Betano to sponsor Brazilian football team Fluminense

first_img“This shows that, as I have repeated, we are achieving results through a management philosophy that prioritizes the organization, the stability of the environment and the recovery of our finances. We are on the right path, looking to expand our brand and we will have a sponsor who understood this project.” Topics: Uncategorized This marks Betano’s second sponsorship deal with a Brazilian football team this year, after striking a similar agreement with fellow Campeonato Brasileiro Série A football team Atlético Mineiro earlier this year. 2nd June 2021 | By Nosa Omoigui The two year contract comes into effect immediately, with the Betano logo set to be on Fluminense shirts in time for today’s Copa do Brasil final. Uncategorized He added that the sponsorship deal was an important step in the club’s financial recovery after the effects of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Fluminense president Mário Bittencourtt said: “We always affirm that the appreciation of the club would involve the arrival of a partner who understands the greatness of the club – this is what Betano comes to add.  Betano to sponsor Brazilian football team Fluminense Online gaming operator Betano has signed a deal with Brazilian football team Fluminense to become the club’s new main sponsor. Betano’s country manager for Brazil Alex Fonesca added: “We at Betano are very proud to announce the signing of a sponsorship contract with Fluminense Football Club. We started here a strong and lasting union that is already born full of thousand glories and victories.  “Tomorrow, at the opening of the Copa do Brasil, when the team of warriors is fighting for this cup, our brand will already be on the armour.” Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Address AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterlast_img read more

National Bank of Kenya Limited (NBK.ke) 2011 Annual Report

first_imgNational Bank of Kenya Limited (NBK.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2011 annual report.For more information about National Bank of Kenya Limited (NBK.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the National Bank of Kenya Limited (NBK.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: National Bank of Kenya Limited (NBK.ke)  2011 annual report.Company ProfileNational Bank of Kenya (NBK) Limited is a financial services institution providing banking products and services for the retail, commercial corporate and Islamic banking sectors in Kenya. Its full-service offering ranges from transactional banking products to term deposits, personal loans and overdrafts, insurance premium finance, liquidity management, treasury services, custodial services and asset finance services. National Bank of Kenya offers mortgage products to salaried and business customers under the National Homes brand. The company also offers account relationship management and bancassurance products. It operates through a wide network of branches and ATMs in the major towns and cities of Kenya. Its head office is in Nairobi, Kenya. National Bank of Kenya Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

CAFCA Limited 2013 Annual Report

first_imgCAFCA Limited (CAFCA.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Engineering sector has released it’s 2013 annual report.For more information about CAFCA Limited (CAFCA.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the CAFCA Limited (CAFCA.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: CAFCA Limited (CAFCA.zw)  2013 annual report.Company ProfileCAFCA manufactures and supplies cable and allied products for the transmission and distribution of electrical energy and telecommunication. Its primary market is Southern and Central Africa, although it has an export footprint that extends to parts of Europe, including Russia. The company prides itself in manufacturing over 900 cabling products to British, South African and Zimbabwe quality standards, including 11KV XLPE cables. CAFCA Limited recovers decommissioned cables for recycling; and supplies telecommunication cable ranging from indoor cable to underground cable and aerial self-supporting cable. Established in 1947, CAFCA is a subsidiary of CBi Electric African Cables (South Africa) which is owned by Reunert Limited (South Africa). CAFCA listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange; Johannesburg Stock Exchange and London Stock Exchangelast_img read more

First Mutual Properties Limited HY2017 Presentation

first_imgFirst Mutual Properties Limited (FMP.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Property sector has released it’s 2017 presentation results for the half year.For more information about First Mutual Properties Limited (FMP.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the First Mutual Properties Limited (FMP.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: First Mutual Properties Limited (FMP.zw)  2017 presentation results for the half year.Company ProfileFirst Mutual Properties, formerly known as Pearl Properties Limited, is a subsidiary of First Mutual Holdings. It is a real estate company with vested interests in the development and management of commercial properties in the major towns of Zimbabwe. First Mutual Properties has a significant property portfolio, comprising some 117 250 square metres of lettable space made up of office parks, retail shops, commercial and industrial property. It owns and manages 41 buildings in the major economic hubs of Zimbabwe, including high-rise commercial buildings, industrial and warehouse properties and retail outlets. First Mutual Properties also has a residential trading stock of two- and three-bedroomed garden flats in Avondale, Harare. First Mutual Properties is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

5 UK shares I’d buy for 2021 that I think could TREBLE my money!

first_img Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Peter Stephens | Thursday, 24th December, 2020 5 UK shares I’d buy for 2021 that I think could TREBLE my money! “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Peter Stephens owns shares of AstraZeneca, Lloyds Banking Group, Vodafone, and WPP. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of Next. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Lloyds Banking Group. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Buying UK shares today could be a sound means for an investor to treble their money. After all, many stocks appear to trade at cheap prices, given their long-term prospects. As such, they may deliver market-beating performances in the coming years.With that in mind, here are five UK stocks that appear to offer good value for money. Over time, they may be catalysed by an improving economic outlook. And that should prompt a sustained stock market recovery fuelled by stronger investor sentiment.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Generating a 200% return with UK sharesEven if an investor obtains the same return as the wider stock market from a portfolio of UK shares, they could realistically treble their money over the long run. In fact, the FTSE 100 has recorded annual total returns of around 8% since its inception in 1984.Assuming the same rate of return on an investment today, over the next 15 years that would produce a trebling of an initial investment.However, with stocks such as Vodafone and Lloyds currently unpopular among investors, there may be opportunities to earn a higher return than the stock market’s average. Both companies appear to have the right strategies to cope with difficult short-term operating outlooks.Over time, they may be able to reward shareholders through rising dividends. Meanwhile, their price falls in 2020 suggest they could offer wide margins of safety.Long-term growth potential in a stock market recoveryOther UK shares such as AstraZeneca and Next could experience above-average earnings growth. They seem to be in strong positions to capitalise on industry-wide trends that may increase demands for their products in the long run.For example, AstraZeneca has invested in its pipeline to strengthen its exposure to cancer drugs and emerging markets. Meanwhile, Next has a growing online presence that may lead to improving sales as consumers move from shopping in stores to shopping online.Other UK stocks such as WPP could be major beneficiaries of an improving global economic outlook. The company’s business model is closely correlated to the prospects for economic growth. Therefore, as business confidence and consumer spending improve in the coming years, it could experience stronger operating conditions that have a positive impact on its share price.Taking a long-term view during an uncertain periodAs mentioned, UK shares are unlikely to treble in value over a short time period. The stock market recovery has led to rising valuations over recent months. But the economic and political outlook remains uncertain. This could derail the progress made by the stock market in the second half of 2020.However, by taking a long-term view and buying cheap shares in high-quality businesses, it’s possible to generate market-beating returns. And that could lead to impressive portfolio performances in the coming years. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement.center_img Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Image source: Getty Images. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Enter Your Email Address See all posts by Peter Stephenslast_img read more

The Secret Santa of Longwood…

first_img CSG December 4, 2017 at 12:42 pm 20 COMMENTS charles towne Reply Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Jeanne Reply Kristin December 4, 2017 at 6:55 pm And a HO Ho to You! Reply charles towne Linda charles towne Richard Sommerfeld Great story. What a wonder way to give to others December 15, 2017 at 9:59 am Just trying to picture you with hair and a beard! A great cristmas story…. and to you my friend….С! (Russian)Feliz Natal! (Portuguese)Frohe Weinnachten! (German)..and…toDwl’ma’ goS yltivqu’ ! (Klingon)That last one I had to look up!!!Merry Christmas! December 12, 2017 at 11:03 am That was a wonderful story. So enjoyed as I bet that family did Please enter your comment! charles towne Reply Reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate December 3, 2017 at 8:44 am Just reread your answer to Kristin and when you said Papa God takes care of old men, children, and fools in my case I was reminded of the song by Meatloaf – ” two out of three ain’t bad”!!! Reply Jeanne December 7, 2017 at 6:13 pm Richard Sommerfeld George, you are apt to ruin my reputation. I take the fifth. You must be talking about another Chuck, That must have been an out of body experience. Not only that but I don’t do things like that any more, Chaz Oh my goodness!! How hilarious!! I can just see you walking right into someone’s house, crashing their party and getting away with it!AND, getting paid for doing it. Hahaha!!I guess I should say Hohoho!!The most amazing thing is what they all must have thought when the REAL Santa showed up. Oh, to have been a fly on the wall. Wonderful story!! December 3, 2017 at 8:52 am Floretta Tapley December 5, 2017 at 5:51 pm Actually Rick, visualizing me with hair is almost as hard as visualizing me giving that hundred dollar bill back to that dude, I mean, I may be crazy but I aint stupid! My cats sing Marry Christmas to you. “Meoww meoww me meoww meow, MEEEOOOWWW… now they are taking a nap so you will have to wait until later for them to finish. Chaz Hey EJ, I have to say that I have had some wonderful HO, HO, HO! moments in my life. Making new friends is one, as is experiencing nature up close and personal. Life in general is an absolute hoot, and a joy. As I age younger, my perception of life changes, and I find happenings exploding into life around me. You might wonder what I mean when I refer to aging younger. Well, sometimes I almost feel like I am a newborn, seeing, experiencing life for the first time, through new senses, new eyes, new perspectives. Yeah, life is a hoot and this is just a beginning! We are as it were touching life through someone else’s fingertips. It is a pale illusion of what Papa God has in store for us! So, Ho, ho, ho to you my friend. Chaz Jeanne, yeah, I enjoyed it. I bet they are still wondering who the mystery santa was. Chaz Wiebe George Dear sister Tapley, Flo, you are precious! I believe with all my heart that Papa God has a wonderful sense of humor, if not why did He create us with that blessed gift. I look forward to meeting you one day, until then consider yourself hugged. Many smiles and happy Ho, ho, ho, Chaz December 3, 2017 at 6:00 pm Reply Hi Charles,Congratulations on losing all the weight. And kudos for being spontaneous enough to crash a Christmas party! You are lucky you didn’t run into the “real” Santa while doing so. What a good time that must’ve been. Who knows, maybe the people that hosted that party (however many years ago) have since moved to Apopka and will read this story. That would be cool! Thanks for the entertainment. December 5, 2017 at 12:51 pm Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Reply December 5, 2017 at 10:27 pm Yes Kristin, you are right, wouldn’t that be cool! I can just hear the Lord whispering in my ear, “Be sure, your sins will find you out Chuckiepoo!” Sometimes I just can’t resist a prank and usually I get away with them. I guess it just goes to prove that Papa God takes care of old men, children and fools, Thanks oodles for the comment. Chaz charles towne You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Reply What a delightful Christmas story and thank you for sharing. I am sure that everyone at that party was truly blessed by your appearance. Father God likes for us to have some fun and share fun with others. Again, thank you for sharing. Flo Reply Reply Linda, how very neat! I think a lot of people have been blessed over the years by some of my crazy antics with all kinds of animals. Blessings on you and yours, Unka Chuck Reply charles towne charles towne Looks like comments won’t handle the cyrillic alphabet! Sorry ’bout that! December 5, 2017 at 8:18 pm Reply December 7, 2017 at 3:19 pm ej Richard, aint it the truth! It be the story of my life pal, the story of my life! Chaz charles towne December 3, 2017 at 1:42 pm Reply December 22, 2017 at 4:48 pm December 3, 2017 at 12:04 am InspirationBy Charles Towne                        “Merry Christmas and a happy ho, ho, ho”Oh, how time does fly! It was quite a few years ago that I slipped, slid, and was dragged, bleeding and bruised through the somewhat interesting beginning of my life as a zoo director, lion tamer, destroyer of beaver dams with dynamite, handler of anything and everything that would bite, poison, chew, gnaw, rip, tear, fold, spindle and mutilate, and otherwise make life interesting for Mrs. Towne’s little boy.And then one day I found myself in Florida.Two or three years later some deluded soul asked me to play Santa Claus for the children’s ward at Florida Hospital.  Hmm, what in the world would possibly give anybody the idea that I would make a good Saint Nick?  That night I stood and postured before the bathroom mirror.  I was shocked!  I weighed over 220 pounds at the time, had a full white beard, a head-full of white hair, and a gut that would have given Tim Allen’s character a run for his money in the movie, THE SANTA CLAUSE.They say that mirrors never lie, HA!   So, I played Santa Claus that year, and the next, and the next.  I don’t like the word fat.  Rotund, or corpulent? Maybe.  Pleasingly plump?  Perhaps.  But surely not fat!  And all the while that darned, lying bathroom mirror was screaming, GROSSLY FAT!   I didn’t feel like Santa when I looked in the mirror, nope, more like the Grinch!  It was Christmas Eve, and I was on my way home after entertaining the kids at Florida Hospital when I decided to have some fun.  I drove through an upscale neighborhood in Longwood and saw what I was looking for – a garishly decorated house with about fifty cars lining the street in front.I parked, hopped out, and like the spry little elf I am, I skipped up the sidewalk to the front door, threw open the door without knocking, and with a “HO, HO, HO!” burst into the revelry.  I dawdled the kids on my lap, kissed all the ladies, shook hands with the gents, ho, ho, ho’ing, all the while.  I had a glass of eggnog, and then, with an exuberant, “MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT!”  I escaped, but not before a gent I took to be the man of the house followed me out, and with a happy laugh, he pressed a one-hundred dollar bill into my hand and said, “Mr. you are the best Santa I have ever seen!  I don’t know where my wife found you, but you are terrific!”  I tried to refuse the money, honestly, but he insisted I take it.I was almost home when I began wondering about how the next Santa, the one his wife hired, was going to be received?  I am probably the only Santa that ever crashed a Christmas party in Longwood and got paid for it.   I don’t do things like that anymore for a couple of reasons, one is because my conscience wouldn’t let me get away with it, and today I wouldn’t pass for Santa anyway what with my having lost about thirty-five pounds and shaving my head everyone would know I was an imposter.   My gift to you all is a smile and perhaps a laugh, and a joyful Merry Christmas.  Chaz December 5, 2017 at 12:53 pm Reply December 3, 2017 at 9:47 am Ho, ho, ho, Oh you silly little girl! I AM THE REAL SANTA! Ho, ho, ho! All those others, with their fake beards, and their pillow bellies, THEY are the fake ones! You be a good girl now or you are going to get some lumps of coal in your Christmas stocking! Santa Charles Towne is first and foremost a Christian. An octogenarian, author, journalist, wildlife photographer, naturalist, caregiver, and survivor, his life has been and continues to be, a never-ending adventure filled with possibilities never imagined. He has adopted the philosophy that to Live fully, laugh uproariously, love passionately, and learn like there is no tomorrow, is a formula for a long and joy-filled life. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Reply Richard Sommerfeld TAGSCharles TowneInspiration Previous article‘Tis the season…Next articleWant to help the people around you? Smile Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Sounds like the Chuck I know that jumps out of canoes and wrestles alligators charles towne December 22, 2017 at 4:51 pm Reply The Anatomy of Fear December 3, 2017 at 8:54 am Reply Please enter your name here Oh, I remember the Chuck who was the zoo keeper and my late husband playing with a 2 year old lion called “Little One”, if I remember right, and he felt like that was a little taste of heaven! Thanks for all the glimpses of nature that you have given us and the glimpses of human nature and innocent fun that can be had when we abandon ourselves to pleasing others!Linda Reply last_img read more

2007 International ePhilanthropy Awards open for nominations

first_imgThis year’s awards feature a new category: Best Senior Friendly Website Design and/or Online Campaign. This award will recognise the organisation that has “devoted time, energy and exceptional effort to tailor their online presence to suit the specific needs of seniors [older people] using the Internet.”Award winners receive cash prize of $500 to the charity of their choice and a distinctive glass sculpture award designed by artist Edward Kachurik.Nominations must be made by 1 July 2007.The winners will be announced on 20 September 2007. Howard Lake | 22 April 2007 | News 2007 International ePhilanthropy Awards open for nominations AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  18 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img This year’s International ePhilanthropy Awards, run by the ePhilanthropy Foundation, are now open for nominations. Eligible organisations can nominate nominate themselves online.The awards, open to nominees from around the world, aim to “encourage and support best practices and the pursuit of excellence in the many facets of ePhilanthropy.” The ePhilanthropy Foundation itself works to“support the ethical and efficient use of the Internet for philanthropic purposes through education and advocacy.”The awards programme is open to anyone engaged in the use of the Internet for philanthropic purposes. Nominees can be individuals, organisations, and companies working in the ePhilanthropy field. They should have have “demonstrated extraordinary talent, creativity, and insight in drawing the public’s attention to the important use of the Internet for philanthropic purposes and have created services or strategies that support this effort.” Advertisement Tagged with: Awards Digital About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

The art of asking: A handbook for successful fund raising

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 30 June 2008 | News  14 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The art of asking: A handbook for successful fund raisingcenter_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Tagged with: Individual givinglast_img read more

Mass protests by Haiti’s people

first_imgPort-au-Prince, Nov. 25.Photo: Daniel Tercier, Haïti LibertéTens of thousands of Haitians have come out into the streets repeatedly in the last month. They demand that President Michel Martelly and Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe leave office and that the 6,000 troops of the United Nation’s occupation force, called Minustah, leave Haiti.Port-au-Prince, Léogane, Petit Goâve, Cap-Haïtien, Fort-Liberté, Ouanaminthe and Aux Cayes — the largest cities in Haiti — have all seen huge demonstrations. The people demand electricity in their houses and clean water, especially since clean water will hinder the spread of the cholera that Minustah troops introduced into Haiti. Their children need lights to study by and water to wash and drink. Haiti needs development and jobs, houses, hospitals, schools and public sanitation systems.The popular name for this mobilization is “Operation Burkina Faso,” referring to the mass uprising that drove the French-backed dictator out of that country in October.The U.S. government knows full well how the momentum of popular protests drove Jean-Claude Duvalier from power in 1986 and Gen. Prosper Avril from power in 1990. On Dec. 2, U.S. Ambassador to Haiti Pamela White convoked six parties that oppose the Martelly-Lamothe regime to a meeting at the headquarters of the Fusion Party of social democrats.The most significant party invited, Fanmi Lavalas, along with a smaller party, turned down the “invitation,” and some Lavalas militants joined a protest that greeted Ambassador White.According to a video posted on YouTube, White’s bodyguards were pushed around by the protesters, whose signs in English denounced the interference of U.S. imperialism into the internal affairs of Haiti. They did not assault White. Protesters indicated the only acceptable outcome of the meeting would have been for White to escort Martelly, Lamothe and Minustah to Miami.U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is scheduled to visit Haiti on Dec. 12. It is widely expected that Kerry will announce the resignation of Prime Minister Lamothe at that time. This move will allow the U.S.-backed Lamothe to run for president in 2015 without all the ugly baggage — corruption, drug dealing, repression and ostentatious waste — that Martelly would drag along.The Haitian people have made it clear that they want neither Martelly nor Lamothe. They certainly don’t want U.S. imperialism mucking around in their internal affairs.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

CELAC presidency means Cuba must guarantee basic freedoms

first_imgNews News CubaAmericas News May 6, 2020 Find out more RSF_en Follow the news on Cuba CubaAmericas Organisation February 11, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 CELAC presidency means Cuba must guarantee basic freedoms October 15, 2020 Find out morecenter_img News Help by sharing this information RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet President Raúl Castro RuzHead of Cuba’s Council of StateChairman of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC)Dear President Castro,When you were sworn in as chairman of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) for one year at the end of the recent CELAC summit in the Chilean capital of Santiago, you undertook to act “with total respect for international law, the United Nations charter and the fundamental principles governing relations between countries.” In your 28 January speech, you also declared your intention to reject “interference, aggression, threats and use of force” and to promote “dialogue.”Reporters Without Borders, an international organization that defends freedom of information, hopes that these undertakings will quickly be given concrete expression in your own country. Cuba’s legitimate desire to participate in the process of regional integration and the desire for openness seen in certain reforms currently under way need to be accompanied by long-awaited progress in respect for fundamental freedomsThe migration law reform that took effect on 14 January is a major step forward. It means that Cubans who want to travel abroad no longer need an exit permit and are guaranteed the right to return. It must be applied to all citizens without distinction. The blogger Yoani Sánchez, who has obtained a passport, must be allowed to return at the end of the regional trip she plans to begin soon. The door should also be open for all the journalists and dissidents who want to come back after being forced into exile, and for all those in Cuba who would now like to travel. The dialogue you seek makes this promise imperative.Releases pendingThis dialogue will only be possible if Cuba stops cracking down on citizens “guilty” of providing domestic news coverage that is not controlled by the state. The authorities must abolish this control at once, recognize diverse news reporting and release all those who have been unjustly imprisoned. Your stated desire to comply with international law and the UN charter means that your government must now urgently ratify the two UN conventions on civil and political rights that it signed in 2008. And several dramatic situations can be resolved without waiting a moment longer.Hablemos Press reporter Calixto Ramón Martínez Arias, who has been held for nearly five months, is facing a possible three-year jail term for “insulting the head of state.” In fact, this independent journalist is being punished for publishing information about cholera and dengue epidemics that was eventually confirmed by the government.Luis Antonio Torres, a journalist employed by the state-owned daily Granma, was sentenced to 14 years in prison in July 2012 on unsubstantiated spying charges after reporting information of public interest about the negative consequences of certain infrastructural projects. Is talking about embarrassing facts tantamount to conspiracy against the state?We are similarly concerned about Ángel Santiesteban-Prats, a recognized writer and intellectual and winner of various prizes, who was sentenced to five years in prison on 8 December on trumped-up charges of “home violation” and “injuries” after a trial with bribed witnesses. All he did was criticize your government on his blog. He could be arrested to begin serving his sentence at any moment.Finally, Reporters Without Borders, has learned that the independent journalist Héctor Julio Cedeño was arrested in Havana on 5 February just for photographing state inspectors harassing street vendors. Does this kind of obstruction and persecution really help the critical debate you advocate?Internet still held up despite ALBA-1Information is needed to underpin the exchange of ideas and opinions that makes a society live and evolve. This is why Internet progress should benefit all Cubans. The ALBA-1 submarine cable linking Cuba to Venezuela, which recently came into service, now makes it possible to overcome the limitations on Internet connections.You have often blamed these limitations on the impossibility of using other cables because of the embargo of Cuba that the United States has imposed since 1962, an embargo whose lifting we have repeatedly requested. Our position on this is unchanged. The ALBA-1 cable must now be used for all Cubans to have unimpeded access to the Internet.We thank you in advance for the attention you give to this letter.Sincerely,Christophe DeloireReporters Without Borders secretary-general Receive email alerts New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council to go further October 12, 2018 Find out morelast_img read more