Government forbids the sale of personal computers

first_img Organisation News Help by sharing this information CubaAmericas News The Cuban government has banned the sale of personal computers to the general public except in cases of special need, when official permission must be sought. to go further Receive email alerts RSF_en Follow the news on Cuba March 29, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government forbids the sale of personal computers RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago News New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council The Cuban government has banned the sale of personal computers to the general public except in cases of special need, when official permission must be sought. The ban, reported by the online newspaper Wired News on 25 March and first disclosed by the Cuban exile website Cubanet, was confirmed by several RSF sources in Cuba who said it had been imposed in Havana in mid-January and extended to the rest of the country on 1 February. Wired News, which said the measure had caused a row inside the government, was contained in decree 383/2001, banning the sale of “computers, offset printer equipment, mimeographs, photocopiers and any other mass printing medium” to “associations, foundations, civic and non-profit organisations and Cuban private individuals.” If such equipment, or spare parts or accessories for it, was considered essential, authorisation would be needed from the internal trade ministry. A source in Havana told Reporters Without Borders (RSF) that a notice pinned up in a shopping centre in the capital’s La Playa district announced that computers, spare parts and accessories could not be sold to individuals from 16 January. Other shops confirmed this though one in La Playa was still selling them to people.The sale of any kind of printing machinery has always been strictly controlled by the government to prevent the appearance of independent publications, but the purchase (in dollars only) of personal computers and fax machines had become easier in recent months. However, the new measure comes after the illegal Cuban Institute of Independent Economists, headed by the well-known dissident economist Marta Beatriz Roque, opened an Internet website (www.cubaicei.org) last 7 December. Cubans’ access to the site, which is run from Miami but is the first one to carry news wholly supplied by dissidents inside Cuba, was blocked by the government less a week later.The Cuban government spokesman in Washington, Luis Fernández, was evasive when questioned about the ban by Wired News, saying that “if we didn’t have an embargo, there could be computers for everybody.”Sergio Pérez, then head of the state enterprise Teledatos, said in an article in the official daily Granma on 7 February last year: “In a country the victim of an embargo, where medicine is in short supply, how can you not expect an shortage of Internet access too?” However, such problems in Cuba go beyond economics and access is strictly controlled. Its use is conditional on respect for “the moral values of Cuban society and the laws of the country” and only foreign companies and government institutions are allowed access. There are two cybercafés, but one is reserved for tourists and the other is restricted to members of the official Writers and Artists Association, UNEAC.Since last September, ordinary Cubans have been able to get an e-mail address and consult the Internet at four post offices in Havana. But surfing is limited to a collection of government-approved sites known locally as the “Intranet.” It is also expensive, at $4.50 (_5) an hour, when the average monthly wage is only $12. Civil society and human rights organisations, which are not recognised by the government, regularly send articles by phone and fax to be published on Miami-based websites.In Cuba, where the Constitution says “freedom of expression and the media is subordinate to the goals of a socialist society,” only a government-controlled media is allowed. A hundred or so independent journalists, grouped into about 20 press agencies and other associations not recognised by the government are constantly harassed and since 1995, about 50 journalists have fled abroad. October 15, 2020 Find out more October 12, 2018 Find out more May 6, 2020 Find out more Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet CubaAmericas Newslast_img read more

“This is Our Version of the ‘Cheers’ Bar”

first_imgHerbeauty10 Sea Salt Scrubs You Can Make YourselfHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 things only girls who live life to the maximum understandHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Fashion Tips Are Making Tall Girls The Talk Of The TownHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeauty Cover Story “This is Our Version of the ‘Cheers’ Bar” From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, December 7, 2015 | 11:40 am Make a comment 10 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Subscribe Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Top of the News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website center_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Just about everyone knows about the iconic bar from Cheers, a neighborhood bar where everyone knows your name, but few have found a Cheers bar of their own.Luckily, if you’re in Arcadia, there’s a local bar where you can find your second family. Matt Denny’s has been serving beer, food and a good times for 17 years.“It’s nice to come and just relax. They all know me, they know what I like to drink,” said Tom, a longtime patron of Matt Denny’s.On Thursday they hosted a Holiday Ale Dinner for over 50 of their favorites guests. The family atmosphere was tangible as old drinking buddies greeted each other and the staff caught up with familiar faces.“It’s a good thing to have a place to go,” said Tommy. He and his wife had their first date at Matt Denny’s and frequently return to the bar. This is their 15th time attending the Holiday Ale Dinner.The Holiday Ale Dinner included two appetizers, salad, soup, an entree, desserts and ten beer tasters. This specially selected collection of beers had a holiday theme and included Stone Brewing’s Xocoveza which was tapped on site. This intense milk stout included notes of coffee, chocolate and pasilla peppers.Each beer got a brief introduction from a beer representative and guests had a handy beer guide at their tables to keep up with the free flowing brews.Thoughtful food and beer pairings included creamy butternut squash soup with Noble Ale Work’s Yoga Pants and Ahi Tuna with Brasserie Dupont Avec Les Bons Voeux.Noble Ale Works beer had strong flavors of coffee, cacao and pumpkin spice which complimented the creaminess of the butternut squash soup. This beer also paired well with the light spinach and beet salad.A few home brewers joined the fun and sampled sour apple beer, a refreshingly tart brew with hints of carbonation. After an evening of enjoyment, the last call beers were Port Brewing’s Santa’s Little Helper, a Bourbon barrel aged imperial stout with a hint of nuttiness and Firestone’s XIX Anniversary Ale, a dark, rich holiday-flavored ale.The night ended with a raffle for brewing gear, limited edition brews, bar accessories and a rousing cheers to good beer and even better company.Matt Denny’s is located at 145 Huntington Drive in Arcadia and you can reach them at (626) 462-0250, view their full menu at www.mattdennys.com. More Cool Stuff Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Business News Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimeslast_img read more

5 ways to beat budget burnout

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Try setting a “splurge budget”.by: Mikey RoxA budget might restrict spending, but it’s one of the best ways to stay in control of your money. You’re able to save more and live within your means, which means fewer financial stresses.But even if you know the importance of budgeting and you’re making progress, pinching pennies, depriving yourself, and tracking every dime you spend gets old after a while. Budget burnout might cause you to fall off the wagon, but there are tricks to defeat burnout and make managing your money a lot less painful.1. Don’t Let Your Budget Take OverEveryone should know where their money goes, but this doesn’t mean being a slave to your budget nor letting it take over your life. I know people who eat, sleep, and breathe their budgets. Not only is it the topic of every conversation, but they also spend hours each week clipping coupons and still feel guilt over any purchase outside their budget, even if it’s only a few bucks. continue reading »last_img read more

Color Run raises thousands to support those with developmental disabilities

first_imgELLSWORTH — Some 250 runners, walkers and volunteers got doused in colored powder for a good cause on Saturday in Downeast Horizons’ second annual Color Fun 5K.A pre-race party was held at the organization’s headquarters on Union Street, and participants were splashed in color at the starting and finish lines.Downeast Horizons Executive Director Anthony Zambrano says the untimed event raised thousands of dollars to support children and adults with developmental disabilities.“People could run it really fast or walk. It was for everybody,” Zambrano says. “It was a truly remarkable opportunity for the general public, who doesn’t usually get to interact with our services.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textFor more photos, click here.last_img

Human remains found in search for missing 5-year-old Jacksonville girl

first_imgInvestigators recovered human remains in Alabama in connection with the search for a missing 5-year-old girl from Jacksonville, Florida.Taylor Williams vanished last Wednesday from her Jacksonville home, according to police.She was allegedly last seen in her home in Jacksonville around midnight on Wednesday when her mother put her to bed.Brianna Williams said when she woke up around 7 a.m., she said she noticed the back door to the home was unlocked and Taylor wasn’t in her room, authorities said.Williams who is a Navy Petty Officer, was named ‘a person of interest’ in the case after police say she refused to cooperate and was the last person to have seen the young girl.The search was expanded to Alabama where police say human remains have been found in a wooded area between the cities of Linden and Demopolis.According to reports, the girl’s mother  has family and friends in that area.The remains have not been identified at this time.last_img read more

Riviera Beach Police Officer Dies from Off-Duty Medical Emergency

first_imgThe Riviera Beach Police Department is mourning one of their own.Officer Derrick Jackson, a 17-year veteran on the force, died on Sunday morning from an off-duty medical emergency, according to colleagues.“Officer Jackson was a well-respected veteran officer, known for his calm demeanor and good nature,” the Department said in a statement. “Officer Jackson will be greatly missed, but never forgotten.”Funeral arrangements are pending.last_img

WATCH LIVE: President Trump to Speak at Turning Point USA Summit in West Palm

first_imgFormer Vice President Joe Biden says he is the most qualified to beat President Trump.But, Rudy Giuliani who was in West Palm Beach yesterday for a speech at the Student Action Summit for Turning Point USA disagrees. He told the audience at the Palm Beach County Convention Center that Joe Biden is so guilty, it’s ridiculous.Giuliani says there are witnesses, tapes and documents that offer proof that Biden pressured Ukraine to drop an investigation into his son.The president will arrive at PBIA tonight and will speak at the Turning Point USA Summit tomorrow in West Palm.last_img

Authorities in Bradenton search for toe-sucking burglar

first_imgDeputies with the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office are currently searching for a suspect who broke into a man’s home and began sucking on his toes.The incident was reported on Christmas Eve in Bradenton, Florida.The victim told authorities that he was woken up by the suspect who was in the process of licking his toes. When he asked the suspect what they were doing, the suspect replied that they was there to “suck toes.” The victim then punched and kicked the suspect in the mouth before and forced the suspect out of the home. At the point, the suspect told the victim that they had a gun and began fondling the victim’s genitals.Eventually the victim was able to contact police but while the victim was on the phone, the suspect climbed on top of the victim’s car and stomped out the windshield before fleeing the scene to evade police.Authorities used a K-9 officer in an effort to track down the suspect but they were unable to locate them.Officials have since taking a DNA swab of the victim’s toes to continue their investigation.last_img read more

Woman Shot on I-95 in Miami Dies; Officials Searching for Suspects

first_imgA woman who was shot while driving through Northwest Miami-Dade County on Friday night has died.Authorities announced the death of 22-year-old Melissa Gonzalez on Saturday afternoon.According to the Florida Highway Patrol, she was shot while driving southbound on I-95, near the 79th Street exit.Gonzalez’s passenger, identified as 26-year-old Julian Cortina, says he heard the gunfire, looked over and saw that Gonzalez had been hurt.They pulled onto the shoulder of the highway’s express lanes and called for help.The southbound lanes of I-95 at Northwest 79th Street, which had been shut down overnight, were reopened at around 5:30 a.m. Saturday. FHP is trying to determine whether Gonzalez was targeted, or if she was hit by a stray bullet.Cortina told authorities the gunshots came from inside a dark-colored vehicle.last_img read more

MLB temporarily suspends Marlins season through the weekend amid coronavirus outbreak

first_imgBut MLB came up with a patchwork schedule for the rest of this week and said that among more than 6,400 tests conducted since Friday, there were no new positives among on-field personnel from any team other than the Marlins.In a statement, MLB said it wanted to allow the Marlins time to focus on providing care for their players and plan for a resumption of play early next week. MLB also postponed the three remaining games in this week’s Phillies-New York Yankees series.The Marlins remained stranded in Philadelphia, where they played last weekend. The Phillies-Yankees games through Thursday were postponed “out of an abundance of caution,” MLB said, although no Phillies players have tested positive.The Marlins received positive test results for four additional players, bringing their total to 15, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. The person declined to be identified because the results had not been publicly released.Nine players on the 30-man roster, two taxi squad players and two staff members tested positive earlier.While baseball battles its logistical challenges, the NBA and NHL are resuming their seasons in bubble environments, with basketball at Lake Buena Vista, Florida, and hockey at Edmonton, Alberta, and Toronto.The NFL has opted not to create a bubble environment as training camps open this week. Major League Baseball has suspended the Miami Marlins’ season through Sunday, after an outbreak of coronavirus that infected half the Marlin’s team.MLB players are constantly assessing whether they should keep playing. Infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said the season could be in jeopardy.last_img read more