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Single Parent scholarship available until May 29

Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Pulaski County (SPSF-Pulaski) is accepting scholarship applications for the 2015-16 academic year through Friday, May 29. SPSF-Pulaski recipients must be a single parent, with legal custody and have sole responsibility for the daily care of at least one child under the age of 18. Recipients must also maintain a minimum 2.5 Grade Point Average; be eligible to receive a federal Pell grant; be enrolled as a full-time student; be working toward an undergraduate degree or certificate program; and be a resident of Pulaski County, Arkansas.

Recipients must be…

Very young kids often use tablets, smartphones

Up to half of very young children use smartphones and tablets in some way before their first birthday, a new study finds. But parents still worry about their children’s use of mobile media, a separate study says.

“We were not surprised to find out children were exposed to mobile devices at a young age,” said Dr. Hilda Kabali, a pediatric resident at Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, and the author of the study on babies’ mobile use. “Most parents now have mobile devices and children are attracted to them.”

In her group’s study, 370 parents from a mostly urban, low-income…

Is soccer becoming America’s pastime?

Which sport is America’s national pastime? For decades the answer was simply baseball. Now, the answer is football.

But does football’s grip on our nation’s collective heart wane a bit as another type of “futbol” grips the nation through the MLS?

For many U.S. Hispanics, the answer is yes. Soccer has been a game of many Hispanic nations and cultures for decades, so it’s a natural extension to expect a certain degree of that fandom to transcend into these culture’s American lives. And while the National Football League’s Hispanic-focused promotions have paid off in the form of 25…

Bentonville Film Festival, push for diversity

Geena Davis teamed up with ARC Entertainment to launch the Bentonville Film Festival with the aim of highlighting diversity in film. The festival, set for May 5-9 in Bentonville, touted itself as the only film competition in the world to offer guaranteed theatrical, TV, digital and retail home entertainment distribution for its winners.

The festival is hosted by ARC Entertainment, Walmart, Coca-Cola and AMC Theatres chaired by Davis screened approximately 75 films in competition. Members of the advisory board are Angela Bassett, Bruce Dern, Samuel L. Jackson, Randy Jackson, Eva…

Technology can help you stay focused on the road ahead

Distracted driving increases the chance of car crashes, studies show, especially among novice drivers. But even experienced drivers, who know not to text or talk on hand-held cell phones, can get caught up in the distractions of day-to-day life: kids, job, traffic, deadlines.
Fortunately, most vehicle manufacturers now offer safety features that integrate sophisticated technology to help keep drivers focused on the road ahead.

“Many of our vehicle safety systems are designed to support improved driver response by increasing driver awareness,” says Scott Kunselman, Senior Vice President…

Arkansas competed in Alianza Nacional Dallas

The second stop of POWERADE® Sueño Alianza tour in Dallas proved to be extremely competitive due to the high level of talent witnessed. Over 400 players participated in the tryouts all chasing the same dream of becoming professional soccer players.

On May 3rd at the Trinity View Park in Dallas, Texas, two of the top 48 players were selected to join the best of them. The 44 remaining still have the possibility of being chosen to showcase their talent in October at the POWERADE® Sueño Alianza National Showcase.

In the Alianza soccer tournament which was held in the City of Dallas,…

Boxing is back!

I grew up in the 1970’s – a time when boxing was a mainstream, exciting sport on free television with charismatic stars like Sugar Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran, Marvin Hagler, Tommy Hearns and of course the greatest of all time Muhammad Ali. This past week I had a total flashback to a time when boxing mattered and when a championship bout caught the fancy of sports fans across the country. Boxing is back!

Now you might have thought that Mayweather – Pacquiao was boring and didn’t live up to the hype. But let’s be honest – few sporting events do live up to the pedestal that we as…

Victor Espinoza wins Kentucky Derby

Mexican jockey Victor Espinoza rode American Pharoah to a 2015 Kentucky Derby win. When interviewed after the race, Espinoza gave a heck of a quote: ‘I feel like the luckiest Mexican on earth’

Espinoza’s story is a great one: The 11th of 12 siblings on a Hidalgo, Mexico dairy farm he took a job as a busdriver in Mexico City to pay for jockey school. Now he is on top of the horse-racing world, it is his third Derby win and second in as many years after riding California Chrome to a win last year. He is a great guy, too he donates 10 percent of his winnings to City of Hope, a pediatric…

Mammograms Can Save Your Life!

Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths among Hispanic and Latina women. They are more likely to be diagnosed at a later stage and more likely to have aggressive cancers. Regular screening mammograms can find breast cancer early and save your life.

Symptoms. Breast cancer has no symptoms until the cancer begins to grow. Report to your doctor any of these changes in the breast and underarm area: lump or thickening, change in size or shape of breast or nipple, dimpled, pitted or a pulling in of the breast or nipple. Swelling, warmth, redness or darkening of the skin or nipple,…