Hispanic WWII vets speak in cartoon

first_imgWASHINGTON – Cartoonist Hector Cantu decided if the stories of Latino soldiers were going to go untold in Ken Burns’ upcoming World War II documentary, he’d have “Baldo” tell them. This week, Cantu and co-creator Carlos Castellanos unveiled Benito “Benny” Ramirez in their syndicated comic strip “Baldo,” which appears in 200 newspapers. Benito is a composite character based on the actual stories of several Hispanic World War II veterans. Their experiences are featured in a book by University of Texas journalism professor Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez. “We are telling a little story about a Latino serving in World War II and there will be millions of people exposed to that,” said Cantu, whose two uncles were veterans of the war. “Will we reach as many as Ken Burns? Probably not. But there will be more people out there who know about Latinos serving in the U.S. military.” Ken Burns, speaking at the National Press Club Wednesday, said he and his crew announced their presence in the four towns the film focuses on, Waterbury, Conn.; Mobile, Ala.; Sacramento; and Luverne, Minn. He said they reached out to historical societies and veterans groups and no Hispanic groups or Hispanic veterans came forward; neither did Filipinos or women who served in Army and Navy units known as WACS or WAVES, he said. “We could not have told the story of the Second World War if we burdened ourselves with seeking every single group,” Burns said. After Hispanic groups initially complained about the documentary, Burns and PBS agreed to hire Hector Galan to add Hispanic voices. They then struck an agreement with the American GI Forum, a Hispanic veterans group, to include those in the film voices before the credits rolled. That did not satisfy some, including Rivas-Rodriguez. “He continues to say things like he rose above the politics,” Rivas-Rodriguez said. “I’m still not convinced he understands what this is about.” Two Hispanics were added to the first episode’s discussion of the Battle of Guadalcanal, the first major Allied offensive attack on a Japanese-held island, Galan said. Galan said Burns’ archival footage had many Latinos, but none were interviewed. “What we can say now is the series `The War’ does have a Latino voice. Before we couldn’t say that. A lot of people are going to be disappointed there wasn’t more.” Galan said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In Monday’s installment, Benito began his war story by removing his artificial leg. In Tuesday’s, he’s shown in front of a men’s restroom that bears a “Whites Only” sign. The “Baldo” strips, running through Sept. 27, are among several activities planned around the Sunday start of Burns’ 15-hour series, “The War,” which Hispanic groups have criticized for inadequately representing their role in the conflict. Four protests of the documentary are planned at local PBS stations Sunday in California; a Capitol rally is to be held in Austin, Texas; others will hold exhibits, commemoration days and panel discussions in their cities. Some events have already been held and others will continue through the month. Organizers said they want to inform people that Hispanics who fought discrimination and racism at home served valiantly in the war and on the homefront. “This is not just going to be about people being angry,” said Rivas-Rodriguez. “We need to walk away from this feeling empowered and feeling we stood up and said we are not going to take this anymore.” last_img

Eichin, Carr lead Mack to wins over Fortuna

first_imgThe McKinleyville High baseball team, behind dominant pitching performances from starters Corbin Eichin and Kyler Carr, handed visiting Fortuna a pair of losses, 11-0 (5) in game one and 6-1 in game two, to sweep the season series between the two Big 5 Conference teams, Saturday afternoon at McKinleyville High.Eichin, the game one starter, tossed a 1-hitter en route to the shutout victory. The sophomore is 2-0 in his last two starts including an April 6 win against Arcata, and has allowed just …last_img read more

Zuma cracks the whip over textbooks

first_img4 July 2012South African President Jacob Zuma has cracked the whip over school textbook delivery delays in the country’s Limpopo province, appointing a task team to investigate, while national Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has apologised for the province.Task team to investigate“Members of the task team will investigate the causes of the non-delivery and delays to affected schools and make recommendations to prevent a future recurrence,” the Presidency said in a statement on Wednesday.“The President has directed that all who are found to have played a role in delaying or stopping the delivery of books should be held accountable and face the consequences.”Deputy Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene will chair the team, which also comprises Deputy Basic Education Minister Enver Surty, Deputy Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Minister Obed Bapela, Deputy Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Yunus Carrim and Deputy Public Service and Administration Minister Ayanda Dlodlo.‘There should have been proper planning’Zuma Motshekga and Surty in Pretoria on Tuesday over the long-delayed delivery of textbooks in Limpopo.Zuma emphasized to Motshekga that it was unacceptable for service providers or officials to destroy limited and precious education resources like books.The President said there should have been proper planning for the delivery of resources. “For example, the South African National Defence Force could have been used to deliver textbooks if there was proper coordination and planning,” said Zuma.Zuma ordered the ministry to complete the current delivery process, and to work with the National Treasury and the province to ensure that adequate resources were made available. He stressed that planning should be carried out properly for next year’s procurement and delivery of textbooks.The President will meet all ministers involved in the Limpopo intervention to review progress and prevent future problems around the intervention.Call centre for public queries, informationThe textbook delay has affected grades 1, 2, 3 and 10 pupils in Limpopo. Last week, the Department of Basic Education announced that about 99% of textbooks had finally been delivered to grade 10s in the province, while 100% had now been delivered to grade 1, 2 and 3 pupils.However, the department said it was concerned about reports that books may not have reached all schools in the province.Motshekga has in the meantime laid a charge against service providers who were contracted to deliver grade 8 and 9 workbooks in Limpopo but dumped some of the books.The department has also set up a call centre to handle public queries and information on schools that may have not received learning materials.Motshekga apologisesOn Tuesday, Motshekga unequivocally apologised for the delays.She said that because the provincial Education Department had been placed under national administration, it was only in May that orders for textbooks could be placed with the publishers.Motshekga added that it was incorrect to suggest that no textbooks had been delivered and no learning had taken place in Limpopo this year.She said workbooks in literacy and numeracy for grades 1 to 9 had been delivered on time.“In addition, readers of the previous year and other resource materials could be used as teachers were trained on where there was a deviation from the previous syllabus,” Motshekga said.“With regard to grades 10, all learners received a textbook on mathematics and science on time.”The deviations in the other subjects were brought to the attention of teachers in training sessions last year, and older textbooks could therefore be used for teaching.This did not, however, detract from the responsibility of the provincial sphere of government to deliver new books on time, hence the intervention by the national government.National government intervention in LimpopoLast year, national government intervened in several provincial departments in Limpopo, such as Roads and Transport; Health; Public Works; and Provincial Treasury, in terms of section 100 (1)(b) of the Constitution.The Presidency said on Wednesday that the intervention in Limpopo had been made difficult by the fact that there was currently no national legislation regulating interventions in terms of section 100 of the Constitution.The Department of Cooperative Governance had developed the Monitoring, Support and Intervention Bill to fill this gap.“The President has directed the Presidency and the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs to prioritise the finalisation of this crucial legislation,” the Presidency said.It added that the President had also directed that while the legislation was being finalised, a special protocol be developed to manage relations between the different spheres of government and ensure that service delivery was not affected.“Government concedes that there are many lessons to be learned from the Limpopo experience, especially relating to how to manage constitutional interventions by national government in provincial departments,” the Presidency said in a statement.Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

The Cloud Services Market is Looking Like a Red Ocean

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… alex williams Related Posts Opsource and Rackspace are two well-established companies in the cloud computing space. But the number of providers in the overall market is beginning to morph.John Treadway of Cloud Bzz put together a comprehensive list. He says the market is looking more like a red ocean:“I hope you’ll pardon my dubious take, but I can’t possibly understand how most of these will survive. Sure, some will because they are big and others because they are great leaps forward in technology (though I see only a bit of that now). There are three primary markets for stacks: enterprise private clouds, provider public clouds, and public sector clouds. In five years there will probably be at most 5 or 6 companies that matter in the cloud IaaS stack space, and the rest will have gone away or taken different routes to survive and (hopefully) thrive.” Lots of blood in the water. Who’s going to get eaten first? Earlier this week, Opsource announced a partner program. The news came on Monday, the first day developers could download code from OpenStack, a separate initiative that has had considerable attention this week.Both companies provide cloud infrastructure based upon open source. They could easily be part of a same open-cloud network such as OpenStack. But for now Opsource says it will not join the effort lead by Rackspace. Our guess is Opsource competes to some extent with Rackspace and is looking at other alternatives.Rackspace, Opsource and almost two dozen other companies are now offering a variety of cloud infrastructures. It’s an increasingly crowded market that is due for some consolidation. But for the moment, the market is an example of how companies perceive the opportunities the cloud provides.Rackspace, as we know, provides public cloud infrastructure. Opsource offers cloud infrastructure to the enterprise, service providers and systems integrators.Opsource calls its program a partner ecosystem. These partners include integrators, developers, ISVs, cloud platform companies and telecom providers.Opsource expects 50% of its revenue to come from these partners, and points in particular to telecommunications companies. CEO Treb Ryan:“The feedback we’re getting from the telecoms is that a request for cloud is becoming an increasing part of the RFP’s they are seeing from customers. Usually it comes as a request for bundled services (such as managed network, internet access, hosting and cloud.) One of our European telecoms stated they couldn’t bid on $2 million a month worth of contracts because one of the requirements was cloud.”Ryan says customers want to work with one company:“Most likely it’s a combination of not wanting to go to separate vendors for separate services (i.e. a colo company for hosting, OpSource for cloud, a telecom for network, and a managed security company for VPN’s) they want to get it all from one vendor completely integrated. Secondly, I think many customers have a trusted relationship with their telecom for IT infrastructure services already and they trust them more than a third-party company.” A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#cloud#cloud computing last_img read more

Knowing what went wrong in 1st half, Beermen were quick to adjust

first_imgSmith blasts ‘terrible’ PBA referees Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel import Charles Rhodes said it was a total team effort that lifted them from a dirge of a first half en route to a 111-102 over TNT in Game 5 of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Beermen were dreadful to watch in the second period, absorbing each and every single one of the KaTropa’s eight three-pointers and ending the first half trailing by 61-46ADVERTISEMENT What ‘missteps’? LATEST STORIES LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games The Beermen doubled the KaTropa’s production of 18 third quarter points, putting up 36 in the penultimate period, including a 19-4 run.Instrumental in the quarter turnaround was 2013 MVP Arwind Santos, who had 14 of his 27 points in the third period.“Arwind always told me that when the Finals came he played his best, and he was the MVP out there tonight,” said Rhodes who finished with 20 points and 14 rebounds.San Miguel now lead the series 3-2.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Not only was the difference in the halftime scores glaring, TNT’s production of 35 points in the second quarter alone seemed gargantuan to San Miguel’s 17.Rhodes said everything changed come the third quarter and he credited his team’s collective sense of urgency for turning it around in the second half.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“We were down 15 at the half, and that’s all we talked about,” said Rhodes. “We know what time of team we have and we knew we did some mistakes and we just had to adjust to it. We knew what we were doing wrong.”San Miguel was able to counteract TNT’s offensive punch with a spirited effort of its own. China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Gameslast_img read more

Ginebra, TNT kick off season of chasing San Miguel Beer

first_imgTristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTOBarangay Ginebra battles TNT on Sunday at the cavernous Philippine Arena to formally open the PBA’s 44th season, but coach Tim Cone said that the Gin Kings’ crosshairs remain focused at San Miguel Beer.“I don’t think there are teams to beat, I think there’s a team to beat and that’s [the Beermen],” the decorated mentor said. “Until someone knocks them off their stretch of four [Philippine Cup titles] in a row, I don’t think you can look at it as ‘teams’ [to beat] at this point. It’s just one team right now.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “There’s all kind of reasons to make them favorites, and it’s up to us—the rest of the teams—to improve and go out there and get them,” Cone added. “We were able to get them in the second conference. Of course we got Justin Brownlee at that point, but I think we can hold our own.”But Cone, the grizzled tactician behind two Grand Slams and owner of the most championships for a coach in the league, knows that the rest of the PBA is catching up.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“No doubt, teams have improved. Teams improve every year—through the draft, through experience or knowledge of each other, getting guys back off injury,” he said.And Cone believes that the Kings are at the forefront of that movement. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñocenter_img PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Team keeps Pacman from training burnout Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “At this point so far, we’re healthy, which we haven’t been for a while,” he said. “Art dela Cruz is coming  to lineup. I think he’s going to  make a huge impact. He’s really playing under the radar.  Nobody’s talking about him but I think you’ll be talking about him months from now.”Aside from Dela Cruz, Ginebra is looking to make the most out of rookie Teytey Teodoro.“I hope he can help us,” LA Tenorio told the Inquirer in Filipino. “I can see he’s ready for the PBA. He’s like a veteran; a shooter, too.“So I think he’s one of the key players we need in the team considering the kind of system we’re running.”TNT, for its part, will be drawing boosts from its old reliables when they take on the crowd darlings in the curtain-raiser that will feature the usual parade of teams’ muses.ADVERTISEMENT View comments The festivities will start at 4 p.m.KaTropa will be fielding a squad now devoid of star guard Terrence Romeo but one with newcomers like Brian Heruela, and big men David Semerad and Mike Miranda.The event will also feature performances by Parokya ni Edgar, rapper Shanti Dope, and the TNT Boys.Also scheduled is the annual Leo Awards, where the league are set to name the past season’s top individual performers.June Mar Fajardo of San Miguel Beer is the favorite to win a fifth straight MVP trophy, with NorthPort’s Stanley Pringle providing the challenge.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more