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Cuba’s flag flies in Washington

first_imgPhoto: Ismael FranciscoWashington, D.C — In a ceremony attended by some 500 invited guests on July 20, the Cuban flag was raised over the Cuban Embassy in Washington, D.C., for the first time since 1961, when U.S. imperialism broke relations between the two countries. Other supporters successfully fought back right-wing forces who tried to disrupt the event.Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, foreign affairs minister of Cuba, told those gathered:“The flag that we revere … is the same that was hauled down here 54 years ago, which was zealously kept in Florida by a family of liberators and later on by the museum of our eastern city of Las Tunas, as a sort of premonition that this day would certainly come.“Flying once again in this place is the lone-star flag which embodies the generous blood that was shed, the sacrifices made and the struggle waged for more than 100 years by our people for their national independence and full self-determination, facing the most serious challenges and risks.“Today we pay homage to all those who died in its defense and renew the commitment of the present generations, fully confident on the newer ones, to serve it with honor. …“We’ve been able to make it through this date thanks to the firm and wise leadership of Fidel Castro Ruz, the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, whose ideas we will always revere with utmost loyalty. … This ceremony has been possible thanks to the free and unshakable will, unity, sacrifice, selflessness, heroic resistance and work of our people, and also the strength of the Cuban Nation and its culture.” (en.cubadebate.cu, July 20)The 30-person delegation from Cuba presented a rich cross section of Cuba’s social accomplishments and included former diplomats, artists, deputies, scientists, educators, athletes, farmers and religious persons. Of special note were scientist Jorge Berlanga, creator of Heberprot P, a treatment for diabetic foot ulcers that can prevent 77 percent of amputations; and Ernesto Freire Cazañas, who heads the International Department of the Cuban Workers Central Union (CTC) and is a Special Olympics star. Many are members of Cuba’s Council of State.A strong delegation of Cuban-Americans celebrated the opening of the renewed embassy, including more than 80 from Florida. Members of Congress and staff included representatives of the Congressional Black Caucus. Attorneys mingled with activists who contributed decades to defending Cuba’s right to self-determination and sovereignty. Most recently this activity focused on the successful return to Cuba of its defensive state security agents known as the Cuban 5, who had been imprisoned in the U.S. since 1998.The flag-raising celebration energized momentum to press forward on ending the economic, commercial and financial blockade, returning Guantánamo to Cuba and ending the funding for U.S. “regime change” programs aimed at Cuba.Cheryl LaBash is a co-chair of the National Network on Cuba. She attended the flag-raising ceremony.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Purplebricks has changed industry forever, says US CEO of global agency

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Purplebricks has changed industry forever, says US CEO of global agency previous nextAgencies & PeoplePurplebricks has changed industry forever, says US CEO of global agencyClaim is made by US-based chief of eXp Realty at London launch of its UK subsidiary, which now dropped ‘realty’ from its name and has 33 agents signed up so far.Nigel Lewis18th November 201902,004 Views Purplebricks has changed the industry forever by making self-employment more widely accepted, the CEO of a US-based company launching in the UK has claimed during an interview with The Negotiator.Jason Gesing (pictured above, right), the recently-promoted global CEO of eXp Realty, was at the official launch party of its UK subsidiary which is to be called eXp UK.His company has 24,400 agents in the US and Canada and is beginning to roll its business out internationally with a launch due in Australia, as well as the UK.Led here by former eMoov and easyProperty executive Adam Day (above, left), eXp UK has been preparing to launch for several months and has already signed-up 30 ‘founder’ agents many of whom attended the event in Soho at the upmarket Ham Yard Hotel on Friday night.Day says he expected to have ten agents by now and 16 by the end of the year, but that so far 33 are signed up and another 14 are in the pipeline.“I’ll think we’ll be at 50 by the end of the year,” he says.Gesing admitted that the eXp style of self-employed estate agents working via a central digital hub, similar in several ways to the Keller Williams model, is more likely to succeed in the UK because of Purplebricks.“They have done a really good job of paving the way for self-employment in the UK and it means it’s something an agent will at least entertain now,” he says.Gesing also believes that employed estate agents in the UK aren’t paid well enough for the heavy workload and long hours that are common in the industry, and that eXp is designed to appeal to those looking to take a larger slice of the fees they generate.Agents joining the company use an online ‘digital world’ to network with other agents using eXp, access services including both ValPal’s leads platform and For Sale boards, and pay a flat fee of approximately £125 a month plus VAT.AML and redressDay also says he has learned from the Purplebricks experience and is ensuring all his agents are individually registered with a redress scheme and have completed HMRC registration for AML.The Negotiator spoke to agents at the event, and it was clear that they all had different reasons for joining. This includes letting agent using eXp to set up their own sales operations and existing traditional agencies using it’s platform to extend their territories without the expense of a high street branch.“It’s easy to set up and get going – it takes a few hours rather than weeks or days,” said Bobby Ijaz. “The tenant fees ban is making it more difficult in lettings, so we’re using eXp’s platform to go into sales again.”Jason Gesing exp uk adam day exp realty November 18, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more