ETECSA One Option … / Anddy Sierra Alvarez

ETECSA: Telecommunications Corporation of Cuba.

A new strategy, a new option, improvements in their cell phone services is what Cubans were expecting starting February 1st, 2012. The offer that a message would cost 00.09 cuc was better than the previous 00.16 cuc, it was encouraging, the cost of a call was better since the person who called also had to pay for it, similar to the fixed lines, and the cost was 00.45 cuc per minute, better than the previous options since using *88 the person who called had to pay, but each minute would cost “00.60” cuc, similar to *99, where the person who was calling was charging the cost of the call to the receiver for the same tariff of “00.60” cuc.

The offer is not bad since there is an improvement, not big, but something is better than nothing. What happens then to ETECSA clients? Why is there a discomfort among clients?

The service they activated for customers so that the receiver would not have to pay for the call, was to activate *88, I mean,  the person who wants to phone a friend searches in the cellphone contacts and the number appears with *88 activated, it does not appear on the screen of the person who calls, but on the screen of the receiver, but the number of the calling person does not appear on that of the receiver, for example: -00535387234588- so that the name does no appear, despite the fact that it is in the telephone contacts!

The option would be to save it as it appears and one does not feel uncomfortable not knowing who is calling. But there is another problem, as it was saved the same way it had appeared in the example above, one can not send messages. The other option is to save it twice, one to identify the name if it is in the contacts and another one to send messages.

The only hope we have is to expect this small, but inconvenient, problem to improve, for the use of the cell phone.

Translated by AnonyGy

February 6 2012

The Disappointment of Dayron Robles / Anddy Sierra Alvarez

One of the greatest Cuban athletes with major international significance after “Javier Sotomayor” is now left with a bitter taste in his mouth, the victim of a scam by the managers of the Cuban Institute of Sports, Physical Education and Recreation (INDER).

The dramatic issue of payments to the athlete for his international triumphs, which was left hanging with a delay of 3 years, on a suit brought by an attorney from IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) to fight for their interests, which was won satisfactorily.

The star of the fences motivated by his great victory, which earned him significant pay, made a fresh start but engraved in his subconscious remains the disappointment.

Suffering the loss of the gold medal that he’d won in the world championship in Daegu, he saw how the country he represented didn’t fight the dramatic claim by the Chinese athlete, for contact in the competition, normal for this type of event, where we see the Chinese athlete stuck to the line nearest the rail of the Cuban, we never see a change in Dayron’s technique but from the exclamations made recently to the press, it seems that his statements were manipulated in the world, perhaps he was pressured by the State Security agents who always “escort” the Cuban delegation.

He thought that at some point his training conditions would have improved on the island, but they never did; to announce his retirement at age 25 suggests that disappointment goes much farther.

March 20 2012

Cloning / Anddy Sierra Alvarez

The struggle of the Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez is notorious, he doesn’t not want to leave this world, the instinct of every human, a difficult fight against the almost inevitable cancer.

The delicate state of health of the Venezuelan leader makes the Castro brothers tremble, their feelings go far beyond, direct to their interests, because they know what would happen if their purse perishes. All their plans would crash down and they would go all the way back, direct to a Special Period more serious than that of the ’90s.

The hope that some still have in the development of the country would be lost, the frustration necessary for the people to take to the streets to demand their rights.

So many things could trigger this loss, the Castro brothers fear the appearance of death at the window of Hugo Chavez’s room more than at their own.

March 19 2012