sábado, 25 de febrero de 2017

Editorial: Impera el terrorismo y la dictadura de Trump



Cartoon by Pepe Angonoa-Argentina email: angonoa@gmail.com


Por Armando García

Cuando el Presidente Trump estaba en campaña, mostró una cara que nadie se imaginó que ese rostro sería el que predominara en la Casa Blanca. Por su postura, por su xenofobia, por sus declaraciones contra los mexicanos, se pensaba que nunca iba a ser el candidato ideal del Partido Republicano para contender por la presidencia de Estados Unidos.
Ahora, que ya lo tenemos como presidente de nuestra nación, a ese rostro y postura que antes del 8 de noviembre del 2016 ya nos tenía acostumbrado, ya como mandatario, Donald J. Trump ha impuesto el terror en las comunidades y sitios de trabajo donde vive y laboran inmigrantes en este país. Trump ha declarado que sus medidas migratorias de deportación las cataloga como de carácter militar.
Por otra parte el Senador Republicados por Arizona, John McCain, dice al Trump suprimir a los medios de comunicación, se ve la formación de un dictador. Trump ha declarado la guerra contra los medios que no piensan como él, que no reportan de las cosas que él quiere y los reportajes que dicen la verdad, el presidente las cataloga como ‘noticias falsas’.
Trump ha dicho que los medios, los que no le agradan, son ‘el enemigo del pueblo’. Y después de esa declaración, la Casa Blanca le prohíbe el acceso a las conferencias de prensa efectuadas en la Casa Blanca. McCain dice que hay que aprender de la historia, ya que aquel que reprime a la prensa, se convierte en Dictador. Al parecer, Trump está muy cercas de convertirse en uno.
El pueblo estadounidense en su totalidad, debe actuar ahora que todavía es tiempo para evitar que Estados Unidos se convierta en una dictadura imperialista teniendo al mando a un presidente terrorista contra los inmigrantes que contribuyen con su trabajo a la riqueza de esta gran nación.





lunes, 20 de febrero de 2017

Demonstrators march across the country and worldwide against Trump

From coast to coast, thousands of people in the U.S. and the world have spent America's  President's Day holiday weekend protesting Donald Trump's anti-immigration policies.

 

 


TLCAN/NAFTA NEWS: CIUDAD DE DOUGLAS, ARIZONA Banco de Desarrollo de América del Norte





AMPLIACIÓN DE LA PLANTA DE TRATAMIENTO DE AGUAS RESIDUALES

AVISO GENERAL DE LICITACIONES

La CIUDAD DE DOUGLAS, ARIZONA (la Ciudad) ha recibido la certificación de la Comisión  de Cooperación Ecológica Fronteriza (COCEF) y recursos no reembolsables del Banco de Desarrollo de América del Norte (BDAN), a través de su Fondo de Infraestructura Ambiental Fronteriza (BEIF) que opera con aportaciones de la Agencia de Protección Ambiental  de Estados Unidos (EPA), para financiar una porción de los costos asociados con la Ampliación de la Planta de Tratamiento de Aguas Residuales (el Proyecto).

La Proyecto es necesario para incrementar la capacidad de la planta de tratamiento de  aguas residuales (PTAR) a un caudal medio anual de 2.6 millones de galones diarios (mgd) para poder captar y dar tratamiento al flujo generado por la ampliación de la red de alcantarillado y por el leve crecimiento demográfico en Douglas, Arizona.

La PTAR existente cuenta con un permiso para un caudal máximo mensual de 2.0 (mgd) y  actualmente recibe un afluente promedio anual de 2.0 mgd. El proceso de tratamiento actual consiste en dos obras de cabecera con rejillas de desbaste, un desarenador aireado, dos tanques primarios, dos clarificadores secundarios en paralelo, lechos de secado  de lodos y un tanque de contacto con cloro para la desinfección. La PTAR descarga efluente que cumple con las normas para agua reciclada de Clase C del Código Administrativo de Arizona R18-11-307.

La empresa que presta los servicios de supervisión será diferente de la que presta los  servicios de construcción. Dichos contratos incluirán los siguientes componentes.

Servicios de construcción
La ampliación y mejoras a la PTAR consistirán en la construcción de: dos nuevas zanjas  de oxidación, un nuevo clarificador secundario, una nueva estación de bombeo de lodos activados de retorno/lodos residuales activados (RAS/WAS), modificación de una estación de bombeo RAS/WAS existente, modificaciones y mejoras a las cuencas de aireación superficial  existentes para convertirlas en digestores aeróbicos, conversión de un clarificador existente a espesador de biosólidos digeridos y un sistema de alimentación de amoniaco como aditivo alternativo para desinfectar el efluente. La planta está diseñada para cumplir  con las normas de la Mejor Tecnología de Control Probada y Disponible (BADCT, por sus siglas en inglés) y las normas mínimas para efluente Clase B+, lo cual permitirá en un futuro elevar la planta a categoría Clase A para la reutilización del efluente.

El presupuesto total disponible para la construcción de la PTAR se estima en $7,500,000.00  dólares.

El Proyecto se ubica en la ciudad de Douglas en el extremo suroriente del condado de  Cohise en el estado de Arizona, aproximadamente a 190 km al sureste de la ciudad de Tucson, Arizona. La PTAR se localiza en al suroeste de la mancha urbana y colinda con la frontera entre México y Estados Unidos.

Las convocatorias de licitación se publicarán electrónicamente en el sitio de Internet  del BDAN, un diario local y un periódico de Sonora, México. Los procesos de licitación para estos servicios están programados para empezar en marzo o abril de 2017.

Se espera que el plazo de construcción dure aproximadamente veintiséis (26) meses a  partir de la fecha del aviso para proceder con la construcción.  

Para las obras que se financiarán parcial o totalmente con recursos del BDAN, la Ciudad  realizará licitaciones conforme a las Políticas de Adquisición y Contratación del BDAN y la participación estará abierta a empresas de cualquier país.

Las oportunidades de licitación para éste y otros proyectos se pueden encontrar en:  http://www.nadb.org/oportunidades.asp.

Para obtener más información sobre el proyecto, los interesados deben dirigirse a:

Diana Mardegain
Coordinadora Ejecutiva de Adquisiciones y Licitaciones
Banco de Desarrollo de América del Norte
Dmardegain@nadb.org
210.231.8000




CITY OF DOUGLAS, ARIZONA
North American Development Bank

WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT EXPANSION

GENERAL PROCUREMENT NOTICE

The CITY OF DOUGLAS, ARIZONA (the “Owner”) has received the certification of the Border Environment Cooperation Commission (BECC) and a construction assistance grant from the North American Development  Bank (NADB), through its Border Environment Infrastructure Fund (BEIF), which is funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to finance a portion of the costs for the Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion (the “Project”).

The Project is necessary to increase the capacity of the wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) to an annual average flow of 2.6 million gallons per day (mgd), in order to accept and treat flows from the  expanded wastewater collection system and modest growth in the City of Douglas.

The existing WWTP is permitted for a maximum monthly flow of 2.0 (mgd) and is currently receiving an average annual influent of 2.0 mgd. The existing treatment process consists of two headworks with  bar screens, an aerated grit chamber, two primary tanks, two secondary clarifiers in parallel, sludge drying beds, and chlorine contact basin for disinfection. The WWTP discharges effluent meeting Class C reclaimed water standards, as per Arizona Administrative  Code (A.A.C.) R18-11-307.

The Owner will procure and contract separate Construction Management Services, and Construction Services. The construction management firm shall not be the same firm as the construction services contractor.  Each contract shall include the following components.

Construction Services
The WWTP expansion and improvements will include the construction of two new oxidation ditches, a new secondary clarifier, a new Return Activated Sludge/Waste Activated Sludge (RAS/WAS) Pump Station,  modification to an existing RAS/WAS Pump Station, modifications and upgrades to the existing surface aeration basins to convert them to aerobic digesters, conversion of existing clarifier into a digested bio-solids thickener, and an ammonia feed system as  an additive alternate for effluent disinfection. The facility has been designed to meet Best Available Demonstrated Control Technology (BADCT) standards and minimum Class B+ effluent standards, enabling a future upgrade to Class A reclaimed water for open  access effluent reuse.


The estimated total budget available for the WWTP construction is $7,500,000.00.

The Project is located in the City of Douglas; in the southeast corner of Arizona in Cochise County, approximately 118 miles southeast of Tucson, Arizona. The wastewater treatment plant site is located  at the southwest corner of the city and is adjacent to the U.S.-Mexico border. 

Specific procurement notices will be published on NADB’s website and in a local newspaper and a newspaper in Sonora, Mexico. Procurement for Construction is estimated to begin in March or April, 2017.

Construction performance period for Project is estimated to last twenty-six (26) months from the Notice to Proceed.  

The procurement process for works financed in part or completely with NADB funds will be carried out by the City of Douglas in accordance with NADB’s procurement policies and procedures, and shall  be open to firms from any country.

This and other procurement opportunities are available at: http://www.nadb.org/recentbids.asp

For more information about this Project, contact:

Diana Mardegain
Sr. Procurement Specialist
North American Development Bank
Dmardegain@nadb.org
210.231.8000

I Know How You Feel: Beat Up, Battened Down, Fetal, and Furious—But There’s nothing wrong with you; It’s Trump


Of course you’re depressed. You know that the news is toxic to your spirit, and you admit you’re addicted to it.





Remember when we couldn’t wait to say good riddance to 2016? We’d had it with that abusive spouse of an election year. We were sick of the emotional rollercoaster. We needed an armistice, a breather. We were desperate to rise from the political sewer to the shining city on the hill.
Fat chance. This 2017 thing is even worse. I know how you feel: beat up, battened down, fetal, furious. But just remember, there’s nothing wrong with you. It’s not you—it’s him.
Of course you’re depressed. You know that the news is toxic to your spirit, and you admit you’re addicted to it, but really, with all these nonstop horribles, who wouldn’t be obsessed by political disaster porn? Even though the news leaves you feeling not informed and empowered, but helpless and fearful; even if your neocortex knows that Trump’s game is to hijack your attention, and the media’s game is to monetize it; still, your reptilian brain won’t permit you to peel your eyes from the screen, won’t let you stop refreshing your feed, keeps you texting and posting and tweeting and screaming, “Can you effing believe this?” Your news addiction feels no less compulsive than, but is the reciprocal of an opioid addiction. You’re hooked on pain.
It makes sense to be incensed. You’re enraged by the cowardice of Republican legislators who’ve put protecting their political skins above protecting the Constitution. You’re livid that Trump’s pooh-poohing of “political correctness” has exempted racists, homophobes, misogynists, anti-Semites and other haters from being shunned and shamed. You’re infuriated by the toadies, fools, vipers and schmatta hucksters now wearing staff passes to the West Wing. You’re angry there’s no accountability for Trump’s blatant conflicts of interest, no punishment for stonewalling his tax returns, no penalty for his bullying, laziness, lying, and ignorance.
No wonder you’re ambivalent. You have empathy for voters whose struggle to make ends meet and whose loathing of corruption helped put this president in office, but you find yourself rooting that the real harm he’ll do them—robbing their health care, wrecking their public schools, risking their retirement, rolling back their rights—will awaken them to the colossal con they’ve enabled and will eventually rouse them to resistance.
It’s perfectly normal that you’re freaked out by how fragile American democracy is, how vulnerable the Enlightenment machinery our Founders designed turns out to be. It’s unsettling that the power of a free press to check political power has itself been checked by the conquest of journalism by entertainment, the displacement of reason by ratings, the substitution of internet anarchy and networked nihilism for the norms of civil discourse. It’s chilling to concede that the separation of powers between executive and legislative branches can be so completely sabotaged by one-party rule. It’s galling to know that a switch from Trump to Clinton of only 38,873 of the 13,890,836 votes cast in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania—call it the Kremlin margin, or the Comey gap—would have thrown the Electoral College to Clinton. The whole master narrative of the 2016 election—Forgotten Americans Give Trump a Mandate!—would never have drawn a breath had there been a ridiculously tiny 0.28 percent flip. No wonder our so-called president keeps peddling a cock-and-bull voter fraud story; he knows how puny his legitimacy actually is.
True grit is truly exhausting. “I can’t go on, I’ll go on,” Samuel Beckett said, but it’s awfully draining to be whipsawed between despair and determination. One day you’re uplifted by millions of marching women; the next, another state outlaws abortion. You’re heartened to see so many town halls where the Indivisible movement, already more potent than the Tea Party, is holding congressional feet to the fire, but you’re powerless to prevent the most unfit Cabinet in our history from being confirmed. When a senator says a Supreme Court nominee told him he was “demoralized” by Trump’s attack on the judiciary, you let yourself be hopeful, but when cable yakkers call that a ploy to create an aura of independence for the judge, you feel spun like a chump.
The storm still gathering over Team Trump’s footsie with Putin invites us to imagine a sudden end to the 45th presidency. If evidence turns up that Trump swapped softer sanctions on Russia for Putin's feeding his Clinton email hacks to Wikileaks, maybe Paul Ryan would let the House vote to impeach him. Or maybe Trump’s megalomania will be so undeniably sociopathic even to his own administration that the 25th Amendment will be invoked to replace him. Maybe Trump’s misery in his job—White House aides are leaking he wishes he’d never run—will culminate in a resignation. Or maybe SNL, CNN and the dishonest New York Times will finally make his head explode.
Then again, maybe it’s just same old yoyo of hope and dread. You go up—okay, I go up—at the prospect that our national nightmare will be over sooner rather than later. Then I go down at the thought of President Pence. There’s a way out of that, though, and the prairie fire sweeping congressional districts points the way: fight like hell, right now, for a Democratic House or Democratic Senate, or both, in 2018. Implausible? No one knows. But pushing to make it possible is a sure-fire prescription for feeling better.

Marty Kaplan is the Norman Lear professor of entertainment, media and society at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Reach him at martyk@jewishjournal.com.



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