Our new normal doesn't have to be dictated by the monopolies of information technology
Photograph by Gabriel Vasquez/Flickr (CC BY 4.0) This article by Erick Huerta Velázquez was originally published on the Comunicares website, and an edited version is published with permission by Global Voices. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the news, especially that related to the telecommunications sector in which I work, seems to reveal that the post-COVID “new normal” is one where Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) will play a significant role. This is especially due to the most horrifying aspects associated with surveillance, such as artificial intelligence. It seems that we a...
Saying goodbye, from a distance: Mourners craft new and innovative funeral practices to honor the dead during pandemic
CHICAGO — Hours before the grandfather died on a COVID-19 hospital floor, his closest kin entered the room two at a time, all covered in protective gowns, gloves, masks and face shields . Barely breathing, the family patriarch pointed to each of his loved ones, then to his heart, and raised a fist in the air. This was not how relatives had envisioned their last moments with 68-year-old Rubén Beltrán of northwest suburban Hanover Park, one of more than 12,000 lives lost to the new virus in Illinois and 1.4 million worldwide. “But it was a blessing that we were able to say goodbye,” said grandda...
Meet the crew behind 'Half Brothers,' a US film with a Latino perspective
In a journey that takes us from the grassy hills of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, to the urban landscape of Chicago to the deserts of El Paso, Texas, “Half Brothers” is a film that breaks studio barriers and shatters stereotypes of Latino characters. It’s the story of Renato, a successful Mexican aviation executive, who is shocked to discover he has an American half brother named Asher.The two very different men get to know each other when forced to take a road trip together masterminded by their ailing father, Flavio, as they trace the path he took as an immigrant from Mexico to the United S...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
What to stream: Movies to match any vacation mood
Right about now, I bet most of us are wishing we were somewhere else. After almost a year of COVID-19 restrictions, including on travel, the cabin fever has long since set in, and a yearning to be some place, any place, else. So what’s one to do: travel via film of course! International films are a great way to dip a toe into other countries and cultures, but sometimes you just want to see a different place, a different vibe or some different weather for crying out loud. So here are some streaming suggestions to escape the state you’re in, for at least 90 minutes.If you’re craving sun and sand...
Tribune News Service
Chris Hillman: Bonus Q&A with the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer: 'It's neither hair nor there!'
Chris Hillman is still in flight after all these years.After growing up in Southern California and embracing bluegrass music, Hillman helped make rock history as a member of The Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers in the 1960s. He then joined Stephen Stills in Manassas in the early 1970s and launched the chart-topping country-music group the Desert Rose Band in the 1980s.A veteran solo artist, Hillman is the subject of an in-depth Union-Tribune interview about his new memoir, “Time Between.” Published by BMG Books, it devotes nearly all of its first five chapters to his time growing up in th...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
So you want to be a rock 'n' roll star? Chris Hillman reflects on vital legacy in new memoir, 'Time Between'
SAN DIEGO — So you want to be a rock ‘n’ roll star/ Then listen now to what I say/ Just get an electric guitar/ Then take some time and learn how to play …Chris Hillman was just 21 in 1966 when he co-wrote the classic “So You Want to be a Rock ‘n’ Roll Star” with Roger McGuinn for their now-legendary band, The Byrds. It became the fifth of seven consecutive Top 40 hits for the Los Angeles-based group, which — in a dizzying period of barely three years — helped launch folk-rock, raga-rock, psychedelic-rock and country-rock.“I don’t think we planned anything. We made two albums a year, starting ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Ravaged by fire, USS Bonhomme Richard is bound for scrapyard, Navy says
SAN DIEGO — A fire that raged for almost five days in July has doomed the San Diego-based amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard to the scrapyards, Navy officials announced Monday.The ship will be decommissioned within a year and will be scrapped, a Navy official told reporters during a conference call Monday. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.The cost of repairing the ship was estimated to be between $2.5 billion and $3.2 billion, Rear Adm. Eric Ver Hage said Monday. The cost and time involved were deemed to be too much by Navy leadership.“After thorough consideration, ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Congress seeks to avert a government shutdown as Trump seethes
Congress returned Monday from its Thanksgiving break hoping to avoid a government shutdown looming at the end of next week — with President Donald Trump being a potential wild card.Hopes for a new coronavirus stimulus package are slim as lawmakers focus on the more limited goal of keeping the government open into next year with a must-pass $1.4 trillion spending measure.Even that could prove tricky because of the outgoing man in the White House.Trump may seek to use the talks as a way to flex his political muscle and show he remains relevant despite losing the election to President-elect Joe B...
New York Daily News
2020's 'insane' hurricane season is officially over. Is it a sign of things to come?
MIAMI — It was clear way back in mid-September, when the National Hurricane Center had already exhausted its regular list of names and turned to the Greek alphabet, that 2020 would be a hurricane season for the record books.It definitely was that. The season, which formally ends every Nov. 30, produced a stunning 30 named storms — breaking the 2005 record of 28. It was only the second time forecasters resorted to the backup list of names and, as if to punctuate how wild a season it was, that first Greek-letter system, Tropical Storm Alpha, wound up hitting Portugal — the first recorded strike ...
Mexico braces for close trade scrutiny from Biden
Mexico City (AFP) - After years of fiery rhetoric from outgoing President Donald Trump, Mexico is bracing for more discreet but steadfast pressure from Joe Biden's administration to fulfill its trade obligations to the letter, analysts say.Mexico and Canada were pressured by Trump to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the 1994 pact that the Republican branded "the worst trade deal in the history of the country."After more than two years of arduous haggling, it was replaced as of July 1 by the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) -- but only after the Democrats demanded ...