Category: Cronkite News

Turf Paradise re-opens this weekend with its 60th opening day

Rebecca Winn Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015 Turf Paradise re-opens this weekend with its 60th opening day Turf Paradise will kick off its 60th opening day on Saturday. General Manager Vincent Francia said the horse racing establishment has found success for so many years in Phoenix by adapting to changes. They now allow horse enthusiasts to place bets online, by phone and in person. As of this year, attendees can view simulcasts of other horse races across the country. Turf Paradise will give away free T-shirts to the first 5,000 fans at opening day. Opening-day details: Post time: 12:55 p.m. Admission: Grandstand, $2;clubhouse/turf club, $4. Parking: General is free; valet is $6. Location:Entrances at 15th Avenue or 19th Avenue and Bell...

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Bad trash cans jam recycling effort, drive up costs

Alisha Liyanage Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015 Bad trash cans jam recycling effort, drive up costs Every day about 350 tons of waste materials venture through a series of conveyors and are organized into piles at the Waste Management recycling facility in Surprise. The end product results in towering stacks of bottles, paper, cans and other recyclable items. Yet, sometimes workers discover something different. José Herrera, Waste Management plant manager, comes across things like stuffed animals, electronics and more. “They really compromise our processing either jamming the equipment, causing damage to the equipment like ripping belts, broken equipment or basically even as dangerous as fires,” Herrera said. When the unwanted items get through, the value of the recyclable bundles declines, and the process takes longer. “By slowing down the system it creates additional recycling costs,” Herrera said. However, these costs are not taken care of by Waste Management. “It increase costs, which end up being passed along to our customers,” said Isha Cogborn, Waste Management spokeswoman. Cogborn said there are a few ways to prevent this. “Make sure that you know what is acceptable in your recycling program and that you are putting the right materials into your bin.” She also advises to visit recycleoftenrecycleright.com for more information about...

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Latina entrepreneurs spur economic growth in Arizona

Jennifer Soules Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015 Latina entrepreneurs spur economic growth in Arizona The number of businesses owned by Hispanic women has tripled in the past eight years, according to the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. “There’s a kind of, if you will, an analogy to be drawn with what’s happening now with Hispanic owned business that are owned by Hispanic women and the kind of Rosie the Riveter phenomenon that happened in World War II,” said James Garcia, communications director at the hispanic chamber of commerce. Phoenix business owner Carla Chavarria is one of those young entrepreneurs. She created YCM Marketing, a web development and design company in 2012. “I’m a dreamer, meaning that I didn’t have the proper documents when I was here, so it was very hard for me to work,” Chavarria said. .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; } She went to work for herself instead, and business has been so good that the company is moving to a new office. She advises other women to take a risk. “Just jump in, enjoy the journey and don’t be afraid to ask for help,” Chavarria said. She now has documents that allow her to work in the U.S. since she was brought...

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National Latino AIDS Awareness Day: A growing concern for the community

Lauren Michaels Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015 National Latino AIDS Awareness Day: A growing concern for the community The number of new HIV infection cases is growing in the Hispanic community at a rate three times higher than in whites and health experts and HIV/AID advocates are pushing for more testing to combat the virus. Chief Executive of the Aunt Rita Foundation, Kit Kloeckl, has been an advocate for the past seven years. After being diagnosed with AIDS 10 years ago, he now lives to educate. “Prevention is the cure,” Kloeckl said. “So I decided to dedicate my life preventing it in others. If it’s too late for me, it’s certainly not too late for anybody else.” Thursday is National Latino AIDS Awareness Day and local activists are focusing on testing. Dr. Thanes Vanig, a Phoenix internal medicine specialist at Spectrum Medical, said an early diagnosis in someone with HIV is critical. “It’s very important for HIV patients to know their status and get tested and get on medications as soon as possible.” Vanig said. Terros, a local clinic, offers free HIV testing for anyone 13 years or older. A Terros employee, Angel Gonzales, said the Hispanic community needs to confront HIV. “The most important thing we can do for the community at large is educate our children,” Gonzales said, “and continue to put this in the forefront of our...

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