By Marcos Ommati/Diálogo June 11, 2020 The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation held the digital conference “The Cuban Threat in Latin America” on May 14. Among the topics discussed were the influence of Cuba in Venezuela and Nicaragua, and how disinformation campaigns promoted by Havana have been destroying democracies and maintaining military interventions in those countries.Dr. Carlos Ponce, senior fellow and director of Latin American Programs at the foundation hosted the conference, which featured Carrie Filipetti, deputy assistant secretary for Cuba and Venezuela at the U.S. Department of State as the keynote speaker.Carrie Filipetti, deputy assistant secretary for Cuba and Venezuela at the U.S. Department of State, served as the keynote speaker at “The Cuban Threat in Latin America” digital conference sponsored by the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation. (Photo: U.S. Department of State)“We are looking at how mysteriously Cuba is really penetrating, not just Latin America, but the world with its human rights abuses, support for terrorism, and ideology. And one of the best ways that it does that is through misinformation, through the attempt at hiding the truth,” said Filipetti during her opening remarks. “When we now talk about victims of communism, we are talking not just about those who have been murdered by communist regimes, or those who have seen their family members harassed, abused, or detained, but those whose children have been stripped away. What we are really talking about is another critical victim, the truth,” she continued.Disinformation affects us allFilipetti said that disinformation is a threat that affects every individual Cuban’s life and livelihood. She focused on two specific areas: Cuba’s disinformation regarding its role in Venezuela and the COVID-19 response.“It goes much further than just the Cubans supporting the Venezuelan regime. It is really a parasitic relationship between the Cuban regime and the Maduro team, so much so that it makes them virtually indistinguishable. In fact, according to eye-witness reports, Cuba’s ambassador to Venezuela directly organizes and oversees Maduro’s counterintelligence units, which are the same units responsible for torture and repression in Venezuela,” Filipetti said. “No abuse is committed in Venezuela without the Cuban ambassador’s knowledge and that is not surprising. Maduro himself, actually, recently stated that the Cuban ambassador is practically a member of the Venezuelan council of ministers.”Maduro is an agent of the Castro regimeThe Department of State official went on to say that there are 25,000 Cubans working in Venezuela and over the past 20 years, Cuba and Venezuela have signed more than 1,400 agreements. “So, truth be told, Nicolás Maduro is a de facto agent of the Castro regime.”When it comes to COVID-19, Filipetti sees that the threat posed by the virus is perhaps equaled only by the threat posed by disinformation about the virus itself. She sees a complete lack of transparency in providing critical health care information including data about infection rates, successful treatments, and more. “In Venezuela for example, we have seen doctors and journalists in prison for sharing accurate and up-to-date information about the spread of COVID-19 in the country,” she said. “And this all matters because what COVID-19 shows us more than ever is that we cannot tolerate this disinformation in even one country, because ultimately what affects one of us, affects all of us.”According to Filipetti, her office confronts disinformation in Cuba in a number of ways, including taking the issue to international institutions, such as the Organization of American States and the United Nations.
“A lot of different stuff ultimately led me to this decision,” Parker told The Undefeated. “But, at the end of the day, I was like, if I can’t be Tony Parker anymore and I can’t play for a championship, I don’t want to play basketball anymore.”Aside from a long career, Parker also has four NBA championships, one NBA Finals MVP award and six All-Star nods under his belt.Here are five interesting Opta stats about the 37-year-old Frenchman’s time in the NBA. (If you like what you see here, give @OptaLarry — the official Twitter page for Opta’s NBA stats-driven coverage — a follow on Twitter.)Among international players, Parker is in good company.Parker’s stats puts him in elite standing when it comes to internationals players. He tops all in assists per game (5.6) and held his own on the court with a 49.1% field goal percentage and an average of 15.5 points per game.(All stats are from the regular season.)PlayerMPGPPGTRBAPGFG%3PM3P%FGAFT%FTASPGDirk Nowitzki33.8188.8.131.527.1%1.338.0%15.687.9%5.40.8Giannis Antetokounmpo*32.7184.108.40.206.1%0.527.7%13.274.2%6.21.2Pau Gasol*33.417.09.23.250.7%0.136.8%12.875.3%5.10.5Tony Parker30.5220.127.116.119.1%0.432.4%12.675.1%3.60.8Vlade Divac29.818.104.22.168.5%0.123.5%9.369.2%3.71.1*ActiveWhen it comes to NBA titles, Parker is kingParker’s four NBA titles is tied with teammate Manu Ginobili for the most won by an international player. His personal accolades aren’t too shabby, either.PlayerNBA TitlesAll-Star GamesAwards/HonorsDirk Nowitzki114MVP (2006-07)Finals MVP (2011)All-NBA Team (12 times)Giannis Antetokounmpo*03Most Improved Player (2016-17)All-NBA Team (Two times)All-Defensive Team (2016-17)All-Rookie Team (2013-14)Pau Gasol*26Rookie of the Year (2001-02)All-NBA Team (Four times)All-Rookie Team (2001-02)Tony Parker46Finals MVP (2007)All-NBA Team (Four times)All-Rookie Team (2001-02)Vlade Divac01All-Rookie Team (1989-90)*Active Tony Parker announced Monday his illustrious NBA career has come to an end.After spending 17 seasons with the Spurs and one with the Hornets, Parker said it was the right time for him to walk away. Making France proudParker retires with 1,254 games played, 19,473 career points, 7,036 career assists and 1,053 career steals in his NBA career, the most of any French player. His 18 years in the NBA are tied for the second-most ever for a player born outside the United States or its territories.Better than entire franchises?In his 18-year NBA career, Parker won 892 of the 1,254 games he played in (71.1%). That’s more wins than the Grizzlies (792 wins since 1996) and the Pelicans (643 wins since 2003) have in their franchise histories, and just 10 fewer than the Raptors (902 wins since 1996).Playoff proParker made 17 trips to the NBA playoffs, all as a member of the Spurs. Seven NBA franchises have yet to make 17 trips to the NBA playoffs.
OAKLAND — Nearly two years after this news organization’s investigation into East Bay politicians hoarding free tickets to marquee events at the Oakland Coliseum and Oracle Arena, a review of recent records shows high ticket use among elected officials and their staffs — and sloppy reporting about it — continues.The city, county and the joint powers authority which operates the publicly-owned arena and stadium each get a suite with 16 seats at the two venues, under agreements with the teams. …
Arsenal boss Emery welcomes back defensive trio: Great momentby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery is delighted to see their medical room clearing.For their Carabao Cup win over Nottingham Forest, Emery welcomed Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding back into first-team – while Kieran Tierney made his debut.All three made a big impression as we beat Nottingham Forest – and Unai Emery praised the trio and believes they will make a big impact.”It’s amazing news,” the head coach said. “It was amazing to see the people’s reaction to Rob Holding, Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin, who played his first 15 minutes [at the end]. “It was a great moment. We can be a better competitive team with them. For us having every player available is the perfect moment. “Now we have two injuries with Lacazette and Smith Rowe, and hopefully in a few weeks he can be training with the possibility to play. Really we are really happy with Hector, Rob and Kieran.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Toulouse defender Diakite happy for Todibo at Barcelonaby Carlos Volcano18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveToulouse defender Bafode Diakite insists he’s happy for Jean-Clair Todibo.Todibo left Toulouse in January for Barcelona and is now set for a first team run due to their injury crisis.Diakite said, “Of course I am happy by what he does, he was trained in Téfécé, like me. “If he chose to join Barca, it’s not for nothing. He has an idea on his mind, we do not take such a big decision without thinking. I hope that he will make a place in their starting XI, he will be beneficial for the French squad and Toulouse.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
NC State scored a huge come-from-behind victory Thursday night, as sophomore forward Beejay Anya hit a game-winning jump hook with no time remaining on the clock against LSU to move his team to the third round of the NCAA Tournament. As you’d imagine, the fans back in Raleigh were just a bit excited. The below video, which shows a few hundred students celebrating on campus, has gone viral.Here’s Anya’s shot, for those who missed it. The party is on in Raleigh. The Wolfpack will get No. 1 Villanova on Saturday, and if they win that one, look out.
Hyderabad: The Centre’s Mines Tribunal has kept in abeyance the cancellation of the mining lease of Donimalai iron ore mine by the Karnataka Government extended to the state owned NMDC Limited . The Karnataka government had earlier withdrawn the extension of the mininglease granted to the mine in November 2018 for a 20 year period. Challenging the state governments decision, the PSU moved the Mines Tribunal, which heard the petition on August 21 and stayed the Order. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”The said Stay Order would prohibit the Government of Karnataka to take any furtheraction regarding mining lease or initiate auction process of Donimalai mine,” the National Mineral Development Corporation said in a statement last night. NMDC was earlier in legal battle with the Karnataka government over the issue of imposition of 80 per cent premium on the sale price of the iron ore extracted from Donimalai Mines. However the Karnataka High Court last month set aside the governments move. Iron ore deposits in the Donimalai mine are estimated at 143 million tonnes (MMT) and worth around Rs 40,000 crore. NMDC had leased the mine in 1968 for a period of 50 years. The lease expired on November 3, 2018.
Wyclef Jean headlined a fundraiser on November 16 organised by the Consulate General of Antigua and Barbuda in Miami, the Global Citizen Forum and the Jumby Bay Fund in Antigua, who collaborated to curate an evening of food, entertainment and art with all proceeds directed to the rehabilitation of Barbuda.Wyclef Jean performing on stage at Jumby Bay in AntiguaGuests of honor included the Governor General Lady Williams, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda Hon. Gaston Browne accompanied with his wife Mrs. Maria Bird Browne, Ambassador Gilbert Boustany, Armand Arton, the founder of the Global Citizen Forum, and Martin Franklin, founder of Jarden.Anthony Mackie, the Avengers: Infinity War superstar who was also in attendance said: “I fell in love with Barbuda on my first visit a few years ago. So, from the moment I heard there was a crisis, I knew I had to offer my help.”The four-course dinner was accompanied by entertainment from sons of the soil – The Strays, Former Miss Antigua Shermain Jeremy and Tessane Chin, winner of The Voice USA.After the dinner, the event returned to the goal of giving with a live auction that included a 3-piece Murano glass collection with a two-night stay at the AMAN resort in Venice, Roland Iten credit card holder and an Oliviero Toscani Art to name a few.Hosted at the Estate House on the private hideaway of Jumby Bay Resort, the fundraiser raised more than US$80,000, towards the acquisition of a 400-Watt Milton Cat generator for Barbuda.Grammy Award winner and Global Citizen Forum ambassador Wyclef Jean’s performance started out as an intimate acoustic show and ended with a full-blown celebration in honour of Barbuda’s resilience.“After a fantastic night of dancing till exhaustion, we cannot overlook the generosity of each person who organized and participated in this event,” said Prime Minister Gaston Brown. “It is another welcome step in the direction to achieve our goal of restoring Barbuda together.”“Truly it was a perfect evening. The ambience, the company, the vibe, the intimacy and the award-winning entertainment. Such a great night for a worthy cause,” commented Armand Arton.At this oasis of giving, Wyclef Jean donated his Santana guitar.“This guitar is one of my most precious items,” said Wyclef. The Fugees mastermind holds dear the people of Antigua and Barbuda and is committed to helping the rebuilding efforts.This event was a continuation of the fundraising efforts by the Global Citizen Forum, which in Montenegro raised more than US$400,000 for the Global Citizen Foundation. Some of the projects currently supported by the foundation are the rebuilding of Barbuda and the Amal Project in Dominica, which was also hit hard by the hurricanes.Earlier in September this year, Barbuda was hit by a category 5 hurricane “Irma”, which left 95% of existing structures damaged.Ambassador Boustany was exceptionally pleased with the turnout and support and in thanking the attendees, he promised that “Barbuda will rise again”.