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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

Friday Football Preview: La Salle Heads to Arizona; Lancers Hope to Enter Bye Week on High Note

first_imgHome of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it More Cool Stuff La Salle (3-1) at Notre Dame Prep (3-1) (Scottsale, Arizona)The Lancers continue to ride the back (and legs) of senior running back Amon Milliner.Milliner has over 500 yards and six TD’s in the last two weeks alone.La Salle is coming off an impressive and dominating win over Muir, 44-6, but the Lancers will be traveling to Scottsdale, Arizona, with little knowledge of what to expect.The Lancers players and staff will leave Burbank’s Bob Hope Airport Thursday afternoon and will land at Sky Harbor in Phoenix around 7 p.m.Friday night’s kickoff temperature in Scottsdale is expected to reach 97 degrees.Jake Caan will continue to manage the offense. The senior is averaging 140 yards per game, and has 7 TD passes as compared to two interceptions.Notre Dame Prep allows an average of 32 points per game, which could spell a big effort from Milliner and the offense.Harrison MacDonald is starting to come into his own at receiver and could be the x-factor in how far La Salle goes in the playoffs.The Lancers’ defense smothered Muir last week and will need to focus on Cole Fisher, who averages just under 140 yards per game.“We’re going out there to play a good team and we’re going to put a few more things into our game plan to make us more versatile,” La Salle coach Russell Gordon said. “We’ve been keeping the kids hydrated all week and are looking to go into our bye week as healthy as possible and just get better. We’re also focused on limiting penalties.” Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Make a comment Community News Business News First Heatwave Expected Next Week center_img Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Top of the News Subscribe Sports Friday Football Preview: La Salle Heads to Arizona; Lancers Hope to Enter Bye Week on High Note By BRIAN REED-BAIOTTO, Sports Editor Published on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 | 8:52 pm EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes HerbeautyEverything You Need To Know About This Two-Hour ProcedureHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Lipsticks Are Designed To Make Your Teeth Appear Whiter!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Kardashians Know How To Throw A Good Party!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyFollow This Summer Most Popular Celeb Beauty TrendHerbeautyHerbeauty Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website last_img read more

Casey’s and Feeding America® Join Forces to Help Fight Hunger Across the Heartland

first_imgLocal NewsBusiness Casey’s and Feeding America® Join Forces to Help Fight Hunger Across the Heartland Facebook Facebook TAGS  WhatsApp By Digital AIM Web Support – February 25, 2021 Previous articleThe Latest: China OKs 2 more virus vaccines for wider useNext articleCiting bad back, Rafael Nadal out of Rotterdam tournament Digital AIM Web Supportcenter_img Pinterest Pinterest Twitter Twitter WhatsApp Millions of meals are making their way into communities across Iowa and the other 15 states that Casey’s calls home. Pictured: Michelle Book, CEO of Food Bank of Iowa, and Ena Williams, Chief Operating Officer of Casey’s.last_img read more