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  1. Indeed LOL .... He forgot to mention he is also Jesus on a cross being crucified in OZ ... embarrassing stuff. “They’re trying to crucify him,” said his father, Srdjan Djokovic, who held a press conference at his pizza restaurant in Belgrade. He complained that his son will spend Eastern Orthodox Christmas, which begins Thursday evening, in the detention hotel room which, according to the Srdjan Blic newspaper in Serbia, is dirty and “full of bugs.” Dozens of Djokovic’s supporters are protesting for his release in both Serbia and Australia. More insights here :
  2. So you hate the game .... but like to keep the player happy. Good luck to mental distortion.
  3. Hmmmm - not diving into US poltics here and if not appropiate please delete - but : The war in Afghanistan was not ended by JB, he just made a tremendous mess of a deal struck by DT and left pants down in a shit show that will haunt the US foreign relations for many decades like the pic of that chopper out of Saigon in 1975.
  4. Ha ! That is the Cuban regime thinking - which is also why they don't do any changes, they just assume that some administration will be benevolent to them and they get a free ride. They hoped and expected Hillary to win and got Trump. Big mistake. They hoped for Biden to be sugar daddy - failed again... By now they must be checking the Tarot cards .... I read too many reports of exiled Cubans and not-exiled Cubans being free to fly to Miami and have a good time there to have faith in those comments. Like Rafael Serrano, the chief presenter and mouthpiece of Cuban gvmt. tv news flying in & out of MIA and as I commented before, too many that abuse the US laws, come in as refugees, and after 365 days + 1 start flying back to Cuba as mules and to have a good time.
  5. Absolutely legit. Comes from Habanos Santo Domingo, the Dominican subsidiary supplying the DomRep & Caribbean beach trade ...
  6. While I still don't see why peaceful protesters ( including minors ) should be sentenced to anything and less so having arbitrary "sentences reduced" the question of remittances is a bonanza for the regime as long as that money is only paid out in local toilet paper at official rates and not in US$ or other hard currency .... PS : Just found this article of an upcoming trial of protesters in Holguin next week, 15 to 30 years jail and 15 years jail for minors : More than twenty 11J protesters will be tried in Holguín Prosecution requests range from 15 to 30 years of deprivation of liberty. In the case of minors under 18 years of age, the prosecution request is 15 years Camila Acosta Friday, January 7, 2022
  7. OK - so let's continue to oppress peaceful protesters and sentence them to 10 - 20 years in prison for a protest walk in the street. Totally unproductive you say ? Wonder what you'd say being sentenced yourself for being a peaceful protester ... So restrictions don't change anything - just to make it look we care ? How many "official" Cubans make it to the US and have a very comfortable life returning to Cuba after 365 + 1 day to live it up like nothing happened and happy to be back in Cuba ? I am sure those 8 Cuban officials sanctioned would rather live in Maiamee than stay in Havana. Might change their attitude. Sure, let's WU operate again and make good profits for GAESA - the military arm controlling all of Cuba's economy. Paying out 24 CUP a Greenbuck instead of 73 CUP at the street market rate. What a bad joke. Easy solution - vote for a change in US policy. As long as that doesn't happen, it is what it is. Grin and bear it.
  8. Thank you ! Yes, wrapper is wonderful ( even though pictures are low quality ) and it is the best smoke I've had last few months ! Happy to get more.
  9. The insanity continues ... in Cuba. I don't see anything wrong with the Visa restrictions to people oppressing protesters. United States Sanctions Eight More Cuban Officials for Their Role in Repression EFE/14ymedio, Washington/Havana, 6 January 2022 — The US State Department announced on Thursday the imposition of visa restrictions on eight more Cuban officials, whose identities were not disclosed, for the arrest and prosecution of people who participated in the July 11 protests. “The State Department took measures today to impose visa restrictions on eight Cuban officials implicated in attempts to silence the voices of the Cuban people through repression, unjust detentions and harsh prison sentences,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken explained in a statement. Blinken said that about 600 protesters remain in jail, some of them “in deteriorating health conditions and without access to food, medicine or calls to their loved ones.” Although Blinken has not revealed the names of those sanctioned, it could be the prosecutors who have requested excessive sentences against the protesters and whose names have been disseminated in recent days through social networks. The July 11 protests, unprecedented on the island in more than six decades, brought thousands of Cubans to the streets shouting for freedom and demanding the resignation of President Miguel Díaz-Canel. The demonstrations came amid aggravated food and medicine shortages, prolonged power outages and rampant inflation. These demonstrations, which included peaceful marches, clashes with the police and occasional looting, were followed by a wave of arrests of hundreds of people critical of the government. The playwright Yunior García Aguilera, one of the leaders of the Archipelago platform and the main promoter of 15N (15 November), had to leave Cuba after the acts of repudiation against him orchestrated by the regime. After getting off an Iberia flight, together with his wife, Dayana Prieto, he said he was arriving in Spain “with our ideas intact.” Last November, the United States announced sanctions against nine other Cuban officials against whom it imposed visa restrictions. Through his Twitter account, Secretary of State Antony Blinken then announced the measure and reiterated his administration’s support for the island’s people “in their fight for fundamental freedoms.” Those sanctions sought to penalize “those who undermine the ability of the Cuban people to improve their political, economic and security conditions” in the face of the repression against the Civic March of 15N, Blinken explained. However, the official did not offer details about who has been the target of these measures. The State Department, in response to an email sent shortly after from the 14ymedio newsroom, also declined to reveal the names of those punished. “We are taking steps to suspend the entry into the United States of nine people, including high-ranking members of the Ministries of the Interior and the Armed Forces.”
  10. A few weeks ago I posted that due to a paper shortage in Cuba there was no paper to print the ration books there... ... today I guess I had the news confirmed when I was sent some terrific Casildas FR that came naked and were dressed up in European newspaper at their first stopover point ... :-) But my source confirmed there is still Granma and Juventud Rebelde available in Cuba...
  11. I fear we will never be consistent in a global response to Covid 19 with these nonsense decisions ... or do I hear a submarine splashing spat tit for tat ... :-) Djokovic could play in French Open: French sports minister Issued on: 07/01/2022 - 12:48Modified: 07/01/2022 - 12:47 World number one Novak Djokovic would be allowed to play in the French Open even without being vaccinated MARTIN BUREAU AFP 1 min Paris (AFP) – Tennis world number one Novak Djokovic would be granted entry to France for the French Open even if he was unvaccinated against Covid-19, the sports minister said on Friday. The 34-year-old Serb is in an immigration detention hotel in Melbourne while he appeals against his visa being dramatically revoked for failing to meet the tough Covid-19 restrictions in Australia, leaving his hopes of playing in the Australian Open in the balance. Those granted permission to enter Australia must prove they are fully vaccinated or have a doctor's medical exemption, with authorities saying he provided evidence of neither. French Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu told radio station France Info that Djokovic, who has openly been sceptical about the vaccine, would benefit from a special case scenario in France for major events such as the French Open. Djokovic had travelled to Australia having been given a medical exemption by the Australian Open organisers but it fell short of the demands of the immigration authorities. "There are health protocols imposed for major events by the relevant federations which would permit someone like Novak Djokovic to enter the country," Maracineanu said. "In France today we do not have the same regulations as Australia for entry to the country, either for athletes or any citizens from other countries. "An athlete who is unvaccinated can compete in an event because the protocol, the health bubble for these major events, permits that." Maracineanu added that she hoped the situation would be clearer by May, when the French Open is scheduled to get underway. "We hope there will be no need for such measures by then."
  12. A short recap of what happened so far .... while getting more popcorn ... :-) You can't buy free worldwide publicity like this. Tennis Australia must be wetting their pants in excitement. From the Herald Sun : The Novak Djokovic drama has made headlines around the world — here are the answers to the biggest questions. Why was Djokovic’s visa denied? The Australian Border Force ruled that Novak Djokovic failed to provide sufficient evidence that he was medically exempt from requirements that travellers be vaccinated to enter the country. It is understood that Djokovic was relying on the fact he had contracted Covid within the past six months but Border Force does not consider this valid grounds for an exemption. What is the difference between the medical exemption to play in the Australian Open and the exemption to come into the country? The Victorian government and Tennis Australia announced on Wednesday that Djokovic had been granted an exemption to the state’s vaccine mandate, allowing him to compete for his 21st grand slam title. The exemption was granted via a two-step process; approval from a Tennis Australia panel and then an independent panel of medical experts set up by Victorian health authorities. Officials said yesterday that 26 people including players and members of their entourage had applied for an exemption under this process but only a “handful” had been approved. They said that most applied on the basis that they had contracted Covid within the previous six months. However, this process did not satisfy federal border restrictions which demand a medical exemption, and not a previous Covid infection, as grounds for an exemption. “Tennis Australia, as I understand, said that he could play. That is fine, that is their call but we make the call of the border and that is where it is enforced,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said. Does he have grounds to appeal? Djokovic is entitled to challenge the decision in court, but it could carry a days-long legal fight, according to an immigration lawyer. The first step would require his team to seek an urgent injunction in the Federal Circuit Court to prevent him from being deported. If he was to obtain a “Bridging Visa E”, it is understood that Djokovic would be legally allowed to stay in Australia and be among the community, but he would lose any working rights. Could he still play in the Australian Open? Mr Morrison said that Djokovic would be deported “to a country where he is able to return to” when a flight could be arranged. The only hope for Djokovic to defend his Australia Open title is through the appeals process. Who is to blame for this visa mess? State and federal authorities have pointed the finger of blame at each other. But in a press conference on Thursday morning, the Prime Minister said it was ultimately Novak Djokovic’s responsibility to ensure he had the correct paperwork. “The rules are made known to all travellers and they get on a plane based on their own view that they will be able to meet those requirements,” Mr Morrison said. “If they cannot, well, they cannot come in. That is just how the rules work.” What does this mean for international relations and Australia’s reputation abroad? The border bungle made international headlines and is no doubt expected to affect Australia’s international reputation. Novak’s enraged father, Srdjan, told Serbian media his son was being held in captivity. “This is a fight for the liberal world, this is not just a fight for Novak, but a fight for the whole world,” he said. In a blistering social media post, Serbia’s President Aleksander Vucic accused Australian authorities of harassing Djokovic. “I told our Novak that the whole Serbia is with him, and that our authorities are taking all measures to stop the harassment of the best tennis player in the world … In accordance with all the norms of international public law, Serbia will fight for Novak Djokovic, for justice and truth,” he posted to his official account. What happened when he landed in Australia? Djokovic landed in Melbourne just after 11pm on Wednesday night. He was immediately questioned at the airport by border officials in a process that stretched throughout the night. His father said the tennis star was held in isolation while two officers manned the door. Djokovic left the airport about 10am and was transferred to a holding hotel until a flight out of the country can be arranged. What happened during the five hours Djokovic was locked down? Officials quizzed Djokovic on his application to enter the country, however his father told Serbian media that he was separated from his team and taken to a room where he was kept under armed guard. The ABF later confirmed that Djokovic had access to his phone throughout. Bizarre ‘natural immunity’ claim in Djoker farce A bizarre claim that Novak Djokovic has “natural immunity” to Covid has been tabled as the criteria for his exemption to enter Australia. The world No.1, who has had his visa denied and looks set to be deported from Australia after failing to meet visa conditions, is believed to have been relying on the fact he recently contracted the virus as a means to enter unvaccinated. The world is waiting with bated breath for answers to so many questions relating to the ongoing saga, the main one being the grounds on which he sought an exemption to contest the Australian Open. In a 2GB segment on Wednesday, 9 News political editor Chris O’Keefe reported that Tennis Australia had pitched Djokovic’s natural immunity status to the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) only to have it rejected. “I’m told on good authority that Tennis Australia asked ATAGI, the federal taskforce on vaccination, if ‘natural immunity can work in place of two doses of vaccine’,” O’Keefe said. “This is from ATAGI to Tennis Australia when they asked if someone had caught Covid, if that could be in place of them being fully vaccinated: ‘Natural immunity from the past infection is recognised as fully vaccinated in several European countries, but ATAGI also notes the challenge of confirming past infection and uncertainty with regards to the duration of protection.’ “This is what ATAGI told Tennis Australia: ‘ATAGI recommends that two doses of TGA-approved or TGA-recognised Covid-19 vaccine, according to the recommended schedule, is still required in order to be vaccinated. Past infection is not a contraindication (meaning a valid reason against) vaccination.’ “So in Australia, ATAGI told Tennis Australia that past infection with Covid is not a valid reason against vaccination. They also said that vaccination can commence once recovered from severe illness – which is only 7 or 14 days – and only in exceptional circumstances can an exemption be given if that person caught Covid in the last six months.” Djokovic announced on his social media channels he had caught the virus back in 2020 after the disastrous Adria Tour but has made no mention of a second contraction. Australia border officials said the entry visa of the 34-year-old Djokovic was cancelled for failing to meet strict entry requirements. “Non-citizens who do not hold a valid visa on entry or who have had their visa cancelled will be detained and removed from Australia,” the Australian Border Force said. “Deportation!” Srdjan Djokovic later posted on Instagram after Australia’s decision. “Our pride, our Novak is returning … We should all welcome him as deserved!” The Serb star had landed in Melbourne earlier Wednesday after celebrating on social media that he had a medical exemption to play in the Australian Open without proof he was fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
  13. I'd offer to give Karma a hand when meeting those Canuck Novackx dickheads.... :-)
  14. Money talks - what a shame, thought Australia was about rules .... Shame ! Hope you can push back.
  15. Should not be funny but it hurts ... A shoe shop with two employees and a single pair of shoes in Centro Habana The displays of the La Reina store, belonging to the Caribe chain of stores and located in Centro Habana, are empty Natalia López Moya, Havana | January 03, 2022 The "special offer" was actually the only one and flawed. In the La Reina fur store, belonging to the Caribe chain of stores and located in Centro Habana, they only sold, this Monday, a pair of female platform sandals with a broken strap. The rest of the displays, dozens of them, were empty. Located on the popular corner of Reina and Galiano, the place occupies a large air-conditioned space surrounded by elegant stained glass windows that remain deserted. "There they sold some Brazilian Piccadilly brand shoes, they were a bit expensive, but they lasted because they were strong," Marta, a former client of that business, told 14ymedio, who sold her products in the now defunct convertible pesos. "There were for all types of public, from the smallest to the highest numbers and they also sold umbrellas, bags and other merchandise." Now, in the center of the store, two workers use their mobile phones to kill the hours that pass without interacting with the public. "We only have that pair that you see there, it's number 40, so they don't work for you," said one of the shop assistants to a lady who came looking for an offer. The woman asked when she would enter merchandise again. "God only knows," replied one of the shop assistants. Leaving the establishment, the woman complained: "What is the logic of keeping this place open spending air conditioning and electricity and the salary of two people, just to sell a pair of half-torn shoes?"
  16. Quote : "It's $500 so it better be a damn good cigar" ... says it all. Ignorance with a thick wallet. Or freeloading "influencers". Only watched 1 minute to get the name of the cigar. But in general Davidoff is a quality brand with excellent cigars albeit too pricey. I'd much rather buy 2 RASS boxes for that coin...
  17. Well, that is exactly what I mean - getting the real deal from boots on the ground as opposed to "Crowded Planet" hot air. Thanks JohnnyO !! You can't have Covid free stats if you really report positive cases and keep them in - let them fly away and be someone's else worry .... :-) While you keep the money ....

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