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How to achieve your New Year’s resolutions

Achieving a New Year’s resolution can be difficult. According to a study by the University of Scranton’s Journal of Clinical Psychology, only 39 percent of people in their 20s achieve their resolution goals each year. And the percentage decreases with age: Only 14 percent of people in their 50s achieve their resolution goals. Good strategies are key to achieving New …

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Las Posadas celebration has its own set of customs

By Yanis de Palma Many Latin Americans and U.S. Hispanics are preparing to observe an annual Christmastime tradition: Las Posadas. The Catholic tradition commemorates Mary and Joseph’s journey in seeking shelter to give birth to Jesus Christ. “Posada” is Spanish for “inn” or “shelter.” Beginning on Dec. 16, the celebration runs for nine evenings, culminating with the big celebration of …

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How to weatherize your home

Commentary by Chara Statistics show that more than 70 percent of Americans see an increase in their energy bills during the winter. But there are ways to prevent spikes in wintertime utility bills. To avoid high utility costs and improve heating efficiency, it’s key to weatherize your home. Some steps you should take include the following: *Secure windows and doors …

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How to choose your retirement account

By Chara A retirement account is something you should consider opening. A retirement account not only allows you to live comfortably after you’ve stopped working; it benefits your family, too. To help you choose the right retirement account for you, consider the following: *Opening a 401(k) or a Roth 401(k): The 401(k) allows you to make pretax contributions, thus allowing …

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Jimenez shares story of surviving domestic violence

Interview by Tere Siqueira Dos Mundos supports October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. As a show of that support, the newspaper presents the following transcript of a recent interview with Natividad Jimenez, who shared her story of being a victim and survivor of domestic abuse: Dos Mundos: Tell us a little about how your relationship started. Natividad Jimenez: When I …

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Mexican boy invents cactus-based graffiti remover

By Chara An 11-year-old boy from Mexico has created a graffiti remover that uses parts of the cactus (nopal) plant. The inventor is Jayro Diaz Hernandez. A native of Morelia, Michoacan, Diaz Hernandez joined the Adopt a Talent Program (also known by its Spanish acronym, PAUTA) in Morelia and worked with a group of advisors from the Universidad Latina de …

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How to find the right resources for the elderly

Commentary by Katherine Diaz There are various organizations that provide appropriate resources for senior citizens. At times, it might be difficult to find the right information for loved ones. But it doesn’t have to be. Below is a list to help you on your search for more resources to better the lives of your elders: *The Kansas Department for Aging …

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Employees begin to hate their job at age 35, survey shows

Analysis by Melissa Arroyo Adults landing new jobs in their 20s are typically excited to start working and motivated to advance in their careers and build their professional reputation. But older workers don’t share their level of excitement about their jobs, according to a survey where more than 2,000 employees in the United Kingdom above age 35 said they were …

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How to save for retirement without a pension

Commentary by Dermidio Juez-Perez Recently, while talking to someone who’s retired, I quickly realized that his path to retirement was different than today’s reality: He was enjoying the benefits of a pension. A pension is an employee-sponsored retirement program that makes regular payments during a person’s retirement from an investment fund to which that person or that person’s employer has …

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De adicto a ADICTO: Esquemas destructivos

Por Ernesto Salayandìa García La desinformación es parte del gran problema Esta enfermedad, la mía, La Saliva del Diablo, no es sólo alcohol y drogas, es una enfermedad perversa del alma, compleja, cruel, contagiosa, burlona, sutil, devastadora, es una enfermedad genética, hereditaria, progresiva, incurable, mortal, es física, emocional, ligada a la personalidad y sin duda tiene que ver con la …

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