U.N. Raises Aid Target For Venezuelans There – But Will U.S. Help Venezuelans Here?
The U.N. announced last week it has to ramp up humanitarian aid to Venezuelans. But it admits this new effort to deliver more food, medicine and other essentials to Venezuela will be “modest in terms of responding to the scale of needs” there. A new survey shows as much as a fifth of Venezuela's population have fled the country – and that number is rising. WLRN’s Luis Hernandez spoke with Americas editor Tim Padgett about where the Venezuela crisis is going – especially since the socialist regime critics say is responsible for the mess doesn't look to be going anywhere soon.
For Many Venezuelan Asylum Seekers, This South Florida Ballet School Is A Lifeline
Thousands of Venezuelans seeking political asylum continue to live in South Florida as a bill t hat would grant them Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, stalls in Congress. The U.S. House attempted to fast-track the bill to pass last month, but those efforts ultimately failed before the Senate left for a six-week break. As the country's humanitarian crisis worsens, one North Miami Beach ballet school has given displaced Venezuelan students a chance to keep pursuing a dance career in South Florida. Ruby Romero-Issaev is executive director of the Arts Ballet Theater of Florida. She came to the U.S. from Venezuela with her husband in 1997, years before the humanitarian crisis escalated and President Nicolas Maduro’s regime forced a mass exodus of families to flee the country. Since the Arts Ballet Theater of Florida was founded 20 years ago, Venezuelan dancers and their families began to contact Romero-Issaev about scholarships , or ways to pursue dancing while also applying for asylum in
New Exhibit At The Boca Raton Museum Of Art Honors Women Astronomers And Scientists
When a total solar eclipse was due to pass over a large swath of the United States in 2017, Carol Prusa hadn’t initially planned to see it firsthand. Prusa, who teaches painting and drawing at Florida Atlantic University and lives in Boca Raton, had been reading about the astronomer Maria Mitchell, the first female American astronomer and a pivotal figure in women’s science and astronomy education who had taken a group of women from Vassar College to Denver in 1878 to witness a total solar eclipse. When a meeting scheduled during the 2017 eclipse was canceled, Prusa called a friend and they made last-minute plans to get to Nebraska — one of the few places in the path of totality where every plane, car and hotel wasn’t already booked. Seeing that eclipse in person, and reading about Mitchell and other pioneering women in astronomy and science, inspired Prusa’s new exhibit at the Boca Raton Museum of Art . “All the work really focuses on when day goes to night, in that liminal space —
Consultant Selects West Lake Park Over Hotel For Controversial 911 Radio Tower In Hollywood
This story has been updated with an additional statement at 1:55 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 16. An independent consultant has deemed West Lake Park the best location for where a disputed 911 radio communications tower should be built in the city of Hollywood. In a report released Friday by the firm Monetti and Associates, Broward County's site preference — the park — was evaluated against the city's preference, the rooftop of a hotel and mixed-used building called The Circ. "We find this to be a very firm conclusion," the report states. "Even if cost is not considered there are many strong advantages to [West Lake Park] over Circ." After more than 11 months of dispute, county and city officials agreed at a June meeting to jointly commission the independent consultant to make a decision about where the emergency radio equipment should go. Both the county and city agreed that the consultant's decison would be binding. "I'm very disapointed," said Lisa Stingone, who's been leading the Hollywood
Broward Superintendent Robert Runcie Testifies To Compliance Issues At Stoneman Douglas Commission
This story was updated at 3:48 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 15. Confusion and disorganization continue to surround 29 charter schools in Broward County, over what plans they have in place for security beyond this first week of school.