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Donald Trump vs. Donald Trump – Via CubaxDentro

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By Jesús Arboleya

Although he had not had the support of the political establishment in his campaign, when Donald Trump acceded to the presidency of the United States and surrounded himself with the richest cabinet that ruled that country, I thought that a new version of what the American journalist Naomi Klein has called the “corporation state”, that is, a government where, in practice, the dividing lines between public functions and major business and financial interests disappear.

It was to be expected then, at least within the governmental team, that the harmony resulting from the coincidence of interests should prevail. However, the variable Donald Trump altered the result of the equation. Only this explains the dysfunctional we are seeing in the current US government.

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Self-employment (Private Sector) rates in Cuba

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From  the Original post in Granma Cuba + Related: Self Employment / Cuba

SELF-EMPLOYED WORKERS THROUGH AUGUST 2017

A total of 578,421 individuals are registered as self-employed.

494,442 are working in activities supervised by Labor Ministry authorities.

80,706 are working in activities directed by traffic units of the Ministry of Transportation.

SECTORS WITH THE MOST SELF-EMPLOYED WORKERS

61,874 work in food preparation and sales, representing 10% of the workforce in this sector.

57,911 work in cargo and passenger transportation,representing 10% of the workforce in this sector.

39,595 rent dwellings, rooms, or other spacesrepresenting 7% of the workforce in this sector.

24,744 are telecommunications agents.

150,343 are workers contracted by other self-employed persons, primarily in food services and transport, representing 25% of the workforce in this sector.

WHO ARE THEY?

Retired persons represent 11% of the self-employed, while 16% are working a second job. Youth represent 32% and 33% of self-employed workers are women.

A total of 401,080 workers are registered in the Social Security administration’s special regimen.

Employment in the non-state sector is promoted in Cuba as an alternative allowing the state to gradually reduce its responsibility in some less critical arenas and concentrate efforts on activities that are decisive to the development of Cuba’s economy  

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Via Empire Files in @YouTube – The Sacrifice Zones of #HurricaneHarvey #Houston’s

In this second installment of special coverage Hurricane Harvey’s aftermath, Abby Martin explores how the petrochemical industry dominates the city and why its low-income, Black and Latino areas are in the highest-risk areas for flooding and pollution, earning them the name “sacrifice zones.” Abby explores Houston’s unique lack of zoning and regulations that maximized the impact of the storm, the “fence-line communities” deliberately put in harm’s way, inhumane treatment of incarcerated people in the disaster, and how the ownership of the city by Big Oil puts thousands of lives in peril. Featuring interviews with Dr. Robert Bullard, professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy at Texas Southern University; Azzurra Crispino, co-founder of Prison Abolition Prisoner Support (PAPS); and Yvette Arellano of the Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Series. FOLLOW // @EmpireFiles // @AbbyMartin // @telesurenglish

The #US #Blockade cost Cuban tourism more than 1.7 billion dollars BTW April 2016 and June 2017

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Post by @CubanWindow

WIF: OnCuba + CubaMinrex

The Cuban authorities estimates that if U.S. tourists could travel freely to Cuba, the island would collect 1.5 billion dollars a year with those visits. In addition, it would obtain 15 million for the mooring of yachts from the United States with an average stay of a week, as well as other incomes that would amount to almost 1.702 billion dollars now declared as losses.

Obama administration relaxed some of his country’s sanctions against Cuba and approved 12 categories to make flexible the trips of U.S. citizens to the island for religious, cultural, educational, humanitarian aid reasons or personal exchange with the Cuban people, among others  + the resumption of commercial flights and cruise trips to Cuba, after half a century of being suspended.

These measures brought about a notable increase of visitors from the United States:

  • in 2016 285,000 Americans traveled to Cuba,
  • while between January and May 2017 284,565 did so, according to official data.

The boost given to tourism on the island by these visits contributed to the record of four million visitors last year and to place the estimate for 2017 at 4.7 million.

Donald Trump, opposed to his predecessor’s policies toward Cuba, on June announced he would impose new restrictions to travel to the island and would veto individual visits, although they can still travel in groups.

Damages in other economic and social sectors of the island (Read the full inform in HERE: Resolution 71/5 of the United Nations General Assembly entitled “Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States of America against Cuba” June 2017

  • Food (347,598,000)
  • Transportation (122,300,000)
  • Energy and mines sector (122,500,000)
  • Communications and information technology (+ 68 million)
  • Industry and construction (59 and 12 million dollars, respectively)
  • Public health (87,000,000)
  • Culture (35,314,000)
  • Education (2,800,000) – where the losses were associated mainly to expenses for the import of resources that on the island are offered free of charge or subsidized
  • Bio tech and pharmaceutical industry, which cannot acquire spare parts and equipment for its research
  • Hindered its financial operations with some 100 foreign banks, most of them in Europe, which closed accounts, retained funds and refused to provide services to the island between April 2016 and March 2017
  • 36 banks refused to arrange letters of credit, 27 returned operations and 19 refused their services for fear of sanctions from the United States
  • Cuba not being able to use the dollar in its transactions

Cuba estimates at 822.28 billion dollars the damages caused by the U.S. Blockade, taking into account the depreciation of the dollar in the face of the value of gold on the international market. At current prices, the punitive measure has caused damages worth more than 130.178 billion dollars.

In 2016, at the UN the Cuban Resolution Against the Blockade had 191 votes in favor with the abstention of the United States and Israel. It was the first time that Washington did not vote against the resolution, which has been presented at the UN every year since 1992.

Health sector in #Cuba is one of the most affected by the economic, commercial, and financial #blockade imposed by the #UnitedStates

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Post by @CubanWindow

Related: Cuban Universal Health Care System 

From the Original Post: The U.S. blockade punishes Cuban public health system harshly

Cuba’s public health sector is one of the most affected by the economic, commercial, and financial blockade first imposed by the United States February 7, 1962, and subsequently reinforced, most recently by President Donald Trump, on June 16

Panel held in Havana’s National Institute of Oncology and Radiology. Pictured left to right are Dr. Tania Crombet Ramos, Dr. Jesus de los Santos Reno, Dr. Lorenzo Anasagasti Angulo, and Cuban deputies Dr. Jorge Gonzalez Perez, Dr. Jorge Luis Fernandez Yero, and Dr. Maria Caridad Rubio, committee secretary. Photo: Nuria Barbosa

Cuba’s public health sector is one of the most affected by the economic, commercial, and financial blockade first imposed by the United States February 7, 1962, and subsequently reinforced, most recently by President Donald Trump, on June 16.

The accumulated monetary damages in this area of society caused by the hostile policy have reached an estimated 2,711,600,000 dollars; and considering only the period from April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017, the figure is more than 87 million dollars.

For more INFO read HERE

#Havana #Cuba seawall #Malecon still standing after #HurricaneIrma

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Post by @CubanWindow from the original: Havana Malecon still standing after Irma / After two weeks of intense work, marked by attention to quality and efficiency, construction brigades involved in repairing the Malecon had managed to fix much of the damage.

Although Havana’s emblematic Malecon seawall managed to resist the force of Irma, storm surges brought on by the hurricane’s strong winds caused damage to a good part of the concrete wall, penetrating, and deepening holes in the structure with all its power, lifting sidewalks, parts of the road, and above all affecting the drainage system along the waterfront.

After two weeks of intense work, marked by attention to quality and efficiency, construction brigades involved in repairing the Malecon had managed to fix much of the damage and prepare the avenue for reopening on October 1.

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Cuba sharing disaster management support & strategies vs #ClimateChange with its Caribbean neighbors

From the original post: Cuba to Continue Disaster Management Support For CaribbeanTeleSur English 

In the presence of representatives from Antigua and Barbuda, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, Bahamas, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Belize and Grenada, Cuba offered the promise of continued support for disaster prevention strategies.

For more Info Click HERE

Related: HFA Success Story – Cuba, Risk Reduction Management Centers / United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction

 

 

Cuba: Ready 4 High Tourist Season

Related:  944 000 visited in 2017 and “There is zero reliable evidence that foreign tourists have in any way been exposed to whatever this is.” / HERE

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Via Cadena Agramonte / Cuba – Despite the problems caused by meteorological events such as hurricanes, Cuban authorities reiterate that their tourist facilities are ready to start the high season (November-April) in the island.

Spokespersons from different territories affirm this statement, even in the most affected places by the passage of Hurricane Irma, as the north coast of the center of Cuba.

The Minister of Tourism, Manuel Marrero, in recent television broadcasts, believes that there will be no problem to receive travelers from around the world in the aforementioned period.

For more info click HERE

Via Now This – Police in Kentucky handcuffed and arrested a *third grader* with disabilities

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