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The Culture Shock

By Mario Bahamon ( The main cause for the failure of some immigrants: They don’t survive the culture shock. Those who have succeed in their careers and businesses, sports, movies and television, or in other activities, knew what it was about and overcame it. It causes sorrow, stomach ache, weight loss or gain, moodiness, insomnia, some get depressed, cry. This situation is not abnormal, all immigrants suffer from it: the low income individuals as well as the ones that arrive directly to the university or to a job ...

El choque cultural

Por Mario Bahamón Dussán ( Causa principal del fracaso de algunos inmigrantes: No sobreviven al choque cultural. Quienes han triunfado en sus profesiones y negocios, en el deporte, el cine y la televisión, o en otras actividades, sabían en qué consistía y lo superaron. Ocasiona tristeza, problemas estomacales, pérdida o aumento de peso, mal temperamento. Quita el sueño, algunos se deprimen, lloran.


La deserción escolar entre los latinos es alta y esto es perjudicial para la persona y la comunidad.

School Desertion among Hispanics

School desertion is high among Hispanics and this is detrimental for the person and the community. School desertion means when somebody starts studying high school or college and does not finish it. Therefore, he does not obtain the diploma that makes him more competitive in a working environment that everyday demands more training.

Jacksonville crime wave, topped by mom's public display over sons' slayings, has some fretting about city's image

Jacksonville crime wave, topped by mom's public display over sons' slayings, has some fretting about city's image

T-U Exclusive: Estranged husband stunned by slayings of Jacksonville woman and her daughter

Por By Jim Schoettler Gant said when the couple met a few weeks later to sign their divorce papers, his wife, Judith Henry, was again in good spirits. They were ready to get on with their lives after a lengthy separation, he said. Her plans included marrying her fiance in her home country of Jamaica, while he hoped to also marry again one day. But a killer crushed Henry’s hopes and dreams June 29 and wiped out those of her 17-year-old daughter, Denise Rickman, a budding and bubbly track star at Mandarin High School.

Jacksonville companies mirror U.S. profile when it comes to paid maternity/paternity leave

A survey of some of Jacksonville’s larger employers finds that few offer paid leave for new mothers. The issue of paid maternity leave surfaced last week when President Barack Obama criticized the lack of paid time off allowed for new mothers and fathers, saying U.S. employers rarely provide that perk. Current federal law requires employers with 50 or more workers to provide 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected maternity leave.

Jacksonville Iraq War vets worry about U.S. returning to 'slaughterhouse'

By Jim Schoettler The three men spend chunks of their days in the mostly empty halls, lonely rooms and quiet smoking spots of Jacksonville’s Five Star Veterans Center Sometimes they seek out each other to reminisce over the triumphs and tragedies of war that only guys like them can understand because they’ve been there, done that. They’ve seen craziness. Felt fear. Smelled death. Other times, the images of battle remain locked in their heads, as fresh as when it happened years earlier.

Sheriff's Office acknowledges 43 gangs in Jacksonville, but downplays gang activity

The Sheriff’s Office sent a somewhat mixed message this week about gangs and their activities in Duval County. Representatives of the office said gangs aren’t a major issue in Jacksonville, yet the law enforcement agency recognizes 43 gangs with hundreds of members citywide. The statements came on the heels of a school meeting Wednesday where gang activity was discussed, and contradicted what a gang unit detective told a Times-Union reporter after the presentation. “Gangs are a big problem,” Det. Leon Brown said.

Mayor Alvin Brown's re-election campaign posts strongest ever fund-raising

By Nate Monroe Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown raised more than $330,000 in April for his 2015 re-election bid, his campaign’s strongest fund-raising month buoyed in large part by continued support from Jaguars owner Shad Khan. Brown’s fund-raising figures — which now total more than $1.1 million — offer a favorable contrast to the high-profile defection late last month of a major supporter whose financial backing and influence are largely thought to have given Brown the campaign edge in 2011.