Screen Grabs: A trek through world cinema to scratch your travel itch

Jessica Wong

Travel still seems a thought both nostalgic and distantly hopeful for most of us, given that ending COVID may well take most if not all of 2021. Of course, there’s always armchair travel, and this week brings a particularly wide geographic range of new features that roam from rural Mexico to Poland, India, and Sudan. 

You can rack up a lot of globetrotting viewer miles without venturing beyond new programs being added to BAMPFA’s streaming selections this week alone. Thurs/21 sees the launch of The New Brazilian Cinema (more info here), a six week series ending March 7

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Biden signs burst of virus orders, vows ‘Help is on the way’ | Health

Jessica Wong

WASHINGTON (AP) — With a burst of executive orders, President Joe Biden served notice Thursday that America’s war on COVID-19 is under new command, promising an anxious nation progress to reduce infections and lift the siege it has endured for nearly a year.

At the same time, he tried to manage expectations in his second day in office, saying despite the best intentions “we’re going to face setbacks.” He brushed off a reporter’s question on whether his goal of 100 million coronavirus shots in 100 days should be more ambitious, a point pressed by some public health experts.

The 10

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Executive Order on Promoting COVID-19 Safety in Domestic and International Travel

Jessica Wong

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows: 

Section 1.  Policy.  Science-based public health measures are critical to preventing the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) by travelers within the United States and those who enter the country from abroad.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Surgeon General, and the National Institutes of Health have concluded that mask-wearing, physical distancing, appropriate ventilation, and timely testing can mitigate the risk of travelers spreading COVID-19.  Accordingly, to save lives and allow

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Biden puts forth virus strategy, requires mask use to travel – World

Jessica Wong

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the U.S. enters “what may well be the toughest and deadliest period of the virus,” President Joe Biden is putting forth a national COVID-19 strategy to ramp up vaccinations and testing, reopen schools and businesses and increase the use of masks — including a requirement that they be worn for travel.

Biden also will address inequities in hard-hit minority communities as he signs 10 pandemic-related executive orders on Thursday, his second day in office.

“We need to ask average Americans to do their part,” said Jeff Zients, the White House official directing the national response. “Defeating

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