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What You Missed This Week in La Gaceta

From As We Heard It, by Patrick Manteiga

► We continue to hear chatter that President Barack Obama might visit Cuba in March or April. The Tampa Bay Rays and Major League Baseball are also supposed to visit Cuba around that time. We also hear that the rumor of a Rolling Stones concert in Havana is heating up again after being first talked about last October.(to read more, buy a paper)

► We hear John Dingfelder would be a likely candidate for City Council District 4 if incumbent Harry Cohen resigns to run for State House District 60, which will be vacated by Dana Young after the session so she can run for the State Senate. …(to read more, buy a paper)

► The Florida State Fair will hold its 2016 Diversity Community Leaders Wall of Fame ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 6, at 10 a.m., at the Waterfront Café, located on the lake next to the Expo Hall.
This year’s honorees are Dr. Walter Smith, Priscilla Clark, Hung Mai, Doug Jamerson and Victoriano Manteiga.(strong>to read more, buy a paper)

► Bacardi lost its long-standing fight in U.S. courts and the Patent Office with the Cuban government over the brand name “Havana Club.” Cuba registered the trademark in 1976 with the U.S. Patent Office after it lapsed in 1973 because the Arechabala family no longer produced the rum after leaving Cuba.
Over a decade later, Bacardi bought the name from the Arechabala family and started producing Havana Club. Cuba and its Spanish partner, Pernod, sued but could not get a favorable ruling as long as the politics of the embargo tainted our courts.
Bacardi sold Havana Club rum in the U.S., Cuba sold Havana Club rum everywhere else in the world. The U.S. was in a hypocritical situation, as we normally support trademark laws worldwide, but we just couldn’t help sticking it to the Cuban government.
Now that the embargo is starting to unwind, this issue had to be cleared up and it was obvious that Cuba registered the trademark fair and square. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office awarded the trademark Havana Club to the Cuban government on Jan. 13.(to read more, buy a paper)

► … The 25th anniversary of Adopt a Sister will be celebrated on Wednesday, Feb. 17, with a luncheon at Villa Madonna School, 315 W. Columbus Dr. The founders of the program, Sister Mary Rinaldi and Fortune Bosco, will be honored. Tyler Bosco, Fortune’s son, will represent the Bosco family.
The lunch is for adopters and alumni. It’s a great way to meet a sister who needs your help and the hear stories of the power of prayer.
Call Kathy Pedrero at 813-382-8002 if you would like to attend and adopt a sister.(to read more, buy a paper)

From Chairman of the Bored, by Gene Siudut

► … While 99.9 percent of the population understands that this show is fictional and not a documentary, One Million Moms is defiant of logical society. If this were an isolated incident, I would just chalk it up to an overzealous PR department having a bad day, but this is a pattern.
Also on One Million Moms’ hit list:
Harry Potter, because he promotes witchcraft.
The Disney Channel, because it’s programming does not promote family values.
CBS, because of the show “Angel from Hell,” which disrespects Christianity.
Campbell’s Soup, for airing an ad that featured two alleged gay men.
Lastly, One Million Moms opposes the Muppets.
You read that correctly. The newest incarnation of The Muppets are on the bad side of One Million Moms for not being the wholesome show it once was. Among their complaints is full frontal nudity. Yes, Kermit and many other Muppets don’t wear pants and must be boycotted. … (to read more, buy a paper)

From O’Pinions To Go, by Joe O’Neill

► Before heading out to walk the dogs, I finished my wine and lingered long enough to see Sarah Palin endorse Donald Trump. My bad. At least Tina Fey had a good excuse; she was taking SNL notes – although satirizing a parody is quite the challenge. I was just a political junkie with a perverse addiction.
But there she was: dressed to shill in a disco top. There he was: beaming instinctively for the help Palin would presumably provide to woo that fundamentalist, Iowa silo vote that would otherwise be inclined to favor Ted Cruz.
I figured she’d shrilly prattle on for a few minutes and everyone at the Iowa rally would act like she had uttered some patriotic, God-fearing truism, and that would be that.
Well, she shrilly prattled on, resurrecting “you betcha,” “hopey/changey” and more for nostalgic tea partiers – for nearly 20 minutes. She regaled that “media heads were spinnin’” and that the days of America “pussy-footin’ around” were over.
She layered in a little high-decibel rhyme and some alliteration to remind us that she had brought in some kind of speech-writing help for the occasion. Well done, Bristol and Track, the poster kids for right-wing family values.
And I couldn’t help thinking: This is less about a Trump endorsement than it is about the return of the Palin brand. The unintelligibly shrill, manifestly ill-informed veep candidate, failed reality-TV personality and former Fox News performer needed a forum to return to prime time.
That Trump had insulted John McCain, who had unforgivably put her on that 2008 ticket, about his POW status and was now dumping on Cruz, her good friend, didn’t matter. This is show biz, and this was comeback time.
The Palin brand was back. May Trump ultimately pay the price that McCain did.
You betcha. …(to read more, buy a paper)

From Silhouettes, by Tiffany Razzano: An interview with Gina Justice

► Judging by last names, it seems that Gina Justice is in the perfect field. As the new court administrator for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit of Hillsborough County, she’s proud that court administration is her life’s work.
Even growing up in Virginia she knew one day she’d work in the legal community, initially thinking she might become an attorney or a judge. “As a child, you don’t have a working understanding of what other roles are in the legal community other than what is seen or heard,” she said. … (to read more, buy a paper)

From In Context, by Doris Weatherford

► I know I wrote about Brandon’s Winthrop Village at Christmas, but please indulge me while I write about it again. Last Saturday night, we launched Winthrop Arts, Inc., a non-profit intended to connect the community with the arts. Two Broadway performers came down from New York, barely beating the snow to get here, and despite cold winds, hundreds of local folks turned up. Young dancers with the Brandon Ballet took center stage, and all around the large space – a former dairy barn – people availed themselves of opportunities to engage in arts. …(to read more, buy a paper)

From Líneas de la memoria, por Gabriel Cartaya

► … Hablar con Gabriel Sequeira Romeu, “Puly”, como todos le llaman con afecto, es como adentrarse a un bosque musical en el que cada árbol aporta un sonido propio a la majestad de una orquesta donde la vibración central intensifica el alma de la nación cubana. “Si nos reunimos los Romeu podemos hacer una orquesta sinfónica”, me dice Puly, cuando ha mencionado más de diez nombres de notables músicos que pertenecen a esta familia, considerada por la crítica como la mayor dinastía familiar en la historia de la música cubana.
Al oir el apellido, invariablemente uno recuerda a Antonio María Romeu, tal vez porque “Tres lindas cubanas”, en el arreglo suyo de una antigua canción, se convirtió en uno de los danzones más emblemáticos de su género. O por los arreglos a temas como “Guarina” y “Perla marina”, ambos de Sindo Garay. … (to read more, buy a paper)

From Briznas culturales, por Leonardo Venta

► … En su alcoba de la casa de su sobrino José Hurtado de Mendoza, en el número 7 de la madrileña calle Hilarión Eslava, literalmente ciego, entre la soledad y la indolencia, muere Benito Pérez Galdós el 4 de enero de 1920, a los 76 años, casi sumido en la pobreza. Al día siguiente, decenas de miles de madrileños acompañaron el féretro en su recorrido desde el Ayuntamiento de Madrid, donde se emplazó la capilla ardiente, hasta el cementerio municipal de La Almudena.
Su delicado estado de salud se había agravado desde que el 13 de octubre de 1919 sufriera una grave crisis de uremia, que lo mantuvo postrado en cama hasta la madrugada del 4 de enero, cuando aquellos que le velaban escucharon un grito de pavor. Corrieron a su lado, y presenciaron la manera en que se llevaba las manos a la garganta, como si se ahogara, e intentaba incorporarse. Poco después caía muerto sobre el lecho. … (to read more, buy a paper)

From Desde mi escritorio, por Arturo Rivera

► … Los grupos terroristas, y en particular Daesh o Estado Islámico, han organizado un sofisticado sistema de propaganda para difundir su ideología y atemorizar a sus enemigos. En estos momentos, su principal objetivo es el reclutamiento de jóvenes para la causa.
Así ha realizado, con 34 productoras, un millar de videos al mejor estilo de Hollywood, cuya principal misión es reclutar jóvenes para la causa. De este modo, Daesh utiliza la propaganda como un arma de terror y de llevar a cabo su agenda política para Occidente … (to read more, buy a paper)

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