Edition #5 : September 25th, 2017
Five days after the deadly magnitude 7. 1 earthquake, the hulking wreckage of what used to be a seven-story office building is one of the last hopes: one of the few sites where searchers believe they may still find someone trapped alive in Mexico City.
“[Governor Ricardo] Rosselló Nevares obtained information from mayors and representatives from 52 municipalities during a meeting at the convetion center,” an official media update from the government said. “Only nine municipalities are pending communication: Aibonito, Jayuya, Lajas, Mayagüez, Quebradillas, Rincón, Sábana Grande, Vieques and Villalba. ”
The September 19 earthquake that hit Mexico could cost the country up to one percent of its Gross Domestic Product, according to an estimate by the United States Geological Survey, with the impact of the damages reaching as high as US $10 billion. Jaime Reusche, an analyst for Latin America and Mexico at Moody’s, said that despite the earthquake, they are still forecasting a growth of 2. 1 percent for 2017 and 2. 5 percent for the year after.
The entire island is without power, a dam is in danger of bursting, and Sunday political talk shows talked about it for less than a minute
President Donald Trump’s increasingly fantastical wall on the border with Mexico—which will be up to 65 feet tall, impossible to cut through, covered in solar panels and aesthetically pleasing from the US side—will now also be a “see-through wall. ”
The entire island of Puerto Rico is still without power today in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Local officials said it could take months to repair the damage and restore full service. And it won't be easy. The utility was already around $9 billion in debt before the hurricane and had filed for bankruptcy earlier this year. Now, there's a big repair bill and the problem of deciding who gets power back first. Puerto Rico's economy can't recover unless the businesses it depends on have electricity. But should they get priority over, say schools or residential areas?
"Nobody could find their relatives — but more than food and water, what people craved the most was for that little rectangle to work. "
Without power and communications in much of the island, millions of people, including city leaders and first responders, have been cut off from the world since Maria hit Wednesday. Authorities flew over the island Saturday, and were stunned by what they saw. No cellphones, water or power. Roads completely washed away and others blocked by debris, isolating residents.
President Donald Trump … does not care … about brown and black people.
My company runs four ski areas, two hotels and more than a dozen restaurants in Aspen and Snowmass, Colo. At peak season, we employ roughly 4,000 people. Foreign visitors are crucial to our business—and we have a problem. Last year visitation to Aspen by Mexicans dropped 30% compared with the 2015-16 ski season. Bookings for 2017-18 aren’t looking much better. There are multiple reasons, but the xenophobia radiating from the Oval Office ranks at the top. As the head of the Mexico City public-relations firm that promotes. . .
"We want to emphasize that we have no knowledge about the report that emerged with the name of a girl," navy Assistant Secretary Angel Enrique Sarmiento said Thursday. "We never had any knowledge about that report, and we do not believe — we are sure — it was not a reality. "
According to Regeneración, TV Azteca trolled Televisa on Thursday by broadcasting the 1992 Simpsons episode “Radio Bart,“ in which Bart tricks the good people of Springfield into believing that an orphan boy named Timmy O’Toole is trapped down a well. Much like Frida Sofia, “Timmy” is covered extensively by Kent Brockman’s Channel 6 News, earning the prayers and sympathy of the entire town—prayers and sympathy that turn to outrage when Bart’s prank is revealed. The episode, which has been named among the Simpsons’ 10 best, featured one of the show's most memorable songs, a Sting-Krusty benefit song entitled, "We're Sending Our Love Down the Well. "
It happened during the 1985 Mexico quake as well. Then, as now, a little child trapped in debris gripped the imagination of the nation. He, too, wasn't real. In both revelations, there was an odd disappointment. The emotional connection with these children had been so strong, the obsession with their plight palpable. But why?
The Virginia gubernatorial race is shaping up to be very close, with the Democrat, Ralph Northam, and the Republican, Ed Gillespie, in a near-dead heat. But with Northam running slightly ahead in several polls, Gillespie has resorted to taking a page out of Donald Trump’s extremely racist playbook, releasing an attack ad aimed squarely against the Latinx community.
Latinx students’ higher enrollment in colleges and universities in the United States should produce hope. But the attrition rate is higher for Latinx students than for their peers from other racial and ethnic groups. That lower rate of undergraduate completion is reflected at the graduate level as well: a recent report shows that less than 1 percent of Latinxs hold Ph. D. s -- far fewer than Asians, whites and African-Americans. And while academic institutions may be recruiting more Latinx students, they often aren’t increasing their Latinx faculty hires.
Indeed, where the Latinos have made incremental, yet notable progress in American life is the arts. And the reason why we have made such notable progress is due largely and to a very significant degree because the “product of creation “is in our heads, hearts and hands, and can’t be easily ripped off, although American capitalism never stops trying. Art in all its glorious manifestations and mutations is a magical, transformational, and universal power that we Latinos must embrace and exercise exponentially. This is why Latino art and culture is so vital, and so important; not for one artificially designated token month (September 15- October 16 designated as Latino Heritage Month) but for the entire year, for a lifetime.
We've been huge fans of Lido Pimienta, the Toronto-based visual artist, curator and interdisciplinary musician from Barranquilla, Colombia, for . . . well, practically forever. She showed up on our radar in 2010 with Color, her striking debut album. We then waited — impatiently, I might add — six years for La Papessa (The Papess), which we featured on Alt. Latino. Earlier this week, we recognized her upending of favorites like Feist and Leonard Cohen to capture Canada's Polaris Music Prize.
An ex-NFL footballer who killed himself in April after he was acquitted in a double murder trial had a "severe case" of a degenerative brain disease. Aaron Hernandez, 27, suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a condition associated with head injury, his family lawyer said.
Behind the food and fun, though, I was left feeling ostracized by my Latinx peers; the flyers for upcoming Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations all revolved around solely Mexican-American pop culture staples like Lotería cards and the María la del Barrio soap opera. Nonetheless, I still went to these events because I wanted to embrace their culture and to avoid making decisions based on lack of knowledge or exposure to others’ backgrounds. At the gatherings, there were also students of Guatemalan descent as well as another first-year student from Puerto Rico, but they all seemed indifferent when I asked if they felt left out.
If the Tiny Desk offers one lesson, it's that greatness doesn't diminish with less volume. The lesson doubly applies here.
In short, the Magic Valley’s dairy boom is a contemporary rural American success story—the kind that President Donald Trump railed as a candidate is too often missing across the country. Unemployment here was less than 3 percent this summer, about as good as it gets, and optimism should be high. Yet on dairy farms, among both owners and workers, a sense of dread hangs in the dry southern Idaho air.