Monday, August 27, 2012

Today on "From Washington al Mundo"

Monday, August 27, 2012
Tune in today to "From Washington al Mundo" for a conversation on the current trends of global trade and the competitiveness of U.S. business abroad with the Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Francisco J. Sanchez.

And Jared Genser, founder of Freedom Now, will discuss advocacy efforts to help free prisoners of conscience throughout the world.

You can now listen to "From Washington al Mundo" seven-days a week on Sirius-XM's Cristina Radio (Channel 146) from 4-5 p.m. (EST) and again at midnight (EST).

Tourist in Cuba Dies Under Strange Circumstances

Last week, a 22-year old Canadian tourist, Horace “Odaine” Lumley, died in a mysterious balcony fall at a Varadero beach resort in Cuba.

His family has raised serious concerns about the circumstances surrounding his death, which once again shine the spotlight on the veil of secrecy that shrouds Cuba's dictatorship.

Judge for yourself from these excerpts in The Toronto Star:

On top of the [family's] grief, there’s anger and bewilderment — that the Cuban authorities have done little to investigate the death [...]

Lumley had fallen 16 metres from a third-floor balcony linked to a set of stairs on the exterior of the building. Police told [his friend] Dawson they believed Lumley had been trying to walk down to his room on the second floor and stumbled on the stairs.

But Dawson, who flew back to Canada on Friday, said they could not explain why Lumley’s hat and flip-flops had been removed and carefully placed on the balcony.

“If you are drunk and stumbling around, why would you take off your shoes and hat and lay them down like that?” he asked. “It doesn’t add up.” [...]

He said he never saw police interview the woman with whom Lumley was last seen. And when police returned Lumley’s cellphone, all of his contacts, text messages and photos had been deleted.

Family members said an autopsy carried out in Cuba has determined the fall was the cause of death. They have not yet been contacted about the body being released.

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