Speaker examines economic change in Cuba

first_imgDrawing on the results of 80 interviews from members of the private sector of the workforce in Cuba, Carmelo Mesa-Lago, distinguished service professor emeritus of economics and Latin American studies at the University of Pittsburgh, delivered a lecture Tuesday called “Voices of Change from the Non-State Sector in Cuba” at the Hesburgh Center. The lecture focused on economic changes in Cuba over the past several years. The results of the interviews have already been published in the book “Voces de Cambio en el Sector no Estatal en Cuba,” which Mesa-Lago co-authored. An English version of the book will be available in the fall of 2017.According to Mesa-Lago, the rise of the private sector in Cuba can be attributed to economic reforms made under Raul Castro. While there is some information available on the impact of these reforms, Mesa-Lago and his co-authors wanted to look at the reforms from a new angle.“Although we have substantial information in terms of this non-state sector, we didn’t know what the feelings of the people involved in that sector were,” he said. “We wanted to find out, ‘What do they think about so many important issues that they are dealing with?’”As a result of the research and interviews, Mesa-Lago said this project has been a unique one for him.“I have written a lot of books, and I have never been more involved in a book like this because for the first time I was hearing the Cuban people talking, and that was fascinating for me,” he said.The project is also relevant due to the growing private sector in Cuba, Mesa-Lago said. In 2015, 71 percent of those employed worked in the state sector, which was a decrease from previous years, he said.Mesa-Lago said the interviews were primarily conducted with people who work in non-agricultural production and service cooperatives, usufruct farmers and those who buy and sell private dwellings.The group of people who work in cooperative farms is especially important, according to Mesa-Lago.“It’s a tiny group, but they play an important role because Cuba gives preference to the cooperatives over self-employment because it’s a more advanced socialist form of organization and therefore they have an advantage over self-employment,” he said.Mesa-Lago described the private workforce as “young, male, white, with very high education.”While he said this is not typical of the Cuban population, he was more surprised by the satisfaction of the workers than the lack of a representative population. From the interviews, 80 percent of the workers were satisfied in the non-state sector, and only five percent identified themselves as unsatisfied.“This is very interesting and surprising because they face a lot of problems – regulation, inspections, taxes, etc.,” Mesa-Lago said.The main problems these workers face involves their inputs and state interference, Mesa-Lago said. Since 25 percent of the inputs can only be obtained from a state shop, according to Mesa-Lago, the workers have a lack of options in obtaining their resources.The interviews also revealed that state interference and bureaucracy was a common problem with the private sector, with 27 percent of the interviewees mentioning it as a problem they faced in their business.Aggregating the results of the interviews, Mesa-Lago said people working in the non-state sector want three primary changes — more liberty, less state regulation and interference and more estate incentives and guarantees. These requests signal to Mesa-Lago the desires of the voices in change in the country moving forward.Tags: Carmelo Mesa-Lago, Cuba, Private Sector Employmentlast_img read more

Sixty Eight Families Get Keys to Homes in Cotton Hill

first_img Tweet Share 280 Views   no discussions Sixty-eight more families got keys to new homes- this time in Cotton Hill, Portsmouth.The cotton hill housing project has 9 buildings in total with each having (24) two-bedroom units and (44) three-bedroom units, built with a modern and pristine design that complements the environment of Portsmouth, Dominica.Like the other housing projects, the Cotton Hill apartments were also constructed fully with reinforced concrete, impact-resistant windows, and solar water heating features.At the handing over ceremony on Sunday 29th December 2019, atCcotton Hill, Hon Parliamentary Representative for the Cottage Constituency which includes Lagoon Portsmouth, Reginald Austrie explained that the selection process was not easy.“It’s never easy when you have many people and few things to share; somebody will always believe that they were left behind and it should have been Jane instead of Mary and it should have been John instead of Mark.:He added, “Just to give you the assurance, this is just the first phase of the project. There are several other projects like this on going through out the country, the eastern part in particular and there are many more where contracts have been signed and grounds have been broken for such construction but eventually we will return to this place and have another handing over ceremony for those who were not captured in this phase.”Throughout his address, Austrie further added that new circumstances should inspire humility.“Today is your day but please, do not forget where you came from. There are many people you left behind in trenches, and I believe if you got out of the trenches, the most you can do is to help get somebody out of the trench.”He continued, ” Yes, you may be a millionaire today because of this simple gesture by the government to give you a half a million dollar-house, but you were once living at the bottom of the ladder.”Like the other housing projects on island, the Cotton Hill Housing Project was developed by Montreal Management Consultants Est. Share Share Sharing is caring!                       Hon MP Reginald Austrie LifestyleLocalNews Sixty Eight Families Get Keys to Homes in Cotton Hill by: – December 30, 2019last_img read more

Spurs face uncertain Cup fate after Rochdale revival

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Tottenham Hotspur were left in FA Cup limbo after being held to a 2-2 draw by lowly Rochdale in a fifth-round tie on Sunday.It seemed Harry Kane’s penalty two minutes from time, which made it 2-1 to the visitors, had seen Spurs straight into the last eight.But Steve Davies’s stoppage-time equaliser saw Rochdale make it 2-2 and earn themselves a money-spinning replay at Wembley, Tottenham’s temporary home this season while the successor ground to White Hart Lane is built. It was a similar story in the fourth round, with Spurs needing to win a Wembley replay before finally seeing off fourth-tier Newport County.Whichever club wins this last-16 tie will face either Sheffield Wednesday or Swansea, who will also need a replay after Saturday’s goalless draw at Hillsborough.Saturday’s draw saw four of the top Premier League’s top five kept apart in the quarter-finals, with Manchester United hosting Brighton — a repeat of the 1983 final won by United in a replay — and Chelsea away to Leicester.Manchester City continue their quest for a historic quadruple of Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup with a fifth round trip to Wigan on Monday. ? Mauricio: “These games are so difficult. The most important thing now is to have another possibility to play at Wembley. We’re still alive and we want to go further in the competition.” pic.twitter.com/dWPWzG7R01— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 18, 2018Should Pep Guardiola’s men avoid a repeat of the Latics’ shock 2013 FA Cup final victory, City will be at home to Southampton in the last eight.The ties will be played between March 16 and 19.Quarter-final draw:Sheffield Wednesday or Swansea City v Rochdale or Tottenham HotspurManchester United v BrightonLeicester City v ChelseaWigan or Manchester City v SouthamptonShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

OVERTIME

first_img10: It’s memorial time so I’ll go easy on ya cause I know you’re busy. The Heat will win the East. San Antonio wins the West. There, I said it! Are you Happy Now?09: Champion’s movie revue…Whether you love the comic book stuff or not, “The Avengers” is a fun ride. I give it 3 Basketballs.08: Roger Clemons won’t serve a day in prison. Take it to the bank!07: I am telling you the Pirates are right there. A power hitter and another closer and it’s a New Day.06: You heard me talk about him last week and ironically he shows up for the holiday. Marcus Tomlin, aka “Keys”…Don’t ask!…“AND ALL THE BOY’S ARE BACK IN TOWN.” Rod, Goldie, Mr. Tomlin and oh yea, Olivia was there, too. (Olivia “The Greens” were off the chart) You’re all now in “The Locker Room.” BILL NEAL 05: Did somebody say First Round NFC Draft Pick? Rod’s son, Rod Jr. is 6’6 and looking at 290. NUFF SAID. (Good luck to my new Nephew… I’m just sayin!!)04: Hat’s off to Bill, Viola and The Crew. Another first class Kumite sports festival. I was privileged to interview The Great Michael Moorer, former Heavyweight World Champion from Monessen and get inducted into the Kumite Hall of Fame (more on that later).03: First Friday…This Friday…in the Monroeville Holiday Inn across from the new UPMC Hospital, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. The Corvette Club will be in the house with their vettes. D.J. Mean Gee—Cash Bar—Cash Kitchen—Free Parking—Special surprise gift from Donna Baxter and The Soul Pitt Family—BE THERE!!02: Looking for 14 and under middle school boys teams for the Connie Hawkins League. Starts June 18 at The Penn Hills YMCA Mon. & Tues 6, 7 and 8 p.m.—Call now 412-628-4856.01: “Luv Ya” Chanel Smith aka “Ms. Pittsburgh” thanks for coming!~GAME OVER~last_img read more