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  • Birthday 01/23/1981

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  1. Best to always be honest so a prospective buyer can factor any negative into their decision making process or price. If one chooses not to disclose, at the very least an offer of refund to the buyer if they are not happy with the appearance/of the cigars they purchased is called for.
  2. I went to that store as well. My recollection was that because it was centrally located in the tourist / hotel downtown shopping area had a great selection of well-cared for singles. I don't remember seeing many boxes of cigars. Lots and lots of singles, in fact quite a bit of of EL and hard to find singles (think VR Don Alejandro, San Luis Rey Regios and Ramón Allones Allones No. 2)
  3. I don't remember them being particularly "outrageous" as in Canada or UK outrageous but I'm guessing you'd probably pay 8€ for a single Montecristo No. 4, 20-22€ for a Cohiba Robusto. I could be off though.
  4. Cigarstore Hazar Margaretenstr. 42, Vienna 1040, AT Great selection and Ercan is very helpful. I picked up boxes of Austrian Regionals, 1 box of Romeo y Julieta Escudos 2007 EL and 2 boxes of 2002 La Gloria Cubana Medaille d'Or No. 2 several years ago. Also some singles of Partagas Lusitana Gran Reserva and what was left of a box of very old Punch Royal Selection No. 12. It was a nice day.
  5. I think I was offered that very same box in Cienfuegos...
  6. Every May 29th is Dia de Trabajador Tabacalero. Some video links to "news stories" in Cuba about the event. Cuba - Cuba huele a tabaco (Día del Trabajador Tabacalero) Próximo 29 de Mayo, Día Del Trabajador Tabacalero - Telecristal En LasTunas se celebra el día del trabajador tabacalero Celebran en Camagüey Día del Trabajador Tabacalero - shows the rolling (briefly) of peso cigars In Araceli Tinajero's book 'El Lector: A History of the Cigar Factory Reader', she wrote in great detail about the responsibilites of the lector around the factory beyond just their job reading to rollers. One of these responsibilities was organizing activities for employees both at work and outside of work. Tinajero wrote: 'May 29 is the Day of the Cigar Worker. Without a doubt, the coordination of events to take place both inside and outside the factory falls to the lector. On that day, he is in charge of encouraging participation in special events. There are recitations and dancing, instruments are played, and messages are read on the platform. There is a special lunch that day, and usually work ends early so that everyone can dance to the beat of the music that reverberates throughout the factory. In coordination with the trade union or outside organizations, the lector encourages the workers to participate, whether it be in speechmaking contests or recitation. (p.198-199) Tinajero, A., & Grasberg, J. E. (2010). El Lector: A History of the Cigar Factory Reader (LLILAS Translations from Latin America Series). University of Chicago Press Chicago Distribution Center.
  7. I noted: 50 cigars (2 boxes) (down from 4 boxes) now require an official receipt. It used to be 24 loose cigars without any receipt. That seems to be down to 20. The other interesting thing is that it says the boxes must be closed with all appropriate labels. I hope by closed they are not meaning sealed'd be out of your damn mind to not open and inspect every box you purchase on island. Also, you can receive boxes by mail now?
  8. Cuban Government published new exciting regulations on April 12th related to the exportation of cigars out of the country by tourists and came into effect May 12th. I've pulled the relevant pages out of the entire document so you can save yourself the headache of finding it. It is in Spanish.
  9. I do think the number of Cubans who are attempting to enter via the Southwest Land Border undetected is likely small as they have a particular incentive to document their arrival. Under the Cuban Adjustment Act (CAA), a Cuban citizen can qualify for adjustment to lawful permanent resident status if they (1) have been inspected and admitted or paroled into the United States; (2) have been physically present in the United States for at least one year at the time of application; (3) are admissible to the United States, and (4) merit a favorable exercise of discretion. The first of these is the most important and even after wet foot/dry foot disappeared, immigration officers continued to release Cubans into the country pending immigration proceedings. An opinion by an immigration judge (in Miami) determined that pursuant to Supreme Court precedent, the act of being released from DHS custody at the border constitutes parole under INA § 212(d)(5), thus satisfying the “inspected and admitted or paroled” requirement under the CAA. I do think there are likely some who could choose to enter clandestinely because they understand they would not be admissible to the United States nor benefit from the CAA due to disqualifying reasons one might be denied entry or adjustment. USCIS Announces Policy Change Regarding Parole Status of Certain Cubans
  10. I don't know the answer. But if I ever meet the person responsible, I have things I wanna say to them.
  11. You got it. There is most certainly a number not apprehended at the Southern Land Border or via the Florida Straits. And...those that attempted it but didn't make it.
  12. Apologies. Cuba reports a population 11,300,000 people. Added it to the main post. Thanks.
  13. I just saw a tweet by CNN’s Havana Correspondent and thought I’d share the gist of it with you and include some background info to put it into perspective. Since the beginning of the Federal Government’s FY (October 2021), US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have made 114,916 encounters with citizens of Cuba. 113,735 of these were at the Southwest Land Border. The CBP defines an encounter as "any encounter with a person resulting in processing under Title 8 Apprehensions, Office of Field Operations (OFO) Title 8 Inadmissibles, and Title 42 Expulsions”. From the Congressional Research Service, “For many migrants, Title 42 expulsion results in repatriation to Mexico. However, the Mexican government has stipulated that it will only accept Mexican migrants and those from Northern Triangle countries. Migration from outside that region has led CBP to apprehend and process greater numbers under Title 8. That, in turn, can involve asylum claims, immigration detention, release into the U.S. interior, asylum and immigration court proceedings, and work permits, among other legal and policy requirements.” 113,660 of these Cuban encounters were processed under Title 8. While we don't know what percentage of them were deemed Inadmissible under Title 8, we do know that the Cuban government has not accepted repatriation of any of its citizens since 2020 and as a result remain in the United States and will claim status under the Cuban Adjustment Act after living in the United States after one year. As a result, this influx of 113,660 Cubans (or a very large portion of it) represents just about 1% of Cuba’s 11.3 million people permanently relocating to the United States…in only 7 months.
  14. The flip side of "at will employment" that often gets overlooked, is that an employee has a right to terminate their relationship with an employer "at will". There was a recent case in Michigan, where one hospital began losing nurses and and other staff to another hospital through offers of better pay, hours and staffing. These nurses did not have any employment contract and were thus, "at will". It became clear to the hospital that they were soon going to lose about 64% of inpatient care staff. Rather than work with their staff to remain via any number of enticements, or encourage them to slow their departure until they could find replacements, they decided to seek injunctive relief to prevent their "at will" employees from leaving, claiming that it would "cause community harm" and that the other hospital should cease until they had hired adequate staff until they had found replacements, and requiring two of the employees to remain at the hospital for a minimum of 90 days until they could find replacements or have the OTHER hospital provide them with staff! At their request, a judge issued a temporary restraining order on a Friday until a hearing could be heard on the issue the following Monday. At the hearing, it came to light that the employees who opted to leave had applied to advertised job postings and thus weren't "poached" by the other hospital. In fact, the employees had taken their new job offers to their current employer and gave them a chance to match it. They refused to do so. It was at that point the temporary restraining order to prevent their "at will" employees from leaving was sought. The judge immediately lifted the order.

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