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Luis Tiant Golf Classic to aid 'Eyes for Cuba'

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Press Release Source: Sunridge International On Tuesday September 7, 2010, 9:00 am EDT

FOUNTAIN HILLS, Ariz., Sept. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Sunridge International (OTC Bulletin Board:SNDZ.ob - News), announced today that all proceeds from the Luis Tiant Annual Golf Tournament will benefit "Eyes for Cuba."  This year's annual tournament will be held at the Ferncroft Country Club, in Middleton, MA on the 23rd of this month.
The "Eyes for Cuba" relief program is partnered by star baseball player Luis Tiant, Scientific Social Solutions Charity (S3) of Boston, and Sunridge International.  The purpose of the drive is to raise money to send much needed medical equipment and supplies to Cuba to treat glaucoma patients that may otherwise go blind for the lack of other available treatment options.  Sunridge will send a medical team to Cuba to train doctors to perform its patented two-minute, non-invasive glaucoma treatment Pneumatic Trabeculoplasty (PNT).  It will also ship and distribute medical equipment and supplies, allowing local doctors to continue to treat patients after the team has returned to the U.S.
"It is estimated that approximately 100 patients can be treated for a full year with every $5,000 we raise," states Larry Belcamino, Director of S3.
"Glaucoma is a devastating disease throughout the Caribbean Islands, and we are very happy to have the support of Luis Tiant and his foundation to get some much needed help into the areas that need it the most," states G. Richard Smith, CEO of Sunridge International.
If you are interested in attending this tournament or for more information on "Eyes for Cuba," contact luistiant.org.
CONTACT:

   Jeff Smith, Sunridge International

   T:  +1-480-837-6165

   e-mail: info@sunridgeint.com



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   Victor Webb, Marston Webb International

   T: (212) 684-6601

   e-mail: marwebint@cs.com

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CULTURE...

Exclusive Previews" "Cuba: My Revolution"

and " American Vampire"

By Douglas Wolk on September 7, 2010

Exclusive Previews:

Courtesy of Vertigo, we've got two exclusive previews of titles coming out this week. First up, we've got an excerpt from Cuban-born painter/writer Inverna Lockpez and artist Dean Haspiel's original graphic novel Cuba: My Revolution, a semiautobiographical story of a young woman coming of age during Fidel Castro's rise to power in the late '50s and early '60s. That's followed by a few pages from Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque's American Vampire #6--the first issue without Stephen King's involvement, and the beginning of a new story arc, "Devil in the Sand," set in Las Vegas in the mid-1930s.

Cuba: My Revolution





American Vampire #6





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Cuba to expand use of employee-run cooperatives

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A woman walks past graffiti on a wall that reads "Fidel", which refers to former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, in Havana Reuters – A woman walks past graffiti on a wall that reads "Fidel", which refers to former Cuban leader …

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba will soon turn some small-scale manufacturing and retail services into cooperatives as the state retreats from minor businesses in an effort to boost the island's troubled economy, government and Communist Party sources said.
The moves are the latest reforms by President Raul Castro, who wants to reduce bureaucracy and raise productivity by easing the government's role without sacrificing the socialist system installed after Cuba's 1959 revolution.
"Cooperatives are not something on the horizon, they are something already approved by the Havana Provincial Assembly in hopes of recovering local production and improving morale and competitiveness," said one government insider who, like others, asked that his name not be used.
"There are already local workshops that have received approval to move to a cooperative form of production and administration," he said, listing furniture-making and garment workshops as good candidates.
The plan includes bringing illegal private businesses already operating in Havana out of the shadows and taxing them. Cuba nationalized all retail business and small manufacturing in 1968, all the way down to shoeshine shops.
Earlier this year, Castro leased back small barber shops and beauty salons to individual employees and is doing the same with taxis. Farm cooperatives have existed in Cuba since the late 1970s.
Castro also has said the government must cut bloated state payrolls by around 1 million workers over the next five years.
Seeking to create jobs, he announced last month that more family-based private business would be allowed and, for the first time, private contracting of labor.
Castro has brought local and provincial governments into the task of economic development. They were ordered earlier this year to come up with projects to stimulate economic activity and create new jobs under a program called the Municipal Initiative for Local Development.
According to a document shown to Reuters, the premise of the initiative is that "the scarcity of ... local development plans has created a complicated and unfavorable situation in a number of municipalities."
"Centralization has left big empty spaces at the local level that must be resolved -- for example food production, services, transport and trade, among others," it said.
NO SHIFT TO CAPITALISM
The provincial governments are now in the process of approving proposals that can include cooperatives and other forms of administration.
"Raul said to study what to do at the local level. It doesn't have to be the same in Havana as here in Camaguey," a Communist Party cadre in the province said by telephone.
Castro has fostered debate on how best to handle the retail sector since taking over from his brother Fidel Castro two years ago but he has ruled out a shift to capitalism.
There has been no mention, for example, of entrepreneurs being able to reinvest profits to expand their businesses.
The state will still own the cooperatives' premises, as it does most things in Cuba, but the workers will run them, pay operating costs and taxes and keep the profits.
"Thirty of our restaurants, some with a good image and others less so, have already been selected to become cooperatives and their presidents named. They should begin the process soon," a mid-level functionary in Havana's food service industry said.
He said discussions had gone on for a year.
"What is holding things up is figuring out how they will purchase supplies and details such as minimum salaries and if the administrators' earnings should be capped," he said.
An economist involved in preparing rules for non-agricultural cooperatives said it was still under debate how much the cooperatives would be allowed to function through market mechanisms.
"The state should let them operate through supply and demand, not begin to cap prices and tell them where and what they can and cannot sell. In other words exercise only indirect control, for example through a tax on sales," he said.
(Editing by Jeff Franks and John O'Callaghan)

Cuba going capitalist?

With loosening of government controls, Cuba invites free enterprise.

Cuba, no doubt, is taking lessons from China.
While the communist government in China remains firmly in control, leaders decided years ago to encourage free enterprise at the grassroots level. The result is an emerging economic powerhouse.
Cuba has a long way to go before it becomes a thriving center of commerce. But leaders apparently are ready to introduce some free-market reforms.
That might come as a shock to those who thought the handover of power from longtime ruler Fidel Castro to his younger brother Raul would bring no significant changes. But either Raul has become more than just a caretaker for his brother, or Fidel has seen the need to modernize the island's economy.
Cuba last month issued a pair of surprising free-market decrees, allowing foreign investors to lease government land for up to 99 years and loosening state controls on commerce to let islanders grow and sell their own produce. Both measures were published into law in the Official Gazette on Aug. 26 and were effective immediately.
The modifications in property laws are aimed directly at promoting more tourist development. Leaders hope to spur a flurry of new construction, including golf courses to attract European, Canadian and Asian tourists. They also hope to lure long-term visitors who will live part-time on the island in luxury housing rather than simply hitting the beach resorts for a few days.
The decree on the sale of produce could have a large impact on another group: average Cubans.
Under the new rules, they will be able to produce their own agricultural goods and sell them from home or from special booths on their property.
While that might not seem like a radical change, it represents the first major expansion of self-employment since a government decree on Aug. 1 that state controls on small business would be loosened. And that is significant in a country where nearly everyone works directly for the state.
Cubans already sell produce by the side of the road, but it is something of a black-market operation. They have to flee whenever they see police.
This new policy will allow them to openly operate what amount to farmer's markets with the blessing of the government - which also taxes the proceeds.
It is doubtful that Cuba will expand its capitalist experiment immediately. But, for a cash-strapped island, the temptation is likely to grow.
Who knows? Maybe the communist regime will begin to embrace capitalism even while someone named Castro still rules.
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Last updated: 17:14 - September 7, 2010
Parliamentary leader begins Cuba visit
National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Phu Trong was greeted by his Cuban counterpart, Ricardo Alarcon at the Jose Marti international airport in Havana on September 5 for an official visit to Cuba.
Later in the day, NA Chairman Trong and his entourage paid a floral tribute to President Ho Chi Minh at his monument in the Peace Park, where they were welcomed by a crowd of locals.
In the evening, the legislative chief called at the Vietnamese embassy, praising the staff for their efforts to promote relations with the Cuban people.
“The Party, the State and people of Vietnam have always respected the traditional friendship and multifaceted co-operation with the Cuban Party, State and people,” said Trong.
Ambassador Vu Chi Cong reassured the NA Chairman of the staff’s determination to fulfil their duties.
He said the Vietnamese diplomatic corps in Cuba, though thin in personnel, have worked hard to constantly develop bilateral relations in economic, commercial, investment and educational fields.
The staff members have managed to engage in practical and concrete cooperative projects such as providing assistance in rice growing and agricultural development, Cong reported.
Overseas Vietnamese present at the event pledged to make greater efforts to cultivate and strengthen relations with Cuba while constantly contributing to the motherland’s development.(VNA)
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Ask Interpol to arrest of Telesur newspapers for alleged links to FARC

A Colombian judge on Monday ordered the capture of Colombian journalist William Parra , member of the multistate chain Telesur for alleged connections with the FARC , the private radio station RCN reported quoting judicial sources .
Parra , a former press officer of President Ernesto Samper (1994-1998) , is required by a judge of the Anti-Terrorism Unit in Bogotá accused of crimes " terrorist financing "and" conspiracy to fund terrorism ' according to the report .
In addition, the judge asked to be issued an international arrest warrant by Interpol. RCN no immediate word on the location of the communicator.
Parra , who had been under investigation since 2006, Worked on his country with several major media.
In November of that year , agents of the Colombian intelligence service (DAS ) captured in Bogotá Colombia correspondent for Telesur , Freddy Muñoz, On suspicion of terrorism and rebellion , but was released days later.
Telesur , based in Caracas, is a television channel with public financing for Latin America in Castilian transmits 24 hours a day via satellite. The medium is funded by Argentina , Bolivia , Cuba , Ecuador , Nicaragua and Venezuela.
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Fidel Castro claims Osama bin Laden is a US spy

Fidel Castro meets with Daniel Estulin in Havana
 
Former Cuban president Fidel Castro meets Lithuanian author and conspiracy theorist Daniel Estulin in Havana today Photograph: Alex Castro/EPA

Fidel Castro has more reason than most to believe conspiracy theories involving dark forces in Washington. After all, the CIA tried to blow his head off with an exploding cigar.
But the ageing Cuban revolutionary may have gone too far for all but the most ardent believer in the reach and competence of America's intelligence agency. He has claimed that Osama bin Laden is in the pay of the CIA and that President George Bush summoned up the al-Qaida leader whenever he needed to increase the fear quotient. The former Cuban president said he knows it because he has read WikiLeaks.
Castro told a visiting Lithuanian writer, who is known as a font of intriguing conspiracy theories about plots for world domination, that Bin Laden was working for the White House.
"Bush never lacked for Bin Laden's support. He was a subordinate," Castro said, according to the Communist party daily, Granma. "Any time Bush would stir up fear and make a big speech, Bin Laden would appear, threatening people with a story about what he was going to do."
He said that thousands of pages of American classified documents made public by WikiLeaks pointed to who the al-Qaida leader is really working for.
"Who showed that he [Bin Laden] is indeed a CIA agent was WikiLeaks. It proved it with documents," he said, but did not explain exactly how.
He made his comments during a meeting with Daniel Estulin, the author of three books about the secretive Bilderberg Club which includes men such as Henry Kissinger, the former US secretary of state, leading European officials and business executives. Estulin says that the club is form of secret world government, manipulating economies and political systems.
Estulin offered his own views on Bin Laden: that the man seen in videos since 9/11 is not him at all but a "bad actor".
However the two men did find something to disagree on.
Estulin has long argued that the human race will need to find another planet to live on because of overcrowding.
Castro was not keen. He observed that man had only made it to the moon, which is entirely unsuitable as a new home, and what lay beyond that was not much better. Better to fix things on earth.
"Humanity ought to take care of itself if it wants to live thousands more years," he said.
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