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Here Are The Aguas Frescas You Have To Try This Summer Based On Your Zodiac

The best part of summer is starting hot days off with agua frescas and ending them caldos. If you feel as overwhelmed by all the colorful options at the agua frescas stands as we do, don’t fret.

The stars have already spoken. Here’s the agua fresca your body thirsts for based on your zodiac sign.

Aries (March 21 – April 19)

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This year, Agua de Jamaica will energize your way through what might be a challenging summer. Listen up, it’ll only be as challenging as you make it. And you, ambitious ram, like a challenge. Agua de jamaica will give you sweet and tartness to keep you inspired and satisfied all summer long.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

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While it’s true that Tauruses are known for being work horses, the bull is actually a large puppy in a field. You like to be outside and feel soothed by a cool breeze and delicate tastes. Horchata is all that in one, silky smooth, warming glass. Disfrute.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

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Mercury rules your sign, and as the planet enters Leo this week, your perspective on communication and learning will shift. Chia seeds fuel the brain and so will this Mexican Cucumber Lime Chia Agua Fresca.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

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Your inner crab may be the wateriest of the water signs, giving you the one superhero power most folks can’t handle: picking up on other people’s emotions. That inner chime is exhausting, so let it settle with a fermented Tepache de Piña.

Leo (July 23 – August 22)

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Like Agua de Tamarindo, your summer style is always a classic and crowd favorite. It’s not an agua fresca party without Agua de Tamarindo just like it’s just not a party without a Leo.

Virgo (August 23 – September 22)

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Virgo is represented by the goddess of wheat and agriculture. Quench your inner goddess with Agua de Cebada (Barley). Cebada is one of the first cultivated grains over 10,000 years ago. This agua fresca will feel like coming home this summer.

Libra (September 23 – October 22)

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You’re all about balance and harmony, and while most agua frescos are known for being sweet, a lil agua de alfalfa never hurt nobody. It’s basically tasty green juice.

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

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We all knew Scorpios would be enjoying agua de nopal all summer, but not for the reasons you think. The flavors of nopal aren’t for everyone, but those who like it are reaping major benefits. Rich in calcium, magnesium, and iron, there’s a reason agua de nopal is more hydrating than any other bland agua. You spice up our lives, Scorpios, with your rich palettes.

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)

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Earth’s best adventurer is no niña fresa, and yet, agua de fresas are going to be your right-hand thirst quencher this summer. You’ll be craving more intimacy this summer, so while you adventure, enjoy this comforting taste of home.

Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)

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Fellow seagoats, ya es Verano! Everyone thinks we’re overly ambitious and practical, but come nightfall and close friends, we like a good party. We just like to start with the basics. The basics to a good piña colada is hydration via agua piña.

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)

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Any Aquarius knows that they are not a watery bunch. You’re the last air sign of the zodiac, represented by a water bearer—a healer. Agua fresca de melon is one of the most hydrating and healing aguas our mystical Aquarius could bestow. Drink up.

Pisces (February 19 – March 20)

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Did you know watermelon is is 91.5 percent water? Pisces signs, represented by the two cutest fish in the sea, are also very watery and fluid in this life. Agua de sandia represents who you are year round.

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More Than 100 New Emojis Are Dropping This Year, And Our Latinx Cultura Is Represented: Meet The Tamale And Piñata Emojis

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More Than 100 New Emojis Are Dropping This Year, And Our Latinx Cultura Is Represented: Meet The Tamale And Piñata Emojis

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This weekend was special for more than just the Super Bowl, it was Día de la Candelaria (aka. Candlemas). And I don’t know about you, but I stuffed my face with tamales—as is mandatory. Why is that important? Because this weekend, we also found out that more than 100 emojis will be available on Apple this year —and one of them is an actual tamale. Is it a rajas tamale? Or is it filled with mole? We’re not too sure, but what we are sure of, it that a tamale emoji is coming and we can’t wait!

Emoji is the fastest growing language in history. 

Five billion emojis are sent every day, just on Facebook Messenger. And they’re appearing in some places you wouldn’t expect. One court judge in England used a smiley face emoji   in a document to make it easy to explain the court’s decision to children —an actual fact. So it should come as no surprise, that emoji consortiums have formed to keep updating the language and including more and more elements to it.

Starting in the second half of 2020, users can insert a tamale Emoji into any conversation.

Whether you’re including it in a text conversation about making tamales during the holidays, or simply emphasizing your craving for one of the best Latinx dishes around, the option will be there before you know it.

Emojipedia confirmed the introduction of over 100 new emojis this year.

According to Emojipedia, the emoji reference website —yes, it’s a thing—this year we’re getting 117 recently approved new emojis. From a gender inclusive alternative to Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, named Mx. Claus, to a fondue, a bell pepper and a piñata emoji. 

That’s right, Latinos are getting another emoji that illustrates our culture.

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The Piñata emoji is coming in the shape of a Donkey—granted, it’s an old, clichéd reference, but hey, it’s iconic nonetheless. Get ready to dale dale dale because the paper maché burro will be available to add to your convos, this year. 

The Christmas icon is not the only gender-neutral addition, btw.

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The new emojis will also include a woman in a tuxedo, a man in a bride veil and a gender-neutral person feeding a baby. All of these emojis are also available in all skin tones.

As reported by Emojipedia, the officially approved Emoji Version 13.0 list was published last week by the Unicode Consortium

And it features 117 new emoji that will be arriving on devices like iPhone, iPad, and Mac later this year. Apple typically adds the new emoji with the next major operating system updates in the fall.

We’ll be getting a wide array of animals, household items and more foods in emoji form!

The list of new emojis also includes other foods like bubble tea and a flat bread, animals like a seal and a cockroach, and household items like a toothbrush.

The new emojis build on last year’s round of more inclusive icons. 

A hearing aid emoji, wheelchair emoji and seeing eye dog emoji were in 2019’s new batch. A gender-neutral couple and various combinations of people with different skin colors holding hands were also made available last year.

Back in February 2019, the Unicode Consortium unveiled 230 new emojis with a majority representing people with disabilities and their needs. 

They included hearing aids, prosthetic limbs and service dogs. It also included the option for interracial couples to mix and match skin tones.

New emojis are now added to the Unicode standard on an annual basis. 

These emojis are proposed by different companies like Google, Apple and Twitter, and finalized by the start of the year. This allows ample time for these platforms to include these in future updates.

The first emojis debuted in October 2010 

10 years ago, Unicode Consortium released 722 different designs, and the genre has come a long way since. In 2015, Oxford Dictionaries’ Word of the Year was an emoji–the Face With Tears of Joy one. There’s also a World Emoji Day celebrated annually on July 17.

Chipotle Was Hit With The Biggest Child Labor Penalty In Massachusetts After An Investigation Proved The Chain Was Violating Child Labor And Sick Time Laws

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Chipotle Was Hit With The Biggest Child Labor Penalty In Massachusetts After An Investigation Proved The Chain Was Violating Child Labor And Sick Time Laws

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Chipotle was just hit with the biggest child labor penalty in the state of Massachusetts. Turns out the Mexican fast-food chain was cited for violating child labor and sick time laws. Some of the child labor violations include minors working without valid work permits, working too late into the evening and too many hours daily and weekly. 

Massachusetts’s Attorney General just hit Chipotle with the largest ever child labor penalty in the state.

Attorney General Maura Healey ordered the largest child labor penalty ever issued by the state against the Mexican restaurant chain after finding an estimated 13,253 child labor violations in its more than 50 locations.

“Chipotle is a major national restaurant chain that employs thousands of young people across the country and it has a duty to ensure minors are safe working in its restaurants,” Healey said in a statement. “We hope these citations send a message to other fast-food chains and restaurants that they cannot violate our child labor laws and put young people at risk.”

A review of the chain’s records revealed that minors “routinely worked in violation of the child labor laws,” according to AG Healey.

The fine detailed that Chipotle had employees under the age of 18 working past midnight and for more than 48 hours a week. Teenagers told investigators their hours of work were so long that it was preventing them from keeping up with their schoolwork. The company also regularly hired minors without work permits. 

Some Twitter users and former Chipotle employees were not surprised. 

“Not even a small bit surprised” tweeted one user.

Just last year, workers at an NYC Chipotle staged a mini-strike over the same issues.

“Keep your tacos, keep your bowls, pay your workers what they’re owed!” chanted the crowd of about 30 workers before employees at the Sixth Ave. store in Greenwich Village walked off the job in a staged strike. Workers at another four Chipotle outlets in the city planned to join the Manhattan group in a protest against their employer, which had violated city law by overbooking their weekly work schedules.

“Right now, we’re fighting for our rights as Chipotle workers,” said part-time employee Carlos Hernandez. “I honestly don’t believe the management shows the employees respect. They just don’t want to give us the hours. They don’t want to give us more money.”

The AG’s office of Massachusetts began investigating Chipotle in 2016.

The investigation started after a minor’s parent alleged that the employee had worked “well past” midnight at a Chipotle restaurant in Beverly, the AG’s office said. Audits between 2015 and 2019 identified child labor violations such as minors working without valid work permits, too late into the evening, and too many hours daily and weekly. The chain regularly permitted dozens of 16- and 17-year-old employees to work later than what is allowed by law and worked minors past the nine-hour daily limit and 48-hour weekly limit, the AG’s office said.

Some people have taken to social media to express their discomfort with Chipotle as a workplace.

“Working at this Chipotle makes me feel real uncomfortable” wrote one user. “They over work [their] minors”

Chipotle also did not notify employees of their right to earned sick time. 

According to the AG’s office, the chain did not properly notify employees of their rights under the earned sick time law. It failed to provide the AG’s office with complete timekeeping records and, in some locations, failed to pay workers within six days of the end of the pay period. 

The chain was cooperative with the investigation and is now in compliance with state child labor laws. 

“We are committed to ensuring that our restaurants are in full compliance with all laws and regulations and we believe that in hiring workers beginning at age 16, we can provide younger employees with valuable experiences and provide a compelling work environment,” Laurie Schalow, chief corporate reputation officer of Chipotle, said in a statement.

The settlement total is close to $2 million.

The settlement includes penalties for earned sick time violations in which managers granted employees paid time off only for certain illnesses. The violations also include failure to keep accurate records and pay timely wages. Lastly, the company was ordered a voluntary $500,000 payout to a state youth worker fund dedicated to education, enforcement, and training.

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