At OAS & People’s Summits — Broad support for Cuba

first_imgCuban President Raúl CastroU.S. President Barack Obama tried to use the Seventh Summit of the Americas in Panama on April 10-11 as a platform to rehabilitate U.S. relations in the hemisphere. Obama attempted to distance himself personally from U.S. imperialism’s history of oppression, exploitation and military dictatorships imposed on the region.In contrast to Obama’s diplomacy, leaders of many of the countries at the summit criticized Washington’s policies and exposed U.S. isolation in the hemisphere.Corporate media headlines focused on the formal diplomatic exchanges between Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, on the one hand, and their Cuban counterparts, President Raul Castro and Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez, on the other.A bilateral, hour-long, sit-down meeting between Obama and Raul Castro was a welcome symbol of change insisted on by other Latin American and Caribbean countries. In addition, Obama spoke with Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and admitted that Venezuela was no threat to the U.S.A March 9 U.S. Executive Order had named the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela as an “extraordinary threat” to U.S. security. This order is still in place. Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, Bolivian President Evo Morales and Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa all criticized U.S. hostility toward Venezuela and supported Maduro. Both the Ecuadoran and Argentine presidents called the order “ridiculous,” with Fernandez saying, “Not only Venezuela but no country in the continent can be considered a threat to the biggest power, the United States, a military, economic, financial, scientific power with a defense budget of $640 billion.” (Telesur, April 12)Millions of signatures and tweets from around the world called on Obama to retract the Executive Order, calling it a prelude to invasion.Raul Castro: ‘Heads up high and dignity unblemished’The U.S. had banned Cuba from meetings of the Organization of American States since 1962 — and its summits since they began in 1994 — as part of imperialism’s isolation and blockade strategy to defeat the 1959 Cuban Revolution. In the decades that followed, Cuba’s commitment to human development and international solidarity resulted instead in the isolation of U.S. imperialism.Countries in Latin America and the Caribbean moved forward to build their own regional organizations to aid their development. The Bolivarian Alliance for the People of Our America (ALBA), PetroCaribe, and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) are new cooperative structures that have surpassed the OAS.To make up for being excluded from six summits, Raul Castro requested that the OAS eight-minute time limit be extended — and wound up speaking 46 minutes. He said the financial, economic and commercial blockade of Cuba unilaterally imposed by the U.S. is still very much in force and effect. He reviewed the history of U.S. attempts to annex and dominate Cuba that led to the 1898 U.S. occupation of Guantanamo Bay.Raul Castro specifically defended Argentina’s struggle to reclaim the Malvinas Islands and its current defense of its financial sovereignty against U.S. courts and vulture capitalists. He supported Puerto Rico’s self-determination and independence and Ecuador’s battle against transnational corporations and the environmental damage they have caused. He called for “reparations for damages brought on [Haiti] by slavery and colonialism.”The Cuban president also criticized the world financial system and the domination by “less than a dozen news conglomerates, mainly from the U.S.” that “determine what is read, seen or heard across the planet.” (Granma, April 11)U.S. list of ‘state sponsors of terrorism’A U.S. State Department review and recommendation needed to formally remove Cuba from the U.S.-created list of “countries sponsoring terrorism” was completed April 9. The White House is now reviewing it prior to presidential approval and formal submission to Congress.Obama initiated the review on Dec. 17. Thus a lot of time has already passed in which to remove this insulting and baseless designation. Most of the four main categories of sanctions imposed on countries on this arbitrary U.S. list do not apply to Cuba. For example, Cuba seeks no U.S. foreign assistance, defense exports and sales, or uncontrolled exports of dual-use items.The Cuban Adjustment Act, commonly known as “wet-foot-dry-foot,” gives special status to Cuban immigrants, and was not originally intended to apply beyond the early wave of Cubans leaving the revolution. The U.S. also entices Cuban doctors to abandon their international assignments and come to the U.S.If Cuba is removed from the “terrorist list,” this may allow Obama to exercise his presidential powers and carry out additional actions. Such actions were projected by Cuban diplomat Josefina Vidal in an interview with the newspaper Granma, “The Blockade Has Not Ended.” (Feb. 12) In it Vidal points out that it is possible for Obama to authorize direct bilateral trade, but that trade through third countries and allowing U.S. tourists to visit Cuba must be authorized by Congress.Removal from the terrorist list is also considered key to restoring normal banking rights, which have been denied to the Cuban Interests Section and Cuba’s United Nations mission.While President Obama claims the United States is standing up for universal principles and human rights around the world, U.S. policies cannot be separated from the coups in Honduras and Paraguay that have taken place during his administration.Washington also intervenes in the domestic affairs of other countries, for example, via the U.S. Agency for International Development. USAID had contracted the now-forgotten Alan Gross to install secret, military-grade communication systems in Cuba. And there is the National Endowment for Democracy, which spends U.S. tax dollars for Radio and TV Marti to broadcast propaganda to Cuba — money that should be spent on human needs here.At the official summit, U.S. credentials were issued to notorious characters like Felix Rodriguez, a CIA agent involved in killing Che Guevara, who also has ties to the perpetrators of terror attacks launched against Cuba from the U.S. The Cuban American National Foundation and former U.S. Interests Section staff organized and oriented the presence of U.S.-funded Cuban “dissidents.”In addition, it was very difficult for popular organizations to get credentials to participate in panel discussions. Requests by organizations like the National Front for Economic and Social Rights — which is made up of 53 Panamanian organizations — were rejected. The Construction Workers’ Union of Panama, one of the largest labor unions in Central America, was rejected. Several teachers and student leaders were denied participation. The Cuban labor confederation was denied credentials.This led to popular organizations calling a People’s Summit to give voice to the thousands of social movements, from environmental groups to unions, that had been excluded. (See “Voices from the People’s Summit,” Telesur)FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

DONEGAL LADS ‘OILING’ THE WHEELS FOR VERY SPECIAL RACE

first_imgThe lads who have come together to form Team Donegal Oil.Four well known Donegal lads have teamed up with local company Donegal Oil Company to form “Team Donegal Oil” for a very special race.Gavin Harris, Arthur McMahon, Michael McGarvey and Sean McFadden will take to their bikes and take part in the “Race Around Ireland”.They will join cyclists from all over the world on Sunday 30th of August 2015, at Trim Castle, County Meath for the 7th Race Around Ireland and The Irish Ultra Challenge. This event is 2,100km long and is ranked the highest event in the UMCA World Cup calendar and these boys from county Donegal are certainly gearing up for the challenge.Training hard with their own sports and taking part in many adventure races & events over the last number of years makes them no strangers to this type of non-stop cycling challenge.The four boys will take part in the relay cycle, which will be non stop 24 hours a day! They have 5 days to finish the cycle relay and hope to have it completed in less than 4 days, 1 days ahead of the allotted time. The Race around Ireland is listed as one of the world’s toughest endurance events but also allows amateur riders to compete with elite riders from all over the world!These Donegal lads are no strangers to cycling and sport, especially Sean McFadden from Letterkenny who has achieved hugely successful triathlon, cycling, adventure racing and running wins. Sean was winner of The Race 2015 and runner up of The Race 2014, he finished top 3 in Ras Mumhan, An Post Ras 2 years in row and Lough Keep Triathlon Winner 2014. Arthur McMahon played rugby till he was 36 and after taking part in the Donegal Coastal Cancer Challenge in 2013, to raise money for the Donegal Hospice after his mum sadly passed away from cancer, he has been taking part in many adventure challenges ever since and admits himself he is “hooked”.Michael McGarvey, originally from Falcarragh, living in Letterkenny is another avid rugby player with Letterkenny Rugby Club, he is training hard for this event and regularly takes part in local charity events, just last week he participated in the WAAR, Wild Atlantic Adventure Race.And last but not least, Gavin Harris from Convoy, the team’s Ironman has been taking part in cycling races since 2007 and is delighted to be part of “Team Donegal Oil”.Not only is this a challenge for themselves personally as “Team Donegal Oil” but they are delighted that they can also raise money for Donegal’s Austism Family Support Group. The Donegal Autism Family Support Group was set up 9 years ago to support parents, families and individuals on the autism spectrum.All the members of the group all work on a voluntary basis and their aims are to support families and to offer children the opportunity to take part in a number of different activities without being judged. They are actively raising autism awareness within their children’s community. “We are delighted that we can support The Autism Family Support Group” a very hard working worthwhile charity who do great work under the radar and they deserve support” say’s Arthur McMahon.On the build up to “The Race Around Ireland” they have organised a Coffee Morning in Donegal Oil, Port Road, Letterkenny on Wednesday morning 26th August at 10am in aid of the Donegal based Autism Family Support Group. And would love to see as many people there as possible.You can follow “Team Donegal Oil” online on their Facebook page –https://www.facebook.com/TeamDonegalOil and thank you to everyone help them raise some money for their charity however small or large and who knows for these Donegal lads, perhaps the next challenge will be to “Race around America” ?You can donate to the charity at the link below :http://www.mycharity.ie/event/team_donegal_oil/ DONEGAL LADS ‘OILING’ THE WHEELS FOR VERY SPECIAL RACE was last modified: August 26th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CYCLINGDonegal Oilracelast_img read more

49ers-Falcons pregame report: Playoff scenarios, Goodwin surgery

first_imgSANTA CLARA — The 49ers’ five-year playoff drought could be over by sunset, the most controllable path being a victory over the Atlanta Falcons.What about other scenarios for them and the rest of the burgeoning NFC field, outside of the New Orleans Saints already winning the NFC South (and falling behind the 49ers in the NFC No. 1-seed race after last Sunday’s result)?Let’s break it down, because we pretty much know the 49ers’ inactives ahead of their noon post time):For the NFC-leading …last_img

Matt Saal, Aug. 7

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It has been beautiful weather so far in August and the end of July. We are going to make third cutting on Monday. Just looking at other people’s third cutting it looks pretty typical. It doesn’t look like there is going to be a lot of volume there but the quality looks good.The second cutting yields were good. We haven’t tested any of the quality yet but I think it will be pretty normal for second cutting, which usually isn’t very good. It is usually the worst of the four cuttings.We chopped it and covered it and we won’t do anything more until we get ready to start feeding it. When we get ready to feed it, we’ll test it for moisture protein digestibility and all of those things.Driving around the county there is a lot of good looking corn and a lot of rough looking corn. It is all based on drainage, when they got the rains and how much they got. The agronomists have been talking about diseases and the airplanes have been flying over corn fields, so there have been some fungicides applied. The leaf diseases are not much of a problem for us with silage. If we get the mold and the fungi that grow on the ear, then that stays with it when it goes into the silo and will show up as a toxin in the feed.The soybeans could actually use a drink of water around here. The yards around here are starting to dry up and turn brown. Other places have gotten rains but we have not had a significant rain in a couple of weeks right around here. There is some corn on the outside rows of fields that look a little stressed, but I don’t see much of that yet.last_img read more

National Referee Squad

first_imgCongratulations to the following referees who have been rewarded for their performances, and will now strive to represent at the event in New Zealand in January. David BaggioSandra Clark Adam FoleyDale LawrenceLuke McKenzieMick MedlinRichard O’ConnorAnthony SmithKeith SteelGavin WestThese referees will commence their program with a National Referees Squad camp on September 11 -13.last_img

a month agoMan Utd midfielder Mata full of praise for Wan-Bissaka: I’ve never seen any player like him

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd midfielder Mata full of praise for Wan-Bissaka: I’ve never seen any player like himby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Juan Mata is full of praise for Aaron Wan-Bissaka.The defender has made an instant impact since joining from Crystal Palace in the summer.Mata told The Times: “He’s very, very good in defensive duties, very good in tackling.“I’ve never seen any player like him, he’s unbelievable.“Even in training you think you’re past him and then he comes and takes the ball straight. He has very long legs! I can only see him improving.“Like Anthony, he’s a shy, reserved guy but confident on the pitch.” last_img

3 days agoJoao Cancelo believes he can win Champions League with Man City

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Joao Cancelo believes he can win Champions League with Man Cityby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJoao Cancelo believes he can win the Champions League with Manchester City. Cancelo joined City from Juventus in the summer and, after a settling-in period at the Etihad, he is set for a fourth successive start tonight against Atalanta.”I’ve been aiming to win this competition since I was a child,” Cancelo said. “I came here because it’s my type of football. Man City is one of the teams that can win the Champions League.”Cancelo has previous experience of Gian Piero Gasperini’s side, having faced them with Juve in Serie A.”I believe we are both strong teams, all the teams in the Champions League are strong teams and I believe it will be a lively, interesting match,” he said.”I hope we will get the three points because if we get up to nine points it will put us in a secure position in the group.” last_img read more

Photo: Ohio State Debuted An Infographic Commemorating Every Win Of The Urban Meyer Era

first_imgUrban Meyer interacting with Ohio State football team.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 09: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes stands with his players before the game against the Oklahoma Sooners at Ohio Stadium on September 9, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Over the past three seasons under Urban Meyer, Ohio State has an impressive Big Ten regular season record of 24-0 and an overall record of 38-3. The Buckeyes were banned from the post-season in 2012 and lost the Big Ten title game and Orange Bowl to finish 12-2 in 2013. They finally struck gold on their third try by finishing 14-1 and winning this year’s College Football Playoff National Championship. Earlier tonight, the program put out an infographic recognizing all 38 victories of the Meyer era. It might take some time to adjust your eyes to it, but it’s definitely well-executed.Braxton Miller. J.T. Barrett. Carlos Hyde. Ryan Shazier. Bradley Roby. Devin Smith. There’s a lot of talent on that thing, and enough returning in Columbus to guarantee a lot more wins in 2015.last_img read more

CPJ Says New Distribution Centre Will Keep Hotels Adequately Supplied

first_img The company’s founder and co-chairman, Tom Tyler, gave the pledge as he addressed the official opening of CPJ’s US$10-million Distribution Centre in Freeport, Montego Bay, on February 12. Story Highlights He said that the state-of-the-art building is a realisation of the vision, at the company’s establishment in 1994, to sell, market and distribute a wide and high-quality selection of consumables and “formalise distribution to Jamaica’s fast-growing hotel industry”. With the country’s hotel room stock projected to reach approximately 48,000 by 2022, local food distributor, Caribbean Producers Jamaica Limited (CPJ), is pledging to ensure that the hospitality sector “will always be adequately supplied”.center_img With the country’s hotel room stock projected to reach approximately 48,000 by 2022, local food distributor, Caribbean Producers Jamaica Limited (CPJ), is pledging to ensure that the hospitality sector “will always be adequately supplied”.The company’s founder and co-chairman, Tom Tyler, gave the pledge as he addressed the official opening of CPJ’s US$10-million Distribution Centre in Freeport, Montego Bay, on February 12.He said that the state-of-the-art building is a realisation of the vision, at the company’s establishment in 1994, to sell, market and distribute a wide and high-quality selection of consumables and “formalise distribution to Jamaica’s fast-growing hotel industry”.Founder and Co-Chairman of Caribbean Producers Jamaica Limited (CPJ), Tom Tyler, addressing the official opening of the company’s Distribution Centre in Freeport, Montego Bay on February 12. “We are a strategic partner to the hotel industry, the island’s largest revenue earner. By providing the widest range of goods to meet the demands of local and foreign visitors alike, CPJ helps to build Jamaica as an international destination,” he noted.The company’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr. David Lowe, said the opening of the new distribution centre, which has “significantly expanded capacity”, demonstrates CPJ’s commitment to support some of the most important industries in Jamaica.“By building a First-World facility, this will enable us to accommodate the planned and massive growth in the hotel sector over the next five years.”Dr. Lowe said that by providing the additional capacity to supply food service right across the island, CPJ is confident that it will continue to be a critical stakeholder in the tourism industry.“We are getting ahead of the curve by being ready to accommodate this demand,” he noted.“We have won the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) award for the being the best purveyor for 10 of the last 11 years and we want to continue earning the trust and support by evolving and investing in our ability to service the industry. It will allow us to implement the latest processes and technology that will create greater efficiencies and cost containment as we grow,” he added.For his part, JHTA President, Omar Robinson, said that CPJ’s relationship with the hotel sector is “invaluable”.He said that in anticipation of the thousands of new rooms that will be coming on stream over the next five years, “it is comforting to have a distribution company like CPJ to ensure that the hotels are never short on supplies and where guests will be provided with top-quality products”.last_img read more

Quebec inquiry hears many Inuit get paid less benefits for same work

first_imgTom Fennario APTN NewsAs the director of health and social services in Nunavik, Minnie Grey says the health care system in northern Quebec has created class divisions.One where non-Inuit can make $40,000 in non-salary benefits, while local Inuit receive only a quarter of that.“Can we just do away with what was given in the ’60s so we can all just be even?” Grey testified at the Quebec inquiry that has been examining discrimination experienced by Indigenous Quebecers.The reason for the difference, according to union rules for health service providers, is that workers working more than 50 kilometres from home are entitled to greater benefits.Those include vehicle expenses, flights back home and, perhaps most offensive to Grey, free housing where overcrowding is rampant.“The inequality comes in the fact that we’re not offering these incentives to local people, so we’re not attracting them to be working in our services,” she said.Because many jobs in Nunavik require knowledge of Inuit culture and language, so local workers are highly sought after. Many leave their communities to make what non-Inuit make, which in turn makes things more expensive.There is also the issue of a lack of qualified Inuit.Jean-Francois Arteau, a lawyer for Nunavik Health Services, testified Quebec is not meeting its education and training obligations under the James Bay Agreement.“It’s been 40 years since the agreement has been signed, we’re not in the first few years of operation, we’re 40 years later and it’s still complicated for Inuit to access jobs that were targeted for them,” said Arteau.Grey said her team has proposed a solution – create positions just for Inuit workers and pay them their fair share.“The fact that we’re still trying to convince the ministry that giving equality to local workers can save a lot of money because we have a very high turnover of non-locals,” she said.It’s not something the province has jumped at, she said, but Grey is happy to share her knowledge with the inquiry.“I’m very pleased that I was able to be here with my colleagues and to have a voice and someone is listening,” she [email protected]last_img read more