The uncertain future for the Bahamians left homeless by Dorian

Hurricane Dorian had hit the Bahamas like no other storm on record. The ferocious Category 5 hurricane with 185-mph winds that sat and spun over the island for 40 straight hours was the strongest hurricane observed so far north in the North Atlantic Basin.

Tens of thousand of people have lost their homes on Abaco and Grand Bahama, according to the United Nations: “70,000 people were in immediate need of life-saving assistance” in the archipelago. The most urgent needs are currently food, water, shelter and medicine.


A cruise ship brought nearly 1,500 hurricane survivors from the Bahamas to a port in Florida on Saturday. Most of them were picked up by family members or were provided transportation, 50 of them will be housed at a shelter, Palm Beach County officials said.

There’s still controversy after 119 people expecting to evacuate the Island on a ferry were told to get off if they didn’t have visas to enter the US. The ferry  operator apologized for the incident.

Bahamas Prime Minister, Hubert Minnis said that the country would start rebuilding the residents communities so they could return home. Meantime, the survivors are telling the stories of destruction and devastation.


Venezuela Presidential Crisis: Who is Juan Guaidó?

Juan Guaidó, president of Venezuela’s National Assembly is now taking the role of the interim president of Venezuela, after thousands of citizens poured into the streets in protest against the illegitimate leader: Nicolas Maduro. The United States and other countries like Canada, New Zealand and the European Union have recognized him on his new role.

Why is he taking the presidency?

Nicolas Maduro was named president in a fraudulent election organized by his own and not by an electoral organism like the constitution says.

Juan Guaidó invoked Article 233, which allows the president of the National Assembly to temporarily assume the presidency of Venezuela in the absence of a legitimately elected president. He also invoked Article  350, that calls on Venezuelans to reject any regime that undermines democracy and the human rights.

According to the country’s constitution, Guaidó, elected by the Venezuelan people, must be in charge since the constitutional period of Nicolas Maduro was over on January 10th. Under Article 231 of the Venezuelan constitution,

“The candidate elected will take possession of the role of President of the Republic on the 10th of January of the first year of its constitutional period, by oath to the National Assembly.”

Juan Guaidó is not planning to hold on the presidency indefinitely. He will set up a transitional government focused in humanitarian aid to the Venezuelan people and he will call for free and fair elections. Meanwhile, the Venezuelans will continue to protest Maduro’s usurpation.



Venezuela’s National Assembly head Juan Guaidó waves during a mass opposition rally, during which he declared himself the country’s acting president on Jan. 23

Florida elections 2018: What you need to know

In this year’s elections, Floridians will choose a governor, legislators, local representatives, state Cabinet and U.S senator. The General Election is on November 6  and the marquee races are for U.S Senate and governor.

Governor Rick Scott, a Republican, is seeking to unseat U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, a Democrat and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, a Democrat, and former U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, are seeking the governor’s office.

Registration to vote

Eligible individuals can register to vote at any time. The deadline to register in order to participate in an upcoming election is 29 days before the election. The registration deadlines for 2018 are:

  • Primary Election: July 30, 2018
  • General Election: October 9, 2018

Election dates for 2018

A General Election is held in November of every even-numbered year. The Primary Election is held 10 weeks before the General Election for purposes of nominating party nominees to be voted for in the General Election to fill a national, state, county, or district office. The election dates for 2018 are:

  • Primary Election: August 28, 2018
  • General Election: November 6, 2018







What’s happening at the U.S border?

The U.S government is separating kids from their families who seek asylum by crossing the border illegally. Since May 2018, at least 2,342 children have been detached from their parents as part of an immigration strategy, and there is no process to reunite the families.

Even thought there is no official Trump policy that says that every family entering the U.S illegally has to be separated, if somebody get caught crossing the board illegally, they supposed to be criminally prosecuted (and when this happen to a parent, separation is inevitable).

Within 3 days on the shelters, children are supposed to be transferred from immigration detention to the Office of Refugee Resettlment (ORR), – organism responsible for identifying and screening the nearest relative or family friend living in the U.S to whom the child can be released.

The Associated Press, visited on Monday 18, described a “large, dark facility” with separate wings for children, adults and families:

“Inside an old warehouse in South Texas, hundreds of children wait in a series of cages created by metal fencing. One cage had 20 children inside. Scattered about are bottles of water, bags of chips and large foil sheets intended to serve as blankets.”

The ORR is trying to find family members, foster parents or sponsors to take in the children. Parents are the preferred option but maybe thats not a possibility for those who remain in detention. We don’t know how long is going to take to find a home for the kids, but again, ORR says that the process takes less than two months.








OAS Resolution about Venezuela

The Organization of American States (OAS) just approved a resolution that can expel Venezuela from the organization, blaming the South American nation for turning its back on democracy and abusing human rights.

The OAS passed the resolution with a vote of 19 to 4, and 11 abstentions, which proves that Maduro has lost almost all the support from countries like Ecuador, Haiti and Nicaragua.

Dominican Republic (ally of the Venezuelan Government in the past) recognizes that the government of Venezuela has no intention to seek a way out from the economic and political crisis marked by severe food and medicines shortages.

However, it would take a supermajority (or 24 members) to separate Venezuela from the group.

Why is this important?

Firstly, it calls on members states to adopt “the measures deemed appropriate at the political, economic and financial levels to assist in the restoration of democratic order in Venezuela”. Which gives legal cover to others governments like Chile to impose financial sanctions agains Nicolas Maduro regime officials.

It will also encourage the members of the European Union (EU) to expands its individual sanctions against top Venezuelan officials. ( The United States has imposed individual visa and financial sanctions to more than 50 Venezuelan officials, EU has only targeted seven)

The U.S Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said “That suspension is not a goal unto itself, but it would show the OAS backs up its words with action and would send a powerful signal to the Maduro regime — only real elections will allow your government to be included in the family of nations.”

Either if Venezuela remains in or is expelled from the OAS, it send a powerful message to the world from the Venezuelan people after the fakes presidential elections on May 20, that the whole world is seeing Maduro as an illegitimate president.






Venezuela’s new cryptocurrency: Scam likely?

Even though nothing suprises us anymore, the government of Nicolas Maduro, came out with a new idea: the “Petro”, cryptocurrency backed by the country’s reservers of oil, gas, gold and diamonds.

One unit of the Petro will be backed by one barrel from Venezuela’s oil, valued at $59. The plan is to issue 100 million petros in an attempt to recover the economy of the country, which has been suffering hyperinflation and devaluation for years.

The buyer’s manual: White Paper Petro is the only original document released by the goverment of  Venezuela that explains how users can get this coin.

But the real question is, Can we trust on this coin? or is another government instrument? In fact, is very hard to believe in a cryptocurrency controlled by the Venezuelan government with such a reputation of corrupt, where almost all the companies are a big lie, starting with PDVSA. (and also knowing that the country is not producing enough oil to accomplish its existing dollar obligation)

Is not a secret that the state oil company PDVSA, has at least 50 cases of corruption and oil production sabotage. The most recent is against five Venezuelan officials that, according with the U.S Justice Department, “They are accused of soliciting bribes in exchange for helping vendors win favorable treatment from state oil company PDVSA, the latest case to stem from a $1 billion graft probe”

We don’t know yet what’s gonna happen. One thing is certain, life is full of surprises and Venezuela is the country where anything can happen. Feel free to share your opinion on the coments

March For Our Lives

Survivors of florida school shooting announce ‘March For Our Lives’ to demand the end of gun violence and mass shootings in all accross the country. The collective will be taking the city of Washington DC on March 24 to push for gun control.

The suffering caused by this episode is too much to handle. But the students, teachers and members of the community are calling to a change into the weapon policies with the purpose of ensure the lives and futures of childern                                     

If you want to participate in your community, or make any donation, sign up in the March For Our Lives to follow the details of the movement.









Terrifying facts about the shooting in South Florida

Nikolas Cruz, 19, was the gunman who entered the school campus of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and began shooting with a AR-15 to all the students and teachers that he saw in the hallways.

In a news conference, Scott Israel, Broward Sheriff explained that Cruz arrived to the school at 2:19 pm and two minutes later, he started shooting into several classrooms. After killing people in the first and second floor, he dropped his gun on the third floor and ran away.

Here are the facts:

  • According to the Gun Violence Archive, this is the 30rd massive shooting in 2018, and we are only in february.
  • The institute also revealed that since 2012, at least 1,829 people died and 6,447 were wounded.
  • When he was only 18 years old, Nikolas Cruz, bouth his weapon in a legally way. Cruz was not old enough to buy alcohol, but could legally buy a semi-automatic AR 15 rifle.
  • The man who killed the 58 people in Las Vegas had 23 guns in his hotel room, including an AR-15 rifle.
  • In United States there are 89 guns per 100 people.

If you want to know more about the history of the mass shootings in USA, I invite you to read this article by the journalist OLIVIA B. WAXMAN

Why Americans Started Buying Military-Style Weapons Like the One Used in the Florida Shooting

Cuatro lugares artísticos de París para visitar

París es uno de los destinos turísticos más concurridos de Europa, principalmente por poseer una significativa cantidad de cultura, historia y glamour en sus calles. Hoy te presentamos los cuatro lugares predilectos que los amantes del arte no pueden dejar de visitar.

Studio 28

Studio 28 es una mítica sala de cine en Montmatre inaugurada en 1928. Es especialmente conocida por el escándalo suscitado hace 70 años, en el que varias organizaciones conservadoras de Francia arremetieron contra el local por proyectar la película La edad de oro, dirigida por el español Luis Buñuel. Dicho largometraje fue considerado como nocivo para la sociedad debido a sus constantes escenas surrealistas, las cuales contienen trasfondos de rebelión, revolución y cuestionamientos de normas sociales y morales.

Con 170 asientos y candelabros diseñados por Jean Cocteau en 1950, este cine vanguardista ha conservado su encanto. No hay nada más dulce que tomar una copa de vino acompañada con tartas y pasteles caseros mientras disfrutas del confort que este espacio ofrece para sus espectadores.

Jardin des Serres D’Auteuil

El Jardin des Serres D’Auteuil, situado en el Bois de Boulogne, permite a sus visitantes disfrutar de un agradable reencuentro con la naturaleza. Creado en 1761 bajo el reino de Louis XV, este elegante jardín alberga colecciones de plantas raras e increíbles árboles. Las visitas guiadas recorren la fascinante historia del lugar y los turistas pueden deleitarse con un momento de romanticismo puro.

Gaîté Lyrique

Fundado en 2011 en pleno corazón de la capital francesa, la Gaîté Lyrique es un centro cultural dedicado a las artes digitales y la música contemporánea. Está abierta a todos para visitar una exposición artística, ver un concierto, tomar una copa o jugar videojuegos. La Gaîté Lyrique explora los ritmos musicales actuales, las artes visuales, el cine o el diseño.

Institut Suédois

Pequeño y perfecto para degustar, este curioso restaurant se encuentra en el magnífico Hotel de Marle desde 1971 y ofrece un amplio programa de actividades que incitan a descubrir la gastronomía de los países escandinavos. Exposiciones, conciertos, encuentros literarios, proyecciones de películas, debates y seminarios: una gama de posibilidades para disfrutar de la cultura en todos sus sentidos.

Gionni Straccia lanzó su primera colección “GS Spring 2017”

Estilo elegante, refinado y, sin duda, con mucho romanticismo. Así es la primera colección del diseñador venezolano Gionni Straccia, quien presenta un viaje de glamour, delicadeza y femineidad con 25 piezas.

“GS Spring 2017” es una colección basada en el romanticismo y la dulzura que refleja una mujer. En ella se destaca la utilización de la pintura a mano para dar un toque artístico y sutil a las creaciones.

“Para el proceso de estampado hubo un estudio de las tendencias. Siguen marcando las flores y el estampado, por ello, quise retomar la técnica del estampado a mano para realizar algo más artístico y delicado”, explicó Straccia.

Por otro lado, en los trajes de novia la idea consistió en crear vestidos en los que existen juegos de degrades entre dorados y rosados. El diseñador indicó que, además del color blanco, se presenta una propuesta más tierna con el uso de otros colores. “Algo diferente, suave, sutil, más romántico, donde la novia se sienta cómoda”.

También hay que destacar el uso de los entalles y las curvas, que tienen el objetivo de presentar vestidos cómodos que siluetearán la figura femenina sin el uso de las telas strech: “Me gusta usar cortes, pinzas y entallados para modelar el cuerpo de la mujer”, expresó el diseñador.

Entre las texturas predominan la organza de seda, tela chantilly, encajes, tules con puntos de terciopelo y la ciberlina. Al igual que los vestidos largos y las mangas más cortas para destacar accesorios como pulseras o relojes.