a way to get it.”
“Daniel Roman is a consummate professional,” said Eddie Gonzalez, Roman’s manager and trainer. “He was right back in the gym after his win over Juan Carlos Payano and is more focused than ever. He wants Nery because he wants to win the green belt and I think that would be a great action-packed fight for the fans.” “My desire to be a world champion once again is what’s fueling my hard work in the gym,” Roman concluded. “I know what I am capable of and I fought on the same night as Nery so we should both be ready at the same time. It makes sense and will be great fight for the fans.”
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WBC Cares and Feet First Foundation Unite Helping Students with Boxing Curriculum

Oct 20, 2020

“WE TEACH CHARACTER THROUGH THE ART OF TEXTBOOK BOXING

NEW YORK, NY (October 19, 2020) – The Feet First Foundation is pleased to announce a collaborative partnership with the “WBC Cares” organization, a community outreach program formed by the World Boxing Council in 2006. The two parties have teamed up to highlight the transformative power of boxing, and how textbook boxing training can help improve the lives of many students in schools across the world.
By partnering with the WBC Cares, the Feet First Foundation, who already has had over 10,000 students go through their program, now aims to extend its curriculum nationally as a supportive outlet for schools around the world. The Feet First Foundation has found success implementing a data-backed program that uses boxing exercise and group discussion to inspire strong character in these school children.
Founded in the state of California in 2017, the Feet First Foundation under the guidance of co-founders Dan DorsettSean SharkeyZach Micheletti and Brandon Kregel, has improved the lives of thousands of students and adults. Along with promoting a healthy lifestyle that incorporates disciplined boxing exercise, the Feet First program also encourages group discussion topics around perseverance, accountability, and respect.
“It feels good to be working with a common goal of helping others through the art of boxing, and we are proud to team up with a first-class organization like the WBC Cares,” said co-founder Sean Sharkey. “Our goal is to incorporate this curriculum in schools all over the world and we believe our partnership with the WBC Cares will better broaden our mission for the betterment of students across the globe.”
The World Boxing Council has crowned an array of some of the most famous world champions, several of whom continue to be household names to this day. These include Muhammed AliSugar Ray LeonardMike TysonJulio Cesar ChavezSaul “Canelo” Alvarez, and Manny Pacquiao to name a few. 
“We started the WBC Cares program to help children all around the world and the Feet First Foundation aligns with our goals,” said Jill Diamond, WBC Cares, International Chair. “I can envision this curriculum being implemented in schools nationally and internationally, with a variety of our champions showing support. We are pleased to endorse their movement with this partnership.”
In keeping with the high standards established by this partnership, Feet First announces their new brand ambassador, undefeated Super Lightweight prospect Omar “El Relámpago” Juarez (9-0, 4 KOs), a rising star fighting under the Premiere Boxing Champions (PBC) banner.Omar has been contributing to his community in Brownsville, Texas since he was 16-years old through motivational speeches to over 35,000 students in more than 20 campuses. He is also the annual guest of honor at “A Night to Shine”, a prom styled event held for special needs children every March, sponsored by Brownsville’s “Down By The Border” and the nationally recognized “Tim Tebow Foundation”.
Omar Juarez is an embodiment of the strong character that Feet First Foundation and WBC Cares seek to replicate around the world, and both organizations are looking forward to a future helping as many children as possible.
“I’m a huge fan of the WBC Cares program so its enlightening to be part of this movement with Feet First, as together I know we can help a lot of students.” said Juarez. “I believe this program will benefit society in many ways. I’m all in.”
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VENTA ESPECIAL BENEFICIARÁ LA FUNDACIÓN ÓSCAR DE LA HOYA

Oct 20, 2020

LOS ÁNGELES, California 19 de octubre de 2020, TravisMathew estará orgullosamente asociándose con Óscar De LaHoya desde hoy 19 de octubre hasta mañana 20 de octubre, para una venta en línea y recaudación de fondos que beneficiará a la Fundación Óscar De La Hoya. Durante estos dos días, el 100% de las ganancias de las ventas en TravisMathew.com se destinará a apoyar esta increíble fundación.
            Óscar De La Hoya, quien nació y se crio en el Este de Los Ángeles, literalmente peleó para llegar a la cima de su carrera. Desde su comienzo en el boxeo amateur hasta una medalla de oro olímpica y 10 títulos mundiales profesionales en seis categorías distintas, De La Hoya aprendió literalmente a lidiar con los golpes para lograr el éxito. Ahora está brindando ese éxito a otros en su comunidad.              “La buena atención médica y la educación son dos de las claves del éxito en la vida”, dijo De La Hoya. “Tan pronto como fui bendecido con un poco de éxito en el ring, quise retribuir a través de una fundación y las escuelas y hospitales fueron donde enfoqué mis energías”, puntualizó.             En 1995, De La Hoya comenzó su fundación. Dedicada a brindar una mejor calidad de vida a los jóvenes desfavorecidos del Este de Los Ángeles y sus familias, la Fundación Óscar De La Hoya abrió una escuela autónoma e invirtió en la salud de la comunidad con el Centro Oncológico Cecilia González De La Hoya, Óscar De La Hoya Labor and Delivery Center, y la Unidad de Cuidados Intensivos Neonatales Óscar De La Hoya.             “Si bien estoy orgulloso de lo que logré en el boxeo, tener mi nombre en un hospital que está salvando vidas y una escuela autónoma que está levantando a los niños — ese es mi verdadero legado”, continuó De La Hoya.             Hoy, con la ayuda de muchos socios, la Fundación Óscar De La Hoya sirve a miles de personas anualmente, apoyando varios programas extracurriculares que promueven opciones de vida positivas y protegen a los jóvenes de las circunstancias de vivir en comunidades desfavorecidas.              “Es una causa y una asociación realmente emocionante”, dijo Ryan Ellis, el Jefe Ejecutivo de Travis Mathew quien relataba su entusiasmo por el proyecto. “Cuando comenzamos esto construimos una relación tan buena con Óscar que queríamos ayudar en todo lo que pudiéramos. A medida que aprendimos más, nos apasionaba tanto el proyecto que nos propusimos la meta de intentar hacer la mayor donación en la historia de TravisMathew y de la Fundación Óscar De La Hoya”, explicó.              “A través de esta venta, tendremos la capacidad de crear más oportunidades para las personas que provienen de un entorno diverso y desfavorecido. Óscar ha construido una base increíble y nos sentimos afortunados de poder ser parte de su crecimiento y retribuir”, subrayó.              Durante la venta especial en línea de 48 horas de TravisMathew del 19 al 20 de octubre, la mercadería estará a la venta con un descuento del 50% al 60%, mientras que el 100% de las ganancias de la venta se donarán a la Fundación Óscar De La Hoya.             “TravisMathew es una marca increíble y les agradezco por asociarse con la fundación”, continuó De La Hoya. “Estoy seguro que esta asociación resultará en beneficios significativos para el hospital, la escuela y todos los elementos de la Fundación”, finalizó.             ¡No pierda la oportunidad de apoyar a la Fundación Óscar De La Hoya comprando en nuestra venta especial del 19 al 20 de octubre! Juntos podemos hacer un mañana más brillante. 

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Three Suspects Arrested, Charged in Fatal Shooting at 1415 West Gulf Bank Road

Oct 20, 2020
Three Suspects Arrested, Charged in Fatal Shooting at 1415 West Gulf Bank Road
Charges have been filed against three suspects arrested in the fatal shooting of a man at 1415 West Gulf Bank Road about 6:15 p.m. on October 1. 

The suspects, Tyree Brooks (b/m, 24), Kobe Spears (b/m, 18), and Demerrian Samuels (b/m, 17), are charged with capital murder in the 179th State District Court.  They are accused in the death of Carlos Hernandez, 23, who died at the scene.  

Booking photos of the suspects are attached to this news release.    

HPD Homicide Division Detectives K. Clark and M. Nicotra reported:  

HPD patrol officers responded to a shooting at an apartment complex at the above address and found Mr. Hernandez lying in the parking lot with an apparent gunshot wound.  Paramedics responded to the scene and pronounced him deceased.  

According to witnesses, Hernandez and three male suspects got into a verbal altercation, which quickly escalated into Hernandez being shot.  The suspects, described only as three black males between 20 and 30 years of age, were seen getting into a vehicle and fleeing the location.  

Further investigation identified Brooks, Spears and Samuels as the suspects in this case and, on Thursday (October 15), all three were arrested and charged for their involvement in the shooting.
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HOUSTON HEALTH DEPARTMET ENCOURAGES ALTERNATIVES TO TRADITIONAL TRICK-OR-TREATING AND HALLOWEEN GATHERINGS DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Oct 20, 2020
HOUSTON HEALTH DEPARTMET ENCOURAGES ALTERNATIVES TO TRADITIONAL TRICK-OR-TREATING AND HALLOWEEN GATHERINGS DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC 
HOUSTON – The Houston Health Department encourages people to forgo traditional trick-or-treating and Halloween gatherings this year in favor of safer alternatives. Going door-to-door and attending traditional Halloween events are high-risk activities for spreading COVID-19 during the pandemic.

“The City of Houston is not canceling Halloween this year, but we are discouraging people from gathering in large groups. It is important that we keep the COVID-19 numbers moving in the right direction. This requires us to be smarter about how we trick-or-treat,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “Families and children can still have a ghoulish good time without jeopardizing their health and safety during the pandemic.”

A safer alternative is one-way trick-or-treating where individually wrapped goodie bags are lined up for families to grab and go while maintaining a safe social distance. This can be accomplished by setting up a table or blanket at the end of a driveway or at the edge of a yard.

“While the one-way alternative is safer than traditional trick-or-treating, it still comes with a moderate risk of virus transmission,” said Dr. David Persse, chief medical officer for the City of Houston. “While there isn’t a way to completely eliminate the risk of COVID-19 transmission with any activity, we can take simple steps to reduce it.”

Haunted houses and other indoor activities are also high risk for COVID-19 transmission. Safer options for Halloween fun include:Haunted forests for easier social distancing;Halloween scavenger hunts or spooky movie nights with household members;Baking Halloween-themed treats with household members; andVirtual costume parties.A costume mask is not a substitute for a face cloth mask. A costume mask should not be used unless it is made of two or more layers of breathable fabric that cover the mouth and nose and doesn’t leave gaps around the face.

People should not wear a costume mask over a protective cloth mask because it can be dangerous if the costume mask makes it harder to breathe. A safer alternative is using a Halloween-themed cloth mask.

People who may have COVID-19: those with fever, cough, shortness of breath, muscle aches, new loss of taste or smell, and diarrhea, and people exposed to someone who tested positive should not answer the door to trick-or-treaters.

Houstonians should continue to mask up, social distance, wash hands and get tested to prevent the spread of COVID-19. People can visit houstonhealth.org or call 832-393-4220 to find a nearby free testing site.

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We are better when we all do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19. Together, we can put Houston on the road to recovery. Thank you for making H-Town BETTER. TOGETHER. houstonhealth.org.
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City of Houston Recommendations for Reopening Sanctuaries and Faith-Based Organizations during COVID-19 Pandemic

Oct 20, 2020

The City of Houston Announces Recommendations for Reopening Sanctuaries and Faith-Based Organizations during the COVID-19 Pandemic

HOUSTON – Mayor Sylvester Turner and the Mayor’s Health Equity Response (H.E.R.) Task Force announced guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 as sanctuaries and faith-based organizations reopen their doors for religious services. 

The Mayor was joined by Dr. Irishea Hilliard of New Light Church and Reverend Rodrigo Vargas of Union Houston. Both are members of the H.E.R Task Force’s Faith and Community Leaders Subcommittee, a group of religious leaders who provided input and recommendations for creating the guidelines.

The task force strongly encouraged limiting the occupancy of facilities at 25% capacity and offering members the option to pre-register. 

 “Many Houstonians are people of faith and want to return to in-person worship services. The recommendations give people a road map on how to move forward without risking their health and safety,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner.

The H.E.R. Task Force reviewed three critical questions; How do we protect congregants? How do we assure communities we are doing all we can to protect them? And, how do we minimize the risk of transmission?

“As a faith leader, I closed my house of worship services and went back to virtual services. I wanted to make certain my parishioners and members were safe,” said Pastor Irishea Hilliard.

Additionally, the guidelines recommend that employees and members of a house of worship avoid touching and sharing audiovisual equipment such as microphones, instruments, and the removal of hymnals, pens, and offering envelopes. 

“It is an honor and a privilege to be on the task force,” said Pastor Rodrigo Vargas. “I thank the Mayor and others for their leadership. I appreciate the opportunity to invest our time, innovation, and faith, into making our city safe, while at the same time respecting our worship centers.”

“Since the pandemic began, our number one priority has been to keep Houstonians safe,” said Shannon Buggs, Director of the City of Houston Complete Communities Initiatives, and head of the Health Equity Response (H.E.R.) Task Force leader. “Early on, the Mayor’s Health Equity Response (H.E.R.) Task Force recognized places of worship as foundational elements in our society. I appreciate and applaud the diligence of the Faith & Community Leaders Sub-Committee for bringing together faith and civic leaders who spent several months discussing and developing the sanctuary reopening guidelines for the protection of all Houstonians.” 

The set of guidelines also include the use of clear signage in parking lots, halls, and entrances, the availability of hand sanitizing stations, and possible temperature checks. 

The recommended guidelines for reopening sanctuaries and faith-based organizations can be found on https://www.houstontx.gov/Best-Practices-Sanctuaries-Faith-Based-Organizations.pdf

“I was proud to witness how the spiritual leaders of our community, regardless of their beliefs, joined forces in providing their feedback to create such a comprehensive set of recommendations,” said Janice Weaver, Director of Community Relations, who coordinated the efforts of the Faith and Community Leaders Sub-Committee.

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Secretario de Educación comparece ante Senado; pone ejemplo de uso del cubrebocas

Oct 15, 2020

(CDMX). El secretario de Educación Pública, Esteban Moctezuma, compareció ante el Senado de la República sobre las estrategias implementadas para la educación, principalmente en estos tiempos de pandemia.

Durante su rendición de cuentas por el Segundo Informe de Gobierno, el funcionario rechazó quitarse el cubrebocas para expresarse, pues aseguró que tiene que poner el ejemplo.

“Lo que sucede es que en algunas normas que estamos impulsando para el regreso a clases, cuando sea posible, vamos a considerar el uso del cubrebocas obligatorio, y lo mejor es el ejemplo, por lo que no me lo quito”.

Entre los cuestionamientos de los senadores, estuvo el presupuesto destinado a la educación; la educación a distancia para evitar infecciones por Covid-19 en los estudiantes y personal docente; la educación en poblaciones rurales y el acceso a internet para ellos; falta de herramientas para clases; capacitación a profesores y demás situaciones que quedaron en evidencia por la emergencia sanitaria.

Ante ello, el secretario destacó la labor del personal educativo para sacar adelante el presente ciclo escolar, además señaló que los profesores son insustituibles y su trabajo debe ser valorado.

Añadió, que se trabajara para cuidar que la salud de los estudiantes y sus familias sea cuidada, así como se velará para que la educación llegue hasta las zonas más alejadas de la urbanidad.

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No se busca perjudicar empresas: AMLO por prohibición de quesos y yogurts

Oct 15, 2020

(CDMX). Tras el comunicado de la Secretaría de Economía y la Procuraduría Federal del Consumidor (Profeco), para prohibir la comercialización de dos marcas de yogurt y 18 marcas de queso, esto por incumplir con lo establecido en las Normas Oficiales Mexicanas, el presidente Andrés Manuel López Obrador afirmó que la decisión no fue con el propósito de perjudicar a empresas.

“Que se informe sobre esto y diálogo siempre va a haber y no es el propósito perjudicar a las empresas, nada más que también tenemos que cuidar la salud del pueblo, hay mucho fraude, no usan los alimentos que se deben de utilizar hay muchos productos químicos adulterados y eso hay que cuidarlo, tiene que ver con la alimentación de la gente”.

El primer mandatario señaló que por ello se implementó el nuevo etiquetado en los productos, para que los ciudadanos tengan información verídica de lo que consumen, pues hay empresas que solo buscaban ganar dinero, pero con alimentos que no contenían lo que decían.

En el caso de los quesos, estos se prohibieron porque se encontró que contaban con leyendas de “100% hecho de leche” y no lo son, adicionan grasa vegetal para sustituir leche; así como en el yogurt natural, se detectó incumplimiento en adición de azúcares y contenido mínimo de leche.

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Solicitan deportistas paralímpicos no desaparecer fideicomisos

Oct 15, 2020

(CDMX). Deportistas paralímpicos, acompañados por senadores de diversos grupos parlamentarios, acudieron al Senado para solicitar que no se desaparezcan los fideicomisos, en especial el Fondo para el Deporte de Alto Rendimiento (Fodepar), que otorgaba recursos a deportistas y deportistas paralímpicos.

Ante ello, senadores de oposición -como ya lo han manifestado- buscarán impedir que la mayoría logre desaparecer la extinción de los fondos y fideicomisos.

“Invitándolos a todos los senadores para que sumen y nos apoyen, que tengan la conciencia y sensibilidad y se den cuenta de que al desaparecer el Fodepar, no solo desaparece el apoyo al alto rendimiento, si no que es toda una estructura que va a dañar y va a haber un retroceso de mas de 20 años en el deporte”, expresó uno de los deportistas.

Samuel García, senador de Movimiento Ciudadano, señaló que de aprobarse totalmente la extinción de los fideicomisos, habrá una lucha legal.

“Si se eliminan o se derogan esas 14 leyes para eliminar los 109 fideicomisos, se viene toda una lucha legal y en calle. Vamos a estar ofreciéndoles amparos a nivel nacional”, dijo.

Por su parte, la senadora del PRI, Claudia Edith Anaya, exigió que el Fiscal General de la República acuda a rendir informes sobre posibles malos manejos en dichos fondos.

“Exigimos que venga el Fiscal General de la República, para que rinda informes de las carpetas de averiguación que estén aperturadas para sancionar posibles actos de corrupción respecto al manejo de los fideicomisos, si no es así, no es posible que permitamos que se este insultando a estos hombres y mujeres que le han dado gloria a este país”, refirió la senadora.

Con ello, se pronostica que la lucha en el Pleno por evitar que desaparezcan estos apoyos a diversas organizaciones va a ser dura, a pesar de que la Secretaría de Hacienda y el presidente Andrés Manuel López Obrador aseguren que se seguirán otorgando los recursos, pero ya no a través de fideicomisos.

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