Sunday, November 30, 2014

MIranda Kerr is the BEST!


Cuba rises to #1 in Gold Medals at J.C.C. México #1 in Total Medals.

Medallero


Países Total
CUBCuba1206464248
MEXMéxico112105109326
COLColombia697477220
VENVenezuela5677107240
DOMRepública Dominicana18342375
PURPuerto Rico15234583
GUAGuatemala15174274
BAHBahamas4318

Along the Malecón: Inspectors rip Office of Cuba Broadcasting



Inspectors visiting the Office of Cuba Broadcasting found low morale, a lack of transparency in decision making, administrative weaknesses, security lapses and one instance of property theft.

An Inspector General's report casts a negative light on the agency's leaders, including Director Carlos A. Garcia-Perez, who took charge four years ago this month.

The 34-page report also provides interesting details about the agency's efforts in Cuba. It says the OCB has "engaged in an aggressive campaign to distribute weekly its television programming content via broadcast, Internet, and even hand-to-hand, via digital video disks (DVD) and flash drives."

Marcus Mariota forces early surrender in Civil War game


Final Score: Ducks 47, Beavers 19

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Chris Hedges, at the end of his interview yesterday at RT America: “We live in a species of Corporate Totalitarianism”


Naciones Unidas demanda fin de la ocupación israelí en Palestina

Fascismo Israelí contra Palestina
Autor: kike PUERTO RICO

Juventud Rebelde

29 de Noviembre del 2014 9:46:35 CDT
 
NACIONES UNIDAS, noviembre 29.— En el Día Internacional de Solidaridad con el Pueblo Palestino, que se celebra este sábado, el secretario general de Naciones Unidas, Ban Ki-moon, demandó el fin de la ocupación israelí y la búsqueda de una paz definitiva entre las partes.

El diplomático recordó, en un mensaje por la jornada, que durante casi medio siglo los palestinos han sufrido la presencia extranjera en sus territorios, sometidos además a la colonización por Tel Aviv.

Asimismo, condenó los asentamientos israelíes en la Ribera Occidental, incluida Jerusalén Oriental ocupada; reiteró la brutalidad de la agresión de julio y agosto pasados a la Franja de Gaza, pidió el cese del bloqueo israelí y manifestó preocupación por la escalada de violencia de las últimas semanas en Cisjordania y Jerusalén.

Hyper-capitalist USA

In hyper-capitalist USA, even war is turned into a very lucrative business enterprise.

Social responsibility does not exist in such a system. Making money, by any means necessary, is the first commandment of that irresponsible system/religion.



Friday, November 28, 2014

Universo Beisbol: Yulieski y Lourdes Gurriel Jr. bajo las miras del Yokohama



 Lourdes Y. Gurriel (#19) podría irse también a Japón. 
(Foto: Reynaldo Cruz/ UB)

28 Noviembre 2014

Por Reynaldo Cruz

Una negociación en torno a los servicios de Yulieski Gurriel en la que podrían entrar los Yomiuri Giants, ansiosos también por tener entre sus filas al más mediático de los peloteros de Cuba —claro, los que aún están en la Isla— en los últimos tiempos, iniciará luego del 9 de diciembre con las conversaciones entre la Federación Cubana de Béisbol y el Yokohama DeNA Bay Stars, que ni corto ni perezoso, también le pasa la vista a Lourdes Gurriel Jr., posiblemente con el objetivo de llevarlo si no logran tener a su hermano para 2015.

2014.11.27 05:00

DeNA・グリエル、未だ残留めど立たず…去就は12月中旬か

 DeNA・グリエルの去就は12月中旬に決まる見込みだ。高田GMは26日、「交渉は10日以降と聞いている。他の キューバの選手も同じだろう」と話した。球団は年俸3億円を用意して交渉に臨むが「他の球団が動いているかもしれないから」と残留のめどは立っていない。 今月末までにNPBに提出する次年度契約保留者名簿からは「契約の合意に至っていない。載せるのは難しいのではないか」と外す考えを示唆した。 (横浜 市)
(紙面から)

I tried Google Translate with the above. The translation is made "by computer" and not by a human being. What Google's computer gave me did not make any sense.

?

Thursday, November 27, 2014

LOS BONOS DEL MOVIMIENTO 26 DE JULIO DE FIDEL CASTRO EMITIDOS Y VENDIDOS EN EL EXTRANJERO

The bonds of Fidel Castro's 26th of July movement, issued and sold abroad

La recaudación de dinero para sufragar la guerra de liberación, lidereada por Fidel Castro, llevó al Movimiento 26 de julio a la emisión de un bono de $1 con las planchas similares a la usada en Cuba en los Estados Unidos. Usando los mismos colores en el anverso del bono el reverso cambia de ligeramente de tonalidad y diseño a lo que se suma la adición de “EDICIÓN EXTERIOR” y una nueva tipografía en el “1.00”. Estos bonos fueron vendidos en Miami y fueron extremadamente raros hasta que a finales de los años 90 uno de los impresores vendiera las existencias que tenía en La Habana y el mismo pudiera ser asequible a todos los coleccionistas.

Partial English translation:

Raising money to defray the costs of the liberation war, which was commanded by Fidel Castro, led the July 26 Movement to issue a $1 bond in the United States similar to that used inside Cuba.
They are marked Edición Exterior, (exterior edition).


They bear the signature of the Commander in Chief of the Cuban Revolution.



El asalto al Cuartel Moncada el 26 de julio de 1953 marco un hito en la historia de Cuba: Ese día Fidel Castro al mando de un grupo de hombres asaltaron un cuartel del ejército de la tiranía batistiana dando comienzo a la tercera guerra de liberación. Años después Fidel Castro el 2 de diciembre de 1956 desembarca en el oriente del país procedente de México en un pequeño yate. Se iniciaba la Revolución que triunfaría años después con la huida del tirano Fulgencio Batista. El financiamiento del movimiento corrió a cargo de los diferentes cludes o “cédulas” que se esparcieron por toda la isla y se ramificó también en las diferentes comunidades de emigrados cubanos en Estados Unidos, Mexico, Venezuela entre otros.

En Venezuela se acuñaron en el reverso los bonos de uso regular en la isla con la marca de “Sección Venezuela M 26-7” siendo muy escasos en la actualidad.

Oil [WTO] is crashing!



By Myles Udland 3 hours ago 

Crude oil just broke $70 for the first time since June 2010.

West Texas Intermediate crude futures are below $70 after Thursday's OPEC meeting resulted in the oil cartel announcing that it will not cut production.

On Thursday, WTI futures were down as low as $68.90, a more than 6% decline in the last 24 hours following the news.

Source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/oil-crashing-161800860.html

See also:
http://www.bloomberg.com/energy/

Crude Oil (WTI)
USD/bbl.
69.05
-4.64
-6.30%
Jan 15 Contract

Update: 29 November 2014:
West Texas Intermediate tumbled 10 percent [yesterday] to $66.15 for the biggest drop in more than five years.

Is Kim Kardashian's BUTT a Work of Art?

100% YES

It is time for the Cuban Government to eliminate the $130 "visa" for people who were born in the island


I was born in 1944 in El Vedado, La Habana, Cuba.

The demand of the Cuban Government that I give them $130 dollars to visit the place where I was born is, in my opinion, an act of extortion.

J.C.C. today: Mexico 90 Gold Medals, Cuba 85 Gold Medals

The end of the Juegos CentroAmericanos y del Caribe (JCC) is near.

Link to the medals table

Google launches Play and Analytics in Cuba following CEO Eric Schmidt’s call to end the US embargo

Following on from the recent release of its Chrome browser in Cuba, Google is expanding its product offerings in the Carribbean island. The company is launching Google Play and Google Analytics in the country today. (thenextweb.com)

Eric Schmidt:
“Cuba will have to open its political and business economy, and the US will have to overcome our history and open the embargo. Both countries have to do something that is hard to do politically, but it will be worth it.” 

JG: poor use of the English language by Mr. Schmidt. I would have used "may have" instead of "will have."

Spain and Cuba Deepen Relations

Created on Thursday, 27 November 2014 11:33

Agencia Cubana de Noticias (Cuban News Agency)

HAVANA, Cuba, Nov 27 (acn) The recent visit to Cuba by Spanish foreign minister Jose Manuel García-Margallo was particularly focused on the further development of bilateral economic and commercial relations between Madrid and Havana, as Spain has been the island´s third major commercial partner for years.

In an end-of-the-visit statement García-Margallo stressed the role being played by Cuba as part of the community of Latin American nations and he went on to say that his trip takes place amidst the normal bilateral relations between Spain and the rest of Latin America.

The top Spanish diplomat held talks with first vice-president Miguel Diaz-Canel, with government vice-president Ricardo Cabrisas and with foreign minister Bruno Rodriguez.

In April, Cuba and the European Union opened negotiations towards an accord to hold political and cooperation talks. The island accepted the negotiations on similar grounds and with respect for the sovereignty of the states and the principle of non-interference in their internal affairs.

Cuba is one of the few countries in Latin America that does not have such an accord in its relations with the European Union, due to the so-called Common European Pposition, which was adopted in 1996 by the bloc posing restrictions on relations with the island.

European Parliament vice-president Miguel Angel Martinez said that the lack of such an accord is harmful to Cuba and also to Europe, particularly damaging the European image before Latin American and other Third World nations for which the island is an example of solidarity.

Meanwhile, European Union ambassador to Havana, Herman Portocarero praised the opportunities offered by Cuba to foreign capital due to the highly-skilled labor, its geographical situation and its regional integration efforts.

While an accord is still to be reached to hold the political dialog between Cuba and the European Union, several visits by high-level European officials have taken place, including the state minister of the British Foreign Ministry, Hugo Swire.

Swire said that his presence on the island showed the support by his country of the economic changes taking place in Cuba and he underscored his interest that British entrepreneurs come to Havana.

The European stance against the US economic, commercial and financial blockade of Cuba was reiterated this year at the United Nations and during his recent visit here, the Spanish foreign minister recalled that gesture in the name of his country and the European bloc.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Is President Barack Obama contemplating unilateral [friendly?] action on Cuba? IT IS ABOUT TIME MR. PRESIDENT!


to go to the Christian Science Monitor article.

JG: SKIP THE VIDEO. All it does is to promote the sale of a book.


The only "news" is that "Obama is slated to take part in the Summit of the Americas in Panama [in 2015], which is expected to be the first such hemispheric gathering to include Cuba."

Barack Obama continues with the failed policies of the past with regards to Cuba. I am very SKEPTICAL that he will offer anything "new". His administration continuation of the failed Cuba embargo has been thoroughly repudiated by 188 civilized countries at the United Nations. 

I do not have a very high regard for the articles of the Christian Science Monitor. All they do very well is to engage in a lot of speculation.

Stay tuned!



November 26, 2014: J.C.C.: Cuba 77 Gold Medals, Mexico 76 Gold Medals

Medallero


Países Total
CUBCuba774445166
MEXMéxico766182219
COLColombia525453159
VENVenezuela425173166
GUAGuatemala11142550
DOMRepública Dominicana8231748
PURPuerto Rico6172750
BAHBahamas4206


Including today, four more days remain. A very friendly battle between two countries who have very good relations with each other.

In total medals, Mexico leads. 

Link to the medals table

Cuba Baseball Teams


Since this graphic was published, two new baseball teams have been created: Artemisa and Mayabeque. They are two new provinces which were carved out of the former La Habana province.

Three Cuban Baseball Players have risen above everyone else in the first 30-33 games of the 54th National Baseball Series

Statistics do no lie. Most teams in the 54th Cuban National Baseball Series have now played 30-33 games. 14 teams have reached those numbers, and two teams have played 28-29 games.

You have to have played in at least 30 games at this point of the baseball season to be in the list.

I use two very important baseball statistics to separate the great players from the rest of the crowd.

The first one is Slugging Percentage (SLU) and the second one is On Base Percentage (OBP). I just add the two ratios together, and if you are at or above .975, you deserve to be called an outstanding player.

Here are the outstanding players:
1) Giorbis Duvergél, Guantánamo, games 33, SLU .634, OBP .530.
2) Yosvani Alarcón, Las Tunas, 31 games, SLU .615, OBP .415.
3) Yadiel Hernández, Matánzas, 33 games, SLU .504, OBP .497

I am sure that after the regular 90 games have been played, there will be more on this list.

Statistics: Federación Cubana de Béisbol Aficionado (FCBA, http://www.beisbolcubano.cu/home/) Stats published on November 25, 2014.

Giorbis Duvergél

Yosvani Alarcón

Yadiel Hernández

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The irresponsible and violent behavior of black Americans in Ferguson, Missouri

By JIM SALTER and DAVID A. LIEB (AP) 21 minutes ago

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's governor ordered more National Guardsmen into Ferguson on Tuesday to keep order after a night of violence over the grand jury decision in the police shooting of Michael Brown, as attorneys for the Brown family lashed out at the authorities' handling of the case.

Smoke billowed from the blackened shells of burned-out Ferguson businesses on Tuesday, and glass littered the sidewalks in front of stores whose display windows were smashed during the protests that erupted after it was announced that police Officer Darren Wilson wouldn't be indicted for killing Brown on Aug. 9.

Monday night's protests were far more destructive than any of those that followed Brown's death, with more than a dozen businesses badly damaged or destroyed. Authorities reported hearing hundreds of gunshots, which for a time prevented fire crews from fighting the flames.

There were 61 arrests in Ferguson overnight, many for burglary and trespassing, St. Louis County Police spokesman Brian Schellman said. There were 21 arrests in St. Louis, where protesters broke some store windows along South Grand Avenue, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay said.

Complete article at: 
Ferguson businesses torched in overnight protests
http://news.yahoo.com/no-indictment-chaos-fills-ferguson-streets-083434303.html

Update, November 26, 2014:
Exclusive: Watch George Stephanopoulos' Full Interview With Police Officer Darren Wilson - 45:37
http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/exclusive-watch-george-stephanopoulos-full-interview-police-officer-27186831

Cuban baseball players could return to play in Japan next year, and there could be new ones too

Reynaldo Cruz @ Universo Beisbol is reporting that in addition to the four Cubans who played in Japan this year, Frederich Cepeda (Yomiuri Giants), Yulieski Gurriel (Yokohama DeNA BayStars), Alfredo Despaigne (Chiba Lotte Marines) and Héctor Manuel Mendoza, pitcher, (ni-gun team of the Yomiuri Giants), more Cuban baseball players could head to Japan next year:

Bárbaro Cañizares, Michel Abreu.

The more, the better. That way, they will not have to deal with the criminal elements in the USA.

Complete article in Spanish.

Pope Francis to Europe: Help the Migrants



STRASBOURG, France (Reuters) - Pope Francis told Europe's leaders on Tuesday to do more to help thousands of migrants risking their lives trying to get into the continent, saying they had to stop the Mediterranean becoming "a vast cemetery".

Addressing the European Parliament for the first time, Francis also said Europe should create jobs and not allow the bureaucracy of its institutions to suffocate the ideals which once made it vibrant.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Habla Alfredo Despaigne

Otro grupo de atletas participantes en Veracruz fue recibido anoche, en La Habana, por Miguel Díaz-Canel y José Ramón Fernández. Foto: Juvenal Balán

Fuimos a hacer lo mejor que pudimos, algunos ganamos, otros no, pero se vio el esfuerzo de todos. Dedicamos el triunfo al pueblo, sabemos que lo estaba esperando”, destacó Alfredo Despaigne, uno de los integrantes del coronado elenco de pelota, quien agradeció el cálido recibimiento. (Granma)

Only two gold medals separate Mexico and Cuba

Medallero

PaísesTotal
MEXMéxico715570196
CUBCuba694142152
COLColombia515148150
VENVenezuela404768155
GUAGuatemala10132346
DOMRepública Dominicana7221544
PURPuerto Rico6172245
BAHBahamas4206


Only six more days to end the games / Seis dias mas para terminar los juegos.

Mexico population: 122.3 Million
Cuba population: 11.27 Million

Link to the medals table