chris12381

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  1. 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 because...you'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?
  2. 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. https://bit.ly/gacetacuba1
  3. 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
  4. I don't know the answer. But if I ever meet the person responsible, I have things I wanna say to them.
  5. 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.
  6. Apologies. Cuba reports a population 11,300,000 people. Added it to the main post. Thanks.
  7. 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. https://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/stats/nationwide-encounters 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.” https://sgp.fas.org/crs/homesec/R46999.pdf 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Right to work means having the ability to work for a unionized employer without joining the union.
  10. I worked in the public sector for 15 years. I started as a union member and once I was promoted to management, I was managing union members. I'm also the son of a labor lawyer who represented management for 44 years. I love labor law. With respect to the question of how easy is it to fire an employee, it's not a simple question to answer. In the US, each state has some of their own rules with the foundation of all of them built on fedeal labor laws. Most states are "at will" meaning that an employer may terminate you without providing "just cause". Of course, an employer can terminate only employees who are members of a protected class (race, age, sex, disability, etc.). Even in places where it is considered "hard" to fire an employee, compared to what I hear others describe outside the US, it's not. It requires documentation, paperwork, some meetings and patience. I got it done several times with public sector employees...out here in California.
  11. It seems the employees subordinates posted a letter to 'Jer (Jer-Bear if your nasty) with their compensation. As well a multiple links to NLRB's website discussing the NLRA worker protections. https://www.nlrb.gov/about-nlrb/rights-we-protect/your-rights/your-rights-to-discuss-wages
  12. These employees don't even need to wait for the employer to fire them for a bogus cause of action. Since it seems they have implimented this rule against discussing wages, in violation of the NLRA, any employee could file a charge against the employer with the National Labor Relations Board.
  13. It's not even this easy in the US. This violates US National Labor Relations Act which gives employees the right to communicate with each other. As part of this right, they are allowed to discuss their wages and compensation. Any policies implimented by an employer that prohibit this are in fact, unlawful. This letter is actually a great piece of evidence. By the way, what exactly is a legal percussion? 🤨
  14. I'm not sure there's much more that can be done by the average Cuban to accomplish that. 😁 I'd been told about a "tax on pig farmers" that was driving them out of the industry. I didn't really pay attention to it...until reading this article. There is in fact a tax on pig farmers, and went into effect in 2019. It seems that this new tax begins at 10% for 12,000 CUP or less and tops out at 45% on all gross income exceeding 150,000 CUP. Note that there's no effective tax rate here. Once you cross into a new bracket, you're paying the highest rate on ALL of your gross income. Pork production had been growing for almost a decade until 2020 when the number of pigs in Cuba dropped from 2,680,000 in 2019 to 1,120,699 in 2020. Of course 2020 brought additional challenges but we're talking a 58% drop one year after this tax was implimented.
  15. I grew up in Providence, RI...A city that was at one time, controlled by organized crime. Our mayor, Vincent "Buddy" Cianci Jr was asked to participate in a screening, of The Sopranos. From an article in the Washington Post at the time: Mayor Vincent A. "Buddy" Cianci Jr., a tireless promoter of his city, was happy to make a cameo appearance on the sentimental NBC drama "Providence." But HBO made him an offer he could refuse. The mayor of the city once known as New England's mob headquarters rejected an invitation to participate in a local screening of the season premiere of HBO's mobster series "The Sopranos." He suggested that the show makes Italian Americans look bad. The cable network wanted to buy jars of the Mayor's Own Marinara Sauce, which Cianci sells for charity, and give them away at the event. "To offer my marinara for sale to 'The Sopranos' would be too high a price to pay, even while adding to my scholarship fund for our Providence students," Cianci, who appeared in a first-season episode of "Providence," wrote to HBO. "To accept would be to compromise the pride I have for my heritage, my ethnic background and my strong beliefs that bias against any individual or group is morally wrong." Henry Gomez, HBO corporate affairs vice president, wrote back to say he was disappointed by Cianci's response. The series's stars--including James Gandolfini and Lorraine Bracco--would never "lend their talents to a program that disparaged their Italian heritage," Gomez wrote. Still, Gomez said, out of courtesy to Cianci, HBO canceled the Providence premiere, set for mid-January. Screenings in about two dozen other cities are proceeding as planned. The New England mob had a strong presence in Rhode Island during its 1970s heyday. Some brick walls still bear bullet holes from gangland slayings. But the mob has been greatly weakened over the years, reduced to small-time operations such as theft rings, authorities say." Less than a year after taking a stand against The Sopranos, Cianci was indicted in April 2001 on federal criminal charges of racketeering, conspiracy, extortion, witness tampering, and mail fraud. He was found guilty of only one count under RICO, and sentenced to 5 years in Federal prison. If any of this sounds familiar to you, you probably heard it in the first season of the Crimetown podcast. Then of course you have Joe Colombo, involved in the forming and funding of the Italian-American Civil Rights League. He discovered that by screaming ethnic bias (as early as the 1970s) people would begin to wilt. This is really rich considering that Joe Colombo was a mafia bass of one of the 5 families of New York. Joe Colombo met his end at a rally for his Civil Rights League when a gunman put three point blank in his head in a crowd of 3,000 supporters. For every scumbag with a gun who's running a protection racket, there's tens of thousands working their butts off, quietly not making a peep. Embrace the good with the bad. At this point, the Mafia in America is part of our lore, just like cowboys "settling" the West. It doesn't even matter if the story being told is true. It's just got to be a good & convincing one.
  16. Been on it since 2016 in a generalized location. San Mateo County, California.
  17. I think I could if it was 1 out 5. Once you start increasing that to 40%...😂 Of course, the curveball you're throwing... "that non Cuban were rolled and blended to imitate a Cuban cigar" has got me completely second guessing my ability to pick even 1 out of 5! Nevertheless...sounds fun.
  18. I've had the experience of riding all sorts of public transport in Cuba, including the dreaded camellos. Those buses won't mess up a thing.
  19. My mom lives in a condo in FL. About half of the place smokes. Some chowder head moved in about 2 years ago from Connecticut and got the HOA to pass a total ban on smoking. Even on balconies. My mom is 71, who occasionally pilfers a cigar from my coolers I keep at her place for long term aging, is a non-smoker. However, the day they passed the ban at her condo, she went to the convenience store and bought several cartons of cigarettes. Every night, she goes out on her balcony, lights it like a stick of incense, places it down in the ashtray and goes back inside. Doesn't take a single puff. Just makes sure the new neighbor knows someone is always flouting her ban. Found out today she'd convinced 5 others in the building to do the same thing. They've been "smoking" every night for the past 2 years too.
  20. They are just down the road from me. My town (San Mateo) actually already has this ordinance and includes duplexes but not single family homes. They also have banned all smoking in public. Public meaning city streets and sidewalks. That even includes the sidewalk in front of my home. Now, I have been walking my dog every day since this ordinance was enacted 7 years ago. I walk 2 miles along the sidewalk and through a city park. Only one old nasty man (from inside his home!) has ever said anything and started screaming at me, threatening hurt my dog, demanded I walk elsewhere, recorded the who thing and even started leaving crazy notes for me to read every time I walked by. He then started calling the police on me every time I walked by. I was polite to the officers, I explained what had been happening and how he was demanding I not use the public sidewalk and was threatening to hurt my dog. Initially, one officer suggested that I consider doing that but I made it clear I would not be responding to his threats by backing down. The other officers agreed. I told them all I do is walk my dog, enjoy my cigar and go home. The police mentioned the ordinance about smoking but they had no interest in enforcing it as a call out. That was a year ago.
  21. I think prices are going to be the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what shocks many when they return to Cuba. Everyone I have spoken to in the past few months has said they have passed the "Special Period" when it comes to scarcity of food, medicine, fuel, household items, lines forming at 4 and 5 AM, etc. For those lucky enough to have $$$ and pay someone to wait in line for you...it doesn't much matter since there's often nothing to buy. Un tremendo cagazón. @Ryan, I did read in another thread you were heading there soon. You going to be there on the 15th of November?
  22. I smoke those cigars, drink that rum and visit that country whenever I want. Not sure what he's talking about... 🤷🏼 When it comes to their hotels...Just say ño.

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