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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Pide AMLO respeto en comparecencias; ¿para qué los invitan si no los dejan hablar?, dice

Oct 15, 2020

(CDMX). Tras el caos en las distintas comparecencias que se han llevado a cabo tanto en la Cámara de Diputados, como en el Senado de la República, de la rendición de cuentas de funcionarios públicos en el marco de la entrega del Segundo Informe de Gobierno del presidente Andrés Manuel López Obrador, el jefe del ejecutivo hizo la petición a que éstas se realicen con respeto.

Esto, tras la suspensión de la comparecencia del subsecretario de Salud, Hugo López-Gatell.

“Hay que actuar también con respeto si invitan a los funcionarios a que informen en el Congreso y los tratan así, entonces para que los invitan si no los dejan hablar, ¿nada mas por el espectáculo?, no ayuda ni siquiera a la institución, porque puede haber un debate ordenado pero se entiende que estén muy molestos”.

López Obrador expresó que la oposición está molesta por “el cambio que se realiza en su administración” y señaló que su gobierno trabaja para “arrancar de raíz la corrupción”, por lo que pidió no caer en provocaciones.

“Nosotros estamos llevando a cabo una transformación igual de profunda que la Independencia, que la Reforma, que la Revolución y lo estamos logrando sin violencia”, señaló.

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Featherweight Thriller on UFC FIGHT ISLAND

Oct 15, 2020

FEATHERWEIGHT THRILLER BETWEEN

(#2) BRIAN ORTEGA AND (#4) CHAN SUNG JUNG

GOES DOWN ON UFC FIGHT ISLAND

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FEATURED BOUTS:

(#1) KATLYN CHOOKAGIAN vs. (#2 – SW) JESSICA ANDRADE

(#13) CIRYL GANE vs. ANTE DELIJA

Las Vegas – UFC® will continue its run of shows on UFC FIGHT ISLAND with a highly anticipated bout guaranteed to deliver fireworks as No. 2 ranked Brian Ortega takes on No. 4 ”The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung in a clash of featherweight contenders. Also, recent women’s flyweight title challenger and No. 1 ranked contender Katlyn Chookagian looks to spoil the 125-pound debut of former strawweight champion Jessica Andrade.

UFC FIGHT NIGHT ON ESPN+®: ORTEGA vs. THE KOREAN ZOMBIE will take place Saturday, October 17 from UFC FIGHT ISLAND on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island. The main card will begin at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT in English and Spanish on ESPN+, with the prelims kicking off at 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT. The event is in partnership with the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi.

Former featherweight title challenger Ortega (14-1, 1 NC, fighting out of Los Angeles, Calif.) returns to action for the first time in almost two years and hopes to deliver another show-stealing performance. Throughout the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt’s UFC run, he has earned spectacular finishes over Frankie Edgar, Cub Swanson, Renato Moicano and Clay Guida. He now seeks to get the last laugh against Jung and secure himself another world championship opportunity.

Perennial fan-favorite Jung (16-5, fighting out of Seoul, South Korea) has been thrilling fans for years with exciting bouts and highlight-reel finishes. Having ended 14 of his 16 wins before the final bell, Jung has turned heads with sensational stoppage victories over Frankie Edgar, Dustin Poirier, Leonard Garcia and Mark Hominick. Jung now aims to put his rivalry with Ortega to bed and stake his claim as the next UFC featherweight title challenger.

Chookagian (14-3, fighting out of Kenilworth, N.J.) has her sights set on building off her most recent victory over Antonina Shevchenko and defending her spot atop the women’s flyweight rankings. During her UFC run, she has netted exciting victories over Jennifer Maia, Joanne Calderwood and Alexis Davis. Chookagian now aims to keep her momentum going by finishing a former UFC champion and earning another title opportunity.

Former strawweight champion Andrade (20-8, fighting out of Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) looks to waste no time in her move up to flyweight by taking out the division’s top contender. A powerful grappler and heavy-handed striker, she has delivered incredible finishes against Rose Namajunas, Karolina Kowalkiewicz and Joanne Calderwood. Andrade now hopes to make an immediate impact at 125 pounds by stopping Chookagian to secure herself a flyweight title shot.

Additional bouts on the card include:

  • Undefeated No. 13 ranked heavyweight contender Ciryl Gane (6-0, fighting out of Paris, France) takes on UFC newcomer Ante Delija (17-3, fighting out of Dubrovnik, Croatia)
  • Jimmy Crute (11-1, fighting out of Bendigo, Victoria, Australia) goes for another show-stealing finish against streaking Modestas Bukauskas (11-2, fighting out of London, England by way of Klaipeda, Lithuania) in a light heavyweight contest

·         Thomas Almeida (22-3, fighting out of Sao Paulo, Brazil) returns to the Octagon to take on Jonathan Martinez (12-3, fighting out of Plainview, Texas) in a featherweight bout

·         Undefeated Mateusz Gamrot (17-0 1NC, fighting out of Poznan, Poland) takes on Guram Kutateladze (11-2, fighting out of Georgia) in a clash of lightweight newcomers

  • No. 15 ranked women’s flyweight contender Gillian Robertson (8-4, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla. by way of Niagara Falls, Ont., Canada) meets fellow finisher Poliana Botelho Lopes (8-2, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
  • Claudio Silva (14-1, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) goes for his 15th straight victory against tough veteran James Krause (26-9, fighting out of Lee’s Summit, Mo.)
  • Junyong Park (12-4, fighting out of Seoul, South Korea) faces John Phillips (22-10 1NC, fighting out of Swansea, Wales) in what promises to be an entertaining middleweight bout
  • In a battle of lightweight hopefuls, Jamie Mullarkey (12-3, fighting out of Central Coast, Australia) locks horns with Fares Ziam (10-3, fighting out of Givors, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France)
  • Gadzhimurad Antigulov (20-7, fighting out of Makhachkala, Russia) aims to return to the win column against fellow light heavyweight Maxim Grishin (30-8-2, fighting out of Grozny, Chechen Republic, Russia)
  • Exciting bantamweight prospects collide when Said Nurmagomedov (13-2, fighting out of Dagestan, Russia) takes on Mark Striegl (18-2-1, fighting out of Las Vegas, NV by way of Baguio City, Philippines)

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Mayor Turner recognizes National Code Compliance Month

Oct 15, 2020
Mayor Turner Recognizes National Code Compliance Month
October observance promotes public awareness of importance of code enforcement to keep communities safe
 
HOUSTON – The City of Houston joins municipalities across the country in the observance of National Code Compliance Month during October to recognize the important role city code enforcement officers play to help maintain safe communities. 
 
During the pandemic, Houston code enforcement officers continue their work as essential workers, deploying to locations throughout the city to inspect homes, apartments, commercial buildings, streets and sidewalks for the safety of Houstonians.
 
“Our code enforcement officers are certified, highly qualified professionals with a demanding and challenging job,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “They are constantly in the public eye, called upon to apply their knowledge, expertise and community relations skills to deliver excellent customer service.  They  interact with residents, property owners, city officials and commissions to enforce city codes and keep our city up to standards, clear of blight, nuisances and public safety hazards. During National Code Compliance Month, we invite Houstonians to join us as we proudly thank them for their hard work, professionalism and dedication to serving our city.”
 
The city’s cadre of code enforcement officers work under several city departments, including the Department of Neighborhoods (DON), the Houston Fire Department (HFD) and Houston Public Works (HPW).
 


“The quality of life and safety of all city residents depends on the enforcement of the city’s municipal code,” said DON director TaKasha Francis. ‘We proudly recognize the work our inspectors, crews, support staff and managers carry out year-round to improve the living environment for residents across the city. Our code enforcement officers inspect for compliance on single-family residential property as pertains to overgrown lots, dangerous buildings, junk accumulation, inoperable motor vehicles and graffiti. They enforce codes that prohibit bandit signs on city property and right of way. They also educate residents about how to correct and avoid code violations, aiming for property owner code compliance to avoid the cost of taxpayer dollars for abatements. Further, their work helps keep our communities safe and clean, lowers crime rates, decreases urban decay and illnesses, and increases economic vitality in neighborhoods.”
 
“We are extremely proud of our department’s code enforcement officers from the Life Safety Bureau and the work they do to keep the public safe,” said HFD Chief Samuel Peña. “They not only conduct inspections to identify and eliminate hazards that help prevent accidents and injury to residents, but also support fire safety community education. Our code enforcement officers work in teams, assigned to high rise buildings, haz-mat, institutions, special operations, schools, general occupancy, apartments, hotels and motels. I take this opportunity to thank them for the fine work they do in protecting our great city.”
 
“At Houston Public Works, together we create a strong foundation for Houston to thrive,” said HPW director Carol Haddock. “We review, issue permits for, and inspect more than 30,000 projects each year. Our 200 code officers make sure that buildings where people live and play are safe and that our streets, drainage systems, sidewalks, water and wastewater connections, and even our signs are built to City of Houston codes. Thank you to all the code officers in the City for their dedication to making sure our community is safe and projects comply with Houston’s codes.”
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Medicare recipients eligible for free benefits counseling from Area Agency on Aging

Oct 15, 2020
Medicare recipients eligible for free benefits counseling from Houston Health Department’s Area Agency on Aging
HOUSTON – Medicare beneficiaries reviewing their 2021 health and prescription drug plan options can get free help from benefits counselors with the Harris County Area Agency on Aging, a division of the Houston Health Department.
 
Medicare open enrollment begins October 15 and runs through December 7. It is a period for beneficiaries to compare all their Medicare options and make changes to their health or prescription drug coverage for the following year.
 
“There are a few new things this year. Many of the drug plans are offering a 30-day supply of insulin for $35 or less a month. If you have diabetes, take insulin, and enroll in one of these plans, you could save almost $500 a year in out-of-pocket costs,” said Rose Ortega, a benefits counselor with the agency.

Face-to-face meetings aren’t feasible this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but clients can receive guidance from benefits counselors by scheduling appointments via Zoom or Microsoft Teams. The appointments are available at 832-393-4301 or 800-213-8471.

Clients need the following items on-hand during appointments:Medicare card (if changing current benefits)A list of current medicationsAward letter from Social Security or proof of incomeProof of current health insuranceOpen enrollment for most beneficiaries may be the only time they can make changes to their Medicare coverage. They can:Change their Medicare health or prescription drug coverage for 2021;Decide which plan will meet their needs for 2021;Check for changes in their plan such as costs;Check drug coverage; andCheck if they will be able to see their preferred doctor or pharmacy.Medicare beneficiaries or their legal representatives can obtain benefits counseling or more information by calling the Area Agency on Aging’s call center at 832-393-4301. Benefits counselors do not recommend or endorse any specific insurance product, insurance company or plan. They provide information and advice so beneficiaries can make their own decisions.
 
People can enroll in Medicare if they are 65 or older, under 65 and have a disability or have either end-stage renal disease or ALS, also called Lou Gehrig’s disease. This year, end-stage renal disease patients can enroll in a Medicare Advantage Plan.

New coverage begins January 1, 2021 Medicare plans can be previewed at Medicare.gov.
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BATTLE FOR THE UNDISPUTED UFC LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP

Oct 15, 2020

(C) KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV BATTLES (IC) JUSTIN GAETHJE TO CROWN UNDISPUTED UFC® LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPION ON FIGHT ISLAND

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FEATURED BOUTS:

(#1) ROBERT WHITTAKER vs. (#3) JARED CANNONIER

(#6) ALEXANDER VOLKOV vs. (#8) WALT HARRIS

Las Vegas – UFC® wraps up its second run on UFC FIGHT ISLAND with one of the most anticipated bouts of the year as UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and interim champion Justin Gaethje battle to unify the belts. In the co-main event, former middleweight champion and No. 1 ranked Robert Whittaker takes on No. 3 Jared Cannonier in a pivotal bout with title implications. 

UFC® 254: KHABIB vs. GAETHJE will take place Saturday, October 24 on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island and will stream live on Pay-Per-View, exclusively through ESPN+ in the U.S. at a special broadcast time of 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT in both English and Spanish. The prelims will be simulcast on ESPN2 and ESPN+ (English and Spanish) beginning at 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT with the early prelims kicking off at 10:15 a.m. ET /7:15 p.m. PT simulcast on ESPN+ and UFC Fight Pass. The event is in partnership with the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi.

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Undefeated champion Nurmagomedov (28-0, fighting out of Dagestan, Russia) looks to put on another dominant performance and once again prove he is the best lightweight on the planet. Nurmagomedov is currently tied for the longest active win streak in the UFC with an impressive 12 victories in a row, which includes finishes over former champion Conor McGregor and former interim champion Dustin Poirier. He now seeks to extend his streak to 13 with a statement performance over Gaethje and make his case as the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

Gaethje (22-2, fighting out of Arvada, Colo.) has become a fan favorite for the relentless and entertaining fight style that has earned him nine UFC post-fight bonuses in just seven fights. A proven finisher with a remarkable 20 of his 22 wins coming by stoppage, Gaethje rose through the lightweight ranks with knockouts over Edson Barboza, Donald Cerrone and Tony Ferguson. He now looks to realize his ultimate goal of attaining the undisputed UFC lightweight championship by becoming the first person to defeat Nurmagomedov.

Former UFC middleweight champion Whittaker (22-5, fighting out of Sydney, Australia) intends to continue his journey back to the title with his second marquee win of the year. The first Australian UFC champion, Whittaker initially made waves by winning The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes in 2012. After moving up to the middleweight division, he went on an eight-fight win streak to capture the title, which included spectacular performances against Yoel Romero, Jacare Souza and Derek Brunson. He now aims to keep his momentum going against Cannonier and cement himself as the No. 1 contender for the belt.

Former heavyweight Cannonier (13-4, fighting out of Anchorage, Alaska) seeks to claim the most important win of his career and secure his first UFC title shot. After moving down to the middleweight division, Cannonier quickly established himself as a top contender with stoppage victories over David Branch, Jack Hermansson and former champion Anderson Silva. He now has his sights set on landing another signature knockout against Whittaker and seizing his spot at the top of the rankings.

Additional bouts on the card include:

  • Top 10 heavyweights face off asNo. 6 ranked Alexander Volkov (31-8, fighting out of Moscow, Russia) battles No. 8 Walt Harris (13-8 1 NC, fighting out of Birmingham, Ala.)
  • No. 2 ranked women’s flyweight Cynthia Calvillo (9-1-1, fighting out of Sacramento, Calif.) and No. 4 ranked Lauren Murphy (13-4, fighting out of Glendale, Ariz.) look to make a statement and earn their first UFC title shot
  • No. 11 ranked light heavyweight Magomed Ankalaev (13-1, fighting out of Makhachkala, Russia) and Ion Cutelaba (15-5, fighting out of Chisinau, Maldova) finally meet in a highly anticipated bout guaranteed to deliver action
  • Stefan Struve (33-12, fighting out of Beverwijk, The Netherlands) locks horns with Tai Tuivasa (10-3, fighting out of Western Sydney, Australia) in a heavyweight bout
  • In a clash of UFC newcomers, Jacob Malkoun (4-0, fighting out of Sydney, Australia) meets Dana White’s Contender Series signee Phillip Hawes (8-2, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.) at middleweight
  • In an exciting welterweight bout, Alex Oliveira (22-8-1 2 NC, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) aims to spoil the UFC debut of Shavkat Rakhmonov (12-0, fighting out of Kokshetau, Kazakhstan)
  • Da-un Jung (13-2, fighting out of Seoul, South Korea) seeks to stay undefeated in the UFC when he takes on veteran Sam Alvey (33-14, fighting out of Temecula, Calif.) at light heavyweight
  • UFC newcomers Umar Nurmagomedov (12-0, fighting out of Chelyabinsk, Russia) and Sergey Morozov (16-3, fighting out of Aktobe, Kazakhstan) aim to put on a show-stealing performance
  • Liana Jojua (8-3, fighting out of Tbilisi, Georgia) battles Invicta FC veteran Miranda Maverick (7-2, fighting out of Norfolk, Va.)
  • Top bantamweight prospects battle in a 140-pound catchweight bout as Nathaniel Wood (17-4, fighting out of London, England) meets Casey Kenney (15-2-1, fighting out of Tucsan, Ariz.)
  • In a lightweight bout, Joel Alvarez (17-2, fighting out of Asturias, Spain) looks to extend his win streak when he takes on Alexander Yakovlev (24-9-1, fighting out of Fairfield, N.J. by way of Saint Petersburg, Russia)

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Mayor Turner kicks off the first day of early voting with university students

Oct 15, 2020
Mayor Turner kicks off the first day of early voting with the Mayor’s Early Vote College Challenge and releases public service announcement encouraging all Houstonians to vote
Mayor Sylvester Turner announces the Mayor’s Early Vote College Challenge at the University of Houston on the first day of early voting. 
HOUSTON – Mayor Turner kicked off the first day of early voting with students from the University of Houston (UH) and Texas Southern University (TSU).

The Mayor announced the Mayor’s Early Vote College Challenge, a challenge encouraging students from the University of Houston, Texas Southern University, and Rice University to cast their ballots during early voting. Mayor Turner will receive a daily report of the turnout on local campuses and will announce the winning school after the election.

During his visit to Texas Southern University, Mayor Turner took part in TSU’s Student March to the Polls. The Mayor joined TSU students by marching down the campus to the TSU polling location where he casted his ballot.  

On the first day of early voting, Harris County smashed a record previously set in the 2016 election cycle. 
Mayor Turner marches down to the TSU polling location and is joined by TSU students and faculty. 
Mayor Turner is asking young people to vote early and on election day by sharing their experiences on social media.

“Our students are the future of this country and their voices must be heard,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner.  “This is the most important election of our time and you simply cannot sit it out and expect to be heard. Voting is a fundamental right and the most powerful way to express one’s self. I am encouraging everyone to participate in early voting this year and vote all the way down the ballot.”

The mayor also released a public service announcement on the first day of early voting.
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