Florida: Rebellion of black women?

As the Ku Klux-Klan shows its head again in U.S., those women rise up against measures that have humiliated them for years.

They bring to light the racism imposed on them whenever they need medical assistance, generally very insufficient.

MiamiDiario website said Wednesday that members of that South Floridian community would hold a so-called invisible Round Table.

In them they plan to denounce the racism prevailing in their health system.

The aforementioned activity will take place in a neighborhood in Miami, a week before the state Legislature begins its debates on health expenditures.

Regarding this last issue, experts have noticed that black women would remain “invisible” in the debates.

That’s why, Miami Diario reports, its activists will promote in September a chain of events to say “No more”.

Those events will seek to highlight the racial effects of certain policies and the need for South Florida lawmakers to defend the black community.

Right now, the lawmakers will go on vacation until September 5.

“We hope they will return to Washington knowing that they make health plans unconnected with the needs of our community.”

Thus claimed Janet Barrett, who works for both Medicare and Medicaid, allegedly destined to millions of poor and disabled people.

It is in such a scenario that Florida’s black women decided to urge lawmakers to stop the deep and systematic contempt that has overwhelmed them.

Titanic mission in a country devoured by selfishness, frivolity and its ardent worship for money.

Translated by Jorge Mesa Benjamin / Cubasi Translation Staff

Miami: Oasis for corrupters in Latin America?

This city shows the odd modality of sheltering and serving as a springboard to fugitive politicians and entrepreneurs, who seek to evade sanctions.

Last Sunday, Miami Herald’s section “Undertone” published an article on the issue signed by Kyra Gurney.

She begins her article writing that Miami “is still a magnet for those charged with corruption in Latin America”.

Then, she endorses her opinion detailing a large number of specific examples. One approaches the case of Alejandro Lyons Muskus, former Colombian governor who is facing 20 charges linked to this kind of dirty businesses.

He committed those offenses while he led the department of Cordoba between 2012 and 2015.

Prosecutors say it was a misappropriation scheme linked to payments made for the right to extract natural resources.

According to Gurney, since former governor Lyons Muskus left office, he has been trailed by allegations of corruption in Colombia.

“Now, the specialist writes, he could be the latest example of a long tradition in Florida:

What? Officials who chose to flee after plundering their homelands and settle down in this place “beyond the reach of their authorities”.

Later, to the surprise of many, she writes with great naturalness:

The climate of South Florida and its waterfront condos make it a prime spot for those who are under an investigative microscope.

An investigative report published by the Miami Herald in December outlined some examples. Last week, the most strident turn around Ricardo Martineli, former President of Panama, by the way, a bitter enemy of Cuba.

He was arrested in Miami near his $8.2 million home in Coral Gables.

“This practice is extremely common”, said José Miguel Cruz, research director of Florida International University’s Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center.

What was Cruz referring to? Firstly, to very influential politicians from elsewhere fleeing to Miami and added:

“Florida has a long history with regard to cases of corrupt officials who came to U.S. not only to evade charges in their own countries, but basically to retire with the dirty money they made during their tenure”. But without embarrassment they have slammed in diverse scenarios

the lack of human rights in Cuba.

And right now, they organize and wage a low-intensity war against Venezuela, because it does not do what they do.

Translated by Jorge Mesa Benjamin / Cubasi Translation Staff

Florida Aquarium Helps Create Underwater Coral Nursery in Cuba

An international team of divers from The Florida Aquarium and the National Aquarium of Cuba constructed an underwater staghorn coral nursey in Cuba waters,according local media today.

The underwater coral nursery took months of planning and six days in the field. The nursery is located in the Guanahacabibes, Peninsula National Park, off the westernmost point of Cuba.

The coral nursey was created by anchoring 20 'trees' to the ocean floor, 15 feet in length and able to hold up to 60 coral fragments. The trees are able to move with the ocean waves and currents.

Once the trees were installed, they were filled with a specific staghorn coral.

The design of the tree keeps the growing corals above the sea floor, away from competition and predators.

The Florida Aquarium has been studying sexual reproduction of the staghorn coral, as it is a key, fast-growing building block for reef ecosystems.

The Director of The Florida Aquarium Center for Conservation, Scott Graves, who managed the project, said the operation was a huge success.

'I have never worked in the field with a better team. Our Cuban colleagues are highly skilled divers, knowledgeable biologists, tireless workers and a pleasure to be around,' he said.

Now, land-base 'coral greenhouses' are being constructed, where differing genotypes of coral can be preserved and living labs operated.

The Florida Aquarium said the goal is to help build these 'greenhouses' at the National Aquarium of Cuba, too.

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Marco Rubio Says People ‘Get Rude And Stupid’ At Town Halls

The Florida Republican says that’s why he won’t be holding any.

When a constituent confronted Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) Thursday about why he wasn’t holding a town hall event during this week’s congressional recess, Rubio gave what seemed an honest answer. 

“I don’t know man, because town halls, people get rude and stupid ― on both sides,” the senator told the man.

A community organizer for the Florida chapter of the Service Employees International Union tweeted a video of the encounter, which happened in a lecture hall at Florida International University, where Rubio teaches a class. The questioner appears to be Rafael Velasquez, a member of the Florida Democratic party’s board of trustees.

@Tomaskenn We finally caught up with Senator Marco Rubio at @FIU. He told us that he won't host a townhall because people act "rude and stupid."

The senator is one of several Republican members of Congress struggling with angry constituents as lawmakers take a break from Washington, D.C. Instead of getting yelled at for working with President Donald Trump to repeal Obamacare, Rubio and many other Republicans decided not to hold any public forums. 

Rubio’s constituents held a town hall on his behalf Thursday night, with an empty suit standing in for the senator. One woman pleaded with the suit not to repeal Obamacare, since doing so would leave her uninsured, unable to afford her medication, and then confined to a wheelchair and unemployed.

The man confronting Rubio earlier on Thursday suggested a town hall would allow the senator to hear from the people his represents, but Rubio said he didn’t need to. 

“I’ve heard the people,” Rubio said. “I ran for office. I told everybody I was against Obamacare. I told everybody I was in favor of the things I was in favor of. I’m gonna do what I told people I was going to do.” 


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Florida: The Weapons’ Lovers

That territory lives a show hard to understand, fierce legislators who approve the use of them.  

Thus was notified by MiamiDiario last Monday which was even clearer in the following title: “They don't want to have weapon-free areas."  

At the same time, they presented to the Florida Legislature a bill to legalize weapons possession in Florida.

In order to smooth the content they wanted to be "concealed".

Where would they exhibit them? Among other places at the Miami Dolphins games, the bars, even electoral colleges.

The proposal responds, according to two conservative republican legislators, to events like the Pulse massacre, in Orlando, and the shooting at Fort Lauderdale Airport.  

MiamiDiario affirms that the aforementioned legislators want to eliminate all the "weapon-free areas" of Florida.

How many so far? Fifteen, where state laws don't authorize the open possession of weapons not even concealed.

The pretext to back up the initiative falls upon Senator Dennis Baxley, from Ocala, and of the representative Don Hahnfeldt, from The Villages.

They allege their proposal aims at giving greater control, among other things, to personal security and businesses, all thanks to carrying concealed weapons.  

If the SB 908/HB 803 gets to be a law, it would give green light to carry them in many places where now it is forbidden.

Like sea ports, police stations, Highway Patrols, jails, courts, passenger terminals and public schools from Kinder to colleges.

Don Hahnfeldt pointed out that they will only keep untouched restrictions imposed by federal laws.  

Then he added: "The weapon-free areas have been a failure", because they left businesses most susceptible to sustain damages and lesions perpetuated by criminals.

Analysts considered, such words – like it or not – show to a great extent the true colors of their bill.

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Hurricane Matthew death toll hits 140 as storm is upgraded to Category 4 with winds of 140mph

A total of 136 people are now dead in Haiti with the storm now hitting 140mph as it approaches Florida.

Hurricane Matthew has claimed the lives of 140 people as officials upgrade the storm to Category 4 level.

A total of 136 people are now dead in Haiti with the storm now hitting 140mph as it approaches Florida.

Most of the victims were killed by falling trees, flying debris and swollen rivers.

Apocalyptic scenes are playing out in cities and towns in the path of Hurricane Matthew - which could affect more than 12 million Americans - as people who are staying put stock up on food and other supplies.

Supermarket shelves have been cleared of almost every item, meaning there could be dire consequences for those who haven't already purchased enough goods to get them through a potentially catastrophic storm and uncertain aftermath.

Those who have decided to flee to safer ground - or need fuel to run generators if and when the power goes out - are facing long queues at petrol stations as the state faces what could be its biggest evacuation ever.

Hurricane Matthew sparks apocalyptic scenes in supermarkets as panicked shoppers stock up food and water

Personal items are set out to dry as homeowners cull through the debris of their homes destroyed by Hurricane Matthew in Les Cayes                                                  Personal items are set out to dry as homeowners cull through the debris of their homes destroyed by Hurricane Matthew / AP                                                                                     

A man salvages personal items from his home destroyed by Hurricane Matthew in Les Cayes, Haiti                                                            A man salvages personal items from his home after it was destroyed  / AP                                                                                                              

Hurricane Matthew                                                       Hurricane Matthew has now been upgraded to a Category 4 storm / CNN Weather

There was also a rush to purchase planks of wood to cover windows and doors at homes and businesses as Florida - currently in a state of emergency - prepares for what may be the strongest hurricane in the past ten years.

The US National Hurricane Center said the storm's eye is expected to move very close to the east coast of the Florida peninsula Thursday night through Friday night, bringing 125mph winds with gusts that are even more powerful.

Victor Farah and her daughter sit in the ruins of their home destroyed by Hurricane Matthew                                                          At least 102 people have now been killed as the storm approaches Florida / AP

                                              People who haven't stocked up yet are finding empty shelves in US supermarkets / Getty

                                                           Those who are staying were told to have enough supplies to last at least three days / Getty

It could make direct landfall as it moves up the coastline.

In addition to winds, a dangerous storm surge, large and destructive waves and inland flooding are major concerns in Florida.

                                                            People line up to fill their propane gas cylinders / REUTERS

                                                             There were long queues at petrol stations / Getty

                                                Hurricane Matthew is seen moving through the Bahamas / Reuters

Parts of the eastern coast could see a storm surge of up to 9ft.

Surge-related flooding depends on the timings of the surge and tidal cycle, said forecasters.

The NHC said: "There is a danger of life- threatening inundation during the next 36 hours along the Florida east coast and Georgia coast from Deerfield Beach to Altamaha Sound."

Local officials advised residents to store food and water for at least three days, and fill up their vehicles.

                                                           Workers board up a restaurant / Getty

                                                            A boarded-up International House of Pancakes / Getty

Those who are not leaving started to snap up necessary goods in shops and supermarkets several days ago.

One storm-weary resident said: "We're used to it. So you just do it in the time and manner, and then you'll be OK."

Another resident said this kind of hurricane is not common and Matthew is not so worrisome compared to Andrew, a deadly hurricane that hit Florida in 1992.

                                               A motel in North Carolina displays a sign asking Hurricane Matthew to stay away / Getty

They said: "We haven't had one for years now. I've been through Andrew. That's worse."

President Barack Obama cancelled his visit to Florida which was scheduled for Wednesday.

He met with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to discuss preparations and a response to any disaster.

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Hurricane Matthew death toll rises as it approaches Florida

Hurricane Matthew has killed at least 39 people, the death toll in struggling Haiti alone rising to 35, local officials said, as the storm headed northward Thursday, battering the Bahamas en route to Florida.

Haiti’s civil protection service put the toll in the impoverished Caribbean nation at 23 dead, many killed by falling trees, flying debris and swollen rivers. The interior ministry and a local mayor confirmed 12 other deaths to Reuters across Haiti.

Four people were killed earlier in the neighboring Dominican Republic.

Matthew is the strongest hurricane in the Caribbean since Felix struck in 2007. On Tuesday and Wednesday, it whipped Cuba and Haiti with 140-mph winds and torrential rain, pummeling towns and destroying livestock, crops and homes.

The devastation in Haiti prompted authorities to postpone a presidential election originally planned for Sunday.

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Dems call for action concerning Trump-Bondi money

A $40 million lawsuit against Trump University is still pending, but Lee County Democrats say more needs to be done.

Several Democrats joined former US Air Force General John Douglass on Thursday, calling for investigators to question Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi for illegal contributions she accepted from Trump's non-profit.

Education is everything to Douglass, especially for returning veterans.

"Access to a good college education should be a fundamental right for all," said Douglass.

So when he heard countless veterans had fallen victim to Trump University, he took it personally.

"When our veterans are being scammed by this and could lose all their money and get nothing for it, it's a real concern," said Douglass.

The $25,000 contribution was made just one month after a lawsuit was filed against Trump University.

"This is black and white, this is pay for play, and this is wrong," said April Freeman, candidate for US House of Representatives.

Earlier this month, Trump was hit with a $2,500 fine by the IRS for making the political contribution from his non-profit, which is against the law.

It left frustrated Democrats wondering what else Trump's yet-to-be-released tax records could reveal.

"Hillary is more than willing to show her tax returns, more than willing to show her medical records, more than willing to be as transparent as she possibly can, and from the other side we get nothing," said Mark Castellano, president of the Teachers Association of Lee County.

Last week, a letter to US Attorney General Loretta Lynch called for a similar investigation into Bondi. The letter was signed by 15 Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee accusing Trump of bribing Bondi.

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