Cuba condemns US sanctions against Venezuelan state oil company

first_imgMap of Cuba. Photo credit: infoplease.comHAVANA, Cuba — The Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued an official declaration strongly condemning recent sanctions imposed by the government of the United States against Venezuela’s state oil company, PDVSA.The declaration, published by Juventud Rebelde newspaper on Sunday, read: “Cuba’s government and people express their solidarity with President Hugo Chavez and with the Venezuelan people, and fully support a resolution passed by the National Assembly of Venezuela on this issue.”The declaration claimed that, with these sanctions, the United States has violated international law and implemented unilateral and extraterritorial regulations.The note from the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs added that the economic aspect of these punitive measures is not the essential issue but the risk that, with this decision, Washington might be trying to provoke new conflicts in the region as part of its efforts to divide Latin America and the Caribbean.“By attacking Venezuela, you’re also attacking Cuba,” the text noted.PDVSA is one of seven companies penalized by the US for providing gasoline and other refined petroleum products to Iran in violation of a US law that aims to pressure Tehran into dropping its nuclear program. The State Department said PDVSA supplied Iran with “at least two cargoes” of a blending component used to improve gasoline.The sanctions bar PDVSA from seeking US government contracts, obtaining US export licenses, and from obtaining financing from the Export-Import Bank of the US, but leave untouched the flow of an estimated 1.2 million barrels a day of Venezuelan crude oil to the US.PDVSA’s refining business in the US, represented mainly by Citgo Petroleum, will also be unaffected.Caribbean News Now Sharing is caring! Share Share NewsRegional Cuba condemns US sanctions against Venezuelan state oil company by: – May 31, 2011center_img Tweet 39 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

Bundesliga: Four Ghanaians suffer relegation with Fortuna Dusseldorf

first_imgGoal(s)1000 Four more Ghanaian players suffered relegation Saturday as a result of a 3-0 Union Berlin victory over Fortuna Dusseldorf in the final round of the 2019/20 German Bundesliga.Kasim Adams, Bernard Tekpetey, Nana Opoku Ampomah and teenager Kelvin Ofori’s efforts throughout the campaign were not enough to keep the side up for another topflight football after gaining promotion only the previous season.Fortuna Dusseldorf did themselves no favours on the final day of the season as the defeat to Union saw them finish last but one on the log with 30 points, just one behind 16th-placed Werder Bremen who now have an opportunity to fight for survival through a play-off.Interestingly, the Ghanaian quartet were not involved in the match-day squad that made the trip to face Union Berlin.They increase the number of Ghanaian players to suffer demotion from the Bundesliga this season to five after Black Stars new boy Christopher Antwi-Adjei whose side FC Paderborn also make a quick return to second-tier football after finishing bottom of the league. Paderborn knew their fate way before the final day of the season.How the Ghana boys at Fortuna fared in the Bundesliga this season: Appearances139122 Source: Minutes played99844949935center_img Both centre-back Kasim and forward Tekpetey joined Fortuna Dusseldorf on loan from TSG Hoffenheim and Schalke 04 and are expected to revert to their employers.Tekpetey, however, may continue at Merkur Spiel Arena as his loan agreement was for two seasons.Nana Ampomah and 18-year-old Ofori were signed to long-term deals by Fortuna prior to the start of the 2019/20 season. Starts11550 PlayerKasim AdamsBernard TekpeteyNana AmpomahKelvin Oforilast_img read more

Security Bruises

first_imgLeading up to U.S. Pres. Barack Obama’s visit to India, a major dust up erupted after several of Maharashtra’s top politicians, including Chief Minister Ashok Chavan and his Deputy Chhagan Bhujpal, threatened to boycott the visit because the U.S. Consulate in Mumbai demanded they produce identification papers to attend presidential events.A consulate invitation to the dignitaries sought details of their birth date, nationality, passport number, and PAN card. U.S. Consul-General Paul A Folmsbee publicly apologized for the security protocol glitch, “I have visited Chief Minister Ashok Chavan and Deputy Chief Minister Chhagan Bhujbal and personally apologized. It was just a clerical error.”The apology mollified the Maharashtra government, but the infighting between the U.S. Secret Service and the Indian security agencies was a frequently entertaining and always frustrating backstory dogging Obama’s four-day India visit. U.S. Pres Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama being welcomed by Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan upon arrival. Chavan had threatened to boycott all Obama events because of U.S.consulate demands that he produce identification papers.The press charter accompanying the president got first whiff of the dogged catfights among the security agencies soon after landing at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai. The reporters were whisked to the terminal on three buses, but upon reaching the gates, they were told that the examination of their passports and luggage had been waived and they would be led straight out of the airport.The buses returned to the parked plane, whereupon a customs officer boarded, generally inquiring if anyone had firearms to declare. Told that no one was carrying firearms, he announced that the customs examination was complete. However, Indian immigration officials insisted that regardless of what customs officials decided, they had independent jurisdiction on immigration matters, so the journalists had to return to the terminal for immigration examination.It was a foretaste of the intrusive — and often irrational — security disputes that shut down South Mumbai for the two days of Obama’s visit. The roads between the Mumbai airport and the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, where Pres. Obama stayed, were locked down, dampening Diwali celebrations in the city, even though Pres. Obama and his entourage did not drive to the hotel, travelling instead on a marine helicopter.  Pres. Barack Obama at a town hall in Mumbai.The Mumbai Mirror reported that a stand off between U.S. security agencies and Mumbai police over a U.S. Secret Service sniper stationed on the terrace of St Xavier’s College, where the president was scheduled to conduct a town hall, delayed Pres. Obama for 20 minutes at the Holy Name School. Reportedly, India’s National Security Guard insisted that it alone was responsible for peripheral security, while the Secret Service could provide Pres. Obama close proximity protection. The standoff was resolved only after the U.S. Secret Service relented and withdrew its sniper from the college.Attendees at various Obama events were subjected to independent security checks by Indian and U.S. security agencies, with the Indian security services typically conducting the examination first and the U.S. agencies performing a screening after people had been processed by the Indian side. Frequently, the agencies argued with each other, often over the insistence by one side to frisk the other’s “VIPs,” who resented the personal intrusion.In one remarkable instance, a U.S. security agent conducting a group search of U.S. reporters accompanying Pres. Obama threatened to blow up “in five seconds” a computer that would not turn on after he called out for someone to claim the computer and the owner, distracted in conversation, failed to hear his call.The US Secret Service and Mumbai police fought over the positioning of a sniper atop the building at St Xavier’s College in Mumbai.The confrontation between the security details reached a head in New Delhi during Pres. Obama’s bilaterial meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, when Indian security officials insisted they would allow only five of the eight American journalists, who were part of the U.S. press pool for the day, in for a brief photo session. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs engaged an Indian security official in an angry verbal altercation. On this occasion, the Indian side relented after Gibbs threatened to pull Pres. Obama out of the meeting.Scott Wilson of The Washington Post, who was part of the reporter’s pool at the event, reported: “At one point, Gibbs literally had his foot lodged in the closing front door, asking if the Indian security officials pushing hard to shut it were going to break his foot. More angry words ensued, and after Gibbs convinced them, through high volume and repetition, that he was serious about pulling POTUS (President of the United States), we all made it inside.”Asked about Gibbs’ confrontation with Indian security officials aboard Air Force One at the end of his 10-day Asian trip, Pres Obama responded, “It was for a good cause,” mockingly adding, “I will say that his foot is still bruised.”Meanwhile, security officials, on both sides, are nursing their bruised egos. Ironically, one of the top objectives of Pres. Obama’s visit is security cooperation between the two countries.   Related Itemslast_img read more