Cuba rejects US claims over health of imprisoned American citizen

first_img Tweet HealthLifestyle Cuba rejects US claims over health of imprisoned American citizen by: – December 7, 2012 Sharing is caring! Alan Gross. Photo credit: thewashingtonnote.comHAVANA, Cuba — Cuba has rejected what it described as manipulations by the US government with regard to the case of US citizen Allan Gross, 63, who was convicted and imprisoned in Cuba three years ago for trying to subvert the government after he was arrested for bringing banned satellite communications equipment into the country.Over the last few days, statements and reports by Washington officials in relation to Gross have intensified, particularly on the reported deterioration of his health, Josefina Vidal, the Cuban Foreign Ministry’s Director for US Affairs, said in Havana.The official claimed that the US government is lying to public opinion once again, by asserting that Gross has cancer and is not receiving adequate medical care.These lies have not stopped, continued Vidal, even after the results of the biopsy to the lesion on his back were sent to his family and US authorities, which leave no doubt that it is not cancer, said the official at a press conference.Vidal also claimed that Washington is lying about Gross’s prison conditions and his regime of phone calls and visits. The Director for US Affairs stated that Washington has never taken Gross’s case seriously, and has just reiterated the unsustainable stance that it has nothing to negotiate with Cuba to find a solution.Caribbean News Now 15 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share Sharelast_img read more

‘Battlefield 6’ release: What to know about the new game, future ‘Battlefield 5’ updates

first_imgEA Dice has confirmed it would release a new “Battlefield” game in 2021, its first fresh release since November 2018.While the company said it will continue to support “Battlefield V,” it won’t provide any more core updates after this summer. Could elements of ‘Battlefield 6’ be free?After Activision took the leap and released the free to play “Call of Duty: Warzone” to positive reception, it’s now up to other legacy FPS studios such as EA DICE to decide whether to follow the trend or stick with what’s worked in the past. The benefit of free Battle Royale modes for companies is the continued cash flow of DLC cosmetics. Activision has also done a good job using “Warzone” to promote its paid “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare” title.There is not yet any indication one way or the other what EA DICE will do here.When will ‘Battlefield 5’ updates stop?In a recent announcement, EA DICE said the final major update for “Battlefield V” will come in June. It will continue to address bugs, though, and still provide attention to the title for the forseeable future. Attention, then, will turn to the next iteration for the franchise, which will be critical in keeping EA DICE afloat in the FPS space. “Battlefield V” is viewed as a sales disappointment, and the FPS genre has evolved significantly since its release, particularly in terms of Battle Royale popularity.Still, the devout following of the game among hardcore fans gives it hope for a strong rebound, especially with the imminent release of next-gen consoles potentially playing up its renowned aesthetics.MORE: What’s new in “Call of Duty: Warzone” updateDetails remain sparse for Battlefield 6, but we do have some hints of what’s to come.Here is the latest on Battlefield 6, as well as the implications of the new game on Battlefield V:When is the ‘Battlefield 6’ release date?EA DICE has confirmed the game will be released in 2021, and we can narrow it down further than that based on prior reports. According to Niko Partners, it will be shipped sometime after April 1.”Battlefield V” was a November release, putting it up against other prominent FPS titles and perhaps harming its sales numbers. As a result, it’s possible (though not yet reported) that EA DICE will select a different part of the year, such as summer or earlier in the fall, to put it on the market.It’s unclear whether the coronavirus pandemic will have an impact on the development timeline.What details are known about ‘Battlefield 6’?EA DICE has kept mum on details of the game, but that hasn’t stopped fans from speculating what could be ahead.Among those fan-driven ideas: A greater focus on multiplayer over campaign, the introduction of Battle Royale and a more modern or futuristic era setting. While “Battlefield” has long been popular because of its differences from other FPS titles, it may feel pressure from competitors to mimick certain aspects of breakout games.One thing EA has discussed is the expanded capabilities provided by the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.”You should assume the power of those consoles is much more than existing consoles,” said Blake Jorgenson, the CEO and CFO of EA, on an earnings call earlier this year. “We can do a lot more. You will start to see things over the next couple of years that will blow people’s minds.”last_img read more

Superman Suphanan drives United to victory

first_imgUnited fans celebrate an important 3-0 victory over Ratchaburi Mitr Phol FC. (Photo courtesy Pattaya United FC)Pattaya United 3, Ratchaburi FC 0Pattaya United welcomed seventh placed Ratchaburi Mitr Phol FC to the Dolphins Stadium last Saturday, July 29 with the home team looking for their fourth win in the last 5 games against a side that had just beaten Chonburi FC 5-1.Pattaya United’s Suphanan Bureerat celebrates opening the scoring during his team’s Thai Premier League fixture against Ratchaburi Mitr Phol FC at the Dolphins Stadium in Pattaya, Saturday, July 29. (Photo courtesy Pattaya United FC)That game had made national headlines as a half time bust up between Rat­chaburi manager Tannawat Nitttikanchana and Chon­buri forward Thiago, with security officers becoming involved, led to a delay of 45 minutes.  Thiago was left requiring stitches to a head wound and a 5 week ban while the Ratchaburi manager received the same punishment but later resigned from his post.Pattaya also felt aggrieved in the manner of their 1-0 defeat in the league game at Ratchaburi earlier in the season, so this match promised to be a keenly contested affair. From the start it was clear why Ratchaburi are having a good season.  Each player looked comfortable on the ball and the side were so well organized that Pattaya were finding it really difficult to create any chances.The visitors also had a very strong target man up front in the shape of the imposing Marcel Essombe who had already score 18 times this season.  It was fortunate for the home side that captain Lee Won-Young was having a fine game.  The South Korean was simply magnificent in the air and he hardly lost a challenge to the large Ghanaian forward.As the half progressed Pattaya warmed to the task and would have taken the lead if Picha U-Tra could have shown a little more composure in front of goal when he was twice given an opportunity to score in a 20 second period.  Sadly the chances went begging and teams went into half time level at 0-0.Two months ago Pattaya would have faltered in the second period but the Dolphins are a very different team now.  Keeping their shape but growing stronger by the minute, it was of no surprise when the home side took the lead in the 58th minute, be it in rather unusual circumstances.With a free kick out wide everyone, including the Rat­chaburi keeper Ukrit, was expecting a cross.  But Suphanan Bureerat had not read the script and he curled the ball to the far post and struck it so cleanly that it flew over the startled keeper’s head and into the net to give Pattaya a deserved 1-0 lead.Each week the uncompromising right back Suphanan gives his all for the team and he rarely has a bad game.  It was fitting that he should open the scoring and he must be in line for making the short list for Pattaya’s player of the season.  One hopes that the management manage to sign him up on a full contract as it would be a tragedy if Muangthong recalled their loanee.As the visitors tried desperately to get back into the game more space became available for the Dolphins to break into.  This was helped with the introduction of Wellington Priori and in the 78th minute a break down the right resulted in a dangerous cross falling to the feet of Peeradol Chamratsamee.  Needing no second invitation, Peeradon smashed it past Ukrti to double Pattaya’s lead.With the game going into injury time a corner from Suphanan found the head of Lee Won-Young who directed the ball goal-wards where it was left to Aleksandr Jevtic, with a true goal poacher’s instinct, to deflect it into the net.  A fine end to the evening and a wonderful winning 3-0 performance that sees the team climb to ninth in the table.last_img read more

Take the “Waste Less Food” Campaign Survey

first_imgFacebook26Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Thurston County Solid WasteQuick and easy online survey open until Mar. 1  Click here to take the survey.The waste reduction team at Thurston County Solid Waste is gathering your input on waste habits and perception.As the county approaches the one year anniversary of the launch of the Waste Less Food campaign, staff from the Thurston County Solid Waste Division are marking the milestone with a survey to see how many county residents are reaping the rewards of wasting less food. Whether or not you participated in the “Waste Less Food Challenge” part of the campaign, the Thurston County Solid Waste Division wants to hear from you. The quick and easy five minute survey on the county’s Waste Less Food campaign is open to all county residents through March 1.In March of 2014, the county launched the Waste Less Food campaign to raise awareness around the issue of wasted food. Waste Less Food is designed to share information about the negative impacts of wasting food on the environment, the community, and on your wallet. Residents can see how much food they really do waste and learn easy ways to reduce that amount.As staff plans for their 2015 efforts, your feedback on the topic of wasted food and experience (or lack of) with the campaign will help to guide that process. Whether you know a lot, a little, or nothing at all about this initiative, we want to hear from you.You can take the short online survey by clicking on the “survey” link on the Waste Less Food program web page at While there, you can learn more about the program, sign up for the newsletter, or get information on scheduling a fun and free presentation.For more information about the Waste Less Food campaign or the survey, contact Gabby Byrne at [email protected] or call (360) 867-2284.last_img read more